AB 543, 367, and 748 Requirements
Assembly Bill (AB) 543: starting January 1, 2020, schools serving grades 9-12 must create and display posters that notify students of the school's student sexual harassment policy. AB 543 requires that the posters be age-appropriate, culturally relevant, no smaller than 8.5 by 11 inches, in at least 12-point font.
The posters must include, at a minimum:
The procedures and contact information of the appropriate school site official for reporting sexual harassment;
The rights of the reporting student, complainant, and respondent; and
The school site's responsibilities are under the policy.
The posters must be displayed prominently and conspicuously in each school site, bathroom, and locker room.
Currently, California educational institutions are required to display their sexual harassment policies in prominent campus locations where similar notices are posted, and copies must be distributed to parents at the beginning of the school year and as part of any orientation program for new students. Under AB 543, the policy must also be provided as part of any orientation program for new or continuing students at the beginning of each quarter, semester, or summer session, as applicable.
Assembly Bill (AB) 367: MENSTRUAL EQUITY FOR ALL: requires free menstrual products in bathrooms in all California public schools, community colleges, and California State University campuses starting in the 2022-2023 school year.
Oak Park Unified School District will stock and make available, and accessible FREE of cost, at all times, an adequate supply of menstrual products in all girl's restrooms and all-gender restrooms and in at least one boy's restroom in schools maintaining any combination of classes from grades 6 to 12, inclusive.
This notice and the below text of Education Code Section 35292.6 is required to be posted in a prominent and conspicuous location in every restroom required to stock menstrual products, available and accessible, free of cost, under AB 367 Menstrual Equity For All Act of 2021.
(a) On or before the start of the 2022–23 school year, a public school, including a school operated by a school district, county office of education, or charter school, maintaining any combination of classes from grades 6 to 12, inclusive, shall stock the school's restrooms at all times with an adequate supply of menstrual products, available and accessible, free of cost, in all women's restrooms and all-gender restrooms, and in at least one men's restroom.
(b) A public school described in subdivision (a) shall not charge for any menstrual products provided to pupils.
(c) A public school described in subdivision (a) shall post a notice regarding the requirements of this section in a prominent and conspicuous location in every restroom required to stock menstrual products, available and accessible, free of cost, pursuant to this section. This notice shall include the text of this section and contact information, including an email address and telephone number, for a designated individual responsible for maintaining the requisite supply of menstrual products.
(d) For purposes of this section, "menstrual products" means menstrual pads and tampons for use in connection with the menstrual cycle.
(e) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2022.
The notices and menstrual product dispensers are posted in all girls' restrooms and all-gender restrooms and in at least one boys' restroom in schools, maintaining any combination of classes from grades 6 to 12 at OPUSD.
Assembly Bill (AB)748: requires that on or before the start of the 2023-2024 school year, each school site in a school district, county office of education, and charter school serving pupils in any of grades 6 to 12 create a poster that identifies approaches and shares resources regarding pupil mental health. The poster must display, at a minimum, the following:
Identification of common behaviors of those struggling with mental health or who are in a mental health crisis, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, emotional dysregulation, bipolar episodes, and schizophrenic episodes.
A list of contact information for school site-specific resources, including, but not limited to, counselors, wellness centers, and peer counselors.
A list of contact information for community resources, including, but not limited to, suicide prevention, substance abuse, child crisis, nonpolice mental health hotlines, public behavioral health services, and community mental health centers.
A list of positive coping strategies to use when dealing with mental health, including, but not limited to, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, breathing exercises, grounding skills, journaling, acceptance, and seeking therapy.
A list of negative coping strategies to avoid, including, but not limited to, substance abuse or self-medication, violence, abuse, self-harm, compulsivity, dissociation, catastrophizing, and isolation.
The language in the poster must be age appropriate and culturally relevant. It must be prominently and conspicuously displayed in appropriate public areas that are accessible to and commonly frequented by pupils at each school site. (AB 748 adds Section 49428.5 to the Education Code.)
As required by the above-referenced assembly bills, the posters displayed at our secondary school campuses are linked below.