Re-1 to discuss new discipline policies |

Re-1 to discuss new discipline policies

Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board members are set to discuss a slate of new and revised student policies and a resolution supporting Referendums C and D at today’s school board meeting.

The resolution supporting C and D calls the referendums a “reasonable compromise consistent with TABOR and a good first step to help the state recover from the recession and remain competitive with other states.”

Several board members and Superintendent Fred Wall have spoken in favor of the referendums in recent weeks.

The board will review several proposed student discipline policies tonight, including:

A disciplinary information policy that outlines the procedure for challenging a written statement of disciplinary action and relaying to teachers information about a student’s needs and the risks a student may pose to others. The policy also defines a “habitually disruptive student” as one who has been suspended three times during a school year.

A policy outlining how disabled students should be disciplined.

Rules for when a school employee can use physical force against a student. The policy says that an employee can use force to “prevent a student from an act of wrong-doing,” maintain discipline, protect people and property, seize weapons, quell a disturbance that threatens others and as a means of self defense.

Rules for when school officials can physically restrain students, a policy that strictly forbids corporal punishment.

Proposed drop-out policies will require high school principals to write a letter to the parents of drop-outs, encouraging those students to return to school. The district would be required to notify the parents of a drop-out when the student has withdrawn from school.

Board members will also discuss a safe-schools policy that will require each school to devise a plan for campus security, student safety, visitors to campus, training in crisis prevention and management, reporting on-campus crimes to police, communication between school officials and law enforcement and procedures for reporting safety concerns on campus.

Tonight’s board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Re-1 district headquarters at 1405 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520

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