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VADIR Update. New York State Center for School Safety Summer 2008. VADIR is. An INCIDENT based reporting system NOT a STUDENT based reporting system . VADIR Reporting. Individual Incident Reporting Form Use information from the source document Summary Reporting Form

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VADIR Update

New York State Center for School Safety

Summer 2008


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VADIR is

An INCIDENT based

reporting system

NOT

a STUDENT based

reporting system.

2008 New York State Center for School Safety


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VADIR Reporting

  • Individual Incident Reporting Form

    • Use information from the source document

  • Summary Reporting Form

  • District Incident Reporting Form: Only to be used when an incident is not linked to a specific building

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VADIR Reporting: How do I know whether it is a reportable incident?

  • Was it…..

    • Violent or Disruptive (Category 1-20)?

    • On school grounds, at a school function or on a school bus?

    • Meeting or exceeding the discipline threshold/s for incidents in categories 9-13, 16 and 20?

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VADIR Review

  • 20 Categories

    • Violent Incidents

    • Disruptive Incidents

    • Mandatory Reporting (#)

    • Weighted (*)

  • Item 2: Other Information Regarding Intimidation, Harassment, Menacing and Bullying (IHMB)

  • Thresholds for reporting incidents in categories 9-13, 16 and 20

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Review of Reporting Thresholds

  • Referral to counseling

  • Teacher removal (formal 3214 hearing)

  • Suspension from class or activities

    • In-school equivalent of one full day

    • Activities or transportation for five (5) consecutive school days

  • Out of school suspension: equivalent of one full day

  • Transfer to alternative setting

  • Transfer to law enforcement

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Elements to Report

  • School Name

  • Description: Critical

  • Incident Category (1-20)

  • Date and Time

  • Location

  • On/off property; before, during or after school hours

  • Gang or Bias-related

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Elements to Report, continued

  • Victims (Enrolled, Personnel, Others)

  • Offenders and consequences

  • Weapons; type

  • Number of students suspended for firearms

  • Date of report; signature

  • Maintain records for six (6) years

  • Summary form must have Superintendent signature

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Clearly Describe the Incident

  • Be specific about what happened

  • List details of injuries, if any

  • Note the conclusion of the incident

    Unclear: “Fight” Is it a #4, #7, #9 or #10?

    Clear: Jenny called Rose’s boyfriend names so Rose hit Jenny in the mouth causing it to bleed. Jenny went to the hospital where she received four stitches.

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Incidents should be reported once in the highest ranking category of offense that applies.

Reporting an Incident

  • Reportable:

    • Violent or Disruptive Incident (Category 1-20)

    • On school grounds or school function

    • Meets or exceeds the discipline threshold for certain incident categories.

  • Reportable under ALL Circumstances: Categories 1-8, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19:

    • Reportable in ALL circumstances, whether or not the perpetrator is known and regardless of disciplinary or referral action.

  • Reportable under CERTAIN Circumstances: Categories 9-13,16 and 20:

    • Reportable if the incident resulted in a disciplinary action that meets the threshold (known perpetrator); or

    • Reportable if the incident would have resulted in a disciplinary action that meets the threshold had the perpetrator been known (unknown perpetrator).

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VADIR Categories(#) Mandatory; (*) Weighted; (#*) Both

1.Homicide (#*):

2.Sexual Offenses

2.1 Forcible Compulsion (#*)

2.2 Other Sex Offenses (#*)

3.Robbery (#*)

4.Assault w/Serious Physical Injury (#*)

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VADIR Categories(#) Mandatory; (*) Weighted; (#*) Both

5.Arson (#*)

6.Kidnapping (#*)

7.Assault with Physical Injury (#*)

8.Reckless Endangerment (#*)

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VADIR Categories(#) Mandatory; (*) Weighted; (#*) Both

9.Minor Altercation

10.Intimidation, Harassment, Menacing or Bullying (IHMB)

11.Burglary

12.Criminal Mischief

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VADIR Categories(#) Mandatory; (*) Weighted; (#*) Both

13. Larceny or Other Theft Offenses

14.Bomb Threat (#)

15.False Alarm (#)

16.Riot

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VADIR Categories(#) Mandatory; (*) Weighted; (#*) Both

17.Weapons (#*) – 3 distinctions

17. Weapons Possession

17.1 Weapons Confiscated through Routine Security

Checks: Upon Entry to Building (scanning

devices)

17.2 Weapons Found under Other Circumstances

18.Use, Possession or Sale of Drugs Only (#)

19.Use, Possession or Sale of Alcohol Only(#)

20.Other Disruptive Incidents

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Other Information Section: Incidents Involving IHMB

  • Item 2: Any IHMB incident that comes to the attention of the principal or administrator of discipline, but does not rise to the disciplinary threshold level.

  • Document with brief notation and check mark in Individual Form.

    • Use of Item 2 logs; notebooks

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Categories of Particular Concern

  • Category 2.2: Other Sexual Offenses

    • One student pulled down another student’s pants while in the cafeteria.

    • On the school bus, a 4th grade student touched a 2nd grade student on her private area on the outside of her pants.

    • A 14 year old student consents to sex in the locker room with an 18 year old student.

  • Category 7: Assault Resulting in Physical Injury

    • Two students were involved in a physical confrontation; both received scrapes and minor bruises to their faces.

    • Four boys were involved in a physical confrontation and were seen by the nurse. One boy had a black and blue mark on his arm and another student had a black eye.

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Categories of Particular Concern

  • Category 8 –Reckless Endangerment

    • A student leaves school in an angry state and begins driving his car erratically in the school parking lot. He comes close to damaging other vehicles and students who are required to jump out of the way.

    • A student choked another student with his arm until the boy's face turned red.

    • A student became involved in a name-calling incident with another student and chased him around the classroom. The teacher asked her to stop. She continued to chase the other student, picked up a metal stool and threw it at him.

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Categories of Particular Concern

  • Common objects reported as weapons: Consider the size, shape and weight of the object and whether or not the object can cause serious physical injury or death.

    • A student threw a rock that hit a teacher’s car while the teacher was in it.

    • A student stabbed another classmate in the face with a pencil, leaving a lead trace and a reddened surface scratch on the student's face.

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Resources

  • NYSED Website http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/sss/SDFSCA/uvir/home_uvir_vadir.htm

  • New York State Center for School Safety:

    • Beth Mastro - emastro@mhric.org

    • scss@mhric.org

    • 845-255-8989

    • Nyscenterforschoolsafety.org/save

    • http://vadir.blogspot.com/

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Resources – Continued

  • Regional Student Support Services Centers

    Long Island: Susan Kessler

    • (631) 595-6814

      Eastern/Capital Region: Erin Brewer

    • (518) 464-3941

      Mid-West Region: Joan Vitkus

    • (585) 344-7571

      Mid-State Region: Lee Beals

    • (315) 431-8556

      Hudson Valley Region: Tammy Rhein/Joakim Lartey

    • (845) 255-4874

      Western Region: Jane Ogilvie

    • (716) 821-7550

  • BOCES Representative

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    Thank you to the Ulster BOCES Educational Technology Department for the production and support of this presentation


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