Bullying Requirements for Schools
School district; development and adoption of bullying prevention and education policy; review.
(1) The Legislature finds and declares that:
(a) Bullying disrupts a school’s ability to educate students; and
(b) Bullying threatens public safety by creating an atmosphere in which such behavior can escalate into violence.
(2) For purposes of this section, bullying means any ongoing pattern of physical, verbal, or electronic abuse on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose by a school employee or his or her designee, or at school-sponsored activities or school-sponsored athletic events.
(3) On or before July 1, 2009, each school district as defined in section 79-101 shall develop and adopt a policy concerning bullying prevention and education for all students.
(4) The school district shall review the policy annually.
State school security director; duties.
The state school security director appointed pursuant to section 79-2,143 shall be responsible for providing leadership and support for safety and security for the public schools.
Provide leadership and training for bullying and cyberbullying prevention.
Support schools in their efforts for bullying prevention and response.
Support parents when bullying concerns arise and provide guidance
Support school’s planning
Provide training for teachers and school administrators on aspects relating to bullying
Nebraska is a local control state which means the Nebraska Department of Education has no control over schools unless a school breaks a state or federal law.
We are not able to investigate instances of bullying. NDE is limited to investigating whether a school has followed their district bullying policy, state, or federal. When you contact the school safety team, they will provide resources, consultation, and strategies on how to communicate your concerns with your school. They may also provide guidance on how to file a report with the NDE investigation team.