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1 PROJECT SAVE—SAFE SCHOOLS AG AINST VIOLENCE IN EDUCATION COMPONENTS 1. District-Wide School Safety Plan The board of education of every school district must develop a comprehensive safety plan to include: Policies and procedures for: Responding to threats  Responding to acts of violence  Appropriate prevention/intervention strategies, such as:  de-escalate potentially violent situations) Training for security personnel (for example:  Conflict resolution  Peer mediation  Youth courts   Extended day programs Contacting law enforcement  Contacting parents and/or guardians  School building security   Dissemination of informative materials regarding early detection of potentially violent behaviors Annual school safety training for staff and students   Protocol for responding to bomb threats, hostage taking, intruders and kidnappers  Developing strategies to improve communication among students and between students and staff  Description of duties of hall monitors and other school safety personnel 2. Building-Level Emergency Response Plans This team is appointed by the principal unde r guidelines established by the board of education. Team membership shall include teachers, administrators, parent organizati ons, school safety personnel, community members, law enforcement and local ambulance or other emergency response agencies. This plan needs to be submitted to local law enforcement agencies and the New York State Police. Plan must include:  Policies and procedures for safe evacuation , to include evacuation routes, shelter sites, procedures for addressing medical needs, transportation, and emer gency notification to parents  Designation of an emergency response team  Access to floor plans, blueprints, schematics of school interior, grounds, and road maps of surrounding area Internal and external communication system   Implementation of incident command system (ICS) Coordination with Statewide Disaster Mental Health Plan (1997)   Procedures to review and conduct drills an components of plan d exercises to test  Policies and procedures for securing and restricting access to crime scene 3. Codes of Conduct for the maintenanc Requires schools to adopt codes of conduct hool grounds and to file such codes with the New Y ork e of order on sc State Education Department. Applies to teachers, students, personnel and visitors. Minimum elements include:  Appropriate dress and language  Security issues  Removal from classroom  Disciplinary procedures for violators Policies and procedures for detention, suspension, and removal of disruptive pupil  Procedures for reporting code violations and imposing penalties  Provisions to ensure compliance with state and fede ral laws relating to students with disabilities  Provisions for notifying la w enforcement of violations (e.g., violent crimes)   Procedures for parental notification  Committee to review actions relating to the code  Procedures regarding PINS petitions and juvenile delinquency provisions  Procedures for referral to human services agencies  Minimum suspension periods for students who are repeatedly substantially disruptive  Minimum suspension period s for acts that qualify a student as violent District-wide School Safety Plans, Building Level Emergency Response Plans, and Codes of Conduct, are subject to a public heari ng, later than 30 days after adoption. are reviewed and updated annually, and filed with the commissioner of education no

2 4. Teacher Authority/Principal Authority classroom, consistent with district codes of conduct, with appr Allows teachers to remove disruptive or violent pupils from the opriate procedural safeguards for affected students. end pupils from school entirely, without sp ecific board delegation Adds principals to those empowered to susp of that authority. pils. mum periods of suspension for violent or repeatedly disruptive pu Requires districts to include, in their codes of conduct, mini Disruptive pupil is defined as one who: Is substantially disruptive of the educational process or  interferes with the teacher’s authority over the classroom Violent pupil is defined as one who:  Commits an act of violence on a teacher, other school district employee, or fellow student  Possesses, displays, or threatens to use a gun, knife, or other dangerous weapon ty of a teacher or other school district employee  Knowingly and intentionally destroys the personal proper Knowingly and intentionally destroys school district property  Removal procedures: Teachers report and refer violent pupil to ad ministration for minimum suspension period.  Administration has authority to suspend for up to five days without delegation from board of education.  procedures to provide for continued educational programming for removed pupil.  District shall implement policies and Student must be informed of reason for removal by teacher.  Principal must be informed of re ason for student removal by teacher.   Sets time lines for negotiations of removal to student and parent.  Requires notification of charges and an explanation for suspension with timelines as required by legislation. 5. Uniform Violent Incident Reporting  e New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. Established by the New York State Education Department and th Schools shall report annually to the commissioner of education:   Number and types of violent incidents  Number of suspensions and other forms of discipline  Location where the incident occurred Whether the incident involved a weapon   Actions taken by the school Ages and grades of disciplined pupils   The nature of the victim and victim’s age where appropriate ure regarding the prevalence of violent incidents on school grou nds and This includes an annual report to the governor and the legislat at school-sponsored functions, and inclusion of such information on school report cards. 6. Instruction in Civility, Citizenship, and Character Education Requires districts to include a civility, citizenship, and character education compo nent in the K-12 course of instruction conc erning the principles of honesty, tolerance, personal responsibility, respec ce of laws and rules, courtesy, dignity, and other t for others, observan positive traits. 7. Health Curriculum Requires the Board of Regents to review the current health cu rriculum requirements to ensure that students have sufficient time and instruction to develop skills to address issues of violence preventi on and mental health. 8. Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education Commissioner shall develop and distribute an interpersonal viol ence prevention package to schools for use in health and related areas. 9. School Violence Prevention Training  Must be included in Superintendent’s Conference Days annually.  All individuals seeking certification as of February 2001 must have completed a two-hour course in violence prevention. Must address violence prevention training for current staff in the yearly professional development plan.  2

3 10. Whistle Blower Protection Protection for those employees who report violent incidents, whereby an employee may not be disciplined or fired for reporting these incidents and is protected from any civil liability. 11. Fingerprinting  Requires prospective school district employees and applicants for certification to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check in order to be cleared for employment.  Does not apply to volunteers.  However, if a current employee terminates employment and seeks Does not apply to current employees of a school district. a l district, the individual must undergo the fingerprinting process. This law will also apply if employment in a different schoo ate. currently certified individual applies for additional certification, such as a teacher applying for an administrator’s certific fee from each applicant and submit to ill collect fingerprints and a $99 processing  The New York State Education Department w the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. Provisions exist for a waiver of the fee for applicants for employment who demonstrate to the district that payment of the fee would create a financial hard ship. Criminal history records, if any, will be sent by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Se rvices and FBI to the New York State Education tions or outstanding arrests justify denial of clearance for Department for review and consideration of whether any convic who are denied clearance will be afforded an opportunity to challenge the employment or certification. Applicants determination by the New York State Education Department and to review and challenge content of criminal history records through the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services process. 12. Assaults on Teachers Increases assaults to a Class D fe lony from Class A misdemeanor. 13. Child Abuse Reporting  Defines child abuse in an educational setting.  Requires the immediate reporting of allegations of child abuse in an educational setting to school authorities, parents, and law enforcement.  Defines mandatory reporters  Requires a written report of allegations transmitted to school administrator. n, notifies parents if determination is made, and forwards re-  Administrator determines whether there is reasonable suspicio port to law enforcement.  conviction, suspension, or determination of a District attorney required to notify supe rintendent of the filing of an indictment, criminal investigation. District attorney notifies the  commissioner of conviction of a certified individual. 13. Prohibiting Silent Resignations  Ends practice of allowing person to resign rather disclose allegations of child abuse. Class E. felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, ci vil penalty not to exceed $20,000.00 for those superintendents who  allow employee to resign under these circumstances.  Individuals who in good faith co mply with the reporting requirem ents will be entitled to immunity from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise result from such actions. 15 Teacher Discipline Provides for a range of discipline measures. In addition to revocation of a teaching certificate, discipline will now include s uspen- sion, continuing education, limitati on on certificates and monetary fines. 16. Court Notification  Requires family and criminal courts to notify sc hools about juvenile delinquency adjudications.  Increases coordination between the juvenile justice system and schools.  Requires school to appoint a Designated Educational O fficial (DEO) to receive record s and coordinate student’s participation in programs.  Cannot be part of permanent record.  Information can only be used in the execution of student’s educational plan. For further information contact: New York State Center for School Safety 175 Route 32 North New Paltz, NY 12561 http://nyscenterforschoolsafety.org Phone: 845-255-8989 ● Fax: 845-255-3836 ● [email protected] ● 3

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