Maryland - Mental Health Supports for Students Involved in Bullying Incidents: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to provide safeguards, counseling or other supportive services or interventions, or requires districts to provide students with resources and referrals without mandating the provision of direct services or interventions.

2017 Maryland Code Education 7-424.1 Model policy prohibiting bullying, harassment and intimidation

(b)  In general. --

  • (1) By March 31, 2009, the State Board, after consultation with and input from local school systems, shall develop a model policy prohibiting bullying, harassment, or intimidation in schools.
  • (2) The model policy developed under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall include:
    • (i) A statement prohibiting bullying, harassment, and intimidation in schools;
    • (ii) A statement prohibiting reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation;
    • (iii) A definition of bullying, harassment, or intimidation that is either the same as set forth in subsection (a)(2) of this section or a definition that is not less inclusive than that definition;
    • (iv) Standard consequences and remedial actions for persons committing acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation and for persons engaged in reprisal or retaliation;
    • (v) Standard consequences and remedial actions for persons found to have made false accusations;
    • (vi) Model procedures for reporting acts of bullying, harassment, and intimidation;
    • (vii) Model procedures for the prompt investigation of acts of bullying, harassment, and intimidation;
    • (viii) Information about the types of support services available to the student bully, victim, and any bystanders;
    • (ix) Information regarding the availability and use of the bullying, harassment, or intimidation form under § 7-424 of this subtitle; and
    • (x) Information regarding the availability and use of an anonymous two-way electronic tip program established under § 7-424 of this subtitle.
  • (3) By September 1, 2016, and every 5 years thereafter, the State Board, after consultation with local school systems, shall update the model policy required under paragraph (1) of this subsection.

(c)  Development of policy by county boards. --

  • (1) Each county board shall establish a policy prohibiting bullying, harassment, or intimidation at school based on the model policy.
  • (2) The policy shall address the components of the model policy specified in subsection (b)(2) of this section.
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