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HB 5290 - Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies - Illinois Key Vote

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Title: Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires school districts to establish a "bullying" prevention policy.

Highlights:

  • Requires all school districts and all non-public, non-sectarian elementary and secondary schools to create and implement a policy on “bullying” which must be updated every 2 years with the State Board of Education (Sec. 5).
  • Defines “bullying” as any physical or verbal conduct directed toward a student that has one of the following effects (Sec. 5):
    • Places the student in fear of harm;
    • Causes a “detrimental effect” on a student's physical or mental health;
    • Interferes with the student's academic performance; or
    • Interferes with the student's ability to participate in school activities.
  • Defines a “policy on bullying” as a bullying prevention policy that includes, but is not limited to, the following (Sec. 5):
    • The definition of bullying;
    • A statement indicating that bullying is a violation of state law and school district policy;
    • Procedures for reporting, investigating and addressing bullying; and
    • Interventions that can be taken to address bullying.

A MAJORITY OF THE TOTAL MEMBERS IN THE LEGISLATIVE BODY IS REQUIRED TO PASS A BILL: 60 MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY AND 30 MEMBERS OF THE SENATE.

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Title: Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires school districts to establish and implement a policy on bullying.

Highlights:

  • Requires all school districts and all non-public, non-sectarian elementary and secondary schools to create and implement a policy on “bullying” which must be updated every 2 years with the State Board of Education (Sec. 5).
  • Defines “bullying” as any physical or verbal conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, which is directed toward a student and has one of the following effects (Sec. 5):
    • Places the student in fear of harm;
    • Causes a “detrimental effect” on a student's physical or mental health;
    • Interferes with the student's academic performance; or
    • Interferes with the student's ability to participate in school activities.
  • Defines a “policy on bullying” as a bullying prevention policy that includes, but is not limited to, the following (Sec. 5):
    • The definition of bullying;
    • A statement indicating that bullying is a violation of state law and school district policy;
    • Procedures for reporting, investigating and addressing bullying; and
    • Interventions that can be taken to address bullying.

Title: Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies

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