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Thanks goes to Staff Writer, Robyn Meadow, LancasterOnline.com, for researching and finding the information that put Pennsylvania into the YES section for anti bullying laws.  Her article about the Pennsylvania law can be found at http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/231971.  Good job Robyn!

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF

PENNSYLVANIA

B+

HOUSE BILL 

No. 1067 Session of 2007 
INTRODUCED BY MANN, BEYER, BRENNAN AND SAMUELSON, APRIL 18, 2007
SENATOR ARMSTRONG, APPROPRIATIONS, IN SENATE, RE-REPORTED AS 
AMENDED, JULY 4, 2008
AN ACT
 
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An act relating to the 
public school system, including certain provisions applicable as well to private and 
parochial schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the laws relating 
thereto," further providing for transfer of records. 
IN PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR BACKGROUND 
CHECKS OF PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES AND CONVICTION OF EMPLOYEES OF 
CERTAIN OFFENSES AND PROHIBITING CERTAIN REGULATIONS FOR THE 
2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR; IN SCHOOL FINANCES, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR 
ANNUAL BUDGET, ADDITIONAL OR INCREASED APPROPRIATIONS AND 
TRANSFER OF FUNDS; IN PUPILS AND ATTENDANCE, PROVIDING FOR 
CLASSROOM PLACEMENT OF TWINS AND HIGHER ORDER MULTIPLES AND 
PARENTAL DISCRETION; IN SAFE SCHOOLS, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR OFFICE 
FOR SAFE SCHOOLS, PROVIDING FOR POLICY RELATING TO BULLYING, 
AND FURTHER PROVIDING FOR TRANSFER OF RECORDS; IN EDUCATIONAL 
SUPPORT SERVICES AND EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, FURTHER 
PROVIDING FOR EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM; IN EARLY LEARNING 
PROGRAMS, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS; IN HIGH SCHOOLS, 
ESTABLISHING THE VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDY COMMISSION; IN CHARTER 
SCHOOLS, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR REQUIREMENTS, FOR TERM AND FORM OF 
CHARTER, FOR FACILITIES, FOR ENROLLMENT, FOR TRANSPORTATION AND 
FOR CAUSES FOR NONRENEWAL OR TERMINATION; IN EDUCATION 
EMPOWERMENT, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS,
FOR EDUCATION EMPOWERMENT DISTRICTS AND FOR MANDATE WAIVER 
PROGRAM;
 
Below are the clauses that apply to school bullying
 
SECTION 1.  SECTION 111(B) AND (C.1) OF THE ACT OF MARCH 10,
1949 (P.L.30, NO.14), KNOWN AS THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CODE OF 1949,
AMENDED DECEMBER 19, 1990 (P.L.1362, NO.211) AND JULY 20, 2007
 
(C)  IN ADDITION TO THE POWERS AND DUTIES SET FORTH UNDER 
SUBSECTION (A), THE OFFICE IS AUTHORIZED TO MAKE TARGETED 
GRANTS TO SCHOOLS TO FUND PROGRAMS WHICH ADDRESS SCHOOL 
VIOLENCE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING 
PROGRAMS:
(1)  CONFLICT RESOLUTION OR DISPUTE MANAGEMENT.
(2)  PEER HELPERS PROGRAMS.
(3)  RISK ASSESSMENT, SAFETY-RELATED OR VIOLENCE PREVENTION 
CURRICULA.
(4)  CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT.
(5)  STUDENT CODES OF CONDUCT.
(6)  TRAINING TO UNDERTAKE A DISTRICTWIDE ASSESSMENT OF RISK 
FACTORS THAT INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF PROBLEM BEHAVIORS 
AMONG STUDENTS.
(7)  DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RESEARCH-BASED VIOLENCE 
PREVENTION PROGRAMS THAT ADDRESS RISK FACTORS TO REDUCE 
INCIDENTS OF PROBLEM BEHAVIORS AMONG STUDENTS INCLUDING, 
BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BULLYING.  (This counts for point 6 on the 
grading scale  requiring anti bullying programs)
(8)  COMPREHENSIVE, DISTRICTWIDE SCHOOL SAFETY AND VIOLENCE 
PREVENTION PLANS.
(9)  SECURITY PLANNING, PURCHASE OF SECURITY-RELATED TECHNOLOGY 
WHICH MAY INCLUDE METAL DETECTORS, PROTECTIVE LIGHTING, 
SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT, SPECIAL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS 
EQUIPMENT, ELECTRONIC LOCKSETS, DEADBOLTS AND THEFT CONTROL 
DEVICES AND TRAINING IN THE USE OF SECURITY- RELATED TECHNOLOGY. 
SECURITY PLANNING AND PURCHASE OF SECURITY-RELATED TECHNOLOGY 
SHALL BE BASED ON SAFETY NEEDS IDENTIFIED BY THE SCHOOL 
ENTITY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
(10)  INSTITUTION OF STUDENT, STAFF AND VISITOR IDENTIFICATION 
SYSTEMS.
(11)  ESTABLISHMENT OR ENHANCEMENT OF SCHOOL SECURITY 
PERSONNEL, INCLUDING SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS.
(12)  PROVISION OF SPECIALIZED STAFF AND STUDENT TRAINING 
PROGRAMS, INCLUDING TRAINING FOR STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 
TEAM MEMBERS IN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE 
REFERRAL OF STUDENTS AT RISK OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR TO 
APPROPRIATE COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES, INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH 
SERVICES.
(13)  ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS PROVIDED FOR IN ARTICLE 
XIX-C.
(14)  COUNSELING SERVICES FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN ALTERNATIVE 
EDUCATION PROGRAMS.
 
SECTION 6.  THE ACT IS AMENDED BY ADDING A SECTION TO READ: 
SECTION 1303.1-A.  POLICY RELATING TO BULLYING. (Covers 
point 1 and 2 on www.bullypolice.org/grade.html)
 
(A)  NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 2009, EACH SCHOOL ENTITY SHALL 
ADOPT A POLICY OR AMEND ITS EXISTING POLICY RELATING TO 
BULLYING AND INCORPORATE THE POLICY INTO THE SCHOOL ENTITY'S 
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT REQUIRED UNDER 22 PA. CODE § 12.3(C) 
(RELATING TO SCHOOL RULES). (Covers point 4  How to make policy) 
THE POLICY SHALL DELINEATE DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES FOR 
BULLYING AND MAY PROVIDE FOR PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND 
EDUCATION PROGRAMS, PROVIDED THAT NO SCHOOL ENTITY SHALL BE 
REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH A NEW POLICY UNDER THIS SECTION IF ONE 
CURRENTLY EXISTS AND REASONABLY FULFILLS THE REQUIREMENTS OF 
THIS SECTION. THE POLICY SHALL IDENTIFY THE APPROPRIATE SCHOOL 
STAFF PERSON TO RECEIVE REPORTS OF INCIDENTS OF ALLEGED BULLYING.
 
(B)  EACH SCHOOL ENTITY SHALL MAKE THE POLICY AVAILABLE ON ITS 
PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE INTERNET WEBSITE, IF AVAILABLE, AND IN EVERY 
CLASSROOM. EACH SCHOOL ENTITY SHALL POST THE POLICY AT A 
PROMINENT LOCATION WITHIN EACH SCHOOL BUILDING WHERE SUCH 
NOTICES ARE USUALLY POSTED. EACH SCHOOL ENTITY SHALL ENSURE 
THAT THE POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING BULLYING INCIDENTS 
ARE REVIEWED WITH STUDENTS WITHIN NINETY (90) DAYS AFTER 
THEIR ADOPTION AND THEREAFTER AT LEAST ONCE EACH SCHOOL YEAR. 
(Will give ½ point for 11 on the grading scale)
 
(C)  EACH SCHOOL ENTITY SHALL REVIEW ITS POLICY EVERY THREE (3) 
YEARS AND ANNUALLY PROVIDE THE OFFICE WITH A COPY OF ITS POLICY
RELATING TO BULLYING, INCLUDING INFORMATION RELATED TO THE 
DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY BULLYING PREVENTION, 
INTERVENTION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS. THE INFORMATION REQUIRED
 UNDER THIS SUBSECTION SHALL BE ATTACHED TO OR MADE PART OF 
THE ANNUAL REPORT REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 1303-A(B). (Will 
give ½ point for 5 on the grading scale)
 
(D)  IN ITS POLICY RELATING TO BULLYING ADOPTED OR 
MAINTAINED UNDER SUBSECTION (A), A SCHOOL ENTITY SHALL NOT 
BE PROHIBITED FROM DEFINING BULLYING IN SUCH A WAY AS TO 
ENCOMPASS ACTS THAT OCCUR OUTSIDE A SCHOOL SETTING IF 
THOSE ACTS MEET THE REQUIREMENTS CONTAINED IN SUBSECTION 
(E)(1), (3) AND (4). IF A SCHOOL ENTITY REPORTS ACTS OF 
BULLYING TO THE OFFICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 1303-A(B), 
IT SHALL REPORT ALL INCIDENTS THAT QUALIFY AS BULLYING UNDER 
THE ENTITY'S ADOPTED DEFINITION OF THAT TERM.
 
(E)  FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, "BULLYING" SHALL MEAN AN 
INTENTIONAL ELECTRONIC, WRITTEN, VERBAL OR PHYSICAL ACT, 
OR A SERIES OF ACTS: (Cyberbullying clause  covers number 12)
(1)  DIRECTED AT ANOTHER STUDENT OR STUDENTS;
(2)  WHICH OCCURS IN A SCHOOL SETTING;
(3)  THAT IS SEVERE, PERSISTENT OR PERVASIVE; AND
(4)  THAT HAS THE EFFECT OF DOING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (I)  SUBSTANTIALLY INTERFERING WITH A STUDENT'S EDUCATION;
  (II)  CREATING A THREATENING ENVIRONMENT; OR
  (III)  SUBSTANTIALLY DISRUPTING THE ORDERLY OPERATION OF 
THE SCHOOL; AND "SCHOOL SETTING" SHALL MEAN IN THE SCHOOL, 
ON SCHOOL GROUNDS, IN SCHOOL VEHICLES, AT A DESIGNATED BUS 
STOP OR AT ANY ACTIVITY SPONSORED, SUPERVISED OR SANCTIONED 
BY THE SCHOOL. (Defines bullying  This counts for point 3 on the 
grading scale)
 
 
SECTION 34.  THIS ACT SHALL APPLY RETROACTIVELY TO JULY 1, 2008.
SECTION 35.  THIS ACT SHALL TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY.  (This 
counts for point 7 on the grading scale  www.bullypolice.org/grade.html

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