Florida Senate - 2015                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 7078
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 3/AD/2R         .                                
             04/23/2015 10:57 AM       .                                

       Senator Garcia moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 505 and 506
    4  insert:
    5         Section 2. Section 1006.061, Florida Statutes, is amended
    6  to read:
    7         1006.061 Child abuse, abandonment, and neglect policy.—Each
    8  district school board, charter school, and private school that
    9  accepts scholarship students under s. 1002.39 or s. 1002.395
   10  shall:
   11         (1) Post in a prominent place in each school a notice that,
   12  pursuant to chapter 39, all employees and agents of the district
   13  school board, charter school, or private school have an
   14  affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of
   15  child abuse, abandonment, or neglect; have immunity from
   16  liability if they report such cases in good faith; and have a
   17  duty to comply with child protective investigations and all
   18  other provisions of law relating to child abuse, abandonment,
   19  and neglect. The notice shall also include the statewide toll
   20  free telephone number of the central abuse hotline.
   21         (2) Post in a prominent place at each school site and on
   22  each school’s Internet website, if available, the policies and
   23  procedures for reporting alleged misconduct by instructional
   24  personnel or school administrators which affects the health,
   25  safety, or welfare of a student; the contact person to whom the
   26  report is made; and the penalties imposed on instructional
   27  personnel or school administrators who fail to report suspected
   28  or actual child abuse or alleged misconduct by other
   29  instructional personnel or school administrators.
   30         (3) Require the principal of the charter school or private
   31  school, or the district school superintendent, or the
   32  superintendent’s designee, at the request of the Department of
   33  Children and Families, to act as a liaison to the Department of
   34  Children and Families and the child protection team, as defined
   35  in s. 39.01, when in a case of suspected child abuse,
   36  abandonment, or neglect or an unlawful sexual offense involving
   37  a child the case is referred to such a team; except that this
   38  does not relieve or restrict the Department of Children and
   39  Families from discharging its duty and responsibility under the
   40  law to investigate and report every suspected or actual case of
   41  child abuse, abandonment, or neglect or unlawful sexual offense
   42  involving a child.
   43         (4)(a) Post in a prominent place in a clearly visible
   44  location and public area of the school which is readily
   45  accessible to and widely used by students a sign in English and
   46  Spanish that contains:
   47         1. The statewide toll-free telephone number of the central
   48  abuse hotline as provided in chapter 39;
   49         2. Instructions to call 911 for emergencies; and
   50         3. Directions for accessing the Department of Children and
   51  Families Internet website for more information on reporting
   52  abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
   53         (b) The information in paragraph (a) must be put on at
   54  least one poster in each school, on a sheet that measures at
   55  least 11 inches by 17 inches, produced in large print, and
   56  placed at student eye level for easy viewing.
   58  The Department of Education shall develop, and publish on the
   59  department’s Internet website, sample notices suitable for
   60  posting in accordance with subsections (1), and (2), and (4).
   62  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   63  And the title is amended as follows:
   64         Delete line 38
   65  and insert:
   66         F.S.; redefining a term; amending s. 1006.061, F.S.;
   67         requiring each district school board, charter school,
   68         and certain private schools to post in each school a
   69         poster with specified information; providing criteria
   70         for the poster; requiring the Department of Education
   71         to develop and publish a sample notice on its Internet
   72         website; providing an effective date.