State law requires districts to adopt comprehensive anti-bullying policies addressing all U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.
Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 1302. Student Code of Conduct
A. Each LEA shall adopt a student code of conduct for the students in the schools under its jurisdiction. … 2. Each LEA shall adopt and incorporate into its student code of conduct a policy prohibiting the bullying of a student by another student, which includes the definition of bullying and all other requirements listed in the following Section.
Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 1303. Bullying
A. Policy. Each LEA shall develop and adopt a policy that prohibits the bullying of a student by another student.
- The bullying policy must be implemented in a manner that is ongoing throughout the year and integrated with a school's curriculum, a school's discipline policies, and other violence prevention efforts.
- The policy shall contain the definition of bullying found in this Section and shall address the following: a. behavior constituting bullying; b. the effect the behavior has on others, including bystanders; and c. the disciplinary and criminal consequences of bullying another student.
Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 337. Written Policies and Procedures
B. Each LEA shall have policies and procedures that address, but are not limited to, the following: 29. in the student code of conduct, the prohibition against bullying as defined in § 1303.
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.
Sample School Board Policy - Prohibition Against Bullying
Sample bullying policy.