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§ 12-1205.7. Trauma-informed education

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. EducationEffective: August 27, 2019

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 24 P.S. Education
Chapter 1. Public School Code of 1949 (Refs & Annos)
Article XII. Certification of Teachers (Refs & Annos)
Effective: August 27, 2019
24 P.S. § 12-1205.7
§ 12-1205.7. Trauma-informed education
(a) School entities shall provide school employes with training on trauma-informed approaches. The following apply:
(1) Training shall address, but shall not be limited to:
(i) Recognition of the signs of trauma in students.
(ii) Best practices for schools and classrooms regarding trauma-informed approaches, including utilization of multitiered systems of support.
(iii) Recognition of the signs of the impact of secondary trauma on school employes and appropriate resources for school employes who are experiencing secondary trauma.
(iv) The school entity's policies regarding trauma-informed approaches.
(v) The school entity's policies regarding connecting students with appropriate services.
(2) Training shall be on evidence-based or evidence-informed programs that are tailored to the local community and reflect current best practices related to trauma-informed approaches.
(3) School employes required to undergo continuing professional education under section 1205.2 or 1205.51 shall receive credit toward the school employes' continuing professional education requirements if the training program has been approved by the Department of Education.
(4) The school entity shall make a reasonable effort to facilitate a time and location for school employes under this section to participate in the training during paid working hours or in-service training.
(b) As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
“Evidence-based” shall have the meaning given in section 8101(21) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95, 129 Stat. 1802).2
“School employe” shall have the meaning given to the term “professional employe” in section 1101(1).3
“School entity” shall mean a public school, including a school district, charter school, cyber charter school, regional charter school, intermediate unit or area career and technical school, a private school or a nonpublic school.


1949, March 10, P.L. 30, No. 14, art. XII, § 1205.7, added 2019, June 28, P.L. 146, No. 18, § 5, effective in 60 days [Aug. 27, 2019].


24 P.S. § 12-1205.2 or 12-1205.5.
See 20 U.S.C.A. § 7801.
24 P.S. § 11-1101.
24 P.S. § 12-1205.7, PA ST 24 P.S. § 12-1205.7
Current through 2023 Regular Session Act 32. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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