State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to promote positive social and emotional climate.
Delaware Administrative Code 14-601 Schools and Law Enforcement Agencies
3.0 Written Policy and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
- 3.1 All local school districts, charter schools, and Alternative Programs shall establish a written policy on effectively communicating and working with law enforcement agencies. Each school district, charter school and Alternative Program shall develop a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with each law enforcement agency which provides services to it. Each MOA shall be in a form substantially similar to a Model MOA as developed, approved and from time to time revised by the Department of Education.
- 3.2 The Department shall review the Model MOA and each school district, charter school, or Alternative Program shall review its current MOA at least once every three years.
Delaware Code 14-4112A Office of School Criminal Offense and Bullying Ombudsperson.
(a) There is hereby established within the State Department of Justice, the Office of School Criminal Offense and Bullying Ombudsperson.
(b) The purpose of the Ombudsperson is to ensure the proper administration of the school criminal offense reporting law contained in § 4112 of this title and the school bullying prevention law contained in § 4164 of this title.
(c) The Ombudsperson shall have the power to:
(1) Investigate and seek to resolve complaints made by and concerns of members of the public, school officials, and pupils regarding criminal offenses and incidents of bullying committed on school property;
(2) Investigate complaints regarding the alleged failure of school officials to report criminal offenses as required under § 4112 of this title and incidents of bullying as required under § 4164 of this title;
(3) Establish policies and procedures for eliciting, receiving, investigating, verifying, and resolving complaints; and
(4) Perform such other acts as are necessary to carry out the purpose set forth in subsection (b) of this section.
Delaware Code 14-4112F Limitations on use of seclusion and restraint.
(7) Department of Education role and regulations. — a. The Department of Education shall develop, promulgate, and update regulations for this subsection in collaboration with the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC).
b. Timelines for implementation and training shall be primarily based on protecting the health and welfare of children with disabilities.
c. To the greatest extent practical and appropriate, such regulations shall be consistent with and integrated with the regulations for the remainder of this section.
(8) Funding for training and implementation shall be derived from existing resources.
(9) Nothing in this subsection shall be interpreted as creating any additional restriction on the sworn authority of law-enforcement officers or their ability to carry out their required sworn duty.
Delaware Code 14-4164 School bullying awareness and prevention; criminal youth gang detection.
(a) School bullying prevention and criminal youth gang detection training program. -- The Department of Justice and the Department of Education, in collaboration with law-enforcement agencies, the Delaware State Education Association, the Delaware School Boards Association, and the Delaware Association of School Administrators, shall identify and maintain a school bullying prevention and criminal youth gang detection training program for school district and charter school employees. [...]
(d) Duties of the Department of Education. -- * (1) The Department of Education shall collaborate with the Department of Justice to identify and maintain a model policy that is applicable to kindergarten through grade 12, and post this policy, along with the contact information for the School Ombudsperson, on their websites in order to assist the school districts and charter schools. In addition, the Department of Education shall promulgate a uniform cyberbullying policy, which shall be based upon a model prepared by the Department of Justice and public comment upon that model. Each school district and charter school shall adopt the Department's uniform cyberbullying policy within 90 days of the policy becoming final.
(2) Distribution of the Comprehensive School Discipline Improvement Program funds to a school district and charter school provided in the General Appropriations Act starting in fiscal year 2009 and thereafter is contingent upon Department of Education approval of the school district's or charter school's bullying prevention policy.
(3) To the extent that funding is available, the Department of Education shall provide for an award system for schools with exemplary programs based on criteria promulgated by the Department.
(4) The Department of Education shall conduct random audits of schools to insure compliance with paragraphs (b)(2)i. and (b)(2)k. of this section. The Department shall report the results of these audits annually in the report required by paragraph (c)(4) of this section.