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

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

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

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

A. The school principal, director or head of school shall promptly investigate all allegations of bullying, harassment, or intimidation. If the allegation is found to be credible, appropriate disciplinary actions, subject to applicable due process requirements, will be imposed. The School Resource Officer or other qualified staff may be utilized to mediate bullying situations.
B. The investigation will include an assessment by the school psychologist and/or social worker of what effect the bullying, harassment or intimidation has had on the victim. A student who engages in continuous and/or serious acts of bullying will also be referred to the school psychologist and/or social worker.


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

D. Protection:

  1. If a student is the victim of serious or persistent bullying:
    • a. The school principal, director or head of school will intervene immediately to provide the student with a safe educational environment.
    • b. The interventions will be developed, if possible, with input from the student, his or her parent/guardian, and staff.
    • c. The parents/guardians of a victim shall also be notified of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation.

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

2.9 Social Services/Counseling.
Referral to appropriate counseling and/or social services currently being offered by schools or communities shall be provided for bullying victims, perpetrators and appropriate family members of said students.

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