Minnesota - Communication of Bullying Policy: 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.

Minnesota Statutes 2018 Education Code, Chapter 121A Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Behavior 121A.031 School Student Bullying Policy

Subd. 3.  Local district and school policy.
(a) Districts and schools, in consultation with students, parents, and community organizations, to the extent practicable, shall adopt, implement, and, on a cycle consistent with other district policies, review, and revise where appropriate, a written policy to prevent and prohibit student bullying consistent with this section. The policy must conform with sections 121A.41 to 121A.56. A district or school must adopt and implement a local policy under subdivisions 3 to 5 or comply with the provisions of the state model policy in subdivision 6.

(b) Each local district and school policy must establish research-based, developmentally appropriate best practices that include preventive and remedial measures and effective discipline for deterring policy violations; apply throughout the school or district; and foster active student, parent, and community participation. A district or school may request assistance from the school safety technical assistance center under section 127A.052 in complying with local policy requirements. The policy shall:

  • (1) define the roles and responsibilities of students, school personnel, and volunteers under the policy;
  • (2) specifically list the characteristics contained in subdivision 2, paragraph (g);
  • (3) emphasize remedial responses;
  • (4) be conspicuously posted in the administrative offices of the school and school district in summary form;
  • (5) be given to each school employee and independent contractor, if a contractor regularly interacts with students, at the time of employment with the district or school;
  • (6) be included in the student handbook on school policies; and
  • (7) be available to all parents and other school community members in an electronic format in the languages appearing on the district or school Web site, consistent with the district policies and practices.
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