York County School Division Strategic Plan

School Climate

Updated January 2012

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 continue to 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 activities, 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.
• During the fall of 2011, teachers, administrators, maintenance and transportation staff completed training on the following topics: bullying, cyber-bullying and harassment.

• 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.

An optional recognition program for students who complete at least 150 hours of community service during grades 9 through 12 will be implemented in 2012-13. Beginning with the class of 2015, students who meet requirements of the program will earn a community service seal on their diplomas and wear a cord at graduation.

• In fall 2011, all high schools promoted school-wide community service projects and teachers discussed ways to integrate engaging community service projects that utilize transformative learning into existing units of study.
• On January 30, 2012, teachers will learn ways that their colleagues are providing students with transformative learning opportunities, including those that positively impact the community.

• 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 September 11, 2011.
• Central office staff worked cooperatively with the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and the York/Poquoson Sheriff's Office to standardize incident command procedures during the 2010-11 school year.
• During the fall of 2011, York/Poquoson Sheriff's Office personnel provided on-site feedback to school administrators during the execution of safety drills.

• 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.

• The video surveillance system has been expanded to include the addition of cameras, a digital video recorder, monitoring stations and the realignment of cameras during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years.
• During the 2010-2011 school year, the software for the video surveillance system was upgraded.

• 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, 2010-11 and the 2011-2012 school years.
• Inspections of all playground equipment were performed monthly during the 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years with a timely completion of required maintenance procedures.

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