Saturday, January 19, 2013

Does Hercules Middle High School need an additional SRO?


Since the start of the current school year, the police have been called to Hercules Middle-High School 161 times prompting a request for an additional school resource officer (SRO).  Here are some district and school suspension(S) and expulsion(E) rates for 2008-9, 2009-10, and 2010-11 respectively. The rate is computed by dividing the total number of incidents (suspensions or expulsions) by the total enrollment, and then multiplying by 100.

District (S) average: 34, 21, 24
District (E) average: 0.4, 0.5, 0.5
Hercules High:
(S) 33, 10, 25
(E) 0.8, 1.5, 1.4
Hercules Middle:
(S) 99, 39, 42
(E) 0.7, 1.02, 1.4
Pinole High:
(S) 35, 46, 31
(E) 1.3, 1.3, 2.0
Pinole Middle:
(S) 82, 77, 80
(E) 0.8, 0.9, 1.0
Richmond High:
(S) 81, 32, 61
(E) 0.4, 0.2, 0.6
Portola Middle:
(S) 69, 91, 43
(E) 0.4, 0.5, 0
El Cerrito High:
(S) 37, 31, 36
(E) 1, 0.3, 1.6
Hercules Middle-High School recently had a policy that suspended a student for 3 days if they skipped one class. The current principal says this policy is no longer in place. So when do they suspend? When do they call the police?
The WCCUSD has announced they will decrease # of suspensions. How many of these calls to the police resulted in suspensions this year? How many such police calls were made each year in the past 5 years?
The parents and children should be promising to reduce suspensions, not the school. Kudos to Councilman Romero for advocating the Restorative Justice program.
http://www.icjia.state.il.us/public/pdf/BARJ/SCHOOL%20BARJ%20GUIDEBOOOK.pdf
I support an additional SRO as long as this isn't a substitute for common sense policies.

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