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Enrolled House Bill (H)

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School safety. (This proposed legislation does the following: (1) Sets forth the text of CC123010 adopted by the Senate on March 14, 2018. (2) Makes technical corrections.) Provides that curriculum for the school safety specialist training and certification program must include training in identifying, preventing, and intervening in actions by a person who is present on school property with the intent to harm another person. Allows charter schools and accredited nonpublic schools to elect to comply with certain laws regarding school safety specialists, school safety plans, and safe school committees. Provides that, on or before December 1, 2018, and periodically School safety. (This proposed legislation does the following: (1) Sets forth the text of CC123010 adopted by the Senate on March 14, 2018. (2) Makes technical corrections.) Provides that curriculum for the school safety specialist training and certification program must include training in identifying, preventing, and intervening in actions by a person who is present on school property with the intent to harm another person. Allows charter schools and accredited nonpublic schools to elect to comply with certain laws regarding school safety specialists, school safety plans, and safe school committees. Provides that, on or before December 1, 2018, and periodically thereafter, the secured school safety board shall conduct a review and submit a report to the legislative council. Provides that the report: (1) must provide an overview of the current status of school safety across the state; and (2) may make recommendations to improve the safety of elementary and secondary school students. Provides that a school corporation, a charter school, or a coalition of public schools applying jointly may receive an advance from the common school fund in order to make improvements to school security. Provides that the state board of education (state board), in consultation with the secured school safety board, shall administer the program. Provides that the total amount of advances that the state board may make during the state biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019, may not exceed $35,000,000. Provides that the state board of finance shall periodically establish the rate or rates of interest payable on advances made as long as the established interest rate or rates are not less than 1% and do not exceed 4%. Provides that the term of the advance may not exceed 10 years after the date of the advance. Provides that the maximum amount of the advance that the state board may approve is the lesser of: (1) $500,000 for a school corporation or charter school; or (2) the amount needed to cover costs approved by the secured school safety board that are in excess of the amount awarded by the secured school safety board and the amount committed as a match by the school corporation or charter school (or coalition of public schools filing jointly) that applied for the secured school fund matching grant. Provides that a charter school may provide the state board with an adequate security interest for the repayment of an advance made to the charter school. Provides that a school corporation may levy a property tax for its debt service fund and transfer those revenues to the school corporation's general fund (before January 1, 2019) or education fund (after December 31, 2018). Requires the department of education (department) to maintain a link on the department's Internet web site providing parents and school officials with resources or best practices regarding the prevention and reporting of bullying and cyberbullying. Requires the state board and school corporations to maintain an Internet link to the department's Internet web site on their Internet web sites. Requires the department to maintain a link on the department's Internet web site regarding the identification and reporting of human trafficking. Requires certain employees of a school corporation or an accredited nonpublic school to receive at least one hour of inservice training every two years pertaining to the identification and reporting of human trafficking. Provides that a school corporation's disciplinary rules pertaining to bullying must prohibit bullying through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer or through a cellular telephone or other wireless or cellular communications device. (Current law provides that a school corporation's disciplinary rules pertaining to bullying must prohibit bullying through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer.) Requires the department to conduct a statewide needs assessment survey concerning student service providers and how schools are addressing the social and emotional needs of students. Requires each charter school and accredited nonpublic school to: (1) adopt a local school safety and emergency plan; and (2) provide a copy of the floor plans for each building located on the school's property to the law enforcement agency and the fire department that have jurisdiction over the school. Provides that a school that has one or more employees may barricade or block a door for a period not to exceed three minutes in the event of an unplanned fire alarm activation in order for a designated school official to investigate the alarm. Provides that the period may be extended in the event that an active shooter has been verified to be on the school's property. Provides that not later than August 1, 2019, an audit should be conducted for each school corporation that includes a review of each school's safety plan and an onsite review of the school corporation. Provides that the department's division of school building physical security and safety (division) is primarily responsible for overseeing the audits. Provides that the division may request the voluntary assistance of the department of homeland security, the state police department, and any appropriate state or local law enforcement agency necessary to complete the audits. Provides that, with the approval of the governor and the budget agency, the amount appropriated by HEA 1001-2017 for the Indiana safe schools fund for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2019, may be augmented from the state general fund in an amount specified by the budget agency, but not to exceed $1,000,000 and the Indiana criminal justice institute shall transfer an amount equal to the amount augmented by the budget agency to the department for the purpose of providing training to school safety specialists and conducting the audits. Provides that, not later than August 1, 2019, each charter school authorizer, in consultation with the division, shall conduct an audit of the charter school's safety plan for each charter school authorized by the authorizer. Provides that, on or before August 1, 2018, the state fire marshal, in consultation with the department, shall send written guidance to each school that has one or more employees that describes how a school may apply current fire safety requirements for an unplanned fire alarm activation in order to provide security to students and school staff in the event of a potential manmade disaster situation. Provides that, with the approval of the governor and the budget agency, the amount appropriated by HEA 1001-2017 for the Indiana secured school fund may be augmented from the state general fund in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000. ... View more