Lately I’ve been receiving more calls regarding patrons or parents causing substantial disruptions at school or during athletic events. The situations vary, but the conduct in all cases crosses a line, going beyond mere disagreement with a school official. Fortunately, administrators have statutory protections for dealing with these matters.
70 O.S. Section 24-131 permits the superintendent or principal to order anyone off school property in the event the person’s continued presence there threatens the peaceful conduct of school business or classes. This protection also extends beyond the school grounds to school activities or field trips where students are present. Refusal to follow an order to leave may result in a misdemeanor conviction consisting of jail time (up to 90 days), a fine (up to$500), or both.
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I recently participated in a webinar for school attorneys on the topic of how we can better serve and protect our immigrant student population in light of policy changes under the current presidential administration.
Teachers: do you incorporate lessons in your classrooms that educate your students on the issue of bullying?Administrators: are you sharing bullying resources with your parents and community?
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