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5/13/2014 9:30:00 AM Letters to the editor: It's a fact: L-P girl never denied chance to graduate
I would like to address the Open Forum letter that was published in Wednesday’s (May 7) NewsTribune. As a representative of La Salle-Peru Township High School District, I cannot share specific information regarding any individual student’s discipline, I do, however, want to assure the community that L-P’s security and administration followed to the letter the policies and procedures we have in place regarding unauthorized medication. The district’s policy regarding student medication on campus — which simply requires a student’s parent/guardian to provide an approved medication authorization form to the school nurse — has been in place since 1997. All students are reminded of this policy each year and the policy is enforced consistently across our student body. In addition to student learning, student and staff safety are our chief priorities. Secondly, I want to assure the community that we have no policy or practice in which any senior who is on social probation resulting from a suspension would be prohibited from participating in graduation ceremonies. The primary reason why any student would not participate in graduation would be that he or she did not meet our district graduation requirements. In my nine years at L-P High School, I have never seen a student denied the opportunity to participate in graduation ceremonies as a result of being placed on social probation. Currently, a student must successfully acquire 46 academic credits to be eligible for graduation. As superintendent, I stand by my staff and the process in which this situation was handled. We have a caring and considerate staff who are very student-centered. We work hard to educate and encourage our students to understand potential consequences of their decisions. District policies and the student handbook are available on the school website, www.lphs.net, and I invite community members with additional questions or concerns regarding these policies to contact the L-P district office at (815) 223-2373. Steven Wrobleski, L-P Superintendent
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