WJC School Board to review lunch prices, code of conduct on Tuesday

WILLIAMSBURG – Members of the Williamsburg-James City School Board will meet Tuesday to consider raising school lunch prices, updating the student code of conduct and discipline definitions, and perhaps ban electronic cigarettes on school grounds.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in room 402 of the central offices at James Blair.

On the table is a 10-cent increase in lunch prices to help the school division keep up with the federal law that covers free, reduced and paid school lunches. According to WJC documents, that law – known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 – says that "if the paid lunch price is less than the difference between the total federal reimbursement for a free lunch and the total federal reimbursement for a paid lunch, then the lunch price must increase."

The School Board reviews the student code of conduct annually. As part of a review of areas of disciplinary offenses, adjustments are proposed to the definitions of bullying and cyberbullying; "disrespect" has been added as an offense separate from defiance and insubordination; gang activity and hazing have been added as offenses separate from harassment and discrimination; and more. Other changes to the policy and procedure manual, including the section of "due process safeguards" that govern suspension and expulsion, will also be discussed.

Also on the table is a proposal to add electronic cigarettes to the types of tobacco products and alternative tobacco products prohibited on campus. A final School Board decision is also expected on the topic of inclement weather make-up days.

MoreTo view the School Board agenda in its entirety, visit the school division's new website at http://www.wjccschools.org and select "Meetings" under the School Board drop-down menu. The James Blair building is located at 117 Ironbound Rd. in Williamsburg.

Sampson can be reached at 757-345-2345.