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Pasco's Wiregrass High returns to after-school detention



When it first opened, Pasco Wiregrass Ranch High School relied upon in-school suspension (ISS) to deal with what principal Ray Bonti considers minor infractions, things such as tardiness and dress code violations.

In time, school leaders came to consider ISS a time waster, because it took students out of class. So last year Bonti brought back the staple punishment of years past, the after-school detention.

It worked so well that he has asked the School Board for permission to again spend school advisory council money on staff to continue the system.

"If we're able to provide a consequence after school, we have found that to be much more effective than taking them out of school for the day," Bonti told the Gradebook.

With after-school DT's (as they were called in the day), Wiregrass Ranch saw its ISS usage drop by half, allowing the school to have ISS just twice a week. That has freed up the aides who supervise the classroom to perform other school duties. The school also saw its tardies drop by 90 percent last year, Bonti said, because few teens wanted to spend their afternoons in detention.

The School Board is expected to approve the request. Have you seen any other schools finding useful new (or old) ways to deal with student disciplinary issues?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 1:46pm]


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