Louisiana - State Models and Supports: Model Policy, Resources, Supports

Area: 
Model Policies, Resources, And Supports
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance to promote parent and family engagement.

Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:252 School master plans for supporting student behavior and discipline.

A. (1)  The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, in collaboration with the Louisiana Juvenile Justice Planning and Coordination Board, shall formulate, develop, and recommend to the Juvenile Justice Reform Act Implementation Commission by March 1, 2004, a model master plan for improving behavior and discipline within schools.

  • (2)  The model master plan may include but need not be limited to guidelines for accomplishing the following:
    • (a)  Improving communication, coordination, and collaboration between the schools and juvenile justice agencies.
    • (b)  Improving safe school planning.
    • (c)  Revising school zero tolerance policies to ensure compliance with all applicable provisions of law to ensure that schools do not make inappropriate referrals to juvenile justice agencies.
    • (d)  Providing improved mental health services in or through the schools.
    • (e)  Providing better assistance to parents in knowing about and accessing family strengthening programs.
    • (f)  Improving the coordination of special education and juvenile justice services.
    • (g)  Improving classroom management using positive behavioral supports and other effective disciplinary tools.
    • (h)  Improving methods and procedures for the handling of school suspensions, the referral of students to alternative schools, and the use of seclusion and physical restraint in addressing challenging student behavior.
    • (i)  Providing for better and more useful reporting on an annual basis of school behavioral and disciplinary problems.

Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:406.2 Coordination of policies.

The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall direct the state superintendent of education to convene, on a quarterly basis, a meeting of representatives of appropriate public and private, state and local agencies to discuss ways and means of coordinating policies to encourage, foster, and promote expanded parental and family involvement in the learning of their children and in the life of the schools. Each year, not later than sixty days prior to the regular session of the legislature, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall submit to the governor and to the House and Senate Committees on Education a report, based on the discussions held at the quarterly meetings conducted by the state superintendent of education, which shall identify the problems, if any, that state and local agencies are having in increasing the participation and involvement of parents in the learning of their children and in the life of the schools, the suggestions and recommendations that were made to improve such participation and involvement, and the superintendent’s and board’s response to these suggestions and recommendations.

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