Freedom from Abuse, Discrimination, and Bullying

Schools across the nation are fighting back against discouraging statistics revealing the harsh realities encountered by too many children. Schools are using every available tool—policy, education programs, disciplinary measures, and more—to create more secure and effective learning environments. The following are resources related to the prevention of child abuse, discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

Bullying
Harassment, Discrimination, and Dating Violence
Child Abuse and Neglect

Bullying   

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on bullying, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FDB Intradistrict Transfers and Classroom Assignments
FFF Student Safety
FFI Freedom from Bullying

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Bullying in Schools, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a training video package that addresses the legal requirements and procedures for districts to consider when identifying and responding to bullying in public schools.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Harassment and Bullying Policies in Public Schools answers frequently asked questions about the adoption of effective policies on harassment and bullying.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Student Cyberbullying provides a brief overview of strategies to help school officials prohibit and intervene to stop online bullying among students. 

Other Resources

  • The Texas Attorney General's (AG) Texas Teen Page provides information for teenagers on a variety of topics, including dating violence, bullying, and parenting. 
  • The AG's Cyber Safety Website addresses Internet threats including cyberbullying.
  • The Region 14 Education Service Center Bully Prevention State Initiative Website provides useful information to school districts to help prevent, identify, and respond to bullying behavior.
  • The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) has created an online video, Texas Schools, Bullying, and the Law, that provides basic information on Texas’ anti-bullying law passed by the 2011 Legislature.
  • The TxSSC provides several Internet safety resources that address such topics as cyberbullying.
  • The U.S. StopBullying.gov Website is a compilation of resources from a number of federal agencies that are intended to help students, educators, parents, and communities address bullying.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Bullying in Schools provides school police information about the causes and effects of bullying and recommendations to address bullying in schools.
  • The National School Boards Association guidebook Harassment, Bullying and Free Expression provides useful guidelines to assist school districts in balancing and respecting students’ free speech and exercise of religion with maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment free from bullying or harassment.

 

Harassment, Discrimination, and Dating Violence   
 

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on harassment, discrimination, and dating violence, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FB Equal Educational Opportunity
FFH Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
FND Married Students
FNE Pregnant Students

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' article Harassment and Bullying Policies in Public Schools answers frequently asked questions about the adoption of effective policies on harassment and bullying.
  • TASB Legal Services’ Harassment in Schools, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a training video that addresses the legal requirements and procedures for districts to consider when addressing harassment concerns in public schools.

 Other Resources

  • The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Website provides several resources related to federal civil rights laws, such as Title IX, for districts, students, and the public to address and prevent discrimination in schools.
  • The U.S. OCR Prevention Website provides several resources to help prevent and address civil rights problems and to stop illegal discrimination, including racial harassment.
  • The U.S. OCR Sexual Harassment Website provides several resources related to sexual harassment, such as sexual violence and bullying.
  • The National School Boards Association guidebook Harassment, Bullying and Free Expression provides useful guidelines to assist school districts in balancing and respecting students’ free speech and exercise of religion with maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment free from bullying or harassment.
  • The Texas School Safety Center Before You Text... Website is the home of the Sexting Prevention Educational program for Texas, which districts must annually inform parents and students about in compliance with Texas Education Code section 37.218.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Website provides information about facility accessibility requirements and accommodations for individuals with disabilities as well as related guidance and technical assistance.
  • The Governor's Women's Commission Guide is intended to assist districts in addressing dating violence in schools through effective classroom activities.
  • The U.S. DOJ Dating Violence Website provides basic information about dating violence and the prevention of teen dating violence.
  • The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Intimate Partner Violence Website provides information about preventing teen dating violence.
  • The National Dating Violence Helpline loveisrespect.org Website provides contact information for teens, parents, and service providers to speak anonymously with trained peer advocates by phone or online as well as resources for teens experiencing dating violence and those addressing the issue.
     

Child Abuse and Neglect   

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on child abuse and neglect, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FFG Child Abuse and Neglect

Other Resources

  • The Texas Attorney General's (AG) What Can We Do About Child Abuse? publication provides information about recognizing and responding to child abuse.
  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Prevention of Child Abuse Website provides information on recognizing the signs of child abuse and abuse prevention resources.
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services About Child Protective Services Website provides information on recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Child Welfare Information Gateway Website provides information about child abuse and neglect, including signs and symptoms, types, consequences, and risk and protective factors as well as resources for preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Child Maltreatment Prevention Website provides information about prevention of child abuse and neglect.
  • The Texas Juvenile Justice Department Website provides a searchable database of resources on the prevention of youth problems, such as child abuse and neglect.