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Fairfax Superintendent Recommends Changes To Discipline Policy

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Fairfax's discipline policy has come under increasing criticism in the aftermath of the suicide of a high-schooler facing disciplinary action.

One of Superintendent Jack Dale's recommendations would give principals more discretion in deciding punishments, particularly for first-time offenses and cases involving prescription drugs.

In some previous cases, a student has been forced to transfer for carrying a single unauthorized capsule.

"That's the one where parents are saying that may be a little too tough, and we would agree," Dale says.

Dale says this should lead to fewer involuntary transfers of students to other schools within the district.

He is also proposing the district begin keeping audio recordings of every discipline hearing. Currently, only discipline hearings that have reached the school board level are recorded.

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