Texas - Dating Violence Policy: Policy or Plan Requirements

Policy Or Plan Requirements
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State law requires districts to adopt dating violence policies.

Texas Statutes Education Code 37.0831 Dating Violence Policies

(a) Each school district shall adopt and implement a dating violence policy to be included in the district improvement plan under Section 11.252.

(b) A dating violence policy must:

  • (1) include a definition of dating violence that includes the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in a dating relationship, as defined by Section <a href"http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/GetStatute.aspx?Code=FA&Value=71.0021">71.0021, Family Code; and

  • (2) address safety planning, enforcement of protective orders, school-based alternatives to protective orders, training for teachers and administrators, counseling for affected students, and awareness education for students and parents.

Texas Statutes Education Code 28.002 Required Curriculum

(p-2) A school district may develop or adopt research-based programs and curriculum materials for use in conjunction with the program developed under Subsection (p). The programs and curriculum materials may provide instruction in:

  • (1) child development;

  • (2) parenting skills, including child abuse and neglect prevention; and

  • (3) assertiveness skills to prevent teenage pregnancy, abusive relationships, and family violence.

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