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WELCOME!! VADIR Update. New York State Center for School Safety Summer 2010. VADIR Review. 20 Categories Violent Incidents Disruptive Incidents Mandatory Reporting (#) Weighted (*) Item 2: Other Information Regarding Intimidation, Harassment, Menacing and Bullying (IHMB)

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welcome vadir update

WELCOME!!VADIR Update

New York State Center

for School Safety

Summer 2010

vadir review
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
Review of Reporting Thresholds

Out of school suspension for the equivalent of one full day

Transfer to alternative setting

Transfer to law enforcement

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review of reporting thresholds4
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

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vadir categories mandatory weighted both
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 (#*) – Weapons Possession Defined (two categories):

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
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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reporting an incident
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 are reportable in ALL circumstances, whether or not the perpetrator is known and regardless of disciplinary or referral action.
    • Categories 9-13, 16 and 20 if a weapon is involved.
  • 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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clearly describe the incident
Clearly Describe the Incident
  • Be specific about what happened
  • List details of injuries, if any
  • Note the conclusion of the incident

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Clearly Describe the Incident

Unclear: Two students were involved in a 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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vadir reporting
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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elements to report
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
Elements to Report, continued
  • Victims (Enrolled Students, Personnel, Others)
  • Offenders and consequences
  • Weapons; type
  • Number of students suspended for firearms
  • Date of report; signature
  • Summary form must have Superintendent signature

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vadir is
VADIR is

An INCIDENT based reporting system

NOT

a STUDENT based reporting system.

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records retention
Records Retention

Report and Summary information must be retained until the youngest person involved in the incident(s) is 27 years old.

“Persistently Dangerous” schools may need to retain longer.

Question and Answer Document #3.

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categories of particular concern
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 13 year old student consents to sex in the locker room with an 18 year old student.

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Categories of Particular Concern

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 would not stop choking another student until the boy’s face turned red and he gasped for breath.
  • 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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scenario 1
Scenario 1

Student A reports that Student B grabbed her chest and then also tried to pull down her shirt during the change in classes.

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scenario 2
Scenario 2

A student reports that another student has been making lewd and suggestive remarks to her. She has asked that he stop, but he continues.

The Dean investigates and suspends the student for one full day.

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scenario 3
Scenario 3

Ten students start a food fight in the cafeteria. They throw french fries and sandwiches and yell at each other. No one is injured.

All 10 are suspended out of school for three days.

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scenario 4
Scenario 4

Ten students start a food fight in the cafeteria. They throw french fries and sandwiches and yell at each other. The yelling escalates and two students throw books at other students. One student is hit in the face and has a swollen eye.

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scenario 5
Scenario 5

The Dean receives disciplinary referrals with the following descriptions:

“Fighting.”

“Sexual Harassment.”

“Creating an unsafe situation in the school.”

In what VADIR category would you report these?

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resources
Resources
  • NYSED Website
    • Safe Schools and Alternative Education:

http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ssae/schoolsafety/vadir/#data

    • Forms: http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ssae/schoolsafety/vadir/home.html(Most updated Q&A document)
    • http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/irts/vadir/
  • New York State Center for School Safety:

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