08. Policy: Fall 2022 PLS Custom Updates

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Graduates Prepared for Work, Higher Education and Citizenship
Excellent Educators
   Healthy, Safe and Responsible Students
Operations and Support

Dr. Brian Weaver will present as first-read information 29 policies from the NCSBA Fall 2022 PLS (Policies to Lead the Schools) Custom Updates.  Some policies have only minor changes and others contain substantive changes (see descriptions below).  An additional policy (4125) contains a local change.  There are no new policies.  Approval of the revised policies will be requested at the next regular meeting.  Dr. Weaver will answer any questions you may have.
Policies with Notable Changes: 
Policies Related to COVID-19 Response.  Removed the temporary language that had been added to various policies to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  The affected policies are as follows:
  • 1510/4200/7270, School Safety
  • 6305, Safety and Student Transportation Services
  • 7510, Leave
Changes Regarding Children of Military Families.  North Carolina participates in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (“Compact”), an agreement among states to alleviate many of the educational transition issues military families encounter, including certain barriers to enrollment.  The state law implementing the Compact, G.S. 115C-407.5, applies to “children of military families,” defined as school-aged children enrolled in K-12 in the household of an active duty member.  New statute G.S. 115C-407.12 extends the benefits of the Compact to children of an inactive member, but only if (1) the inactive member is required to move to perform military service–related responsibilities, (2) the move results in a transfer of school systems for the child, and (3) the inactive member presents a copy of the official military transfer order to the school from which services for the child are requested.  If the move results in an interstate transfer of the child between the school system and another school system in a different state, the superintendent shall direct school officials to attempt to coordinate with the out-of-state school system on behalf of the child but cannot require the receiving school system to provide specific services.  The revisions change the definition of children of military families in policy 4050, Children of Military Families, to include the children covered by G.S. 115C-407.12.  In addition, the following policies have been revised due to the new law:
  • 3420, Student Promotion and Accountability
  • 3460, Graduation Requirements
  • 3620, Extracurricular Activities and Student Organizations
  • 4100, Age Requirements for Initial Entry
  • 4110, Immunization and Health Requirements for School Admission
  • 4155, Assignment to Classes
  • 4400, Attendance
  • 4700, Student Records
Other Notable Changes:
  • 2120, Code of Ethics for School Board Members.  Language was added requiring that board members comply with all board policies that set expectations for conduct, regardless of whether the policies expressly require compliance by board members.
  • 2123, Board Member Opportunities for Development.  The reference to the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has been replaced with a reference to the Consortium of State School Boards Associations.  The NCSBA Board of Directors voted not to renew NCSBA’s membership in the NSBA, so local boards no longer have access to NSBA’s trainings through their NCSBA membership.  Instead, NCSBA now represents local boards in a new national school board organization called the Consortium of State School Boards Associations, which will provide trainings available to local board members.
  • 3220, Technology in the Educational Program.  Language has been updated throughout to align the policy with the 2022 North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.
  • 4220, Student Insurance Program.  Information has been added to address the new statutory requirement that boards purchase catastrophic insurance for high school interscholastic athletic activities.
  • 4300, Student Behavior Policies.  In accordance with a new statutory provision, language has been added to the first paragraph requiring that teachers, school-based administrators, parents, and law enforcement be consulted when existing student behavior policies are revised or new such policies are created. 
  • 4700, Student Records.  Section K has been rewritten to more accurately describe the requirements for destruction of student records.
  • 7241, Drug and Alcohol Testing of Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators.  Beginning January 6, 2023, the federal regulations no longer require that school officials contact an applicant’s previous employers that are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). 
A motion is in order to accept the 30 policies listed below as first-read information. 
Fall 2022 Custom Updates
School Safety
Code of Ethics for School Board Members
Board Member Opportunities for Development
Board Member Compensation and Expenses
Online Instruction
Technology in the Educational Program
Student Promotion and Accountability
Graduation Requirements
Extracurricular Activities and Student Organizations
Children of Military Families
Age Requirements for Initial Entry
Immunization and Health Requirements for School Admission
4125 (local change)
Homeless Students
Assignment to Classes
Student Insurance Program
Child Abuse and Related Threats to Child Safety
Concussion and Head Injury
Student Behavior Policies
Use of Unmanned Aircraft (Drones)
Student Records
Administering Medicines to Students
Student Wellness
Operation of School Nutrition Services
School Meal and Competitive Foods Standards
Safety and Student Transportation Services
Drug and Alcohol Testing of Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators
Crowdfunding on Behalf of the School System
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