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Personal Safety

Violence, bullying, and intimidation. Students and staff have a right to be safe from violence and intimidation on school grounds, school transportation, and at school-sponsored functions. Physical or verbal intimidation, harassment, hazing, bullying, verbal abuse, or physical assault will not be tolerated. Intentional behavior that causes bodily injury will be reported to the police, as required by NH RSA 193-D:4. Serious assaults will also be reported to the Hanover School Board.

”Bullying” includes insults, taunts, or challenges, whether verbal or physical, which are likely to intimidate or provoke a violent or disorderly response. Bullying is a violation of school policy whether or not it rises to the level of unlawful harassment or discrimina-tion. Nevertheless, reporting may be required under New Hampshire statute. In addition, incidents involving suspension, expulsion, or delinquent/criminal acts, theft, destruction, or violence will become part of a student’s complete school record.

Parents who believe their child has been subjected to violence or bullying—either by other students or by staff—should report their concerns to the classroom teacher. If not resolved, the parent should consult with the school principal. If not resolved at that level, the parent should report to the superintendent. For further details, see Policy JDGB, Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention Policy.

Weapons. It is unlawful for any student or person other than a law enforcement officer to have in his/her possession any dangerous weapons while on school property. These include any firearm, pellet gun or rifle, BB gun, knife, dagger, firecracker, razor, karate stick, slingshot, metal knuckles, or other item(s) that present potential for inflicting serious personal harm. Similarly, no employee, student or person may possess a dangerous weapon on a school bus or at any school-sponsored event. Weapons will be confiscated, parents will be notified, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, and the Hanover Police Department will be notified within 48 hours of a weapons incident.

Guidelines for Parents. Personal safety is taught as part of our health curriculum. We suggest the following points for parents:
  • Know your child’s friends, and be involved in your child’s activities.
  • Never leave a young child unattended. Never leave him/her alone in the car.
  • Make clear to your child whose home or car he/she may enter.
  • If someone pays unusual attention to your child, be sure you know why.
  • Be sensitive to changes in your child’s behavior or attitudes. Encourage open communication.
  • Never belittle fears or concerns your child may express to you.
  • Teach your child his/her phone number, including the area code.
  • Teach your child his/her full address, including state.
  • Be sure your child knows what to do when lost or separated from the family.

Child abuse. The school has a legal responsibility to report all suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect to the appropriate authorities. Through our guidance and health curriculum we teach children about serious touching problems involving private parts of the body. Private parts are defined as parts of the body covered by a bathing suit. Children are told that they have the right to say ”NO” even to an adult. They are also taught to report the abuse to an adult, and that the problem is not their fault.