State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on bullying prevention and response.
Bullying & Harassment
"Every school district [must] have a policy prohibiting bullying and harassment as well as procedures for investigating reports of bullying and harassment."
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-4503. Adoption of policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying by the school district.
- (1) Each LEA shall, at the beginning of each school year, provide teachers and school counselors a copy of the policy along with information on the policy's implementation, bullying prevention and strategies to address bullying and harassment when it happens. In addition, each LEA shall provide training to teachers and counselors regarding the policy and appropriate procedures relative to implementation of the policy. The department of education shall provide guidelines for such training and provide recommendations of appropriate, available and free bullying and harassment prevention resources.
- (2) Each LEA shall also: