BOE approves Safe and Supportive Schools Policy
by John Conley
A policy on expectations for student behavior was approved at Monday night’s Wyoming County Board of Education meeting.
The 14-page Safe and Supportive Schools Policy is condensed from a much longer state policy which all counties are required to implement.
“This contains every requirement we have to address and the expected behavior of students,” said Assistant Superintendent James McGrady. “They will know exactly what is expected of them.”
The state wants schools to offer positive reinforcement, he reported.
“We feel like this is a good policy,” McGrady stated.
Principals and some teachers attended summer workshops which deal with the policy.
All students and teachers will get a copy of the policy.
“We asked Greg Bailey (the board attorney) to go through the policy and make sure that everything is in it that needs t be there,” commented Superintendent of Schools Frank “Bucky” Blackell. “We wanted him to make it a workable docuument.”
A copy of the policy, which has to be approved before school begins, will be sent to the state.
Board Member Mike Davis, who attended via conference call, asked if parents would get a copy of the policy.
McGrady noted that some schools would require a parent to sign the policy and send it back.
After discussion, board members agreed to apply that to parents of children at all schools.
Teachers are responsible for making sure children in their homerooms understand the policy, McGrady said.
BOE President Tommy Knotts observed that the policy would help get out the message about drug-free schools.
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