IPS students head back to school

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Students from Indianapolis Public Schools will be back starting Monday morning. For one of the state’s largest school districts there are new policies parents and students need to be aware of.

First police want to remind everyone although the kids are heading back to school it also means it’s even more important to follow the speed limits while in school zones. The school zone speed limit is 25 mph in many Indiana communities. Also remember to never pass a school bus while it is stopped.

There is also a new “code of conduct” to help reduce violence and keep kids in class.  As part of the new code there are rules on cell phones. It follows the fight caught on camera last year – that was then shared on social media. Last week IPS superintendent Lewis Ferebee talked with 24-Hour News 8 about that policy.

“Those devices are not to be used to record violence or other inappropriate act,” said Ferebee. “They are not to be used to communicate threats or to be used to bully other students on campus.”

Ferebee says the new code will help cut down on suspensions with what he calls “restorative justice.”  Meaning just because a student was involved in an incident does not mean he or she will be suspended or expelled.

IPS says following that fight last year, teachers can now use limited force to prevent students from injuring themselves or others. The district also designated staff members to act as “first responders” if a situation escalated.

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