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January 18, 2022 School Board Meeting
Board Policy 5517.01 Bullying and/or Harassment
Meeting Date(s)
Resolution / Presentation - 12/14/2021
Information - 01/18/2022
Action - 02/08/2022
Consent Type

The purpose of the revisions to this policy is to ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, Florida State Board of Education Rules, Board policies, administrative rules, procedures, and guidelines. In addition, the proposed revisions promote transparency and accountability.

• The policy has been revised to cross-reference the new Policy 2266 and require that reports of sexual or gender-based harassment first be evaluated by a Title IX Coordinator for applicability of the Title IX grievance process. After screening, any reports deemed not to fall under the scope of Title IX would be addressed through this policy. Any reports falling under Title IX must instead be addressed through the grievance process in Policy 2266.
• Clarification has been added regarding “school” days.
• Additionally, an amendment is presented to cross-reference the appeals process in Policy 2260.01 applicable to bullying and/or harassment cases.
• Finally, the training materials references have been updated.
• The proposed amendments did not arise from an updated NEOLA template; instead, they were initiated by BPS legal counsel in consultation with Student Services.


Board Policy 5517.01 - Bullying and/or Harassment is currently being revised and will appear before the School Board on the dates indicated below:

•    Cabinet – 11/15/2021
•    Work Session – 12/14/2021
•    Rule Development Workshop – 01/18/2022
•    School Board Meeting Information – 01/18/2022
•    School Board Meeting Approval – 02/08/2022
•    Effective Date – upon approval

Authority for Action
§§ 110.1221, 784.048, 1002.20, 1006.13, 1006.147; F.S.; Florida Department of Education Revised Model Policy (July 2016); 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX); 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX Regulations)
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Source of Funding

Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds
Financial Impact
FY Amount Budgeted Fund Cost Center Project Function Object Program
Legal Counsel Review
Yes - Review Date: 11/12/2021
Chris Moore x11270, Valerie Londono x11438
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