7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill establishes a School Safety and Crisis Line.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ defines terms;
13 ▸ requires the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, within the University of Utah
14 Hospitals and Clinics, to establish a statewide School Safety and Crisis Line;
15 ▸ removes the sunset provision for the School Safety Tip Line Commission and
16 renames it the School Safety and Crisis Line Commission (commission);
17 ▸ amends the membership of the commission;
18 ▸ requires the commission to fulfill certain duties;
19 ▸ requires the State Board of Education to revise certain policies and curricula;
20 ▸ requires a local school board or charter school governing board to revise certain
21 policies; and
22 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
23 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2016:
25 ▸ to the University of Utah - University Neuropsychiatric Institute, as an ongoing
27 • from the Education Fund, $150,000; and
28 ▸ to the University of Utah - University Neuropsychiatric Institute, as a one-time
30 • from the Education Fund, $150,000.
31 Other Special Clauses:
32 This bill provides a special effective date.
33 Utah Code Sections Affected:
35 53A-11-901, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 161
36 53A-11-902, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 207
37 53A-11-1501, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 412
38 53A-11-1502, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 412
39 53A-11-1504, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 412
40 53A-11-1505, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 412
41 53A-15-1302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 349
42 63I-1-253, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapters 189, 226, and 412
44 53A-11-1506, Utah Code Annotated 1953
45 REPEALS AND REENACTS:
46 53A-11-1503, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 412
48 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
49 Section 1. Section 53A-11-901 is amended to read:
50 53A-11-901. Public school discipline policies -- Basis of the policies --
52 (1) The Legislature recognizes that every student in the public schools should have the
53 opportunity to learn in an environment which is safe, conducive to the learning process, and
54 free from unnecessary disruption.
55 (2) (a) To foster such an environment, each local school board or governing board of a
56 charter school, with input from school employees, parents and guardians of students, students,
57 and the community at large, shall adopt conduct and discipline policies for the public schools.
58 (b) Each district or charter school shall base its policies on the principle that every
59 student is expected:
60 (i) to follow accepted rules of conduct; and
61 (ii) to show respect for other people and to obey persons in authority at the school.
62 (c) (i) [
63 September 1, 2015, the State Board of Education shall revise the conduct and discipline policy
64 models for elementary and secondary public schools to include procedures for responding to
65 reports received through the School Safety and Crisis Line under Subsection 53A-11-1503(3).
66 (ii) Each district or charter school shall use the models, where appropriate, in
67 developing its conduct and discipline policies under this chapter.
68 (d) The policies shall emphasize that certain behavior, most particularly behavior
69 which disrupts, is unacceptable and may result in disciplinary action.
70 (3) The local superintendent and designated employees of the district or charter school
71 shall enforce the policies so that students demonstrating unacceptable behavior and their
72 parents or guardians understand that such behavior will not be tolerated and will be dealt with
73 in accordance with the district's conduct and discipline policies.
74 Section 2. Section 53A-11-902 is amended to read:
75 53A-11-902. Conduct and discipline policies and procedures.
76 The conduct and discipline policies required under Section 53A-11-901 shall include:
77 (1) provisions governing student conduct, safety, and welfare;
78 (2) standards and procedures for dealing with students who cause disruption in the
79 classroom, on school grounds, on school vehicles, or in connection with school-related
80 activities or events;
81 (3) procedures for the development of remedial discipline plans for students who cause
82 a disruption at any of the places referred to in Subsection (2);
83 (4) procedures for the use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint or force in
84 dealing with disruptive students, consistent with Section 53A-11-802;
85 (5) standards and procedures for dealing with student conduct in locations other than
86 those referred to in Subsection (2), if the conduct threatens harm or does harm to:
87 (a) the school;
88 (b) school property;
89 (c) a person associated with the school; or
90 (d) property associated with a person described in Subsection (5)(c);
91 (6) procedures for the imposition of disciplinary sanctions, including suspension and
93 (7) specific provisions, consistent with Section 53A-15-603, for preventing and
94 responding to gang-related activities in the school, on school grounds, on school vehicles, or in
95 connection with school-related activities or events; [
96 (8) standards and procedures for dealing with habitual disruptive student behavior in
97 accordance with the provisions of this part[
98 (9) procedures for responding to reports received through the School Safety and Crisis
99 Line under Subsection 53A-11-1503(3).
100 Section 3. Section 53A-11-1501 is amended to read:
102 53A-11-1501. Title.
103 This part is known as "School Safety [
104 Section 4. Section 53A-11-1502 is amended to read:
105 53A-11-1502. Definitions.
106 As used in this part[
107 (1) "Commission" means the School Safety [
108 established in Section 53A-11-1504.
109 (2) "University Neuropsychiatric Institute" means the mental health and substance
110 abuse treatment institute within the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics.
111 Section 5. Section 53A-11-1503 is repealed and reenacted to read:
112 53A-11-1503. School Safety and Crisis Line established.
113 The University Neuropsychiatric Institute shall:
114 (1) establish a School Safety and Crisis Line to provide:
115 (a) a means for an individual to anonymously report:
116 (i) unsafe, violent, or criminal activities, or the threat of such activities at or near a
117 public school; and
118 (ii) incidents of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, or hazing; and
119 (b) crisis intervention, including suicide prevention, to individuals experiencing
120 emotional distress or psychiatric crisis;
121 (2) provide the services described in Subsection (1) 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
123 (3) when necessary, promptly forward a report received under Subsection (1)(a) to
125 (a) school officials; and
126 (b) law enforcement officials.
127 Section 6. Section 53A-11-1504 is amended to read:
128 53A-11-1504. School Safety and Crisis Line Commission established -- Members.
129 (1) There is created the School Safety [
131 (a) one member who represents the Office of the Attorney General, appointed by the
132 attorney general;
133 (b) [
134 System, appointed by the State Board of Education;
135 (c) one member who represents the Utah System of Higher Education, appointed by the
136 State Board of Regents;
138 executive director of the Department of Health;
140 speaker of the House of Representatives; [
143 (g) one member who represents the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, appointed by
144 the chair of the commission;
145 (h) one member who represents law enforcement who has extensive experience in
146 emergency response, appointed by the chair of the commission;
147 (i) one member who represents the Utah Department of Human Services who has
148 experience in youth services or treatment services, appointed by the executive director of the
149 Department of Human Services; and
150 (j) two members of the public, appointed by the chair of the commission.
151 (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), members of the commission shall be
152 appointed to four-year terms.
153 (b) The length of the terms of the members shall be staggered so that approximately
154 half of the committee is appointed every two years.
155 (c) When a vacancy occurs in the membership of the commission, the replacement
156 shall be appointed for the unexpired term.
158 (b) The chair shall set the agenda for commission meetings.
160 transaction of official commission business.
163 compensation, benefits, per diem, or travel expenses for the member's service.
164 (b) Compensation and expenses of a member who is a legislator are governed by
165 Section 36-2-2 and Legislative Joint Rules, Title 5, Legislative Compensation and Expenses.
168 Section 7. Section 53A-11-1505 is amended to read:
169 53A-11-1505. School Safety and Crisis Line Commission duties.
180 (1) statewide efforts related to the School Safety and Crisis Line; and
181 (2) with the State Board of Education and the State Board of Regents to promote
182 awareness of the services available through the School Safety and Crisis Line.
189 Section 8. Section 53A-11-1506 is enacted to read:
190 53A-11-1506. State Board of Education and local boards of education to update
191 policies and promote awareness.
192 (1) The State Board of Education shall:
193 (a) revise the conduct and discipline policy models, described in Section 53A-11-901,
194 to include procedures for responding to reports received under Subsection 53A-11-1503(3);
196 (b) revise the curriculum developed by the State Board of Education for the parent
197 seminar, described in Section 53A-15-1302, to include information about the School Safety
198 and Crisis Line.
199 (2) A local school board or charter school governing board shall:
200 (a) revise the conduct and discipline policies, described in Section 53A-11-902, to
201 include procedures for responding to reports received under Subsection 53A-11-1503(3); and
202 (b) inform students, parents, and school personnel about the School Safety and Crisis
204 Section 9. Section 53A-15-1302 is amended to read:
205 53A-15-1302. Parent education -- Mental health -- Bullying -- Safety.
206 (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5), a school district shall offer a seminar for
207 parents of students in the school district that:
208 (i) is offered at no cost to parents;
209 (ii) begins at or after 6 p.m.;
210 (iii) is held in at least one school located in the school district; and
211 (iv) covers the topics described in Subsection (2).
212 (b) A school district shall annually offer one parent seminar for each 11,000 students
213 enrolled in the school district.
214 (c) A school district may:
215 (i) develop its own curriculum for the seminar described in Subsection (1)(a); or
216 (ii) use the curriculum developed by the State Board of Education under Subsection
218 (d) A school district shall notify each charter school located in the attendance
219 boundaries of the school district of the date and time of a parent seminar, so the charter school
220 may inform parents of the seminar.
221 (2) The State Board of Education shall:
222 (a) develop a curriculum for the parent seminar described in Subsection (1) that
223 includes information on:
224 (i) substance abuse, including illegal drugs and prescription drugs and prevention;
225 (ii) bullying;
226 (iii) mental health, depression, suicide awareness, and suicide prevention, including
227 education on limiting access to fatal means; [
228 (iv) Internet safety, including pornography addiction; and
229 (v) the School Safety and Crisis Line established in Section 53A-11-1503; and
230 (b) provide the curriculum, including resources and training, to school districts upon
237 Interim Committee by the November 2014 meeting on:
238 (a) the progress of implementation of the parent seminar;
239 (b) the estimated attendance reported by each school district;
240 (c) a recommendation of whether to continue the parent seminar program; and
241 (d) if a local school board has opted out of providing the parent seminar, as described
242 in Subsection [
244 school board determines that the topics described in Subsection (2) are not of significant
245 interest or value to families in the school district.
246 (b) If a local school board chooses not to offer the parent seminar, the local school
247 board shall notify the State Board of Education and provide the reasons why the local school
248 board chose not to offer the parent seminar.
249 Section 10. Section 63I-1-253 is amended to read:
250 63I-1-253. Repeal dates, Titles 53, 53A, and 53B.
251 The following provisions are repealed on the following dates:
252 (1) Section 53-3-232, Conditional license, is repealed July 1, 2015.
253 (2) Subsection 53-10-202(18) is repealed July 1, 2018.
254 (3) Section 53-10-202.1 is repealed July 1, 2018.
255 (4) Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 6, Public Education Job Enhancement Program is
256 repealed July 1, 2020.
259 is repealed July 1, 2016.
263 repealed July 1, 2016.
267 money from the Land Exchange Distribution Account to the Geological Survey for test wells,
268 other hydrologic studies, and air quality monitoring in the West Desert, is repealed July 1,
270 Section 11. Appropriation.
271 Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, for
272 the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016, the following sums of money
273 are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
274 previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These sums of money are in
275 addition to any amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2016.
276 To University of Utah - University Neuropsychiatric Institute
277 From Education Fund
278 From Education Fund, One-time
279 Schedule of Programs:
280 University Neuropsychiatric Institute $300,000
281 The Legislature intends that the appropriation provided in this section is to be used by
282 the University Neuropsychiatric Institute to provide the services described in Title 53A,
283 Chapter 11, Part 15, School Safety and Crisis Line.
284 Section 12. Effective date.
285 (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 12, 2015.
286 (2) Uncodified Section 11, Appropriation, takes effect on July 1, 2015.