Bill Summary for H 205 (2021-2022)
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AN ACT TO REQUIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, INCLUDING SEXUAL ABUSE.Intro. by Davis, White, Hastings, Hurley.
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House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends GS 115C-12 to require that the policy adopted by the State Board of Education (Board) on providing information on child abuse and neglect to students in grades 6-12 is to be implemented by each public secondary school instead of by the governing body of each public secondary school. Amends the content that is to be included in the required document and display to require that it include the phone number used for reporting abuse and neglect to the department of social services in the county in which the school is located (was, in which the local school administrative unit is located).
Adds a section amending GS 115C-47 to give local boards of education the duty to implement the policy addressing student awareness of child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse, adopted by the Board under GS 115C-47. Makes conforming changes to Section 6 of SL 2018-32 to also make a local board of education with an approved renewal school system plan subject to this provision.
Adds a section amending GS 116-239.8 to require laboratory schools to implement the Board's policy on student awareness of child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse, for all public secondary schools under the control of the UNC Board of Governors. Deletes the changes to GS 116-11(12e) that required the UNC Board of Governors to implement the policy adopted by the Board, as required in GS 115C-12(47), for all public secondary schools under the Board of Governors' control.