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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 122(d) (14 Del.C. §122(d))
14 DE Admin. Code 601
PROPOSED
Educational Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)
601 Schools and Law Enforcement Agencies
A. TYPE OF REGULATORY ACTION REQUIRED
Amendment to Existing Regulation
B. SYNOPSIS OF SUBJECT MATTER OF THE REGULATION
The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 601 Schools & Law Enforcement. The regulation was reviewed pursuant to the five year review cycle and also reflects changes because of legislation passed during the 146th General Assembly, specifically Senate Bill No. 193; House Bill No. 268 with House Amendment No. 1; and House Bill No. 243 with House Amendments No. 1 & 2 and Senate Amendment No. 1. The legislation that has been enacted relates to work from the School Discipline Task Force and work in the area of bullying and cyberbullying.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before January 5, 2013 to Susan Haberstroh, Regulation Review, Department of Education, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation is available from the above address or may be viewed at the Department of Education business office.
C. IMPACT CRITERIA
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation is related to reporting of specific incidents of misconduct and may improve student achievement as measured against the state achievement standards.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended regulation is intended to help ensure all students receive an equitable education.
3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' health and safety are adequately protected? The amended regulation is intended to help ensure all students' health and safety is adequately protected.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' legal rights are respected? The amended regulation is intended to help ensure all students' legal rights are respected.
5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The amended regulation preserves the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level as allowable by law.
6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended regulation is not intended to place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels.
7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision making authority and accountability does not change because of the regulation amendments.
8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The amended regulation is consistent with other state educational policies.
9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is not a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation.
10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There are no additional costs to the local school boards for compliance with the amendments. The amendments are related to reporting.
601 Schools and Law Enforcement Agencies
1.0 Purpose
The purpose of this regulation is to ensure that effective communication and working relationships exist between public schools and law enforcement agencies.
2.0 Definitions
"Alternative Program" mean a program established pursuant to 14 Del.C., Chapter 16.
"School Employee" for purposes of this regulation shall mean all persons 18 years of age or older hired by a school district, attendance zone, or charter school; subcontractors such as bus drivers or security guards; employees of an Alternative Program provider; substitute employees; and persons hired by or subcontracted by other state agencies to work on school property. This definition shall be consistent with 14 Del.C. §4112.
3.0 Written Policy and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
3.1 All local school districts, charter schools, and Alternative Programs shall establish a written policy on effectively communicating and working with law enforcement agencies. Each school district, charter school and Alternative Program shall develop a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with each law enforcement agency which provides services to it. Each MOA shall be in a form substantially similar to a Model MOA as developed, approved and from time to time revised by the Department of Education.
3.2 The Department shall review the Model MOA and each school district, charter school, or Alternative Program shall review its current MOA at least once every three years.
4.0 Training Component
4.1 Any school administrator responsible for reporting school crimes or reporting school conduct incidents to law enforcement and to the Department of Education; or any school administrator responsible for reporting suspension and expulsion data to the Department; or any school administrator responsible for any disciplinary process involving staff or students shall complete Department of Education approved training and any such additional training the Department of Education may prescribe from time to time.
4.2 The approved training shall be primarily provided by staff at the Department of Education. The training may be provided by a school administrator at the district, charter school, or Alternative Program who is qualified to provide such training by having completed the Department of Education approved training within the last twenty-four (24) months. The district, charter school, or Alternative Program shall provide the name(s) of the trainer(s) conducting the training and the name(s) of those school administrator(s) attending the training if such training was provided by the district, charter school, or Alternative Program.
4.3 Each school district, charter school, and Alternative Program shall, at the time of hiring and at the beginning of each school year thereafter, advise each School Employee of his/her duty to report school crimes and the penalty for failure to so report as prescribed in 14 Del.C. §4112 (e).
5.0 Reporting of Crimes to the Delaware Department of Education
5.1 The superintendent or head administrator of each school district, charter school, and Alternative Program or his/her designee, shall ensure each school within his/her jurisdiction reports to the Department of Education all school crimes required to be reported pursuant to 14 Del.C. §4112, and any subsequent amendment thereto. Such reports shall be submitted in a format as designated by the Department of Education and filed with the Department of Education within the time prescribed by Delaware statutes.
6.0 Reporting Specific Incidents of Misconduct
6.1 In addition to those school crimes required to be reported to law enforcement pursuant to 14 Del.C. §4112, the superintendent or head administrator of each school district, charter school, and Alternative Program, or his/her designee, shall report to the Department of Education incidents of misconduct 6.1.1 through 6.1.124. Such reports shall be submitted in a format as designated by the Department of Education and filed with the Department of Education not later than five working days following the incident.
6.1.1 Pornography, possession and production
6.1.2 Criminal mischief (vandalism)
6.1.3 Tampering with public records
6.1.4 Alcohol, possession and use
6.1.5 Felony theft ($1,000 or more)
6.1.6 Bullying (allegations and substantiated incidents)
6.1.7 Offensive Touching (student or employee victim)
6.1.8 Terroristic Threatening (student or employee victim)
6.1.9 Sexual Harassment
6.1.10 Fighting/Disorderly Conduct
6.1.11 Inhalants
6.1.12 Drug Paraphernalia
6.1.13 Teen Dating Violence
6.1.14 Unlawful Drug Use/Influence
7.0 Compliance Component
A school that fails to comply with the reporting mandates as set forth herein shall be subject to identification as a "Persistently Dangerous School" as this term is defined in 14 DE Admin. Code 608. A school identified as Persistently Dangerous will retain that designation for the entire fiscal year.
11 DE Reg. 741 (12/01/07)
16 DE Reg. 564 (12/01/12) (Prop.)