Oct 6

New Training Requirements for California's Nonpublic Schools (Informational)

Hi there,
I hope this email finds you well. I just wanted to drop in and share some important updates regarding Bill AB 1172. This new legislation affects Nonpublic Schools (NPSs) and Nonpublic Agencies (NPAs) in California. It introduces new training and documentation requirements for staff, specifically designed to cater to the unique behavioral needs of the students.

Starting from the 2020-21 school year, all staff at nonpublic, nonsectarian schools or agencies in California must undergo specific training and adhere to new documentation protocols. This training needs to be provided within 30 days of a new staff member being employed and should be refreshed annually for all staff who interact with pupils during the course of a school day.

The aim of the training is to equip staff with knowledge on evidence-based practices and interventions specific to the behavioral needs of their students. It should be conducted by licensed or certified professionals and must be in line with the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), as well as pupil discipline requirements.

The training will cover a range of topics, including positive behavioral interventions and supports, understanding and addressing challenging behaviors, and evidence-based strategies for preventing such behaviors. It will also teach techniques for reducing and replacing challenging behaviors, such as the application of de-escalation methods.

It's important to note that the local educational agency will be responsible for verifying the school's or agency's compliance with these new requirements and will need to report this to the Superintendent annually. Schools and agencies must keep written records of the provided training and provide written verification upon request.

If you're looking for a resource that meets all the requirements of Bill AB 1172, the ATCC online Behavior Training (available at www.atcconline.com) has you covered.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need further information.

Let's work together to ensure that our schools and agencies are well-equipped to support our students' unique needs.

All the Best,
Katie Cook, BCBA
Director of Education