By TaMia Morris, Editor-in-Chief
In-School Suspension (ISS) has always been enforced throughout many schools and many districts. While this type of “punishment” may not be as extreme in elementary and middle schools, it is completely different in high schools, especially at Keenan.
Many students are reprimanded for various issues. These issues range from fighting to tardies to IDs that are not visible. While fighting will cause a student to be placed on Out-of-School Suspension (OSS), even the smaller things cause students to be placed in ISS.
“The purpose of ISS is to provide an environment for discipline reform,” Mr. Sean Glover, Assistant Principal, said.
While that may be the case, is it necessary for a student to be placed in ISS only for minor issues? For example, I have been placed in ISS for reporting to school late in the morning at approximately 8:05 a.m. Because students are given only five minutes to report to ISS to receive a pass after the tardy bell has rung, I was forced to stay for the remainder of first block.
Although my first block is a related arts course, staying in ISS halted me from completing assignments that had deadlines. I do not believe students should have to be placed in ISS for such a small issue.
“ISS is a good thing to have, but sometimes they go overboard,” Junior Desia Truesdale said.
Many teachers and administrators believe ISS is enforced to show students there are consequences for all of their actions. However, wouldn’t such consequences keep students from learning? Many views about that question have arisen from both students and staff members.
Mrs. Betty Gortman, Instructional Assistant, believes ISS is a plus because students have to work nonstop, completing assignments teachers have sent or e-mailed along with ISS assignments. Even though work is being sent to the student, this takes away instructional time from other students in the class because the teacher has to stop to find work for that student; some work isn’t exactly related to what is being taught in the classroom.
“Of course ISS keeps students from learning because it can never replace a class. However, it gives an outlet for having students stay abreast of what’s going on in class,” Glover said.
That is not necessarily true because the work sent by teachers is not always lesson-related. ISS assignments have nothing to do with the curriculum. Writing definitions from a dictionary is only tiresome. Students are most likely not learning anything because nothing is actually retained. Students only write the definitions them to get it over with.
Students also have perspectives on whether or not students are prohibited from learning in ISS. Truesdale thinks students aren’t learning in ISS because even if work is sent down, students cannot complete the work because they have missed the lesson.
“ISS hinders students from learning because they are not in class and are only doing dictionary work. However, students are not trying to learn if they are causing distractions within the classroom,” Senior Daetron Hyman said.
ISS is constructive in serving as a consequence. However, if structured differently, it could be more efficient. Some believe ISS should be changed.
“Students should attend ISS during nonacademic classes, such as related arts courses, and on Saturdays. E2020 and USATestprep should be incorporated while in ISS,” Mrs. Alexandria Williams, Science Teacher, said.
If ISS is structured properly, it can serve its purpose, while keeping up with the curriculum. Many times students want to go to ISS to get out of work, but if there is curriculum-based work in ISS, students would less likely want to go.