Schools Score Well on Student Safety

January 16, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia public schools remain some of the safest in the country, according to a report presented to the West Virginia Board of Education during its January meeting. The Safe Schools Report revealed that all schools are in compliance with the reporting of violations as required by State Board Policy 4373, The Student Code of Conduct.  

According to the report, the data reveals that all schools are at or below the 5 percent mark for classification as persistently dangerous. Data shows that three schools have enough disciplinary violations to require county and state level technical assistance be offered.  

Prevention programs also have been put into full implementation. County level Safe and Drug-Free Schools Grants contain efforts to provide safe learning environments. All plans include programs to prevent bullying, harassment and intimidation and Regional Crisis Response Teams meet regularly and continue to prepare counselors and nurses with intervention strategies.  

“Maintaining a safe school environment for all of our students and teachers has long been a priority with the West Virginia Board of Education,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Thanks to the safe school laws and the Board’s Student Code of Conduct, we know that our students are in an environment conducive to learning.”  

West Virginia also received a $348,000 Community Service Grant authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act. The funds will enable counties to implement and coordinate programs for students who are expelled or suspended from schools and require to complete community service. The community service aims to help students avoid negative behavior and to teach them the value of service to others and their communities.  

Additionally, West Virginia schools scored a “B-” for its school climate on the recent “Quality Counts Report” by Education Week. It noted that West Virginia’s schools performed “fairly well, despite its limited options for public school choice.” The report was released last week and graded all states on teacher quality, school climate, adequacy and equity.

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