The Corpus Christi Independent School District trustees approved revisions to existing district policies on how officials define bullying and how to better investigate this behavior. The changes are part of state legislation, HB 1942, approved last year. The legislation calls for school districts to respond promptly to suspected bullying incidents. Officials said the changes give the district a more clear definition of bullying and better procedures for immediately investigating bullying claims. School officials also plan to offer more assistance, such as counseling, to students found to be involved.

If an investigation finds that a bully should be removed from school, that student first will be sent to the district’s Student Learning and Guidance Center, or SLGC, which is an alternative education program that can last days or months. While there, they can receive counseling and other services to help them hone in on getting to the root of their problems. Under the new measure, if a student who has completed an assignment at SLGC still displays bullying behavior CCISD officials will transfer that student to another district campus.

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