Washington Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.  

What groups are listed under Washington state law?

The following groups are listed under Washington anti-bullying laws:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • National origin
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Mental, physical, or sensory handicap

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

The Washington state model policy (PDF - 69.9 KB) Site exit disclaimer is available on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website.

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

DEFINITIONS
Key ComponentsPresent in Washington State LawsPresent in Washington Model Policy
PurposeYESYES
ScopeYESYES
Prohibited BehaviorYESYES
Enumerated GroupsYESYES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key ComponentsPresent in Washington State LawsPresent in Washington Model Policy
District PolicyYESN/A
District Policy ReviewYESN/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Washington State LawsPresent in Washington Model Policy
DefinitionsYESN/A
ReportingYESYES
InvestigationsYESYES
Written RecordsYESYES
ConsequencesYESYES
Mental HealthYESYES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Washington State LawsPresent in Washington Model Policy
CommunicationsYESYES
Training/PreventionYESYES
Transparency/MonitoringNONO
Legal RemediesYESYES

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

What are the Washington state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit “Bullying PreventionSite exit disclaimer by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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