On December 3, 2019, the Richland 2 School Board will consider a major re-write to Board Policy JICDA Code of Conduct. The title should be more fully listed as Code of Conduct and Discipline, as stated within the policy in Paragraph 3, although not capitalized.
Is this all boiler-plate from the South Carolina School Boards Association?
The part of the Code of Conduct and Discipline that may concern parents is JICDA-R, referred to an administrative rule.
After reading Andrew Pollack's Why Meadow Died, I began wondering how Richland 2 distinguishes between categories of conduct in its schools. Was there any way that Richland 2 policies might mirror those at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida? Could the administration of policies here be similar to that at MSD?
Are we plagued with guilt here over the "school-to-prison" pipeline (theory)? For me, it's black-and-white. Don't do crime; don't do the time. Do offenders get to "skate by" from one grade to the next, if offenses of a prior year are written off and forgotten, after a school year ends?
Watch for follow-up articles on Levels I, II and III of school disciplinary offenses.
If you can't wait, go to Board Policies and begin reading JICDA-R.
To find it, go to www.richland2.org
Click on EXPLORE
Click on School Board
Click on BOARD POLICIES
Click on J-STUDENTS
Click on Policy JICDA
Click on Policy JICDA-R
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