RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Bev Perdue has signed into law a bill to prevent the bullying and harassment of students and school employees on school property, school buses or at school-sponsored events.
Under the new law, school districts statewide must adopt a policy before Dec. 31 that prohibits bullying or harassing behavior.
The policy must include the following components:
School districts are required to provide training on the policy by March 1, 2010, to employees and volunteers who have significant contact with students, and the policy must appear in any school system publication that conveys the rules, procedures and standards of conduct for schools within the district.
The law will be applied beginning with the 2009-10 school year.