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LUCAS SCHOOL SAFETY October 10, 2006
LUCAS SCHOOL SAFETY • This presentation is to provide information and support concerning school safety for the Lucas Local School District – The Lucas Board Policy Manual contains safety related policies in Sections E and J – The Lucas Local School District Emergency and Crisis Response Manual is provided to all employees
Teaching and Learning • Student academic achievement is our highest priority • Students must have a safe learning environment for effective learning • Teachers must have a safe environment in order to provide effective teaching/learning experiences for students
Policies and Procedures • We have school district policies and procedures that provide guidance and prescribe steps to be taken to ensure that there is a safe teaching and learning environment. – Board Policies and associated regulations derived Federal and State Laws
Student Responsibilities • Board Policy JF defines Student Rights and Responsibilities. Policy JFC is the Student Code of Conduct and Zero Tolerance provision. • Student Handbooks provide information. • Each teacher posts and reviews their specific classroom rules. • Students are responsible for their own behaviors and related consequences.
Student Responsibilities (con’t) • Students have the responsibility to respect the rights of others and to exercise self-discipline • Students who do not meet this expectation are subject to disciplinary measures – Administration determines disciplinary measures as per Board Policies and guidelines – Board Policy JG – Student Discipline • Any action short of removing or expelling a student is considered discipline
Student Responsibilities (con’t) • SUSPENSION and EXPULSION – Board Policies JGD and JGF – A suspension of 10 or fewer consecutive days is a short term suspension and can only be imposed by a school administrator – Removal from school for 11 or more consecutive days is an expulsion and can only be imposed by the Superintendent of Schools
Student Responsibilities (con’t) • Students who have an IEP are subject to procedural safeguards in respect to suspensions and expulsions – These safeguards are provided by via the Ohio Operating Standards for Schools Serving Students with Disabilities and IDEIA
Student Responsibilities (con’t) • EMERGENCY REMOVAL – Board Policy JGDA – A student may be immediately removed from school if the student poses an immediate threat to himself/herself, to other students or staff members, or is continually disrupting the educational process
Student Responsibilities (con’t) • Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act that: – Physically or emotionally harms another person – Cause interference with another person’s right to an education – Intimidates or threatens the educational environment – Disrupts the orderly operation of the school This behavior will not be tolerated
Student Responsibilities (con’t) • Lucas Schools have a “NO TOLERANCE” policy contained in Board Policy JFC • Lucas Schools do not tolerate the possession, use or sale of any controlled substance or illicit drug on school property or at any school sponsored activity – Suspension and expulsion are the usual consequences
Student Rights • Employees must notify administration of any media contacts at the school to assure student rights. • Parents may complete a form (Board Policy JO-E) to make a written request that no information about their child may be released. Such written request is kept in the Principal’s office. • Students have the right to Due Process (Board Policy JFA).
Student and Family Rights • Student and Family Rights concerning Confidentiality – Annual Notices as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which are published each fall in our School District Newsletter • FERPA and PPRA – Directory Information
Student Records • What is a student record? – Any recorded information created or maintained by the school directly related to an individual student – Examples include grade books, attendance records, pictures, notes shared with other staff members, IEP’s, assessment data, etc. – Board Policy JO – Student Records
Student Safety • Board Policies JH and JHF address student welfare and safety issues. • Any school employee who suspects the abuse or neglect of a child must report such suspected abuse or neglect to Children Services (Board Policy JHG). • Notification About Sex Offenders is in Board Policy JHH.
Student Safety (con’t) • All school employees are expected to support and enforce the Student Code of Conduct and hold each student accountable for his/her behavior to ensure student safety.
Student Safety (con’t) • Students may only be released to adults who are authorized to obtain the student’s release from school. • All visitors to the school must obtain permission and identification from the school office upon entering a school building. – Board Policy KK
Teacher Authority • A teacher may remove a student immediately from the classroom if: – The student is sent to an Administrator – The student’s presence poses an immediate threat to himself or others – The student is continually disrupting the educational process
Teacher Authority (con’t) • Reasonable instructions and directions given by a teacher are to be adhered to by students. Insubordination is unacceptable behavior. • Teacher authority extends over all school property and at all school sponsored activities and events.
Safety Matters • Each school building will have fire drills, tornado drills, and safety drills as prescribed by State law • All employees are to be familiar with the contents of the Lucas Schools Emergency and Crisis Response Manual • Weapons, guns, etc. are not permitted on school property – Gun Free Zones
Safety Matters (con’t) • Associated Board Policies – – – – EBAA – Reporting of Hazards EBBA – First Aide EBBC – Bloodborne Pathogens EBC – Emergency Plans EBD – Crisis Management and AEDs ECA – Building and Grounds Security EEAC – School Bus Safety EEACD – Drug Testing (Commercial Driver’s Licenses) – EFG – Student Wellness Program
Homeland Security Response Guide • Recommended Action Steps for Schools – Contained in Emergency and Crisis Response Manuals and posted on the school district web site • www. lucascubs. org
Evacuation • Evacuation of the Lucas area in case of emergency will be coordinated by the Monroe Township Fire Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office – Lucas Area Coordinator is the local Fire Chief (Jim Sweat) – Schools will go to Code Red and the Superintendent or designee will await instructions from the Coordinator
Employee Safety • Employees are to exercise safe practices in the workplace • Any employee injury should be reported and documented in writing on the appropriate form • Employees are not to take any abuse from others in the workplace – Report any incidents to administration
Emergency School Closing • Emergency School Closings (Board Policy EBCD) will be announced by specified media as published in the School District Newsletter and listed on the school web site – www. lucascubs. org • Employees should create phone trees to communicate with each other in the event of an emergency school closing
For More Information • Contact the Superintendent at 419 -892 -2338 Ext. 212 or huber. [email protected] org