Bullying policies in Nebraska need significant updates, as many policies are copied from one district to another. This current practice reduces the impact of bullying prevention on local school communities. For bullying policies to be effective they must be crafted to meet the best standards of practice, follow guidelines set forth by legislation, cater to the specific needs of the community, and be made available to everyone.
Effective bullying policies, when implemented effectively, can significantly improve school environment, student outcomes, and prevent litigation. The presentation will discuss current bullying policies across Nebraska schools and the critical need for updated policies. The presentation will also provide participants with a model bullying policy that includes components identified by researchers and world experts necessary to include in a bullying policy.