Policies and Regulations NEPN Code: JFCE

Student Bullying

The Sioux Falls School District is committed to maintaining a constructive, safe school climate that is conducive to student learning and fostering an environment in which all students are treated with respect and dignity.

Persistent bullying can severely inhibit a student’s ability to learn and may have lasting negative effects on a student’s life. The bullying of students by students or third parties is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated.

Bullying consists of unwanted, repeated physical, verbal, non-verbal, written, electronic, or any conduct directed toward a student(s) that involves an imbalance of power and is severe and objectively offensive that it:

  1. has the purpose of creating or resulting in an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment, or
  2. has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance which deprives the student access to educational opportunities.

Any staff member observing or suspecting bullying by a student or third party toward another student is required to report the issue to his or her building supervisor.

This policy is in effect while students are on property within the jurisdiction of the School Board; while students are in school-owned or school-operated vehicles; while students are attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while students are away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the student or the District.

The District will act to investigate all complaints (formal or informal, verbal or written) of bullying by students or third parties. Any student engaging in an act of bullying will be subject to the progressive discipline plan outlined in Policy JK/JK-R – Student Discipline. Alleged bullying conduct by a staff member toward a student will be addressed through the District’s Code of Conduct Policy – GBEB. A formal complaint involving an allegation of bullying may be submitted on the Complaint Investigation Form available from the building principal or program supervisor or from Human Resources.

This policy shall not be interpreted to prohibit civil exchange of opinions or debate protected under the state or federal constitutions where the opinion expressed does not otherwise materially or substantially disrupt the education process or intrude upon the rights of others.


Related Policies/Regulations:

JIAA/JIAA-R - Harassment
JK/JK-R - Student Discipline

Legal References:

SDCL 13-32-14 Adoption of bullying policy
SDCL 13-32-15 Bullying defined
SDCL 13-32-16 Bullying policy requirements
SDCL 13-32-19 Model bullying policy


Policy   Board Action
Adopted 02-08-10 35615
Amended 09-13-10 35821
Reviewed 11-10-14 37051
Amended 06-13-16 37488
Reviewed 03-08-21 38833