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WVEA seeks to keep you apprised of policies the West Virginia Board of Education has on public comment. Your ability to provide the students in your classroom with the best education possible is impacted by the policies passed by the West Virginia Board of Education. We urge you to read the synopsis of proposed policy revisions listed below and respond to the WVDE with your comments.

Four WVBE policies are currently out for comment. They are on comment through Monday, September 10 at 4 pm.

***POLICY 2520.8 - West Virginia Driver Education Standards (URL)
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This is a repeal and replace so the language is all updated. The policy provides students with the knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently operate a motor vehicle on our nation’s streets and highways, to equip them with the knowledge to make wise decisions as drivers, and to assist students to become responsible users of the highway transportation system.

The program of study includes cognitive development relating to traffic ordinances, signs, signals and markers, natural laws, fuel conservation and vehicle restraint systems. The standards also include the physical, psychological and legal aspects, effects and consequences of the use of alcohol and drugs as they relate to the driving of a motorized vehicle.

Instruction is provided to develop the perceptual and psychomotor skills required for basic control of the vehicle, lane changing, passing, following, entering and exiting from traffic, driving in cities/towns, on rural and urban roads and freeways, responding to emergencies, various road and weather conditions, defensive driving techniques, driving without distraction, and interaction with other road users, including motorcycles, ATVs, and trucks.

The program emphasizes strategies to develop the behavior patterns known as the Search, Identify, Predict, Decide and Execute Process (SIPDE).

***POLICY 3232 - Establishment Procedures and Operating Policy for Multi-County Career and Technical Education Centers (URL)
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This policy has a number of revisions. They are noted via the underlines (new language) and strikethroughs (deleted language).

Proposed Changes:

• Definitions are updated to align with WVBE Policy 2520.13 changes

• Administrative Council regular meeting notification from 5 days to 3 days.

• Revised employee grievance procedures to confirm with West Virginia Public Employee Grievance Board requirements

• Duplication of CTE programs updated to clarify procedures for county members

Policy 3232 clarifies the required multi-county structure and its alignment with serving counties. This policy clarifies the roles of the Center Director and Administrative Council in serving counties.

***POLICY 4321.1 - Standards for School Nutrition (URL)
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This policy also has a number of revisions. They are noted via the underlines (new language) and strikethroughs (deleted language).

Policy 4321.1 was repealed and replaced in its entirety in August 2017, with an effective date of January 2, 2018. The proposed new language incorporates provisions of House Bill 4478, which requires the West Virginia Board of Education to promulgate a rule to provide policy guidance to county boards on the management and distribution of excess food in a manner that is consistent with local, state, and federal guidelines.

Proposed Changes: Language added in section 13.2 assigns responsibility and directs county boards of education on the maintenance and communication of applicable guidelines and best practices in food waste reduction initiatives. The Office of Child Nutrition is responsible for this task and serve as a resource for counties in the development and implementation of local plans. Changes include minor clerical and technical revisions (such as date and punctuation), which do not impact or alter the policy’s content.

Per HB 4478, counties are required to maintain local level policies on food reduction initiatives to include shared tables. Local policies must be consistent with federal, state, and local food safety guidelines. The legislation intends to further address childhood hunger in West Virginia, by increasing student access to additional food within the appropriate food safety guidelines.

***POLICY 5500 - Professional Learning for West Virginia Educators (URL)
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This policy also has strike and insert language noting the revisions - underlines (new language) and strikethroughs (deleted language).

The proposed revisions reflect legislative changes set forth in the 2018 House Bill 4006, which amended W. Va. Code §18-2I-1, et seq., Professional development coordination and delivery; system goals. References to Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) were eliminated from this policy. Finally, this policy adds of requirements set forth in §18-9A-10(a)(4), which focuses on Step 7d of the Public School Support Plan (House Bill 4619).

Changes:

• The addition of Step 7d spending regarding the Public School Support Plan (PSSP) was added to the purpose.

• All references to the Master Plan for Professional Learning were stricken, as it is no longer required per the tenets of HB 4006.

• All references to Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), including the entire previous §5.3 of the policy, were stricken per 2018 legislative enactments.

• Language was added to support the use of the district Strategic Plan Needs Assessment as a data point for determining professional learning needs.

• The addition of §4.3.c was added to require districts to submit their professional learning plans annually by June 30 as part of their Strategic Plan.

Policy 5500 amendments will inform counties to utilize targeted data source to ensure locally determined professional learning needs for all educators. Also, the addition of §5, Step 7d of the Public School Support Plan, allows districts to utilize Step 7d funding to assist with teacher and leader induction and professional growth and development. Collectively, these efforts will prepare West Virginia educators to meet the needs of all learners to increase student achievement statewide.

You can find a complete list of State Board policies at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/