Anti-Bullying Policies, Procedures, and Practices
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
What can I do if my child is being bullied at school?
Parents/guardians can verbally report concerns about bullying and/or harassment to school staff or can access the “Bullying/Harassment Reporting Form” form online. The completed “Bullying/Harassment Reporting Form” may be submitted to any staff member at your child’s school. Upon submission, school staff will promptly conduct a bullying/harassment investigation.
If you would like your child to receive support from a Student Services professional at your child’s school, please contact your school’s Social Worker or Psychologist. Parents/guardians of students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning can seek additional support through MMSD’s LGBTQ+ Coordinator, Sherie Hohs at 616-0910.
If you have questions regarding MMSD’s Anti-Bullying or Harassment Policies, contact the Title IX Investigator at 663-1530 or the coordinator of Progressive Discipline at 663-1908.
If my child is being bullied outside of school and/or cyber-bullied via computer or cell phone, what is the school’s responsibility?
MMSD’s Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policies and the Behavior Education Plan (BEP) prohibit bullying on “all school and district grounds and in all school and district buildings; at all school and district-sponsored activities; and on all vehicles used for transportation to and from school and school sponsored/district-sponsored activities.”
While the BEP does not apply to acts of bullying and/or harassment that occur off school property and outside MMSD authority, we recognize that such incidents impact our school community. School staff are available to support our students.
When I verbally report an act of bullying or submit a “Bullying/Harassment Reporting Form” what follow-up communication can I expect from my student’s school?
Per MMSD policy, you will be contacted by your student's school before the investigation is completed. Once the investigation is complete, you will be notified of whether the report was found to be bullying/harassment. Staff will immediately communicate with families about interventions and/or safety plans to support your child and check-in within a few weeks after incident.
If I am not satisfied with the results of the bullying investigation. what next steps can I take?
Students, parents, and/or guardians may appeal their school’s final determination. To appeal, file a written letter of complaint, including the date and your signature, with the Title IX Investigator at firstname.lastname@example.org or District Administration Building, 545 West Dayton Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703. For more information call Eric Kestin, 663-1530.