|Passed by the House March 6, 2010|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 4, 2010
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2801 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2010 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 01/28/10.
AN ACT Relating to antiharassment strategies in public schools; amending RCW 28A.300.285; adding a new section to chapter 43.06B RCW; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 The legislature finds that despite a
recognized law prohibiting harassment, intimidation, and bullying of
students in public schools and despite widespread adoption of
antiharassment policies by school districts, harassment of students
continues and has not declined since the law was enacted. Furthermore,
students and parents continue to seek assistance against harassment,
and schools need to disseminate more widely their antiharassment
policies and procedures. The legislature intends to expand the tools,
information, and strategies that can be used to combat harassment,
intimidation, and bullying of students, and increase awareness of the
need for respectful learning communities in all public schools.
Sec. 2 RCW 28A.300.285 and 2007 c 407 s 1 are each amended to
read as follows:
(1) By August 1, ((
2003)) 2011, each school district shall adopt or
amend if necessary a policy(( , within the scope of its authority,)) and
procedure that at a minimum incorporates the revised model policy and
procedure provided under subsection (4) of this section that prohibits
the harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any student. It is the
responsibility of each school district to share this policy with
parents or guardians, students, volunteers, and school employees in
accordance with rules adopted by the superintendent of public
instruction. Each school district shall designate one person in the
district as the primary contact regarding the antiharassment,
intimidation, or bullying policy. The primary contact shall receive
copies of all formal and informal complaints, have responsibility for
assuring the implementation of the policy and procedure, and serve as
the primary contact on the policy and procedures between the school
district, the office of the education ombudsman, and the office of the
superintendent of public instruction.
(2) "Harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 9A.36.080(3), or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act:
(a) Physically harms a student or damages the student's property; or
(b) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or
(c) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
(d) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
(3) The policy and procedure should be adopted or amended through a process that includes representation of parents or guardians, school employees, volunteers, students, administrators, and community representatives. It is recommended that each such policy emphasize positive character traits and values, including the importance of civil and respectful speech and conduct, and the responsibility of students to comply with the district's policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
(4)(a) By August 1, ((
2002)) 2010, the superintendent of public
instruction, in consultation with representatives of parents, school
personnel, the office of the education ombudsman, the Washington state
school directors' association, and other interested parties, shall
provide to (( school districts and educational service districts a)) the
education committees of the legislature a revised and updated model
harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policy and procedure.
The superintendent of public instruction shall publish on its web site,
with a link to the safety center web page, the revised and updated
model harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policy and
procedure, along with training and instructional materials on the
components that (( should)) shall be included in any district policy and
procedure. The superintendent shall adopt rules regarding school
districts' communication of the policy and procedure to parents,
students, employees, and volunteers. (( Training materials shall be
disseminated in a variety of ways, including workshops and other staff
developmental activities, and through the office of the superintendent
of public instruction's web site, with a link to the safety center web
page. On the web site:))
(a) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall post its model policy, recommended training materials, and instructional materials;
(b) The office of the superintendent of public instruction has the authority to update with new technologies access to this information in the safety center, to the extent resources are made available((
Individual school districts shall have direct access to the
safety center web site to post a brief summary of their policies,
programs, partnerships, vendors, and instructional and training
materials, and to provide a link to the school district's web site for
further information.)) Each school district shall by August 15, 2011,
provide to the superintendent of public instruction a brief summary of
its policies, procedures, programs, partnerships, vendors, and
instructional and training materials to be posted on the school safety
center web site, and shall also provide the superintendent with a link
to the school district's web site for further information. The
district's primary contact for bullying and harassment issues shall
annually by August 15th verify posted information and links and notify
the school safety center of any updates or changes.
(5) The Washington state school directors association, with the assistance of the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall convene an advisory committee to develop a model policy prohibiting acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying that are conducted via electronic means by a student while on school grounds and during the school day. The policy shall include a requirement that materials meant to educate parents and students about the seriousness of cyberbullying be disseminated to parents or made available on the school district's web site. The school directors association and the advisory committee shall develop sample materials for school districts to disseminate, which shall also include information on responsible and safe internet use as well as what options are available if a student is being bullied via electronic means, including but not limited to, reporting threats to local police and when to involve school officials, the internet service provider, or phone service provider. The school directors association shall submit the model policy and sample materials, along with a recommendation for local adoption, to the governor and the legislature and shall post the model policy and sample materials on its web site by January 1, 2008. Each school district board of directors shall establish its own policy by August 1, 2008.
(6) As used in this section, "electronic" or "electronic means" means any communication where there is the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 A new section is added to chapter 43.06B RCW
to read as follows:
In addition to duties assigned under RCW 43.06B.020, the office of the education ombudsman shall serve as the lead agency to provide resources and tools to parents and families about public school antiharassment policies and strategies.