Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2246 into law. AB 2246 requires the governing board of any Local Educational Agency that serves pupils in grades 7-12 to adopt a pupil suicide prevention policy that specifically addresses the needs of this high-risk group. In recognizing that suicide is a leading cause of death among youth and that school personnel who regularly interact with students are often in a position to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to offer appropriate referral and/or assistance, this Bill has significant impact. To attempt to reduce suicidal behavior and its impact on students and families, the Superintendent or designee shall develop measures and strategies for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
Union Access to New Employee Orientation (AB 119)
With the adoption of the state budget on June 27, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill ("AB") 119, which requires public employers subject to the Educational Employment Relations Act ("EERA"), which includes school districts and county offices of education, to provide representatives of recognized employee organizations and exclusive representatives mandatory access to new employee orientations. AB 119 adds sections 3555-3559 to the Government Code, and amends sections 6253.2 and 6254.3 of the California Public Records Act.
2017-2018 Annual Notice to Parents
Consistent with Education Code section 48980 and other state and federal laws which require districts to annually notify students, parents, and guardians of their legal rights and responsibilities, attached is the form appropriate for use for the 2017-2018 school year. The attached Annual Notice to Parents will satisfy a school district's obligations under Education Code section 48980 and other state and federal laws addressing annual notice requirements.