Carol DanielBy Carol Daniel

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two years ago, 10-day suspensions appeared to be the norm in the Normandy School District, but that’s not the case anymore.

And there are several reasons why.

Assistant superintendent of administrative services Dr. Trish Atkins says 286 students received 10-day or longer suspensions two years ago.

This year, that number is 17.

The high school is smaller after students transferred out of the unaccredited district, but new administrative staff have been brought in as well and she says new policies are in place for teachers.

“What is classroom-managed behavior, What is office-managed behavior?,” she says. “We work with students on expectations in the classroom and throughout the school setting, and we have seen a significant decline from the numbers we had two years and even the numbers we had last year.”

Atkins says it can be easier for a teacher to just send a student to the office for minor but frequent infractions like not having a uniform, but behavior that should have meant one or two days suspensions was too often resulting in 10 days.

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