Key Points in the Bullying Laws in Vermont:
Description of Terms:
- any overt act or combination of acts, including an act conducted by electronic means, directed against a student by another student or group of students
- repeated over time
- intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student
- occurs during:
- school day on school property
- on a school bus
- at a school-sponsored activity
- before or after the school day on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity
- does not occur during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity and can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s right to access educational programs.
- incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct, including any incident conducted by electronic means, based on or motivated by a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived:
- national origin
- marital status
- sexual orientation
- gender identity
- has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
- includes the use of:
- derogatory remarks
- circulation of written or visual material
- taunts on manner of speech
- negative references to customs related to any of these protected categories.
Bullying Laws in Vermont – Harassment Prevention Policies
- statement prohibiting harassment of a student
- Consequences and appropriate remedial action for staff or students who commit harassment
- Reporting procedure
- Investigating procedure
- Training school staff in preventing, recognizing and responding to harassment.
- Appropriate penalties and sanctions
Healthy Workplace Bill in Vermont
The Green Mountain State was the 13th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill. The bill (S 52) is now under scheduled hearings.