West Virginia - Equitable Discipline Practices: Program Requirements

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to monitor and remediate disproportionality in discipline practices within general education populations.

West Virginia Code 18-5A-2. Local school improvement councils; election.

(l)  Each local school improvement council annually shall develop and deliver a report to the countywide council on productive and safe schools. The report shall include:

  • (1)  Guidelines for the instruction and rehabilitation of students who have been excluded from the classroom, suspended from the school or expelled from the school, the description and recommendation of in-school suspension programs, a description of possible alternative settings, schedules for instruction and alternative education programs and an implementation schedule for such guidelines. The guidelines shall include the following:
    • (A)  A system to provide for effective communication and coordination between school and local emergency services agencies;
    • (B)  A preventive discipline program which may include the responsible students program devised by the West Virginia Board of Education as adopted by the county board, pursuant to the provisions of subsection (e), section one [§18A-5-1], article five, chapter eighteen-a of this code; and
    • (C)  A student involvement program, which may include the peer mediation program or programs devised by the West Virginia Board of Education as adopted by the county board, pursuant to the provisions of subsection (e), section one, article five, chapter eighteen-a of this code; and
  • (2)  The local school improvement council's findings regarding its examination of the following, which also shall be reported to the county superintendent:
    • (A)  Disciplinary measures at the school; and
    • (B)  The fairness and consistency of disciplinary actions at the school. If the council believes that student discipline at the school is not enforced fairly or consistently, it shall transmit that determination in writing, along with supporting information, to the county superintendent. Within ten days of receiving the report, the superintendent, or designee, shall respond in writing to the council. The county board shall retain and file all such correspondence and maintain it for public review.
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