CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education today announced a series of workshops to update county and school administrators and school counselors about recent revisions made to the Student Code of Conduct (Policy 4373) and the Comprehensive Developmental Guidance and Counseling (Policy 2315). These workshops will provide technical assistance as counties develop their student code of conduct and counseling policies.
These workshops were developed in collaboration with the eight RESAs. Invited to attend the workshop is a nine-member county team that includes: the superintendent or designee, a principal and a counselor from each level, the county counselor contact person, and the coordinator for the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program. For more information about registration, counties may contact their RESA Staff Development Directors.
The workshop agenda includes an overview of Policy 2315 (Comprehensive Developmental Guidance and Counseling) and Policy 4373 (Student Code of Conduct) as well as an outline and strategies for revising/developing county counseling and code of conduct policies. The workshop will also cover strategies for assessing counseling programs and for identifying interventions for at-risk students, as well as legal issues related to Policy 4373. A question and answer session and time for technical assistance has been scheduled for each policy.
"There is a strong relationship between Policy 2315 and Policy 4373 so it is vital that county educational leaders attend this workshop." said Office of Student Services and Assessment Executive Director Dr. Jan Barth. Policy 4373 requires public schools to design and implement proactive, preventive approaches to ensure a nurturing, orderly and safe school environment free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, substance abuse, violence, or other code of conduct violation.
"The county's counseling policy should complement the student code of conduct policy," said Office of Student Services and Assessment Assistant Director Dr. Karen Huffman. "The counseling program should be an integral part of the total educational program and linked to the school and county mission."
Below you will find the dates and locations for the workshops.
RESA I - February 21 at RESA I Office (Beckley)
RESA II - February 27 at RESA II Office (Huntington)
RESA III - March 18 at RESA III Office (Dunbar)
RESA IV - March 17 at Comfort Inn (Summersville) a RESA V - March 4 at Comfort Suites (Mineral Wells)
RESA VI - March 10 at Board of Education Office 1201 Pleasants Avenue Wellsburg, WV 26070
RESAVII - February 24 at RESA VII Office (Clarksburg)
RESA VIII - March 12 at James Rumsey Technical Institute (Martinsburg)
Additional information related to these workshops can be accessed at the following website address: http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2003/workshops/ or by contacting Lisa Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org