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A05139 Summary:

BILL NOA05139
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORReilly
 
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Add §21-981.3, NYC Ad Cd
 
Expands the monitoring of student incidents within the online occurrence reporting system to maintain and store data for the entirety of a student's elementary and secondary education, in order to allow school principals to identify repeated incidents of behavior and determine if additional support or intervention is needed.
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A05139 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5139
 
SPONSOR: Reilly
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to expanding the monitoring of student incidents to identify repeated incidents of behavior   PURPOSE:: The purpose of this legislation is to expand use of a pre-existing system to track a student's academic career starting in kindergarten until the student graduates from high school. This allows for school administrators and personnel to have the necessary tools to encourage and support a safe learning environment.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:: This act amends the administrative code of the city of New York to add a section 21-981.2 which allows school administrators to track students on the Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS) from kindergarten until the twelfth grade.   JUSTIFICATION:: The Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS) is used by New York City public school administrators to track all student-involved incidents occurring at school, in accordance with schools Chancellor's Regulation A-832 requiring the documentation and investigation of incidents within 24 hours. The OORS currently allows administrators to track those inci- dents on a year-to-year basis, meaning that a student-involved incident occurring in grade four would not show on that student's record in grade five.This bill requires the Department of Education to enhance their utilization of the system by tracking incidents throughout a student's academic career, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, to provide administrators with vital information and improve their ability to deliver services that support a safe learning environment.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:: Reintroduction.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:: Not determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE:: Immediately.
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A05139 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5139
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 11, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. REILLY -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  administrative code of the city of New York, in
          relation to expanding the monitoring of student incidents to  identify
          repeated incidents of behavior
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is  amended
     2  by adding a new section 21-981.3 to read as follows:
     3    §  21-981.3  Monitoring  of student incidents in the online occurrence
     4  reporting system to identify repeated incidents of behavior.
     5    a. For the purposes of this section,  the  following  terms  have  the
     6  following meanings:
     7    Elementary  education.  The  term  "elementary  education"  shall mean
     8  grades kindergarten through five.
     9    Secondary education. The term "secondary education" shall mean  grades
    10  six through twelve.
    11    b.  With respect to any incident having occurred involving an individ-
    12  ual student or students which has been investigated and documented by  a
    13  school  principal through the online occurrence reporting system (OORS),
    14  such documented incidents shall be stored and maintained by the  depart-
    15  ment  in  the OORS database for the entirety of such involved student or
    16  students' elementary and secondary education and shall be accessible  to
    17  school  principals  during  that time. Such incidents shall include, but
    18  not be limited to, bullying,  harassment,  intimidation,  discrimination
    19  and fighting.
    20    c.  The  department  shall  ensure that the OORS has capability at all
    21  times to store and maintain data as required by subdivision  a  of  this
    22  section  regarding  documented incidents involving an individual student
    23  or students.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08892-01-1

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     1    d. All incidents  documented  through  the  OORS  shall  identify  the
     2  student  or  students  involved through such students' office of student
     3  information system (OSIS) number to ensure privacy. If the OORS  identi-
     4  fies  identical OSIS numbers involved in separate or multiple incidents,
     5  the  principal  of  the  school where such student or students currently
     6  attend shall be notified of such incidents in order to make note of  any
     7  potential patterns of student behavior requiring additional intervention
     8  or  support. Such access to information shall allow school principals to
     9  promote safer and more inclusive learning environments for students  and
    10  school communities.
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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