The Alta School Board wants to make a "gray" school Good Conduct Policy "black and white" by the end of the 2001-2002 school year, and will begin examining ways to "darken" the code at upcoming board meetings for the rest of this academic year.
The board brought up the issue during their monthly meeting Monday night, as many of those present felt the current reading of the policy had too many gray areas for it to be as effective as desired.
School board members will seek input from various citizens of the community about what should be changed and how those changes would take place in the future.
Alta Superintendent Fred Maharry said it was an important topic for those on the school board to review.
"There are a lot of questions about this we have to address," Alta Superintendent Fred Maharry said. "I'm ready to start talking to people and telling them that we have some changes in mind and that we need their input on these changes. The good conduct policy is definitely an issue we need to bring up and talk about."
"Our definitions right now are so gray that almost anything slips," board member Richard Marshall said. "We have to define what performances are, what events are, and what penalties will be assessed for each violation. First we have to define it, then we have to enforce it."
One area which will receive special attention from the school board is the "two-day rule," in which student violators who turn themselves in to school officials have their punishment reduced by 50 percent.
For example, an Alta football player who violates any part of the good conduct policy is supposed to receive a four-game suspension, but, if he reports the violation to officials within two days, the suspension is cut from four to two contests.
Maharry said many schools do not offer a reduction of 50 percent for self-reported violations, and said the current good conduct policy now is lenient compared to policies many other school districts across the state implement to their own students.
Board members will review penalties for students who are in National Honor Society and student council and violate the policy, and will also take a look at the enforcement of the code regarding Alta students involved in athletics, speech, fine arts, drill team and other activities offered at the middle school and high school levels.