State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on bullying prevention and response.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools bullying prevention webpage contains resources for parents, educators, and professionals serving children and youth in school and out-of-school settings.
Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 1949 Act 13. Section 1309-B. School safety and security coordinator
(c) Specific duties. — The school safety and security coordinator shall: (2) Coordinate training and resources for students and school entity staff in matters relating to situational awareness, trauma-informed approaches, behavioral health awareness, suicide and bullying awareness, substance abuse awareness and emergency procedures and training drills, including fire, natural disaster, active shooter, hostage situation and bomb threat.
Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 2018 Act 44. Article XIII-B. School Safety and Security. Section 1310-B. School safety and security training.
School entities shall provide their employees with mandatory training on school safety and security subject to the following based on the needs of the school entity: (1) Training shall address any combination of one or more of the following, based on the needs of the school entity: ... (iv) Suicide and bullying awareness. ... (2) Training may be provided through the Internet or other distance communication systems. (3) Employees shall complete a minimum of three hours of training every five years. (4) Employees required to undergo continuing professional education under section 1205.2 shall receive credit toward their continuing professional education requirements if the training program has been approved by the department in consultation with the committee.