Report a Concern for a Student
Ensuring the safety and welfare of our students is a top priority for District 153. We want to be able to protect and support any of our students who may be victims of bullying, sexual abuse or teen dating violence.
What is Bullying?
Any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
- Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property
- Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health
- Substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance
- Substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school
Teen dating violence occurs when a student uses or threatens to use physical, mental or emotional abuse to control another person in a dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in a dating relationship.
What is Sexual Abuse?
Child sexual abuse or child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation and can take many different forms.
Please Don't Remain Silent
Any student who believes that he or she has been a victim of bullying, sexual abuse or teen dating violence—or anyone who knows of or has witnessed such an event—should report this as soon as possible. District 153 encourages its students and the greater school district community to report any such incident directly to a teacher, school counselor, or administrator.
Another option of reporting is through this online form. Reports will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate.
Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities are available to all students without regard to race, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, religious beliefs, physical or mental disability, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.
No student shall, based on sex or sexual orientation, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.
A uniform grievance procedure has been developed for the purpose of expressing and resolving concerns.
Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Process
Sexual Harassment affects a student’s ability to learn and an employee’s ability to work. Providing an educational and workplace environment free from sexual harassment is an important District goal. The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its education programs or activities, and it complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106) concerning everyone in the District's education programs and activities, including applicants for employment, students, parents/guardians, employees, and third parties.
The District’s complete Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Process is found in Board Policy 2:265 as a part of the Board policies located at: 180317-2a3c7936-ae18-4cf7-b9d1-16936ad222af.pdf (edl.io)
The District’s Title IX Coordinator:
Name: Morgan Koncel
Address: 18205 S. Aberdeen St, Homewood, IL 60430
Email: [email protected]
Title IX Training Slides