As school districts in Connecticut are aware, the legislature has made significant and substantial changes to the existing law regarding bullying.  In the wake of this new legislation, the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDOE) has indicated that it will be issuing further guidance to school districts regarding the implementation of Public Act 11-232 and best practices relative to improving school climate.  This guidance will be in a Q & A format, designed to address the most frequently asked questions surrounding the new bullying law and safe school climate requirements.  The SDOE has asked the School Law Practice Group at Shipman and Goodwin LLP to provide assistance on the development of this guidance, which we are pleased to do. 

Therefore, in an effort to ensure that we are addressing the most pressing questions regarding the new bullying law, Shipman & Goodwin is soliciting input from our school district clients as to questions you may have regarding the new law or its requirements.
If you or your colleagues have a specific question that you would like to see the SDOE address through its forthcoming guidance, we ask that you please forward any such questions to before November 14, 2011.
Thank you for your assistance.