ISS fits individual punishments


Benjamin Prengler

When deemed necessary, the administration can place students into in-school-suspension or ISS. This is the room used by the administration to carry out ISS.

Izzy Valenzuela, Staff Reporter

On campus discipline can take many forms from academic recovery to out-of-school suspensions. However, many staff members and students believe that in-school suspension (ISS) is the most effective form of punishment due to the many different resources available to students under all-day supervision.

“One really great thing about Lovejoy is that, unlike other schools, we do not keep records of minor offenses at school,” Assistant Principal Bruce Coachman said. “This means that we can take each misbehavior individually and give a consequence that appropriately fits each student.”

When a student is assigned ISS they are put into the a conference room and are expected to complete homework, tests, and projects. The length of the suspension depends on the student’s offense, with many students believing ISS is a great way to serve a punishment while staying involved.

“I think ISS teaches students that they cannot repeat their actions without being punished,” freshman Jordan Duncan said.

On campus, the suspension room supervisors are assistant principals and other staff.

Students are allowed access to tools such as books, computers, and help from teachers. If a certain assignment can only be completed in class, the student is allowed to return to class.

“If there are special circumstances then we will work with the students,” Principal Chris Mayfield said.

Even for students that have never been given ISS, there is the knowledge that the school will do whatever it can to make sure students do not fall behind.

“Students have a wide selection of help from many different sources on campus,” senior Donnelle Branche said. “ISS gives students a great opportunity to succeed even with their punishment.”