Code of Conduct

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Updated 8/2 at 2 p.m. with a correction (see below).  

The Duval County School Board approved some changes to the student code of conduct for schools on Tuesday.

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The Duval County School Board is expected to approve an updated student Code of Conduct Monday evening.

The new policy is likely to result in fewer school suspensions, sending students instead to alternative to out of school suspension centers.

WJCT wanted to know from Duval students. Which punishment is more effective?

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This story has been updated.

Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the rules governing kids’ behavior on school buses should be stricter.


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An oversight committee decided Thursday the majority of city dollars earmarked for an alternative to out-of-school suspension program will now be used for programs to keep kids out of jail.

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Duval County School Board members are split about what should be considered self defense when it comes to fighting in schools.

The board approved the new language at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Among the changes in next year’s Code of Conduct is how students are allowed to react when fights break out at school. Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says now students won’t get in trouble if they defend themselves during an attack.

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In three weeks, Duval County students will start a new school year, and they’ll also have new consequences if they misbehave at school.

On Tuesday evening, the Duval County School Board approved changes to the district’s Code of Conduct.

For two years, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has placed an emphasis on alternatives to out-of-school suspensions. Instead students were given in-school suspensions, mediated group discussion and behavioral contracts.  

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An attempt to add a self-defense provision to the newly revised Duval Schools Code of Student Conduct was shot down Tuesday evening.