Oklahoma School Discipline Laws & Regulations: State Model Policies and Implementation Support

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Oklahoma School Discipline Laws & Regulations: State Model Policies and Implementation Support

Category: Prevention, Behavioral Interventions, and Supports
Subcategory: State Model Policies and Implementation Support
State: Oklahoma

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LAWS

§6-113.1. Effective classroom discipline techniques.

The State Department of Education shall provide each local board of education materials dealing with effective classroom discipline techniques as an alternative to the use of corporal punishment.

§24-100.4. Control and discipline of child.

G. The State Board of Education shall:

1. Promulgate rules for periodically monitoring school districts for compliance with this section and providing sanctions for noncompliance with this section;

2. Establish and maintain a central repository for the collection of information regarding documented and verified incidents of bullying; and

3. Publish a report annually on the State Department of Education website regarding the number of documented and verified incidents of bullying in the public schools in the state.

§24-100.5. Legislative intent–Safe school committee–Applicability.

D. The State Department of Education shall:

1. Develop a model policy and deliver training materials to all school districts on the components that should be included in a school district policy for the prevention of bullying; and

2. Compile and distribute to each public school site, prominently display on the State Department of Education website and annually publicize in print media a list of research-based programs appropriate for the prevention of bullying of students. If a school district implements a commercial bullying prevention program, it shall use a program listed by the State Department of Education.

§1210.229-5. Duties of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Department of Education, and Oklahoma drug and alcohol abuse policy board–Distribution of information or reports–Final determination of materials and curriculum.

A. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Department of Education in conjunction with the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy Board shall:

1. establish objective criteria, guidelines and a comprehensive integrated curriculum for substance abuse programs and the teaching of life skills in local schools and school districts;

2. establish and review annually model policies for alcohol and drug abuse issues, including but not limited to policies regarding disciplinary actions and referral for services;

3. develop and implement strategies which encourage all schools to employ guidance counselors trained in substance abuse prevention and life skills and to develop and begin implementing quality substance abuse and life skills education programs; and

4. develop guidelines and criteria to encourage teachers and administrators to receive in-service training on alcohol and drug abuse. The training or workshops should be included in the staff development point system. The training or workshop shall be completed the first year a certified teacher is employed by a school district, and then once every third academic year.

B. The State Department of Education shall distribute information or reports provided by the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy Board, to each school district and, upon request, to members of the public. Upon request of the chief administrator of a school or school district, the Department shall provide technical assistance to schools and school districts to implement policies and programs pursuant to guidelines provided by the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy Board and shall provide a clearinghouse program accessible by school districts to provide information about life skills and drug and alcohol abuse prevention curricula and programs.

C. Final determination of materials to be used, means of implementation of the curriculum, and ages and times at which students receive instruction about said life skills and drug and alcohol abuse prevention shall be made by the local school board. The local school district, at least one (1) month prior to giving such instruction to students, shall conduct for parents and guardians of students involved, during weekend or evening hours, at least one presentation concerning the plans for instruction and the materials to be used. No student shall be required to receive instruction about said life skills and drug and alcohol abuse prevention if a parent or guardian of the student objects in writing.

§1210.229-6. Program of character education–Grants for establishment of pilot projects.

A. The board of education of every school district in this state may develop and implement a comprehensive program for character education in any single grade or combination of grades, prekindergarten through twelfth. The character education program shall focus on development of character traits in students. The program of character education may include, but shall not be limited to, the voluntary reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

B. The State Department of Education shall develop and make available to all school districts through an Internet website, the following:

1. Technical assistance upon request of a school district;

2. A list of approved research-based character education programs, curricula, and materials which may be used by school districts;

3. A character education honor roll that will recognize school districts that have successfully implemented a comprehensive school-district-wide program of character education and will highlight the positive impacts the program has had on each school or school district; and

4. A character education reading list of books that may include, but is not limited to, books that illustrate models of good character and books that relate to the development of good character traits that may be used by schools in a character education program.

C. Subject to the availability of funding, the State Board of Education may award grants to ten school districts for the establishment of pilot projects which align character education with the state curriculum in reading, mathematics, science or social studies and demonstrate how character education teaches life skills that lead to career readiness. The amount of each grant shall be One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00). The projects shall be innovative programs that will serve as models for other school districts. Funding may cover the cost of purchasing curriculum, materials, or training teachers. The Board shall determine pilot project criteria and establish a process for the consideration of proposals. The proposals for pilot projects shall be considered on a statewide competitive basis. The Board shall promulgate rules for the operation of the projects.

REGULATIONS

210:40-91-1. Purpose.

This rule prescribes procedures for a competitive grant process to be used in selecting classroom(s), programs, sites within school districts, or entire school districts statewide to implement model comprehensive character programs.

210:40-91-3. Procedures for evaluation and recommendation of eligible grant applications.

(a) The State Department of Education shall identify and make grant awards to pilot sites based on the following criteria and the availability of funding:

(1) Programs, sites or classrooms within school districts, or entire school districts shall be selected as a comprehensive character education pilot based on a competitive grant process.

(2) The grant application shall be designed by the Oklahoma State Department of Education staff. Local Boards of Education shall submit the application to the SDE Grant Review and Selection Committee, Office of Innovation, Support, and Alternative Education.

(3) A Grant Review and Selection Committee will be chosen by the State Superintendent. The committee shall identify the grantees who meet the criteria for selection to establish innovative pilot character education programs and make a recommendation to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education for approval and funding. The number of grants to be awarded will be based on the total appropriated funds.

(b) Each school district applying for the Character Education grant shall:

(1) Describe the process that will enable the classroom, program, site within the district, or the entire district to become a "pilot."

(2) Describe the strategies or methods that will promote and maintain a character education model.

(3) Describe the materials, curricula and models to be used in the program.

(4) Describe the leadership roles and expectations of program participants in the school district, program, classroom, or site.

(5) Provide examples of communication and public relations efforts that will highlight the elements of character being promoted.

(6) Describe the methodology as well as the commitment to submitting the data necessary to support being named to the Character Education Honor Roll.

(7) Describe an objective procedure for documenting how the Character Education Grant program benefits the children served. Data and documentation will be collected, compiled and submitted to the State Department of Education.

(c) Districts, programs, sites or classrooms within a district that successfully implement a comprehensive character education program will be eligible for recognition by the Oklahoma State Board of Education for the "Character Education Honor Roll."

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