Missouri educators to get lesson on complying with new bullying mandates

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, October 20 2016 Oct 20, 2016 Thursday, October 20, 2016 7:08:00 AM CDT October 20, 2016 in News
By: Kristen Reesor, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - School staff members from across Missouri will be students on Thursday, taking part in a seminar on how to better protect students from bullying.

The Missouri Association of School Administrators is hosting the learning session as part of its Focus On Professional Development Series. The seminar aims to give school staff the tools and tips to respond to bullying in compliance with House Bill 1583, which outlines new anti-bullying mandates.

Doug Hayter, the organization's associate executive director for leader development, said lawyers who specialize in childhood bullying and discrimination will teach attendees about the bill.

Hayter said the Missouri Association of School Administrators has about 800 members from around the state. Superintendents, central office administrators, building level leaders, teachers and more will attend the seminar.

"It's our way of educating our membership and helping them in regard to student safety and running their school districts in the most effective manner," he said.

Hayter said the presenters will use case studies to examine how to react to bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and assault among students. They will explain everything as it relates to the legal obligations now required of Missouri schools. For example, the law specifies how soon school districts must respond to an incident.

"If specific individuals witness bullying or discrimination or something related, they have a certain number of days, like within two days, that it has to be reported," Hayter said. "It also gives more specific guidelines regarding the completion of the investigation, so it just adds more specificity to dealing with those situations."

In addition to the new guidelines, each school district's anti-bullying policy now needs to be in the student handbook, and districts must annually inform students of the policy. Some districts, including Columbia Public Schools, already meet this requirement.

Darlene Grant, an assistant principal at Rock Bridge High School, said these new guidelines are only going to help the students.

"It's very important that students feel comfortable and that they feel like they can be a part of this environment." 

The new law also defines cyberbullying, an issue Grant said she's aware of.

"Today a lot of the information we receive about bullying involves social media, so of course we have to do investigation, and it usually includes some form of looking at what occurred on social media, what was written, what pictures were shared, etc, as a way of gathering as much information as we can to help us make decisions on how to handle the situation," Grant said.

Gov. Nixon signed the bill into law on June 3, and it became effective August 28. 

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
STURGEON - The oldest county fair west of the Mississippi kicks off Tuesday in Sturgeon. The Boone County fair... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:49:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY – Expecting mothers in Boone County will soon have more services at their disposal. The county received... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a proposed energy transmission project through northern Missouri, got new life... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:59:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
ASHLAND - A child identification program wants to help parents be as prepared as possible in the event that a... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:41:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Nineteen agencies received more than $115,000 in grant money Tuesday from the United Way of Central Missouri.... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:56:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Some people may notice their trash laying out on the curb for longer than usual on Tuesday. ... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - A car chase which started in Cole County on Tuesday ended in Columbia with two arrests. ... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:22:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The group fighting a ballot measure that would make Missouri a right-to-work state has outraised its... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:17:30 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say two planes carrying more than 250 passengers made emergency landings at Kansas City International... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:11:34 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police records related to the shooting death of Rovon Blocker suggest the incident appeared to be accidental. ... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:39:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Three Fulton men are in custody after being charged with stealing and drug offenses, in connection to... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:01:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
FULTON - A judge sentenced a man convicted of a dozen sex crimes, some involving children, to sixty years in... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:05:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:30:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) - A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:14:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – City council approved two public hearings in August to discuss possible increases to the property tax and sewer... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees in his... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:03:27 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to rename the Columbia post office located on Walnut... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 6:51:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Family, friends and law enforcement continue to search Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area for Jerry Kinman. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 6:00:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 86°
7pm 85°
8pm 83°
9pm 80°
10pm 78°