AN ACT TO REQUIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, INCLUDING SEXUAL ABUSE, TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE ANONYMOUS SAFETY TIP LINE APPLICATION, AND TO MAKE CERTAIN CHANGES TO UPDATE THE GENERAL STATUTES.
Amends GS 115C-12 to direct the State Board of Education upon recommendation by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to adopt a policy to be implemented by local boards of education on student awareness of child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse, to apply beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Requires that the policy include giving students in 6-12 grades a document with contact information and information on the resources on reporting abuse.
Amends GS 115C-218.75 and GS 115C-238.66 to direct the Department of Public Instruction to require charter and regional schools to implement the State Board of Education's student awareness of child abuse policy. Makes technical changes.
Amends GS 115C-105.49(d) to add the Department of Public Instruction, Division of Safe and Healthy Schools Support, to the list of parties required to provide guidance and recommendations to local school administrative units on possible hazards.
Amends GS 115C-105.49A to add the Department of Public Instruction to the list of parties responsible for constructing and maintaining the statewide School Risk and Response Management System. Makes conforming changes.
Amends GS 115C-105.51 to shift primary responsibility from the currently listed entities to the Department of Public Instruction, with regard to standards and guidelines for tip lines for school risks. Requires the Department of Public Instruction to consult with the currently listed entities. Directs local school administrative units to use the anonymous tip line application, or another application, to achieve the purposes of that statute. Requires the anonymous safety tip line to receive student information on suspected abuse and neglect. Directs local school administrative units to inform students about the tip line. Makes conforming changes.
Amends GS 115C-105.52 to authorize the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to develop and adopt policies on the placement of school crisis kits.
Amends SL 2015-241, Section 8.26(n), to direct the Department of Public Instruction to implement an anonymous safety tip line application by July 1, 2018.
Appropriates $708,420 for 2017-18 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction to support the anonymous safety tip line application.
Effective July 1, 2017.
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