Discipline in Schools

By: John Tramontana
By: John Tramontana

Whether you're a student at Eastern, Sexton, or Everett, disciplinary action will be a focus of school administrators. High school principals say they'll be weeding out the trouble makers to ensure the district runs smoothly.

"Very few people cause the bulk of the problems," Everett principal Susan Land said. "We have to work with them and try to change their behavior and get them on the same page with us."

Part of maintaining consistency is using the district's code of conduct as a tool. Each students is given a copy at the beginning of the year and is expected to follow it.

The principals are staying in close contact weekly through phone calls and e-mails as they work toward keeping order.

"We all have the same goals for our kids," Land added. "We want them to do well in school. We want our buildings to run smoothly and we want it to be safe. Given we all have the same thing in mind, it makes the collaboration quite an easy process."

This year, the district began using Lansing police officers in schools to maintain safety. So far, the program is working out well. But with so many school shootings and lock downs in the past month, additional precautions have taken effect. One in particular is keeping school doors locked.

"We keep them locked and we make sure public safety officers and staff monitor it because we want to keep it safe around the schools," said Reniero Araoz, the district's secondary schools director. "That's ciritical."

Administrators added similar programs are in effect in the middle schools.


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