New Pittsburgh Public Schools Marijuana Policy Aims To Make Students Feel Supported, Not Punished.

Anyone caught with five grams or less will receive a five-day suspension and take classes

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
February 15, 2019 - 2:58 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Beginning next month, Pittsburgh Public Schools will implement new suspension policies for students caught with marijuana. 

Assistant Superintendent Melissa Friez tells KDKA Radio's Lynne Hayes-Freeland,

“Students with under five grams of Marijuana will receive a five-day suspension with five days held in abeyance with the goal that they will attend diversion classes outside of school time to keep that suspension reduced,” 

That's for the first offense. Previously, any student caught with marijuana got 10 days of suspension followed by placement in an alternative school, often for over a month.

Friez says the new drug and alcohol counseling aims to make the students feel supported, rather than just punished. 

“We feel this is a step in the right direction because it allows for more support for the students rather than just making it a punishment but providing them with tools to make a better decision.”

Friez says they've already seen a decrease in marijuana possession. 

This second phase of marijuana-related policy goes into effect March 1st

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