HB2063 - 551R - I Ver

 

 

PREFILED       JAN 08 2021

REFERENCE TITLE: schools; student promotions

 

 

 

 

State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fifth Legislature

First Regular Session

2021

 

 

 

HB 2063

 

Introduced by

Representative Fillmore

 

 

AN ACT

 

amending sections 15-341, 15-701, 15-701.01, 15-702 and 15-808, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to school employees.

 

 

(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)

 


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section  1.    Section 15-341, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-341.    General powers and duties; immunity; delegation

A.    The governing board shall:

1.    Prescribe and enforce policies and procedures for the governance of to govern the schools that are not inconsistent with law or rules prescribed by the state board of education.

2.    Exclude from schools all books, publications, papers or audiovisual materials of a sectarian, partisan or denominational character.   This paragraph does not prohibit the elective course permitted by section 15   717.01.

3.    Manage and control the school property within its district, except that a district may enter into a partnership with an entity, including a charter school, another school district or a military base, to operate a school or offer educational services in a district building, including at a vacant or partially used building, or in any building on the entity's property pursuant to a written agreement between the parties.

4.    Acquire school furniture, apparatus, equipment, library books and supplies for the schools to use of the schools.

5.    Prescribe the curricula and criteria for the promotion promoting and graduation of graduating pupils as provided in sections 15   701 and 15   701.01.

6.    Furnish, repair and insure, at full insurable value, the school property of the district.

7.    Construct school buildings on approval by a vote of the district electors.

8.    Make In the name of the district, conveyances of convey property belonging to the district and sold by the board.

9.    Purchase school sites when authorized by a vote of the district at an election conducted as nearly as practicable in the same manner as the election provided in section 15   481 and held on a date prescribed in section 15   491, subsection E, but such authorization shall not necessarily specify the site to be purchased and such authorization shall not be necessary to exchange unimproved property as provided in section 15   342, paragraph 23.

10.    Construct, improve and furnish buildings used for school purposes when such buildings or premises are leased from the national park service.

11.    Purchase school sites or construct, improve and furnish school buildings from the proceeds of the sale of school property only on approval by a vote of the district electors.

12.    Hold pupils to strict account for disorderly conduct on school property.

13.    Discipline students for disorderly conduct on the way to and from school.

14.    Except as provided in section 15   1224, deposit all monies received by the district as gifts, grants and devises with the county treasurer who shall credit the deposits as designated in the uniform system of financial records.    If not inconsistent with the terms of the gifts, grants and devises given, any balance remaining after expenditures for the intended purpose of the monies have been made shall be used for reduction of school district taxes for the budget year, except that in the case of accommodation schools the county treasurer shall carry the balance forward for use by the county school superintendent for accommodation schools for the budget year.

15.    Provide that, if a parent or legal guardian chooses not to accept a decision of the teacher as provided in paragraph 42 of this subsection, the parent or legal guardian may request in writing that the governing board review the teacher's decision.    This paragraph does not release school districts from any liability relating to a child's promotion or retention.

16.    Provide for adequate supervision over pupils in instructional and noninstructional activities by certificated or noncertificated personnel.

17.    Use school monies received from the state and county school apportionment exclusively for payment of to pay salaries of teachers and other employees and contingent expenses of the district.

18.    Make an annual Annually report to the county school superintendent on or before October 1 in the manner and form and on the blanks prescribed by the superintendent of public instruction or county school superintendent.   The board shall also make reports directly to the county school superintendent or the superintendent of public instruction whenever required.

19.    Deposit all monies received by school districts other than student activities monies or monies from auxiliary operations as provided in sections 15   1125 and 15   1126 with the county treasurer to the credit of the school district except as provided in paragraph 20 of this subsection and sections 15   1223 and 15   1224, and the board shall expend the monies as provided by law for other school funds.

20.    Establish bank accounts in which the board during a month may deposit miscellaneous monies received directly by the district.   The board shall remit monies deposited in the bank accounts at least monthly to the county treasurer for deposit as provided in paragraph 19 of this subsection and in accordance with the uniform system of financial records.

21.    Prescribe and enforce policies and procedures for disciplinary action against a teacher who engages in conduct that is a violation of the policies of the governing board but that is not cause for dismissal of the teacher or for revocation of the certificate of the teacher.    Disciplinary action may include suspension without pay for a period of time not to exceed ten school days.    Disciplinary action shall not include suspension with pay or suspension without pay for a period of time longer than ten school days.    The procedures shall include notice, hearing and appeal provisions for violations that are cause for disciplinary action.    The governing board may designate a person or persons to act on behalf of the board on these matters.

22.    Prescribe and enforce policies and procedures for disciplinary action against an administrator who engages in conduct that is a violation of the policies of the governing board regarding duties of administrators but that is not cause for dismissal of the administrator or for revocation of the certificate of the administrator.   Disciplinary action may include suspension without pay for a period of time not to exceed ten school days.   Disciplinary action shall not include suspension with pay or suspension without pay for a period of time longer than ten school days.    The procedures shall include notice, hearing and appeal provisions for violations that are cause for disciplinary action.   The governing board may designate a person or persons to act on behalf of the board on these matters.    For violations that are cause for dismissal, the provisions of notice, hearing and appeal in chapter 5, article 3 of this title shall apply.    The filing of a timely request for a hearing suspends the imposition of a suspension without pay or a dismissal pending completion of the hearing.

23.    Notwithstanding sections 13   3108 and 13   3120, prescribe and enforce policies and procedures that prohibit a person from carrying or possessing a weapon on school grounds unless the person is a peace officer or has obtained specific authorization from the school administrator.

24.    Prescribe and enforce policies and procedures relating to the health and safety of all pupils participating in district   sponsored practice sessions or games or other interscholastic athletic activities, including:

(a)    The provision of water.

(b)    Guidelines, information and forms, developed in consultation with a statewide private entity that supervises interscholastic activities, to inform and educate coaches, pupils and parents of the dangers of concussions and head injuries and the risks of continued participation in athletic activity after a concussion.   The policies and procedures shall require that, before a pupil participates in an athletic activity, the pupil and the pupil's parent must sign an information form at least once each school year that states that the parent is aware of the nature and risk of concussion.   The policies and procedures shall require that a pupil who is suspected of sustaining a concussion in a practice session, game or other interscholastic athletic activity be immediately removed from the athletic activity and that the pupil's parent or guardian be notified.   A coach from the pupil's team or an official or a licensed health care provider may remove a pupil from play.   A team parent may also remove the parent's own child from play.   A pupil may return to play on the same day if a health care provider rules out a suspected concussion at the time the pupil is removed from play.   On a subsequent day, the pupil may return to play if the pupil has been evaluated by and received written clearance to resume participation in athletic activity from a health care provider who has been trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and head injuries.   A health care provider who is a volunteer and who provides clearance to participate in athletic activity on the day of the suspected injury or on a subsequent day is immune from civil liability with respect to all decisions made and actions taken that are based on good faith implementation of the requirements of this subdivision, except in cases of gross negligence or wanton or wilful neglect.    A school district, school district employee, team coach, official or team volunteer or a parent or guardian of a team member is not subject to civil liability for any act, omission or policy undertaken in good faith to comply with the requirements of this subdivision or for a decision made or an action taken by a health care provider.    A group or organization that uses property or facilities owned or operated by a school district for athletic activities shall comply with the requirements of this subdivision.    A school district and its employees and volunteers are not subject to civil liability for any other person or organization's failure or alleged failure to comply with the requirements of this subdivision.   This subdivision does not apply to teams that are based in another state and that participate in an athletic activity in this state. For the purposes of this subdivision, athletic activity does not include dance, rhythmic gymnastics, competitions or exhibitions of academic skills or knowledge or other similar forms of physical noncontact activities, civic activities or academic activities, whether engaged in for the purposes of competition or recreation.    For the purposes of this subdivision, "health care provider" means a physician who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13 or 17, an athletic trainer who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 41, a nurse practitioner who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 15, and a physician assistant who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 25.

(c)    Guidelines, information and forms that are developed in consultation with a statewide private entity that supervises interscholastic activities to inform and educate coaches, pupils and parents of the dangers of heat-related illnesses, sudden cardiac death and prescription opioid use.    Before a pupil participates in any district   sponsored practice session or game or other interscholastic athletic activity, the pupil and the pupil's parent must be provided with information at least once each school year on the risks of heat-related illnesses, sudden cardiac death and prescription opioid addiction.

25.    Establish an assessment, data gathering and reporting system as prescribed in chapter 7, article 3 of this title.

26.    Provide special education programs and related services pursuant to section 15   764, subsection A to all children with disabilities as defined in section 15   761.

27.    Administer competency tests prescribed by the state board of education for the graduation of pupils from high school.

28.    Ensure that insurance coverage is secured for all construction projects for purposes of general liability, property damage and workers' compensation and secure performance and payment bonds for all construction projects.

29.    Keep in the personnel file of all current and former employees who provide instruction to pupils at a school information about the employee's educational and teaching background and experience in a particular academic content subject area.    A school district shall inform parents and guardians of the availability of the information and shall make the information available for inspection on request of parents and guardians of pupils enrolled at a school.    This paragraph does not require any school to release personally identifiable information in relation to any teacher or employee, including the teacher's or employee's address, salary, social security number or telephone number.

30.    Report to local law enforcement agencies any suspected crime against a person or property that is a serious offense as defined in section 13   706 or that involves a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or serious physical injury and any conduct that poses a threat of death or serious physical injury to employees, students or anyone on the property of the school.   This paragraph does not limit or preclude the reporting by a school district or an employee of a school district of suspected crimes other than those required to be reported by this paragraph.    For the purposes of this paragraph, "dangerous instrument", "deadly weapon" and "serious physical injury" have the same meanings prescribed in section 13   105.

31.    In conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and emergency response agencies, develop an emergency response plan for each school in the school district in accordance with minimum standards developed jointly by the department of education and the division of emergency management within the department of emergency and military affairs.

32.    Provide written notice to the parents or guardians of all students enrolled in the school district at least ten days before a public meeting to discuss closing a school within the school district.    The notice shall include the reasons for the proposed closure and the time and place of the meeting.    The governing board shall fix a time