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Sec. 14.33.200. Harassment, intimidation, and bullying policy.

(a) By July 1, 2007, each school district shall adopt a policy that prohibits the harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any student. Each school district shall share this policy with parents or guardians, students, volunteers, and school employees.

(b) The policy must be adopted through the standard policy-making procedure for each district that includes the opportunity for participation by parents or guardians, school employees, volunteers, students, administrators, and community representatives. The policy must emphasize positive character traits and values, including the importance of civil and respectful speech and conduct, and the responsibility of students to comply with the district's policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying. The policy must also include provisions for an appropriate punishment schedule up to and including expulsion and reporting of criminal activity to local law enforcement authorities. School employees, volunteers, students, and administrators shall adhere to this policy.

(c) By January 1, 2007, the department, in consultation with representatives of parents or guardians, school personnel, and other interested parties, may provide to school districts a model harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policy and training materials on the components that should be included in a district policy. Training materials may be disseminated in a variety of ways, including workshops and other staff developmental activities, and through the Internet website of the department. Materials included on the Internet website must include the model policy and recommended training and instructional materials. The department may provide a link to the school district's Internet website for further information.

Sec. 14.33.210. Reporting of incidents of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Beginning with the 2007 - 2008 school year, each school district shall report to the department by November 30 all incidents resulting in suspension or expulsion for harassment, intimidation, or bullying on school premises or on transportation systems used by schools in the school year preceding the report. The department shall compile the data and report it to the appropriate committees of the Alaska House of Representatives and the Senate.

Sec. 14.33.220. Reporting; no reprisals.

(a) A school employee, student, or volunteer may not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim, witness, or person with reliable information about an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

(b) A school employee, student, or volunteer who has witnessed, or has reliable information that a student has been subjected to, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, whether verbal or physical, shall report the incident to an appropriate school official.

(c) This section does not prohibit discipline or other adverse action taken in compliance with school district policies against a person who falsely and in bad faith accuses a person of engaging in harassment, intimidation, or bullying or who intentionally provides false information in connection with an investigation of an alleged incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Sec. 14.33.230. Immunity from suit.

A school employee, student, or volunteer who reports an incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying to a school official and who makes this report in good faith is immune from a cause of action for damages arising from a failure to remedy the reported incident or for making the report.

Sec. 14.33.250. Definitions.

In AS 14.33.200 - 14.33.250,

(1) "district" has the meaning given in AS 14.17.990 ;

(2) "harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means an intentional written, oral, or physical act, when the act is undertaken with the intent of threatening, intimidating, harassing, or frightening the student, and

(A) physically harms the student or damages the student's property;

(B) has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's education;

(C) is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or

(D) has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school;

(3) "school official" means an employee of a school, including a teacher, administrator, or noncertificated support staff or paraprofessional.

Chapter 14.35. VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Sec. 14.35.010. Acceptance of Act of Congress for vocational education.

The State of Alaska accepts together with the benefits of all respective funds appropriated thereunder, all of the provisions of the Act of Congress approved February 23, 1917, Public Law 347, 64th Congress, entitled: "An Act to provide for the promotion of vocational education; to provide for cooperation with the states in the promotion of such education in agriculture, home economics and trades and industries; to provide for the cooperation of the states in the preparation of teachers of vocational subjects; and to appropriate money and regulate its expenditures," and Acts amending or supplementing it.

Sec. 14.35.020. Duties of state Board of Education and Early Development.

(a) The state Board of Education and Early Development serves as the state board for the purposes of any of the Acts described in AS 14.35.010.

(b) When required by any of the Acts described in AS 14.35.010 , the board shall

(1) prepare, submit, and supervise the administration of the plans for vocational education;

(2) select a state director of vocational education;

(3) establish the minimum qualifications for teachers, supervisors, or directors;

(4) determine the prorated basis on which money shall be available for the salary and necessary travel expenses of the state director of vocational education;

(5) consider the advice of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board established by AS 23.15.550 regarding employment training needs and advise that board in the development of vocational education programs.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to repeal or modify any existing statute.

Sec. 14.35.025. Duties of the Department of Education and Early Development.

When required by any of the Acts described in AS 14.35.010 the department shall

(1) cooperate with the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the administration of the Act;

(2) do everything necessary to entitle the state to receive money available according to the Act;

(3) represent the state in all matters related to the administration of the Act;

(4) expend and disburse money received according to the Act;

(5) designate the districts, schools, departments, or classes to participate in the benefits of money received according to the Act.

Sec. 14.35.030. Commissioner of administration as custodian of federal funds.

The commissioner of administration is designated custodian of appropriations made under any of the Acts described in AS 14.35.010 . The commissioner of administration shall receive and provide for the proper custody and disbursement of all money paid to the state according to any of the Acts.

Sec. 14.35.040. Payment of expenses of administration. [Repealed, Sec. 59 ch 98 SLA 1966].

Repealed or Renumbered

Chapter 14.36. COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

[Repealed, Sec. 2, ch. 99, SLA 2003].

Chapter 14.37. LICENSURE OF CHILD CARE FACILITIES

[Repealed, E.O. No. 108 Sec. 88 (2003). For current law, see AS 47.35].

Chapter 14.38. HEAD START, CHILD CARE, AND DAY CARE

Article 01. HEAD START

Sec. 14.38.010. Operation of Head Start programs.

The Department of Education and Early Development shall operate the head start funding program governed by 42 U.S.C. 9835.

Article 02. DAY CARE ASSISTANCE

Sec. 14.38.100. - 14.38.199l Day Care Assistance and Child Care Grants. [Repealed, E.O. No. 108, Sec. 88 (2003). For current law, see AS 47.25.001 - 47.25.095].

Repealed or Renumbered

Chapter 14.40. THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA, THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND THE ALASKA AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Article 01. ESTABLISHMENT, ORGANIZATION, AND PROGRAMS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA

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