In General

POLICY 4-1.1 PURPOSE

The Hanover County School Board considers the non-instructional or “support services”operations of the Hanover County Public Schools an important component of the educational process and therefore expects this segment of the administration to operate and maintain the school physical plant and equipment in such a way as to achieve the following objectives: high standards of safety, healthful conditions for students and staff, surroundings requisite to a sound educational climate and an environment reflecting the moral and cultural aspirations of the Hanover community at its best. The support services, therefore, will be designed to complement the instructional program. The School Board expects all support services to be consistent with and responsive to the goals and needs of the school division.

To fulfill this function, the School Board intends to:

  1. Ensure the proper operation, management and maintenance of school buildings, grounds, vehicles, equipment, and services;

  2. Establish an effective and economical maintenance program, including preventive maintenance of school property, vehicles, buildings, and equipment;

  3. Set high standards of safety;

  4. Promote the health and well-being of pupils, staff and patrons; and

  5. Establish efficient procedures for the management of the food service program.

LEGAL REFERENCE: Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§ 22.1-78, 22.1-79(3), 22.1-89, 22.1-89.1, 22.1-136, 22.1-137, 22.1-138, 22.1-184, 22.1-253.13:2; Virginia Board of Education Regulations Governing School Facilities and Safety, 8VAC 20-131-260.

Recodified: August 2000

POLICY 4-1.2 THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS

The division superintendent will establish, for each school, a threat assessment team that includes persons with expertise in counseling, instruction, school administration, and law enforcement. Threat assessment teams may serve one or more schools, as determined by the division superintendent. Each team will:

  1. provide guidance to students, faculty, and staff regarding recognition of threatening or aberrant behavior that may represent a threat to the community, school, or self;
  2. identify members of the school community to whom threatening behavior should be reported; and
  3. implement policies adopted by the School Board pursuant to Va. Code §22.1- 79.4(A).

A principal who receives information that a juvenile is a suspect in or has been charged with certain violations of law pursuant to Va. Code §16.1-301 may provide such information to a threat assessment team. No member of a threat assessment team may disclose or use such information for any purpose other than evaluating threats to students and school personnel.

Upon a preliminary determination that a student poses a threat of violence or physical harm to self or others, a threat assessment team will immediately report its determination to the division superintendent or his/her designee. The division superintendent or his/her designee will immediately attempt to notify the student's parent or legal guardian. Nothing in this subsection precludes school division personnel from acting immediately to address an imminent threat.

Upon a preliminary determination by the threat assessment team that an individual poses a threat of violence to self or others or exhibits significantly disruptive behavior or need for assistance, a threat assessment team may obtain criminal history record information, as provided in Va. Code §§ 19.2-389 and 19.2-389.1, and health records, as provided in Va. Code § 32.1-127.1:03. No member of a threat assessment team may redisclose any criminal history record information or health information obtained pursuant to this section or otherwise use any record of an individual beyond the purpose for which such disclosure was made to the threat assessment team.

Each threat assessment team will collect and report to the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety quantitative data on its activities using the case management tool developed by the Center.

LEGAL REFERENCE: Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§16.1-301, 22.1-79.4

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