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

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to provide safeguards, counseling or other supportive services or interventions, or requires districts to provide students with resources and referrals without mandating the provision of direct services or interventions.

West Virginia Code 18-2C-3. Policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying.

(a)  Each county board shall establish a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying. Each county board has control over the content of its policy as long as the policy contains, at a minimum, the requirements of subdivision (b) of this section. The policy shall be adopted through a process that includes representation of parents or guardians, school employees, school volunteers, students and community members.

(b)  Each county board policy shall, at a minimum, include the following components:

  • (1)  A statement prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying of any student on school property, a school bus, at a school bus stop or at school sponsored events;
  • (2)  A definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying no less inclusive than that in section two [§18-2C-2] of this article;
  • (3)  A procedure for reporting prohibited incidents;
  • (4)  A requirement that school personnel report prohibited incidents of which they are aware;
  • (5)  A requirement that parents or guardians of any student involved in an incident prohibited pursuant to this article be notified;
  • (6)  A procedure for documenting any prohibited incident that is reported;
  • (7)  A procedure for responding to and investigating any reported incident;
  • (8)  A strategy for protecting a victim from additional harassment, intimidation or bullying, and from retaliation following a report;
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