Legislation / Joint Legislative Advisory Committee (JLAC)
The purpose of this Legal Update is to summarize the free speech rights of students, free rights of employees, address student walkouts, and address campus safety issues.
While there are many available trainings offered to school employees, only some are mandated by law. This Legal Update provides a list of trainings that are mandated by law for school employees, the frequency by which they must be completed, and the relevant legal citation.
Two New Measures to Standardize Process for Local Educational Agencies to Identify Homeless Students
The purpose of this Legal Update is to summarize the two measures (AB27 and SB 400) that relate to Local Educational Agencies (LEAS) in an effort to coordinate efforts between schools and county and state agencies to facilitate an integrated, centered response to the problem of homelessness among California's K-12 students and their families.
On September 27, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB)270 into law. SB270 authorizes public employee unions to file an unfair labor practices charge before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) against public employers that fail to comply with existing laws requiring disclosure of employee information to public employee unions. Changes to SB270 are outlined. Effective Date of SB270 is July 1, 2022.
The Governor signed AB 367, Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2021, on October 8, 2021, which adds Education Code section 35292.6. Effective July 1, 2022, and no later than the start of the 2022-2023 school year, public schools that maintain any combination of classes from grades 6 through 12, inclusive:
1. Shall stock the school’s restrooms at all times with an adequate supply of menstrual products, available and accessible, free of cost, in all women’s restrooms, and all-gender restrooms, and in at least one men’s restroom; and
2. Shall post a notice regarding the requirements of this section in a prominent and conspicuous location in every restroom required to stock menstrual products, available and accessible, free of cost, pursuant to this section. This notice shall include the text of this section and contact information, including an email address and telephone number, for a designated individual responsible for maintaining the requisite supply of menstrual products. A sample notice is included with this Legal Update.
Three bills were recently enacted into law to address the mental health issues of students: Senate Bill (SB) 14; SB 224; and Assembly Bill (AB) 309. This Legal Update will summarize these new laws. Please note that SB 14 and SB 224 will require updating of client policies.