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AB-2673 Educational equity: severe bullying complaints: local educational agency protocol.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 234.6 is added to the Education Code, to read:

234.6.
 (a) On or before May 31, 2019, the Superintendent shall develop and issue mandatory protocol to local educational agencies regarding how to advise schools within the local educational agencies’ jurisdiction to proceed in a situation in which a severe bullying complaint has been substantiated. The protocol shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Conducting an investigation into the allegation.
(2) Conflict resolution strategies, including both of the following:
(A) Informal conferences with the parties.
(B) Referrals of involved parties to the appropriate school counseling services.
(3) Internal review of school compliance with the state’s priorities for school climate.
(b) The protocol adopted pursuant to this section is not subject to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(c) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Local educational agency” means a school district, county office of education, or charter school.
(2) “Severe bullying complaint” means a situation in which both of the following occur:
(A) A parent or guardian of a pupil has contacted a school to file a complaint and seek redress regarding an instance of harassment or bullying of his or her child by another pupil.
(B) A school has reasonable suspicion that a pupil has done either of the following:
(i) Used threatening words or behavior or engaged in disorderly behavior.
(ii) Displayed any writing, sign, or other visible representation that is threatening, abusive, or insulting.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.