ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS FOR A SAFE SCHOOL
- A standing committee for collaborative planning and review of a school's safe
school and alternative education plan, to minimally include parents, students
and representatives of community groups and agencies. These committee members
should equitably represent
the major demographics of the school and community.
- A written plan for a safe school and at least one alternative education program
that is based on a comprehensive needs assessment of all the major environments
of the school, and is reviewed and updated annually. The plan should minimally
contain the elements of (a) goals and measurable objectives, (b) related strategies
and evaluation measures, (c) resources and funding required, (d) persons responsible
for each strategy, (e) timelines for completion of each strategy, and (f) staff
development that will foster success of assigned or responsible persons in executing
stated strategies or achieving stated objectives. Components or goals and objectives
for the plan should minimally address: (a) standards and consequences, including
enforcement, for school behavior; (b) a system for identifying, serving and reporting
on disruptive or disorderly students; (c) component plans for involving and working
with both local law enforcement and court officials, and parents of the students;
and (d) a comprehensive crisis management and
emergency response plan.
- A system for identifying and serving all students whose academic and/or behavioral
performance are at-risk through a continuum of services to include Alternative
- A trend of decreasing, zero or near-zero incidence of school disruption, crime and violence, based on three or more years of date measures; as well as a trend of scientifically measured positive perceptions of the school as safe, orderly and caring by a representative sample of the major stakeholders in the school (e.g. students, staff, parents).