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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2014 12:30 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Posting Additional School Policies Online
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation that would require all traditional K-12 public schools to post online certain school policies on the district’s website.

Currently, the Public School Code only mandates a district post certain policies online such as a school’s anti-bullying policy, a student’s use of asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto injectors and equal athletic opportunities. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, all traditional public school districts in Pennsylvania have a district website that the public can access so this mandate would not force any school district to incur additional costs.

My legislation would add additional policies to be posted online including a school’s dress code, participation by home school students in school districts extracurricular activities, graduation requirements, the use of school property and facilities, and school visitation policies to name a few.

In this technology-based world, there is no reason why students, parents and guardians should not be able to access a school district’s policies online. In addition, my legislation would ensure greater transparency for the public to monitor school district’s philosophies and the rules for everyday operations.

This bill was SB 1151 during the 2013-14 session and the co sponsors included Senators Stack, Smith, Teplitz, Washington, Farnese, Vulakovich and Brewster.

Introduced as SB322