SB-1113, As Passed Senate, December 14, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE SUBSTITUTE FOR

 

SENATE BILL NO. 1113

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled

 

"The revised school code,"

 

(MCL 380.1 to 380.1852) by adding section 1505.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1505. (1) The board of a school district or intermediate

 

school district or board of directors of a public school academy

 

may adopt and implement a policy addressing sexual abuse of

 

children. If a board or board of directors adopts and implements a

 

policy addressing sexual abuse of children, the policy shall be

 

substantially consistent with the recommendations and guidelines

 

set by the task force on the prevention of sexual abuse of children

 

created under section 12b of the child protection law, 1975 PA 238,

 

MCL 722.632b, and may address, but is not limited to, any of the

 

following:

 

     (a) Age-appropriate, evidence-based curriculum and instruction

 


for pupils in grades pre-K to 5 concerning child sexual abuse

 

awareness and prevention.

 

     (b) Training for school personnel on child sexual abuse,

 

including, but not limited to, training on supportive, appropriate

 

response to disclosure of abuse.

 

     (c) Providing educational information to parents or guardians

 

on the warning signs of a child being sexually abused and

 

information on needed assistance, referral, or resources. This

 

information may be provided in the student handbook that is

 

distributed to pupils and parents and guardians.

 

     (d) Available counseling and resources for pupils affected by

 

sexual abuse.

 

     (e) Emotional and educational support for a pupil affected by

 

sexual abuse to allow the pupil to continue to be successful in

 

school.

 

     (f) A review of the system that is in place in the school

 

district, intermediate school district, or public school academy to

 

educate and support school personnel who are required to report

 

child abuse or neglect under section 3 of the child protection law,

 

1975 PA 238, MCL 722.623, and the process in place for making those

 

mandatory reports. This review should include an analysis of the

 

level of compliance with the mandatory reporting requirements and

 

suggestions to improve compliance.

 

     (2) Any instruction, training, or information provided

 

pursuant to a policy adopted under subsection (1) shall be

 

substantially consistent with the recommendations and guidelines

 

set by the task force on the prevention of sexual abuse of children

 


created under section 12b of the child protection law, 1975 PA 238,

 

MCL 722.632b, and may address, but is not limited to, any of the

 

following:

 

     (a) Methods for increasing teacher, pupil, and parent

 

awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse of children, including

 

knowledge of likely warning signs indicating that a child may be a

 

victim of sexual abuse.

 

     (b) Actions that a child who is a victim of sexual abuse may

 

take to obtain assistance and intervention.

 

     (c) Available counseling options for pupils affected by sexual

 

abuse.

 

     (3) Pupil instruction under this section is subject to section

 

1505a.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect

 

unless all of the following bills of the 96th Legislature are

 

enacted into law:

 

     (a) Senate Bill No. 1112.

 

     (b) Senate Bill No. 1114.