Bullying Laws in Kansas

Key Points of the Anti Bullying Laws in Kansas:

Definition of bullying

  • Any intentional gesture or any intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act or threat that is sufficiently served, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threaten or abusive educational environment for a student or staff member that a reasonable person, under the circumstance, 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’s property
    • Placing a student or  staff member in reasonable fear of damage to the student’s property
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Any other form of intimidation or harassment prohibited.

Bullying Laws in KansasDefinition of Cyber-bullying – Bullying through the use of electronic communication device in:

  • Email
  • Instant messaging
  • Text messages
  • Blogs
  • Mobile phones
  • Pagers
  • Online games
  • Websites

Definition of School vehicle

  • School bus
  • School van
  • Other school vehicle and private vehicle used to transport students/staff members to and from school or any school-sponsored activity or event
  • Prohibition of bullying while utilizing school property, in school vehicle or any school-sponsored activity

Bullying Laws in Kansas – Model Policy

Currently, Kansas has not yet adopted a model policy for anti-bullying that can be seen in Kansas Department of Education. However, Bullying Prevention is available. It includes:

Bullying Prevention Legislation – requires school districts to

  • Implement plan to address cyber-bullying
  • Adopt policies regarding prohibition of bullying in school properties
  • Plan implementation to address bullying including training of staff and students
  • Definitions and characteristics of bullying
    • Aggressive bullies
    • Passive bullies
    • Bully victims
    • Cyber-bullying – explains the dangers caused by cyber-bullying
    • Kansas Bullying Prevention Program

Healthy Workplace Bill in Kansas

Kansas was he 8th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill. Since 2009, the state has already passed the House Bill 2218. It particularly tackles abusive workplace environments.

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