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Act 36 of 1999 (School Safety)
Act 36 of 1999
Formerly House Bill 456
Signed June 26, 1999
Effective July 1, 1999
The Center for Safe Schools is providing excerpts of recently enacted legislation that relate to school safety. None of this information should be substituted for discussions and consultation with your district solicitor. The information is provided as a resource.
**Only text related to school safety is included. For a full copy, visit the state's web site or contact your local senator or representative.
SECTION 3. SECTION 1302-A(C) of the Act, added June 30, 1995 (P.L.220, NO.26), is amended to read:
Section 1302-A. Office for Safe Schools
(C) In addition to the powers and duties set forth under subsection (A), the Office is authorized to make targeted grants to schools to fund programs which address school violence including, but not limited to, the following programs:
- Conflict resolution or dispute management.
- Peer helpers programs.
- Risk assessment, safety-related or violence prevention curricula.
- Classroom management.
- Student codes of conduct.
- Training to undertake a district-wide assessment of risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem behaviors among students.
- Development and implementation of research-based violence prevention programs that address risk factors to reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students.
- Comprehensive, district-wide school safety and violence prevention plans.
- Security planning, purchase of security-related technology which may include metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, electronic locksets, deadbolts and theft control devices and training in the use of security-related technology. Security planning and purchase of security-related technology shall be based in safety needs identified by the school entity's board of directors.
- Institution of student, staff and visitor identification systems.
- Establishment or enhancement of school security personnel, including school resource officers.
- Provision of specialized staff and student training programs, including training for student assistance program team members in elementary, middle and high schools in the referral of students at risk of violent behavior to appropriate community-based services, including mental health services.
- Alternative education programs provided for in Article XIX-C.
- Counseling services for students enrolled in alternative education programs.
SECTION 7. Sections 1703-A, 1723-A AND 1726-A of the Act, added June 19, 1997 (P.L.225, NO.22), are amended to read:
SECTION 1703-A. Definitions. -As used in this Article,
"Appeal Board" shall mean the state charter school appeal board established by this Article.
"At-Risk Student" shall mean a student at risk of educational failure because of limited English proficiency, poverty, community factors, truancy, academic difficulties or economic disadvantage.
"Charter School" shall mean an independent public school established and operated under a charter from the local board of school directors and in which students are enrolled or attend. A charter school must be organized as a public, nonprofit corporation. Charters may not be granted to any for-profit entity.
"Department" shall mean the Department of Education of the Commonwealth.
"Local Board of School Directors" shall mean the Board of Directors of a school district in which a proposed or an approved charter school is located.
"Regional Charter school" shall mean an independent public school established and operated under a charter from more than one local board of school directors and in which students are enrolled or attend. A regional charter school must be organized as a public, nonprofit corporation. Charters may not be granted to any for-profit entity.
"School Entity" shall mean a school district, intermediate unit, joint school or area vocational-technical school.
"Secretary" shall mean the Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth.
"State Board" shall mean the State Board of Education of the Commonwealth.