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Governor Dayton Signs Into Law the Safe and Supportive Schools Act

On April 9, 2014, Governor Dayton signed into law the Safe and Supportive Schools Act. The Act defines both "bullying" and "cyberbullying" as well as "remedial response."

School districts must adopt a written policy to prevent and prohibit student bullying that is consistent with the Act and conforms to the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act. Students and parents must be provided notice with the student discipline policy about the rights and responsibilities of students and their parents under the Act at the beginning of each school year. School districts may develop their own policy that meets the statutory requirements or may comply with the state model policy.

Ongoing professional development and training of staff to identify, prevent and appropriately address prohibited conduct is required. In addition, the Act encourages school districts to provide instruction and to make effective prevention and intervention programs available to students.

Further, the Act establishes a multiagency leadership council to improve school climate and school safety as well as a school safety technical assistance center at the Department of Education. The Act also applies to charter schools. The Act is effective beginning July 1, 2014, and the policy and notice requirements are effective for the 2014-15 school year. read bill

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February 20, 2017

Presidents' Day. No school board meetings may be held. If school is conducted, at least one hour of the school program must be devoted to a patriotic observance of the day (Minn. Stat. § 120A.42).