Bullying, Harassment, Safety, Suicide Prevention & Title IX

For help with bullying, safety, or suicide concerns:

DIRECTOR OF HEALTH & SAFETY

Kerry Ickleberry handles the district's anti-bullying program. Her office is at the high school at 1700 SE Hillcrest Dr.

Kerry Ickleberry

Kerry Ickleberry

Director of Health & Safety

Offices at Bartlesville High School

918-336-3311 ext. 1196

IckleberryKG@bps-ok.org

Report Bullying When It Happens

Bartlesville Student Crime Stoppers:

This confidential service is available to all students, parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone concerned about the safety of their local school. You can call 918-336-CLUE, or you can submit your information by using the app P3tips. Please mention which school is involved. You will be completely anonymous and will receive information back from the app.

For help with harassment or gender access issues:

TITLE IX COORDINATOR

Dr. Stephanie Curtis, the district's Director of Personnel & Federal Programs, is also the district's Title IX coordinator who handles harassment and discrimination issues. Her office is at the Education Service Center at 1Card100 SW Jennings Ave.

Stephanie Curtis

Dr. Stephanie Curtis

Director of Personnel & Federal Programs; Title IX Coordinator

Education Service Center

918-336-8600 ext. 3527

CurtisSA@bps-ok.org

What is Title IX?

Title IX  of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Scope of Title IX

Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies. Educational programs and activities that receive those funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or who has made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

Under Oklahoma statute 10A O.S. § 1-2-101, Duty to Report Abuse or Neglect of Child Under Eighteen, ‟Every person having reason to believe that a child under the age of eighteen (18) years is a victim of abuse or neglect shall report the matter promptly to the Department of Human Services.ˮ 

The statute provides for criminal charges if an individual fails to report the suspected abuse or neglect of a minor. If a student tells a district employee that an adult has touched or communicated with them inappropriately, the employee is legally obligated to IMMEDIATELY report the allegation to the DHS Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-522-3511. Every allegation of child abuse or neglect, including any inappropriate touching or communications, must be immediately reported to DHS. Even if an employee does not believe the student, the employee must report the allegation to the DHS hotline.

  • It is against the law for staff members to delay reporting to DHS while they investigate a student’s allegation of inappropriate contact. Every allegation of child abuse or neglect, including any inappropriate touching or communications, must be immediately reported to DHS. Even if they do not believe the student, they must report the allegation to the hotline. Failure to immediately report to DHS may subject staff to criminal penalties, and any delay may expose the student or others to further harm. 

  • Any student allegation of abuse or neglect, including inappropriate touching or communications, must be reported to the DHS Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (1-800-522-3511). Even if you contact local law enforcement about a student’s allegations of abuse, you must also call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline to make a report to DHS.