February 10, 2011, Introduced by Senator JONES and referred to the Committee on Education.




     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled


"The revised school code,"


(MCL 380.1 to 380.1852) by adding section 1310b.




     Sec. 1310b. (1) Not later than 6 months after the effective


date of this section, the board of a school district or


intermediate school district or board of directors of a public


school academy shall adopt and implement a policy prohibiting


bullying or harassment at school, as defined in this section. The


legislature encourages a board or board of directors to include in


its policy provisions concerning education, parental involvement,


reporting, investigation, and intervention. Before adopting the


policy, the board or board of directors shall hold at least 1


public hearing on the proposed policy. This public hearing may be


held as part of a regular board meeting. Not later than 30 days


after adopting the policy, the board or board of directors shall


submit a copy of its policy to the department.


     (2) Not later than 1 year after the deadline under subsection


(1) for districts and public school academies to submit copies of


their policies to the department, the department shall submit a


report to the senate and house standing committees on education


summarizing the status of the implementation of policies under this




     (3) As used in this section:


     (a) "At school" means in a classroom, elsewhere on school


premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, or at a


school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on


school premises. "At school" includes conduct using a


telecommunications access device or telecommunications service


provider that occurs off school premises if the telecommunications


access device or the telecommunications service provider is owned


by or under the control of the school district or public school




     (b) "Bullying or harassment" means abuse of a pupil by 1 or


more other pupils in any form. The term includes, but is not


limited to, conduct that meets any of the following:


     (i) Substantially interferes with educational opportunities,


benefits, or programs of 1 or more pupils.


     (ii) Adversely affects the ability of a pupil to participate in


or benefit from the school district's or public school's


educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in


reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing emotional distress.


     (iii) Is reasonably perceived to be motivated by animus or by an


actual or perceived characteristic.


     (c) "Telecommunications access device" and "telecommunications


service provider" mean those terms as defined in section 219a of


the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.219a.


     (4) This section shall be known as "Matt's Safe School Law".