Notice of Educator Misconduct
The board shall adopt a policy under which notice is provided to the parent or guardian of a student with whom an educator is alleged to have engaged in the following misconduct:
- The educator abused or otherwise committed an unlawful act with a student or a minor. Education Code 21.006(b)(2)(A)
- The educator was involved in a romantic relationship with or solicited or engaged in sexual contact with a student or minor. Education Code 21.006(b)(2)(A-1)
The notice must inform the parent or guardian:
- That the alleged misconduct occurred;
- Whether the educator was terminated following an investigation of the alleged misconduct or resigned before completion of the investigation; and
- Whether a report was submitted to the State Board for Educator Certification concerning the alleged misconduct.
The policy must require that information specified in item 1 above be provided as soon as feasible after the district becomes aware that alleged misconduct may have occurred.
Education Code 21.0061
Depiction of Minors in Visual Material
"Bullying" has the meaning assigned by Education Code 37.0832. [See FFI]
"Cyberbullying" has the meaning assigned by Education Code 37.0832. [See FFI]
"Harassment" has the meaning assigned by Education Code 37.001. [See FO]
"Sexual conduct" has the meaning assigned by Penal Code 43.25.
The Texas School Safety Center, in consultation with the office of the attorney general, shall develop programs for use by school districts that address:
- The possible legal consequences, including criminal penalties, of sharing visual material depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct;
- Other possible consequences of sharing visual material depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct, including:
- Negative effects on relationships;
- Loss of educational and employment opportunities; and
- Possible removal, if applicable, from certain school programs or extracurricular activities;
- The unique characteristics of the Internet and other communications networks that could affect visual material depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct, including:
- Search and replication capabilities; and
- Potentially worldwide audience;
- The prevention of, identification of, responses to, and reporting of incidents of bullying; and
- The connection between bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, and a minor sharing visual material depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct.
A district shall annually provide or make available information on these programs to parents and students in a grade level the district considers appropriate. Each district shall provide or make available the information by any means the district considers appropriate.
Education Code 37.218