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CSHB 44(FIN): "An Act relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts in public schools; and relating to dating violence and abuse awareness and prevention efforts in public schools."

00                        CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 44(FIN)                                                                    
01 "An Act relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts in                                 
02 public schools; and relating to dating violence and abuse awareness and prevention                                      
03 efforts in public schools."                                                                                             
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                          
06 to read:                                                                                                                
07       SHORT TITLE. This Act may be known as the Alaska Safe Children's Act.                                             
08    * Sec. 2. AS 14.30 is amended by adding new sections to read:                                                      
09        Article 6A. Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention.                                          
10            Sec. 14.30.355. Sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention.                                  
11       (a) The governing body of each school district shall adopt and implement a policy,                                
12       establish a mandatory training program for employees and students, and provide                                    
13       parent, student, and staff notices relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness                          
14       and prevention for students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12.                                           
01            (b)  The policy, training, and notices under this section must include                                       
02                 (1)  age-appropriate information;                                                                       
03                 (2)  warning signs of sexual abuse of a child;                                                          
04                 (3)  referral and resource information;                                                                 
05                 (4)  available student counseling and educational support;                                              
06                 (5)  methods for increasing teacher, student, and parent awareness of                                   
07       issues regarding sexual abuse of children;                                                                        
08                 (6)  actions that a child may take to prevent and report sexual abuse or                                
09       sexual assault; and                                                                                               
10                 (7)  a procedure allowing a student to be excused from participating in                                 
11       training or from receiving notices under this section at the written request of a parent                          
12       or guardian of the student, or of the student if the student is emancipated or 18 years of                        
13       age or older.                                                                                                     
14            (c)  In this section, "school district" has the meaning given in AS 14.30.350.                               
15            Sec. 14.30.356. Dating violence and abuse policy, training, awareness,                                     
16       prevention, and notices. (a) The governing body of each school district shall adopt                             
17       and implement a policy, establish a mandatory training program for employees and                                  
18       students, and provide parent, student, and staff notices relating to dating violence and                          
19       abuse in grades seven through 12. The training program shall emphasize prevention                                 
20       and awareness.                                                                                                    
21            (b)  The policy, training, notices, and instruction shall include                                            
22                 (1)  age-appropriate information;                                                                       
23                 (2)  information explaining that "dating violence and abuse" means a                                    
24       pattern of behavior in which one person threatens to use, or actually uses, physical,                             
25       sexual, verbal, emotional, or psychological abuse to control the person's dating                                  
26       partner;                                                                                                          
27                 (3)  the warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior;                                         
28                 (4)  characteristics of healthy relationships;                                                          
29                 (5)  measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse;                                            
30                 (6)  community resources available to victims of dating violence and                                    
31       abuse; and                                                                                                        
01                 (7)  a procedure allowing a student to be excused from participating in                                 
02       training or from receiving notices under this section at the written request of a parent                          
03       or guardian of the student, or of the student if the student is emancipated or 18 years of                        
04       age or older.                                                                                                     
05            (c)  In this section, "school district" has the meaning given in AS 14.30.350.