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Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying
The district prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district. Bullying may be verbal or written expression or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited. Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employee. Please note that after submission of the complaint to the district employee, the district may assign the complaint to a campus administrator to follow up on the submitted complaint and any other important matters pertaining to the complaint. We encourage you to communicate with your designated campus administrator during this time. More information about the district’s bullying policy and procedures can be found in Board Policy FFI (LOCAL) or the campus administration office.
 
Working Together to Prevent Youth Suicide
The B1 Project will help you to recognize warning signs and develop a plan of action to help someone who may be struggling.
BE AWARE
Be aware and understand the problem of youth suicide.  It is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24.  Suicide is preventable!
BE ABLE
Be able to identify signs of concern in a friend who may be struggling:
Suicide threats, depression, anger, increased irritability, lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed, sudden increase/decrease in appetite, sudden changes of appearance, dwindling academic performance, preoccupation with death and suicide, previous suicide attempts
BE PREPARED
You should never be afraid to talk to someone who may be depressed or at-risk.  At the very least, they will know there is someone who cares for them.  You should also have an action plan in case a friend or family member shows signs of suicidal ideation.
The Camino Real Mobile Crisis Outreach Team has a 24-Hour Hotline to assist families in crisis.  Please call 1-800-543-5750 to speak with an Outreach Specialist to help you know how to help your child.
 
Freedom Youth Project, Child Sex Trafficking, Truth About Trafficking in America
Empower youth through prevention designed to demonstrate how minors have control over certain situations and power over deceptive people.  The single most powerful way to protect a child from a predator is to take away the element of surprise. FYP has collected data on trafficking cases all over the U.S. to better understand how traffickers select, connect and deceive targeted victims. Visit http://www.freedomyouthproject.org/ for more information.
 
Hotline and Crisis Information
Camino Real Mobile Crisis Outreach Team 24 Hour Hotline 1-800-543-5750
Connections 24-Hour Crisis Hotline 1-800-532-8192
Connections Individual and Family Services, Inc. (located at 559 10th Street, Floresville) 830- 393-0856
Dating / Family Violence Legal Line 1-800-374-HOPE (4673)
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-779-SAFE (7233) or www.ndvh.org 
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/teen/asp 
Stay Alert 1-888-21-ALERT (25378) (to report any concerns or bullying; all calls are confidential)
Victims of sexual assault 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)