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Pelican school will have closed campus

Published 10:54am Friday, September 2, 2011

Safety is one factor in the Pelican Rapids School Board approving a month-long closed campus for the high school. Students will not be allowed to leave during classes, between classes and during the lunch break.

The one-month plan is on a trial basis. Earlier, the school board rejected by a 4-2 vote to have a closed campus the entire school year. The one-month trial basis was approved by a 5-1 vote.

Opponents of the closed campus, both students, adults and some school board members, point to the perception that that the majority of students are being punished because of poor decisions of a few students.

High School Principal Brian Korf said the closed campus proposal was prompted during analysis of the new four-day school week. Attendance is key to student success, said Korf.

Other options are being discussed as the one-month trial basis for the closed campus moves forward.

• Have a closed campus for freshmen, but allow students from grades 10-12 have the option of leaving the building during lunch break if they so desire.

• Allow high school students to leave during the lunch break, but prohibit the use of motor vehicles.

• Offer the open campus option only to high school seniors, what some refer to as “a senior privilege.”

• Phase in the closed campus system on a gradual basis.

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