scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: School policies
Kelly Parker (r13867@EMAIL.SPS.MOT.COM
Thu Mar 16 2000 - 09:05:12 CST
In response to John Unger's comments.
Thanks for a very thoughtful response on this question. Too often
people fly off the handle and criticize school boards and administrators
as mindless bureaucrats who are slavishly following the rules without
regard to the offense. Many Board members and administrators are also
Scouters--because our lives revolve around helping kids, and we believe
in being an active part of the solution.
As a school board member, in my district we have a some leeway on
the "mandatory expulsion". First, in the case of any student covered by
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, they cannot be
expelled--some form of alternative education must be provided. Secondly,
the zero tolerance is, for us, a policy--not a cast iron rule. We sit as
a board when necessary and hear the circumstances. Further, our
principals have latitude because we try not to micro-manage each school.
Sometimes, a suspension is necessary to send the message. In a sixth
grade class, a child had a baggie of marijuana in his/her possession. In
the process of trying to avoid discovery, it was passed to 6 others.
Only the last one turned it in. All except the last were suspended, with
parent conferences, for possession. The point we tried to make was that
it was NO joke, and anyone in possession, even for a moment, has to come
So, when Scouters visit their local board meetings, I would ask them
to lobby for policies that are flexible enough to allow for
differentiation between a pocketknife and a switchblade. No matter how
big the district, each case should be reviewed on it's own merits. OTOH,
then we are open to suits against us for being arbitrary�
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