Policy P7-54

A. Generally
A primary consideration in all students activities and classes shall be the safety of the students. The superintendent shall implement, with great care, the Code of Virginia in regards to student safety.

B. Classes
Students shall be carefully supervised at all times, but extreme caution should be exercised in those classes where machinery or chemicals are used or in use. Protective eye devices shall be worn by students, teachers, and class visitors where required by law and in instances where any danger to the eyes might be present. The glasses will be provided by the school system.

C. Outside the Classroom
Extreme care shall be taken that all equipment or grounds used by the students are free from hazardous conditions.

Legal Reference
Code of Va., § 22.1 -135. Health and decency. No public school shall be allowed in any building which is not in such condition and provided with such conveniences as are required b y a due regard for decency and health. (1997)

Code of Va., § 22.1 -136. Duty of division superintendent to close buildings. When a public school building appears to the division superintendent to be unfit for occupancy, it shall be his duty to close the same and immediately to give notice thereof in writing to the members of the school board. No public school shall be held therein nor shall any state or local funds be applied to support any school in such building until the division superintendent shall certify in writing to the school board that he is satisfied with the condition of such building and with the appliances pertaining thereto. (1997)

Code of Va., §22.1-204. Study of accident prevention.--"In one or more of the elementary or secondary grades of every school division there shall be provided a course of study including elementary training in accident prevention, in proper conduct on streets and highways, in the operation of motor ve hicles as required by the traffic laws of this Commonwealth, and in ways and means of preventing loss of lives and damage to property through preventable fires. Such course shall be required of every pupil completing the course of study in any such grade." (1991)

Code of Va., § 22.1 -274.1. Criteria to identify toxic art materials; labeling; use in elementary grades prohibited. The State Department of Education, in cooperation with the State Department of Health, shall develop criteria to identify toxic art materials.

After these criteria have been developed, the Department of Education shall require school divisions to evaluate all art materials used in schools and identify those which are toxic. All materials used in the public schools which meet the criteria as toxic shall be so labeled and the use of such art materials shall be prohibited in kindergarten through grade five. (1997)

Editor's Note: For toxic art materials see the legal references to school board policy #7-54.2.

Code of Va., § 22.1 -275. Protective eye devices. Every student and teacher in any school, college, or university shall be required to wear industrial quality eye protective devices while participating in any of the following courses or laboratories:

1. Vocational or industrial arts shops or laboratories involving experience with:

  1. Hot molten metals,
  2. Milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting, grinding, or stamping of any solid materials,
  3. Heat treatment, tempering, or kiln firing of any metal or other materials,
  4. Gas or electric arc welding,
  5. Repair of any vehicle,
  6. Caustic or explosive materials;

2. Chemical or combined chemical-physical laboratories involving caustic or explosive chemicals or hot liquids or solids.

The governing board or authority of any public or private school or the governing body of each institution of higher learning shall furnish the eye protective devices prescribed in this section free of charge or at cost to the students and teachers of the school participating in such courses or laboratories; provided, however, that such devices may be furnished by parents or guardians of such students. Eye protective devices shall be furnished to all visitors to such courses.

"Industrial quality eye protective devices," as used in this section, means devices providing side protection and meeting the standards of the American Standards Association Safety Code for Head, Eye, and Respiratory Protection, Z2.1-1959, promulgated by the American Standards Association, Inc. (1997)

Adopted by School Board: June 19, 1973
Revised by School Board: December 19, 1989