LEGAL ALERT

New Law Requires Charter Schools to Notify Students and Parents or Guardians at Least Twice Per Year on How to Access Available Student Mental Health Services

January 17, 2019

On September 18, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2022 into law, which took effect January 1, 2019 and adds Section 49428 to the Education Code. Developed in response to unmet mental health needs and school safety following the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, this bill requires charter schools to notify students and parents or guardians of pupils on how to initiate access to available student mental health services on campus or in the community.

Charter schools must provide notice on how to initiate access to available student mental health services on campus or in the community at least two times during the school year to both parents/guardians and pupils.

Charter schools must notify parents or guardians using at least two of the following methods:

(1) Distributing the information in a letter electronically or in hardcopy;
(2) Including the information in the parent handbook at the beginning of the school year; and/or
(3) Posting the information on the school’s website or social media page.

Charter schools must notify pupils using at least two of the following methods:

(1) Distributing the information in a document or school publication electronically or in hardcopy;
(2) Including the information in pupil orientation materials at the beginning of the school year or in a student handbook; and/or
(3) Posting the information on the school’s website or social media page.

Counties are authorized to use funds from the Mental Health Services Act to provide a grant to charter schools for the purpose of funding the notification requirement. A charter school may apply to its respective county for such a grant.

Young, Minney & Corr, LLP’s Legal Alerts provide general information about events of current legal importance; they do not constitute legal advice. As the information contained here is necessarily general, its application to a particular set of facts and circumstances may vary. We do not recommend that you act on this information without consulting legal counsel.

 

Lisa Corr, ESQ.
Partner & Attorney at Law
lcorr@mycharterlaw.com
916.646.1400

Sarah Bancroft, ESQ.
Attorney at Law
sbancroft@mycharterlaw.com
916.646.1400

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