SCHOOL LAW ADVISORY
Volume 30, No. 2
In 2015, the Legislature overrode Governor LePage’s veto to enact “An Act to Require Education in Public Preschool Programs and Elementary Schools Regarding Child Sexual Abuse” (P.L. 2015, Ch. 292; LD 1180), and that bill became law.
The law required the Commissioner of Education to develop a model policy for child sexual abuse prevention, education, and response for public pre-schools through grade 5 in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services and “organizations that have expertise in child sexual abuse, and organizations representing school boards, administrators, teachers and parents.” The law called for this model policy to be developed no later than July 1, 2016, and for local school units to adopt a policy “consistent with the model policy” beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. No need to panic about that deadline, however! The Department did not actually release the model policy until February 2018 and, without changing the law, the Department decreed that local school units should adopt their local policy by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. But that “new” deadline is quickly approaching.
In a nutshell, the law requires that the model policy be “based on nationally-recognized best practices” and....To continue reading, visit https://schoollaw.com/school-law-advisory.
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