ISS is a name put on a detention room which students are put in if they have been causing trouble. ISS stands for In School Suspension. It seems like the majority of the people that are put in this are people who have been smoking on the school property. Mostly ISS causes people to have mental stress also to use inappropriate verbal language.
The room is very small and confining, feelings of being trapped and overwhelmed. There are cameras in this room as well as a teacher. In a room 12 by 12 there are two cubicles, a divider wall, a teachers desk, a TV, the bathroom is in the same room.
The ISS program causes the students to act out in many different ways. Some mental stresses caused by ISS program are increased rebellion, decreased trust, an increase in anger and frustration it seems to cause more problems for teachers in the long run. ISS program is not really getting to the root of the problem that the kids are having, instead it is just placing them in a room.
Students are being punished because they go off school grounds so that they could go somewhere to have a smoke. If the teachers and principals make a designated smoking area there will be fewer problems and fewer students in the ISS program. Not addressing the fact that nicotine is an addictive drug is a problem that is leading to most of the behaviors that land students in ISS program.
Some simple solutions are to sit down and talk to the students to find out why they are behaving in such a way, designate a smoking area, and address the fact that nicotine is an addictive drug. These solutions are simple and cost effective but time consuming. Perhaps the teachers cannot afford time and understanding.
Submitted by: Glace Bay Day Class Level 2
Michael LeBlanc, Carl Dean, Melissa MacNeil, Martin Lynk, and Cindy Fraser
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Submitted by Gerard Lynk
Glace Bay Day Class