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

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to provide counseling, safeguards, or other supportive services to students who have been bullied.

Massachusetts General Laws ch 71.37O School bullying prohibited; bullying prevention and intervention plans; reporting of bullying incident date

(2) Each plan shall include, but not be limited to: (i) descriptions of and statements prohibiting bullying, cyber-bullying and retaliation, including procedures for collecting, maintaining and reporting bullying incident data required under subsection (k); (ii) clear procedures for students, staff, parents, guardians and others to report bullying or retaliation; (iii) a provision that reports of bullying or retaliation may be made anonymously; provided, however, that no disciplinary action shall be taken against a student solely on the basis of an anonymous report; (iv) clear procedures for promptly responding to and investigating reports of bullying or retaliation; (v) the range of disciplinary actions that may be taken against a perpetrator for bullying or retaliation; provided, however, that the disciplinary actions shall balance the need for accountability with the need to teach appropriate behavior; (vi) clear procedures for restoring a sense of safety for a victim and assessing that victim’s needs for protection;


Massachusetts General Laws ch 71.37O School bullying prohibited; bullying prevention and intervention plans; reporting of bullying incident date

(d)(3)The plan shall include the specific steps that each school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall take to support vulnerable students and to provide all students with the skills, knowledge and strategies needed to prevent or respond to bullying or harassment.

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