Bill Summary for S 476 (2019-2020)

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Apr 2 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 476 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 2, 2019
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT A SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH POLICY AND TO REQUIRE K-12 SCHOOL UNITS TO ADOPT AND TO IMPLEMENT A SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH PLAN THAT INCLUDES A MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAM AND A SUICIDE RISK REFERRAL PROTOCOL.
Intro. by Horner, Tillman, Ballard.

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Includes whereas clauses.

Directs local boards of education to repeal any student discipline policies based on a specified set of six federally promulgated statements of policy or guidance that were issued on January 8, 2014, but withdrawn on December 21, 2018, and to adopt new student discipline policies in accordance with local standards of conduct.

Mandates that new student discipline policies comply with all applicable state and federal statutory and constitutional nondiscrimination requirements.

Amends GS 115C-390.2(a) to require local boards of education to consult with teachers, school-based administrators, parents, and local law enforcement agencies when adopting student discipline policies, and that the policies be based on local standards of conduct that do not necessarily have to be consistent with interpretations of federal law that have been withdrawn by federal agencies.  

Amends GS 115C-390.2 to add new subsection (a1) requiring each local board of education to provide the Department of Education with a copy of its most up-to-date student discipline policy no later than September 1 of each year.

Applies beginning with 2019-20 school year.  The sections regarding new student discipline policies apply to policies adopted on or after the effective date of this act.

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