To this end, the American International School of Zagreb works to establish a positive and supportive learning environment, in which our students feel safe, secure and have maximum opportunities to learn.
Our desire is to empower students to learn about their responsibility in building and maintaining a respectful environment. An important part of AISZ’s approach to the management of this is to strengthen and teach by providing opportunities for students to reflect and apply strategies to correct their mistakes.
All AISZ staff, parents, volunteers and students are expected to follow a no-tolerance policy regarding bullying and harassment. It is especially important for adults to model these behaviors in order to provide positive examples of student behavior.
Sometimes it is helpful to draw a distinction between behavior that is rude, behavior that is mean, and behavior that is characteristic of bullying. These are different and require different responses.
In order to promote and maintain a positive learning environment we have established some non-negotiable behaviors which will not be tolerated. A "zero tolerance" view of these behaviors protect our students and our schools beliefs:
Bullying in all forms (physical, verbal, social and cyber bullying)
- Harassment (creating an unpleasant or hostile situation – verbal or physical)
- Insolence (severe disrespect towards another individual or the school)
- Unsafe behavior
- Use of profanity
We are aware that two situations are rarely the same in every aspect, and that it is important to maintain flexibility and to take in account individual circumstances. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to:
|Seriousness of the event||Student’s age|
|The frequency of the misconduct||The effect or potential effect of the behavior on the school environment|
Depending on the situation, logical consequences may have to be administered such as; fixing the behavior through some type of reflection and restitution, missing some time during recess or lunch; in school or out of school suspension; or expulsion.
Our focus is on building a strong partnership between home and school to reinforce our school’s values and beliefs. As a result, communication with parents is an important intervention strategy. While parents may not be notified every time their child commits a minor infraction of this policy, a staff member will promptly notify the parent when a serious infraction or disruption occurs.
All students and employees of AISZ are to be treated with dignity, respect and free from bullying, intimidation and harassment. We appreciate your support in maintaining a learning environment that is positive and supportive of all learners.
This document works within the framework of the Child Safeguarding Policy.
See the full AISZ Bullying/Harassment Prevention Policy and reporting forms below.