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  170.045.  Trauma-informed developmentally appropriate sexual abuse training, requirements — rulemaking authority. — 1.  In school year 2020-21 and in each school year thereafter, each school district shall provide trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate sexual abuse training to students in all grades not lower than sixth grade.  School districts must include in the training the following:

  (1)  Instruction providing students with the knowledge and tools to recognize sexual abuse;

  (2)  Instruction providing students with the knowledge and tools to report an incident of sexual abuse;

  (3)  Actions that a student who is a victim of sexual abuse could take to obtain assistance and intervention; and

  (4)  Available resources for students affected by sexual abuse.

  2.  The department of elementary and secondary education shall provide guidance and training materials school districts may use to comply with the provisions of this section.  The training materials shall be developed in consultation with the task force on the prevention of sexual abuse of children as established in section 210.1200.

  3.  The school district shall notify parents or guardians in advance of the training required under this section, of the content of the instruction, and the parent's* or guardian's right to have the student excused from the instruction.  Upon written request of the parent or guardian of a student, the student shall be excused from instruction.

  4.  The department of elementary and secondary education may promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable, and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2019, shall be invalid and void.


(L. 2019 H.B. 604)

*Word "parent" appears in original rolls.

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