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Washington D.C. Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the Washington D.C. anti-bullying laws?

Bullying

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Washington D.C. state law?

The following groups are listed under Washington D.C. law:

  • Race, Color, Ethnicity, National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Personal Appearance
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity or Expression
  • Intellectual Ability
  • Familial Status
  • Family Responsibilities
  • Matriculation
  • Political Affiliation
  • Genetic Information
  • Disability
  • Source of income
  • Status as a victim of an intrafamily offense
  • Place of residence or business
  • Any other distinguishing characteristic

 

Schools that receive federal funding are required by federal law to address discrimination on a number of different personal characteristics. Find out when bullying may be a civil rights violation.

Is there a state model policy I can use to create anti-bullying policies at my school or district?

A new model policy is currently in development by the D.C. Anti-Bullying Task Force.

Which of the key components can be found in Washington D.C. anti-bullying laws and policies?

Key Components

Present in Washington D.C. Laws

DEFINITIONS

Purpose

YES

Scope

YES

Prohibited Behavior

YES

Enumerated Groups

YES

DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT

District Policy

YES

District Policy Review

YES

DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS

Definitions

YES

Reporting

YES

Investigations

YES

Written Records

YES

Consequences

YES

Mental Health

NO

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS

Communications

YES

Training/Prevention

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

NO

Legal Remedies

YES

NOTE: Click on the Key Components links to get more information about that component.

What are the District of Columbia state laws that cover bullying?

The Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 was signed into law in June, 2012.

For More Information

Visit the District of Columbia Public Schools website.
Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education)