A bill requiring school districts to have anti-bullying and anti-hazing policies in place passed the House in the final minutes of the 2017 general legislative session.
Luz Escamilla, the Chief Sponsor of the bill helped Utah Legislature pass the bill that modifies the Bullying and Hazing Amendments. The bill modifies provisions related to bullying and hazing of school employees and students.
Some of the highlighted provisions include:
Requires a school board to update the school board’s policy regarding bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation by September 1, 2018.
Requires employees, students, and parents to sign a statement annually acknowledging receipt of the school board’s policy.
Requires the State Board of Education to require a school board to report on provisions related to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation.
Requires the State Board of Education to make rules describing standards for training regarding bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation.
Requires that the training of school employees related to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation meets standards described in State Board of Education rule.
Makes technical and conforming changes.
There was no money appropriated in this bill.
If you have any questions regarding the bill, here is the complete bill with all the information. https://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/SB0161.html