Vermont Agency of Education Documents
The Vermont Agency of Education provides a variety of memos, guides, and documents related to bullying and harassment that may be helpful for parents/guardians and school staff.
- In May 2012, the Vermont legislature passed H771, a bill that mandates that all schools shall have a model bullying prevention policy in place by January 1, 2013. To help schools fulfill this mandate, the Agency of Education has issued a model bullying policy. According to 16 V.S.A. §570(b), all school bullying policies must be at least as stringent as the model policy issued by the Agency of Education.
- On January 5, 2011, the Secretary of Education issued a new harassment self-checklist (34 KB) for schools to use to assess their compliance with the various legal obligations related to bullying and harassment. Please note that this checklist does not include information about the new requirements attached to the bullying statute as of January 2, 2013.
- The Vermont Agency of Education provides a model harassment policy (updated in August 2011) (57 KB) which lays out a procedure for responding to complaints of harassment and includes all steps/actions required by Vermont statute. According to 16 V.S.A. §570(b), all school harassment policies must be at least as stringent as the model policy issued by the Agency of Education.
- Harassment investigation flow chart (15 KB)
- Information to include in student handbooks (37 KB)
- In addition to the materials listed above, the Agency of Education also provides a model hazing policy. As with harassment policies, according to 16 V.S.A. §570(b), all school hazing policies must be at least as stringent as the model policy issued by the Agency of Education. (20 KB)
The two excerpts below, one from the Discipline Plan Development Guide and the other from the Positive School Discipline Guide, provide guidance to schools about how to handle off-campus misconduct that has an impact on campus, either on the school as a whole or on an individual student.