SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 3655

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †NOVEMBER 30, 2017

 

††††† The Senate Education Committee favorably reports Assembly Bill No. 3655 with committee amendments.

††††† This bill requires a board of education to prominently display information about the Department of Children and Familiesí State Central Registry, a toll free hotline for reporting child abuse, in each school of the district.† The information must give instructions to call 911 for emergencies and must include directions for accessing the departmentís website or social media platforms for more information on reporting abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

††††† Under the bill, the information is required to be in a format and language that is clear, simple, and understandable.† The information must be on a poster and displayed at each school in at least one high-traffic, highly and clearly visible public area that is readily accessible to and widely used by students.

††††† The committee amended the bill to specify that:

         the information provided must include instructions to call 911 for emergencies and include directions for accessing the departmentís website or social media platforms for more information on reporting abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and

         the information must be in a format and language that is simple and understandable and must be on a poster that is displayed in each school in at least one high-traffic area that is widely-used by students.

††††† As amended and reported by the committee, this bill is identical to the Senate Committee Substitute for S-2728 and S-3310, which also was reported by the committee on this same date.