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Chapter 18  |  Article 18 - 28  |  Section 2

1 - DEFINITIONS; LIMITATIONS OF CHA

2 - STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

2A - ADOPTION OF TEXTBOOKS, INSTRUC

2B - AREA VOCATIONAL PROGRAM

2C - HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BU

2D - COMMUNITY EDUCATION

2E - HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL PROGR

2F - INCENTIVES AND RESULTS BASED S

2G - SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA IMPROVEME

2H - PUBLIC NOTICE AND PARTICIPATIO

2I - STAFF DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS

2J - PUBLIC AND HIGHER EDUCATION UN

2K - THE DIABETES CARE PLAN ACT

3 - STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

4 - COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL

5 - COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

5A - LOCAL SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT

5B - SCHOOL INNOVATION ZONES ACT

5C - COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION AND C

5D - West Virginia Feed to Achieve

6 - DRIVER EDUCATION

7 - ADULT LITERACY EDUCATION PROGRA

7A - STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYST

7B - TEACHERS' DEFINED CONTRIBUTION

7C - MERGER OF TEACHERS' DEFINED CO

7D - VOLUNTARY TRANSFER FROM TEACHE

8 - COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

8A - ATTENDANCE OF HOMELESS CHILDRE

9 - SCHOOL FINANCES

9A - PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT

9B - STATE BOARD OF SCHOOL FINANCE

9C - STATE AID FOR CONSTRUCTION

9D - SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY

9E - AIR QUALITY IN NEW SCHOOLS ACT

9F - SCHOOL ACCESS SAFETY ACT

10 - FEDERAL AID AND GIFTS FOR EDU

10A - REHABILITATION SERVICES

10B - VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION FA

10C - THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCAT

10D - COMPACT FOR EDUCATION

10E - INTERSTATE COMPACT ON QUALIF

10F - DISABLED PERSONS AND PUBLIC

10F - INTERSTATE COMPACT ON EDUCAT

10G - PROVIDING OF FOOD SERVICE IN

10H - ALBERT YANNI PROGRAMS OF EXC

10I - WEST VIRGINIA SUPPORTED EMPL

10J - BLIND PERSONS' LITERACY RIGH

10K - WEST VIRGINIA TRAUMATIC BRAI

10L - RON YOST PERSONAL ASSISTANCE

10M - WEST VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT LI

10N - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACCES

10O - DISABILITY HISTORY WEEK

11 - WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

11A - REVENUE BONDS FOR UNIVERSITY

11B - REVENUE BONDS FOR UNIVERSITY

11C - WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY HOS

11D - REVENUE BONDS FOR WEST VIRGI

11E - REVENUE BONDS FOR MARSHALL U

12 - STATE TEACHERS' COLLEGES

12A - REVENUE BONDS FOR MARSHALL U

12B - REVENUE BONDS FOR STATE INST

13 - West Virginia EDGE

13 - WEST VIRGINIA STATE COLLEGE

14 - BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE

15 - WEST VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF TE

16 - ANTIHAZING LAW

17 - WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS FOR THE

18 - WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR THE

19 - EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR

20 - EDUCATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHIL

21 - SPECIAL COMMUNITY-BASED PILOT

21 - UNDERWOOD-SMITH TEACHER SCHOL

22 - HIGHER EDUCATION FULL-TIME FA

22A - EMINENT SCHOLARS ENDOWMENT T

22B - STATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

22C - STATE AID FOR STUDENTS ATTEN

22D - HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT ASS

22E - DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS END

23 - ADDITIONAL POWERS, DUTIES AND

24 - FEES AND OTHER MONEY COLLECTE

25 - TAX DEFERRED INVESTMENTS FOR

26 - WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF REGENT

26A - STATE AUTISM TRAINING CENTER

26B - CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE SALARY S

26C - INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS

26D - INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL

27 - WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATION LOAN

28 - PRIVATE, PAROCHIAL OR CHURCH
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29 - GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

30 - WEST VIRGINIA COLLEGE PREPAID

31 - RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AGRE

32 - SEVERABILITY

WVC 18- CHAPTER 18. EDUCATION.
WVC 18 - 28 - ARTICLE 28. PRIVATE, PAROCHIAL OR CHURCH SCHOOLS, OR SCHOOLS OF A RELIGIOUS ORDER.

WVC 18 - 28 - 1 §18-28-1. Policy.
In conformity with the constitutions of the United States and of West Virginia, it is the public policy of the state in matters of education that no human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience or with religious liberty and that no person shall be enforced, restrained, molested or burdened, in body or goods, or otherwise suffer, on account of his or her religious opinions or belief, but all people shall be free to profess, and by argument, to maintain their opinions in matters of religion; and further be free to select their religious instructor, and to make for his or her support, such private contract as they shall please, and that religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of humankind, the means of education shall forever be encouraged.

WVC 18 - 28 - 2 §18-28-2. Attendance; health and safety regulations. .
               The following is applicable to private, parochial or church schools or schools of a religious order:

               (a) Each school shall observe a minimum instructional term of one hundred eighty days with an average of five hours of instruction per day;

               (b) Each school shall make and maintain annual attendance and disease immunization records for each pupil enrolled and regularly attending classes. The attendance records shall be made available to the parents or legal guardians;

               (c) Upon the request of the county superintendent, a school (or a parents organization composed of the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school) shall furnish to the county board a list of the names and addresses of all children enrolled in the school between the ages of seven and sixteen years;

               (d) Attendance by a child at any school which complies with this article satisfies the requirements of compulsory school attendance;

               (e) Each school is subject to reasonable fire, health and safety inspections by state, county and municipal authorities as required by law, and is required to comply with the West Virginia school bus safety regulations; and

               (f) Each school shall establish, file and update a school specific crisis response plan which complies with the requirements established for it by the state board and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management pursuant to section nine, article nine-f of this chapter. WVC 18 - 28 - 3 §18-28-3. Standardized testing requirements.

(a) Each private, parochial or church school or school of a religious order or other nonpublic school electing to operate under this statute in lieu of the approval requirements set forth as part of section one, article eight, chapter eighteen, exemption A shall administer on an annual basis during each school year to every child enrolled therein between the ages of seven and sixteen years either the comprehensive test of basic skills, the California achievement test, the Stanford achievement test or the Iowa tests of basic skills tests of achievement and proficiency, which test will be selected by the chief administrative officer of each school in the subjects of English, grammar, reading, social studies, science and mathematics; and shall be administered under standardized conditions as set forth by the published instructions of the selected test: Provided, That any private, parochial, church school, school of a religious order or other nonpublic school that exclusively teaches special education students or children with learning disabilities shall not be required to comply with this subsection or subsection (d) of this section, but shall academically assess every child enrolled therein between the ages of seven and sixteen years on an annual basis during each school year by one or more of the following methods: (1) A standardized group achievement test; (2) a standardized individual achievement test; (3) a written narrative of an evaluation of a portfolio of samples of a child's work; (4) an alternative academic assessment of the child's proficiency as mutually agreed by the county superintendent, parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and the school.

(b) Each child's testing results and the school composite test results shall be made available to such child's parents or legal guardians. Upon request of a duly authorized representative of the West Virginia department of education, the school composite test results shall be furnished by the school or by a parents organization composed of the parents or guardians of children enrolled in said school to the state superintendent of schools.

(c) Each school to which this article applies shall:

(1) Establish curriculum objectives, the attainment of which will enable students to develop the potential for becoming literate citizens.

(2) Provide an instructional program that will make possible the acquisition of competencies necessary to become a literate citizen.

(d) If such school composite test results for any single year for English, grammar, reading, social studies, science and mathematics fall below the fortieth percentile on the selected tests, the school as herein described shall initiate a remedial program to foster achievement above that level. If after two consecutive calendar years school composite test results are not above the fortieth percentile level, attendance at the school may no longer satisfy the compulsory school attendance requirement exemption of exemption K, section one, article eight, chapter eighteen, until such time as the percentile standards herein set forth are met.

WVC 18 - 28 - 4 §18-28-4. Voluntary participation in state programs.
Any private, parochial or church school or school of a religious order or other nonpublic school complying with the provisions of this article may, on a voluntary basis, participate in any state operated or state sponsored program otherwise made available to such schools by law.

WVC 18 - 28 - 5 §18-28-5. New school notice requirements; termination.
(a) Any new school to which this article relates shall send to the state superintendent of schools of the state of West Virginia a notice of intent to operate, name and address of the school, and name of the school's chief administrator.

(b) Any school to which this article applies shall notify the state superintendent of schools of the state of West Virginia upon termination.

WVC 18 - 28 - 6 §18-28-6. Requirements exclusive.
No private, parochial or church school or school operated by any other religious group or body as part of its religious ministry or other nonpublic school which complies with the requirements of this article shall be subject to any other provision of law relating to education except requirements of law respecting fire, safety, sanitation and immunization.

WVC 18 - 28 - 7 §18-28-7. Waiver of required assessment for certain students attending parochial school.
The state superintendent may waive the assessment requirement for parochial schools set forth in section three of this article if the state superintendent determines that a court of law has held that the assessment requirement would violate a provision of the state or federal constitution.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§18 - 20 - 1 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 209
PASSED - Regular Session

SB209 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Allowing special needs students to participate in graduation ceremonies
§18 - 21 - 2 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 21 - 4 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 253
PASSED - Regular Session

SB253 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Clarifying code for Community-Based Pilot Demonstration Project to Improve Outcomes for At-Risk Youth
§18 - 8 - 2 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4003
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4003 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Granting dual jurisdiction to counties where a student who lives in one county and attends school in another in order to enforce truancy policies
§18 - 2 - 5 A - (Amended Code)
§18 - 2 - 13 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 2 - 17 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 2 E- 5 B - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 2 E- 7 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 2 E- 8 B - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 2 G- 1 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 2 G- 2 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 2 G- 3 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 5 - 15 E - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 5 - 38 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 7 - 1 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 7 - 2 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 7 - 3 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 8 - 1 A - (Amended Code)
§18 - 9 A- 6 B - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 A- 14 A - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 A- 19 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 C- 1 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 C- 2 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 C- 3 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 C- 4 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 C- 5 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 C- 6 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 C- 7 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 C- 8 - (Repealed Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4228
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4228 ENR SUB  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Repealing or removing certain portions of education-related statutes that have expired
§18 - 2 - 16 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4270
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4270 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to salaries of service employees of the state camp and conference center known as Cedar Lakes Conference Center
§18 - 9 - 2 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4302
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4302 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to elections for public school purposes
§18 - 2 - 5 H - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4316
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4316 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Creating the student data accessability, transparency and accountability act
§18 - 7 A- 14 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 7 A- 17 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 7 A- 18 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 7 A- 18 A - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4365
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4365 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to employer remittance and reporting of Teachers Retirement System member contributions to the retirement board
§18 - 6 - 1 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 6 - 2 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 6 - 4 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 6 - 5 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 6 - 8 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 6 - 9 - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 6 - 10 - (Repealed Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4373
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4373 ENR SUB  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to driver education programs
§18 - 20 - 1 C - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4384
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4384 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Requiring teachers of students with exceptional needs to either be present at an individualized education program meeting or to read and sign a copy of the individualized education program plan
§18 - 20 - 10 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4608
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4608 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Defining dyslexia and dyscalculia
§18 - 2 E- 10 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4618
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4618 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Establishing transformative system of support for early literacy
§18 - 5 B- 3 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 5 B- 13 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4619
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4619 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Authorizing innovation school districts
§18 - 9 A- 2 - (Amended Code)
§18 - 9 A- 2 A - (Repealed Code)
§18 - 9 A- 11 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 1009
PASSED - 1st Special Session

SB1009 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/26/2014)
Relating to computation of local share for public school support purposes
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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