York County School Division Strategic Plan

School Climate

4. The York County School Division will promote safe and secure school climates and positive relationships among and between students, staff members, parents and our community.

• Staff will continue to implement and refine strategies annually to promote positive relationships among students.

• Schools provide many activities for students that build a sense of belonging and positive relationships through several programs that promote and recognize good citizenship. For example, schools offer character development activities, guidance lessons, conflict resolution opportunities, positive thinking activities, decision making, bullying prevention activities, mentorship programs, peer helpers and other support groups, volunteer service opportunities, and friendship networks.
• Resources on bullying prevention are available for administrators and teachers on the division's Intranet.
• Internet safety instruction is provided to students and information on this topic is also included on the division's Intranet for teachers and on the division's website for parents.
• Information for parents on a myriad of topics is available on the division's website.
• All teachers, maintenance and transportation staff completed the online Safe Schools courses, Bullying: Recognition and Response and Cyber Bullying.

• By 2010, a plan will be developed for school board consideration regarding the implementation of a citizenship/community service requirement prior to graduation for the class of 2015.

• A recognition program for students who complete at least 200 hours of community service during grades 9 through 12 is an alternative to a graduation requirement. Qualifying students could earn a community service seal on their diplomas and wear a cord at graduation. At its work session in December 2010, the School Board reached consensus in support of the concept of a recognition program relating to community service. Staff plans to finalize the requirements and move forward with implementation of a recognition program.

• Each Board member will interact and engage with the local and broader community in a variety of ways, including at events at the local, state and national levels. The board will utilize a self-evaluation process to assess its effectiveness.

• Board members interact individually with citizens, attend school and school division events, belong to community organizations, attend community events, and speak at community events.
• Board members participate in the activities, including professional development and governance opportunities, of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) and the National School Boards Association. Each Board member received recognition from VSBA for their work toward maintaining and improving skills that contribute to serving effectively as a board member.
• The Board participated in a self-evaluation professional development session in November 2010.

• By Sept. 30, 2009, all crisis management plans will be revised to include incident command procedures. All crisis management plans will be standardized and reviewed annually.

• Building administrators revised crisis management plans and included incident command procedures.
• All crisis management plans were standardized, reviewed and approved as of Sept. 7, 2010.
• School Administration worked cooperatively with the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and the York County Sheriff's Office to further standardize incident command procedures for the 2010-11 school year.

• By June 30, 2010, a plan to expand the video surveillance system will be developed to include elementary schools. The plan will be implemented by June 30, 2012.

• Exterior cameras and a digital video recorder were installed at Coventry Elementary School in March 2010.
• Additional cameras were installed at Yorktown Middle School, Bruton High School, Tabb High School, York High School and York River Academy during the 2009-10 school year.
• School Resource Officer monitoring stations were installed at Bruton High School in Nov. 2009 and at Tabb High School in Jan. 2010.
• All cameras at Grafton Middle School were realigned in July 2010.
• Updates were provided to closed-circuit television (CCTV) software and firmware throughout the Division during the 2009-10 school year.

• By August 2009, a playground safety video will be developed by staff. All elementary students and staff will view the video annually. Playground safety inspections will be performed monthly with a timely completion of required maintenance procedures.

• Elementary school students and staff viewed the playground safety video at the beginning of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.
• Inspections of all playground equipment were performed monthly during the 2009-2010 school year with a timely completion of required maintenance procedures.

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