BY MENNA ABDEL-SALAM AND JAMES PERKINS NOVEMBER 25 2014
At Rose, there are many disciplinary measures that are taken when students violate rules. Students can be sent to Choice or In School Suspension (ISS) based on the degree of the student’s misconduct. According to Choice coordinator Lori Moore, who has been in charge since 2010, students get sent to Choice on a daily basis for a variety of reasons.
“Most of the time I get students coming in because of dress code violations,” Moore said. “Some students are sent because they disrupt class and break school rules.”
Many of the rules that are broken include eating in the classroom, talking during a lesson, sleeping in the middle of class or being disrespectful.
“I just don’t understand their reasons for not complying with the rules,” Moore said.
Some students get sent to Choice more often than others. Moore says that when a student has been sent to Choice more than twice a day, the Administrators are allowed to take the Student to ISS or punish them further based on their actions.
“Sometimes, teachers don’t even hand out Choice or ISS slips,” Moore said. “Administrators can do that instead because teachers need to focus on teaching their class.”
Typically, students are aware of why they are being admitted to Choice; however, some of them do not even realize why they are being sent in the first place. Freshman Shaun Harris is one of those students.
“My teacher sent me to Choice for the last 10 minutes of class and I don’t even know why,” Harris said.
While in Choice, students are expected to follow basic school rules as well rules specific only to Choice, such include standing up the entire time, limited socializing and not using technology.
“I think it’s pointless and not effective,” Harris said.
Students who miss a class period are expected to make up their missed work on their own time.
“It’s their responsibility to get caught up,” Moore said. “If you disrupt the class, it’s your fault not the teacher’s, so you have to work it out with them later.”
Harris said he used SMART Block to work on the assignments he missed in class. Unlike Harris, freshman Hayes Wicher, who was also sent to Choice, said he did not have to make up any work because he did not miss any class time.
“I was sent to Choice during SMART Block because I was not in proper dress code,” Wicher said.
According to Wicher, he was wearing athletic pants with a single white stripe down his leg and didn’t think he should have been sent to Choice for it. However, Moore believes that students should be punished for breaking the rules, regardless of how silly it may seem, so that they don’t do it again.
“When you have students going to Choice every now and then, it’s not a problem, but when you have 10-15 visits, that’s ugly,” Moore said.
Although Choice is the place that is supposed to help students to learn from their mistakes, not all of them feel that way.
“I feel annoyed that one single stripe on my pants got me sent to choice,” Wicher said. “But it is what it is.”