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New rules considered on student misconduct

November 15, 2000

New rules considered on student misconduct



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


The Washington County Board of Education is considering a policy that offers the option of suspending or expelling students for off-campus misconduct.

Bill McKinley, executive director of support services, presented the draft policy to School Board members at a work session Tuesday morning.

The policy has not been approved but will be considered by the Board Member Policy Committee, which consists of School Board members. The board does not have a similar policy in place, McKinley said.

Under the policy, discipline could be taken for the following examples of misconduct committed off school property:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The manufacture and/or distribution of controlled substances

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Assault and battery

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Use or possession of a weapon, including a firearm

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> A crime of violence as described in the Annotated Code of Maryland

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Extortion

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McKinley said similar policies are popular elsewhere.

"School systems around the country seem to be talking about it," McKinley said Wednesday.

The policy, if adopted, would give the School Board the right to take action if it thought "a student's conduct occurring off school premises has a reasonable likelihood of affecting the health and/or safety of others in school and/or has a direct effect on the order and general welfare of the school."

There was no decision on when or if the policy might be adopted.

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