Code of Conduct changes focus on restorative practices

Code of Conduct changes focus on restorative practices

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jefferson County Public School leaders presented new changes to the Student Code of Conduct at a work session on Tuesday.

Recently appointed assistant superintendent Katy Zeitz presented the work from a Code of Conduct committee that includes teachers, administrators and parents.

The focus of the 2016-2017 is about addressing behavior offences with appropriate responses.

For example, Zeitz said the committee reviewed items that previously included suspension for tobacco use, academic honesty and profanity. Instead of removing the student from the classroom for these offenses, punishment will include programs that help them avoid the behavior.

"If I've got a chemical or tobacco addiction, sending me home for one to three days or six to 10 days, is not going to make me less dependent on tobacco," Zeitz said.

Instead, the committee is talking about smoking cessation programs.

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The offense "deliberate disruption" is now broken down into nine categories to specify the severity of the offense.

Board member Chris Brady asked for a quicker process for teachers to document student behavior offenses so instructional time won't be sacrificed.

Three schools will pilot a restorative practices program this upcoming school year.

Revised Code of Conduct will be presented to the board again in two weeks for an approval.

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