Board of Education Approves Policies as Policy Committee Moves Revised Policies Forward
March 14, 2023 – The Guilford County Schools Board of Education voted to approve five revised policies relating to school safety, school admission, student transportation, board member conflict of interests and energy and natural resource conservation and management at Tuesday’s board meeting.
The revised School Safety Policy 1510-4200-7270 includes updated language requiring middle and high school employees to receive training on operating the school’s anonymous safety tip line. Additionally, the policy requires middle and high school students to be informed of the anonymous safety tip line. The policy also encourages students to use the tool to report anything that may be a risk to the school population.
The revised Board Member Conflict of Interest Policy 2121 updates regulations on instances where School Board members must recuse themselves from votes, deliberations, or the administration of contracts regarding organizations in which they have leadership roles.
The revised School Admission Policy 4120 updates the language regarding requirements for admission into and matriculation through the school district to reflect state law.
The Revised Student Transportation Policy 6300 replaces the previous transportation policy. It outlines eligibility, expectations of students and protocols for transportation services.
Additionally, the Board of Education’s Policy Committee voted to send the following policies out for a 30-day public comment period:
- The revised Confidential Information policy 2125/7315 updates the handling and dissemination of student and staff personally identifiable information to reflect best practices recommended by NCDPI.
- The revised Equal Educational Opportunities Policy 4001 updates the language of the policy surrounding discrimination, harassment and bullying as well its administrative regulation.
- The revised Children of Military Families Policy 4050 and Age Requirements for Initial Entry Policy 4100 updates language to support the transition and enrollment of military children in accordance with the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Policy 4050 also defines what is considered a military family.
- The revised Discretionary Interdistrict Admission Policy 4130 updates the language surrounding qualifications for enrollment of potential students who do not live in Guilford County. The revised policy also outlines the timeline of a decision on admission from the Superintendent or the Board of Education.
- The revised Student Insurance Policy 4220 updates language in a previously established accident insurance policy. The updated language outlines payment responsibility for insurance premiums. The proposed policy update also establishes responsibility for the Board of Education to purchase catastrophic insurance to cover students and school system employees while they are participating in or responsible for supervising high school athletic activities.
The public can mail comments to the GCS Central Office at 712 N. Eugene Street or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. After taking comments for 30 days, which ends on April 13, the Board will consider the policies at their next board meeting.