Authors: Senator Dennis Kruse
Requires: (1) an employee of or a volunteer for a school corporation or nonpublic school who transmits an electronic communication to a student; and (2) a student who transmits an electronic communication to an employee of or a volunteer for a school corporation or nonpublic school; to simultaneously transmit the electronic communication to the student's parent, if the parent has provided information needed to receive the electronic communication, and to the principal of the school the student attends. Requires a principal who receives the electronic communication to preserve the electronic communication for at least two years. Requires a school corporation or nonpublic school to annually notify parents: (1) of the preservation of electronic communications; (2) that a parent may choose to receive a simultaneous transmission of electronic communications; and (3) of a parent's right to view preserved electronic communications transmitted or received by the parent's child. Sets forth circumstances under which a law enforcement officer may view preserved electronic communications. Requires the state board of education to adopt a policy to provide guidance to school corporations and nonpublic schools. Provides that an employee of or individual who volunteers for a school corporation or nonpublic school who does not comply with the provisions concerning electronic communications commits a Class A misdemeanor (which carries a potential maximum punishment of up to one year's imprisonment and a $5,000 fine). Provides that a student who does not comply with the provisions concerning electronic communications is subject to discipline by the school the student attends.