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Carl Washington School Safety And Violence Prevention Act   

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(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.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 165, Sec. 2.)


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