School board could stiffen cell phone, dress code policies

By By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
June 29, 2004
Meridian School Board members could vote today to suspend students for up to three days if they bring electronic devices including cell phones and pagers to class next year.
Board members also could tighten the district's dress code by requiring students to tuck shirttails in their slacks and wear undershirts beneath oversized T-shirts that otherwise would reveal flashes of skin.
Meridian School Superintendent Sylvia Autry said Monday she would like to see public school students wear uniforms. But, she said, most parents in the district don't support the idea.
Autry said the dress code changes come after she asked principals to form a committee and discuss the issue. Although the district has a strict dress code, she said, it sometimes is unenforced by administrators.
Students who violate the dress code would have to wait for their parents to bring a change of clothes. In some cases, she said, students will be allowed to go home with their parents, change clothes and return to school.
No cell phones
If board members adopt Autry's cell phone proposal, students could be suspended for up to three days if caught with an electronic device two or more times.
Autry said after the first offense, parents would have to pick up their child's cell phone at the school's office.
School Board President Fred Wile would not comment specifically on the cell phone proposal until after today's meeting. But he said he agrees cell phones don't belong at school.
Autry and Wile aren't alone in their concerns about cell phones in school
In Lamar County in South Mississippi, the school board recently adopted a policy to suspend students if they bring cell phones to class. Lamar County school officials fear students could use cell phones or other electronic devices to cheat on tests.
Other business
In other business, Autry said she will ask the school board vote to alter the district's promotion policy.
Autry said she would like for principals to decide if students in the fourth- through the eighth-grades will earn a promotion if pass their grade if they pass all subjects except social studies.
Autry said since students are not tested by the state in social studies, the class should not be a determining factor in whether or not a student passes. She said the district's focus is on reading and language skills, and not content in regards to social studies.
Autry also said students in the fifth- and the eighth-grades will be tested by the state in science starting in 2005.

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