Legislation from 2008 Session
1. Definition of bullying is expanded to include overt acts “which are committed more than once against any student during the school year.” This change eliminates the requirement that the acts must be committed repeatedly against the same student over time.
2. Requires teachers and other staff who witness bullying to make “written” notification to school administrators
3. Prohibits disciplinary actions based solely on the basis of an anonymous report of bullying
4. Requires “prevention strategies” as well as intervention strategies
5. Requires that parents of a student who commits acts of bullying or against whom such bullying occurred be notified by each school and be invited to attend at least one meeting
6. Requires the school to annually report the number of verified acts of bullying to SDE
7. No later than Feb. 1, 2009, boards must submit their bullying policies to SDE
8. No later than July 1, 2009, boards must include bullying policies in their school district’s publications of rules, handbooks, etc.
9. Effective July 1, 2009, boards must provide in-service training on prevention of bullying