HCPSS MPIA Request #2024-189

Alex White
Requested Information
Disciplinary Referral Forms that were submitted during the current School Year (2024) at Howard High School.
• Date of Incident
• Date Received
• Date Returned
• Staff Member
• Administrator processing the referral form
• Behavior-related offense
• Previous intervention
• Assigned intervention and consequence, including no consequence

Please provide data on all office referrals that have been submitted, and not merely ones that resulted in a consequence.
Date Received
Responsive Documents
Responsive to this request, please find attached requested data from an available summary report on office disciplinary reports for the current school year from Howard High School. Date received/returned, administrator processing the referral (unless they were also the staff member completing the referral), and previous interventions are not recorded as part of the available summary information per incident. Please note, this report only reflects those referrals for which a student violation was identified. No existing report identifies those office referrals submitted but ultimately not resulting in consequence as those are returned to the staff member without tracking. Additionally, there could be multiple violations of the code of conduct represented in a single student incident/referral, therefore entries represent each violation. Sheet two summarizes the total unique incidents/referrals and students represented. When comparing year over year referrals, it should also be noted that changes to the HCPSS student code of conduct went into effect July 1, 2023 (between SY23 and SY24) that will have an impact on the volume of referrals. Specifically, office disciplinary reports were not used for attendance violations as of SY23-24, whereas previous years did include them. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.

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