The Bibb County school board approved Thursday a new “three strikes rule” in its revised code of conduct for students.
This fall, any student in middle or high school who is found guilty of any offenses in the code of conduct at three evidentiary hearings over two straight school years will be expelled — without an option to attend alternative school.
The revised code also allows cell phones in class if used for instruction. Also, there will no longer be a $25 return fee to students who get their phones confiscated.
The school board also approved a new Spanish class at Bloomfield Middle School and denied dress code revisions for Howard High School. Howard’s School Council asked students be allowed to wear jeans, solid pants and add striped or patterned shirts. Some board members said they wanted to consider adopting more stringent dress codes, with uniforms for all high schools to combat dress code violations.
The board did approve school uniforms at Williams Elementary this fall.