Utah School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Trauma-informed Practices

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Utah School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Trauma-informed Practices

Category: Prevention, Behavioral Interventions, and Supports
Subcategory: Trauma-informed Practices
State: Utah

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§ 53F-2-415. Student health and counseling support–Qualifying personnel–Distribution formula–Rulemaking.

(2)(a) Subject to legislative appropriations, and in accordance with Subsection (2)(b), the state board shall distribute money appropriated under this section to LEAs to provide in a school targeted school-based mental health support, including clinical services and trauma-informed care, through:

(i) employing qualifying personnel; or

(ii) entering into contracts for services provided by qualifying personnel, including telehealth services. [...]

(8) Beginning on or before July 1, 2019, the state board shall provide training that instructs school personnel on the impact of childhood trauma on student learning, including information advising educators against practicing medicine, giving a diagnosis, or providing treatment.

§ 53F-2-519. Appropriation for school nurses.

(2)(a) A school district or charter school that is awarded a grant under this section shall require each school nurse employed by the school district or charter school to complete two hours of continuing nurse education on the emotional and mental health of students.

(b) The continuing nurse education described in Subsection (2)(a) shall include training on:

(ii) trauma-informed care.

§ 53F-5-209. Grants for school-based mental health supports.

(8) Beginning on or before July 1, 2019, the state board shall provide training that instructs educators on the impact of trauma on student learning, including information advising educators against practicing medicine, giving a diagnosis, or providing treatment.


R277-304-4. General teacher preparation.

Prior to approval by the Board, a teacher preparation program shall:

(4) require competency in:

(h) establishing a consistent, organized, and respectful learning environment, including:

(iii) trauma-informed practices.

R277-461-5. Grant Recipient Requirements, Accountability, and Reporting.

(4) Qualifying personnel funded by these grant funds shall:

(d) in accordance with Subsection 53F-5-209(8), participate in trauma-informed modules.

R277-613-2. Definitions.

(13) "Trauma-Informed Care" means a strengths-based service delivery approach that is grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both the alleged victim and the individual who is alleged to have engaged in prohibited conduct, and that creates opportunities for targets to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

R277-613-5. Reporting and Incident Investigations of Allegations of Bullying, Cyber-bullying, Hazing, Retaliation, and Abusive Conduct.

(7) Following an investigation of a confirmed allegation of an incident of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, retaliation, or abusive conduct, if appropriate, an LEA may:

(b) support involved students through trauma-informed practices, if appropriate.

R277-620-3. Youth Suicide Prevention Grants–LEA Reporting Requirements.

(1) The Superintendent, in collaboration with the Department of Health–State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the State suicide prevention coordinator, shall establish model youth suicide prevention programs for LEAs that include training and resources addressing:

(b) standard response protocols that utilize trauma informed practices, which may reference the ACES or other empirical data.

R277-622-3. School-based Mental Health Plan.

(1) To qualify for a School-based Mental Health Qualifying Grant, an LEA shall submit a plan to the Superintendent.

(2) The plan shall include:

(a) a three-year projection for the LEA's goals, metrics, and outcomes;

(b) requirements outlined in Subsection 53F-2-415(3);

(c) a plan for how qualifying personnel will increase access to mental health services for students in need, including students who are underserved or at risk;

(d) a process for utilization of qualifying personnel in participating with an LEA's multidisciplinary team as outlined in R277-400;

(e) a timeline and process for school personnel training in trauma-informed practices, including documentation of compliance.

(3) Except as provided in Subsection (4), an LEA shall submit the LEA's plan no later than May 31 for a funding distribution to be made for the upcoming school year.

(4) An LEA's approved plan is valid for three years and may be required to be reapproved after three years of implementation.

(5) An LEA may submit a revised plan for approval by the board, in a manner described by the Superintendent, if the LEA identifies deficiencies with the LEA's ability to implement the LEA's plan including a change in available funding.

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