Wyoming School Climate Policy

                          WYOMING

ere are 48 school districts in Wyoming that serve 364 public schools. During the 2019-2020 school year, there were 93,832 students enrolled in K-12 public schools. About 37% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. There is no explicit policy in Wyoming regarding school climate surveying, but there are many policies that relate to school climate. Those policies include anti-bullying, safety planning, guidance counseling, anti-discrimination, suicide prevention education for staff, and mental health resources.

Safety

There is currently no policy surrounding School Climate in Wyoming. For more information on school climate please visit us at Services – National School Climate Center

Wyoming Administrative Rules 206-0002-6 District and School Accreditation.

As part of school accreditation, the culture and climate in all schools are designed to ensure positive relationships and decrease harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=1

 Wyoming Statutes 21-4-314. School district implementation; state policies training and technical assistance.

School districts will adopt a policy prohibiting bullying and involve parents and guardians, school employees, volunteers, students, administrators, and community representatives in the process of creating the policy.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2012/title21/chapter4/section21-4-314/

 Wyoming Statutes 21-4-312. Definitions. Defines bullying, intimidation, and harassment and explains what actions go under these terms. Includes cyberbullying and defines the scope of what the school is responsible for. 

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2015/title-21/chapter-4/article-3/section-21-4-312

Wyoming Statutes Annotated §21-4-313. Prohibition against harassment, intimidation, or bullying; reporting to school officials.

Outlines protection against reprisal or retaliation for victims, witnesses, or persons who report information about an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying. 

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2019/title-21/chapter-4/article-3/section-21-4-313/


Who does this protect? Students

Does this policy include ways for families to be involved? Yes

Wyoming Statutes 35-9-505. Applicability; fire and safety drills required in schools; supervision of drills.

In every public and private school in Wyoming, there shall be a fire drill at least once every month.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-35/chapter-9/article-5/section-35-9-505/

Wyoming Administrative Rules 206-0002-6 District and School Accreditation.

All schools will use multiple strategies to ensure the physical safety of students. These are defined in a district crisis management plan.

https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=1

Wyoming Statutes 6-1-104. Definitions.

Defines deadly weapon and what counts as a deadly weapon.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-6/chapter-1/article-1/section-6-1-104/

Wyoming Statutes 21-3-132. Possession of firearms on school property.

  • Nothing in this section shall authorize a student of a school district to carry a firearm, concealed or otherwise, on or into any facility of a school district.
  • Employees of a school district who hold a valid concealed carry permit may carry a concealed firearm on or into school facilities or other areas designated by the board of trustees, provided the employing school district has adopted rules and regulations that allow possession of firearms on school property and the employee has received approval by the board of trustees as required by this section.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-21/chapter-3/article-1/section-21-3-132/


Who does this protect? Students, Staff

Does this policy include ways for families to be involved? No

Wyoming Administrative Rules 206-0002-6 District and School Accreditation.

  • Personnel and processes, including prevention programs, are in place to address the physical and mental health needs of all students enrolled in the district.
  • The district offers additional student supports including guidance counseling and social services, and instruction for hospitalized and homebound students.

https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=1 

Wyoming Statutes 21-16-1308. Administration; rules and regulations.

Counseling for each successive year following initial counseling in grade eight shall include an assessment of the student’s course history and options available as to future course selection and consequences attached to selected course pathways.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-21/chapter-16/article-13/section-21-16-1308/


Who does this protect? Students, Staff

Does this policy include ways for families to be involved? Yes

Teaching/Learning

Wyoming Administrative Rules 206-0002-6 District and School Accreditation.

School districts follow all State and Federal Special Education laws, so they will provide student learning support, reading assessment, and intervention and special education for students with disabilities.

https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=1 

Wyoming Statutes 21-2-204. Wyoming Accountability in Education Act; statewide education accountability system created.

For all schools, a progressive system of support and intervention to assist schools shall be established by the state board through the department. The system shall increase the ability of schools and school districts to improve achievement and growth indicator performance and expand the ability for schools and school districts within the state to continuously improve.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-21/chapter-2/article-2/section-21-2-204/


Who does this protect? Students, students with disabilities

Does this policy include ways for families to be involved? Yes

 

There is currently no policy for Social and Civic Learning in Wyoming. For more information on school climate please visit us at Services – National School

Interpersonal Relationships

Wyoming Statutes 21-4-303. Right Not Denied on Account of Sex, Race, or Religion.

No child shall be denied the right to attend the public schools of this state on account of sex, race, or religion.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-21/chapter-4/article-3/section-21-4-303/


Who does this protect? Students

Does this policy include ways for families to be involved? No

Wyoming Statutes 21-3-110. Duties of boards of trustees.

All teachers and school administrators shall receive at least two hours of suicide prevention education during the initial school year of employment with the district if the teacher or school administrator has not received suicide prevention training complying with this paragraph before employment.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-21/chapter-3/article-1/section-21-3-110/

Wyoming Statutes 21-4-314. School district implementation; state policies training and technical assistance.

Information regarding the school district’s policy against harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall be incorporated into each district’s professional development programs and shall be provided to volunteers and other noncertified employees of the district who have significant contact with students.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-21/chapter-4/article-3/section-21-4-314/


Who does this protect? Staff, Students

Does this policy include ways for families to be involved? No

Wyoming Administrative Rules 206-0002-6 District and School Accreditation.

School districts follow all State and Federal Special Education laws, so they will provide student learning support, reading assessment and intervention, and special education for students with disabilities.

https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=1 

Wyoming Administrative Rules 206-0002-6 District and School Accreditation.

  • Personnel and processes, including prevention programs, are in place to address the physical and mental health needs of all students enrolled in the district.
  • The district offers additional student supports including guidance counseling and social services, and instruction for hospitalized and homebound students.

https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=1 

 Wyoming Statutes 21-16-1308. Administration; rules and regulations.

Counseling for each successive year following initial counseling in grade eight shall include an assessment of the student’s course history and options available as to future course selection and consequences attached to selected course pathways.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-21/chapter-16/article-13/section-21-16-1308/


Who does this protect? Students

Does this policy include ways for families to be involved? Yes

Institutional Environment

 

There is currently no policy surrounding School Connected ness  in Wyoming. For more information on school climate please visit us at Services – National School

Wyoming Statutes 35-9-505. Applicability; fire and safety drills required in schools; supervision of drills.

In every public and private school in Wyoming, there shall be a fire drill at least once every month.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-35/chapter-9/article-5/section-35-9-505/

Wyoming Administrative Rules 206-0002-6 District and School Accreditation.

All schools use multiple strategies to ensure the physical safety of students. These are defined in a district crisis management plan.

https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=1

Wyoming Statutes 6-1-104. Definitions.

Defines deadly weapon and what counts as a deadly weapon.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-6/chapter-1/article-1/section-6-1-104/

Wyoming Statutes 21-3-132. Possession of firearms on school property.

  • Nothing in this section shall authorize a student of a school district to carry a firearm, concealed or otherwise, on or into any facility of a school district.
  • Employees of a school district who hold a valid concealed carry permit may carry a concealed firearm on or into school facilities or other areas designated by the board of trustees, provided the employing school district has adopted it. Rules and regulations that allow possession of firearms on school property and the employee have received approval by the board of trustees as required by this section.

https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2020/title-21/chapter-3/article-1/section-21-3-132/


Who does this protect? Students, staff

Does this policy include ways for families to be involved? No

 

There is no current policy surrounding Social Inclusion in the state of Wyoming. For more information on school climate please visit us at Services – National School

Social Media

 

There is currently no policy surrounding Social Media in the state of Wyoming. For more information on school climate please visit us at Services – National School

Who does this protect? N/A

There is currently no policy surrounding Leadership in Wyoming. For more information on school climate please visit us at Services – National School

There is currently no policy surrounding Professional Relationships in Wyoming. For more information on school climate please visit us at Services – National School

Sources include: nasbe.org and childtrends.org