Educators worry that this would make it harder for them to intervene in incidents that have a major impact on student learning, just because they don’t take place inside the school building.
“Part of the proposed rule changes would require schools to ignore a sexual harassment claim outside of a school program or activity,” wrote more than a dozen teachers who are members of the Education Civil Rights Alliance, an advocacy organization. “This change is as short-sighted as it is dangerous. Social Media and smartphones have expanded the reach of damaging and cruel behavior to the homes and hands of our students long after the school day has ended, but the impacts on their safety during the school day are no less.”
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