GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County Schools wants to hear what you think about three policies: lunch relief for high school students, school safety, and staff-student relations.

To share feedback, you can email gcscomments@gcsnc.com. The Board of Education will vote on the policies after a 30-day public comment period. Here's a summary of all three policies the board is discussing: 

STUDENT MEALS CHARGE

The proposed policy would allow high school students to charge up to 10 meals if necessary. After 10 charged meals, students will be given an alternate meal. Currently, only elementary and middle school students are able to make these charges. The policy also clarifies that no student will be able to charge a la carte items, such as chips or candy, to their account. 

SCHOOL SAFETY 

This policy would implement safety measures at each school -- such as supervision of students and visitors, safety of school building, and creating processes to address potential safety concerns and emergencies. The policy also says even an employee who does not have responsibility for supervising students is expected to make an immediate report if the employee suspects that a situation poses a threat to students or staff. 

STAFF-STUDENT RELATIONS

This policy establishes boundaries of communication between staff and students. Teachers cannot talk to students through texting, messaging, or non-school controlled social media without parental permission except to the extent that the employee and student have an appropriate relationship which started outside of the school setting. Some exceptions include if the communication is for an educational purpose and happens on a school-approved device; or if there's an emergency, provided the communication is discussed with a parent or guardian as soon as possible. 

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