HB 473/FN/LM/CI (BR 1631) - M. Denham
AN ACT relating to the safety and well-being of students.
Amend KRS 158.440 to require school districts to have plans, policies, and procedures to deal with a student who is harassing, intimidating, cyberbullying, or bullying another student; amend KRS 158.441 to define "harassment, intimidation, cyberbullying, or bullying"; allow civil exchange of opinions or debate or cultural practices protected under the state or federal Constitution to be included in areas exempt from definition of "harassment, intimidation, cyberbullying, or bullying"; amend KRS 158.148 to require a school district's code of acceptable behavior and discipline to prohibit harassment, intimidation, cyberbullying, or bullying of students; require, if funds are available, school districts to provide training on the code of acceptable behavior to specific school employees; provide immunity to school employees or students who report a student's disruptive or disorderly behavior; amend KRS 158.150 to include student harassment, intimidation, cyberbullying, or bullying as a cause for disciplinary action; allow disciplinary action other than expulsion or suspension as an option; amend 158.444 to require local school districts to report specific disciplinary actions to the Kentucky Department of Education; amend KRS 525.080 to include electronic communication, under certain conditions, as a form of harassing communication.
Feb 26-introduced in House
Feb 27-to Education (H)
Mar 13-posted in committee
Mar 20-posted in committee