Flagler Schools seeks feedback for Code of Conduct revisions

Recommended changes include prohibiting elementary school students from using electronic devices on a school bus without advance permission from the driver.

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Flagler Schools is looking for feedback on revisions to the elementary and secondary schools’ Codes of Student Conduct for the 2024-25 academic year.

Among the recommended changes the district is considering are:

  • Allowing middle school students to wear flip flops and slides. Currently, only high school students are allowed to wear footwear without heels or straps.
  • Removing a section that says pajamas shall not be worn as clothing on campus while keeping criteria on what bottom attire is acceptable.
  • Adding to the elementary school code discipline directives for minor theft of an item valued at less than $25.
  • Changing cheating and plagiarism section to academic dishonesty, including artificial intelligence misuse, to keep up with current technology.
  • Changing skipping class from a period of 10 minutes or greater without staff approval to five minutes or greater.
  • Prohibiting elementary school students from using personal electronic devices on a school bus without advance permission from the driver.

John Fanelli, the school district’s student support and behavior coordinator, presented an update to the School Board at a May 7 workshop on recommendations, feedback and a timeline.

An updated revision draft will be presented to the board at a July 9 workshop with final board approval scheduled for the July 23 business meeting.

Through May 6, the district received 80 responses for feedback on code of conduct changes with the majority coming from parents (45%) and faculty/staff (36.3%).

Nearly half of the responses (43.8%) pertained to secondary school changes with 33.8% pertaining to elementary school changes and 22.5% pertaining to both.

The largest area with recommended changes (42.5%) was discipline, while 30% sought changes to the dress code and 10% to advanced classes and work.

People can provide feedback on the Codes of Student Conduct at https://www.flaglerschools.com/students-families/behavior-discipline.



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