Effective July 1, 2017, the School Safety and Security Act is amended to require boards of education to include in their annual school safety and security reports information regarding arrests and referrals to law enforcement or juvenile intake and assessment services made in connection to criminal acts the school is required to report under continuing law. The bill also adds a requirement that the data in the report include an analysis according to race, gender and any other relevant information.
The bill further amends the act to direct the State Board of Education (SBOE) to require that the superintendent of schools (or designee) in each school district develop, approve and submit to the SBOE a memorandum of understanding developed in collaboration with relevant stakeholders (including law enforcement agencies, the courts, and the county and district attorneys), establishing clear guidelines for referral of school-based behaviors to law enforcement or the juvenile justice system, with the goal of reducing such referrals and protecting public safety. The SBOE must provide an annual report to the Kansas Department of Corrections and Office of Judicial Administration compiling school district compliance and summarizing the content of each memorandum of understanding.
Statutory provisions governing reporting of certain student behavior to law enforcement, reporting of certain criminal behavior on school property or at a school-supervised activity, powers of campus police officers, and reporting of inexcusable absences from school are amended to make such provisions subject to the terms of the memorandum of understanding.
SOURCE: Juvenile Justice System SB 367, 2016 Summary of Legislation, Kansas Legislative Research Department
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