SB 188 (BR 1384) - J. Carroll, D. Boswell, W. Blevins Jr, T. Buford, D. Harper Angel, D. Mongiardo, J. Rhoads, E. Scorsone, T. Shaughnessy
AN ACT relating to the safety, learning, and well-being of students.
Amend KRS 158.440 to require school districts to have procedures in place to address student harassment, intimidation, and bullying; amend KRS 158.441 to define "harassment, intimidation, or bullying"; amend KRS 158.148 to require school districts to formulate a code of acceptable behavior prohibiting student harassment, intimidation, or bullying that includes procedures for reporting and investigating complaints, a strategy for protecting complainants from retaliation, and a process for annually discussing the code with students; require school districts, under certain conditions, to provide training to school employees on the district's acceptable code of behavior; require school districts to include the code of acceptable behavior in the district employee training manual; amend KRS 158.150 to include student harassment, intimidation, or bullying as a cause for suspension or expulsion; amend KRS 158.444 to require local school districts to collect and provide to the Kentucky Department of Education information related to all incidents of student harassment, intimidation, or bullying; amend KRS 160.345 to require a school council to include strategies to address student harassment, intimidation, or bullying as part of the school's comprehensive safety plan; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to provide immunity to school employees and students from a cause of action for damages arising from reporting a student's disruptive or disorderly behavior.
Feb 10-introduced in Senate
Feb 15-to Judiciary (S)