Should ISS be used for dress code violations?

In school suspension is used very frequently to punish people who don’t necessarily deserve it. When people get in fights and can’t be put back in class, they are sent to ISS for the rest of the day. ISS should only be used for major discipline issues such as fighting or insubordination. These issues are a big deal, and negatively impact other students as well as the student themselves. On the contrary, the policy that states that dress code violators are sent to ISS if they do not have an alternate outfit is very unnecessary. This takes away from the student’s education and is an extreme form of punishment for a minor school code violation.

All school have a different idea on what a “dress code violation” would be. If an administrator or teacher dress codes a student and that individual does not have a change of clothes they will be placed in ISS for the remainder of the day or until their parent can bring them a change of clothes. This is wrong because by placing the student in ISS, you’re taking away a day of education and sending a message to the student that dress code is more important than your education.

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Another thing ISS is also frequently used for is attendance violations. A recent tardy policy has been put in place that cracks down on the amount of tardies a student can receive before adequate consequences are given. The first 3 tardies are a warning. The fourth results in a lunch detention. The fifth tardy is 1 administrative detention from 3:45-5:45 and the sixth is 2 administrative detentions. The seventh tardy results in 1 Friday night school from 3:45-7:00pm and the eighth is 2 Friday night schools. The ninth tardy results in one day of ISS and a parent conference. The tenth tardy is 2 days of ISS and the eleventh is 3 days of ISS and an attendance contract. There are now lockouts every period to enforce these punishments. I think that lockouts are ineffective because the whole point of lockouts is to punish late students and cause them to stop being late to class. With the way the system is set up, lockouts ends up taking kids out of class longer than it would have taken them to go to class and simply be marked tardy in the system by their teacher. For example, if a student has a test and they are tardy, they have to miss valuable test time. Instead, it would be better for tardies were managed at the teacher level with discipline being run by the teachers themselves.

“I got ISS for attendance because I was late and missed a lot of school and I was given Saturday school. I showed up to Saturday school and nobody was here so I left and they gave me ISS for “missing it”. I think it’s ridiculous for putting me in ISS, causing me to miss more school, as a punishment for missing school in the first place,” said senior Alex King.

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