Parents Ask School District For Consistent Discipline Policy


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

The Discipline Committee will meet again April 23.

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