State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to promote positive social and emotional climate.
South Dakota Codified Laws 13-32-19 Model bullying policy
The model bullying policy pursuant to §§13-32-14 to 13-32-19 is as follows: PROHIBITION OF HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING The School District is committed to maintaining a constructive, safe school climate that is conducive to student learning and fostering an environment in which all students are treated with respect and dignity. Persistent bullying can severely inhibit a student’s ability to learn and may have lasting negative effects on a student’s life. The bullying of students by students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Bullying consists of repeated physical, verbal, non-verbal, written, electronic, or any conduct directed toward a student that is so pervasive, severe, and objectively offensive that it: (1) Has the purpose of creating or resulting in an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment; or (2) Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance which deprives the student access to educational opportunities.
Any staff member observing or suspecting bullying toward another individual is required to report the issue to his or her building supervisor. This policy is in effect while students are on property within the jurisdiction of the School Board; while students are in school-owned or school-operated vehicles; and while students are attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities. The District will act to investigate all complaints (formal or informal, verbal or written) of bullying. A formal complaint may be submitted to the building principal. Any student engaging in an act of bullying is subject to discipline pursuant to the District’s student discipline procedure. This policy may not be interpreted to prohibit civil exchange of opinions or debate protected under the state or federal constitutions if the opinion expressed does not otherwise materially or substantially disrupt the education process or intrude upon the rights of others.