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Discipline rules under review

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

Tahoe-Truckee High School staff and administration are looking at revising the school’s discipline policy, both for athletics and school rules.

School officials say the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees is currently evaluating districtwide discipline activity and that TTHS is considering changing their athletic discipline policy to match that of North Tahoe High School.

“We have our policy, it’s in place,” TTHS principal Dennis LeBlanc said. “It was created by the coaches and the kids.”

He said the idea to change the current policy was sparked when the board asked the school to review its policy.

“In life, timing is everything,” he said. “We had been directed to review these things and it so happened that an incident occurred and the timing was the same.”

A TTHS football player was recently suspended from the team for an unspecified amount of time. School officials said the move to review discipline policies is unrelated to the incident.

The main difference between the athletic discipline policies at the two high schools is that rules only apply if a North Tahoe student gets into trouble while participating school-related event, but for TTHS students the policy kicks in regardless.

TTUSD Superintendent Pat Gemma said the district is in the process of forming a discipline committee to look at the different practices districtwide. The committee will hopefully be made up representative from administration, staff at all levels, students and parents. They will review both athletic policies and districtwide general school rules.

In the meantime, he said, old policies will be implemented.

“The board has given the direction that they want the district policies to be the same,” Gemma said.

Students involved with TTHS leadership have been brainstorming what ways they think the policy should be changed.

“If the kids want to review (the policy), they will have to sit down and review it with coaches, kids, staff and parents,” LeBlanc said.


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