Rhode Island - Communication of Bullying Policy: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

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

Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-34. Statewide bullying policy implemented.

(a) The Rhode Island department of education shall prescribe by regulation a statewide bullying policy, ensuring a consistent and unified, statewide approach to the prohibition of bullying at school. The statewide policy shall apply to all schools that are approved for the purpose of § 16-9-1 and shall contain the following:

  • (12) Provisions for informing parents and guardians about the bullying policy of the school district or school shall include, but not be limited to:
    • (i) A link to the policy prominently posted on the home page of the school district's website and distributed annually to parents and guardians of students;
    • (ii) A provision for notification, within twenty-four (24) hours, of the incident report, to the parents or guardians of the victim of bullying and parents or guardians of the alleged perpetrator of the bullying;

Safe School Act- Statewide Bullying Policy 200-RICR-30-10-2

2.5 Information dissemination
A. The school principal, director or head of school shall ensure that students, staff, volunteers, and parents/legal guardians are provided information regarding this Policy. This information shall include methods of discouraging and preventing this type of behavior, the procedure to file a complaint, and the disciplinary action that may be taken against those who commit acts in violation of this policy.

B. This policy shall be:

    1. Distributed annually to students, staff, volunteers, and parents/legal guardians
    1. Included in student codes of conduct, disciplinary policies, and student handbooks
    1. A prominently posted link on the home page of the school/district website
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