State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to promote positive social and emotional climate.
Nebraska Revised Statutes 79-2,141. Model dating violence policy; department; school district; duties; publication; staff training; redress under other law.
(1) On or before March 1, 2010, the department shall develop and adopt a model dating violence policy to assist school districts in developing policies for dating violence. (2) On or before July 1, 2010, each school district shall develop and adopt a specific policy to address incidents of dating violence involving students at school, which shall be made a part of the requirements for accreditation in accordance with section 79-703. Such policy shall include a statement that dating violence will not be tolerated. (3) To ensure notice of a school district’s dating violence policy, the policy shall be published in any school district handbook, manual, or similar publication that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures, and Standard of conduct for students at school. (4) Each school district shall provide dating violence training to staff deemed appropriate by a school district’s administration. The dating violence training shall include, but not be limited to, basic awareness of dating violence, warning signs of dating violence, and the school district’s dating violence policy. The dating violence training may be provided by any school district or combination of school districts, an educational service unit, or any combination of educational service units. (5) Each school district shall inform the students’ parents or legal guardians of the school district’s dating violence policy. If requested, the school district shall provide the parents or legal guardians a copy of the school district’s dating violence policy and relevant information. (6) This section does not prevent a victim of dating violence from seeking redress under any other available law, either civil or criminal, and does not create or alter any existing tort liability.
Nebraska Revised Statutes 79-2,144. State school security director; duties.
The state school security director appointed pursuant to section 79-2,143 shall be responsible for providing leadership and support for safety and security for the public schools. Duties of the director include, but are not limited to: (1) Collecting safety and security plans, required pursuant to rules and regulations of the State Department of Education relating to accreditation of schools, and other school security information from each school system in Nebraska. School districts shall provide the state school security director with the safety and security plans of the school district and any other security information requested by the director, but any plans or information submitted by a school district may be withheld by the department pursuant to subdivision (8) of section 84-712.05; (2) Recommending minimum Standard for school security on or before January 1, 2016, to the State Board of Education; (3) Conducting an assessment of the security of each public school building, which assessment shall be completed by August 31, 2019; (4) Identifying deficiencies in school security based on the minimum Standard adopted by the State Board of Education and making recommendations to school boards for remedying such deficiencies; (5) Establishing security awareness and preparedness tools and training programs for public school staff; (6) Establishing research-based model instructional programs for staff, students, and parents to address the underlying causes for violent attacks on schools; (7) Overseeing suicide awareness and prevention training in public schools pursuant to section 79-2,146; (8) Establishing tornado preparedness Standard which shall include, but not be limited to, ensuring that every school conducts at least two tornado drills per year; (9) Responding to inquiries and requests for assistance relating to school security from private, denominational, and parochial schools; and (10) Recommending curricular and extracurricular materials to assist school districts in preventing and responding to cyberbullying and digital citizenship issues.