David's Law and Anonymous Reporting
The number one priority for Cedars International Academy Schools is the safety and security of our students. We strive to ensure a safe and secure learning environment supporting a partnership between students, parents, employees, and our public safety partners.
To ensure all of our parents, guardians, and community members are informed, Cedars International Academy Schools is sharing the following information about Senate Bill 179 or “David’s Law.”
Effective September 1, 2017, Senate Bill 179, commonly known as “David’s Law,” makes it a Class A misdemeanor and allows a temporary injunction against social media accounts used to electronically harass or cyberbully someone under age 18 through text message, social media, websites or other means with the intent of causing them to commit suicide or harm themselves.
Authored by Texas state Senators José Menéndez and Judith Zaffirini, the bill requires school districts to include cyber-bullying in their district bullying policies, notify parents within 3 days if their child has been bullied, and notify the parents of the alleged aggressor within a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, schools have the authority to investigate cyberbullying and to work with law enforcement on such investigations.
If a student believes they are a victim of cyber-bullying/bullying or if a teacher or other school personnel have knowledge about an incident of cyber-bullying/bullying, they should immediately report it to a campus administrator. Students, parents, and guardians may also use Cedars International Academy Schools' Anonymous Incident Reporting Form. Reports such as bullying, cyberbullying, depression, dating violence, drug or alcohol use, threats against the school, weapons on campus and more can be submitted. All messages submitted remain completely anonymous. The Anonymous Incident Reporting Form ensures that we have a system for our students and community to report bullying and other student concerns without fear of being identified.
To Report An Incident to Administration:
Click on the following link to open the Anonymous Reporting Form: Anonymous Incident Reporting Form
Give as much information as is needed. You have the option to enter your contact information if you wish to be contacted regarding the situation.