The Board of Trustees of Converse County School District No. 1 recognizes the responsibility it shares with other public agencies to provide a safe and secure environment for students, employees and the public involved with school functions and activities. The Board of Trustees has established a District Crisis Response Planning Team, and in addition, a Building Crisis Response Team at each site in the District. The district will develop a flexible crisis plan for the purpose of responding to unpredictable and extraordinary events which negatively impact students and staff. The District crisis prevention and response plan will be compatible and coordinated and established through this policy. Buildings will maintain and update all required plan components. Administrative regulations and procedures will be developed to assure implementation of this policy.
The District will review, and if needed, revise the plan on an annual basis. These plans will be coordinated with other community agencies such as law enforcement.
Building administrators are primarily responsible for initiating and maintaining procedures that will best ensure the safety of students and staff while at school and while on student activities. The building principal or designee is responsible for comprehensive safety education as outlined in the crisis prevention and response plan. The principal or designee will conduct an annual inspection of the physical facilities, equipment and materials in the building for which he or she is responsible as outlined in the crisis prevention and response plan.
The classroom teacher is responsible for obeying all safety policies and for establishing and maintaining the practice of good safety techniques in all instructional activities, as outlined in the emergency preparedness procedures and/or the workforce safety plan. The teacher is responsible for providing safety instruction for all pupils in the use and proper handling of equipment and materials. The teacher is to instruct each pupil in approved safety procedures appropriate to the class or course being taught.
All accidents involving school employees and/or pupils are to be reported on the proper form (ADD-E) within 48 hours to the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.
UNSAFE SCHOOL CHOICE OPTION
Converse County School District No. 1 does hereby adopt, in accordance with the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Policy adopted by the Wyoming Department of Education and in order to be in compliance with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Section 8532, the following policy relating to unsafe school choice option:
Definition of a PDS:
A school will be considered a persistently dangerous school if the following condition exists:
In any two consecutive years, the school has experienced expulsions (as defined by the Wyoming State Education Code) for drugs, alcohol, weapons, or violent criminal offense that exceed an expulsion rate of two percent (2%) per year of the student body or four (4) students, whichever is higher, as figured from the most currently available year’s enrollment.
Definition of Violent Criminal Offense:
For purpose of this definition a “violent criminal offense” shall mean homicide, rape, robbery, and/or aggravated assault (as defined by the Wyoming Violent Index Offenses).
Once the School District receives notice from the Wyoming Department of Education that one of its schools has been identified as a PDS, the District will:
1. Notify the parents of each student attending the school within ten (10) days that the state has identified it as a PDS.
2. Within ten (10) days after the School District receives notice, offer all students the opportunity to voluntarily transfer to a “safe” public school within the district. If there is not another school in the district, the district will explore other options, such as an agreement with a neighboring school district to accept transfer students.
3. For those students who accept the offer, complete the transfer within ten (10) days, or as near to ten (10) days as practicality allows.
4. Develop a corrective action plan within thirty (30) days.
5. Pursue timely implementation.
In the case of transfers:
1. The district will share with the student and/or parents upon request, performance data from the various schools that are options for enrollment, if a transfer is possible. Guidelines for transfer will include:
a. Any in-district school of appropriate grade level that is within a practical distance.
b. A nearby out-of-district school at a practical distance if the receiving school agrees to take the student and pay the transportation costs. The potential out-of-district receiving school is not obligated for either.
2. Transfers may be temporary or permanent, but must be in effect as long as the original school is identified as persistently dangerous. If the transfer is temporary, the parents shall be notified of the duration of the transfer and shall be allowed to request renewal of the transfer by making a written request to the superintendent or his/her designee.
3. This policy as it applies to a PDS allows the student the administrative option of attending a safer school. It neither compels a student to transfer to another school nor compels a receiving school to pay for transportation costs. The transfer option is not applicable when no practical options are available.
Corrective Action Plan
The corrective action plan must be submitted to WDE for approval. The WDE will provide technical assistance and monitor the district’s actions throughout the system.
Note: All official expulsions relating to drugs, alcohol, weapons or violent criminal offenses which are used to determine whether a school is a PDS shall be reported to the Health & Safety Unit Director in the Wyoming Department of Education or such other person as required by WDE.
Students Who Have Been Victims of a Violent Criminal Offense
The district will provide safe school options, when possible, to a student who has been a victim of a violent criminal offense from another student at that same school, while in or on the grounds of the public school that the student attends:
1. The district will, within ten (10) days, offer an opportunity to voluntarily transfer to a safe public school within the district if one is available.
2. When another school is not available within the district, the district will review other appropriate options, such as an agreement with the neighboring district to accept the student.
The District will collect and maintain victim information such as (incident date, incident number, and identity of perpetrator, if known) and maintain the data for a minimum of five (5) years for auditing and validation monitoring purposes.
The District will collect and maintain documentation to show that the parents of the victim of a violent criminal offense were offered the Unsafe School Choice Transfer Option.
The District will maintain documentation reflecting when a transfer was requested and completed.