|Hampshire County Schools|
|Bylaws & Policies|
5531 - STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
In keeping with its concern for the safety and well-being of both students and staff and for maintaining a school environment that is conducive to learning, the Board of Education has adopted policies related to student conduct in the school setting and has authorized disciplinary measures for the violation of these policies.
The Board seeks to maintain a balance between maintaining a proper educational environment and a compassion for students who suffer from or are victims of intemperate, immoral, or illegal behavior. Educational programs have been established to promote healthful, productive living, and discipline shall be maintained to protect students and staff from actions that disrupt teaching and learning. However, the Board recognizes that students may experience difficulties that educational programs and sound discipline may not prevent, and that other forms of assistance need to be available through the school.
The Superintendent is authorized to establish one (1) or more assistance programs for students which provide for effective intervention in areas such as substance abuse, crisis situations, and other situations which have impact on studentsí emotional, mental, and/or social well-being and affect their ability to benefit from educational experiences. Administrative guidelines are to be prepared which will ensure that:
|A.||the rights of both parents and students are protected;|
|B.||staff members are properly trained and skilled for their roles and participate in ways that comply with their certification or licensing and job description as well as with Board policies and administrative guidelines;|
|C.||outside resource people and agencies are properly certified or licensed to provide services and have a history of effective assistance.|
Pursuant to 126-99-17, Code of State Regulations (West Virginia Department of Education Policy 4373), the West Virginia Department of Education, RESAs, and LEAs shall provide training, technical assistance in research-based, effective models for violence prevention education (including the prevention of bullying, harassment, and intimidation), substance abuse prevention, as well as other programs and initiatives that include, but are not limited to, conflict resolution, peer mediation, responsible students program, and character education. Training, technical assistance and support shall also be provided in the effective use of student assistance teams to identify students who are at risk and to develop interventions to assure school success for these students.
West Virginia Department of Education Policy 4373.