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Calvert County schools looking for input on Code of Conduct

Calvertlogo2Now is the time for Calvert County parents to weigh in on the changes to the Student Code of Conduct for the 2014-15 school year.

Calvert County Public Schools is seeking public comment regarding the changes which primarily involve student suspensions and cell phone use. Members of the Board of Education reviewed the changes at a meeting last month. The document is available on the school system website for public comment until June 27.

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) adopted new discipline regulations earlier this year, necessitating changes to guidelines for student suspensions. A new chart of progressive discipline outlines the six levels of response to student behavior. Although some offenses, such as possession of a weapon or drugs, would result in immediate referral to law enforcement, others would be first addressed through administrative responses at the lowest level, such as classroom management strategies. Subsequent offenses would be addressed with progressively more stringent consequences. The language of the code complies with MSDE guidelines to keep students in school by reducing suspensions.

Restrictions on student use of electronic and communication devices are greatly reduced in the revised code. Essentially, students must comply with school and classroom procedures for electronic and communication devices. The school system recognizes that portable devices can enhance instructional practices in schools and have many positive aspects. The school system will not, however, be responsible for the theft, loss, and/or damage of electronic and communication devices.

Comments should be submitted to Karen Maxey at maxeyk@calvertnet.k12.md.us.

The Code of Conduct can be accessed here.

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