There has been so much discussion on the anti-bullying bill known as the Safe and Supportive Schools Act (HF826). It has been a long process and I believe our legislative body has given us a product that will help students feel safe, something that is manageable, and creates a good outline for parents and educators alike.
Each District Will Have a Locally Adopted Policy - Minnesota prides itself on being a local control state. The act ensures each district and charter has the autonomy to implement an anti-bullying policy that they create and that fits their community. Cannon Falls has an anti-bullying policy in place and it lines up well with the new regulations. Our policy committee will meet and review these parameters as well.
It Clearly Defines Bullying - The act defines what behaviors, and patterns of behaviors, should be considered bullying in Minnesota schools, including online bullying through social media. Cannon Falls has already adopted stricter guidelines on these behaviors.
Creates a Designated Advocate in Each School - The act designates a staff member at each school to monitor and investigate reports of bullying behavior. It also provides regular training and professional development for teachers and staff to identify and prevent bullying behavior. This is an area we will stress with our upcoming staff development session with our educators.
If you have any specific questions on the new Safe and Supportive Schools Act or how it will impact Cannon Falls Schools, please give me a call at 507-263-6800.