[Blackstudies-l] Please Review the Rochester City Schools Draft of the Code of Conduct

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Fri May 20 06:57:53 EDT 2016

help stop the school to prison pipeline

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From: Eamonn Scanlon <eamonn at metrojustice.org>
Date: Thu, May 19, 2016 at 1:24 PM
Subject: take a moment to show your support
To: Maria Lima <lima at geneseo.edu>

Maria --

In just over a month the Rochester City School District has indicated it
will vote on their new code of conduct. This is the culmination of 18
months of hard work by many parents, community members, teachers, and

*Please take a moment to submit the sample feedback to the district website
below. By submitting this feedback you will strengthen protections for
students and parents in the Rochester City School District.*

On November 18, 2014, the AQE/Metrojustice Education Committee released
it's report Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline
in collaboration with the Advancement Project and Teen Empowerment. One of
the key recommendations of the report was to rewrite the RCSD discipline
code: to remove criminalizing language; focus on relationship-building;
make suspensions a last resort; and develop clear guidelines for discipline
that address large disparities by race, gender, disability status,
(Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transsexual, Queer or other)LGBTQ+ status, and
English as a second language.

The new code of conduct submitted to the RCSD achieved all these goals.
However, no document is perfect, and in the back and forth of editing by
the RCSD legal department some crucial language was dropped and other
language added. To ensure the integrity of the document and that the best
possible language is included, we ask you to take a moment to submit the
sample feedback below on the district website.

The final deadline for feedback on the draft code of conduct is *May 26. *So
please take a moment to use this link
click on the "online survey," and *enter the following:*

Under* Data Collection : Page 51, Line 3* - LGBTQ+ students have been
removed from the data collection section. We know LGBTQ+ students suffer
higher rates of suspensions than their peers and every effort should be
made to track how discipline policies are affecting LGBTQ+ students. Even
though tracking systems do not currently exist a working group should be
established by the Board of Education to create best practices related to
tracking for LGBTQ+ students that is sensitive to student privacy.

Under *Prevention, Intervention, and Guidance Interventions : Page 26,
Lines 20-31 - *Ending suspensions for minor offenses like walking the
halls, being late to class, or wearing a hat, is essential to ending the
school-to-prison pipeline. This section is crucial and should not be
weakened. Every disciplinary action must refer to the discipline matrix.
Clear guidelines for discipline reduces bias which is a major cause of
racial disparities in student discipline. I fully support ending
suspensions for minor offenses by using the Discipline Matrix.

Under *Enforcement for Persons other than Students : Page 50, Lines
2-5 - *Restorative
Practices emphasizes healing those who have been harmed by an incident.
Banishing parents from school property does not heal harm, build
understanding, or resolve conflict. A mediation or restorative circle
should be made available to parents before banishment from school property
is considered.

Thank you for your support!

Let's build a positive school climate for everyone, and keep kids safe and
in school.

Eamonn Scanlon

Metro Justice · 803 West Ave, Suite 370, Rochester, NY 14611, United States
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