FINAL BILL REPORT
C 407 L 07
Synopsis as Enacted
Brief Description: Requiring cyberbullying to be included in school district harassment prevention policies.
Sponsors: Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Murray, McAuliffe, Weinstein, Shin and Rasmussen).
Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education
House Committee on Education
Background: In 2002, anti-bullying legislation was passed by the Washington Legislature. As a result, school districts are required to adopt their own policy prohibiting the harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any student. Under current law, the definition of "harassment, intimidation, or bullying" includes written, verbal, or physical acts, and the act must have a negative impact on the student or the educational environment.
Summary: The Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) and the Office of the
Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) must convene an advisory committee to develop a
model policy prohibiting acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying conducted via electronic
means by a student while on school grounds during the school day. The policy must include a
requirement that information be given to parents or made available via the district's web site
regarding the seriousness of cyberbullying. The advisory committee must also develop sample
materials, which include information on safe internet use and the options available if a student
is being bullied via electronic means, for school districts to disseminate to parents.
WSSDA must submit the model policy, the sample materials, and a recommendation for local adoption to the Governor and the Legislature and post the information on its web site by January 1, 2008. Each school board must have its own policy by August 1, 2008. The terms "electronic" and "electronic means" are defined.
Votes on Final Passage:
Senate 42 6
House 70 26 (House amended)
Senate (Senate refused to concur)
House 75 20 (House amended)
Senate 40 8 (Senate concurred)
Effective: July 22, 2007