Substitute House Bill No. 5692
          Substitute House Bill No. 5692

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-149


AN  ACT  CONCERNING POLICE NOTIFICATION OF ARRESTS
OF STUDENTS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section  10-233h  of  the general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    If  any  person who is at least seven years of
age but less than twenty-one years of age  and  an
enrolled  student  is  arrested [during the school
year] for A VIOLATION OF SECTION 53-206c, a  class
A  misdemeanor  or  a felony, the municipal police
department or Division of State Police within  the
Department  of Public Safety that made such arrest
shall, not later than the end of the [next  school
day]  WEEKDAY following such arrest, orally notify
the  superintendent  of  schools  of  the   school
district  in  which  such  person  resides  of the
identity  of  such  person  and  the  offense   or
offenses  for  which  he  was  arrested and shall,
within seventy-two hours of such  arrest,  provide
written  notification of such arrest, containing a
brief  description  of  the  incident,   to   such
superintendent.  The superintendent shall maintain
such written report in a secure location  and  the
information  in such report shall be maintained as
confidential in accordance with  section  46b-124.
The  superintendent  may disclose such information
only to the principal of the school in which  such
person  is  a  student  or  to  the  principal  or
supervisory agent of any other school in which the
superintendent knows such person is a student. The
principal or supervisory agent may  disclose  such
information  only  to  special services staff or a
consultant, such as a  psychiatrist,  psychologist
or  social  worker,  for the purposes of assessing
the  risk  of  danger  posed  by  such  person  to
himself,   other  students,  school  employees  or
school property and  effectuating  an  appropriate
modification  of such person's educational plan or
placement, and for disciplinary  purposes.  [Such]
IF  THE  ARREST  OCCURRED  DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR,
SUCH assessment shall be completed not later  than
the  end  of  the next school day. IF AN EXPULSION
HEARING IS HELD PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  10-233d,  A
REPRESENTATIVE  OF THE MUNICIPAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
OR THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE,  AS  APPROPRIATE,
MAY TESTIFY AND PROVIDE REPORTS AND INFORMATION ON
THE ARREST AT SUCH HEARING, PROVIDED  SUCH  POLICE
PARTICIPATION   IS   REQUESTED   BY   ANY  OF  THE
FOLLOWING:  THE  LOCAL  OR   REGIONAL   BOARD   OF
EDUCATION,   THE   IMPARTIAL  HEARING  BOARD,  THE
PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL  OR  THE  STUDENT  OR  HIS
PARENT  OR GUARDIAN. Such information with respect
to a child under sixteen years  of  age  shall  be
confidential  in  accordance with section 46b-124,
and shall only be disclosed as  provided  in  this
section and shall not be further disclosed.
    Sec.  2.  This  act  shall take effect July 1,
1997.