Letter: Tardy policy unfair

 

The Richmond County School System (RCSS) has over 32,000 students in 56 schools that are subject to the school system’s Code of Conduct and Discipline. However, the Alternative School students are treated as if they are beneath the Code of Conduct and Discipline when it comes to tardy violations.

On page 12, Rule 12 of the Code of Conduct and Discipline, the consequences for tardy violations are progressive in severity up to the 21st tardy violation. Out-of-school suspensions do not begin until the 11th tardy violation.

However, this is not how tardy violations are addressed in the Alternative School. The progressive discipline afforded to students in other Richmond County schools is withheld from Alternative School students. Instead of receiving progressive discipline for a tardy violation, students are severely punished for each tardy violation.

For example, beginning with the first tardy violation, students who are late, even for one minute, are not allowed to enter the school – which means they are deprived of classroom learning for a whole day. Each subsequent violation is treated the same.

Thus, not allowing a student to enter the Alternative School because of one tardy violation is like an administrator kicking a student who is already down. Students in other schools are not mistreated in this way.

By their silence, Richmond County School Superintendent Dr. Angela Pringle and Assistant Superintendent Dr. LaMonica Hillman are saying they agree with this egregious, draconian policy.

The Alternative School tardy policy resembles a humiliating hazing ritual and should never have been allowed to exist in the Richmond County school system.

Kevin Palmer

Martinez

 

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