The Burlington School District is updating its policy on bullying and harassment. The changes are based on a recent site visit by the Iowa Department of Education.
Human Resources Director Laurie Hempen says the agency wants Burlington to expand the list of situations that could be considered bullying or harassment. She says the additions include gender identity, political party, physical attributes, and ancestry.
Hempen says the policy already covered situations including race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.
The Burlington School District is going back to the drawing board when it comes to reshaping school boundaries.
Superintendent Jane Evans says the district’s elementary enrollment is out of balance. She says, for example, North Hill has too many students while Blackhawk is running well below capacity.
The district estimates that 14% of its elementary school students do not attend their neighborhood school. In response, it identified a neighborhood where students could change schools to help balance out the enrollment figures.