Guilford County Code of Conduct Update
In June 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 736, which enacted significant changes to the way student discipline issues are handled by local school districts. The new legislation emphasizes the importance of balancing the need to address student misbehavior with the need to ensure that students are able to progress academically and graduate on time.
The goals of the new legislation include: cutting down on suspensions and expulsions; reorganizing the statutes to be internally consistent and easy to use; adding definitions and clarifying ambiguities to avoid costly and lengthy litigations; codifying case law to make the rules easier to follow; and providing additional flexibility for school personnel.
GCS has produced a document that incorporates those changes into existing GCS policies and updates the student handbook your child received at the start of the school year. Click here to review this information and use it as a reference throughout the remainder of the 2011-12 school year. These changes went into effect on June 23, 2011.
Additional Policy Revisions at Northern:
The Northern Guilford High School Tardy Policy has been revised due to the high number of student tardies. The behavioral support committee proposed a revised tardy policy that incorporates the use of after-school detention and a revamped in-school suspension to the School Improvement Team which was approved on January 16th. The new procedures have been developed in an effort to better meet the educational needs of all students and the instructional needs of staff. In order to protect valuable classroom instruction for all students, these revisions will be implemented on January 23, 2012, the beginning of third quarter. Students will be informed of the new policy during a Hawk’s Nest lesson.
After-school detention is assigned by the classroom teacher for violations of classroom rules. Students will be assigned for the next available after school session. After-school detention will be held Monday-Thursday from 4:00pm to 4:45pm. Students will be expected to be in the detention room (293) by 4:00pm and parents are responsible for providing transportation home by 5:00pm. After-school detention will take priority over after school help sessions and all extra-curricular activities. Students are expected to complete their academic assignments in ASD and the GCS code of conduct will be followed. For additional information, please click on the NGHS Policies link.