VARDEN—The Western Wayne School District (WWSD) Board of Directors approved the renewal of several school policies and the first reading of two new policies at their recent meeting held Monday, March 5.
All members were present at the meeting.
New policies receiving their first reading were #150 Title I-Comparability of Services and #255 Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care.
The need to establish these policies stems from legislative changes, said WWSD Assistant Superintendent Ellen Faliskie following the meeting.
“Comparability of Services means that we are treating all kids equally … that receive Title-I services in the district,” she explained.
In regards to the educational stability policy, the assistant superintendent explained it would allow children placed into foster care in a new school district to remain enrolled in their current school district so as to be unaffected by necessary transition.
Faliskie stated, “Say that there's a child in Western Wayne School District that's in foster care, they decide to move the child to Honesdale.
“If the district with the foster parent agrees that it's beneficial for them to stay within the Western Wayne School District, we work with Children and Youth Services and the other districts to transport the child as long as it's within reason.”
As an example of existing outside of reason, Faliskie noted transporting a child from Wilkes-Barre would likely be considered unfeasible.
“They're trying to make it stable for kids so that they're not moving all the time,” she said.
Faliskie expects the policies may change frequently post adoption as the laws themselves are still working out the best means of attending the issue.
“Foster care and homelessness have become a big issue in the state of Pennsylvania, so they're trying to just make sure the kids are treated properly,” she stated.
The board voted 6-3 in favor of adopting these new policies.
Dissenting votes were cast by directors Roger Shaffer, Michael Ochlan and Gary Enslin.
A motion for a second reading regarding these two new policies will appear on next month's agenda where the board will again vote on them.
Renewed policies include Policy Manual Access (007), Cyberbullying (249) and Homeless Students (251).
Faliskie explained these policies were up for their standard renewals with minimal updates made mainly for the sake of clarity and specificity.
The board voted 8-1 in favor of renewal with Director Shaffer supplying the only dissenting vote.
All WWSD policies are available for public viewing on the district website, ww3.westernwayne.org.