The Washington State Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education wants to hear from parents, guardians and caregivers about how bullying policies are being enforced at their child’s school. Responses to the survey will help guide the state legislature as they consider whether to adopt changes to laws that address bullying and harassment in school.
Below is a description of the survey and then the survey itself.
The Washington State Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education would like to find out about parents and guardian’s familiarity and experience with school district policies and procedures regarding harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination.
Washington state law defines “harassment, intimidation, or bullying” as any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act including, but not limited to, one shown to be motivated by distinguishing characteristics when the intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act:
• Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property;
• Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;
• Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
• Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
State law prohibits discrimination in Washington public schools on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.
Click here to take the survey (16 questions/about 5-10 minutes to complete)
Click here for King 5’s coverage about the survey, including statements from lawmakers and their staff.