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Bill Detail: HB21-1221

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Title Bullying Prevention And Education In Schools
Status Governor Signed (06/07/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors L. Cutter (D)
M. Young (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 03/11/2021

The bill requires the department of education (department) to
utilize a stakeholder process when updating the model bullying
prevention and education policy (model policy), which process must
include the parents of students who have been bullied. At a minimum, the
model policy must clearly differentiate between a conflict and bullying
and differentiate between harassment and bullying and clarify the role of
cyberbullying during online instruction, which may occur on or off school

Current law requires each school district and charter school to
adopt a safe school plan that includes:
  • A conduct and discipline code with a specific policy
concerning bullying prevention and education (bullying
policy). The bill requires the bullying policy to incorporate
the approaches, policies, and practices outlined in the
model policy.
  • Safe school reporting requirements that include the number
of conduct and discipline code violations relating to a
school activity or sanctioned event that is detrimental to the
welfare or safety of other students or of school personnel,
including incidents of bullying. The bill requires incidents
of bullying be listed as a separate type of violation.
The bill specifies bullying as a behavior that may be grounds for
suspension or expulsion of a student from public school.

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