Bill Summary for H 493 (2019-2020)

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Mar 27 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 493 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 27, 2019
AN ACT TO REQUIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, INCLUDING SEXUAL ABUSE.
Intro. by White, Horn.

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Enacts GS 115C-12(47) to direct the State Board of Education, upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to adopt a policy to be implemented by local boards to provide information on child abuse and neglect to students in grades six through twelve. Requires the information to be provided in a document at the beginning of each school year and a display posted in high-traffic areas throughout each school. Details the information the document and display must contain, including likely warning signs, appropriate telephone number to report abuse and neglect, a statement regarding the confidence of reporting, and available resources.

Amends GS 115C-218.75 (regarding charter schools) and GS 115C-238.66 (regarding regional schools) to require charter schools and regional schools to implement the policy addressing student awareness of child abuse and neglect adopted by the State Board under GS 115C-12(47), as enacted.

Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

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