It is the goal of the Socorro Independent School District to change the norms around bullying behavior and to restructure the school setting itself so that bullying is less likely to occur or be rewarded.SB 179 - The New Anti-Bullying Bill
"David's Law" - S.B. 179 - is one of the new laws that will have a major impact on the day-to-day operation of your school. Here are several things you need to know about this new law, which will go into effect on September 1, 2017.
- It makes it clear that bullying does not have to involve a pattern of repeated behavior. "A single significant act" might be sufficient to meet the definition of "bullying."
- Our definition of bullying has always required that there be an effort on the target. That effect could be physical harm, or the threat of it; or damage to property; or an "intimidating. threatening, or abusive educational environment." The new law adds to this, by stating that it is "bullying" if the behavior "materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or infringes on the rights of the victim at school."
- Cyberbullying off campus is expressly included in the definition of bullying if it "interferes with a student's educational opportunities" or "substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related activity."
- Notice of alleged bullying must be given to the parent on or before the third business day after the incident is reported. The alleged bully's parent is to be notified within a "reasonable time."
The goals of the program are to:
• reduce existing bullying problems among students
• prevent the development of new bullying problems
• achieve better peer relations at school
For additional information, please contact your child’s school or the Office of State and Federal Programs at 915-937-1600.
Last Modified on August 29, 2017