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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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On Thursday, August 14 at 8 p.m., WJCT-TV and 89.9 FM in partnership with News4Jax will simulcast a First Coast Forum program examining the school to prison pipeline. This report is a preview of that discussion.

On a recent morning just a few weeks before school starts, teachers gather in Atlantic Coast High School for CHAMPS training.

“You do have expectations for behavior for your kids when they come to the carpet; every teacher does,” one instructor tells the others. “All you have to do is wrap it up for us in this acronym.”