Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mt. Lebanon Schools Board To Vote On Alcohol Policy

NOTE: This article is from last Thursday, March 11.

The Mt. Lebanon school board may vote Monday on an alcohol policy to address
violations that are not school-related.

The school board has been discussing the district's alcohol and drug policies over the past few months after police issued drinking citations to about 40 Mt. Lebanon High School students at two separate parties during October.

The district has a policy to address school-related alcohol violations, but not one for non-school-related offenses.

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Blogger Dave Franklin said...

Anything that gives a kid another reason to say "No" is fine by me; however, I'm old school. I miss the days when you didn't need a "policy". If you got busted for drinking, were doing poorly in school or otherwise messing up, your coach benched you. Period. Why do we need a policy for everything?? Just do what's right.

And frankly, while we're coming up with policies to better police the younger folks in our community who we expect will screw up, who's developing the policy to address the parents that encourage them to screw up? Unfortunately we can't suspend them from being parents for 30 days.

March 17, 2010 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, we agree again.
This is another tough issue for the board, in a long line of tough ones, don't envy their task.
If th policy can be applied equitably, my thinking its not such a bad idea. Thought the athletic pledge was suppose to do the same thing? And, Ms. Posti last week had a question which seemed valid. Haven't heard how'll they handle it yet?
Dean Spahr

March 17, 2010 6:01 PM  
Blogger Matt C. Wilson said...

I guess I question the impetus for the policy?

Because I'm with Dave - I wish we didn't need a policy to try to promote (or enforce?) doing what's right. It is a bit of a disappointing surprise that the board feels they need to formalize something like this.

Is the school board experiencing trouble with pushback from parents of students who have engaged in this behavior? Is this a pre-emptive maneuver so that there is some kind of legal backup to point to if a teacher, coach, or other student supervisor "benches the kid" and faces some kind of retribution?

I'm sure there are good intentions here, and protecting kids is a good thing, no doubt. But I guess I worry about having a formal policy causing the scale to tip the other way. I hope having this policy to point to doesn't incite anyone to abuse their authority.

April 12, 2010 12:48 AM  

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