State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.
Administrative Rules of Montana 10.55.701 Board of trustees
(1) The local board of trustees shall ensure that the school district complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
(2) Each school district shall make available to the staff and public:
- (a) goals that reflect the district's strategic plan of education;
- (b) sequential curriculum for each program area that aligns to the content Standard, specific grade-level learning progressions, and program area Standard;
- (c) policies establishing student assessment procedures that ensure evaluation of the district's curriculum and student learning. These procedures shall specify how and when data are to be collected, analyzed, and reported;
- (d) policies that delineate the responsibilities of the local board of trustees, superintendent, and personnel employed by the school district. The local board of trustees shall review these policies on a regular basis;
- (e) a policy on student, parent, and school employee due process rights;
- (f) policies addressing bullying, hazing, intimidation, and harassment of students and meeting the requirements in ARM 10.55.719;
Administrative Rules of Montana 10.55.801 School climate
(1) The local board of trustees shall:
- (a) develop policies, procedures, and rules that respect the rights of all learners, and promote an awareness of and concern for the well-being of others, and address bullying, intimidation, and harassment of students and school personnel;
Bully Free Montana: A Toolkit for Educators, Families, and Students
This toolkit supports schools and districts implementing bullying prevention policies and procedures and includes a model school district policy that addresses and prohibits bullying, harassment, intimidation, and hazing.