After a lengthy discussion at their June 25 meeting, Holmdel Board of Education president Barbara Garrity confirms that the Holmdel High School Code of Conduct provision for student off-campus driving and on-campus privileges will remain in effect.
As the Code of Conduct provision currently stands, if a student receives a second reported off-campus driving offense, that student can lose on-campus driving and parking privileges for 30 days if the nature of the offense suggests the student’s driving could pose a risk to his/her own or others’ safety, and could materially and substantially interfere with school operations, says Garrity.
“So, for example, while a parking ticket wouldn’t trigger a consequence,” she said, “a moving violation issued for a student’s reckless operation of a motor vehicle would.”
The HHS student handbook will be modified to incorporate by reference Holmdel district's policy, which provides in relevant part:
A student may be subject to discipline for conduct which is committed off of school premises or at non-school sponsored activities. School authorities have the right to impose a consequence on a pupil for conduct away from school grounds, including on a school bus or at a school-sponsored function pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6. This authority shall be exercised only when it is reasonably necessary for the pupil’s physical or emotional safety, security, and well-being or for reasons relating to the safety, security, and well-being of other pupils, staff, or school grounds, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:25-2 and 18A:37-2. This authority shall be exercised only when the conduct which is the subject of the proposed consequence materially and substantially interferes with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school.
The language reflects the Board's statutory authority, she says, and BOE attorney Martin Barger has advised that it is consistent with the Ramapo decision.
“As always, our primary concern is to protect the safety of our students and staff,” said Garrity.