Our Publications: Understanding Bullying
- Help Your Child Recognize the Signs of Bullying
- Is Your Child Being Bullied In Cyberspace?
- Notifying the School About a Bullying Incident—Using a Template Letter
- The Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Bullying
- Record Keeping and Bullying
- Steps To Take If Your Child Is Being Bullied At School
- What if Your Child Is the Bully?
For Parents & Educators
- Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities – Top 10 Facts Parents, Educators, and Students Need to Know
- Common Views and Myths about Bullying
- A Guide to Bullying and Cyberbullying
- National Bullying Prevention Center
- Respond to Bullying: Stop It, Spot It and Support Kids Involved
- Student Action Plan Against Bullying!
- Understanding Bullying and Its Impact on Kids with Learning Disabilities or ADHD
- Use Positive Strategies to Protect Your Child with Disabilities from Bullying
- Pacer Center’s: Kid Bullying Against Bullying
- Drama: Is It Happening to You? Advice for Teens Who Are Experiencing Bullying
- Kansas Anti-Bullying & Character Development Legislation (SB 68)
- Kansas Safe Schools Resource Center
Office for Civil Rights
- Dear Colleague Letter: 2014 Responding to Bullying of Students with Disabilities
- Dear Colleague Letter: 2013 Bullying of Students with Disabilities
- Dear Colleague Letter: 2010 Harassment and Bullying
- Harassment and Bullying Background, Summary, and Fast Facts
- Dear Colleague Letter: 2000 Prohibited Disability Harassment
- Prohibited Disability Harassment: Reminder of Responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Combating Bullying and Harassment on the Basis of Disability
Kansas Anti-Bullying, Cyberbullying & Character Development Legislation (HB 2758)
The 2013 Legislature amended the anti-bullying statute (KSA 72-8256) and effective July 1, 2013 requires schools to include the fol
lowing in their bullying policies:
1) Bullying means: a) any intentional gesture or any intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act or threat either by any student, staff member or parent towards a student or by any student, staff member that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that such gesture, act or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment that a reasonable person, under the circumstances, knows or should know will have the effect of:
- Harming a student or staff member, whether physically or mentally;
- Damaging a student or staff member in reasonable fear of harm to the student or staff member; or
- Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of damage to the student’s or staff member’s property;
- Cyberbullying; or
- Any other form of intimidation or harassment prohibited by the board of education of the school district in policies concerning bullying adopted pursuant to this section or subsection € of K.S.A. 72-8205 and amendments thereto.
The 2008 Legislature amended the anti-bullying statute and effective July 1, 2008, requires school districts to:
- adopt and implement a plan to address cyberbullying, and
- adopt policies prohibiting bullying on school property, in school vehicles, or at school-sponsored activities, and
- adopt and implement a plan to address bullying, which must include provisions for training and education of staff and students.
- upon request of a school district, the state board shall assist in the development of a grade appropriate curriculum for character development programs.