How school discipline - and student misbehavior - has changed during the pandemic
November 19, 2020
Student misbehavior hasn’t vanished during distance learning, but schools are finding that imposing discipline in a virtual environment is a complicated and often murky process, and that current laws don’t neatly apply to online behavior.
The California Department of Education has not yet released suspension and expulsion data from the 2019-20 school year, but teachers and advocates interviewed by EdSource say school discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, is still happening during distance learning, although less frequently than when students attended school in person.
Cheating on online tests, disrupting online class, and drug and weapon violations are among the more common offenses they’ve encountered. But how those students are punished has varied widely.