January 26, 2012
Matt's Safe School Law signed by Governor
All public schools in Michigan requred to adopt official anti-bullying policy
On December 6, 2011, Matt’s Safe School Law (P.A. 241 of 2011) was signed into law by Governor Snyder. This new law requires the governing board of all public schools in Michigan to adopt an official policy prohibiting bullying in school, on school grounds, at school events or through the use of school owned or operated telecommunications devices no later than six months after the effective date of the legislation. This policy must contain, but is not limited to the following requirements:
A statement prohibiting bullying of a student;
A statement prohibiting retaliation or false accusation against a target of bullying, a witness, or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying;
A provision indicating that all students are protected under the policy, and that bullying is equally prohibited without regard to its subject matter or motivating
The identification, by job title, of school officials responsible for ensuring that the
policy is implemented;
A statement describing how the policy is to be publicized;
A procedure for providing notification to the parent or legal guardian of a victim
of bullying, and to the parent or legal guardian of a perpetrator of the bullying;
A procedure for prompt investigation of a report of a violation of the policy or a related complaint, identifying either the principal or the principal's designee as the person responsible for the investigation; and
A procedure for each public school to document any prohibited incident that was reported, and a procedure to report all verified incidents of bullying and the resulting consequences, including discipline and referrals, to the board of the school district on an annual basis.
The board of directors must hold at least one public hearing on the proposed policy prior to its implementation. This act further requires that no later than 30 days after adopting the policy, the board of directors shall submit a copy of its policy to the Michigan Department of Education. Any schools that already have a policy that complies with the provisions found in this new law are not required to adopt a new one. However, they do have to submit a copy of their policy to the Department of Education no later than 60 days after the bill took effect.
If you have any questions regarding this issue, or any public policy issue facing charter schools, please
contact Alicia Urbain, Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 517-999-4416.
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