Nevada School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Formal Incident Reporting of Conduct Violations

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Nevada School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Formal Incident Reporting of Conduct Violations

Category: Monitoring and Accountability
Subcategory: Formal Incident Reporting of Conduct Violations
State: Nevada

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LAWS

NRS 388.1351. Staff member required to report violation to administrator; required actions and investigation; notification to parent or guardian; written report of findings and conclusions of investigation; follow-up with victim; list of resources to be provided to parent or guardian; appeal of disciplinary action; reassignment of pupil who is victim of bullying or cyber-bullying; reports.

1. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 388.13535, a teacher, administrator, coach or other staff member who witnesses a violation of NRS 388.135 or receives information that a violation of NRS 388.135 has occurred shall report the violation to the administrator or his or her designee as soon as practicable, but not later than a time during the same day on which the teacher, administrator, coach or other staff member witnessed the violation or received information regarding the occurrence of a violation. [...]

12. A principal or his or her designee shall submit a monthly report to the direct supervisor of the principal that includes for the school the number of:

(a) Reports received pursuant to subsection 1 concerning incidents of bullying or cyber-bullying;

(b) Reports received pursuant to subsection 1 concerning incidents of discrimination based on race;

(c) Times in which a violation of NRS 388.135 is found to have occurred; and

(d) Times in which no violation of NRS 388.135 is found to have occurred.

13. A direct supervisor who receives a monthly report pursuant to subsection 12 shall, each calendar quarter, submit a report to the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment that includes, for the schools for which the direct supervisor has received a monthly report in the calendar quarter and categorized by types of incidents and the demographics identified in subsection 1 of section 4 of this act, the:

(a) Total number of reports received pursuant to subsection 1 concerning bullying or cyber-bullying;

(b) Total number of reports received pursuant to subsection 1 concerning incidents of discrimination based on race;

(c) Number of times in which a violation of NRS 388.135 is found to have occurred; and

(d) Number of times in which no violation of NRS 388.135 is found to have occurred.

14.The Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment, in consultation with the direct supervisor of a principal, shall, after reviewing a report submitted pursuant to subsection 12 or 13, as applicable, make any recommendations based on identified trends and patterns the Office determines to be appropriate regarding interventions or training to address discrimination based on race, bullying and cyber-bullying at the school.

NRS 388.1454. Legislative findings and declarations concerning SafeVoice Program.

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that a SafeVoice Program is necessary because it is the intent of the Legislature to enable the people of this State to easily and anonymously provide to appropriate state or local public safety agencies and to school administrators information about dangerous, violent or unlawful activities, or the threat of such activities, conducted on school property, at an activity sponsored by a public school, on a school bus of a public school or by a pupil enrolled at a public school.

NRS 388.1455. Establishment of SafeVoice Program; requirements of Program; support center for initial reports; training regarding Program and support center; duties of Director; reports, policies and regulation.

1. The Director shall establish the SafeVoice Program within the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment. The Program must enable any person to report to the Program any dangerous, violent or unlawful activity which is being conducted, or is threatened to be conducted, on school property, at an activity sponsored by a public school, on a school bus of a public school or by a pupil enrolled at a public school. Any information relating to any such dangerous, violent or unlawful activity, or threat thereof, received by the Program is confidential and, except as otherwise authorized pursuant to subsection 2 and NRS 388.1458, must not be disclosed to any person.

2. The SafeVoice Program must include, without limitation, methods and procedures to ensure that:

(a) Information reported to the Program is promptly forwarded to the appropriate public safety agencies, the Department and other appropriate state agencies, school administrators and other school employees, including, without limitation, the teams appointed pursuant to NRS 388.14553;

(b) The identity of a person who reports information to the Program may remain anonymous, unless the policies established and regulations adopted pursuant to subsection 6 require the identity of such a person to be disclosed; and

(c) The appropriate public safety agencies may access personally identifiable information concerning a pupil:

(1) To take the appropriate action in response to an activity or threat reported pursuant to this section;

(2) Twenty-four hours a day; and

(3) Subject to the confidentiality required pursuant to this section.

3. On behalf of the SafeVoice Program, the Director or his or her designee shall establish and operate a support center that meets the requirements of NRS 388.14557, which includes, without limitation, a hotline, Internet website, mobile telephone application and text messaging application or enter into an agreement with an organization that the Director determines is appropriately qualified and experienced, pursuant to which the organization will establish and operate such a support center, which includes, without limitation, a hotline, Internet website, mobile telephone application and text messaging application. The support center shall receive initial reports made to the Program through the hotline, Internet website, mobile telephone application and text messaging application and forward the information contained in the reports in the manner required by subsection 2.

4. The Director shall provide training regarding:

(a) The Program to employees and volunteers of each public safety agency, public safety answering point, board of trustees of a school district, governing body of a charter school and any other entity whose employees and volunteers the Director determines should receive training regarding the Program.

(b) Properly responding to a report received from the support center, including, without limitation, the manner in which to respond to reports of different types of dangerous, violent and unlawful activity and threats of such activity, to each member of a team appointed pursuant to NRS 388.14553.

(c) The procedure for making a report to the support center using the hotline, Internet website, mobile telephone application and text messaging application and collaborating to prevent dangerous, violent and unlawful activity directed at teachers and other members of the staff of a school, pupils, family members of pupils and other persons.

5. The Director shall:

(a) Post information concerning the SafeVoice Program on an Internet website maintained by the Director;

(b) Provide to each public school educational materials regarding the SafeVoice Program, including, without limitation, information about the telephone number, address of the Internet website, mobile telephone application, text messaging application and any other methods by which a report may be made; and

(c) On or before July 1 of each year, submit to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the Legislative Committee on Education a report containing a summary of the information reported to the Director pursuant to NRS 388.14557 during the immediately preceding 12 months and any other information that the Director determines would assist the Committee to evaluate the SafeVoice Program.

6. The Department shall establish policies and adopt regulations pursuant to subsection 2 relating to the disclosure of the identity of a person who reports information to the Program. The regulations must include, without limitation, the disclosure of the identity of a person who reported information to the Program:

(a) To ensure the safety and well-being of the person who reported information to the Program;

(b) To comply with the provisions of NRS 388.1351; or

(c) If the person knowingly reported false information to the Program.

7. As used in this section:

(a) "Public safety agency" has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 239B.020.

(b) "Public safety answering point" has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 707.500.

NRS 388.14553. Appointment of team to receive notification of certain activity; certain information regarding Program to appear on identification cards of pupils and be posted conspicuously; member of team to take appropriate action upon receipt of notification.

1. The board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of a charter school shall:

(a) Appoint a team of at least three members of the staff of each public school, other than a charter school, that is located in the school district or of the charter school, as applicable, including, without limitation, a school counselor, psychologist, social worker or a similar person, if the school employs such a person on a full- time basis, and a school administrator. The team must receive notification if the support center receives:

(1) A report through the SafeVoice Program of any dangerous, violent or unlawful activity which is being conducted, or is threatened to be conducted, on the property of the school, at an activity sponsored by the school, on a school bus of the school or by a pupil enrolled at the school; or

(2) Notification through the Handle with Care Program of a pupil who was exposed to a traumatic event.

(b) Ensure that information concerning the SafeVoice Program, including, without limitation, the telephone number for the hotline established pursuant to NRS 388.1455:

(1) Appears on the back of any identification card issued to pupils and staff at the school; and

(2) Is posted in conspicuous locations around the school, which may include, without limitation, the front office, the cafeteria or a school bus.

2. Upon receiving notification from the support center through the SafeVoice Program or the Handle with Care Program, a member of the appropriate team appointed pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 1 shall take appropriate action in accordance with the training he or she has received pursuant to NRS 388.1455 or 388.14538 to respond to the activity, threat or traumatic event, as applicable.

3. The team appointed pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 1 may:

(a) Include a person appointed by the public school pursuant to NRS 388.247 to a committee to review the plan developed for the school pursuant to NRS 388.243.

(b) Allow another person to temporarily serve on the team if a member of the team is unavailable.

REGULATIONS

NAC 388.890. Reporting of information regarding bullying or cyber-bullying by pupils; actions of principal or designee when ensuring safety and well-being of reported victim.

1. A pupil who is a victim of bullying or cyber-bullying in violation of NRS 388.135, witnesses a violation of NRS 388.135 or receives information that a violation of NRS 388.135 has occurred may report the violation:

(a) To any employee or volunteer in the public school or school district in which the pupil is enrolled, including, without limitation, a teacher, counselor, coach or administrator;

(b) Through the 24-hour, toll-free statewide hotline or Internet website maintained by the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment pursuant to NRS 388.1323; or

(c) Through a hotline or Internet website maintained by the school district in which the pupil is enrolled, if the school district maintains such a hotline or website.

2. When ensuring the safety and well-being of a reported victim of bullying or cyber-bullying as required by NRS 388.1351, the principal or his or her designee:

(a) Shall not take any action that may cause harm to the reported victim, including, without limitation, requiring the reported victim to change classrooms or isolating the reported victim from his or her peers.

(b) Shall, to the extent practicable, talk privately and discreetly about the violation with the reported victim, without bringing undue attention to the reported victim.

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