Student Discipline, and the lack thereof, has been the primary concern for teachers in Bristol the entire school year. To that end the BFT would like to offer a possible response.

BOE Student Discipline Policy is 5114 (along with Appendix A and B) and can be accessed via the CABE web site.

Policy on School Climate, very lengthy and revised in July 2018.

Language regarding student discipline in the BFT contract can be found here, in Article 28.

Teachers at each school building are advised to review these policies with colleagues. If sufficient staff feel that the policies are not being adhered to by administration at a particular building, a grievance can be filed. BFT officers are available to assist in this effort.

Further reading:

Suspension Reform is Tormenting Schools“, City Journal, December 2017

What Do Teachers Really Think about School Discipline Reform,” Education Writers Association, December 2018

Is School Discipline Reform Moving Too Fast?” The Atlantic, January 2018

Educators Worry Schools Are Botching Student Discipline Reform,” January 2017