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    WELCOME

     

    Welcome to Burch PK-8 School. We hope that this year will be an exciting year for you, both academically and socially. Many questions you might have can be answered in the following pages. Please read carefully, and you will better understand the procedures, rules, and expectations of our school.

     


    Burch K-8 MISSION STATEMENT

     

    ALL IN – Academics, Arts, Athletics, Community

     


    Burch K-8 VISION STATEMENT

     

    Burch K-8 strives to be the first in preparing all students for the challenges of the 21st century.

     


    CORE BELIEFS

     

    All students can learn.

    Schools and school systems are responsible for creating conditions necessary for all students to achieve mastery.

    Commitment to high standards in all aspects of the organization is essential to producing mastery for all.

    Strong instructional leadership and highly qualified personnel are required to build the systems and develop the culture to achieve mastery for all.

    Education is a shared responsibility and achievement requires the commitment and participation of staff, students, family, and the community.

    High standards for performance must be set and these standards must be defined and communicated to all involved with learning goals.

     


    TEACHER CLASSROOM RULES

     

    Each teacher will have a list of classroom rules for their individual classes. This list will be posted within the room. Students should acquaint themselves with each teacher’s classroom rules and comply with these accordingly.

     


    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

     

    Parents desiring a conference with a teacher, administrator, or the counselor are urged to contact the school to make an appointment. Parents are strongly encouraged to communicate with teachers on a regular basis. School Phone 304-475-2700

     


    ONCE YOU’RE HERE, YOU’RE HERE

     

    This means that students may not leave the school grounds from the time they arrive in the morning until dismissal time.

     

    MAKING THE GRADE

     

    The following grading scale will be used at Burch K-8 School:

     Kindergarten through Third Grades: 

    • X = Not assessed this grading period
    • 1 = Needs improvement
    • 2 = Making progress toward standard
    • 3 = Meeting standard
    • 4 = Consistently above standard

    Grades 4-8 will use the following scale:

    • 90-100 = A
    •   80-89 = B
    •   70-79 = C
    •   60-69 = D
    •     0-59 = F

     

    REPORT CARDS/NEWSLETTERS

     

    Report cards are distributed to students at the end of each nine-week grading period. Progress reports will be sent after four and one-half weeks. Newsletters to keep you informed will also be given out at various times throughout the year.

     


    ON MY HONOR

     

    Students who receive an “A” in all subjects will attain the “A” Honor Roll.

    Students who maintain a 3.0 grade point average will attain the “B” Honor Roll.

     


    GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

     

    Our school offers a wide range of guidance services. Students may see Mrs. Warden by making an appointment.

     


    Play Structure Rules for the Safety of our Students

     

    Do not throw anything at another person

    Slides- sit down, slide down the slide, NEVER GO UP the slides

    One person at a time on the “Zip Line”

    Never be on top of the structure

    Swings- sit down only, one person at a time, swing back and forth, never side to side, do not twist the chains.

     

    ABSOLUTELY NO TACKLE FOOTBALL

     

    In order to prevent incidences of bee/wasp stings, all snack papers and bottles are to be disposed of in garbage cans.

    PE Balls and ropes are not allowed on the play structure.

    Pay attention to the rules and listen to the adult in charge

    The classroom teachers will explain these rules to their classes.

     


    PROHIBITED ITEMS

    Students may not possess the following items on school property without the explicit permission of a teacher or administrator. Such items will be taken and held for parents.

    CD players, cell phones, beepers, cameras, IPOD, IPAD, or any other electronic items of distraction.

    Gambling devices: dice, playing cards, etc.

    Alcoholic beverages, narcotics, over the counter medications, cigarettes, tobacco products, inhalants, cigarette lighters, matches, and look-a-likes.

    Skateboards, rubber bands, silly bands, baseball cards, etc…

    Permanent markers, liquid paper, etc.

    Shoes with wheels

     

    COMPUTER USE

    Computers are available to all students. A student user policy must be read and signed by student and parent each year before students are allowed to use computers. Use of the Internet is approved for research only. Getting into chat rooms, undesirable sites, Facebook, twitter, snap chap etc…is a violation of Burch K8 School rules and the State Student User Policy.

     


    Reading First

    The purpose of Reading First is to ensure that all children learn to read by the end of the 3rd Grade so they are well prepared to achieve their full academic potential. It is high quality reading instruction based on scientifically based research. It includes the five essential components of Reading Instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The Reading First design includes explicit and systematic instruction. There is ongoing assessment throughout the year with interventions for students as needed. It is very important that your child does not miss any reading time. This is the most important part of the school day.

     


    EMERGENCY DRILLS

    Emergency drills at regular intervals are required by law and are in important safety precaution. It is essential that when the first signal is given, everyone obeys orders promptly and clears the building by the prescribed route as quickly and quietly as possible. The teacher in each classroom will give the students instruction on the proper exit.

     


    ATHLETICS

    Students must have a 2.0 grade point average for the previous semester before participating in sports. Students must also have a physical on file. The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission governs rules and regulations for the athletic program at Burch K-8 School.

     


    LIBRARY

    Burch K-8 Students have access to our school library. The library offers a wide range of materials for study, research, and pleasure. Teachers have a schedule to ensure that all students have access to the library.

     


    INSURANCE

    Student insurance is optional, and insurance forms will be sent home upon request at the beginning of the school year. The insurance coverage offers different options. The insurance offer is available for a limited time in the fall. The school, nor Mingo County Schools, is responsible for accidental injuries and does not carry insurance for medical payments from student injuries.

     

    PROMOTION AND RETENTION

    The Mingo County Board of Education believes students must attain the required instructional goals, objectives, and/or units of credit, as defined in West Virginia State Policies 2510, 2520, and/or 2419, within each grade level.

     

    OBJECTIVES

     

    1. Students will be able to perform grade level skills as defined in West Virginia Policy 2520 or individual education goals as defined in West Virginia Policy 2419, as appropriate.

    2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the state-adopted assessment instruments within each grade level at state performance levels.

    3. Students will meet the minimal attendance requirements of the county attendance policy.

     


    I NEED AN ASPIRIN

    No medication of any kind can be dispensed by the office staff without written permission from the parent to the doctor and submitted to the school nurse, requesting the school office shall comply with the physician’s orders regarding the administration of the medication.

     


    Head Lice

    If your child has been sent home for live head lice, please treat him/her with lice medication and take him/ her to the Health Department to be examined and to get a note for school admission. Burch K8 will not be responsible for determining if your child is lice free. Your child will not be admitted back to class if he/she does not have a note from the Health Department.

     


    VISITORS

    Parents are ALWAYS welcome at Burch K-8. We encourage parents to join our Parent Support Group. We also encourage parents to participate in our Parent Volunteer Program. We ask that ALL VISITORS REPORT TO THE OFFICE FIRST AND SIGN OUR VISITOR BOOK. ALL VISITORS MUST WEAR A VISITOR PASS.

     


    DELAYS AND SCHOOL CLOSINGS

    All students and/or parents will receive a phone call from the BOE when there are school delays or closings. You should also listen to the local radio stations for information on school delays and/or closings. Please do not call the school to obtain this information, as we get informed by the call down system as well.

     

      

    CAFETERIA PRICES

    • Student breakfast costs: FREE
    • Student lunch costs: FREE
    • Extra Milk: $.30.
    • Adult breakfast cost: $2.50
    • Adult lunch cost: $3.25

    Teachers distribute menus on a monthly basis.

     

    Cafeteria Behavior

    Classrooms will be given a specific table of which they are to sit during lunch. High

    standards of conduct are expected from all students, at all times, at Burch K-8. All students need to be taught the proper way in which they should walk to the lunchroom, stand in line, request their food from the cooks, walk to their seats, while also exhibiting manners during meals, and properly disposing of waste, before quietly leaving the cafeteria. The cafeteria should have the same atmosphere or environment one would expect when dining at a nice restaurant. Talking is permitted and encouraged but inside voices should be used.

     


    Closed Campus Policy

    Burch K-8 is a closed campus. This means that students remain on school grounds from the time they arrive in the morning until dismissal.

     


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    All notices of club meetings, athletic, and social events, general information for the day, and specific instructions are announced on the PA system each morning and afternoon.

     


    LOST AND FOUND

    The Lost and Found is located in the main office. If you have lost articles or have found anything, check with the office.

     


    MONEY AND VALUABLES

    Please do not bring large amounts of money to school. All valuable articles should be in the possession of the owner at all times. THE SCHOOL CANNOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOST MONEY OR OTHER ARTICLES.

     

    LOCKERS

    Each Middle School student is assigned a locker for the storage of books and personal possessions. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the locker is kept locked and in order at all times. Lockers are not to be shared. Student lockers shall remain the property of the school and students shall be permitted to use them subject to the following rules:

    The school principal shall retain a key/combination to all lockers assigned to students, and the school principal or his/her designee may inspect such lockers at anytime.

    Students shall keep their lockers neat, clean, and free from fire hazards at all times.

    A student, who leases a locker, shall review, sign, and execute the LOCKER USE AGREEMENT FORM

    Locker Rental -$5.00 Per Year

     


    Accrued Instruction

     
    Every day, additional minutes are added to our school day. This is used for extended learning (re-teaching, acceleration) and accrued instructional times to be used for professional development for the staff. This allows us time to analyze various assessment data and learn more about new and innovative ways in which to teach your child. This is an instructional day and it is imperative that your child is here on these days. They will be announced via a note or 

    newsletter home when they are to be scheduled.

    Students will be dismissed early on these days.

     


    TELEPHONE /STUDENT MESSAGES

    The school telephones are to be used for school purposes. Students will not be allowed to use the telephone without permission from a teacher or administrator. Messages or deliveries that are not an emergency will not be delivered to students while they are in class.

     


    STUDENT INFORMATION/CHANGE OF ADDRESS

    If your last name, street address, or telephone number changes at any time during the school year, please notify the Attendance Office and Guidance Department immediately. This is very important in keeping our records and in being able to contact a parent or guardian in the case of an emergency.

     


    BUS REGULATIONS

    Bus drivers have the same rights and authority as a classroom teacher. The driver may assign any student who presents problems an assigned seat. Bus problems will be referred to the Principal or Assistant Principal for prompt consideration. Students who present problems that jeopardize the safety of others may have their privilege of riding the bus withdrawn by the school system.

     


    BUS CONDUCT

    A. Generally

    The Mingo County Board of Education considers the transportation of students to be a privilege enjoyed by eligible students and believes the safety of students to be of paramount importance. Students who ride school buses are required to follow ALL bus rules and regulations and to comply with the Discipline and Student Code of Conduct Policy (1102.01). 

    B. Objectives

    • To provide a safe trip to and from school.

    • To avoid injury or death related to an accident.

    C. Bus Rules/Regulations

    The following rules and regulations apply to all students riding school buses. These rules and regulations were established to assist the bus operators in assuring that students are afforded the safest trip to and from school. The bus operator is responsible for the enforcement of the rules and regulations. A copy of the rules/regulations shall be posted in each bus and copied to parents.

    1. Students must have written permission from their parents and signed by the principal to leave the bus other than at their regular stop.

    2. Students may not transport animals on the bus.

    3. When riding a school bus, students shall do the following:

    • Go immediately to their seat and courteously share seats with others boarding the bus.

    • Sit in assigned seats, if directed by the bus operator.

    • Be held responsible for any confirmed acts of vandalism to a bus.

    • Change seats only with the bus operator’s permission and when bus is not in motion.

    • Get on and off bus only when it is completely stopped.

    • Cooperate with any aide or monitor on bus.

    • Observe low conversation tone, which enables the bus operator to concentrate completely on safe preventive driving techniques.

    • Avoid unnecessary conversation with bus operator.

    • Keep head and hands inside bus windows at all times.

    • Report any open exit or released latch to the bus operator immediately.

    • Provide enrollment information to the bus operator upon request.

    4. Students shall not do the following (including but not limited to):

    • Threaten, abuse, or otherwise intimidate a school employee or student.

    • Disobey a school employee.

    • Use profane or abusive language directed at a school employee or student.

    • Possess or use tobacco.

    • Possess a dangerous weapon.

    • Possess, use, distribute, or sell a controlled substance.

    • Commit assault and/or battery of a school employee and\or student.

    • Create a fire hazard.

    • Throw or pass any object which could be dangerous, disruptive, or illegal at, on, into, or from the bus.

    • Open emergency exits, except during emergencies, unless directed by the bus operator.

    • Commit any other violations as described in the Discipline and Student Code of Conduct Policy (1102.01).

    D. Disciplinary Violations - School Action:

    Student(s) who are determined to be in violation of bus safety rules/regulations, and/or in violation(s) of the Discipline and Student Code of Conduct Policy (1102.02), shall receive disciplinary actions which include, but are not limited to, school level counseling services, school detention programs, school level evening school social skills sessions, denial of school social event(s) participation, exclusion from the bus, suspension, expulsion, etc., as outlined in the Discipline and Student Code of Conduct Policy (1102.01).

    E. Discipline Violation(s) Procedures

    When recommending exclusion, the bus operator shall complete a Student Discipline Referral Form and submit the form to the principal of the school where the student attends. 

    The bus operator shall be responsible for notifying the parent by phone, or in person, of the exclusion PRIOR to the effective date. The bus operator must deliver the Student Discipline Referral Form to the home either in person, by the student, or by mail.

    If a student has been transported on the bus in the A.M., he/she may not be excluded from P.M. transportation, unless the principal and/or bus operator have/has been in contact 

    with the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) and other transportation arrangements have been made.

    F. Special Needs Population

    Students who are eligible special education students will be transported and disciplined while on the bus in compliance with the Policy 2419, “Regulations Governing the Education of Disabled Students.” The principal will be responsible for the identification of the current special needs students of his/her respective school(s).

    G. Distribution of Policy

    At the commencement of each school year, all students and their parents shall be provided information concerning this policy by the bus operator. Students who begin riding a bus during the course of a school year shall also be provided bus conduct information. School administrators shall use school/community communication vehicles to ensure proper and public announcement and notification of the contents of this policy, including newsletters, assemblies, and student information packets.

    LEGAL REFERENCE: West Virginia Code 18A-5-1

    West Virginia Code 18A-5-1a

    West Virginia School Transportation Regulations

    Adopted: August 22, 2001

    Revised: July 28, 2003

    Replaces Polices: 1100.04

    1210.00

     

     

     

    1102.9 STUDENT DRESS CODE

    The Mingo County Board of Education is committed to an atmosphere conducive to learning, which includes limited distractions and disruptions. Student dress will conform to the standards of limited distractions and the integrity of a formal education.

     


    OBJECTIONS

    To preserve an environment conducive to learning

    To promote character education, concepts of self –esteem and self value.

     


    Students shall not wear:

    (Grades 5-12)

    Garments which expose the midriff, cleavage, bare shoulders or underarm area.

    Garments which expose the underwear.

    Shorts, slacks, dresses or skirts that are tight fitting or inappropriate in length, or reveal the underwear.

    Hats, caps, sunglasses, or outerwear (coats / jackets) within the building or classrooms. Such items are to be stored in the designated areas of the building (i.e. lockers, hangers in classrooms, etc.) (Exception –light sensitive prescription glasses)

    Shirts, belt buckles or other wearing apparel that advertises and/or promotes:

    Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol, Weapons, Suggestive Language 

    Metal taps, cleats, inappropriate footwear, wallet chains, or spurs on school property

    No electronic devices other than what is educationally relevant

    Gyms shorts or sweat pants in areas other than physical education class. (Exception-Medical Exceptions)

     


    Burch K8 Dress Code Rules

    Due to our concerns of the safety of your child, we are requiring that your child not wear flip flops, which are rubber with a hole in the bottom for a strap to come between the toes. This type of footwear causes children to trip and fall easily. Also, it is our concern that your child should not wear dresses or tops with a spaghetti strap or tank tops. These types of clothing are too revealing and should not be worn to school.

     


    TARDINESS AND EARLY RELEASE

    Students arriving late to school must SIGN IN at the office. Tardiness should only be due to an emergency. It is important for the students to be in class on time. Important instructional time is lost due to tardies. It is not only disruptive to the tardy student, but also the entire class.

    A student may be released from school during the school day when in the custody of a parent or guardian or with the consent of the principal or designee if the parent has provided written consent for the prearranged medical or dental appointments or other reasons that the principal or designee deems acceptable. Early releases should be kept at minimum as the student is still missing class. The student shall be reported as absent, if he/she leaves school early. The absences shall be excused if it is in compliance with the attendance policy.

     


    Mingo County Attendance Policy

    A. Rationale

    The Mingo County Board of Education recognizes that a direct relationship exists between daily school attendance and student performance, graduation, and good work habits. The purpose of this policy is to promote daily school attendance. Daily attendance is necessary for students to meet their school’s academic program standards as each day’s learning builds on the work previously completed. The intent of the Board is to increase attendance by creating a positive, safe environment conducive to learning and committed to helping students develop responsibility, self-discipline and other good work habits and by developing a system enlisting parent’s support for daily school attendance by students.

    B. Attendance Requirements

    Compulsory school attendance shall begin with the school year in which the sixth birthday is reached prior to the first day of September of such year or upon enrolling in a publicly supported kindergarten program and continue to the sixteenth birthday or for as long as the student continues to be enrolled in the school system after the sixteenth birthday. Exemptions from attending school shall be granted only in accordance with the causes or conditions stated in Section 18-8-1 of the W. Va. Code. Students shall be required to attend school each day for the full instructional day. Exceptions to full day attendance may be granted in accordance with Board Policy 1105.03 to accommodate the placement of students into college courses, trade schools, or for other compelling circumstances.

    C. Responsibilities

    The Board shall employ a certified attendance director. The attendance director shall be responsible for diligently promoting regular school attendance, ascertaining reasons for unexcused absences, working with parents and students with excessive absences from school even though not clearly in violation of the law, and executing other duties as stated in Section 18-8-4 of the W. Va. Code.

    The attendance director shall serve as liaison for homeless children and youth, as defined in W. Va. Code §18-8-4. As defined in H.R. 1 (No Child Left Behind), as the liaison for homeless children and youth, the attendance director is required to:

    1. Ensure that public notice of the educational rights of students in homeless situations is disseminated where children and youth receive services.

    2. Ensure that parents or guardians are informed of educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.

    3. Ensure that parents or guardians are informed of, and assisted in, accessing all transportation services for their children, including to the school of origin.

    4. Help unaccompanied youth choose and enroll in a school, after considering the youth’s wishes, and provide the youth with notice of his or her right to appeal the school district’s decision.

    5. Immediately assist in obtaining immunizations or record of immunizations or other medical records for those students who do not have them and assure that students are enrolled in school while the records are being obtained.

    Each principal or designee shall be responsible for collecting attendance data, for making prompt reports to the attendance director of students with unexcused absences and/or excessive absences, and for executing other duties as stated in Section 18-8-5 of the W. Va. Code and State Policy 4110. The principal shall compare school numbers with school enrollment monthly.

    Each parent or guardian is responsible for assuring that his/her child complies with the requirements of this policy and for working 

    with school officials. The parent or guardian shall have the responsibility of fully cooperating and completing the enrollment process by providing: immunization documentation pursuant to W. Va. Code 16-3-4, copy of birth certificate or affidavit pursuant to W. Va. Code 18-2-5C, signed suspension or expulsion document pursuant to W. Va. Code 18-5-15f, and any other documents required by federal, state, and/or local policies or code.

    D. Reporting of School Drop-Outs

    The principal or designee in each school shall enter the appropriate monthly drop-out data in WVEIS, which will be submitted to the West Virginia Department of Education. Whenever possible, an exit interview shall be held with the potential drop-out student. A drop out is an individual who:

    1. Was enrolled in school at some time during the previous school year and was not enrolled on October 1 of the current school year; or

    2. Was not enrolled on October 1 of the previous school year although expected to be in membership (i.e., was not reported as a drop out the year before); and

    3. Has not graduated from middle school, obtained GED, or completed a state-or district-approved education program; and

    4. Does not meet any of the following exclusionary conditions:

    a. Transfer to another public school district, private school, registered home school, or state or district-approved education program;

    b. Temporary school-recognized absence due to suspension or illness; or

    c. Death.

    The drop-out date is defined as the day after the student’s last day of attendance.

    Transfer means that a student ends enrollment in one location and begins enrollment in another.

    A student is officially enrolled if he/she was enrolled the previous year or if he/she appears at school to enroll.

    E. Maintenance of Records

    Accurate attendance records and related documentation shall be maintained in each school by the principal or designee. The classroom teacher shall maintain an attendance record for each student in each class. Each student’s attendance information shall be recorded in WVEIS.

    F. Excused Absences

    Absence is defined as not being present in the school facility for any reason. In accordance with Section 18-8-1 of the W. Va. Code, absences from school may be excused for the following reasons:

    1. Illness or injury of the student. This includes medical, dental, and/or other health appointments which cannot be scheduled outside the school day. Illness and injury or medical appointments of student may be verified by the parent/guardian not to exceed three consecutive or five total days during the school year. Verification by a health care provider will be required if absences exceed three consecutive days and/or five total days.

    2. Illness or injury in family when a health care provider verifies student absence as essential.

    3. Calamity, such as fire in the home, flood, or family emergency if verified by the principal.

    4. Death in the immediate family, maximum of three days for each occurrence, except in extraordinary circumstances approved by the principal. Family includes: mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, child, and spouse.

    5. Death of in-laws, maximum of two days for each occurrence, except in extraordinary circumstances approved by the principal. In-laws include: father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law.

    6. Funeral of close friend or relative, limit of one day for each occurrence, except in extraordinary circumstances approved by the principal. Relatives include: uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, and cousin.

    7. Leaves of educational value adhering to these stipulations:

    a. Prior approval of principal;

    b. Prior submission and approval of educational plan detailing objectives and activities;

    c. Leave or leaves not to exceed a total of five days in a school year, and limited to two separate requests to obtain those five days;

    d. Leave to extend more than five days requires Board approval.

    8. School-approved curricular or extracurricular activities. Students who are participating in an authorized school activity shall be counted as present.

    9. Legal obligation with verification from attorney, judge, magistrate, or other juvenile authority.

    10. Failure of bus to run, bus running extremely late, or extremely hazardous conditions, verified by principal.

    11. Observance of religious holidays.

     

     

     

     


    MAKE-UP WORK

    TEACHERS IN GRADES K-8 will assign make-up work to each student upon their return to school. The student shall be allowed the number of days absent to complete the makeup work.

     


    1102.00 DISCIPLINE AND STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

    All Mingo County Policies may be found at http://mingoboe.us/policies.html

    The Student Code of Conduct, as adopted by the State Board of Education, requires the following of every student:

    Students shall behave in a manner that promotes a school environment that is nurturing, orderly, safe and conducive to learning personal social development

    Students will help create an atmosphere free from bullying, intimidation, and harassment

    Students will demonstrate honesty and trustworthiness

    Students will treat others with respect, deal peacefully with anger, use good manners and be considerate of the feelings of others.

    Students will demonstrate responsibility, use self control and be self disciplined

    Students will demonstrate fairness, play by the rules, and will not take advantage of others

    Students will demonstrate compassion and caring

    Students will demonstrate good citizenship by obeying laws and rules, respecting authority, and by cooperating with others.

     


    West Virginia Department of Education Policy 4373 Summary

    Mingo county Schools has adopted the West Virginia Board of Education’s Policy 4373 Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools. A summary of the policy is provided below. An electronic copy of the policy in its entirety can be found at: http://mingoboe.us/policies.html ; paper copies are available at each school and at the Board Office.

     


    This policy’s vision is to provide an educational system in an environment that is caring and safe that supports all students in their efforts to become healthy, responsible and self-directed citizens. The students’ goals are to develop the personal skills and dispositions of wellness, responsibility, self direction, ethical character, cultural awareness and good citizenship. Each Mingo County school is implementing proactive, preventative and responsive programs to help each student achieve these goals and, in response to student inappropriate behavior, defining appropriate interventions and meaningful consequences.

     


    The policy establishes four levels of inappropriate student behavior from the least to the most serious.

    Level 1: Minimally disruptive Behaviors

    Level 2: Disruptive and Potentially Harmful Behaviors

    Level 3: Imminently Dangerous, Illegal and /or Aggressive Behaviors

    Level 4: Safe Schools Act Behaviors

    Administrators may reclassify any Level 2 or Level 3 behavior to a more serious level if the behavior has been repeated or becomes more severe. All Level 3 and Level 4 student behaviors must be referred directly to the appropriate administrator because of the serious and/or unlawful nature of the student’s misconduct.

     

     

     

    Examples of inappropriate student behaviors include but are not limited to:

    Level 1: cheating, disruptive and / or disrespectful conduct, falsifying identity, inappropriate display of affection, inappropriate language, vehicle parking violation, possession of inappropriate personal property, failure to serve detention, skipping class, tardiness.

    Level 2: gang-related activity, habitual violation of school rules, physical fight without injury, possession of imitation weapon or possession of knife not meeting dangerous weapon definition, profane language directed toward an employee or student, technology misuse.

    Level 3: battery against a student, defacing school property, fraud/forgery, hazing, larceny, sexual misconduct, threat of injury directed at a student or employee, harassment/bullying, imitation drug related behaviors, inhalant abuse, possession/use of tobacco and/or nicotine containing substances;

    Level 4: battery against a school employee, felonious conduct if committed by an adult, illegal substance 

    elated behaviors and possession or use of a dangerous weapon.

     


    Appropriate interventions by school personnel and meaningful consequences for student inappropriate behavior include but are not limited to:

     


    Level 1: behavior may very occasionally warrant formal law enforcement notification and/or intervention but, usually the interventions and consequences for this behavior occur at the school level and can include detention, counseling referral, restitution or restoration, confiscation or an inappropriate item, and voluntary weekend detention. If an out of school suspension is used and it is not a recommended optional consequence for this level, it should be limited to three (3) days;

    Level 2: behavior may occasionally warrant formal law enforcement notification and/or intervention but generally the interventions and consequences for this behavior occur at the school level and can include any of the Level 1 interventions and may also include in school suspensions, out of school suspensions up to and including five (5) days, placement at an Alternative Education program, and expulsion;

    Level 3: behaviors are criminal offense and therefore will likely warrant formal law enforcement intervention which could incorporate issuance of a criminal citation, ticket or summons, juvenile delinquency petition filing and arrest. In addition to the formal law enforcement interventions, the school may utilize any of the Level 1 and Level 2 intervention strategies and may also utilize appropriate drug counseling, substance abuse treatment and/or tobacco cessation services;

    Level 4: behavior is controlled by WV Safe Schools Act and requires that the principal must suspend the student, and after an appropriate hearing, the student may be expelled for certain periods with exceptions and limitations as defined in WV Code 18A-5-1a

     


    Electronic copy of WVDE Policy 4373: Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools is available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/

     

     

     

    USDA Non-discrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.