Area Schools Instituting Policies against Bullying New Law Takes Effect Today Requiring All Districts to Have Specific Provisions in Place
Krishnamurthy, Madhu, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Madhu Krishnamurthy Daily Herald Staff Writer
A new state law requires all public schools to have a bullying policy in place by today. While all area public schools already have disciplinary policies in place, there may be no specific provisions addressing bullying.
"In the past, school discipline policies have addressed violation of school rules and policies (concerning) misconduct and fighting," Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools Ed Gonwa said. "What this new legislation does is it adds some language to this."
"Bullying is a different type of thing. It's like intimidation, verbal abuse, threats, not necessarily using physical force. But the effect of bullying upon others can be very debilitating, where the student who is threatened may not want to attend school. This is an effort to correct this," he said.
House Bill 646 amends the language of the Student Discipline Policies Public Act to include the following provisions: "The school board, in consultation with the parent-teacher advisory committee and other community-based organizations, must include provisions in the student discipline policy to address students who have demonstrated behaviors that put them at risk for aggressive behavior, including without limitation bullying, as defined in the policy.
"These provisions must include procedures for notifying parents or legal guardians and early intervention procedures based upon available community-based and district resources."
One example of how districts are meeting the new requirement is Libertyville Elementary District 70. District 70's school board adopted a revised policy on bullying last week. …