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22 Pa. Code § 10.22. Discretionary notification.

§ 10.22. Discretionary notification.

 (a)  The chief school administrator, or a designee, may notify the local police department having jurisdiction when an offense listed in section 1303-A(b)(4.2) of the Safe Schools Act (24 P. S. §  13-1303-A(b)(4.2)) occurs on school property, at a school sponsored activity or on a conveyance as described in the Safe Schools Act, such as a school bus, providing transportation to or from a school or school sponsored activity.

 (b)  In determining whether to notify the local police department of an incident described in subsection (a), the chief school administrator, or a designee, may consider the following factors:

   (1)  The seriousness of the situation.

   (2)  The school’s ability to defuse or resolve the situation.

   (3)  The child’s intent.

   (4)  The child’s age.

   (5)  Whether the student has a disability, the type of disability and its impact on the student’s behavior.

   (6)  Other factors believed to be relevant.

 (c)  In making a determination whether to notify law enforcement when an offense listed in section 1303-A(b)(4.2) of the Safe Schools Act occurs on school property, at a school sponsored activity or on a conveyance as described in the Safe Schools Act, such as a school bus, providing transportation to or from a school or school sponsored activity, and to the extent that it has authority, a school entity may consider addressing the student’s behavior through the use of available school-based diversion programs and available school-wide positive behavior supports.

 (d)  Upon notification of the incident to the local police department, the chief school administrator or a designee shall provide as much of the information in this subsection as is available at the time of notification. The gathering of information should not unnecessarily delay notification.

   (1)  Whether the incident is in-progress or has concluded.

   (2)  Nature of the incident.

   (3)  Exact location of the incident.

   (4)  Number of persons involved in the incident.

   (5)  Names and ages of the individuals involved.

   (6)  Weapons involved in the incident.

   (7)  Whether the weapons have been secured and the custodian of the weapons.

   (8)  Injuries.

   (9)  Whether emergency medical services or the fire department was notified.

   (10)  Identity of the school contact person.

   (11)  Identity of the witnesses.

   (12)  Whether the incident involves a student with a disability, the type of disability and its impact on the student’s behavior.

   (13)  Other information known to the school entity and believed to be relevant to the incident.



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