Pennsylvania - Dating Violence Policy: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to adopt dating violence policies.

Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 2010 Act 104. Section 1553. Dating Violence Education.

(b)(1) Each school district may establish a specific policy to address incidents of dating violence involving students at school.

  • (2) The policy may include, but need not be limited to: a statement that dating violence will not be tolerated; violence reporting procedures; discipline procedures for students that commit violence at school; and contact information for and resources available through domestic violence programs and rape crisis programs.
  • (3) A school district that establishes the policy shall:
    • (i) Publish the policy in any school district policy or handbook that specifies the comprehensive rules, procedures and standards of conduct for students at school.
    • (ii) Make the policy available on its publicly available Internet website.
    • (iii) Provide parents and guardians with a copy of the policy.

Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 2010 Act 104. Section 1553. Dating Violence Education.

(c)(1) A school district may provide dating violence training to guidance counselors, nurses and mental health staff at the high school level. Upon the recommendation of the district superintendent, other staff may be included or may attend the training on a voluntary basis. The school district may also provide dating violence training to parents.

  • (2) The dating violence training may include, but need not be limited to: basic principles of dating violence; warning signs of dating violence; the school district’s dating violence policy; appropriate responses to incidents of dating violence at school; and services and resources available through domestic violence programs and rape crisis programs.
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