Outline of the state of Mississippi

Gang Prevention

Gang Prevention

State law requires the adoption of comprehensive gang prevention and intervention policies addressing multiple components.

Mississippi Administrative Code 7-192 Mississippi School Safety Manual

Operational Policies

The following list is not exhaustive but provides a starting point for the issues/policies that shall be considered. All school safety related plans and programs shall be based on a comprehensive assessment and state statutes relating to school safety.

    1. Discipline Plan
    1. Code of Conduct Policies
    1. Playground Policies
    1. Duty Rosters
    1. Traffic Policies
    1. Visitor Policies and Procedures
    1. Search Policies
    1. Dress Code
    1. Electronic Communication/Cell Phone Policies
    1. Internet Policies
    1. Field Trip/Special Event Policies
    1. Plain Language Commands (NIMS Compliance)
    1. Parking & Automobile Policies
    1. Evacuation Procedures
    1. Medication Dispensing Policy
    1. Shop Safety Policy
    1. Juvenile Court Liaison Policy
    1. Alarm Systems
    1. Posting of Signs
    1. Hazardous Material Policy
    1. Inclement Weather Procedures
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Mississippi Code 37-11-55 Code of student conduct

The local school board shall adopt and make available to all teachers, school personnel, students and parents or guardians, at the beginning of each school year, a code of student conduct developed in consultation with teachers, school personnel, students and parents or guardians. The code shall be based on the rules governing student conduct and discipline adopted by the school board and shall be made available at the school level in the student handbook or similar publication. The code shall include, but not be limited to:

  • (a) Specific grounds for disciplinary action under the school district's discipline plan;

  • (b) Procedures to be followed for acts requiring discipline, including suspensions and expulsion, which comply with due process requirements;

  • (c) An explanation of the responsibilities and rights of students with regard to: attendance; respect for persons and property; knowledge and observation of rules of conduct; free speech and student publications; assembly; privacy; and participation in school programs and activities;

  • (d) Policies and procedures recognizing the teacher as the authority in classroom matters, and supporting that teacher in any decision in compliance with the written discipline code of conduct. Such recognition shall include the right of the teacher to remove from the classroom any student who, in the professional judgment of the teacher, is disrupting the learning environment, to the office of the principal or assistant principal. The principal or assistant principal shall determine the proper placement for the student, who may not be returned to the classroom until a conference of some kind has been held with the parent, guardian or custodian during which the disrupting behavior is discussed and agreements are reached that no further disruption will be tolerated. If the principal does not approve of the determination of the teacher to remove the student from the classroom, the student may not be removed from the classroom, and the principal, upon request from the teacher, must provide justification for his disapproval;

  • (e) Policies and procedures for dealing with a student who causes a disruption in the classroom, on school property or vehicles, or at school-related activities;

  • (f) Procedures for the development of behavior modification plans by the school principal, reporting teacher and student's parent for a student who causes a disruption in the classroom, on school property or vehicles, or at school-related activities for a second time during the school year; and

  • (g) Policies and procedures specifically concerning gang-related activities in the school, on school property or vehicles, or at school-related activities.

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Mississippi Code 37-3-82. Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools grant program established; purpose; use of funds.

(d) School Resource Officers (SROs) may serve in a variety of roles, including, but not limited to, that of a law enforcement officer/safety specialist, law-related educator, and problem-solver/community liaison. These officers may teach programs such as crime prevention, substance abuse prevention, and gang resistance as well as monitor and assist troubled students through mentoring programs.

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