W.Va. Board Approves Policy Revisions, Seeks Public Comment on Other Changes

December 18, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education has approved two policy updates and voted to place one other proposed policy change on public comment for 60 days.

Board members at their December meeting approved revisions to Policy 2200, Local School Improvement Councils: Engaging Parents, Families, Students, Business and Community in Education. This update incorporates the roles of Local School Improvement Councils in supporting schools, school improvement and innovation.

The board also approved revisions to Policy 2520.5, Next Generation Health Education 5-12 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools. The updated policy, which was reviewed by a team of West Virginia health teachers, incorporates Policy 2422.45, Exclusion from AIDS and STDS Instruction and eliminates the need for separate policies.

Meanwhile, board members voted to place proposed updates to Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities on public comment for 60 days beginning Dec. 16. Public hearings will be conducted during the comment period.

The policy establishes regulations for compliance with federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for 2004 (IDEA 2004) as well as state law in regards to services for special needs students. Revisions address state law requirements as well as board and Department of Education initiations. The update also would clarify existing policy.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed on the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.

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