Higher Heights Committee
Purpose: The goal of the Higher Heights committee is to bring awareness of Bullying, along with Bullying Prevention measures to ensure a safe and orderly environment for students and staff of Joshua ISD.
What is Defined as Bullying?
Texas Education Code (TEC) §37.0832 identifies bullying as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that:
- Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property;
- Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student;
- Materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or
- Infringes on the rights of the victim at school.
Bullying includes cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is defined in state law as bullying that is done through the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of:
- A cellular or other type of telephone
- A computer
- A camera
- Electronic mail
- Instant messaging
- Text messaging
- A social media application
- An internet website
- Any other internet-based communication tool.
- Bullying is prohibited by the district and could include:
- Demands for money
- Destruction of property
- Theft of valued possessions
District Bullying Prevention Programs
The Districtwide Bullying Prevention plan is available here. This plan includes all staff training, parent resources, campus and district programs offered, and events that involve bullying prevention awareness. This plan is also available underneath Site Shortcuts on the homepage of the district website.