Safe and Drug Free School
Title IV-Part A — Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
The purpose of Title IV is to support programs that prevent violence in and around schools; prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs; involve parents and communities; and are coordinated with related federal, state, school and community efforts and programs. Title IV-A funds are used to support these efforts. In the Girard schools, students have access to the Student Assistance Program, which provides education and prevention programming with regard to alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The program also offers assistance to students through intervention services such as student support groups. For more information, students and parents can contact Nick Cochran at 545-5431 or any of the district’s principals.
The Girard City School District has worked closely with the Trumbull County ESC, Ohio Department of Education, the Trumbull County Emergency Management Agency, and the Girard police to develop a comprehensive Safe Schools Plan. Should a crisis occur in our community, school officials will first determine if it is safer to keep students sheltered at school or evacuate them to another location until they can be safely released to their parents. In the event of a nuclear, biological, or chemical crisis, students will be kept in school until emergency responders determine it is safe to send them home. Every step to protect your child will be taken. Students will be in a location where supplies are adequate and with a teacher who will seal windows and doors to prevent further exposure when necessary. Attendance will be taken every half hour to account for the whereabouts and safety of all students and staff. When it is time to reunite you with your child, the school will have its designated reunification area set up. Please follow specific instructions for traffic and parking, entering the school, reporting to school staff, picking up your child, and leaving the school. Students will be released ONLY to those persons listed on the Emergency Medical Authorization form. Please do complete this form and update as necessary.
We are required by law for the first time in 2006-2007 to do safety drills which will include evacuation and lockdown drills. These drills are part of our Safe Schools Plan and have been taking place annually for the past several years.
The Board of Education has adopted a Zero Tolerance policy for student violence, disruptive behavior, and excessive truancy.
Students who engage in such behavior will face strong disciplinary consequences, including out-of-school suspension and/or expulsion.
It is important to make parents and students aware of commonalities in our student conduct policies regardless of grade level or building. These common policies and procedures are designed to keep your children safe and provide an orderly atmosphere that encourages participation and achievement. They are as follows:
- In accordance with state law, no one is permitted to bring a weapon of any kind into a school facility or into a school safety zone. A school safety zone is defined as any area within 1,000 feet of a school facility. “Weapons” include look-a-like objects or objects that cannot easily be distinguished from actual weapons. Any student bringing a weapon onto school property or into a school safety zone will be suspended and referred for expulsion. Ohio law requires that a superintendent expel a student in such an incident for up to one year, and in some cases, allows the student to be permanently barred from school.
- Students found to be threatening or harassing others will be suspended from school. Depending upon the age of the child and the severity of the threat or harassment, the child may be referred for expulsion.
- A student who assaults another person will be suspended and referred for expulsion.
- Students who have been fighting will be suspended from school for a minimum of five (5) days on the first offense.
- Bomb threats: any student found to have issued a bomb threat will be suspended from school and referred for expulsion.
All students in violation of number 1-5 above will be referred to Girard police.