“Pupils are the most vital resource to the future of this State.
A learning environment that is safe and respectful is essential for the pupils
enrolled in the schools in this State and is necessary for those pupils to achieve
academic success and meet this State’s high academic standards. Every
classroom, hallway, locker room, cafeteria, restroom, gymnasium, playground,
athletic field, school bus, parking lot and other areas on the premises of a
school in this State must be maintained as a safe and respectful learning
environment, and no form of bullying or cyber-bullying will be tolerated within
the system of public education in this State. Any form of bullying or
cyber-bullying seriously interferes with the ability of teachers to teach in
the classroom and the ability of pupils to learn.” NRS 388.132
Nevada Law & Regulations
NRS 388.121 –
NRS 388.137 (laws regarding
provision of a safe and respectful learning environment, defining &
prohibiting bullying, outlining reporting & response requirements)
NAC 388.875 – NAC
388.920 (regulation establishing the Model Policy for a Safe and
Respectful Learning Environment)
What is Bullying?
harm a person or damage the property of a person
a person in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to the property of the
an intimidating or hostile educational environment
interfere with the academic performance of a student or the ability of the
student to participate in or benefit from services, activities or privileges
provided by a school
someone based on their actual or perceived race, color, national origin,
ancestry, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical
or mental disability of a person, sex or any other distinguishing
characteristic or background of a person, or target someone based on their
association with another person having one or more of those actual or perceived
What is Discrimination based on race? (New 2021)
Discrimination based on race means any
single or repeated or pervasive act or acts, whether targeted to a specific
person or targeted in general to any demographic:
- Regarding the race, color, culture, religion, language, ethnicity
or national origin of a person that causes harm or creates a hostile work or
learning environment, which may include, without limitation, jokes, threats,
physical altercations or intimidation.
- Occurs in person, online or in any other setting including,
without limitation, in a course of distance education.
Bullying can be:
verbally, electronically (cyberbullying) or in writing, or any
combination of those
single severe and willful act
criminal act too (in some instances)
or pervasive taunting, name-calling, belittling, mocking or use of put-downs or
that is intended to harm another person by damaging or manipulating his or her
relationships with others, such as spreading false rumors
or pervasive nonverbal threats or intimidation such as the use of aggressive,
menacing or disrespectful gestures
of harm to a person, to his or her possessions or to other persons
extortion or demands for protection money, or involuntary loans or donations
access to any property or facility of a school
harmful contact with or injury to another person or his or her property
Nevada’s bullying laws do NOT apply to children in
pre-kindergarten or to incidents that occur from one adult to another adult in
a school setting.
What if a crime was committed?
law enforcement begins a criminal investigation, the school may stop their
investigation into bullying until the criminal investigation is completed.
school must still create a safety plan for each student that was directly
Reporting procedures for school staff:
school district employeewho witnesses bullying or receives a report that bullying has
happened shall report it to the principal or designee as soon as practical and
no later than during the same day on which the report was received or the
to principal can happen via text, email, phone call, etc.
a trusted adult in your school: a counselor, teacher, coach, principal, etc.
the SafeVoice Nevada app
Upon Receiving a Report:
school will make sure that all students involved are safe.
school will notify the parents of any student that was directly involved.
school will create a safety plan for each student that was directly
safety plan must be created in a way that causes the least possible disruption
to the victim(s) and the interests of the victim(s) must be given priority over
any interest of the reported aggressors when determining how to carry out the
principal will meet with each student that was directly involved in order to
determine if bullying did or did not occur.
the principal finishes their investigation, they will give a confidential copy
of the report to the parents of the reported aggressor. The parents of the reported victim can also
request a copy.
in the next 10 days, the principal will meet with each student that was
directly involved to make sure that the safety plan is working.
incident of discrimination based on race shall be categorized as a racially
motivated or hate incident in the student information system (i.e., Infinite
Campus). (New 2021)
school employees must report possible incidents of bullying to the principal on
the same day.
school must immediately make sure that all students involved are safe.
notification to parents of students that were directly involved that the school
will be conducting a bullying investigation must be done by the time the
school’s office closes on the same school day that the report was made.
principal must start the investigation immediately.
investigation for bullying must be completed within 2 days (3 days if parents
were unable to be reached).
investigation for cyberbullying can be extended to up to 5 days, with consent
from the parents/ guardians of the victim(s).
principal must meet with all students that were directly involved within 10
days to make sure that the safety plan is still working.
My child was bullied: what happens now?
school will work with your child to develop a safety plan to help ensure the
bullying is stopped.
- The safety plan must be created in a way that
causes the least possible disruption to the victim(s) and the interests of the
victim(s) must be given priority over any interest of the reported aggressors
when determining how to carry out the plan.
My child was bullying: what happens now?
- The school will recommend a plan that will help your child to see
that harm that their actions have caused, ways to repair that harm, and how to
keep your child from bullying or cyberbullying in the future.
- The school may also impose restorative disciplinary action or
create a plan that supports the physical and emotional well-being of your
your child is found to have committed an act of bullying, you may appeal the
decision through your school district’s appeal process. Contact your school district’s main office
for more information.
you have appealed through your school district but you still do not agree with
the decision you may appeal through the Nevada Department of Education’s Office
for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment.
appeal must be done within 30 days.
Visit NDE’sOffice for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment or call
the school finds that bullying did not occur information concerning the
incident must not be included in the educational record of the reported
your child is found to be a victim of bullying, you may request that they be
placed at another school within your district.
Contact your school district’s main office for more information.
a child is investigated for bullying but the school team finds that the actions
were a result of the child’s disability and those actions are addressed under
the child’s IEP (individualized educational program) the school cannot apply
the bullying laws. The school must still
notify the parents of all reported victims.
also have a right to appeal any suspension or expulsion, including one that
results from the outcome of a bullying investigation, and must do so within 5
days of being notified of the suspension or expulsion. The school must provide
information on how to appeal a suspension or expulsion to parents/guardians at
the time of any suspension or expulsion. (New 2021)
What to do if you witness an incident of discrimination based on race?
If a parent or guardian of a student who witnesses an
incident of discrimination based on race, they may report the incident to the
school administrator or another person at the school that the administrator has
designated to receive those reports.
Parents, guardians, and students may also report incidents
of discrimination based on race, in addition to bullying and cyberbullying,
the SafeVoice Nevada app on the Apple Store or Google Play