Jack Dale's response to Stuban family letter
Fairfax Superintendent Jack Dale replied Monday to a letter sent by the family of Nick Stuban, 15, a high school sophomore who killed himself on Jan. 20 in the aftermath of a disciplinary procedure. The full text of Dale's letter is below, and here's the letter from the Stuban family. Here's Donna St. George's main story on the case, and here's her follow-up today. Here's my blog post on the matter. And here's a column by Petula Dvorak.
Thank you for your letter. I want to assure you that we do annually review our discipline policies. This year’s review is scheduled for a Spring work session with the School Board. At that time we will also review any new laws passed by the Virginia general assembly. I note the General Assembly because you might be interested to know that many student discipline laws passed by the Virginia General Assembly compel us to take certain actions with given infractions – invariably, the law requires us to expel a student from his/her school. For example, most drug and weapon related infractions require an expulsion from school. Our staff and this School Board invariably find alternate placements for our students – in other regular or alternative schools – instead of expelling completely from our schools.
I have also included a link to our Student Rights and Responsibilities: http://www.fcps.edu/dss/ips/ssaw/SRNR/2010-11-SRR.pdf. Pages 7-9 delineate the changes in the SR&R since the prior year review. You will also note several references to state code. Your analysis of the state code and its impact on children might be useful information for our elected officials. The state code seems to have ‘zero tolerance’ for certain infractions. The due process requirements are also in the state code, and perhaps should be reviewed as well.
Again, thank you for your comments.
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