All that remains for the Elbert County Board of Education’s plan to update the system’s weapons policy is a vote.
The updated policy is a result of new Georgia legislation, House Bill 826 which ends state schools’ zero tolerance stance on weapons.
The bill allows more discretion on how to deal with students found to be in possession of weapons that are not firearms or explosives.
House Bill 826 goes into effect on July 1st, and during the school board’s work session on June 9th, School Superintendent Chuck Bell said the update to the system’s policy keeps Elbert County in line with state law.
“It gives school systems discretion to take and consider incidents on a case by case basis. With HB 826 going into effect on July 1, its necessary for us to update our board policy on weapons, so that we are consistent with state law”, said Bell.
Any new policy, or update to a current policy, must be tabled for thirty days before being voted on.
The Elbert County Board of Education will take a vote on the amended policy at its regular meeting in the month of July.