RICHLAND, Wash.-- The Richland School District says they're looking for uniformity between all Richland high schools regarding alcohol, drugs, and tobacco policies.
Right now these policies are slightly different in all Richland high schools, and school officials are looking to change this. The new plan will also make the consequences for students who are involved in these incidents more severe.
This includes a 20 day suspension for a first offense. But this long time away from school can be reduced as long as students get the necessary help.
"By having a little bit harsher penalty on some of the offenses, what they're trying to do is encourage students to get into the counseling process, by doing that then the number of days of suspension would be reduced," said Steve Aagaard, from the Richland School District.
The School District says if the student seeks counseling then the suspension time can go down from 20 to possibly 5 days. The board plans on talking about this issue again next week, that's when they'll make their final vote. Parents are encouraged to learn more about these changes.