School board to review student conduct policy

September 23, 1992|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

A new student conduct policy will be reviewed by the Howard County school board at its meeting tomorrow.

The policy is designed to standardize discipline for students who threaten, intimidate, defame, assault, harass, or commit violence based on race, color, creed, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Under the policy, students who physically intimidate, threaten physical harm or physically assault are immediately suspended. The policy did not say how long the suspension would be. Those who commit a second offense are suspended and face expulsion.

The new guidelines also would require students who violate the policy to attend a meeting with their principal that is attended by their parents. They also will receive counseling, and participate in educational activities designed to increase their sensitivity.

Principals are required to notify the Office of Human Relations and James R. McGowan, associate superintendent for instruction and school administration, of any violations of the policy.

To ensure that students know about it, principals are also required to make at least three announcements on the public address system at the start of the school year and throughout the rest of the year.

The board is scheduled to vote on the Educational and Personal Rights Policy at a meeting Oct. 8.

0 The school board tomorrow will also discuss:

* Reducing the number of times students are required to take Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills, and eliminating a version of the Maryland Functional Reading Test.

* A booklet describing how businesses can get involved in educational partnerships.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at the school board meeting rooms, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The listening post segment, during which the public can make comments, begins at 7:30 p.m.

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