How school discipline — and student misbehavior — has changed during the pandemic
Nov 17
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How school discipline — and student misbehavior — has changed during the pandemic

As EdSource reported in November, the pandemic has changed the way that students are disciplined—yet students are still subject to punishments like suspension in the virtual environment. Senior Policy Director Wendy Tucker weighed in on the potential negative impacts on students. 

Student misbehavior hasn’t vanished during distance learning, but schools are finding that imposing discipline in a virtual environment is a complicated and often murky process, and that current laws don’t neatly apply to online behavior. The California Department of Education has not yet released suspension and expulsion data from the 2019-20 school year, but teachers and advocates interviewed by EdSource say school discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, is still happening during distance learning, although less frequently than when students attended school in person.

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