District may revise discipline policy

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 18, 1999

The Natchez-Adam School District is looking at updating its discipline policy.

As part of this process, school psychologists Dr. Dale Bailey and Dr. Joel S. Guyer have surveyed all the district’s staff on the exiting policy.

&uot;Before you change something you need to get some baseline data,&uot; Guyer said.

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Guyer and Bailey discussed the results at a recently formed Discipline Committee meeting this month.

The committee has not yet made any concrete recommendations but it will meet again in January.

&uot;We have to look at our discipline policy because kids have changed — society has changed,&uot; said Superintendent Dr. Carl Davis.

The district’s teachers have had many concerns recently about discipline.

Teachers say they are dealing with a lot a behavior and anger management type problems, Davis said.

Often students have trouble paying attention and sitting still during class, Davis said.

The district is looking into other ways to punish children than in-school suspension and regular suspension.

&uot;Sending them home may not be the best thing for them,&uot; Davis said. &uot;I think what we have to do is find a way to keep those kids in school (and) preferably in class.&uot;

The students may need a different type program such as behavior modification, he added.

&uot;Our goal is not to send them home,&uot; Davis said.

The district already has some of those programs available and has also set up a Saturday morning seat time or detention time.