805.1. RELATIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENGIES
The Board recognizes that cooperation with law enforcement agencies is considered essential for protecting students and staff, maintaining a safe environment in schools, and safeguarding district property.
It shall be the policy of the Board to establish and maintain a cooperative relationship between the school district and local police departments in the reporting and resolution of incidents that occur on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, or on any conveyance providing transportation to or from a school or school-sponsored activity.
The Board directs the Superintendent to execute and update, on a biennial basis, a memorandum of understanding with each local police department that has jurisdiction over school property in accordance with state law and regulations.
Incident – an instance involving an act of violence; the possession of a weapon by any person; the possession, use, or sale of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia as defined in the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act; the possession, use, or sale of alcohol or tobacco by any person on school property; or conduct that constitutes an offense listed under the Safe Schools Act.
Memorandum Of Understanding
In accordance with state law and regulations, the Superintendent shall execute and update, every two (2) years, a memorandum of understanding with each local police department that has jurisdiction over school property. The memorandum of understanding shall be signed by the Superintendent, police chief and each building principal, and be filed with the Office for Safe Schools.
In developing and updating the memorandum of understanding, the district shall consult and consider the State Board of Education model memorandum of understanding. If the district’s memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement contains substantive differences from the State Board of Education model memorandum of understanding, the Superintendent shall provide a written statement which identifies the differences and the reasons for the differences as part of the biennial filing with the Office for Safe Schools.
Pol. 218, 218.1,
The memorandum of understanding shall comply with state law and regulations and set forth procedures to be followed regarding incidents that include, but are not limited to, acts of violence, weapons, terroristic threats, controlled substances, alcohol and tobacco.
The memorandum of understanding may specify other matters related to crime prevention mutually agreed upon by the Superintendent and the local police department that has jurisdiction over school property.
Referral To Law Enforcement
Sec. 10.2, 10.21,
Pol. 103.1, 113.1,
The Superintendent or designee shall immediately report required incidents and may report discretionary incidents committed on school property, at any school-sponsored activity or on a conveyance providing transportation to or from a school or school-sponsored activity, to the local police department that has jurisdiction over the school’s property, in accordance with state law and regulations, the procedures set forth in the memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement and Board policies.
Safe Schools Report
Annually, by July 31, the Superintendent shall report on the designated form, to the Office for Safe Schools, all new incidents as required by state law.
Prior to submitting the Safe Schools report, the Superintendent and each police department having jurisdiction over school property shall do all of the following:
jurisdiction over the relevant school property. The police department shall
review the report and compare the data regarding criminal offenses and
notification of law enforcement to determine whether the report accurately
reflects police incident data.
police incident data, the chief of police shall sign the report. Where the
police department determines that the report does not accurately reflect
police incident data, the police department shall indicate any discrepancies
between the report and police incident data.
Superintendent shall submit the report to the Office for Safe Schools and
indicate that the police department failed to take the required action.
School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 1302.1-A, 1303-A
PA Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act – 35 P.S. Sec. 780-102
State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 10.1, 10.2, 10.11, 10.21, 10.22, 10.23, 10.24, 14.104, 14.133
Board Policy – 103.1, 113, 113.1, 113.2, 218, 218.1, 218.2, 222, 227, 323, 351, 805, 904, 909