Anti-Bullying & Harassment
Waukee Community School District is dedicated to providing a safe environment for students.
Bullying and harassment of students by students, school employees and volunteers will not be tolerated. Waukee Community School District prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization, of students, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics: age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
Harassment against employees or volunteers based upon age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status is also prohibited.
Harassment and bullying is defined as any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and that creates a hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:
- Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property;
- Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Individuals who feel that they have been bullied or harassed should tell a teacher, counselor or principal and complete a formal complaint form.
EFR Student Assistance Program
Employee & Family Resources (EFR) offers a Student Assistance Program (SAP) designed to assist students, families and schools with a wide variety of personal and family issues that can impact student behavior and achievement. SAP provides support to students and their families through in-person counseling, telephone counseling as well as written and online resources.
EFR Student Assistance Program is confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Phone: 515.244.6090 or 800.327.4692 | TTY: 877.542.6488
When to Call the SAP:
Call the SAP for issues that interfere with your daily activities, happiness, family stability or overall wellbeing. Some of the topics a SAP counselor can help you with are:
- School performance
- Trouble with peers
- Alcohol and other drug problems
- Eating disorders
- Problem gambling concerns
- Dating and relationship issues
- Conflict, bullying or violence
- Depression or suicidal thoughts
- Family concerns
Clinical services (counseling) is available to all students and family members.
Counseling is proved by Masters level counselors experienced in working with children and families at three locations:
- Downtown Des Moines
- West Des Moines
Daytime and evening appointments are offered. Clients will be offered up to six sessions per year, per separate issue for problem assessment and short-term counseling as well as referrals to additional resources if needed.
Counselors are accessible by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their counselors provide support for many issues including family or relationship issues, emotional concerns, stress and other issues that you or your family member may be facing.
Cultural Diversity & Language
SAP offers counseling services in Spanish and interpreting services in American Sign Language at no cost to the family.