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East Grand school board may reconsider ‘three strikes’ activities policy

KATIE LOOBY
SKY-HI DAILY NEWS

The phrase “three strikes and you’re out” may only apply to baseball and some courts from now on.

The East Grand School District is considering changing its “three strikes” policy that applies to student-athletes and forbids students from participating in school activities.

“Is that what we want to continue?” asked Marlo Klassen, Middle Park High School athletic director and assistant principal. “Or do we want to help them?”

The goal of the possible revision is to make the handbook more “fair,” “clear,” “consistent” and “easier to administer,” he said.

The district will look at its handbook to decide if it will update the book. In the future, it could review each student’s case individually before cutting him or her off from school activities or sports.

“We would like to just refine (the handbook) better,” Klassen said. “There were some things that were kind of vague.”

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“There were some clauses in the policy itself that allowed for some reductions to the penalty on the first offense, but it’s not clear as to what the reduction is or how much of a reduction,” he added. “I think each case has to be looked at separately.

Everything is not the same always.”

An example of how a first offense punishment could be reduced was if a student comes forward to admit to violating a policy.

Klassen wants students, parent and coaches help find a solution that works best and to decide if they want to continue the “three strikes” policy.

Test results are being analyzed

East Grand Student Achievement Director James Chamberlin has started organizing and evaluating the Colorado Student Assessment Program test results.

Chamberlin said the trend in Colorado is to look at data over time.

“When they (students) came into the district, where did they start?” he said. “And how did they progress over time?”

He said the district will work to establish goals along those lines.

Principals will work with building improvement teams, and those teams will come up with goals to help achieve district goals.

The CSAP is used to measure student achievement, but it’s “one body evidence,” Chamberlin said.

The results are used to identify how the students and classes, or cohorts, have improved over time, and what the district needs to focus on.

“The key … is working with the teachers, with the students and with the parents to help understand what CSAP achievement really means in a helpful way to help guide student growth,” he said. “It is one part of the body of evidence. It is one piece of the bigger picture.”

The tests will be recorded into the district’s Alpine Achievement Program, which keeps track of the results each year. It gathers the results from when students begin taking the tests, and the scores stay in the district’s database.

“We look at trends within the scores,” Chamberlin added.

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