Granite District is not likely to impose a citizenship standard on high school students as a condition for graduation before the second semester of the 1988-89 school year.
The district has been working for several months to devise a policy that would require every student to earn a citizenship credit during his high school years.The district's principals have promoted the plan as a means for dealing with students whose poor citizenship is a hindrance to themselves and to other students.
Tuesday evening, Darrell Johnson, west area director for the district, said that while there seems to be widespread support for the concept, it appears more time should be spent getting input from parents, students, administrators and everyone who could be affected.
"This impacts graduation. We need to be cautious. Everyone will feel the reverberations if there are problems," said Superintendent Loren G. Burton.
The fact that the proposal undergoes revision each time it is presented to a new group is an indication that more consideration should be given, said Riley O'Neil, assistant superintendent. He said Granite hopes its policy will address the particular needs of the district and not be patterned after policies now in effect in a few state districts.
Tentative proposals for Granite would require that students earn units of citizenship credit in every class. Credit would be lost for excessive absence or tardiness, disrespect for school authority, disruption of classes, use of drugs, tobacco or alcohol at school, vandalism or theft, fighting or other activities beyond the pale of good citizenship.
Board Member Judy Larson said she was disappointed that a policy cannot be in place by the beginning of the next school year. Several board members have indicated support for a citizenship policy, but they agreed Tuesday to wait until it appears there is a good body of support throughout the district.