Changes under district's new conduct code

Posted: September 05, 2012

THE NEWLY REVISED Student Code of Conduct approved by the School Reform Commission last month introduces more flexibility when determining punishments for a variety of infractions.

It also reduces a reliance on out-of-school suspensions for lesser offenses and precludes suspensions (or transfers to alternative schools) for transgressions such as truancy, dress-code violations and cellphone misuse. The student's past behavior record will also be taken into consideration.

For example:

* If a student uses profane language or gestures, he will receive an in-school intervention. If the misconduct continues, the student could receive an in-school suspension. Under the previous policy, the student could have received a one- to three-day out-of-school suspension.

* If a student threatens a staffer or student with bodily harm, that's a threat of aggravated assault that carries a minimum punishment of an out-of-school suspension. He or she could also be transferred to another school or be assigned to a disciplinary school. Under the old policy, the student could have faced expulsion.

- Regina Medina

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