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Descriptor Code: JBCCA(2)
Unsafe School Choice Option  
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Persistently Dangerous School - any school in which for three consecutive years:

  •  At least 1 student is found by official tribunal action to have violated a school rule related to a violent criminal offense (including aggravated battery, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, armed robbery, arson, kidnapping, murder, rape and voluntary manslaughter) either on campus or at a school-sanctioned event; or

  • At least 2% of the student body or 10 students, whichever is greater, have been found by official action to have violated school rules related to other identified criminal offenses, including non-felony drugs, felony drugs, felony weapons, terroristic threats; or

  • Any combination of 1 and 2.

It shall be the policy of the McDuffie County Board of Education to comply with the requirements of State Board Rule 160-4-8-.16 UNSAFE SCHOOL CHOICE OPTION (USCO).

The superintendent and appropriate staff shall develop procedures for approval by the Board that comply with the applicable state board rule and are consistent with the state guidelines that include provisions for the following:

Notification of the parents/guardians of students enrolled in the school that has been classified as a persistently dangerous school within ten (10) school days of notification to the local school system by the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE).

Facilitation of the transfer of students who are victims of violent criminal offenses within ten (10) school days of the commission of the violent criminal offense, and to the extent possible, allow victims to transfer to a school that is making adequate yearly progress and has not been identified as being on school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring.

The development and submission to the GDOE of a corrective action plan for each school identified by the GDOE as a persistently dangerous school within 20 days after notification to the local school system.


McDuffie County Schools
Date Adopted:  4/13/2006

Policy Reference Disclaimer: These references are not intended to be part of the policy itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.

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Rule 160-4-8-.16 Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO)
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