Presentation on theme: "Proactive/Preventative I feel a moral responsibility to a child…..at least in my little neck of the woods. Dr. Goldman, Principal."— Presentation transcript:
Proactive/Preventative I feel a moral responsibility to a child…..at least in my little neck of the woods. Dr. Goldman, Principal
OORS/SOHO Incident Reporting and the Student Suspension Processes
The keys to accurate, successful OORS and SOHO reporting: Be specific in what happened: Do NOT use legal or vague terms Assaulted, Battered, Threatened, Harassed engaged in a physical altercation was physically aggressive inappropriately touched engaged in intimidating behavior If there was an injury make sure to include that in the both the OORS report and the SOHO request for suspension. If there was a weapon involved, be as specific as possible in the description of the weapon (box cutter, knife (5 blade), imitation gun (black and silver metal), etc. Be specific in who was involved, where and when the incident took place: include full names, titles and gender for all persons involved Time and place of incident are important pieces of information that must NOT be over-looked.
There are three levels of student discipline that involve the temporary removal of a student from his/her regular program. Can you name them? TEACHER REMOVAL PRINCIPALS SUSPENSION SUPERINTENDENTS SUSPENSION
Teacher Removals Student may be removed from class from 1-4 days. Parent must be notified of reason(s) and length of removal and the right to request an informal conference with Principal/designee School must enter the occurrence in OORS. In SOHO, the school must enter the following information: Date of the conference Duration Effective Date
Principals Suspension May last from 1-5 days. NOT an option for Level 5 infractions. Suspension Director approval NOT required. OORS report must be generated and suspension must be documented in SOHO. In accordance with Chancellors Regulation A-443, parent conference must be held with the Principal in attendance.
Principals Suspension. Principals now have two choices: Meet with parent while considering suspension (proposed suspension) Suspend immediately and arrange meeting with parent before end of suspension. (immediate suspension)
From CR A-443: Pending Prin. Suspension Parent Letter
From CR A-443: Immediate Principals Suspension Parent Letter
Superintendents Suspension The school investigates the incident and requests a suspension through the SOHO system, which forwards it automatically to the Suspension Director or Community Superintendent (where applicable) for approval. (§3214(3)(c)(1) NY Education Law)
Suspensions At-A-Glance Hearing Office/MDR Review Approved Rejected Back to School Determination Is Made Ladder of Referral Applied Student is placed in an ALC or LTS
Intake ISC Suspension Director, on behalf of the Chancellors designee: Approves, rejects, or requests amendment(s) of suspension requests. Approves/rejects pre-hearing removals for all Level 3 and specified level 4 cases. Determines pre-hearing placements and sends information via SOHO to the Hearing Office where formal charges and dates are added. (§3214(3)(c)(1) NY Education Law) Discipline Code mandates a Superintendents suspension for all Level 5 student infractions.
Revisions requested by ISC: All requests for revision will be sent by the ISC Suspension Director back to the school via SOHO. School official should check on the status of the request in SOHO (under intake requests) prior to contacting the ISC. The student is NOT suspended until the hearing office sends official notification via e-mail. This notice will include the effective date of suspension, hearing date and pre-hearing location. Until then, the student must be allowed to attend his/her regular program
Immediate Removal Requests A student charged with any level 3 infraction or specific level 4 infractions (A33, A34, A38, A40, A41, A43, B35, B36, B37, B42, B44, B45) shall remain in school pending the hearing unless the Principal believes the students continued presence in school poses an immediate or continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the academic process. In such cases, when seeking approval for a Superintendents Suspension, the Principal must also request approval for the students immediate removal by setting forth on the SOHO intake form why the students continued presence in school poses such a danger or threat of disruption. If the immediate removal is not requested or if approval is denied, the student must remain in class until the hearing is held and the case adjudicated. In accordance with Chancellors Regulation A-443, students may not be removed from school prior to notification by the hearing office of the suspension.
Student Pre-Hearing Placement- done by ISC Suspension Director *Students assigned to a pre-hearing buddy school (Gr. K-5) or Alternate Learning Center (Gr. 6-12) remain there until the case is concluded and a disposition rendered. *Hearings can be rescheduled by the parent, which will affect the time frame. (§3214(3)(e)NY Education Law and BOE Stipulation of Settlement)
Elementary Buddy School Clusters All schools with a Kindergarten – 5 th grade population. Buddy school parings or clusters are created and maintained by the 5 ISC Suspension Directors. Organized by: Geography Equity If possible – affiliation
Alternate Learning Center Structure Principal APS (2-3) Secretary (1) Instructional 2-3 Teachers (English, SS, Math, Science) plus 1 Sp Ed Max. 80 Students Per Site Ed. Paras (1 per site) Access to IEP Mandated Services (i.e. Speech) Support Staff School Aide (1 per site) Guidance Intervention Staff 1 Counselor
ALC Structure and Overview Component Alternate Learning Centers Instruction Instructional program will be: Core curriculum materials consistent across the five boroughs Aligned with NYS SAVE legislation to provide suspended students with an equivalent instructional program with appropriate supplies and materials Supervision 1 principal per ISC and 1 assistant principal for each ALC site Principals and assistant principals will be engaged in coaching, mentoring, supervision and rating of staff to build capacity and to address the unique needs of students Progress Reports; Grading Policies Each student will receive regular progress reports implemented via a standardized form and process Progress reports will monitor both academic achievement and behavioral growth The standardized progress reports will be shared with sending schools to ensure that students receive credit for the successful completion of academic assignments, take required state exams, etc
ALC Structure and Overview ComponentAlternate Learning Centers Serving Students with Disabilities Staffing for each ALC will include: >one special education teacher >one educational paraprofessional >one guidance counselor for related service counseling >external speech providers at sites two days/week >continue to work with host schools to provide access to other related services IEP Team meetings will convene to determine the level of special education support and services Suspension Plans will be written by the sending school to ensure a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for suspended students Transition planning for students to support return to school Attendance Procedures Staffing and support for improved attendance will include: 1 school aide who will take attendance and work with ALC staff to monitor attendance and conduct outreach 407s will be completed by the home school and attendance teachers will be assigned to address absenteeism ALC principal will liaise with home school principal on all matters pertaining to attendance and achievement
Superintendents Suspension Process Education Law § 3214 Commissioners Regulation § 100.2 Chancellors Regulation A-443
Pre-Hearing procedures Conduct full investigation Question victim, accused student, witnesses Seek statements Photocopy weapon Request Suspension in SOHO Obtain Copy of Charge Sheet
Intake The Hearing Office Intake Officer: Draft charge(s) SOHO sends out notifications of the hearing date and pre-hearing placement to the - Parent (by first-class letter) - Suspending school - Alternate Learning Center or Buddy School - ISC and CFN Suspension Director (when applicable) Suspending school must retrieve email out of Outlook within hours or BLANK - Mailbox availability The suspending school must notifiy the parent by 24-hour letter. (Chancellors Regulation A-443)
Preparing the Records What should the school representative bring with him/her to the hearing? 1.MUST KNOW THE CHARGE 2.WITNESSES 3.RECORDS STUDENT FILES SHOULD CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING ITEMS (Have three copies ready. School officials should hold on to originals.) School Records Completed and Signed (by Principal) Cover Sheet Deans record summary-teacher referrals of prior incidents should be summarized on a deans record. Current Teacher Progress Reports on Work and Behavior Transcript Latest report card Attendance/Cutting Record Immunization IEP (if applicable – Special Ed. cases only) Suspension Records Any documents generated during investigation (MOST IMPORTANTLY witness statements that have been authenticated by the same school rep. who will be in attendance at the hearing.
Preparing the case Exclusion of Student Prepare Packet - Collect/Organize/Copy >Complete set All statements taken Video of incident >Multiple cases >Right of parent to pick up packet prior to hearing >Complete/legible Copy – Norman G. >No Contest – remove from packet >Cover Sheet (see handout) Schools recommendation Must obtain copy of Charge If charge incorrect must correct immediately If address incorrect must correct immediately Provide copy of packet to parent Dean assigned Subpoena >Consent for student – must provide parents name and address
VIDEO EVIDENCE A parent/guardian has the right to obtain in person, at the school, a copy of any video recording of the incident if the school shows the parent or student the video recording of the incident prior to the suspension and/or the school intends to introduce the video recording at the hearing. As video evidence is often unclear and open to question, be prepared to bring witnesses who can give first-hand testimony as to what occurred. Once the parent is informed the schools intends to use video evidence at the hearing, you cannot refuse to give the parent a copy. If the school has no intention of using video evidence and does not bring its potential use into play during the investigation, the school cannot be compelled to create a DVD copy.
Hearing Process – Legal Process Formal Administrative Hearing Sworn testimony School has the burden of proof Advocates and attorneys participate Appeal to the Chancellor/Commissioner/courts
Process at Hearing Office MUST HAVE THREE (3) COMPLETE SET OF RECORDS FOR HEARING OFFICE 3 phases of Suspension Proceeding >Pre-hearing Conference >Hearing >Disposition ROLE OF HEARING OFFICER >IMPARTIAL >Only thing see is the charge PURPOSE OF HEARING Prove the charge (s) Prove procedures were followed
THE HEARING The burden of proof is on the suspending school to prove the charge (s), not on the Respondent to prove innocence. School official of record presents the case/testifies first. - Presents chronology of what happened - If not an eyewitness – what was REPORTED to you Enters documents/statements/video into evidence Coordinates order of witnesses
HEARSAY Written Statements Cannot win a case without an eyewitness -HEARSAY Admission by suspended student Introduce statements/voucher/Xerox/lab report Written Statements/Documents – getting it in Authentication Author Witness Acknowledgment
Adjournments An adjournment is a postponement of the suspension hearing. Either the parent or the suspending school may request adjournment with reason – obtain counsel, witness, illness If the suspending school adjourns the hearing, the student may return to the suspending school until the next agreed upon hearing date.
Possible Dispositions School official of record will be asked for schools recommendation. Recommendation must be appropriate to the charge (s), students behavioral history and academic record. POSSIBLE DISPOSITIONS Immediate Reinstatement Continued Suspension for a fixed period of 6-10 school days Extended Suspension for 30 to 90 school days; automatic review for early reinstatement after 30 or 60 days One Year Suspension: automatic review for early reinstatement after 6 months One Year Suspension: without review Expulsion NOT TRANSFER
Post hearing placement The ISC will select the post-hearing site for all continued suspensions (except Long Term Suspension Centers) and notify the ERC of the site. The Hearing Office notifies the student and parent, ALC, and suspending school, of the disposition within two school days of hearing.
Students Returning from suspension: 2009 NYC DOE Discipline Code Students returning from suspension should be provided with support services to maximize their ability to meet social and academic standards within the school community. Support services may include any of the range of guidance interventions or a combination of services as best meets the needs of the individual student.
Resources: Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures Student Discipline Procedure -Chancellors Regulation A-443 Involuntary Transfer Procedures -Chancellors Regulation A-450 Overview of Teacher Removals, Principals and Superintendent's Suspensions Guide to Superintendents Suspensions
Contact Information Manhattan ISC: Ms. Paula Broomfield, Director of Suspensions 212-356-3714 PBroomfield@schools.nyc.gov Shermel Natasha Gumbs, Suspension Data Coordinator 212-356-3888 SGumbs4@schools.nyc.gov Monique Cox, Guidance Counselor 212-356-3713 MCox2@schools.nyc.gov Manhattan Office of Student Suspensions: Shirley A. Rowe, Supervising Attorney 212-932-1058 SRowe@schools.nyc.gov Office of School and Youth Development: Seth J. Rosenkrantz, Director of Student Suspensions and Hearings 212-374-6784 SRosenk@schools.nyc.gov