Senate BillNo. 1178


Introduced by Senator Vidak

February 18, 2016


An act to add Section 33133.5 to the Education Code, relating to state educational agencies, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 1178, as introduced, Vidak. Superintendent of Public Instruction: child abuse and neglect: poster.

Existing law requires the State Department of Education to adopt guidelines to be disseminated to parents or guardians of pupils that describe the procedures that a parent or guardian can follow in filing a complaint of child abuse with the school or a child protective services agency against a school employee or other person that commits an act of child abuse against a pupil at a schoolsite.

This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to create a poster that notifies children of the appropriate telephone number to call to report child abuse or neglect. The bill would authorize the superintendent to partner with various entities for purposes of design and content of the poster. The bill would require the poster to incorporate specified elements, including that it be produced in 5 different languages. The bill would require the superintendent, on or before July 1, 2017, to post the downloadable versions of the poster on the department’s Internet Web site. The bill would state that the Legislature encourages school districts, charter schools, and private schools to post the appropriate version or versions of the poster in an area of the school where pupils frequently congregate.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 33133.5 is added to the Education Code,
2to read:

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33133.5.  

(a) The Superintendent shall create a poster that
4notifies children of the appropriate telephone number to call to
5report child abuse or neglect.

6(b) The Superintendent may partner with other local, state, and
7federal agencies as well as nonprofit entities for purposes of the
8design and content of the poster.

9(c) The poster shall incorporate the additional following
10elements:

11(1) It shall include a note that directs a child to dial “911” in
12case of emergency.

13(2) It shall be no smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

14(3) It shall be produced in five languages, which shall be
15English, Spanish, and the top three languages other than English
16and Spanish that are spoken in the state as determined by the
17Superintendent.

18(d) On or before July 1, 2017, the Superintendent shall post on
19the department’s Internet Web site all five versions of the poster
20for public download.

21(e) The Legislature encourages school districts, charter schools,
22and private schools to post the appropriate version or versions of
23the poster in an area of the school where pupils frequently
24congregate.

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SEC. 2.  

This act is an urgency statute necessary for the
26immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within
27the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into
28immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:

29In order for the Superintendent of Public Instruction to have
30sufficient time to complete the poster required by Section 33133.5
31of the Education Code, it is necessary that this act take immediate
32effect.



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