Geneva High's Rules to Be Graded Panel Will Review Conduct Codes for Students in Extracurricular Activities
Ferak, John, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: John Ferak Daily Herald Staff Writer
Geneva High School students get three chances before they are banned from student organizations for possessing illegal substances.
Parents may think three strikes is too lenient for repeat users of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
Others may disagree.
At any rate, Dean Barb Schmidt wants to hear opinions.
"I want parents to feel they have a voice in the process and can be heard," Schmidt said.
Schmidt has organized a code of conduct committee to review the district's punishments for Geneva teenagers in student activities.
The panel is reviewing the three strikes policy and the entire book of conduct rules, such as student behavior, fair punishments and truancy issues, Schmidt said.
First-time violators of Geneva's substance abuse policy are placed in a prevention program. If the student completes the program, he or she will not lose eligibility.
Second-time offenders lose eligibility for one year. Third-time offenders are banned from Geneva extracurricular activities for good.
Geneva's student activity conduct code is 10 years old and needs fine-tuning, Schmidt said. Teenagers in athletics, band or other clubs must follow the code.
Schmidt's group will investigate a loophole in the discipline policy: an appeals process for students.
Second-time offenders can appeal their suspensions after serving a three-month punishment. Third-time offenders can appeal their lifetime ban after a six months of suspension.
"The committee will look at the whole picture," Schmidt said. …