2013.04.24 Chuck Ekins: Parents: read the school handbook

Written by David Green.

I attended a special Morenci Board of Education meeting last week. It was an appeal hearing for student suspensions. Much of the meeting was devoted to discussion surrounding the student handbook.

One of the school board members stated that it is a parent’s job to read the handbook, know what’s in it, and explain the rules from the handbook to their child. I agree, and I realize I have neglected my duties as a parent in that department. Since the meeting I have been studying the handbook. These are a few things I’ve learned:

A student who is in possession of an illegal substance such as tobacco gets a 10 day out-of-school suspension

A student who bullies another student gets a Saturday school for the first offense and an all day in-school suspension for the second offense

A student in possession of any drug—over-the-counter or illegal such as marijuana—gets a 10 day out-of-school suspension

A student who fights with another student gets a three day out-of-school suspension for the first offense and a five day out-of-school suspension for the second offense.

I will say I am confused by these consequences. It seems to me that behavior where one student harms another student should carry a stiffer punishment than behavior that doesn’t even involve another student.

Our school board has had to make many difficult decisions, and is busy with the many difficult decisions they have yet to make. I do hope, though, that school board members and administration will have a chance to consider taking a look at some of the policies in this handbook. It is my opinion that there are consequences in the student handbook that affect our students’ education in a negative way.

– Chuck Ekins

W. Congress Street, Morenci

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