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  162.068.  Former employees, information provided by school district, written policy required — suspension of employee under investigation — immunity from liability, when, exception. — 1.  (1)  By July 1, 2012, every school district shall adopt a written policy on information that the district provides about former employees, both certificated and noncertificated, to other public schools.  By July 1, 2014, every charter school shall adopt a written policy on information that the charter school provides about former employees, both certificated and noncertificated, to other public schools.  The policy shall include who is permitted to respond to requests for information from potential employers and the information the district or charter school would provide when responding to such a request.  The policy shall require that notice of this provision be provided to all current employees and to all potential employers who contact the school district or charter school regarding the possible employment of an employee.

  (2)  The policy described under this subsection shall require the district or charter school to disclose, to any public school that contacts such district or charter school about a former employee, information regarding any violation of the published regulations of the board of education of the district or the governing body of the charter school by the former employee if such violation related to sexual misconduct with a student and was determined to be an actual violation by the board of the district or the governing body of the charter school after a contested case due process hearing conducted pursuant to board policy.

  2.  Any school district or charter school that employs a person about whom the children's division conducts an investigation involving allegations of sexual misconduct with a student and reaches a finding of substantiated shall immediately suspend the employment of such person, notwithstanding any other provision of law, but the district or charter school may return the person to his or her employment if the child abuse and neglect review board's finding that the allegation is substantiated is reversed by a court on appeal and becomes final.  Nothing shall preclude a school district or charter school from otherwise lawfully terminating the employment of any employee about whom there has been a finding of unsubstantiated resulting from an investigation by the children's division involving allegations of sexual misconduct with a student.

  3.  Any employee who is permitted to respond to requests for information regarding former employees under a policy adopted by his or her school district or charter school under this section and who communicates only the information which such policy directs, and who acts in good faith and without malice shall be immune against any civil action for damages brought by the former employee arising out of the communication of such information.  If any such action is brought, the employee may, at his or her option, request the attorney general to defend him or her in such suit and the attorney general shall provide such defense, except that if the attorney general represents the school district or the department of elementary and secondary education in a pending licensing matter under section 168.071 the attorney general shall not represent the school district employee.

  4.  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 2 of this section, if a district or charter school that has employed any employee whose job involves contact with children receives allegations of sexual misconduct, as provided in section 566.083, concerning the employee and, as a result of such allegations or as a result of such allegations being substantiated by the child abuse and neglect review board, dismisses the employee or allows the employee to resign in lieu of being fired and fails to disclose the allegations of sexual misconduct when furnishing a reference for the former employee or responding to a potential employer's request for information regarding such employee, the district or charter school shall be directly liable for damages to any student of a subsequent employing district or charter school who is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be a victim of the former employee's sexual misconduct, and the district or charter school shall bear third-party liability to the employing district or charter school for any legal liability, legal fees, costs, and expenses incurred by the employing district or charter school caused by the failure to disclose such information to the employing district or charter school.

  5.  If a school district or charter school has previously employed a person about whom the children's division has conducted an investigation involving allegations of sexual misconduct with a student and has reached a finding of substantiated and another public school contacts the district or charter school for a reference for the former employee, the district or charter school shall disclose the results of the children's division's investigation to the public school.

  6.  Any school district or charter school employee, acting in good faith, who reports alleged sexual misconduct on the part of a teacher or other school employee shall not be discharged or otherwise discriminated against in any fashion because of such reporting.

  7.  Any school district or charter school shall, before offering employment to any teacher who was employed by a Missouri school district or charter school, contact the department of elementary and secondary education to determine the school district or charter school that previously employed such employee.  School districts and charter schools* contacting the department under this subsection shall request, from the most recent, information as outlined in this section regarding the former employee.

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(L. 2011 S.B. 54, A.L. 2013 H.B. 505, A.L. 2019 H.B. 604)

*Word "school" appears in original rolls.


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