/ SECTION 2. Chapter 26, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-26-110. (A) Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, the Department of Education shall require two hours of professional development in youth suicide awareness and methods for identification and locating assistance resources for students at risk of attempting suicide as a requirement for the renewal of credentials of individuals employed in a middle school or high school as defined in Section 59-1-150. The required professional development shall count toward the one hundred twenty renewal credits specified in Department of Education regulations for renewal of credentials.
(B)(1) The department shall develop guidelines suitable for professional development and materials that may be used by schools and districts; however districts may approve materials to be used in providing professional development for employees.
(2) The professional development required in this section may be accomplished through self-review of suicide awareness and identification programs and resource materials that meet guidelines developed by the Department of Education.
(C) A person may not bring a civil action for damages against the state or a school district, or an officer, agent, or employee of the state or a school district for a death, personal injury, or property damage that results from an act or omission in performing or failing to perform activities or duties authorized under this section." /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.