Chesterfield Schools seeing significant decrease in students being disciplined, charged by police

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A partnership between Chesterfield County Schools and police seems to be paying off.

In an effort to cut down on punishments and keep kids in the classroom, the school system and police have been working together offering different programs to promote good behavior and decrease the amount of incidents students have in school.

In a presentation given to the school board Tuesday the school system said in the past three years:

  • Number of incidents has decreased dramatically
  • Number of students involved in incidents has decreased dramatically
  • Number of incidents referred to law enforcement has decreased by nearly one-third

They went on to say the number of students arrested has dropped nearly in half. While most of the news was good, incidents of bullying have increased.

383a7b9ecea64fd2a4328f4477b79235School officials say they are always looking to improve and are trying to address the problem of bullying as they enter the new school year. 

“It’s really a credit to our teachers who are there on the front lines each and every day,” said school spokesman Shawn Smith.

“I think it’s a great approach, I think if you reward children for good behavior instead of punishing them you get a much better outcome,” said parent Sally Reid.

Click here to view the entire presentation.

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