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§ 7-427.1. Trauma-informed approach

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEducationEffective: July 1, 2020

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Education (Refs & Annos)
Division II. Elementary and Secondary Education [Titles 2-9.5] (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Public Schools (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 4. Health and Safety of Students (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2020
MD Code, Education, § 7-427.1
§ 7-427.1. Trauma-informed approach
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Trauma-informed approach” means a method for understanding and responding to an individual with symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma or traumatic stress.
(3) “Trauma-informed school” means a school that:
(i) Acknowledges the widespread impact of trauma and understands the potential paths for recovery;
(ii) Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in students, teachers, and staff;
(iii) Integrates information about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
(iv) Actively resists retraumatizing a student, teacher, or staff member who has experienced trauma.
Guidelines on trauma-informed approach
(b)(1) The Department, in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health and the Department of Human Services, shall develop guidelines on a trauma-informed approach that will assist schools with:
(i) Implementing a comprehensive trauma-informed policy at the school;
(ii) The identification of a student, teacher, or staff member who has experienced trauma;
(iii) The appropriate manner for responding to a student, teacher, or staff member who has experienced trauma;
(iv) For schools participating in the Handle With Care program, the appropriate manner for responding to a student who is identified as a “handle with care” student; and
(v) Becoming a trauma-informed school.
(2) The Department shall:
(i) Distribute the guidelines developed under this subsection to each local school system; and
(ii) Publish the guidelines on the trauma-informed approach on the Department's website.


Added by Acts 2020, c. 148, § 1, eff. July 1, 2020.
MD Code, Education, § 7-427.1, MD EDUC § 7-427.1
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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