2010 California Code
Article 3.6. Carl Washington School Safety And Violence Prevention Act
32228. (a) It is the intent of the Legislature that public schools serving pupils in any of grades 8 to 12, inclusive, have access to supplemental resources to establish programs and strategies that promote school safety and emphasize violence prevention among children and youth in the public schools. (b) It is also the intent of the Legislature that public schools have access to supplemental resources to combat bias on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation, as defined in subdivision (q) of Section 12926 of the Government Code, and to prevent and respond to acts of hate violence and bias related incidents. Sexual orientation shall not include pedophilia. (c) It is further the intent of the Legislature that schoolsites receiving funds pursuant to this article accomplish all of the following goals: (1) Teach pupils techniques for resolving conflicts without violence. (2) Train school staff and administrators to support and promote conflict resolution and mediation techniques for resolving conflicts between and among pupils. (3) Reduce incidents of violence at the schoolsite with an emphasis on prevention and early detection. (4) Provide age-appropriate instruction in domestic violence prevention, dating violence prevention, and interpersonal violence prevention. 32228.1. (a) This act shall be known as the School Safety and Violence Prevention Act. This statewide program shall be administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, who shall provide funds to school districts serving pupils in any of grades 8 to 12, inclusive, for the purpose of promoting school safety and reducing schoolsite violence. As a condition of receiving funds pursuant to this article, an eligible school district shall certify, on forms and in a manner required by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, that the funds will be used as described. (b) From funds appropriated in the annual Budget Act or any other measure, funds shall be allocated to school districts on the basis of prior year enrollment, as reported by the California Basic Educational Data System, of pupils in any of grades 8 to 12, inclusive, for any one or more of the following purposes: (1) Providing schools with personnel, including, but not limited to, licensed or certificated school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, and school psychologists, who are trained in conflict resolution. Any law enforcement personnel hired pursuant to this article shall be trained and sworn peace officers. (2) Providing effective and accessible on-campus communication devices and other school safety infrastructure needs. (3) Establishing an in-service training program for school staff to learn to identify at-risk pupils, to communicate effectively with those pupils, and to refer those pupils to appropriate counseling. (4) Providing and implementing instructional curricula and materials designed to equip pupils with skills and understanding necessary to prevent school violence by recognizing and reporting threats of school violence and school terrorism. (5) Establishing cooperative arrangements with local law enforcement agencies for appropriate school-community relationships. (6) Preventing and responding to acts of hate violence and bias-related incidents, including implementation of programs and instructional curricula consistent with the goals set forth in this section and guidelines developed pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 233. (7) For any other purpose that the school or school district determines that would materially contribute to meeting the goals and objectives of current law in providing for safe schools and preventing violence among pupils. 32228.2. (a) Funds allocated pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 32228.1 shall be allocated to school districts with jurisdiction over eligible schoolsites, based on enrollment, with a minimum allocation of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each schoolsite, or a minimum allocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each school district, whichever is greater. (b) The number of schoolsites in each school district that receive funding for purposes of this section shall be equal to the number of county-district-school codes, as maintained by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, for that school district as of June 30 of the fiscal year immediately preceding the fiscal year for which the funds are allocated. (c) Funds allocated pursuant to this article shall supplement, not supplant, expenditures for school safety and violence prevention programs. 32228.3. For purposes of this article, "school district" means a school district or county office of education. 32228.5. (a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall annually report to the Legislature regarding the use of funds pursuant to this article. (b) As a condition of receipt of funds pursuant to this article, local education agencies shall provide information for the purpose of compiling the annual report required pursuant to subdivision (a) to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a format determined by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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