ABUSE & NEGLECT RESOURCES.

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 493 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 27, 2019
AN ACT TO REQUIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, INCLUDING SEXUAL ABUSE.
Intro. by White, Horn.

Status: Re-ref to Education/Higher Education. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate action) (Jun 12 2019)
H 493

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 16 2019 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

    Modifies proposed GS 115C-12(47) to direct the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction (was, upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Public Instruction), to adopt a policy to be implemented by the governing body of each public secondary school, as defined (was, local boards) to provide information on child abuse and neglect to students in grades six through twelve. Adds that the policy applies at public secondary schools under the State Board's control, including schools operated under Article 9C, Schools for Students with Visual and Hearing Impairments. Makes conforming changes. 

    Amends GS 116-11 to require the Board of Governors to implement the policy adopted by the State Board pursuant to GS 115C-12(47), as enacted, for all public secondary schools under the Board of Governor's control.

    Enacts Section 6(d)(1a) of SL 2018-32, making local boards of education with an approved renewal school system plan subject to GS 115C-12(47), as enacted.


  • Summary date: Mar 27 2019 - More information

    Enacts GS 115C-12(47) to direct the State Board of Education, upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to adopt a policy to be implemented by local boards to provide information on child abuse and neglect to students in grades six through twelve. Requires the information to be provided in a document at the beginning of each school year and a display posted in high-traffic areas throughout each school. Details the information the document and display must contain, including likely warning signs, appropriate telephone number to report abuse and neglect, a statement regarding the confidence of reporting, and available resources.

    Amends GS 115C-218.75 (regarding charter schools) and GS 115C-238.66 (regarding regional schools) to require charter schools and regional schools to implement the policy addressing student awareness of child abuse and neglect adopted by the State Board under GS 115C-12(47), as enacted.

    Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year.


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