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ARIZONA STATE SENATE

Fifty-Sixth Legislature, First Regular Session

 

FACT SHEET FOR S.B. 1417

 

students with disabilities; diaper changes

Purpose

Requires school district and charter school policies and guidelines to include prescribed provisions for situations in which a child with a disability wears a diaper and requires assistance to change the diaper.

Background

Arizona's Parents' Bill of Rights reserves all parental rights to a parent of a minor child, including: 1) directing the child's education, upbringing and moral or religious training; 2) making health care decisions for the child; and 3) accessing and reviewing all records relating to the minor child, including specified records of a school district, charter school or employee of a school district or charter school (A.R.S. 1-602 and 15-143). School districts and charter schools must develop policies and procedures for providing special education programming to all children with disabilities that is commensurate with their abilities and needs. The State Board of Education must adopt guidelines to define a parent's or guardian's role in the development of a pupil's Section 504 plan, which is a written statement on the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet individual educational needs of a pupil with a disability (A.R.S. 15-731 and 15-763).

Schools must annually provide a copy of procedural safeguards to the parent of a child with a disability that includes a full explanation of safeguards relating to parental consent, access to education records, prior written notice and other outlined measures (IDEA).

There is no anticipated fiscal impact to the state General Fund associated with this legislation.

Provisions

1.   Requires school districts and charter schools to include, in adopted special education policies and guidelines, that for situations in which a child with a disability wears a diaper and requires assistance to change the diaper the parent:

a)   may request that an individual who changes or assists in changing the diaper be a person of the same biological sex as the child;

b)   has the right to meet each individual who changes or assists in changing the diaper; and

c)   may review records or log entries relating to diaper changes, including the name of each individual who changes or assists in changing the diaper.

2.   Becomes effective on the general effective date.

Prepared by Senate Research

February 6, 2023

LB/KT/slp