Jim Justice has barred in-person instruction from Thanksgiving through Dec. But the West Virginia Education Association said in a statement that officials should go further and end classroom instruction for the rest of the year.
But the Republican governor and health officials said they were weighing questions such as the effectiveness of virtual learning and how to fill care gap. Seventeen counties reported enough virus spread this weekend to suspend in-person instruction at schools in those counties this week. Two other counties, Nicholas and Wetzel, voluntarily chose to move to fully remote learning as well.
Some parents and education advocates question handling kids like criminals. In a study of inner-city Chicago students, those who were first arrested during their freshman or sophomore year of high school were up to eight times more likely to drop out than their peers who had never been arrested. Once a case goes to court, according to local public defenders, students will often be sent back to school with a six-month juvenile probation order.
That order forbids students from having unexcused school absences or tardies, disobeying their parents' or school rules, and missing their court-ased curfew and probation appointments — in addition to not using drugs or alcohol or committing any crimes. The Department of Juvenile Justice monitors their probation and tracks their in-school discipline and attendance records electronically.
Probation does not always encourage good behavior. The deputy placed Infiniti in the backseat of his cruiser to cool off, but he didn't have to cuff her.
He released both girls to family members with a charge of disturbing schools. Infiniti had to write an essay about what she learned from her mistake, write a letter of apology to her school and serve 12 hours of community service cleaning up at a fire station. Infiniti considered it a fair outcome. In most cases, officers release them to a parent or guardian with a court date. Some students go to trial in Family Court.
Teacer to Love, what's more common is seejs intervention, which allows students to complete community service or drug counseling, which can keep them from entering the juvenile justice system. For first-time offenders in Charleston County, police will sometimes charge a student with disturbing schools and send him or her to Youth Court, where fellow students argue the merits of the case and as a sentence — often community service — to studeny the crime.
Generally speaking, law enforcement agencies in South Carolina are leaning less heavily on the disturbing schools charge than they did at the turn of the millennium. One reason may be that it arouses so much controversy, Elliot said. In some cases, law enforcement agencies have made conscious efforts to reduce student arrests.
School resource officers in the city of Charleston discuss every incident with a supervisor before making a final decision to ensure laws are enforced consistently, Mullen said. Mullen and his counterparts in North Charleston and Mount Pleasant all said their officers have worked to establish better relationships shudent at-risk students through mentoring and community outreach programs.
Charleston County schools also offer more help to troubled students than they used to, Love said, including mental health counseling and a new drug intervention program starting in the coming school year. But at a certain point, the law still requires an arrest. Many times when you make that arrest, you're forcing parents to do something.
You're forcing the system to say, 'OK, this kid has done all this behavior. Now they're forced to go do community service to show some kind of punishment.
They might be forced to go to a different school. But that's not always the case.
School resource officers sometimes consult with assistant principals before making an arrest, and the majority of disturbing schools incident reports reviewed by The Post and Courier started with a school employee calling an SRO. At Northwoods Middle School, which led the district with 75 disturbing schools arrests from August to DecemberSchool Resource Officer Tiffani Crider said she typically doesn't intervene in student discipline until a student concern specialist, assistant principal and principal have each tried to address the behavioral issue first.
In the past year, the justice ministry gained a powerful ally at the school district in Jennifer Coker, the new head of alternative programs. She was promoted in January after years at the helm of Daniel Jenkins working with kids on the cusp of the school-to-prison pipeline. Charleston County schools Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait tasked Coker with reviewing all of the district's disciplinary practices, and Coker came back with some radical suggestions.
The first to take effect is a new progressive discipline plan, which was recently approved by the school board. Starting in the fall, feacher officials will be instructed to avoid automatically suspending students for getting in fights or even for showing up to school intoxicated.
Some in-school penalties have Charlestpn reduced, and the district is prescribing specific punishments for first and repeat offenses to promote consistency across the county. Challenging the law Meanwhile, advocates are attempting to curb disturbing schools charges statewide.
Dunn said other ACLU branches could issue similar challenges in other states. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman launched a Safe Schools Taskforce of educators, law enforcement officials and parents charged with determining the best practices for student discipline. One of the recommendations issued by the task force calls for SRO involvement only when a student's behavior Charlestonn to the level of criminal conduct.
After the task force's recommendations are approved by the State Board of Education and reviewed by the Legislature, school districts will be required to comply with them as early as the school year. Two bills introduced in the House and the Senate would have clarified the disturbing schools statute to reflect its original intent by excluding students and threatening only unwelcome outsiders with studeht.
A third bill would have created a restorative justice study committee charged with reviewing the state's juvenile justice laws.