State law requires districts to adopt dating violence policies.
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Texas Statutes Education Code 28.002 Required Curriculum
(p) The State Board of Education, in conjunction with the office of the attorney general, shall develop a parenting and paternity awareness program that a school district shall use in the district’s high school health curriculum. A school district may use the program developed under this subsection in the district’s middle or junior high school curriculum. At the discretion of the district, a teacher may modify the suggested sequence and pace of the program at any grade level. The program must: (1) address parenting skills and responsibilities, including child support and other legal rights and responsibilities that come with parenthood; (2) address relationship skills, including money management, communication skills, and marriage preparation; and (3) in district middle, junior high, or high schools that do not have a family violence prevention program, address skills relating to the prevention of family violence. (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.
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 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.