The Williamsburg-James City County School Board reviewed the proposed 2019-2020 student code of conduct and awarded a contract for Matthew Whaley Elementary School's new mobile educational classroom trailer at its regular work session Tuesday.
Stephanie Bourgeois, senior director of student services, said the updates and changes to the code of conduct were suggested by the Code of Conduct Committee, which is comprised of parents and school staff.
One major change to the code is allowing Saturday school as a punishment for level two offenses rather than level one.
The discipline tiers also now state their intended purpose. Level one responses are listed as “intended to prevent further behavioral issues while keeping the student in school.”
The proposed code now includes a section called “How Can I Tell If It Is Bullying" to help students and parents differentiate between conflict, rude or mean actions and bullying.
For example, conflict or a rude action isn’t planned, while an act of bullying is premeditated.
Finally, the code of conduct covers pupils in pre-K through grade 5 rather than just K-5, in order to cover the entire student population served by W-JCC.
The board also awarded a contract to Mobilease Modular Space Inc. for a Mobile Educational Classroom Trailer for Matthew Whaley Elementary School.
It will cost the district $50,886 to get the mobile classroom to the school, and an additional $2,282.26 every month it's used. These costs were incorporated into next year’s budget.
The next W-JCC School Board meeting is 6:30 p.m. June 18 at the Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St.
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