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PRINTER'S NO. 1404
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1013
Session of
2018
INTRODUCED BY GREENLEAF, ARGALL, RESCHENTHALER, MENSCH,
McGARRIGLE, RAFFERTY, KILLION, COSTA AND LEACH,
JANUARY 2, 2018
REFERRED TO EDUCATION, JANUARY 2, 2018
AN ACT
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in terms and courses of study,
further providing for alcohol, chemical and tobacco abuse
program.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1547 of the act of March 10, 1949
(P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949,
amended November 6, 2017 (P.L.1142, No.55), is amended to read:
Section 1547. Alcohol, Chemical and Tobacco Abuse Program.--
(a) Beginning with school year 1991-1992 and each year
thereafter, each public school student shall receive mandatory
instruction in alcohol, chemical and tobacco abuse in every year
in every grade from kindergarten through grade twelve. The
instruction shall be integrated within the health course of
study required in accordance with the State Board of Education
regulations. In grades where health is offered, instruction may
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also be integrated into other appropriate courses of study. In
grades where health is not offered, instruction shall be
integrated into an appropriate curriculum requirement as listed
in 22 Pa. Code ยงยง 4.21 (relating to elementary education:
primary and intermediate levels), 4.22 (relating to middle level
education) and 4.23 (relating to high school education).
(1) This instruction:
(i) Shall be age appropriate.
(ii) Shall be sequential in method of study.
(iii) Shall discourage the use of alcohol, tobacco and
controlled substances.
(iv) Shall communicate that the use of illicit drugs and the
improper use of legally obtained drugs is wrong.
(v) Shall be evidence-based and reviewed and updated
annually to reflect current research.
(2) [School districts may utilize any appropriate public or
private materials, personnel and other resources in developing
and implementing this program of instruction. The Department of
Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, jointly,
shall make available information about appropriate curriculum
materials upon request of a school district. In developing its
alcohol, chemical and tobacco abuse instructional program, each
school district shall consult with the single county authority
designated by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to
provide drug and alcohol services in the school district's
area.] The Department of Education, the Department of Health,
the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the commission,
in consultation with the center, shall compile a list of
evidence-based alcohol, chemical and tobacco abuse instructional
programs, including opioid abuse prevention programs as required
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under subsection (a.1), from which a school district may choose
a program to use in the district's elementary, middle and high
school education curricula.
(3) Each school district shall participate in the
Pennsylvania Youth Survey and utilize the results from the
survey to help determine which evidence-based programs best
address the needs of the students in the district.
(4) The commission and center shall, in cooperation with the
Department of Education, communicate to all school districts how
the commission and center may be resources to school districts
in helping to implement evidence-based programs.
(a.1) Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, for students
in grades [six] three through twelve, the instruction required
under subsection (a) shall include instruction related to the
prevention of opioid abuse, with an emphasis on the prescription
drug epidemic and the connection between prescription opioid
abuse and addiction to other drugs, including heroin. This
instruction shall be a stand-alone unit in the program and
reflect the most recent evidence-based standards and practices.
Not later than the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, the
Department of Education, the Department of Health [and], the
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the commission, in
consultation with the center, shall develop jointly a model
curriculum for this purpose and each department, the commission
and the center shall post the model curriculum on [its] their
publicly accessible Internet [website] websites. The model
curriculum developed under this subsection shall be revised when
necessary to ensure that the model curriculum provides the most
current information. In providing the instruction required under
this subsection, a school district may, but shall not be
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required to, use the model curriculum.
(b) Each school district [is hereby authorized to] under
guidelines established by the Department of Education,
Department of Health and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
shall develop and offer outreach programs relating to alcohol,
chemical and tobacco abuse, including opioid abuse, for parents
or legal guardians of students enrolled in the public schools.
[If a school district does develop such programs, they] Such
programs shall be developed in consultation with the single
county authority designated by the Department of Drug and
Alcohol Programs to provide drug and alcohol services in the
school district's area. Such programs may include educating
parents and guardians on recognizing warning signs of substance
abuse and providing available resources and shall be offered at
times convenient to the parents and guardians of the district on
school premises, or in other suitable facilities, at no cost to
parents and guardians.
(c) The Secretary of Education, in consultation with the
Secretary of Health [and], the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol
Programs, the executive director of the commission and the
director of the center, shall develop curriculum guidelines
which are evidence-based for instruction on alcohol, chemical
and tobacco abuse and the laws governing their use and misuse.
These guidelines shall encourage the inclusion of the following
elements where appropriate in the instruction:
(1) Detailed factual information regarding the
physiological, psychological, sociological and legal aspects of
substance abuse.
(2) Detailed information regarding the availability of help
and assistance for students and their families with alcohol,
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chemical and tobacco dependency problems.
(3) The goals of quality education as set forth in 22 Pa.
Code (relating to education).
(4) Skills needed to evaluate advertisements for and media
portrayals of alcohol, chemical and tobacco products.
(5) Detailed instruction on the need for and the role of
lawful authority and law-abiding behavior, including interaction
with members of the legal and justice community.
(d) The following apply:
(1) Beginning with the 1991-1992 school year and each year
thereafter, the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the
Secretary of Health [and], the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol
Programs, the executive director of the commission and the
director of the center, shall make available, to all school
districts and intermediate units, in-service training programs
based upon the instruction requirements established in
subsection (a) and the curriculum guidelines established in
subsection (c). The programs shall provide preparation for the
teaching of mandated instruction in alcohol, chemical and
tobacco abuse. The in-service programs may utilize the single
county authorities designated by the Department of Drug and
Alcohol Programs or such other institutions, agencies or persons
as the Secretary of Education or the Secretary of Health deems
appropriate.
(2) Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the Department
of Education, the Department of Health [and], the Department of
Drug and Alcohol Programs and the commission, in consultation
with the center, shall develop jointly and shall make available
to all school districts and nonpublic schools in-service
training programs based upon the instruction requirements
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established under subsection (a.1) and the model curriculum
developed under subsection (a.1). The in-service training
programs developed under this subsection shall be revised when
necessary to ensure that the in-service training programs
provide the most current information.
(e) The following apply:
(1) Beginning with the 1991-1992 school year, each school
district shall provide, as part of its in-service training,
programs on alcohol, drugs, tobacco and dangerous controlled
substances for all instructors whose teaching responsibilities
include courses of study in which mandated instruction
concerning alcohol, chemical and tobacco abuse is integrated. To
comply with this requirement, a school district may utilize the
programs made available by the Department of Education or use
other alternative programs.
(2) Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and every three
(3) years thereafter, each school district shall provide, as
part of its in-service training, programs based upon the
instruction requirements established under subsection (a.1) for
all instructors whose teaching responsibilities include courses
of study in which such mandated instruction is integrated. To
comply with this requirement, a school district may utilize the
in-service training programs made available under subsection (d)
(2).
(f) The governing board of each intermediate unit in which a
nonpublic school is located shall have the authority and the
duty to loan to all students attending nonpublic schools within
the intermediate unit all educational materials developed by the
Department of Education, the Department of Health [or], the
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the commission or the
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center, pursuant to this act for the instruction of public
school students on the nature and effects of drugs, alcohol,
tobacco and dangerous controlled substances. Local school boards
need not expend funds which are not provided by either the
Federal or State Government for drug education programs for the
use or loan of these materials. A nonpublic school may utilize
the in-service training programs made available by the
Department of Education through the intermediate unit.
(g) On or before June 1, 1991, the Secretary of Education
shall recommend to the General Assembly a plan to require and
assist each school district to establish and maintain a program
to provide appropriate counseling and support services to
students who experience problems related to the use of drugs,
alcohol and dangerous controlled substances.
(g.1) Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, and each
school year thereafter, professional educators who complete in-
service training under this section may apply such in-service
training toward their continuing professional education
requirements under section 1205.2.
(h.1) By September 1, 2020, and by September 1 of every
fifth year thereafter, the Department of Education, in
consultation with the Department of Health [and], the Department
of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the commission and the center,
shall report to the General Assembly concerning the preceding
school year activities of the Department of Education, the
Department of Health [and], the Department of Drug and Alcohol
Programs, the commission and the center, pertaining to the
provisions of this section. The report shall include:
(1) A description of efforts by the Department of Education,
the Department of Health [and], the Department of Drug and
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Alcohol Programs, the commission and the center to assist school
districts in providing the instruction required under
subsections (a) and (a.1), including efforts to develop and post
the model curriculum required under subsection (a.1) and to
develop and make available the in-service training programs
required under subsection (d)(2).
(2) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the instruction
required under subsections (a) and (a.1) and of curriculum
materials and in-service training programs developed by the
Department of Education, the Department of Health [and], the
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the commission and the
center under this section in reducing the use of alcohol,
tobacco and other drugs, including prescription opioids, by
students.
(i) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules and
regulations necessary for the implementation of this section.
(j) As used in this section, the following words and phrases
shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless
the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Center." An entity that works in consultation with and
receives financial assistance from the commission to support the
dissemination, quality implementation, sustainability and impact
assessment of a menu of proven crime prevention and intervention
programs and to conduct original translational research to
advance the science and practice of evidence-based crime
prevention.
"Commission." The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and
Delinquency.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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