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.
Amendment #1 modifies the definition of threat set out in proposed GS 115C-105.60 (Threat assessment teams), now defining the term to mean a concerning communication or behavior that indicates that an individual may pose (was, that indicates that an individual poses) a danger to the safety of school staff or students through acts of violence or other behavior that would cause harm to self or others.
Amendment #2 modifies the proposed duty of the Center for Safer Schools, set out in GS 115C-105.57, to develop policies for threat assessment teams for public school units in consultation with the previously specified entities. Removes the provision deeming these policies not a public record and not subject to inspection and examination. Instead prohibits the policies from referencing or revealing any information that is excluded as a public records under GS 115C-47(40) (concerning School Risk Management Plans), Part 2 of Article 8C of GS Chapter 115C (Maintaining Safe and Orderly Schools, as enacted), or any other relevant statute. Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-105.60.
Amendment #3 changes the proposed statute number for new GS 143B-931A to GS 143B-931.1 (concerning criminal recording checks for threat assessment teams).
Amendment #4 adds to proposed GS 115C-105.52A concerning facility vulnerability assessments. Grants limited civil immunity to the governing body of a public school unit and its members, employees, designees, agents, or volunteers for any loss or damage caused by any act or omission relating to the participation in or implementation of a facility vulnerability assessment required by the statute. Further specifies that the statute does not impose any specific duty or standard of care.
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