In August 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics found that nearly a third of the students experienced some sort of bullying and almost 10% of the students experienced cyber-bulling. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has taken notice and is stepping up its investigation of bullying and harassment at schools across the nation. A school that fails to appropriately identify, investigate and remedy incidents of bullying or harassment may face consequences directly from the OCR and can be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for civil rights violations.
Don’t let your school be a target. Download SLRMA’s pdf Bullying and Harassment: Identification, Investigation and Remediation Self-Audit Checklist and Best Practices for School Districts (172 KB) now to ensure your policies and procedures are in place to properly address bullying and harassment.