The Indiana Safe School Funds can’t be used to hire either a resource officer or a law enforcement officer, however, matching grants do permit the hiring of a law enforcement officer.
Virtual schools will not be eligible for the fund, but accredited nonpublic schools may be recipients.
Requires schools to conduct a threat assessment before applying for grants to match funding. This threat assessment must be certified through the Department of Homeland Security.
Outlines funding changes for schools and the grant program
Requires schools to conduct an active shooter drill within 90 days after the start of the semester. After this, schools are required to conduct these such drills at least once a year.
For as long as the CDC and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey (or a replacement survey) is given by the Indiana Department of Health, schools must make the survey accessible to high school students in grades 9-12.
Requires schools to “identify and enter into a memorandum of understanding for referral with a provider or providers appropriate and necessary mental health services to students. A memorandum of understanding for referral shall be developed by the division of mental health and addiction.”
An emergency is declared in this bill. The effective date would be upon passage, with smaller sections implemented July 1st, 2019.
Defines the term “bleeding control kit” as a first aid response kit that contains at least one tourniquet, a compression bandage, a bleeding control bandage, scissors, protective gloves and a permanent marker, How to Stop the Bleed instructions, or similar firearm treatment materials.
Requires schools to implement a Stop the Bleed program that meets a specific set of requirements, including designated bleeding control kit rooms, and a minimum of five people in each school building who have been trained how to use the kits.
Requires the Department of Homeland Security to design and teach a program to train individuals how to use the bleeding control kits.
Establishes immunity from civil liability for school personnel for anything done (or not done) when using a bleeding control kit.
1224: School intergenerational safety pilot program
Author: Rep. Goodrich
Establishes a pilot version of the School Intergenerational Safety Program. This program suggests building intergenerational relationships between students and adults ages 55 and older in an effort to improve school safety. The pilot program would run from July 1st, 2019 - July 1st, 2021.
Adults who volunteer for the program are entitled to a $50 tax deduction for each day that they participate up to $1,000.
Schools who participate in the program must agree to allow no more than 16 volunteers, require an expanded criminal history and child protection index check, and commit to the program for the consecutive 2-year pilot.
No more than 3 school corporations may participate in the pilot program.
By December 1st, 2020, the governor must receive a report detailing the outcome of the program.
Defines the terms “active event warning system” and “contractor.”
Allows school corporations with Sheriff’s for the county to apply for grants from the secured school fund.
Requires the Department of Homeland Security to publish guidelines for the use and creation of (1) universal electronic access to school property for law enforcement in all schools within each county, and (2) centrally located closed-circuit cameras for emergencies.
This bill would grant school corporations the authority to hold a referendum on the ballot in order to raise taxes to improve school safety. To do this, schools must adopt a resolution that would allow them to hold a referendum.
The school corporation would have to certify a copy of the resolution and include the department of local government finance in formatting the language of the question.
Any taxes passed could not exceed 10 years; the tax can be reimposed or extended.
Requires that the county auditor be responsible for distributing funding from increased taxes
Requires the circuit court clerk in each county to confirm the results of the referendum for tax increases for school safety.
School Safety referendums may not appear on the ballot consecutively.
Imposes limits on how many referendums can occur at once.
Explains that various school affiliates (superintendent, school corp. assistant, etc.) may advocate for a referendum on their own time so long as public funds aren’t used in this process.
Requires a school safety referendum fund to be created is a referendum is passed; outlines what money from this fund may be spent on.
School resource officers must have a say in designing programs to identify, asses, and help troubled youth.
States that if a school corporation successfully passes such a referendum that they are no longer eligible for grants from the Indiana Secured School Fund.
This bill amends the purpose of the Indiana Safe Schools Fund to promote school safety through new measures like dogs trained to detect firearms and explosives.
Changes the name of the Matching Grant to the Secured School Grant
Amends the Secured School grant program to be used for school-based mental health services and school-based emotional wellness services.
“Provides that the secured school safety board may require a school corporation or charter school (or a coalition of public schools) to provide matching funds to match all or a portion of the amount of a secured school grant the school corporation or charter school (or a coalition of public schools) receive.”
This bill creates the Integrated School Based Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services Plan Grants, which would begin awarding grants in June 2020.
Virtual charter schools aren’t eligible for this program.
In order to be eligible for this grant, schools must apply to the Department of Education, submit their plan for integrated school-based mental health and substance abuse service, and meet and other requirements outlined by the state board.
The intent of this grant is to allow schools to develop and implement plans for integrated school based mental health and substance use disorder services.
The program will be run by both the division of mental health and addiction and the Department of Education.
Establishes the value of grants (which changes in 2020).
This bill establishes a governor’s student advisory council to provide the governor information concerning education issues that are important to students in Indiana.
The council will have 20 members appointed by the governor. They must be in grades 10-12 and attending high schools in Indiana. The group must be geographically diverse.
The DoE is tasked with supervising the activities of this council.
Allows the Secured SchoolSafety Board to awards a matching grant from the Indiana Secured School Fund for the purpose of establishing mental health services for students.
Requires the DoE, with the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center to advertise “If you see something, say something,” tip line and establish guidelines for providing information to students about the tip line.
Requires teacher preparation to include information about mental health.
Requires that health education for grades 6-12 must contain information on mental health taught by someone who has been trained on the matter.
637: Safe and Supportive Schools and Data Collection
Author: Sen. Melton
This bill requires the Department of Education to develop a safe and supportive school framework, create a school monitoring tool, and develop procedures for updating, improving, or refining both of the previous measures.
Requires the DoE to create a Safe and Supportive School Fund grant program
The bill also grants $500,000 to this fund.
Requests that the legislative council establish an interim committee to study school districts (both inside of Indiana and around the country) that study the methods used for trauma-informed care and provided systems of care for their students.
$550,000 is given to funding adverse childhood experience surveying in Indiana through the CDC.
An emergency is declared for this act; effective date is upon passage, with some sections implemented in July.
Other Bills: HB 1040 - Firearm Storage Requirements (Bartlett) HB 1048 - Firearm Storage (Jackson) HB 1049 - Surrender of Firearms for Domestic Violence Crimes (Jackson) HB 1129 - Training Requirements for Armed Educators (Judy) HB 1149 - Safe Storage of Firearms (DeLaney) HB 1164 - Surrender of Firearms for Domestic Violence Crimes (Bauer) HB 1253 - Handgun Training for Teachers (Lucas) HB 1272 - Handgun Licensure and Fees (Wesco) HB 1290 - Surrender of Firearms and Ammunition (Hamilton) HB 1291 - Background Check for Firearms Sales (Hamilton) HB 1559 - Surrender of Firearms for Domestic Violence Crimes (Smith) SB 88 - Houses of Worship and Firearms (Sandlin) SB 119 - Prohibited Firearm Transfers to Minors (Tomes) SB 125 - Open Carry of Rifles (Taylor) SB 126 - Prohibited Equipment on Firearms (Taylor) SB 134 - Storage of Firearms at Public Venues (Sandlin) SB 135 - Houses of Worship and Firearms (Sandlin) SB 263 - Minimum Age to Purchase Assault Weapons (Mrvan) SB 267 - Integrated School Based Mental Health (Head) SB 279 - Waiver to Adult Court for Attempted Murder (Houchin) SB 307 - Regulation of Firearms (Stoops) SB 309 - Storage of Firearms (Stoops) SB 331 - Crimes Involving the Death of an Individual (Ford) SB 353 - Bump Stock Prohibition (Mrvan) SB 383 - Air or Gas Operated Weapons on School Property (Koch) SB 428 - Information Provided to Schools (Head) SB 468 - Universal Background Checks for Firearms (Taylor)