Morgan County Schools
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8400 - SCHOOL SAFETY

The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a safe environment in all of the County's schools. The Board believes that school crime and violence are multifaceted problems that need to be addressed in a manner that utilizes all available resources in the community through a coordinated effort 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-related event. 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), and then plan and implement strategies that promote school safety and minimize the likelihood of school crime and violence. To that end, the Superintendent shall develop a School Safety Plan with input from the County Council on Productive and Safe Schools. The Council shall be comprised of the following members:

 A.the county superintendent, who shall serve as the Chair of the County-wide Council on Productive and Safe Schools;

 B.one (1) representative from each local school improvement council, to be elected by a majority vote of each local school improvement council;

 C.the prosecuting attorney or his/her designee;

 D.a representative of the Department of Health and Human Resources;

 E.a representative of the law-enforcement agencies situated in the county in which the school is situated to be recommended by the county sheriff;

 F.a representative of the Board to be appointed by the President of the Board;

 G.the supervisor of transportation;

 H.a representative of the Regional Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center as designated by the Office of Behavioral Health Services in which the school system is situated, to be appointed by the Executive Director of the Center;

 I.when the members listed in A through H do not include at least two (2) classroom teachers, then the Superintendent shall appoint additional members so that at least two (2) classroom teachers are members of the County-wide Council;

 J.when the members listed in A through H do not include at least two (2) school principals, then the county superintendent shall appoint additional members so that at least two (2) school principals are members of the County-wide Council.

The County Council shall compile the local school improvement councils guidelines developed pursuant to WV Code 18-5A-2 (1) and shall report and deliver such guidelines to the Board, along with the Councilsí assessment and recommendations regarding the guidelines. The Council also shall provide a report of the estimated cost for any proposed alternative settings or programs.

No meetings of the County-wide Council shall be held during instructional time.

Thereafter, the Superintendent shall convene a meeting of the County Council on Productive and Safe Schools annually for the purpose of reviewing the School Safety Plan, and making modifications as deemed necessary and proper; identifying additional training that might be needed; and discussing any other such related matters as may be deemed to be necessary by the participants.

The Superintendent shall make a report to the Board about this review and recommend the approval and adoption of any proposed revisions or additions to the School Safety Plan.

Persistently Dangerous Schools

The Board recognizes that State and Federal law requires that the County 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 Board's 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:

 A.discuss this at the annual meeting for the purpose of reviewing the School Safety Plan so that a plan of corrective action can be developed and implemented in an effort to reduce the number of these incidents in the subsequent year; and/or

 B.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.

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 choice option as provided in Policy 5113.02 and AG 5113.02.

In addition, the Superintendent shall:

 A.discuss the school's designation as a persistently dangerous school at the annual meeting for the purpose of reviewing the School Safety Plan so that a plan of corrective action can be developed and implemented in an effort to reduce the number of these incidents in the subsequent year; and/or

 B.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
West Virginia Board of Education Policy 4373
WV Code 18-5A-2(1)(m)(n)(o); 18-5-42 and 18-5-43