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The statute provides clear definitions of the following terms to be used by local school boards: bullying, electronic acts, harassment and substantial disruption.
Local policies shall include a clear definition of conduct that constitutes bullying (as defined in the statute) and prohibit bullying while in school, on school equipment or property, in school vehicles, on school buses, at designated school bus stops, at school-sponsored activities, and at school-sanctioned events.
Bullying/Harassment: Statute (2006) requires the Department of Education to provide a model policy for harassment, intimidation and bullying to school districts.
Based on this, districts are required to adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying of any student and share the policy with parents or guardians, students, volunteers and school employees.
Code 6-15-1005 ensures that every school and district will enforce school district policies for the safety of every student during school hours at school-sponsored events from sexual harassment.
Bullying/Harassment: Education Code 32261 (1985) states that all pupils enrolled in a classroom have the inalienable right to attend classes on school campuses that are safe, secure and peaceful.
It encourages school districts to develop and implement interagency strategies, in-service training programs, and activities that will improve school attendance and reduce school crime and violence, including vandalism, drug and alcohol abuse, gang membership, gang violence, hate crimes, bullying, including bullying committed personally or by means of an electronic act, teen relationship violence, and discrimination and harassment, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment.
The policy must include procedures for confidential reporting to school officials, a requirement that school district employees report suspected incidents, a formal process for the documentation of reports, a formal process for invetigagion of suspected incidences, disciplinary procedures for pupils who have admitted to or been found to have committed incidents, consequences for false reports of incidents, and procedures designed to protect the health and safety of pupils who are physically harmed as the result of incidents.
Cyberbullying: HB 2415 (2011) includes electronic techology or the use of electronic communication on school computers, networks, forums and mailing lists in the definition of bullying, harassment and intimidation.
Education Code 35294.2 (2001) requires the Department of Education to develop model policies on the prevention of bullying and conflict resolution.