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Jan 28, 2014 10:00 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News

Great Falls schools update bullying policies

GREAT FALLS - The Great Falls Public School District has updated its hazing, harassment, intimidation, and bullying policies as a requirement by the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Board members presented the first reading of the policies during Monday night's school board meeting at the District Office.

GFPS superintendent Tammy Lacey said the new policies are more specific than the previous policies.

Each behavior is clearly defined. The policies also talk about prohibitions, consequences, intervention, reporting, the investigation process, retaliation and reprisal, and finally notification and training.

"I think it clarifies for staff, and students, and parents what bullying is and how we're going to address it," Lacey said. "I hope that it's user friendly so that if a parent has a concern they can go to the policy and know exactly what to do, if a child has a concern they can read it, and our staff also knows what our expectations are as far as responding to bullying."

Residents will have a chance to comment on it before it is finalized. To read a copy of the policy click here and scroll down to page 52 (PDF).

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