Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. In provisions concerning bullying prevention, makes changes concerning the criteria for bullying, the written policy on bullying that schools must adopt (including posting requirements), and implementation of the written policy. Requires that schools maintain records concerning any bullying incidents. Adds provisions concerning criminal and civil immunity for specified parties. Adds provisions concerning gang resistance education and training for students. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. In a Section concerning bullying prevention education and gang resistance education and training, makes changes concerning the General Assembly's findings, provides for a definition of "bullying" instead of "bullying prevention", and removes the requirement that a school district make suitable provision for instruction in bullying prevention and gang resistance education and training. Provides that each school district and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school (instead of just school districts) shall create and maintain a policy on bullying. Provides that nothing in the bullying prevention provisions is intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or under Section 3 or 4 of Article 1 of the Illinois Constitution. Provides for a School Bullying Prevention Task Force. Provides that each school district and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school in this State may make suitable provisions for instruction in gang resistance education and training. Effective immediately.