Laws, Legislation, and Policies
The Student Harassment Prevention Act was signed on May 29, 2009 by Alabama Governor Bob Riley.
Alabama's Student Harassment Prevention Act: Does it Do What It Said It Would Do? by alabamaschoolconnection.org
Examples of Alabama Schools' Bullying Policies
Model Anti-Harassment Policy (developed by ALSDE): In response to the directive of Act No. 2009-571, Student Harassment Prevention Act, the State Department of Education (SDE) has developed a model anti-harassment policy for local education agencies to use in the development of their local policy.
Model Policies from Alabama School Districts
Hoover City Schools: Code of Student Conduct; Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation, Reporting Form
Tuscaloosa City Schools: Anti-Harassment Policy
The National Council Safety Center provides information about state laws and pending legislation related to bullying, cyberbullying, cyberharrassment, and cyberstalking. Click here to view resources resulting from the search term, "bullying."
A "Dear Colleague Letter" from the Office of Civil Rights: In recent years, many state departments of education and local school districts have taken steps to reduce bullying in schools. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) fully supports these efforts. Bullying fosters a climate of fear and disrespect that can seriously impair the physical and psychological health of its victims and create conditions that negatively affect learning, thereby undermining the ability of students to achieve their full potential.
Bullying has a potentially devastating effect on students and young adults, their families, schools, and communities. State and local lawmakers have taken action to eliminate bullying and protect children and young adults. Please contact your local representatives or state department of education for more information on anti-bullying and cyberbullying legislation in your state.