Pinellas seeking solutions for 'chronically disruptive students'
From the latest Friday Update (a newsletter that goes to Pinellas County School Board members):
A cross-functional team of region superintendents, directors, principals, and district administrators from guidance, social work, ESE and dropout prevention met for the second time Thursday to discuss possible solutions for providing services to chronically disruptive students. Four subcommittees shared reports from their particular areas: curriculum and instruction/materials; behavioral/school reintegration; locations/partnerships/parent education; and funding options/staffing model. Among the topics discussed were possible mid, north and south county locations where chronically disruptive students could be served; funding sources to accomplish the goal of providing services; and community organizations that might be available to partner with the district.
Committee members also discussed methods for ensuring that students receive credit for work they complete while they’re away from their schools and the importance of teacher-student relationships when the students return to their sender schools. The group will discuss possible staffing models at its next meeting on April 14.