Colorado School Discipline Laws & Regulations: State Model Policies and Implementation Support

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Colorado School Discipline Laws & Regulations: State Model Policies and Implementation Support

Category: Prevention, Behavioral Interventions, and Supports
Subcategory: State Model Policies and Implementation Support
State: Colorado

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LAWS

22-2-127.9. Mental health education literacy–resource bank–technical assistance.

(1) The department, with assistance from the office of suicide prevention created pursuant to section 25-1.5-101 (1)(w)(I), the Colorado youth advisory council created pursuant to section 2-2-1302, and the suicide prevention commission created pursuant to section 25-1.5-111, shall create and maintain a resource bank of evidence-based, research-based, and promising program materials and curricula pertaining to mental health and comprehensive suicide prevention, as that term is defined in section 25-1.5-112. these materials and curricula may be used in elementary and secondary schools in the state. The resource bank and curricula must be youth-friendly, culturally sensitive, and available in both English and Spanish. In creating the resource bank and curricula, the department may provide internet links to resources and materials pertaining to mental health available from other entities that the department finds reliable. Additionally, the department shall solicit input from persons, including youth, within and outside of the mental health profession, including both community and school mental health professionals. Subject to available appropriations, the department shall solicit requests for information and may contract for:

(a) The organization and enhancement of the resource bank, including materials on the prevention of suicide, the after-effects of suicide attempts and suicide deaths, and postvention training, and education on mental and behavioral health;

(b) The development of mental and behavioral health and suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention curricula for schools and providing such curricula to schools; and

(c) Training for educators and school staff concerning mental and behavioral health and suicide prevention.

(2) On and after July 1, 2020, the department shall make material in the resource bank available without charge to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative services, professional educators, parents or guardians of youth, students, and community providers. At the request of a school district, charter school, institute charter school, or board of cooperative services, the department shall provide technical assistance to the school district, charter school, institute charter school, or board of cooperative services in designing age-appropriate curricula pertaining to mental health.

(3) The materials and resources available to students must be developed and updated with input from youth.

(4) School districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, and boards of cooperative services are encouraged to report to the department on the effectiveness of the resource bank and curricula and to recommend changes to improve the resource bank or curricula. The department is encouraged to update the resource bank and curricula based on recommendations from school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative services, professional educators, parents or guardians of youth, students, and community providers.

22-102-103. Definitions.

As used in this article 102, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Department" means the department of education created and existing pursuant to section 24-1-115.

(2) "Pilot program" means the K-5 social and emotional health pilot program, created in section 22-102-104.

(3) "Pilot school" means a school selected by the department to participate in the pilot program created in section 22-102-104 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

(4) "School counselor" means a counselor holding a master's degree in educational counseling and a professional special services license in Colorado with an endorsement in school counseling, including but not limited to the completion of course work in the areas of academic and social emotional development; assessment for social and emotional concerns, including suicide prevention and intervention; crisis intervention; social-emotional prevention programs, including character education and violence prevention; mental health, protective factors for at-risk students, and career awareness, exploration, and planning.

(5) "School district" means a school district organized and existing pursuant to law but does not include a local college district. "School district" includes the state charter school institute and a board of cooperative services that operates a school.

(6) "School mental health professional" means a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker.

(7) "School psychologist" means a school psychologist holding a master's degree and a professional special services license in Colorado with a school psychologist endorsement.

(8) "School social worker" means a social worker holding a master's degree and a professional special services license in Colorado with an endorsement in school social work, including but not limited to the completion of course work in the areas of school and special education law, including content covering functional behavior assessment and the development of behavior intervention plans.

22-102-104. K-5 social and emotional health pilot program–creation–selection of pilot schools–rules.

(1) There is created the K-5 social and emotional health pilot program in the department to determine the impact of dedicated school mental health professionals in kindergarten through fifth grade in elementary schools that have high-poverty, high-need students. The pilot program is implemented within the selected pilot schools and administered by the department as a pilot program for three consecutive school years, unless extended by the general assembly. Subject to available appropriations or gifts, grants, or donations for the three-year term of the pilot program, pursuant to section 22-102-106, the department shall employ or contract with a pilot program coordinator and contract for preliminary and final program evaluations of the pilot program. The department shall promulgate any rules necessary for the administration of the pilot program.

(2)(a) Subject to available appropriations or gifts, grants, or donations for the three-year term of the pilot program, no later than January 15 immediately preceding the first implementation year, the department shall select up to ten pilot schools to participate in the pilot program. If available appropriations and gifts, grants, or donations are insufficient to fully fund the pilot program, the department may select fewer than ten pilot schools to participate in the pilot program. The department shall select pilot schools that exhibit the characteristics set forth in subsection (2)(b) of this section and that are appropriate test schools to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the pilot program. The pilot schools must demonstrate a willingness to participate in the pilot program and to collect the data and information necessary for the evaluation of the pilot program.

(b) The department shall select pilot schools, including rural, small, and geographically diverse schools, which schools shall be located in a school district that has a high rate of youth suicide, attempted suicide, or suicidal ideation; have a high-poverty student population and a high percentage of students who experience or may experience food insecurity, as evidenced by the number or percentage of students in the school who are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals; and may include schools:

(I) In large, metropolitan school districts;

(II) That have significant ethnic, cultural, and language diversity within their student populations, which may include students from refugee populations;

(III) That have a high number or density of youth who are students in out-of-home placement, as defined in section 22-32-138;

(IV) That are in a school district that has a high percentage of students who are adjudicated delinquent; and

(V) That are in a school district that has a plan in place to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse workforce that reflects the race, ethnicity, and other characteristics of the student body.

(c) Prior to a selected school implementing the pilot program pursuant to this article 102, the school must notify all parents or legal guardians of students at the school of the school's selection as a pilot school.

24-33.5-1803. School safety resource center–created–duties.

(1) There is hereby created within the department the school safety resource center to assist schools in preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and crisis situations and to foster positive learning environments. The director of the center shall be appointed by the executive director pursuant to section 13 of article XII of the state constitution.

(2) The center and the director shall exercise their powers and perform their duties and functions under the department and the executive director as if the same were transferred to the department by atype 2transfer, as such transfer is defined in the "Administrative Organization Act of 1968", article 1 of this title.

(3) The center has the following duties:

(a) To assist schools in developing and implementing safety and preparedness plans, including but not limited to any such plans that are required by state law or applicable rules of accreditation;

(b) To assist schools in establishing practices and strategies for use in responding to an emergency or crisis situation;

(c) To assist schools in developing and establishing prevention and intervention efforts to ensure safe and secure learning environments;

(d) To conduct regular research and assessment projects to determine the efficacy of statewide and local policies and programming;

(e) To make information and other resources available to all schools and school officials;

(f)(I) To select at least one but not more than five school districts or regions, with the consent of the affected school district boards of education, to serve as pilot sites during the first year of the center's operation. The center shall evaluate and develop enhanced school safety services to be provided by the center to the pilot sites.

(II) In selecting the school districts or regions that shall serve as pilot sites pursuant to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (f), the center shall designate at least one but not more than three schools within each of the pilot sites to participate in a cooperative effort by all such designated schools within the pilot sites to create a first responder school mapping system to provide first responders immediate electronic or digital access to maps of, and other schematic information about, school buildings at such designated schools in the event of an emergency at the designated schools. In creating the first responder school mapping system, the pilot sites may contract with one or more public or private entities with experience in creating first responder school mapping systems. Before entering into any such contract or otherwise proceeding with plans for the creation of the first responder school mapping system, the pilot sites shall submit the contract or plans to the center to approve or disapprove. The department shall reimburse the pilot sites for the direct and indirect costs of creating the first responder school mapping system pursuant to this subparagraph (II).

(III) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that, for purposes of section 17 of article IX of the state constitution, the development and creation of a first responder school mapping system, pursuant to subparagraph (II) of this paragraph (f), is an important element of improving student safety and may therefore receive funding from the state education fund created in section 17 (4) of article IX of the state constitution.

(g) To provide information and resources relating to school safety, school emergency response planning and training, and interoperable communications in schools, as determined by the center, to the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety to be distributed to school districts and schools pursuant to section 24-33.5-1213.4;

(h)(I) To consult with school districts, schools, and charter schools concerning evidence-based best practices for bullying prevention and education;

(II) To consult with the department of education concerning its administration of the school bullying prevention and education grant program created in section 22-93-102, C.R.S.; and

(III) To submit evidence-based best practices for bullying prevention and education to the department of education for the purposes of section 22-93-106, C.R.S.

(j) To provide information and resources relating to the development and maintenance of school resource officer programs, as determined by the center, to the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety for distribution to school districts and schools pursuant to section 24-33.5-1213.4 and to law enforcement agencies and other community partners, as described in section 22-32-109.1, C.R.S.;

(k) To provide suggestions for school resource officer training to the peace officers standards and training board, pursuant to section 24-31-312;

(l) To provide materials and training as described in section 24-33.5-1809 to personnel in school districts and charter schools, parents, and students regarding the awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse and assault, including human trafficking;

(m) By June 1, 2018, to make available a model program that conforms with section 22-1-128, regarding the risks and consequences of sexting for school districts to use, which curriculum must include information informing students of the provisions of section 18-7-109, including that, if a student receives a sexually explicit image in violation of section 18-7-109, the student can avoid adjudication as a juvenile delinquent by taking reasonable steps to either destroy or delete or report the initial viewing of the image within seventy-two hours after receiving the image; and

(n)(I) To act as a resource for school districts, public schools, charter schools, and institute charter schools concerning crisis and suicide prevention training; and

(II) To work collaboratively with the office of suicide prevention in the department of public health and environment concerning the crisis and suicide prevention training grant program created in section 25-1.5-113.

(4) Subject to the provisions of section 13 of article XII of the state constitution, the director shall appoint employees necessary to conduct an efficient center.

REGULATIONS

No relevant regulations found.

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