Preston County Safe Schools
The Preston County Safe and Drug-Free Schools initiative is a county-wide safe school program committed to providing programs to prevent violence in and around schools and to prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This program is supported by federal funds and monitored by the West Virginia Department of Education.
Based on the Federal Government’s Principles of Effectiveness, Preston County Schools bases its Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program on a thorough assessment of objective data about the drug and violence problems in the schools and communities served. With the assistance of a local advisory council, the Program has established a set of measurable goals and objectives to reduce or prevent drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior among youth. Our program is supported by research that proves that such programs are effective.
The Safe Schools legislation passed by the West Virginia Legislature in 1995 provides support in dealing with Preston County's disruptive youth and protecting the learning environment. While most schools are relatively free from serious violent behaviors, no school is immune. There are conflicts and disagreements in all schools. The Safe Schools bill requires the collaboration of school and community. The bill requires a safe school plan and prevention programs to enhance school safety.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and covers all education institutions that secure federal financial assistance. This federal statute is enforced by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.
The Racial, Sexual, Religious/Ethnic Harassment & Violence Policy (2421) was effective through state legislative rule in 1997. It sets the requirements for schools in West Virginia to be nondiscriminatory, and harassment- and violence-free.
In support of the legislative initiatives described above and to enable our students to have the safest school environment possible, Preston County Schools provides or supports the following programs for Safe Schools in coordination with other local prevention efforts in the community and state.
- Drug prevention/education curriculum
- Violence prevention/education curriculum
- Peer mediation
- Emergency Management Plan
- Conflict Resolution
- Responsible Students Program with positive behavior supports
- Life Skills/Too Good for Drugs and Violence
- Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
- Assertive Discipline
- Multicultural Education
- Student Assistance Teams
- Project RIDE
- Athletic Code of Conduct
- Student Code of Conduct
- Employee Code of Conduct
- Alternative In-School Suspension Program
- Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth
- Discovery Education
- Medication Policy
- Wellness Policy
- Comprehensive Development Guidance and Counseling
- Hazelden's No Bullying Program
- E-Walk Curriculum Monitoring
- Safe Schools Plan
- West Virginia Safe Schools Hotline (1-866-SAFEWVA)
- Internet Acceptable-Use Policy
- Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Drug-Free Workplace Policy
- Substance Abuse and Tobacco Control Policy
- Bus Safety Procedures
- Dress Code Policy
- Racial, Sexual, Religious/Ethnic, Harassment & Violence Policy
- RAZE (Anti-Tobacco Program)
- T.A.T.U. (Teens Against Tobacco Use)
- Character Education
- Respect and Protect
- Caring Habits
- Registered Sex Offender Policy
- Homeless Policy
- Health Nurses
- Security Cameras
- Walkie Talkies