Thanks so much for the replies. I have read through so many bully policies..from local schools to dept edu etc, but no where does it ever mention the requirment of the school to notify parents..let alone an obligation to report injury. I have spoken to other schools and posed the simple question "Do you advise parents if their child is injured, especially in the case of a bullying incident?". The responses were, "of course" and "thats a no brainer". What IS consistantly mentioned, is parents and schools working together, and the need for the parents to notify the school. It seems in this case the policy was actioned for the bully, an interview with his parent and behavior managment etc, a threat of suspension, (info from my daughter thro school.friends etc) just no contact or thought to the victim or notifying the family or any followup whatsoever on that side. I was shocked enough originally in the first week when I recieved no contact, and so started looking onto other schools. I have her enrolled in another now, so options were open to leave if they didnt respond appropriately. I was hoping and expected, the school would get around to doing the right thing, maybe after diciplineing the bully or the several talks I heard they managed with "his" parent. After finding out yesterday that her own teacher was unaware..Im really wanting to take this as far as I can now. I guess I just needed reassurance that others find this appalling too.
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Hi everyone, I realise this board seems to deal with mainly teenager issues, and my issue is with a primary school, but Im hoping to get some replys from other parents , and how they would react to this situation. Im unsure where to turn and am struggling through bad anxiety to try and deal with my childs school. My 6 year old (grade 1) has been bullied by a grade 5 boy, she was punched in the arm with enough force to knock her sideways, smacking her head into a pole at school. She attended the school sickbay for around an hour whilst my older daughter informed the school of the drama that had unfolded earlier on the bus when the bully seemed to start a meltdown of sorts. My issue is..the school never informed me, or even my daughters grade one teacher...that the incident occured at all. All day she was sitting in class with the teacher having no idea to be on the look out for dizzyness headaches etc. My husband went to the office in person to discuss it, and was told to put his concerns in writing. Which he did and sent to the email address provided to him. Three weeks later and we still have no response. How can a school possibly expect "parents and teachers" to work together regarding bullying, if they do not even advise the parent or teacher when a incident has occured? I have contacted the dept of education now and managed to talk to the grade 1 teacher, who seemed equally concerned she herself was never "informed of a student in her class with a prior head injury". What do other parents think about this? Im fuming..but dont know how much is from my anxiety, surely there are others that find this unacceptable?
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