News 12 This Morning
September 16, 2013
RICHMOND CO., Ga. (WRDW)--"We don't have to kick the kids out to learn a lesson. We teach them the lesson here," said LaToya Pollard.
Stepmom to a 17-year-old high school senior, Pollard feels Richmond County's decision to implement Alternative Disciplinary Consequences is a good one.
"You have kids that are not bad students, just make bad decision sometimes and to me that would be better than than tarnishing their records when they have goals than they want to achieve," said Pollard.
The Board passed this new initiative last week.
"We felt like this would be a good way to give them an alternative discipline rather than sending them home by allowing them to come to school but do some sort of community service around the school," said Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey.
And Spivey says it's not a new idea.
"When I was a principal at Westside High School, we did this every other Saturday...cleaning the trophy cabinets, they actually took the gum off the bottom of the desks, we used rubber gloves. They washed walls," Spivey explained.
Alternative consequences won't be for every student, it will depend on the situation and Spivey says principals will be deciding how to roll it out at their individual schools.
"This is for students who would've been suspended out of school whether it be for a violation of tardy policy, whether they have too many cuts from class, whether they had some disruptive behavior," he explained.
And as a parent, Pollard says she'd be in support of her son using taking part in this option if he ever got into trouble.
"Yes, because that builds the other students," she said. "That helps the character in the school, showing them that we're going to clean up the school."
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