State law encourages districts to provide safeguards, counseling or other supportive services or interventions, or requires districts to provide students with resources and referrals without mandating the provision of direct services or interventions.
Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 1303. Bullying
B. Training for School Personnel. Each LEA shall create a program to provide a minimum of four hours of training each year for new school employees who have contact with students, including bus drivers, with respect to bullying. The training shall be two hours each following year for all school employees who have contact with students and have received the four-hour training. The training shall specifically include the following:
- how to recognize the behaviors defined as bullying;
- how to identify students at each grade level who are most likely to become victims of bullying, while not excluding any student from protection from bullying;
- how to use appropriate intervention and remediation techniques and procedures;
- the procedures by which incidents of bullying are to be reported to school officials; and
- information on suicide prevention, including the relationship between suicide risk factors and bullying.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:416. Discipline of students; suspension; expulsion
A. (1) (a) Every teacher and other school employee shall endeavor to hold every student to a strict accountability for any disorderly conduct in school or on the playgrounds of the school, on the street or road while going to or returning from school, on any school bus, during intermission or recess, or at any school-sponsored activity or function. (b) (i) Each teacher may take disciplinary action to correct a student who disrupts normal classroom activities, who is disrespectful to a teacher, who willfully disobeys a teacher, who uses abusive or foul language directed at a teacher or another student, who engages in bullying, who violates school rules, or who interferes with an orderly education process. (ii) In addition to those procedures set forth in R.S. 17:416.13 regarding bullying, disciplinary action may include but is not limited to: (aa) Oral or written reprimands. (bb) Referral for a counseling session which shall include but shall not be limited to conflict resolution, social responsibility, family responsibility, peer mediation, and stress management. (cc) Written notification to parents of disruptive or unacceptable behavior, a copy of which shall be provided to the principal. (dd) Other disciplinary measures approved by the principal and faculty of the school and in compliance with school board policy.
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.