Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s AB 2560, which sailed through the legislature with strong support from both the Senate and Assembly, was signed into law today by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 2560 ensures that applicants, who submit an initial or renewal credential application, clearly understand their responsibilities as mandated reporters.
This measure was created to address the growing number of cases across the state involving child abuse in schools. The delay in response time has allowed for incidences of physical and sexual student abuse to go unaddressed.
“Student safety is an important priority in our schools,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “It is imperative that all school employees clearly understand that once abuse is suspected, the appropriate intervention occurs immediately. AB 2560 reinforces the actions that must be taken to protect our students and maintain a trusting school environment.”
AB 2560 addresses the issue and improves student safety in our schools by requiring that all applicants attest by signature that he or she understands the obligation to report directly to law enforcement officials, and not to school administrators of higher authority. This bill also requires that a written report of the suspected child abuse or neglect must be submitted within 36 hours of becoming aware of the incident.