School safety plans must now include seeing violent acts

Assemblymen Bonita passed AB 1271 which amends section 32282.1 of the California Education Code to recommend including guidelines for students who seen a violent act.   Before you run out and update your CSSP make sure you understand what you are dealing with.  The problem with this bill is that it does not define violent act and it does not require the guideline. Does violent act include a mutual affray between to students on their way to school?  Does violent act include verbal bullying?  Before jumping out and updating your CSSP, you discuss the concept of violent act with your mental health staff and remember that anything you put in writing to do, you must do – especially when the documents are public documents.


(a) As comprehensive school safety plans are reviewed and updated, the Legislature encourages all plans, to the extent that resources are available, to include clear guidelines for the roles and responsibilities of mental health professionals, community intervention professionals, school counselors, school resource officers, and police officers on school campuses, if the school district uses these people.

(b) The guidelines developed pursuant to subdivision (a) are encouraged to include both of the following:
(1) Primary strategies to create and maintain a positive school climate, promote school safety, and increase pupil achievement, and prioritize mental health and intervention services, restorative and transformative justice programs, and positive behavior interventions and support.
(2) Consistent with paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 32282, protocols to address the mental health care of pupils who have witnessed a violent act at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
(A) While on school grounds.
(B) While going to or coming from school.
(C) During a lunch period whether on or off campus.
(D) During, or while going to or coming from, a school-sponsored activity.

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