- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - The Corinth School District is combining the rules and regulations of three separate schools into a single student handbook for the coming year.

The district is sifting through all of the rules to eliminate discrepancies, such as the one dealing with excuses for absences.

“One school said you had to bring your excuse within 24 hours,” Superintendent Lee Childress told The Daily Corinthian (http://bit.ly/1HttAkx )

“One school said you had to bring your excuse within three days. One school said you had five days to bring your excuse. That point emphasizes why we need one handbook. At each school, it ought to be uniform,” he said.

A dress code question at a school board meeting lead to discussion of whether the district should consider going to uniforms for elementary and middle school students.

Childress said uniforms would have the advantage of taking such questions off the table and potentially save money for parents. However, he did not encourage the board to require uniforms for the 2015-2016 year.

Among policy changes coming to the handbook are revisions for recognition in the high school’s Hall of Fame. Inclusion will require three full semesters of attendance rather than all of grades 9 through 12. It will also require achieving the college readiness benchmark scores on the ACT: 18 for English, 22 for math and reading and 23 for science.

The district is also putting in place a single discipline ladder rather than having a different range of discipline listed under each type of violation.

“I think this is a lot clearer,” said Childress. “It’s two pages that a parent or student can look at and see that if I run in the halls, the cafeteria or the classroom, I’m going to be punished with step one or two, and you see exactly what it is.”

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Information from: The Daily Corinthian.

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