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Greece Post
  • Greece bus monitor bullies suspended for one year

  • The Greece Central School district has announced that the families of the students who were seen bullying bus monitor Karen Klein in a video that went viral last week will each recieve a year-long suspension from school and regular bus transportation.

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  • The Greece Central School district has announced that the families of the students who were seen bullying bus monitor Karen Klein in a video that went viral last week will each recieve a year-long suspension from school and regular bus transportation.
    The students and their families waived their right to regular disciplinary hearings, expediting the process.
    Since the district is legally required to educate the students, they will be relocated to the district Reengagement Center located at a non-school facility. The alternative education
    program keeps middle school students on track academically while providing a structured
    opportunity for students to take responsibility for their actions by completing community
    service hours and receiving formal instruction related to conduct and behavior that
    prepares them for a productive future. The program includes a strong parent involvement
    component.
    The students are also required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens and will complete a formal program in bullying prevention, respect and
    responsibility.
    If at 30 weeks into the school year the students have completed the conditions of their discipline and are in good standing at the Reengagement Center, they can apply for early readmission to Athena Middle School.
    The district is able to announce these disciplinary actions because each of the
    students involved admitted to wrongdoing, accepted the recommended consequences and
    agreed to permit the district to publically release the terms of their disciplinary action.
    According to a release from the district:
    The parents and students in this case cooperated fully with our investigation and with the Greece Police investigation, which helped to expedite this process and resolve this matter quickly. We thank the Greece Police Department for their continued partnership and guidance, as well as the many Greece Central School District staff members and school leaders who have worked to resolve this matter... This incident does not reflect the majority of Greece students but nonetheless we are committed to full implementation of our discipline policies and Code of Conduct.
     
    This summer, Greece Central School District staff, including transportation employees, will  take part in previously scheduled bullying prevention trainings that will include information on New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act, requiring schools to provide a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property, on school buses and at school functions.
    In 2011, the district established, and posted on the district website, a clear bullying reporting process that identifies trained staff in each school for parents and students to work with to address bullying and harassment if it occurs. This process will be more highly publicized throughout the district.
     
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