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Suspension policy changes for Escambia Co schools

The suspension policy for Escambia County schools is about to change.

The old policy required suspended students to  receive zeroes for all classwork and tests missed. Students suspended for several days were in jeopardy of failing the entire grade level. Starting this school year, parents and students can work with the teacher to make up that missed work.

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says the old policy was a double punishment.

"That zeros not in one class, but every class all day long. Even good students would struggle to recover from that. So, we're gonna put this back where the decision ought to be made, and that's in the hands of the parents and the students."

Students must make up their work within a designated time frame in order for teachers to accept it.