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California Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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What terms are used in California anti-bullying laws and regulations?

Discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under California anti-bullying laws and regulations?

The following groups are listed under California anti-bullying laws and regulations:

  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Gender expression
  • Nationality
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Association with a person or group with one of more of these actual or perceived characteristics

Schools that receive federal funding are required by federal law to address discrimination on a number of different personal characteristics. Find out when bullying may be a civil rights violation.

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

The California sample policy for bullying prevention and a sample action plan are available on the California Department of Education website .

Which of the key components can be found in California anti-bullying laws, regulations, and model policies?

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

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

What are the California laws and regulations that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit the California Department of Education’s “Bullying and Hate-Motivated Behavior Prevention” 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).

 

Content last updated on June 20, 2017

Content last reviewed on September 26, 2017