Few discipline problems at Issaquah schools

June 11, 2013

By Staff

Last year, 1.1 percent of the Issaquah School District’s 17,000-plus students received suspensions or expulsions. There were two expulsions for weapons-related violations — one at the middle-school level and one at the high-school level.

The school board heard the discipline report during its June 5 meeting.

Bullying, fighting, and alcohol and drug use are the most common issues administrators deal with.

“The small amount of discipline that we deal with is a real compliment to our students,” Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele said. “I think it’s just really important we maintain a safe, positive learning environment and, by and large, our students and staff do a really good job with that.”

Thiele also credits ongoing training for administrators as a major reason for Issaquah’s relatively safe environment. Individual schools have done a good job of communicating expectations to students, he said.

“It’s incredibly rare for students to say they didn’t know something was a rule,” Thiele said.

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