Re: DSM: Sudbury Schools in an Urban setting

Kristin Harkness (
Sun, 4 Feb 2001 11:11:03 -0500

Even if a school has an open campus policy, the rules, including personal
safely, still apply. Which means that a student who uses the open campus
policy can still be brought up for a personal safety violation. It all
depends on what the student does while off campus. In what you have
presented of this situation, I am not convinced that there is conflict here
between the policy and the actions of the JC. We do not know all the facts,
so we do not know why the JC considered this student's actions to be

Kristin Harkness wrote:
>I'm not necessarily "passing judgement on the scool". I am, however,
>that the Sud schools take on the responsibilty, via school meeting, the
>or lack thereof. There was no closed campus policy. Therefore, there was
>rule that prohibited the child to leave. He left, repeatedly. It made
>school look bad to the authorities. The child broke no rule. It was an
>campus to all ages, he left.
> It's an issues most Sud schools face in these potentially dangerous times.
>know of the facts, because I've talked with the mother of the child, the
>child, staff members, and looked at J.C. records and the school rules.
>My point is this: Have an open campus. Don't have an open campus. Either
>way, be prepared to deal with the consequences of that decision. No matter
>what the agreement is between the parent/child, the legal responsibility
>inevitably fall with the school.

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