NDE Model Policy - Safe and Respectful Learning


I. Bullying, Cyber-bullying, Harassment, and/or Intimidation are Prohibited in Public Schools

  • The XXXXX School District is committed to providing all students and employees with a safe and respectful learning environment in which persons of differing beliefs, characteristics, and background can realize their full academic and personal potential. It is the intent of this policy to ensure that all administrators, principals, teachers, and other personnel of the XXXXX School District demonstrate appropriate behavior on the premises of any public school, at a school-sponsored event, or on a school bus by treating other persons, including, without limitation, pupils, with civility and respect and by refusing to tolerate bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation (see Appendix A for definitions).
  • No member of this district's Board of Trustees, employee of the Board of Trustees, including, without limitation, administrators, principals, teachers, or other staff members, nor pupils, shall engage in acts of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation on the premises of any public school, at a school-sponsored event, or on a school bus.
  • It is the intent of this policy that all persons in the XXXXX School District are entitled to maintain their own beliefs and to disagree respectfully without resorting to violence, bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation. This policy does not advocate nor require the acceptance of differing beliefs in a manner that would inhibit the freedom of expression, but does require that all persons with differing beliefs be free from harassment and abuse.
  • The XXXXX School District will provide for the appropriate training of all administrators, principals, teachers, and all other personnel employed by this district as prescribed by this policy under the heading "Professional Development."

    II. Notice that Bullying, Cyber-bullying, Harassment, and/or Intimidation are Prohibited in Public Schools

    The district superintendent shall use all reasonable means to inform students, employees, and parents or guardians that the district will not tolerate harassment. The XXXXX School District shall include definitions of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and intimidation, (see Appendix A), and the reporting procedures for student violations (see Section III below) within each copy of the rules of behavior for pupils that the school district provides to pupils.

      III. Requirements and Methods for Reporting Violations of NRS 388.135

      The XXXXX School District shall assure that any person who believes that he or she has been a victim of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation as defined by NRS 388.121 to NRS 388.129 (See Appendix A) by a member of the school district board of trustees, any employee of the school district, or any pupil is encouraged and instructed to adhere to the following reporting mechanism:

        • Students: Underlined text. It is the policy of the XXXXX School District to encourage students who are targets of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation and students who have first-hand knowledge of such bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation to report such claims. Students should report any incident(s) to a teacher, counselor, or school administrator.
        • Employees: Underlined text. Any XXXXX School District employee who witnesses, overhears, or receives a report, formal or informal, written or oral, of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation at school, at a school-sponsored event, or on a school bus, shall verbally report it to the principal or the principal’s designee on the same day the violation was witnessed or information on the violation was received.
        • Underlined text. The principal or designee shall initiate an investigation not later than 1 day after receiving notice of the violation. The investigation must be completed within 10 days after the date on which the investigation was initiated and, if a violation is found to have occurred, include recommendations concerning the imposition of disciplinary action or other measures to be imposed as a result of the violation, in accordance with the policy governing disciplinary action adopted by the board of trustees of the school district.
        • The parent or guardian of a pupil involved in the reported violation of NRS 388.135 may appeal a disciplinary decision of the principal or their designee as a result of the violation in accordance with the school district policy.
        • A trustee or district employee is prohibited from interfering with disclosure of violations of NRS 388.135.

          On or before January 1 and June 30th of each year, the principal of each school shall submit to the board of trustees of the school district a report of violations of NRS 388.135 that are reported during the previous semester. The report must include, without limitation:

            • The number of violations of NRS 388.135 occurring at the school or otherwise involving a pupil enrolled at the school.
            • Any actions taken at the school to reduce the number of incidences of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and intimidation, including without limitation, training that was offered or other policies, practices and programs that were implemented.
            • The board of Trustees shall review and compile the reports and submit a compilation of the reports by August 1 to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on any violations that occurred during the previous school year.

              IV. A School District must establish a policy for employees to report violations to law enforcement

              The board of trustees of each school district in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and with school police, if applicable, shall establish a policy for the procedures, which must be followed by an employee of the school district when reporting a violation of NRS 388.135 to law enforcement.

                V. Professional Development

                The district superintendent shall provide for the appropriate training, of all administrators, principals, teachers and all other personnel employed by the board of trustees in accordance with the SRLE policy adopted by the district.

                  In addition to informing staff and student about the policy, the district superintendent shall develop a plan, including requirements and procedures, to assure that the following professional development be provided to all administrators, principals, teachers, and other personnel employed by the Board of Trustees of the XXXXX School District.

                    1. Awareness concerning the various types of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation; how the bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation manifests itself; and the devastating emotional and educational consequences of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation.
                    2. Training in the appropriate methods to facilitate positive human relations among pupils without the use of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation so that pupils may realize their full academic and personal potential.
                    3. Methods to improve the school environment in a manner that will facilitate positive human relations among pupils.
                    4. Methods to teach skills to pupils so that the pupils are able to replace inappropriate behavior with positive behavior.

                      VI. School Safety Team (NRS 388.1343 and NRS 388.1344)

                      • The principal of each school or designee shall establish a school safety team to develop, foster and maintain a school environment which is free from bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and intimidation.
                      • The principal of each school or designee shall conduct investigations of NRS 388.135 occurring at the school.
                      • The principal of each school or designee shall collaborate with the board of trustees of the school district and school safety team to prevent, identify and address reported violations of NRS 388.135 at the school.
                      • School Safety Teams must consist of the principal or designee (committee chair) and the following people appointed by the principal:
                        • School counselor;
                        • At least one teacher at the school; 
                        • At least one parent or guardian of a student enrolled in the school; and
                        • Any other persons appointed by the principal
                      • The School Safety Team shall: 
                        • Meet at least two times each year
                        • Identify and address patterns of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment or intimidation at the school
                        • Review and strengthen school policies to prevent and address of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment or intimidation at the school
                        • Provide information to school personnel, students and parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school on methods to address bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment or intimidation
                        • To the extent money is available, participate in any training conducted by the school district regarding bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment or intimidation.