|Berrien Regional Education Service Agency|
|Bylaws & Policies|
8400 - SCHOOL SAFETY INFORMATION
The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a safe school environment. The Board believes that school crime and violence are multifaceted problems which need to be addressed in a manner that utilizes the best resources and coordinated efforts of School District personnel, law enforcement agencies, and families. The Board further believes that school administrators and local law enforcement officials must work together to provide for the safety and welfare of students while they are at school or a school-sponsored activity or while enroute to or from school, or a school-sponsored activity. The Board also believes that the first step in addressing school crime and violence is to assess the extent and nature of the problem(s) or threats, and then plan and implement strategies that promote school safety and minimize the likelihood of school crime and violence.
Federal law establishes a "Student Safety Zone" that extends 1,000 feet from the boundary of any school property in relation to weapons, drugs and registered sex offenders. Individuals are prohibited from engaging in these activities at any time on District property, within the Student Safety Zone, or at any District-related event.
The District will work with local officials in arranging signage defining the 1,000 foot boundary.
The Berrien Regional Education Service Agency may convene a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the provisions of theSchool Safety Information Policy Agreement, and making modifications as deemed necessary and proper; discussing additional training that might be needed; and, discussing any other such related matters as may be deemed to be necessary by the participants. Participants in this meeting shall include the Superintendent, members of the Board, the County Prosecutor or his/her designee, and representatives from the local law enforcement agencies. The following may also be invited to participate in the meeting:
|A.||Chief Judge of Circuit and/or District Courts his/her designee, including a representative of the family division;|
|B.||representative from the RESA;|
|C.||representative(s) from the local child protection agency;|
|G.||Fire Marshall or his/her designee;|
|H.||representative(s) from emergency medical services;|
|I.||representative(s) from county emergency management service agency;|
|J.||representatives from other school districts within Berrien County.|
The Superintendent shall make a report to the Board about this review and recommend the approval and adoption of any proposed revisions or additions.
District Contact Person
Furthermore, in accordance with state law, the Board hereby designates the Superintendent as the District contact person who shall receive information from law enforcement officials, prosecutors and the court officials. The District contact person shall notify the principal of the school of attendance of a student about whom information is received from law enforcement officials, prosecutors, or court officials within twenty-four (24) hours of the receipt of that information. The principal shall, in turn, notify the building staff members who s/he determines have a need to know the information that has been received within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of that information.
The District contact person shall notify the appropriate law enforcement officials when an adult or a student commits any offense listed as a reportable incident in theSchool Safety Information Policy Agreement and shall report all information that is required to be reported to State or local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. Reporting such information is subject to 20 U.S.C. 1232g., commonly referred to as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
If a student is involved in an incident that is reported to law enforcement officials pursuant to the DistrictísSchool Safety Information Policy Agreement, then, upon request by school officials, the studentís parent or legal guardian shall execute any waivers or consents necessary to allow school officials access to school, court, or other pertinent records of the student concerning the incident and action taken as a result of the incident.
The Superintendent shall submit a report at least annually to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in the form prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, stating the number of students expelled from the District during the preceding school year and the reason for the expulsion.
The Superintendent shall submit a report at least annually to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in the form prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, stating the incidents of crime occurring at school. At least once annually, a copy of the most recent report of incidents of crime shall be made available to the parent or legal guardian of each student enrolled in the District. This report will include at least crimes involving:
|B.||gang related acts;|
|C.||illegal possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance analogue or other intoxicant;|
|E.||property crimes, including but not limited to theft and vandalism, including an estimate of the cost to the District resulting from the property crime.|
Each school building shall collect and keep current on a weekly basis the information required from the report of incidents of crime, and must provide that information, within seven (7) days, upon request.
Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN)
The Board authorizes the Superintendent to request vehicle registration information for suspicious vehicles within 1,000 feet of school property through the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN).
Persistently Dangerous Schools
The Board recognizes that State and Federal law requires that the District report annually incidents which meet the statutory definition of violent criminal offenses that occur in a school, on school grounds, on a school conveyance, or at a school-sponsored activity. It is further understood that the State Department of Education will then use this data to determine whether or not a school is considered "persistently dangerous" as defined by State policy.
Pursuant to the Boardís stated intent to provide a safe school environment, the school administrators are expected to respond appropriately to any and all violations of the Student Code of Conduct, especially those of a serious, violent nature. In any year where the number of reportable incidents of violent criminal offenses in any school exceed the threshold number established in State policy, the Superintendent shall convene a meeting of the building administrator and any other individuals deemed appropriate for the purpose of developing a plan of corrective action that can be implemented in an effort to reduce the number of these incidents in the subsequent year.
The Superintendent shall make a report to the Board about this plan of corrective action and shall recommend approval and adoption of it.
In the unexpected event that the number of reportable incidents in three (3) consecutive school years exceeds the statutory threshold and the school is identified as persistently dangerous, students attending the school shall have the opportunity to transfer to a safe school.
In addition, the Superintendent shall convene a meeting of the building administrator, representative(s) of the local law enforcement agencies, and any other individuals deemed appropriate for the purpose of developing a plan of corrective action that can be implemented in an effort to reduce the number of these incidents in the subsequent year.
Victims of Violent Crime
The Board further recognizes that, despite the diligent efforts of school administrators and staff to provide a safe school environment, an individual student may be a victim of a violent crime in a school, on school grounds, on a school conveyance, or at a school-sponsored activity. In accordance with Federal and State law the parents of the eligible student shall have the choice options provided by Policy 5113.02 and AG 5113.02.
Title IX, Section 9532 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
M.C.L. 380.1308 and 380.1310a, 771.2a
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