GENEVA – All Geneva High School students who are involved in sports or other extracurricular activities will be held to a more effective standard of behavior when the new school year begins this month, officials said.
The revised code of conduct will be more fair and equitable, Principal Tom Rogers and Athletic Director Jim Kafer said Monday at the Geneva School District 304 board meeting.
Violations such as drinking or smoking will apply throughout the school year, he said.
“We know that teenagers engage in less than desirable behaviors,” Rogers said. “And in the past, the code did not address those types of behaviors that went on outside the season. And we do not feel that is appropriate. Now it will be enforced year-round.”
Rogers said students will benefit when consequences are clearly spelled out, and they are given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes.
“We are raising the bar,” Rogers said. “The bar has not been raised on this for quite some time.”
Kafer said the previous code was in effect for about 18 years and was effective.
However, it needed to be updated.
“We believe it’s something that provides for accountability on the part of students,” Kafer said. “You need to recognize when you make choices, there are consequences.”