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United States Virgin Islands Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

Components of Anti-Bullying Laws and Regulations

Component Included
Prohibiting statement No
Definition No
Scope No
Protected groups No
District policy requirement Yes
Reporting and investigations No
Consequences No
Communication of policy Yes
Safeguards and supports No
Review and update of local policies Yes
Prevention education Yes
Staff training Yes
Parent engagement No

Which U.S. Virgin Islands laws and regulations cover bullying?

How are bullying and cyberbullying defined in U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws and regulations?

U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws and regulations do include definitions of prohibited conduct.

Do U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws and regulations cover cyberbullying that occurs off-campus?

No. U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws do not cover off-campus conduct.

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

U.S. Virgin Islands school districts must create and maintain a policy on bullying. U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws do not specify content of school district policies but do require that school districts communicate policies on bullying to students and their parents or guardians on an annual basis.

U.S. Virgin Islands school districts must update policies every two years and file bullying policies with the Board for implementation monitoring.

Do U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws and regulations include protections for specific groups?

No. There are no specific groups listed under U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws or regulations.

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 U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws and regulations encourage or require districts to implement bullying prevention programs or strategies?

Yes. U.S. Virgin anti-bullying laws require each district to make suitable provisions for instruction in bullying prevention and gang resistance education and training in all grades and to incorporate bullying prevention and gang resistance education and training into conflict resolution education.  

Do U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws and regulations encourage or require districts to train teachers and other school staff on how to respond to bullying incidents?

Yes. U.S. Virgin anti-bullying laws require each district to make suitable provisions for instruction in bullying prevention and gang resistance education and training. U.S. Virgin anti-bullying laws also direct the Department of Education to assist in the development of instructional materials and training for all school personnel in relation to bullying prevention and gang resistance education and training.

Do U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws and regulations encourage or require districts to provide safeguards or mental health supports for students involved with bullying?

No.  U.S. Virgin anti-bullying laws do not require districts to provide safeguards or mental health supports for students involved with bullying.

Do U.S. Virgin Islands anti-bullying laws and regulations involve parents in efforts to address bullying behavior?

No. U.S. Virgin anti-bullying laws do not create expectations for parent involvement in addressing bullying.

For More Information

Visit the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s “Bully 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).

 

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