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Disrespect is most common student offense in Washington County schools

April 16, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Students in Washington County Public Schools were cited more often for disrespect during the 2006-07 school year than any other offense.

Disrespect was the most common of many cases of bad behavior in the county's schools during that school year. Washington County Public Schools officials offered data on the six most common discipline referrals during the Board of Education's public business meeting Tuesday.

"A safe and secure environment is our number one priority," said Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction Michael Markoe.

Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Donna Hanlin cautioned board members that some of the offenses were subjective, and also that recording of student discipline referrals were not consistent countywide before the 2005-06 school year.

In the 2006-07 school year, the most common student offense was disrespect, with 871 disciplinary referrals throughout the school year, according to the report. The second most common offense was class disruption, with 630 referrals. That was a change from the previous school year, when refusal to obey school policies was the most common offense with 689 referrals.

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During the 2006-07 school year, 3,437 referrals for disrespect were given at the county's middle schools, up from the previous school year, when 1,178 were given.

In both years, class disruption was the second most common student offense in the county's middle schools. In 2006-07, there were 2,633 referrals - up from the previous school year, when there were 1,535, according to the report.

Disrespect also was the most common student offense seen in the county's high schools during the 2005-06 school year and the 2006-07 school year.

In 2005-06, there were 3,254 discipline referrals for disrespect - less than the 3,272 referrals recorded in the 2006-07 school year.

Refusal to obey school rules was the second most common offense in the county's high schools, according to the report. There were 2,519 disciplinary referrals for that offense during the 2005-06 school year - less than the 2,750 referrals recorded the following school year.

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