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 (PDF - 3.3 MB) is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.

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

DEFINITIONS
Key ComponentsPresent in Virginia State LawsPresent in Virginia Model Policy
PurposeYESYES
ScopeYESYES
Prohibited BehaviorYESYES
Enumerated GroupsNOYES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key ComponentsPresent in Virginia State LawsPresent in Virginia Model Policy
District PolicyYESYES
District Policy ReviewNON/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Virginia State LawsPresent in Virginia Model Policy
DefinitionsYESYES
ReportingNOYES
InvestigationsNOYES
Written RecordsNOYES
ConsequencesYESYES
Mental HealthNOYES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Virginia State LawsPresent in Virginia Model Policy
CommunicationsYESYES
Training/PreventionYESYES
Transparency/MonitoringYESYES
Legal RemediesYESYES

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 “Bullying Prevention” by the Virginia Department of Education.

Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education) (PDF - 4.56 MB).


Content last updated on March 31, 2014