Submitted by Michelle Weaver, Technical Assistance Provider
As each cohort moves through the phases of training, staff should begin to see connections between CT’s SPDG, specifically building behavioral support systems, and the multiple requirements for schools from the legislature. Public Act 11-232, name, provides specific requirements for safe school climate committees. . Public Act13-3, An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, addresses the format for school safety plans and also updates some requirements for safe school climate committees. Our aim is for schools to see their work on behavior support systems as a viable means for meeting many of the legislative requirements around school climate and school safety.
PA 13-3 provides a model for school districts and school buildings to meet requirements for school security and safety plans. The table below includes details of the law, summarizing the duties of state agencies, Boards, and schools. The Act also revises the duties of the Safe School Climate Committee to include in its data collection disturbing or threatening behavior that does not rise to the level of bullying.
|PA 13-3 Sections 86-88|
|CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) and CT State Department of Education (CSDE)||Local and Regional Boards – July 2014 and forward||Schools – July 2012 and forward|
|Develop and implement plan for school security and safety at each school, based on the state plan||Principal establishes or designates existing committee responsible for safe school climate and addressing issues related to bullying Committee includes 1 parent/guardian* of enrolled student.|
|January 1, 2014 and forward|
| Consult with CSDE to develop standards for school security and safety that include:
|| Establish school security and safety committee at each school, with the following members:
Parent/guardian excluded from information reported from school safety committee
| Committee tasks:
*Parent/guardian excluded from tasks 1-3
|January 1, 2014 and annually|
|DESPP submits standards and recommendations for legislation to General Assembly||Submit reviewed and updated plans to DESPP annually|
Published: February 10, 2015