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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Thursday, June 28, 2018

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 1 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Sally Harris presided.

Board Members absent from today’s workshop were:  April Griffin and Sally Harris 

Others present:

Board Attorney – James Porter

Deputy Superintendent:  Van Ayres

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Harrison Peters

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:         

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

Media Outreach, Department Manager – Tanya Arja

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

Approximately 10 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Vice Chair Shamburger called the meeting to order at 1:51 p.m.

  • (1)        Review Bullying Policy and Procedures

This workshop was held to provide the Board a review of the Bullying and Harassment Policy 5517.01, reporting system, incident data, student service support, discipline/matrix and HB7055

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments and let the board know he had to leave for another meeting at 3:00 p.m. and has asked staff to be considerate of time.

Tanly Cabrera, Director of Administration, presented a PowerPoint with an overview of the current policy and procedures. 

Jason Pepe, Manager, Legislative Services – Hope Scholarship Program/HB7055

  • Hope Scholarship Program established to provide parents of public school students subjected to an incident to transfer the student to another public school or request a scholarship for student to enroll in and attend an eligible private school
  • The term "incident” defined as battery; harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, assault, or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at school, by the department in accordance with s.1006.09(6).

Jenny Hunkins, Assistant Director, Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives – Behavior

  • Legislation passed in 2008 requires states to develop a bullying and harassment policy
  • School bullying/harassment program information sheet
  • Bullying investigation flow chart and checklist
  • Complaint and witness form
  • Training
  • Online reporting system
  • Communication via district and school website, student code of conduct, faculty handbook

Anne Townsend, Supervisor, Psychological Services – Support for Students

  • Prevention and awareness
  • Intervention
  • Intensive intervention

General discussion:

  • District’s zero tolerance policy for students and employees
  • Consistency with reporting bullying and/or harassment
  • Communication of information regarding options
  • Bringing back the culture of kindness
  • Safe and healthy learning and working environment for our students and employees

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 2:46 p.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

HCPS publishes minutes of School Board meetings after Board approval. Although the online minutes do not include signatures, citizens may arrange to review the official documents by completing a public records request with the Communications Department.

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