Virginia Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the Virginia anti-bullying laws?

Bullying and harassment are defined separately.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Virginia state law?

There are no specific groups listed under Virginia anti-bullying law.

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Is there a state model policy I can use to create anti-bullying policies at my school or district?

The Virginia state model policy Site exit disclaimer is available on the Virginia Department of Education website Site exit disclaimer.

Which of the key components can be found in Virginia anti-bullying laws and policies?

DEFINITIONS
Key Components Present in Virginia State Laws Present in Virginia Model Policy
Purpose YES YES
Scope YES YES
Prohibited Behavior YES YES
Enumerated Groups NO YES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key Components Present in Virginia State Laws Present in Virginia Model Policy
District Policy YES YES
District Policy Review NO N/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in Virginia State Laws Present in Virginia Model Policy
Definitions YES YES
Reporting NO YES
Investigations NO YES
Written Records NO YES
Consequences YES YES
Mental Health NO YES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in Virginia State Laws Present in Virginia Model Policy
Communications YES YES
Training/Prevention YES YES
Transparency/Monitoring YES YES
Legal Remedies YES YES

NOTE: Click on the Key Components links to get more information about that component.

What are the Virginia state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit the Virginia Department of Education’s “Bullying PreventionSite exit disclaimer webpage.

The key component framework used in the analysis of state laws is based on the review of legislation presented in the “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education) (PDF - 4.56 MB).


Content last updated on June 28, 2016