Louisiana - Professional Development for Bullying Prevention: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on bullying prevention and response.

Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 1303 Bullying

B. Training for School Personnel. Each LEA shall create a program to provide a minimum of four hours of training each year for new school employees who have contact with students, including bus drivers, with respect to bullying. The training shall be two hours each following year for all school employees who have contact with students and have received the four-hour training. The training shall specifically include the following:

    1. how to recognize the behaviors defined as bullying;
    1. how to identify students at each grade level who are most likely to become victims of bullying, while not excluding any student from protection from bullying;
    1. how to use appropriate intervention and remediation techniques and procedures;
    1. the procedures by which incidents of bullying are to be reported to school officials; and
    1. information on suicide prevention, including the relationship between suicide risk factors and bullying.

Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:416.13 Student code of conduct; requirement; bullying; prohibition; notice; reporting; accountability

B. Bullying Policy (2)  The governing authority of each public elementary and secondary school shall:

  • (a)  Conduct a review of the student code of conduct required by this Section and amend the code as may be necessary to assure that the policy prohibiting the bullying of a student by another student specifically addresses the behavior constituting bullying, the effect the behavior has on others, including bystanders, and the disciplinary and criminal consequences, and includes the definition of bullying as provided in Subsection C of this Section.

  • (b)  Create a program to provide a minimum of four hours of training for new employees who have contact with students and two hours of training each year for all school employees who have contact with students, including bus operators, with respect to bullying. The training shall specifically include the following:

    • (i)  How to recognize the behaviors defined as bullying in Subsection C of this Section.

    • (ii)  How to identify students at each grade level in the employee’s school who are most likely to become victims of bullying, while not excluding any student from protection from bullying.

    • (iii)  How to use appropriate intervention and remediation techniques and procedures.

    • (iv)  The procedures by which incidents of bullying are to be reported to school officials.

    • (v)  Information on suicide prevention, including the relationship between suicide risk factors and bullying. This content shall be based on information supported by peer-reviewed research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and recognized as accurate by leading professional organizations and agencies with relevant experience.
      Source: Louisiana State Legislature

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