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Richmond Board Considers Changing Expulsion Policy for Marijuana Use

The Richmond School Board is considering changing its policy of automatic one-year expulsion for students who are caught using marijuana or alcohol for the first time. Should the board decide to change the policy it would instate a mandatory suspension of up to ten days as well as a counseling program for the student and parents. School Board Vice Chair Kristen Larson says the move would be an effort to change the focus from punishment to prevention and rehabilitation.

The board heard public comments last night and is expected to vote at the next meeting. If it approve the change, it would take effect for the upcoming school year.