17.1. Prior to or during the first week of employment in a WV Pre-K classroom, an orientation for new staff will be provided that includes a review of: WVBE Policies 2525 and 2520.15; classroom operational requirements; policies and procedures for confidentiality and information disclosure; behavior management; reporting child abuse and neglect and emergencies; policies and procedures for basic sanitation and infection control; policies and procedures for safety; including prevention of injury both indoors and outdoors; and fire safety; including the use of fire extinguishers; and training in abuse recognition and prevention. Existing staff members shall be knowledgeable of the above policies and procedures.
17.1.a. Staff, volunteers and student teachers shall follow the required communicable disease educational in-services, tuberculosis skin testing for new employees and W.Va. 64CSR7, WVDHHR Reportable Disease, Events and Conditions Rule.
17.2. All county pre-k staff, including teachers and teacher assistants/aides/paraprofessionals, shall participate in 15 hours of staff development, which will include a minimum of six hours of education on issues related to young children with special needs. The county collaborative early childhood team should utilize county program assessment data, along with other professional development needs assessment data and the WV Core Knowledge and Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals when developing pre-k staff development plans.
17.3. Professional development information shall be made available to collaborative partners to facilitate the registration of training sessions on the West Virginia State Training and Registry System (WV STARS) for collaborative program staff.