Bullying affects many students, including students with disabilities.  Read more about Pennsylvania’s laws and bullying policies, along with guidance from the federal Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Education.

What are Pennsylvania’s anti-bullying laws and policies?

Office for Safe Schools: Office for Safe Schools coordinates school safety and security programs, collection of the annual school violence statistics, coordination of anti-violence efforts, and development of policies and strategies to combat school violence.

Federal Guidance on Bullying

US Department of Education Press Release : Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools : October 21, 2014

Bullying Guidance: Dear Colleague letter, October 21, 2014 : US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

Bullying of Students with Disabilities: Dear Colleague letter, August 20, 2013: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Effective Evidence-based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying: Enclosure to August 20, 2013 Dear Colleague letter

Harassment and Bullying: Dear Colleague letter, August 26 2010, Office for Civil Rights

Background, Summary, and Fast Facts on Dear Colleague Letter Harassment and Bullying (October 26, 2010)

Disability Harrassment: Dear Colleague letter, July 25, 2000, Office for Civil Rights