AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THAT SCHOOL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS, CLARIFY THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE CENTER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS, REQUIRE THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS BE ESTABLISHED AT EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL AND CODIFY THE DUTIES OF THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS, REQUIRE LME/MCOS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS REFERRED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT, REQUIRE LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO REQUIRE PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT PROGRAMS AT ALL SCHOOLS WITH GRADES SIX AND HIGHER, REQUIRE REPORTING ON THE OPERATIONAL STATUS OF ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS DURING STATES OF EMERGENCY, DEFINE THE TERM "SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER" AND REQUIRE TRAINING FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS, AND REQUIRE ANNUAL VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS FOR EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING.
House amendments make the following changes to the 3rd edition, as amended.
Amendment #6 amends proposed GS 115C-105.60 by expanding upon the actions that must be taken when an individual is determine to pose a high risk or imminent risk of violence or physical harm to self or others and the threat assessment team recommends that the student be referred for mental health services. Requires that the superintendent or designee notify the student's parent or legal guardian that: (1) the threat assessment team has made such a recommendation; (2) if the student is covered by private insurance or a Medicaid prepaid health plan, then the parent or guardian is encouraged to contact the student's primary care provider or insurance company; (3) if the student is uninsured or is covered by Medicaid and not enrolled in a prepaid health plan, then the parent or guardian is encouraged to contact the local management entity/managed care organization that serves the catchment area where the student resides; and (4) with consent, if the student is uninsured or is covered by Medicaid and not enrolled in a prepaid health plan, then the superintendent or designee must make a referral that includes the parent or guardian's contact information to the local management entity/managed care organization serving the catchment area where the student resides. Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-115.4.
Amendment #7 requires that the training and continuing education standards for school resources officers also include training on racial equity.
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