Safe and Supportive Schools Act
New law helps protect children from bullying
The Safe and Supportive Schools Act strengthens protections against the threat of bullying in Minnesota schools. The new law provides local school districts the guidance, support and flexibility to adopt clear and enforceable school policies to help protect all students from bullying. All students deserve to attend a school free of bullying, intimidation and harassment.
Failure to address bullying and non-compliance with the law
If you are concerned that a school district or school has failed to address bullying, or that a school district or school is not complying with the Safe and Supportive Schools Law, please share your concerns with the School Safety Technical Assistance Center by email, by phone at 651-582-8364 or by mail at School Safety Technical Assistance Center, Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113.
State Model Bullying Prevention policy
The Model Bullying Prohibition Policy contains procedures for reporting, documenting and investigating incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying (including cyberbullying) as explained in the model policy and Minnesota statute. The document delineates responsibilities for school personnel and presents student intervention strategies.
The document delineates responsibilities for school personnel and presents student intervention strategies. The policy also outlines the requirements for districts to:
- Consult with students, parents, school employees, volunteers and community members in developing policies and programs.
- Publish policies in student handbooks and employee training materials.
- Provide training on local policies.
- Provide safe and supportive schools programming.
The Safe and Supportive Schools Act established the School Safety Technical Assistance Council to improve school climate and school safety ensuring that all Minnesota students have a safe and supportive learning environment that maximizes each student's learning potential. Visit the Council's web page for a member list, meeting minutes and more.
The 23-member multiagency leadership council’s duties include:
- Establishment of norms and standards for prevention, intervention, and support around issues of prohibited conduct.
- Advancement of evidence-based policy and best practices to improve school climate and promote school safety.
- Development and dissemination of resources and training for schools and communities about issues of prohibited conduct and other school safety-related issues.
- Development of policies and procedures for the services provided by the School Safety Technical Assistance Center.
Departmental procedures that allow students, parents and educators to file a complaint against a district or charter school if they feel the district or charter school is not implementing their bullying prohibition policy according to the law.
Equal Access for Student-Led Non-curricular Clubs - 8/21/15
All public secondary schools that receive federal funding are required by federal law to afford all student groups the same opportunities to form, convene on school grounds and have access to all the same available resources. The Equal Access Act protects student-led groups from discrimination and harassment, including unequal treatment, based on speech at the group's meetings.