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Stone Mountain, GA 30083
The Department of Safe Schools and Student Relations provides support to each school and center in the DeKalb County School District by interpreting and implementing the rules and regulations regarding student conduct. This Department also facilitates Safe School Audits, Safe School Plans, the Bullying Awareness Campaign and Prevention/Intervention Activities.
The following programs, procedures, and activities are implemented and administered by Student Relations.
District due process hearings are conducted by a Due Process Facilitator who hears evidence concerning charges of student misconduct, which, if proven, may require punishment greater than a ten school-day suspension. The Due Process Facilitators are appointed by the Superintendent and have no prior knowledge of the charges. If a hearing is to be held, the student and parent or guardian will be provided verbal and written notice of the date/time of the hearing, charges and a list of possible witnesses.
District due process hearings are confidential and not open to the public. The student and his/her parent or guardian and their witnesses may attend the hearing, but other relatives or friends of the student will not be allowed to attend. The proceedings are recorded electronically. The School District may summon witnesses to testify on its behalf at the hearing. The student and parent or guardian may also bring witnesses to the hearing. If the student or parent/guardian wants School District personnel or other students to testify at the hearing, they should contact school administration, which will arrange the issuance of summonses for these persons. Witnesses testifying in a District due process hearing will not be allowed to have an attorney present at the hearing unless that witness is or may be charged in the incident.
A parent/guardian and student may choose to waive their District due process hearing and accept the appropriate consequences for the incident by completing and signing a District Due Process Hearing Waiver. By submitting this waiver, the parent/guardian and student agree to the decision and waive any future challenges and appeals relative to that incident.
As part of the Excellence in Education Plan for the DeKalb County School District (DCSD), Goal Four (4) requires that Safe School Audits are to be conducted in all schools throughout the District in order to ensure a safe and orderly learning environment. Research studies have indicated that supervision of students is vitally important in the prevention and reduction of violent and criminal behaviors. Adult supervision is necessary for students to feel safe at school. Therefore, the purpose of Safe School Audits is to monitor adult supervision of students, especially during transitional times; assess students' understanding of the rules for appropriate behavior according the DCSD Code of Student Conduct Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook; management of Campus Supervisors assigned to secondary schools; ensure staff understanding of procedures to follow if a campus crisis occurs; and to conduct randomly selected student surveys regarding whether the student feels safe at school.
The Department of Safe Schools and Student Relations conducts hundreds of conferences each year with parents and students. Schools refer parents and students to the Department of Safe Schools and Student Relations if they are enrolling/re-enrolling from incarceration, suspension, expulsion, or after having been away from school for an extended period of time.
The Department of Safe Schools and Student Relations assist parents in identifying appropriate resources for family and children needs.
The Department of Safe Schools and Student Relations maintains a working relationship with several government and community agencies and resources, including: