Legal Update Memo No. 44-2019 – SB 972 – Requirement for Revisions to Student Identification Cards (K-12)

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In a prior legal update[1], we discussed a new law requiring public schools, including charter schools and private schools, which serve grades 7 through 12, to print on either side of pupil identification cards the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, if the school issues identification cards.[2]  This requirement applied to newly issued or replacement cards.

Commencing October 1, 2020, schools serving these populations shall have printed on either side of the pupil identification cards the telephone number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233, if they issue identification cards.[3]

If, as of January 1, 2020, a school subject to these requirements possesses non-compliant cards, the school may continue to use those, until the identification cards are depleted.

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Legal Update written by Damara Moore, Senior Associate General Counsel.

The information in this Legal Update is provided as a summary of law and is not intended as legal advice.  Application of the law may vary depending on the particular facts and circumstances at issue.  We, therefore, recommend that you consult legal counsel to advise you on how the law applies to your specific situation.

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[1]   See Legal Update 26-2018.

[2]   In addition, the law provided that the school may have printed on either side of the pupil identification cards the telephone number for the Crisis Text Line, which can be accessed by texting HOME to 741741, and/or a telephone number for a local suicide prevention hotline.

[3]   Cal. Educ. Code § 215.5(a), added by SB 972, which may be found at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB972