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AB-216 School safety: Pupil and Staff Safety Pilot Program.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Article 5.3 (commencing with Section 49007) is added to Chapter 6 of Part 27 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  5.3. Pupil and Staff Safety Pilot Program
 (a) The Pupil and Staff Safety Pilot Program is hereby established, to be administered through the “Scale Up MTSS Statewide” (SUMS) project established in Section 57 of Chapter 13 of the Statutes of 2015, in consultation with the department.
(b) Local educational agencies may apply for pilot program funds for the purpose of training staff who have contact or interaction with pupils on deescalation techniques and alternatives to physical restraint and seclusion of pupils.
(c) In awarding pilot program funds, priority shall be given to local educational agencies with a higher rate of seclusion or restraint of pupils or a significant disproportionality in pupil discipline, as demonstrated by data submitted to the department as required by state or federal law.
(d) For purposes of this article, “local educational agency” includes a county office of education, a school district, a charter school, the California School for the Deaf, or the California School for the Blind. “Local educational agency” also includes a consortium of local educational agencies.
 (a) A local educational agency that provides training pursuant to the pilot program shall provide the training to staff who have contact or interaction with pupils. The training shall satisfy all of the following conditions:
(1) It shall be conducted by persons licensed or certified in fields related to the evidence-based practices and interventions being taught.
(2) It shall be taught in a manner consistent with the development and implementation of individualized education programs.
(3) It shall be consistent with the requirements of Article 5.2 (commencing with Section 49005), relating to pupil discipline.
(b) The content of the training shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Positive behavioral intervention and supports, including collection, analysis, and use of data to inform, plan, and implement behavioral supports.
(2) How to understand and address challenging behaviors, including evidence-based strategies for preventing those behaviors.
(3) Evidence-based interventions for reducing and replacing challenging behaviors, including deescalation techniques.
(c) A local educational agency shall, once it expends its pilot program funds, report to the administrator of the SUMS project on its implementation of the pilot program training and any available outcome data.
 (a) Implementation of the pilot program pursuant to this article is contingent upon one-time funds being provided for its purposes. Those funds may include, but are not limited to, federal funds or an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or another statute.
(b) (1) By September 30 of each fiscal year until a local educational agency has fully expended its pilot program funds, the local educational agency shall submit a report to the Superintendent summarizing how the local educational agency used the pilot program funds in the prior fiscal year. Each annual report shall include all of the following:
(A) A summary of the training conducted.
(B) The number of local educational agencies, educators, and pupils served by the training.
(C) A summary of any data that is available on outcomes resulting from the training conducted, which may include, but is not limited to, outcome data related to restraint and seclusion of pupils.
(2) Once all pilot program funds are fully expended, the Superintendent shall submit a summary of the annual reports received pursuant to paragraph (1) to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature, the Department of Finance, the state board, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office.
(c) This article shall remain in effect only until four years after the date the summary is due pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b), and shall be repealed as of January 1 of the following year.