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AB-452 Pupil safety: parental notification: firearm safety laws.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 48986 is added to the Education Code, to read:

48986.
 (a) (1) In addition to the notification required pursuant to Section 48980, a local educational agency shall inform, through a notice in the manner prescribed in this section, the parents or guardians of each enrolled pupil of California’s child access prevention laws and laws relating to the safe storage of firearms, including, but not limited to, Division 4 (commencing with Section 25000) of Title 4 of Part 6 of the Penal Code.
(2) The notice shall be provided at the beginning of each semester or quarter of the regular school term and upon a new pupil’s initial enrollment or transfer into the school.
(3) A pupil is enrolled for purposes of paragraph (1) if the pupil is engaged in or authorized for in-person instruction or, because of the COVID-19 pandemic or another reason, for distance learning or a mix of in-person and distance learning.
(b) The notice described in subdivision (a) shall be made using any of the methods described in Section 48981 that apply.
(c) The department shall develop and update as necessary, in consultation with the Department of Justice, concise content for the notice described in subdivision (a). The department shall share that content in both of the following manners:
(1) Annually, with all local educational agencies for the purposes described in subdivision (a).
(2) Upon request, with any private school for distribution or potential distribution by the private school.
(d) A local educational agency, a private school, and the department are immune from civil liability for any damages allegedly caused by, arising out of, or relating to the content described in this section.
(e) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Distance learning” means instruction in which the pupil and instructor are in different locations and pupils are under the general supervision of a certificated employee of the local educational agency.
(2) “In-person instruction” means instruction under the immediate physical supervision and control of a certificated employee of the local educational agency while engaged in educational activities required of the pupil.
(3) “Local educational agency” means a school district, county office of education, or charter school.
(4) “Private school” means a person, firm, association, partnership, or corporation offering or conducting private school instruction in the state.
(5) “Private school instruction” means instruction at the elementary or high school level for one or more pupils who are 6 to 18 years of age, inclusive. Private school instruction includes, but is not limited to, instruction by conventional or traditional private schools, private school satellite programs, private online or virtual schools, parents, guardians, or other individuals who operate a private home school, and certified nonpublic nonsectarian schools.
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.