South Carolina - 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.

South Carolina Code of Laws Section 59-63-140 Local school districts to adopt policies prohibiting harassment; required components; model policies by State Board of Education; bullying prevention programs.

(C) To assist local school districts in developing policies for the prevention of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, the State Board of Education shall develop model policies applicable to grades kindergarten through twelve. Additionally, the State Board of Education shall develop teacher preparation program standards on the identification and prevention of bullying. The model policies and standards must be developed no later than September 1, 2006.
(D) The local school board shall ensure that the school district’s policy developed pursuant to this article is included in the school district’s publication of the comprehensive rules, procedures, and standards of conduct for schools and in the student’s handbook.
Information regarding a local school district policy against harassment, intimidation, or bullying must be incorporated into a school’s employee training program. Training also should be provided to school volunteers who have significant contact with students.

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