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Idaho Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What are the Idaho laws and regulations that cover bullying?

How are bullying and cyberbullying defined in Idaho anti-bullying laws and regulations?

Idaho anti-bullying laws include the following definitions of harassment, intimidation, and bullying:

“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional gesture, or any intentional written, verbal or physical act or threat by a student that:

(a) A reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:

(i)   Harming a student; or

(ii)  Damaging a student's property; or

(iii) Placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person; or

(iv) Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to his or her property; or

(b) Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student.

An act of harassment, intimidation or bullying may also be committed through the use of a landline, car phone or wireless telephone or through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network.

Idaho Code § 18-917A (2015)

Do Idaho anti-bullying laws and regulations cover cyberbullying that occurs off-campus?

No. Idaho anti-bullying laws do not cover off-campus conduct.

What are the policy requirements for schools to prevent and respond to bullying behavior?

Idaho school districts must adopt policies on harassment, intimidation, and bullying. School district policies must contain key policy and procedural elements, including, but not limited to:

  • Consequences that may include, but are not limited to, referral to counseling, diversion, use of juvenile specialty courts, restorative practices, on-site suspension and expulsion for any student who commits an act of bullying, intimidation, harassment, violence or threats of violence;
  • Procedures for reporting, including designation of a person to whom bullying reports are to be made; and
  • Requirements regarding how the policy will be publicized within the district.

Idaho state law requires districts to report bullying incidents to the state department of education on an annual basis.

Do Idaho anti-bullying laws and regulations include protections for specific groups?

No. There are no specific groups listed under Idaho anti-bullying laws or regulations.

Idaho 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.

Do Idaho anti-bullying laws and regulations encourage or require districts to implement bullying prevention programs or strategies?

Yes. Idaho school staff must receive professional development on school prevention strategies or programs, including the identification of materials to be distributed annually to students and parents.

Do Idaho anti-bullying laws and regulations encourage or require districts to train teachers and other school staff on how to respond to bullying incidents?

Yes. Idaho school districts are required to provide ongoing professional development to build skills of all school staff members to prevent, identify and respond to harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Do Idaho anti-bullying laws and regulations encourage or require districts to provide safeguards or mental health supports for students involved with bullying?

Yes. Idaho school district employees are authorized and expected to intervene on behalf of students facing harassment, intimidation, and bullying to protect and provide support for the victim of the act.

Do Idaho anti-bullying laws and regulations involve parents in efforts to address bullying behavior?

No. Idaho anti-bullying laws do not create expectations for parent involvement in addressing bullying behavior.

For More Information

Visit the Idaho State Department of Education’s “Safe and Drug Free Schools” webpage and/or view the Idaho state model policy on bullying and harassment.

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 21, 2017