Student Conduct: IMPACT Program (Intervention, Mediation, Parent Involvement, Achievement, Changing Tomorrow)
A collaboration between the Tuscaloosa County School System, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department, and the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney's Office has been formed to establish an early warning disciplinary program for the school system. Members of these three agencies will collectively attempt to foster a positive, nurturing environment for the students and parent(s)/guardian(s) of this school system. The intent of this early warning program will be to help decrease the number of disciplinary infractions and make a positive impact on the number of students dropping out of school. The following explains how the program will be implemented:
- The Principal will send a letter home to the parent(s)/guardian(s) when a student is suspended from school the first time.
- The Superintendent will send a letter home to the parent(s)/guardian(s) when a student is suspended from school for the second time.
- When a student is suspended for the third time, a deputy from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department will deliver a letter to the parent(s)/guardian(s) scheduling the student for IMPACT.
State law, Code of Alabama 1975, Section 16-28-12-7 and 22, requires parents to ensure that their children are enrolled in school, attend school on a regular basis and conduct themselves appropriately while in attendance. The law holds parents/guardians accountable for their child's behavior in the school setting. A violation of this law is a Class C Misdemeanor and punishable by up to 90 days in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.