SB 1 Modifies provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students
Sponsor: Cunningham
LR Number: 0029S.05T Fiscal Note: 0029-05P.ORG
Committee: Education
Last Action: 10/21/2011 - Signed by Governor Journal Page: S96-97
Title: SCS SB 1 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: 90 days after adjournment of special session
House Handler: Kelly

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SCS/SB 1 – This act modifies provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students.

Current law requires each school district to promulgate a written policy on teacher-student and employee-student communication by January 1, 2012, which would include restrictions on teachers' use of work-related internet sites and nonwork-related internet sites, as described in the act.

This act modifies the components that must be included in each school district's policy. It repeals the existing components and requirements and instead requires each district to promulgate a written policy concerning employee-student communication by March 1, 2012. The policy must include, but not be limited to, the use of electronic media and other mechanisms to prevent improper communications between staff members and students.

This act repeals the prohibition on a teacher establishing, maintaining, or using a work-related internet site unless it is available to school administrators and the child's legal custodian, physical custodian or legal guardian. This act also repeals the prohibition on a teacher establishing, maintaining, or using a nonwork-related internet site which allows exclusive access with a current or former student. This act also repeals the definitions of: exclusive access, former student, work-related internet site, and nonwork-related internet site.

MICHAEL RUFF