State law addresses accountability by requiring districts to review and update anti-bullying policies and/or to submit policies to the state for review and approval.
200-RICR-30-10-2 Safe School Act- Statewide Bullying Policy
Section 2.4 Policy oversight and responsibility A. The school principal, director, or head of school shall be responsible for the implementation and oversight of this bullying policy. B. The school principal, director, or head of school shall provide the superintendent, school committee and/or school governing board with a summary report of incidents, responses, and any other bullying-related issues at least twice annually. C. For public schools, the prevention of bullying shall be part of the school district strategic plan and school safety plan. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 16-7.1-2(e); 16-21-24.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-34. Statewide bullying policy implemented.
(a) The Rhode Island department of education shall prescribe by regulation a statewide bullying policy, ensuring a consistent and unified, statewide approach to the prohibition of bullying at school. The statewide policy shall apply to all schools that are approved for the purpose of § 16-9-1 and shall contain the following: * (16) All school districts, charter schools, career and technical schools, approved private day or residential schools and collaborative schools shall be subject to the requirements of this section. School districts and schools must adopt the statewide bullying policy promulgated pursuant to this section by June 30, 2012.