Richmond County Board of Education OKs alternative discipline program

Principals in Richmond County will have the option of assigning minor community service projects to students instead of short-term suspension for discipline issues.

In an alternative discipline program approved by the board of education Tuesday, students can choose to clean gum off desks, dust trophy cases, pick up trash or other projects instead of receiving an in-or out-of school suspension of less than 10 days.

Offenses requiring more than 10 days of discipline will still follow the tribunal process, according to board attorney Pete Fletcher.

Under the program, parents and students have to agree to the alternative discipline and adhere to certain rules.

All community service projects would take place at the school.

Fletcher said at least one principal has experimented with the program in the past, but it will launch districtwide for the first time.

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