Parents Ask School District For Consistent Discipline Policy

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At a Monday night meeting, members of the Payson Education Advocacy Group called the Payson High School discipline policy "vague" and asked the Payson Unified School District's Discipline Committee for a more structured system.

In a memo to the committee, the EAC asked the middle and high school to create and use a consequences disciplinary action chart, to include first offense and repeated offenses with the minimum and maximum consequences.

Tawnya Allaire, a member of the EAC, cited the word-for-word disparity between the discipline policy in the PHS handbook and the discipline policy online.

EAC also wants the due-process policy at the suspension level to include the principal, the student, the student's parent/guardian and an advocate of the student's choice -- a counselor, coach or teacher.

The board reviews PUSD's discipline policies every three years. The last time was in October 2005.

The laws of each Arizona school district are online at http://www.azsba.org/.

The Discipline Committee will meet again April 23.

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