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CCSD policy regarding appropriate staff-student communications in final stages

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The Clark County School District's (CCSD) draft Policy 4100 and Regulation 4100 regarding Relationships, Interactions and Communications Between District Employees/Representatives and Students were both presented to the Board of School Trustees as a Notice of Intent and received initial approval during the regular meeting of the board on July 13.

The draft was first presented during a community roundtable meeting on June 15, 2017 to discuss and gain input on establishing appropriate relationships, interactions and communications between employees and students. An online survey was also available in June for the community to give feedback on the draft policy and regulation. More than 1,600 responses were recorded. The survey results can be seen on ccsd.net/protectourkids.

"This new policy and regulation represent the input we received from our employees, the community and law enforcement," said Education Services Division Assistant Superintendent Tammy Malich. "It is designed to protect our kids while ensuring that our employees can continue to build appropriate relationships with our students."

Since the policy and regulation have received initial approval, the district will start working on training materials for the upcoming school year, including videos for employees, parents and students. CCSD employees are already mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. A new state law, SB 287, also requires all regular volunteers to sign a document acknowledging that they are mandatory reporters of any potential child abuse, including potential misconduct between employees and students. All employees and volunteers will sign a document acknowledging that they are aware of CCSD policy and regulation 4100, have been trained and will be held accountable.

Malich and others on the working committee will present initial ideas on the training materials and documents that employees must sign at the Aug. 2 Board of Trustees work session at the Edward Greer Education Center.

The CCSD Trustees will vote on whether to adopt the policy and regulation on Aug. 10, at the Edward Greer Education Center, at 5 p.m.

The draft policy and regulation were developed by internal and external stakeholders, including representatives from the Clark County District Attorney’s office, employee associations, CCSD Police Department and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, as well as CCSD Trustee Kevin L. Child. The working group also included district employees who provided a variety of perspectives, including principals, teachers and students.

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