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Engrossed House Bill (S)

DIGEST

School safety. Provides that the Indiana safe schools fund may not be used to provide grants to employ a school resource officer or a law enforcement officer. Provides that an Indiana secured school fund matching grant may be used to employ a law enforcement officer. Provides that an accredited nonpublic school may receive a grant from the Indiana secured school fund (fund). Makes changes to the maximum grant amounts that a school corporation, charter school, accredited nonpublic school, or coalition of schools may receive from the fund. Provides that a virtual charter school or a virtual accredited nonpublic school may School safety. Provides that the Indiana safe schools fund may not be used to provide grants to employ a school resource officer or a law enforcement officer. Provides that an Indiana secured school fund matching grant may be used to employ a law enforcement officer. Provides that an accredited nonpublic school may receive a grant from the Indiana secured school fund (fund). Makes changes to the maximum grant amounts that a school corporation, charter school, accredited nonpublic school, or coalition of schools may receive from the fund. Provides that a virtual charter school or a virtual accredited nonpublic school may not receive a grant from the fund. Establishes minimum grant match percentages necessary to be eligible to receive a grant from the fund. Provides that, before July 1, 2021, each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school shall certify to the department of homeland security that the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school has conducted a threat assessment for each school building used by the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school before applying for a fund matching grant. Provides that the Indiana safe schools fund may be used to provide grants to provide school based mental health services or social emotional wellness services to students. Provides that the secured school safety board may award a secured school grant to certain schools to provide school based mental health services or social emotional wellness services to students. Provides that advances made under the school corporation and charter school safety advance program may be used to provide school based mental health services or social emotional wellness services to students. Requires that at least one of the manmade disaster drills that is required to be conducted by each school in a school corporation during each semester must be an active shooter drill and must be conducted within 90 days after the beginning of the semester. Provides that each: (1) accredited nonpublic school; and (2) charter school; must conduct at least one active shooter drill during each school year. Provides that, beginning after July 1, 2019, for each year that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey or a successor survey is administered by the state department of health, the state department of health shall work with each school corporation, charter school, and nonpublic school with at least one employee (school) to provide students in grades 9 through 12 with the opportunity to participate in the survey. Provides that if a school decides not to participate in the survey, the school shall notify the state department of health in writing of the school's decision not to participate. Establishes a procedure for both the state department of health and the school to use to notify the parent of a student or the student, if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor, to opt the student out of participation in the survey. Provides that each school corporation and charter school shall: (1) identify; and (2) enter into a memorandum of understanding for referral with; a provider or providers to provide appropriate and necessary mental health services to students. A memorandum of understanding for referral shall be developed by the division of mental health and addiction. ... View more