LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Training for Lafayette Parish school employees will begin within the next few weeks in compliance with a new state law that targets bullying.

Bradley Cruice, the school system's health and wellness director, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/SDHVFb ) that any school system employee who has contact with students is required to receive four hours of training. Included is instruction in how to recognize and deal with bullying, Cruice said.

The school system partnered with the Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning to create an Internet-based training program, he said.

The state law also requires public school systems to adopt a uniform policy that defines bullying and establishes reporting practices and investigative procedures. All school districts will use a standard reporting form to document bullying.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com