Maine - Bullying Policy Definitions: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Education Part 3 Elementary and Secondary Education Chapter 223 Health, Nutrition and Safety Subchapter 6 Safety 6554. Prohibition on bullying in public schools

2. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

  • B. ...“Bullying” includes cyberbullying.
  • C.  “Cyberbullying” means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including, but not limited to, a transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted by the use of any electronic device, including, but not limited to, a computer, telephone, cellular telephone, text messaging device and personal digital assistant.
  • D.  “Retaliation” means an act or gesture against a student for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. “Retaliation” also includes reporting that is not made in good faith on an act of bullying.
  • E.  “School grounds” means a school building; property on which a school building or facility is located; and property that is owned, leased or used by a school for a school-sponsored activity, function, program, instruction or training. “School grounds” also includes school-related transportation vehicles.
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