SB5515 passed both the Senate and the House.

This bill directs DCYF to investigate referrals of alleged child abuse or neglect at boarding schools. It also requires DCYF to license living accommodations at boarding schools effective July 1, 2025, unless the school is exempt from licensing.

To be exempt, a school must be accredited by a nationally recognized accreditor that sets standards for the residential part of the program that are similar to licensing requirements. Boarding school leaders will be invited to the table to craft the licensing rules.