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

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

Nevada Revised Statutes 388.133. Policy by Department concerning safe and respectful learning environment.

  1. The Department shall, in consultation with the governing bodies, educational personnel, local associations and organizations of parents whose children are enrolled in schools throughout this State, and individual parents and legal guardians whose children are enrolled in schools throughout this State, prescribe by regulation a policy for all school districts and schools to provide a safe and respectful learning environment that is free of bullying and cyber-bullying.

  2. The policy must include, without limitation:

    • (a) Requirements and methods for reporting violations of NRS 388.135, including, without limitation, violations among teachers and violations between teachers and administrators, coaches and other personnel of a school district or school;
    • (b) Requirements and methods for addressing the rights and needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions; and
    • (c) A policy for use by school districts and schools to train members of the governing body and all administrators, teachers and all other personnel employed by the governing body. The policy must include, without limitation:
    • (1) Training in the appropriate methods to facilitate positive human relations among pupils by eliminating the use of bullying and cyber-bullying so that pupils may realize their full academic and personal potential;
    • (2) Training in methods to prevent, identify and report incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying;
    • (3) Training concerning the needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions;
    • (4) Training concerning the needs of pupils with disabilities and pupils with autism spectrum disorder;
    • (5) Methods to promote a positive learning environment;
    • (6) Methods to improve the school environment in a manner that will facilitate positive human relations among pupils; and
    • (7) Methods to teach skills to pupils so that the pupils are able to replace inappropriate behavior with positive behavior.

Nevada Revised Statutes 388.1342. Establishment of programs of training by Department; completion of program by members of State Board of Education and governing bodies; completion of certain programs by administrators; annual review and update of programs of training.

  1. The Department, in consultation with persons who possess knowledge and expertise in bullying and cyber-bullying, shall establish a program of training:

    • (a) On methods to prevent, identify and report incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying for members of the State Board.
    • (b) On methods to prevent, identify and report incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying for the members of a governing body.
    • (c) For school district and school personnel to assist those persons with carrying out their powers and duties pursuant to NRS 388.121 to 388.1395, inclusive.
    • (d) For administrators in the prevention of violence and suicide associated with bullying and cyber-bullying and appropriate methods to respond to incidents of violence or suicide.
    • (e) For school district and school personnel concerning the needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions.
    • (f) For school district and school personnel concerning the needs of pupils with disabilities and pupils with autism spectrum disorder.
  2. Each member of the State Board shall, within 1 year after the member is elected or appointed to the State Board, complete the program of training on bullying and cyber-bullying established pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 1 and undergo the training at least one additional time while the person is a member of the State Board.

  3. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 388.134, each member of a governing body shall, within 1 year after the member begins his or her service on the governing body, complete the program of training on bullying and cyber-bullying established pursuant to paragraph (b) of subsection 1 and undergo the training at least one additional time while the person is a member of the governing body.

  4. Each administrator of a school shall complete the program of training established pursuant to paragraphs (d), (e) and (f) of subsection 1:

    • (a) Within 90 days after becoming an administrator;
    • (b) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c), at least once every 3 years thereafter; and
    • (c) At least once during any school year within which the program of training is revised or updated.
  5. Each program of training established pursuant to subsection 1 must, to the extent money is available, be made available on the Internet website maintained by the Department or through another provider on the Internet.

  6. The governing body may allow school personnel to attend the program established pursuant to paragraph (c), (d), (e) or (f) of subsection 1 during regular school hours.

  7. The Department shall review each program of training established pursuant to subsection 1 on an annual basis to ensure that the program contains current information.

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