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                                                       PRINTER'S NO. 934

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


HOUSE BILL

No. 772 Session of 2005


        INTRODUCED BY WOJNAROSKI, CORRIGAN, CAPPELLI, BUXTON,
           CALTAGIRONE, WALKO, BUNT, CRAHALLA, STABACK, GOODMAN, BEBKO-
           JONES, READSHAW, SCHRODER, CASORIO, GRUCELA, EACHUS, THOMAS,
           ROEBUCK, W. KELLER, BALDWIN, DeLUCA, YOUNGBLOOD, SCAVELLO,
           KOTIK, BLAUM, REICHLEY, GEIST, FREEMAN, WASHINGTON AND
           BROWNE, MARCH 14, 2005

        REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, MARCH 14, 2005

                                     AN ACT

     1  Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
     2     act relating to the public school system, including certain
     3     provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
     4     schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
     5     laws relating thereto," requiring school districts to develop
     6     a bullying and student intimidation prevention plan.

     7     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     8  hereby enacts as follows:
     9     Section 1.  The act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known
    10  as the Public School Code of 1949, is amended by adding a
    11  section to read:
    12     Section 1303.1-A.  Bullying and Student Intimidation
    13  Prevention Plan.--(a)  Each school district in this Commonwealth
    14  shall develop a comprehensive and coordinated bullying and
    15  student intimidation prevention plan relevant to the specific
    16  needs of the district and drawing on existing State and
    17  community resources with the goal to create a safe academic and
    18  social environment while assuring that appropriate procedures

     1  are in place to deal with crisis situations.
     2     (b)  The bullying and student intimidation prevention plan
     3  should include both preventative and responsive measures and
     4  programs to address bullying and student intimidation in order
     5  to eliminate numerous student safety risk factors and reduce the
     6  occurrence of school violence.
     7     (c)  Within three months of the effective date of this
     8  section, every school district shall submit a bullying and
     9  student intimidation prevention plan to the Department of
    10  Education. The school board of a district must review and
    11  approve its plan before the plan may be submitted to the
    12  department. Any revisions to the original plan submitted to the
    13  department shall be approved by the school board prior to
    14  submission to the department. Any school district which has a
    15  preexisting bullying and student intimidation prevention plan
    16  adopted by the school board may submit such program to the
    17  department.
    18     (d)  The bullying and student intimidation prevention plan,
    19  and any subsequent revisions to the original plan, shall be made
    20  available for public inspection in the school district offices
    21  for at least 30 days prior to its approval by the school board.
    22     (e)  At the beginning of each school year students shall be
    23  furnished with an updated copy of the bullying and student
    24  intimidation prevention plan adopted by the school board. Copies
    25  shall also be made available to administrators, parents and
    26  teachers within the district.
    27     (f)  A school district which fails to comply with this
    28  section shall be ineligible for reimbursement under Article XXV
    29  until it establishes compliance.
    30     (g)  In developing its plan, a district may utilize the
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     1  existing resources and expertise of the Office for Safe Schools
     2  established by the department pursuant to section 1302-A. The
     3  department, through the office for Safe Schools, shall develop
     4  and make available to school districts model bullying and
     5  student intimidation prevention plans drawn from programs
     6  already offered in this Commonwealth and throughout the United
     7  States.
     8     Section 2.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.















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