School Safety

What is Persistently Dangerous?

Alaska maintains a free, secure website where districts report all infractions that lead to suspensions and expulsions from school. This site is in place to meet the past federal requirement of Gun Free Schools, as well as State Law 14.33.120, which requires reports of all disciplinary and safety programs including all incidents of disruptive or violent behavior. The information from this source is used to determine schools that are designated as persistently dangerous by the State of Alaska.


The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development is pleased to report that no Alaskan schools meet the case definition of Persistently Dangerous for the 2013-2014 school year.


The case definition:

(b) In determining the safety status of the schools in the state, the department shall apply the following formula:

Safety status percent

=

Total days students were suspended for infractions involving a weapon or violence against a person
Total student population of the school x 170

x

School size factor


(c) The school size factor to be used in the formula in (b) is as follows:

School Size Factor
10 - 100 students 0.7
101 - 425 students 0.8
426 - 1000 students 0.9
1001 and up 1

(d) The department shall determine the safety status of a school that has never met the criteria for being designated a persistently dangerous school under (e) of this section, or has been designated a safe school for five consecutive years, as follows:

If during the past two years the school has experienced:

Then the school is a:

Two years with a safety status of less than three percent

Safe School

One year with a safety status of three percent or greater

At-risk School


(e) The department shall determine the safety status of a school whose safety status is not determined under

(d) of this section as follows:

If during the past three years the school has experienced:

Then the school is a:

Three consecutive years with a safety status of less than three percent

Safe School

No more than one year with a safety status of three percent or greater

At-risk School

Two or more years with a safety status of 3 percent or greater

Persistently
Dangerous School


(f) Notwithstanding the designation of a school determined under (e) of this section, the department may continue to designate a school as persistently dangerous if the school has not complied with the plan submitted under 4 AAC 06.210; or the department has evidence that the school is not a safe environment.

(g) The department shall calculate a school’s safety status using the best data available back to school year 2000-2001.

(h) The department may recalculate a school’s safety status using hypothecated data if, after reviewing the data reported by a district, and the district’s policies regarding discipline for infractions involving violence, the department determines that a district or a school within a district has:

  • failed to fully report or incorrectly reported its data on suspensions for infractions involving violence against a person
  • a disciplinary policy for infractions involving violence against a person that is in violation of state law or significantly deviates from the policies of the majority of districts in the state
  • or failed to adhere to its policy for discipline of infractions involving violence against a person in one or more instance

(i) The department will include in the formula in (b) the duration of a suspension or expulsion for the school year in which the infraction occurred, regardless of whether the full time for the suspension or expulsion is served in that school year.

A district may appeal to the commissioner to obtain a review of the safety status designation of a school within the district. The commissioner or the commissioner’s designee shall review the designation and allow a district to present evidence regarding the designation. A decision by the commissioner on the safety status of a school is a final decision.