The Department of Education Releases Guidance for Schools on Bullying and Students with Disabilities

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the Department of Education released guidance for schools on bullying and students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are disproportionately affected by bullying and are more likely to experience lower academic achievement, higher truancy rates, feelings of alienation, poor peer relationships, loneliness, and depression. The guidance reminds school districts that if educational services are denied to a student due to bullying or if the student is removed to a more restrictive, “safer” setting, that student is not receiving a free appropriate public education (FAPE). The guidance also offers effective evidence-based practices for preventing and addressing bullying. The guidance, best practices, and additional materials about bullying are available on the Department of Education website.

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