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 Site exit disclaimer is available on the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website Site exit disclaimer.

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

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

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 the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’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