PROHIBITION OF GANGS AND HATE GROUPS
Gangs, hate groups, and similar organizations or groups which advocate hatred or discrimination on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, or disability are inconsistent with the
fundamental values of the educational environment of the Boise School District. The activities of such
groups and their members are prohibited on school district property and at all school sponsored functions.
Such prohibited activities include, but are not limited to: the congregation of members, the solicitation or
recruitment of members, the possession of group paraphernalia and materials, the intimidation of others,
the advocacy of discrimination and any other behavior such as the wearing of gang colors or insignia and
the use of language, codes and/or gestures that provoke violence or seek to advocate the purpose and
objectives of such groups.
It might be hard to tell the difference between playful teasing and bullying. Teasing usually involves two
or more friends who act together in a way that seems fun to all the people involved. Often they tease each
other equally, but it never involves physical or emotional abuse.
On the other hand bullying is the repeated aggressive behavior or frightening of others with an apparent
intent to dominate. Bullying may include, but not be limited to physical (hitting, pushing, or attacks on
property); verbal (name-calling, obscene gestures, malicious teasing, or electronic threats); or indirect
attacks (intentional exclusion from groups, anonymous hurtful notes, or spreading false rumors). Bullying
often occurs without apparent provocation. Bullying is not playful teasing between relatively equal
The Board is committed to maintaining an educational environment that protects and promotes dignity,
individual worth, and mutual respect for each individual, and is free from harassment. Each District
student, employee, or visitor deserves the opportunity to participate or work in a safe, supportive
atmosphere that promotes equal opportunities, free from all forms of discrimination and conduct that can
be considered harassing, coercive or disruptive. It shall be a violation of this policy for any District
student, employee, or visitor to bully, haze, or harass another individual through any means, including
technology, while on any District premises or at any District sponsored activity, regardless of location.
Those who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action and/or referral to law enforcement
where appropriate. For more information on this policy visit the district website.
Lowell Elementary has adopted a comprehensive Character Education program based off of Clifton
Taulbert’s Eight Habits of the Heart. These Eight Habits form the foundation of our school community
and include a Nurturing Attitude, Responsibility, Dependability, Friendship, Brotherhood, High
Expectations, Courage and Hope.
POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTS (PBIS)
This year Lowell has the opportunity to join other elementary schools in the Boise School District to
become a PBIS school. PBIS is a proactive approach based on a three-tiered model of prevention and
intervention aimed at creating safe and effective schools. Emphasis is placed on teaching and reinforcing
important social skills and data based problem-solving to address existing behavioral concerns in
classrooms, playground and cafeteria. All of which will support the current work of our comprehensive
Character Education program.