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Vernon School Board to Start Getting Reports on Disruptive Students

The reports will be presented once a month.

The Board of Education will soon be receiving reports on the disruptive behavior of students.

The request was made on Tuesday by school board member William "Wil" Nicholson. Nicholson said he has grown weary of hearing reports of such behavior and wants a list compiled to help the board formulate a plan to deal with the students subscribing to it.

Nicholson said his major point of reference was a recent situation in an elementary school that caused a teacher to move students into a hallway while the disruptive student was calmed down.

The student was flailing about the room and knocked over furniture and equipment, he said.

Nicholson said he wants to be assured that disruptive students do not take learning time away from students who behave.

The school board settled on monthly reports from administrators.

A launch date for the reports will be announced once a system is established.

"We will be preparing a monthly report for the board, and in order to prepare as thorough a report as possible, we will be following the advice of the board’s attorney with regard to the level of specificity in order to protect the board and the privacy of students," Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway said.

School board member David Kemp asked Conway who pays for any damage to school property that might be caused by a disruptive student. Conway said the parents are sent a bill.

Vernon Resident October 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM
So at this point there is nothing in place? I would love to know what the current policy / procedure is.... Certainly in a town the size of Vernon this has come up prior no?
Chris Dehnel (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM
What the superintendent has to determine is, because the meetings are recorded on camera and because it involves juveniles, what can be included in both a written and live report.
Emily October 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Call the school phycologist to come in and sit on the kids head till his/her mother or father can come to school and retrieve the child. There is NO reason other children should have to have thier education disrupted. 100 years ago when I was in school there was a chair outside the principles office that would be reserved for kids like this.
Paul Stansel October 11, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Except that with all the efforts to mainstream kids who have legitimate problems that sometimes cause behavioral issues (Autism, Aspergers, mood disorders, etc;) you sometimes DO have episodes like this in the classroom. As the parent of a special needs kid trust me, its a special kind of hell to sit and wonder every day if you are going to be called or not to come down to the school.
EAdams October 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Emily do you sit on your child's when when he or she isn't behaving in a perfect manner?
Emily October 11, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Yes!
Vernon Taxpayer October 11, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Thanks for the comment Paul. It sure helps when people can see both sides of a situation. It is also important to be understanding and compassionate and to teach this to our children.
Sarah October 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
A student causing that severe a disruption would not SIT in said chair. That is why the class has to be removed. Times have changed.
Nancy Krupienski October 13, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I agree with Paul and Vernon Taxpayer. If you take a couple of minutes to talk with your child about these situations they are actually very understanding and compassionate. When you explain to your kids that learning does not come easy to everyone, and that everyone has their own set of challenges, it is a great lesson in compassion for others. It takes a village to raise a child, and that includes help sometimes from their peers. If my son knows someone is struggling, I see him step up and try to talk to them and provide encouragement. When my son was very sick his classmates did the same for him. People do need to see both sides of the story, if this was your child how would you feel? Parents need to help each other out for all of our kids to succeed.

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