Schools energize efforts to turn negative behaviors into positives

Middle schoolers move in a circle while a woman beats a Tlingit drum, while just outside other students engage in a fierce and fun battle of warrior ball.

Behaviors leading to suspension and other disciplinary actions have led school staff to apply a preventative approach. Activities, celebrations, contests and other methods have been implemented to help curb what appears to be a growing problem some have blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the 2020-21 school year, there were 13 individual suspensions and one physical altercation between students. In comparison, in just the first semester of t...


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