State Board Adopts Communications Policy for Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

April 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday put into place changes to improve communications at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Hampshire County.

The 20-page communication policy seeks to transform the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB) into a communication-rich environment in all aspects of daily life.

“The WVSDB is committed to facilitating communication among everyone in the campus community,” according to the policy. “The WVSDB envisions a culture in which the use of clear, understandable language is the norm in every aspect of campus life.”

The policy, which goes into effect July 1, calls for three guiding principles:

Principle 1: Students at WVSDB will develop, to the best of their ability, a rich and complex language system for communication

Principle 2: WVSDB will establish and nurture an environment that provides access to communication for all individuals including students, employees and persons from the community

Principle 3: Effective communication through sign language and Braille allows the mission of WVSDB to be realized

The communication policy places expected communication goal levels on every position on the campus that are to be achieved within two years of policy implementation or hire date. In addition, it calls for staff members to receive an additional 5 percent pay increase once they achieve their expected goal.  For staff members unable to attain their goal within the two year time, an improvement plan with adequate professional supports to achieve their goal within the following six months.

For more information, contact the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.

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