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

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

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

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§ 53-22-101. School Security Act -- Definitions

As used in this chapter:

(1) “Public school” means the same as that term is defined in Section 53G-9-205.1.

(2) “School resource officer” or “SRO” means a law enforcement officer hired by a public school in accordance with Section 53-8-703.

(3) “State security chief” means an individual appointed by the commissioner under Section 53-22-102.

§ 53-22-104. School Security Task Force -- Membership -- Duties -- Per diem -- Report -- Expiration.

There is created a school security task force composed of the following 18 members:

(a) the House chair of the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee, who shall serve as chair, and who shall ensure that at least three members of the task force are parents of children in Utah schools;

(b) the House chair of the Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force;

(c) a member of the Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate;

(d) the state superintendent of the State Board of Education or the state superintendent's designee;

(e) the school safety specialist to the State Board of Education;

(f) the public safety liaison described in Section 53-1-106;

(g) the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety or the commissioner's designee;

(h) the director of the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Youth Services or the director's designee;

(i) a member of the Utah School Superintendents Association, selected by the president of the association;

(j) two members of the Chiefs of Police Association, one from a city of the first or second class and one from a city of the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth class, selected by the president of the association;

(k) two members of the Sheriffs Association, one from a county of the first, second, or third class and one from a county of the fourth, fifth, or sixth class, selected by the president of the association;

(l) a representative from the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools selected by the president of the association;

(m) a representative from a school district, selected by the chair;

(n) an expert in school security, selected by the chair;

(o) a member of a local law enforcement agency recommended by the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety; and

(p) a member of the SafeUT and school safety commission, selected by the chair.

(2) The task force shall:

(a) determine the specific qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of the state security chief created in Section 53-22-102;

(b) create statewide standardized training requirements and hiring policies for school resource officers;

(c) review and revise, if necessary, the model critical incident response training program developed under Section 53g-8-802;

(d) develop training standards for active threats and emergency response in schools;

(e) recommend standards for the use of school security specialists;

53F-5-220. School Safety and Support Grant Program – Rulemaking.

(1)The state board may award a grant to an LEA in response to an LEA request for proposal to provide a school with:

(a) school resource officer services;

(b) school safety specialists and school safety specialist training;

(c) safety and security training by law enforcement agencies for school employees;

(d) interoperable communication hardware, software, equipment maintenance, and training for first responder communication systems;

(e)enhanced physical security at a school upon completion of the school's threat assessment;

(f) first-aid kits for classrooms; or

(g) bleeding control kits.

(2) An LEA may not apply for a grant under this section to fund services already in place, but an LEA may submit a request for proposal to fund an expansion of or enhancement to existing services.

(3) The state board shall prioritize grant funding for LEAs with low student counts that have designated a school safety specialist in each school.

(4) The state board may adopt rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, to administer this section.

§ 53G-8-202. Public school discipline policies–Basis of the policies–Enforcement.

(2)(c)(i) On or before September 1, 2015, the state board shall revise the conduct and discipline policy models for elementary and secondary public schools to include procedures for responding to reports received through the SafeUT Crisis Line under Subsection 53B-17-1202(3).

(ii) Each district or charter school shall use the models, where appropriate, in developing its conduct and discipline policies under this chapter.

§ 53G-8-207. Alternatives to suspension or expulsion.

(4) The state superintendent, in cooperation with school districts and charter schools, shall:

(d) publish a report that incorporates the research findings, provides model plans with suggested resource pools, and makes recommendations for local school boards and school personnel.

§ 53G-8-802. State Safety and Support Program–State board duties – LEA duties.

(2) The state board shall:

(g) in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, develop and make available to an LEA a model critical incident response training program that includes

(i)  protocols for conducting a threat assessment, and ensuring building security during an incident, as required in section 53G-8-701.5

§ 53G-9-606. Model policy and state board duties.

(1) On or before September 1, 2018, the state board shall:

(a) update the state board's model policy on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation to include abusive conduct; and

(b) post the model policy described in Subsection (1)(a) on the state board's website.

(2) The state board shall require an LEA governing board to report annually to the state board on:

(a) the LEA governing board's policy, including implementation of the signed statement requirement described in Subsection 53G-9-605(3);

(b) the LEA governing board's training of school employees relating to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation described in Section 53G-9-607; and

(c) other information related to this part, as determined by the state board.


R277-609-1. Authority and purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by:

(f) Section 53G-8-202, which directs local school boards and charter school governing boards to adopt conduct and discipline policies and directs the Board to develop model policies to assist local school boards and charter school governing boards.

R277-609-11. Model Policies.

(1) The Superintendent shall develop, review regularly, and provide to LEA boards model policies to address disruptive student behavior and appropriate consequences.

(2) The Superintendent shall provide technical assistance to LEAs in developing and implementing policies and training employees in the appropriate use of physical force and emergency safety interventions to the extent of resources available.

R277-613-3. Superintendent Responsibilities.

(1) The Superintendent shall provide:

(a) a model policy on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation as required in Section 53G-9-606. […]

(2) Although an LEA is required to have a policy on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, retaliation and abusive conduct as described in Section 53G-9-605 and this rule and provide training as described in Section 53G-9-607 and this rule, the LEA is not required to use the model policy or model training developed by the Superintendent described in Subsection (1).

R277-615-3. Superintendent responsibilities.

(1) The Superintendent shall provide consistent definitions for LEAs to include in search and seizure policies.

(2) The Superintendent shall develop a model search and seizure policy as guidance for LEAs.

(3) The Superintendent shall require an assurance from LEAs in the Utah Consolidated Report regarding the student search policy required under Section 53G-8-509.

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