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State Board of Education adopts 9 new policies
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The West Virginia Board of Education adopted nine policies during its meeting in Charleston today that will affect schools statewide.
The policies affect attendance, academics, health care and more. According to officials, the policies were available online for a 30-day public comment period, and those comments were considered for the policies.

You can view a description of each policy below, provided by the board:
• 4110 – Attendance: Attendance directors or their assistants are no longer required to send home a letter to parents or guardians of students who had accumulated three unexcused absences. Legislation also required updates to the definition of the excused absence for personal illness or injury of students’ parents, guardian, custodian or family member. This policy will be effective on November 13, 2017.

• 4373 – Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools: The new comprehensive policy mirrors current legislation regarding the training of employees on new reporting requirements. The changes impact child welfare and safety as well as reporting requirements and clarify definitions. This policy will be effective on November 13, 2017.

• 5100 – Approval for Educator Preparation Programs: This policy updates language to align with currently accepted terminology and to mirror language used within current legislation. Additionally, the policy clarifies the requirements of a cooperating teacher who oversees student teachers in the classroom. This policy will be effective on November 13, 2017.

• 2422.7 – Standards for Basic and Specialized Health Care Procedures: This policy was updated following the enactment of SB36, which provides county boards of education with options for adopting policies for prevention in the unforeseen incident of a drug overdose within the school setting. Additionally, districts may adopt policies to allow bus operators to utilize epinephrine auto-injectors. This policy will be effective on November 13, 2017.

• 2520.13 – College- and Career-Readiness Programs of Study/Standards for CTE: This policy is updated yearly to ensure the state-approved CTE Program of Study offerings align with workforce needs. This policy will be effective on July 1, 2018.

• 2520.16 – West Virginia Alternate Academic Achievement Standards: This policy ensures alignment of the state’s alternate academic achievement standards for students receiving a modified or alternate diploma. This policy will be effective on July 1, 2018.

• 2520.7 – WV College- and Career-Readiness Standards for World Languages: This policy revises and combines Policy 2520.7, 21st Century Foreign Language Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools and Policy 2520.18, 21st Century American Sign Language Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools, moving toward proficiency-based learning. The emphasis is now placed on what learners can do with the language rather than just what words they know. This policy will be effective on July 1, 2018.

• Policy 2520.15: WV Pre-K Standards: To ensure alignment between the Pre-K and kindergarten grades, the WVBE repealed the last version of the policy (2015) and replaced it with a version of the WV Pre-K Standards that have been formatted to align with the West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards. This policy will be effective on July 1, 2019.