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Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013 11:47 am | Updated: 8:58 pm, Fri Jun 14, 2013.

In completing the process of finalizing a new district policy manual, Tempe Union High School District administration will be reviewing policies like emergency plans and student discipline as well as others before the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Associate Superintendent Dr. Greg Wyman said the minor policy changes will reflect compliance with the Arizona School Boards Association’s (ASBA) recommendations. Policies for student discipline like confinement were addressed at a governing board meeting this past week and future readings will be presented to the board in August.

“We go above and beyond the requirements for the state, as we follow the national standards,” said Wyman, mentioning the National Incident Management System. “We are just complying in making sure that we reflect the changes ASBA is making.”

Some of the minor changes will be brought to the board in August, including streamlined plans with not only local police departments but also fire, medical and hospital authorities as necessary, according to the revisions. Training components for staff and students will also be included in the district’s emergency plans.

Policies for student confinement will be read with similar polices in later meetings. Wyman said the changes to those policies will also be minimal and mostly contain language revisions.

“So you can’t look at these in isolation in many cases, there has to be connections to other policies, and that’s some of the stuff I’ll be bringing forward after we go through the first reading.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

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