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State Board Seeking Public Comment on School Policies

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May 15, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) placed several policies out on a 30-day public comment period during its monthly meeting and wants to hear back from educators, parents, students and others.

Board members voted to place on comment proposed changes to the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) Series 2 - eligibility to participate in interscholastic athletics; Series 3 – provisions governing athletic contests; and Series 4 - conduct for active and spectator participants, coaches and all other school personnel at interscholastic athletic events.

The changes would allow schools to maintain a freshman team in addition to having a junior varsity football team without losing eligibility; limit participation to a bona fide move of at least one county away thus helping to limit the number of transfers based solely upon athletic participation; allow certified high school and middle school coaches to hold year round practices; and clarify current rules and bring in line with a West Virginia Supreme Court decision.

WVBE members are asking for public input on other school policies also discussed during the meeting. Under Policy 2422.7 - Standards for Basic and Specialized Health Care Procedures, the need for policy revisions were identified to update the language and procedures with current practices of ensuring quality healthcare to West Virginia public school students.

Policy 2423 - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was also placed on public comment. This policy establishes the standards that must be placed in county policies ensuring student health, preventing disease and addressing issues and educating students and school personnel on communicable diseases. Proposed revisions include legislative changes from the 2015 session related to tuberculosis testing in schools, immunizations for school entry, and the expansion of the Governor's Kids First Initiative for health promotion through well child screenings.

Finally, the board voted to place on public comment Policy 2520.15 - Early Learning Standards Framework Content Standards and Learning Criteria for West Virginia Pre-Kindergarten. The policy, which defines the content standards and learning criteria for the state’s pre-K programs, was last revised in 2010. Since then, the establishment of the West Virginia Universal Pre-K Program necessitates a stronger alignment between the pre-K and Kindergarten grade levels and therefore calls for policy revisions.

The policies can be reviewed and commented on over the next 30 days by logging onto the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.

For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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