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

Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
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regulation; statute

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

Utah Administrative Code R277-613-4. LEA Responsibility to Create Bullying Policies. [Repealed and revised as of 10/1/2018]

F. The policy shall provide that students, staff, and volunteers receive training on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment from individuals qualified to provide such training. The LEA shall determine how often training shall be provided.

  • (1) The training should be specific to:
    • (a) overt aggression that may include physical fighting such as punching, shoving, kicking, and verbal threatening behavior, such as name calling, or both physical and verbal aggression or threatening behavior;
    • (b) relational aggression or indirect, covert, or social aggression, including rumor spreading, intimidation, enlisting a friend to assault a child, and social isolation;
    • (c) sexual aggression or acts of a sexual nature or with sexual overtones;
    • (d) cyber-bullying, including use of email, web pages, text messaging, instant messaging, three-way calling or messaging or any other electronic means for aggression inside or outside of school; and
    • (e) civil rights violations, appropriate reporting and investigative procedures. This includes bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment based upon the students' actual or perceived identities and conformance or failure to conform with stereotypes.
  • (2) Training should also include awareness and intervention skills such as social skills training for students and staff, including aides, custodians, kitchen and lunchroom workers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, and coaches.
  • (3) Training on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment required of LEA policies under the rule should complement the suicide prevention program required for students under R277-620 and the suicide prevention training required for licensed educators consistent with Section 53A-1-603(9). --- Utah Administrative Code R277-613-3. Utah State Board of Education Responsibilities. [Repealed and revised as of 10/1/2018]

A. To the extent of resources available, the Board shall provide training opportunities or materials or both for employees of LEAs on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment.
B. The Board may interrupt disbursements of funds consistent with Section 53A-1-401(3) for failure of an LEA to comply with this rule.

Utah Code 53G-9-607. Training, education, and prevention -- Standards.

(1) (a) A school board shall include in the training of a school employee training regarding bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, hazing, abusive conduct, and retaliation that meets the standards described in Subsection (4).

  • (b) A school board may offer voluntary training to parents and students regarding abusive conduct.

(2) To the extent that state or federal funding is available for this purpose, school boards are encouraged to implement programs or initiatives, in addition to the training described in Subsection (1), to provide for training and education regarding, and the prevention of, bullying, hazing, abusive conduct, and retaliation.

(3) The programs or initiatives described in Subsection (2) may involve:

  • (a) the establishment of a bullying task force; or
  • (b) the involvement of school employees, students, or law enforcement.

(4) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the State Board of Education shall makes rules that establish standards for high quality training related to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, abusive conduct, and retaliation.
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