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Hillsborough High leads district in 5-day-plus suspensions

Forty over-five-day suspensions this school year came from Hillsborough High School, according to a district  report.

Forty over-five-day suspensions this school year came from Hillsborough High School, according to a district report.

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Hillsborough High School led the district in longer out-of-school suspensions so far this school year, with 40, the district reports.

Officials have been monitoring suspensions closely as part of an overall effort to keep students in school and deal with their problems instead of casting them out and causing them to lose instruction time.

As part of that effort, the district requires principals to get permission from their area superintendents for any suspension of more than five days. 

These numbers capture the period between the beginning of the school year and Nov. 30.

Hillsborough was followed closely by East Bay High, with 37 over-five-day suspensions; and Chamberlain High, with 36.

Among middle schools, McLane led with 22. Booker T. Washington Elementary School had four, placing it at the top of the elementary list. 

Overall, the district has reported a sharp drop in suspensions this year, and positive results from its school success teams. A quarterly report shows total out-of-school-suspensions (not just those more than five days) were down by 25 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Incidents were down by 15 percent. The earlier report, which showed unduplicated numbers (in other words, counting students instead of incidents) showed Hillsborough High in the middle range of the district's 27 high schools.

The district is also continuing to invest in its Student Success program, based on first-quarter numbers that showed the 5,574 at-risk students who were served by that program improved in behavior and attendance. Academic results, which were harder to measure, were mixed but improved for 58 percent of the students.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 17, 2015 6:38pm]

    

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