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Montgomery Issues New Code Of Conduct For Students

With the opening of school a week away, Montgomery County has issued a new Code of Conduct that views out-of-school suspensions as a last resort and emphasizes disciplinary consequences that allow students to learn from mistakes and repair harm.

Montgomery officials described the new document as the first extensive conduct code written by the district, which previously addressed discipline issues within its student Rights and Responsibilities handbook.

It comes in the wake of new regulations from the Maryland State Board of Education that take a more rehabilitative view of student misconduct, seeking to teach positive behavior, keep students in school and reduce racial disparities in discipline.