AN ACT TO REQUIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, INCLUDING SEXUAL ABUSE.
Substantively identical to H 205, filed 3/2/21.
Amends GS 115C-12, which sets out the State Board of Education's (Board) powers and duties, by adding the requirement in (47) that the Board, in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, adopt a policy that must be implemented by the governing body of each public secondary school, to provide students in grades 6-12 with information on child abuse and neglect, including age-appropriate information on sexual abuse. Specifies that the policy applies at public secondary schools controlled by the Board, including schools for students with visual and hearing impairments. Requires the information to be provided in a document given to students at the beginning of each school year and in a poster displayed in visible, high-traffic areas throughout each school. Sets out the minimum information that must be included. Amends GS 115C-218.75 and GS 115C-238.66 to require charter schools and regional schools, to also implement this policy. Amends GS 116-11(12e) to require the UNC Board of Governors to implement the policy adopted by the Board, as required in GS 115C-12(47), for all public secondary schools under the Board of Governors' control. Amends Section 6 of SL 2018-32 to also make a local board of education with an approved renewal school system plan subject to the requirement in GS 115C-12(47). Applies beginning with the 2021-22 school year.