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Policy 4373 Revision Process - 2011 Student Code of Conduct Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools
New West Virginia Board of Education Goals 1. All students will meet or exceed state, national and international curriculum standards that incorporate the acquisition of 21 st century skills through engaging opportunities in (all subjects). . . 2. All students will develop the personal skills and dispositions of wellness, responsibility, selfdirection, ethical character, cultural awareness and good citizenship in an environment that is caring and safe. 3. All student will graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary education and career success through personalized pathways and guidance that focus students on productive and satisfying lives.
“Good Kids Doing Great Work” …developing students who are healthy, responsible, and selfdirected and who have the knowledge and Global 21 skills that will bring them satisfying and productive lives. -Jorea Marple, Ed. D. State Superintendent of Schools
Change in Policy Perspective Reactive Proactive Code of Conduct Violations Punishments Expected Behaviors Inappropriate Behaviors Interventions and Meaningful Consequences
Change in Policy Format Standard Policy Procedures Manual Policy format was confusing and disjointed Chapters with user-friendly index Separate sections of related issues Tables of related issues Five separate policies addressing school climate N/A One policy incorporating five (2418, 2421, 2422. 5, 4372 and 4373) Appendices with extra resources
Chapter 1 Expected Student Dispositions • Self-awareness and self-management • Social awareness and interpersonal skills • Decision making skills and responsible behaviors Note: These are addressed in multiple content standards (page 8)
Grades 2 -4 Self-awareness and self-management Objectives 2 -4. 1. 01 Students will: Describe a range of emotions and the situations that cause them. 2 -4. 1. 02 Describe and demonstrate ways to express emotions in a socially acceptable manner. 2 -4. 1. 03 Describe personal skills and interests that one wants to develop. 2 -4. 1. 04 Describe the steps in setting and working toward goal achievement. 2 -4. 1. 05 Describe and demonstrate ways that healthy habits contribute to goal achievement. Example Behaviors that Document Mastery of Self-awareness and Self-management Individual Behavior: Initiative Interaction: Complete work on Make relevant remarks during time classroom discussion Internalize class Express emotions in non-violent ways routines Choose activities that express one’s Maintain good interests and strengths grooming Ask peers for help Maintain healthy Make invitations habits Responsive Interaction: Listen when others speak Participate in group activities Help peers when asked Accept ideas different from one’s own Interact appropriately with adults Express sympathy Follow verbal and written directions
Chapter 2 Planning for Policy Implementation Distinct responsibilities (WVDE, RESA, County BOE and school) • • • Policy Development Partnership Development Training and Technical Assistance Policy Dissemination and Training Implementation Plan (County and School) Evaluation of Effectiveness Note: Specific State and Federal requirements will be listed in the appendices.
Chapter 3 Inappropriate Behavior and Meaningful Interventions and Consequences • Safe and supportive schools respond immediately and consistently to all inappropriate behaviors • This policy classifies four levels of inappropriate behaviors • Out of school suspensions is not an optional consequence for Level 1 behaviors • County policies may reclassify Levels 2 and 3 inappropriate behaviors
Chapter 3 (Continued) • • Use of physical punishment prohibited Use of restraint Alternative education for disruptive students Collaboration with law enforcement
Chapter 4 Procedures for Addressing Allegations of Inappropriate Behaviors • All school employees are responsible for assuring a safe and supportive school climate • All inappropriate behaviors observed by students or public guests must be reported to the appropriate personnel • County BOE’s shall develop procedures for reporting complaints , investigating allegations of inappropriate behaviors and preventing reprisals • Special considerations
Chapter 5 Procedures for Taking Action on Substantiated Inappropriate Behaviors • Proactive and preventive in determining meaningful interventions and consequences • Provide definitions and guidelines for exclusion, suspension and expulsion • Special considerations • Reporting procedures • Appeals procedures
Appendices • Student rights and responsibilities • State and Federal code requirements • Applicable case law • • •
Policy 4373 Revision Timeline Completion Date June 1, 2011 September 2011 Board Meeting December 2011 Board Meeting January 1, 2012 Spring 2012 Policy Tasks Professional Development Tasks Complete draft Initiate creation of training modules Circulate draft to Continue stakeholder groups development of for feedback through training modules with summer meetings flexibility in areas that Place policy on public may change comment for 60 days Approve policy with Finalize on-line effective date of July training modules 2012 Post on-line training modules; provide onsite assistance to counties to support policy implementation
Feedback Go to the Office of Healthy Schools website http: //wvde. state. wv. us/healthyschools/ and open the link, “ 4373 Feedback. ” Follow instructions then submit. COMMENT FORM