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Bill Detail: SB23-296

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Title Prevent Harassment And Discrimination In Schools
Status Governor Signed (06/06/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
J. Marchman (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 04/21/2023

The bill requires that a report received by a public school that
enrolls students in any of grades kindergarten through 12 (public school)
that alleges harassment or discrimination is confidential. The bill requires
a public school to:
  • Accept reports of harassment or discrimination in writing
or in-person; by phone, e-mail, or online form; or through
  • Post notices describing how a student can report
harassment or discrimination to the school;
  • Adopt procedures for investigating reports of harassment
or discrimination;
  • Retain harassment or discrimination case files for 7 years;
  • Grant an excused absence to a student for certain
out-of-school appointments related to the student
experiencing harassment or discrimination; and
  • Provide accommodations and supportive measures to a
student experiencing harassment or discrimination.
The bill requires a public school to adopt a written policy (policy)
that protects students experiencing harassment or discrimination. The
policy must include the following:
  • Information on reporting options for students, including
contact information for the school staff member designated
to receive reports;
  • An explanation of the school's role in responding to reports
of harassment or discrimination;
  • Information about resources for victims of gender-based
violence and sexual violence;
  • Amnesty protections for a student who reports, or is a
witness to a report of, harassment or discrimination for any
school policy violation by the student related to the
harassment or discrimination; and
  • Information about available accommodations and
supportive measures.
A public school shall make the policy available annually to
students, students' parents and legal guardians, and school staff.
The bill requires a public school to annually provide training to
school staff about harassment and discrimination, including training about
the school's policy.
The bill requires public schools to report information about
harassment or discrimination to school districts, who report that
information to the department of education (department). An institute
charter school reports the information directly to the department. The
department reports the information to the sexual misconduct advisory
committee in the department of higher education.
The bill waives immunity for a public entity for a failure to comply
with any requirement concerning harassment or discrimination in public
schools described in the bill.

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