July 13, 2006
The Albemarle County School Board did not make any changes to its code of conduct Thursday night. The board said it will wait to make a decision until its meeting in August.
However, the board did discuss some options. They proposed requiring all students involved in extra curricular activities to sign a pledge not to use alcohol or drugs. As of now only athletes sign that pledge.
New policies may also allow the school to discipline students for off-campus behavior, but the board chair said it was important to understand that the school acts as an educator, not as parents.
"I don't in any way want parents to feel like we are trying to tell them we can take their role better than they can take their role. Perhaps they need our assistance in their role, in which case we are more than happy to partner with them," said School Board Chair Sue Bell Friedman.
Whatever changes they ultimately do make, members said, it needed to be in language that was clear to students and parents.
They also said they want to focus on education and prevention in the schools, rather than simply putting into place more disciplinary measures.