STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The Board believes inappropriate student conduct causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment, interferes with the rights of others, and/or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on school premises.
Students should conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school district.
Students who fail to abide by this and other school district policies, rules, and administrative regulations supporting the school district policies may be disciplined for any of the following:
1. Conduct which disrupts or interferes with the educational program;
2. Conduct which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity;
3. Conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to obtain their education or participation in educational activities;
4. Conduct that is violent or destructive; or
5. Conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.
Teachers and/or others who are in charge of a classroom must be the administrators of classroom discipline. Therefore, minor disciplinary offenses are the responsibility and obligation of the classroom teacher. When a situation arises wherein the educational process is substantially interfered with, it then becomes the responsibility of the administration to assist in the disposition of the discipline problem.
Students may be disciplined for conduct that violates commonly held notions of unacceptable, immoral or inappropriate behavior that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Open and/or persistent defiance of authority, school rules, and regulations (including extracurricular rules);
- Assault or threatened assault on another person;
- Extortion, intimidation or coercion;
- Inciting others to violate the law or school rules;
- Theft or possession of stolen goods/property;
- Sale, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs, controlled substances, imitation controlled substances or drug paraphernalia;
- Possession, use or being under the influence of illegal drugs, controlled substances, imitation controlled substances or drug paraphernalia.
- Possession, use or threatening to use any instrument that is generally considered a weapon, an instrument that is normally not considered a weapon as a weapon, an imitation weapon or an explosive;
- Possession, use or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages;
- Use, possession, and/or transmission of nicotine or imitation substances;
- Possession of pornographic/obscene literature, items or materials;
- Student dress which is suggestive, condones illegal activity or in some way disrupts the educational process;
- Failure to abide by corrective measures for previous acts of misconduct;
- Harassment in any form of another person;
- Conduct which discriminates against others based upon an individual's sex, race, national origin, religion or disability;
- Destruction, damage, unauthorized use, inappropriate use, and/or manipulation of hardware, software or any aspect or component of the school's electronic information system including the internet; or
- Inappropriate sexual conduct including harassment, indecent exposure, and visible display of affection.
A student who commits an assault against an employee on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned or school operated transportation; while attending or engaged in school district activities shall be suspended by the principal. Notice of the suspension shall be sent to the board president. The board shall review the suspension to determine whether to impose further sanctions against the student which may include expulsion. Assault for purposes of this section of this policy is defined as:
1. Any act which is intended to cause pain or injury to, or which is intended to result in physical contact which will be insulting or offensive to another, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act;
2. Any act which is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful, injurious, insulting or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act; or
3. Intentionally points any firearm toward another or displays in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon toward another.
The act is not an assault when the person doing any of the above and the other person are voluntary participants in a sport, social or other activity, not in itself criminal, when the act is a reasonably foreseeable incident of such sport or activity, and does not create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or breach of the peace.
The District may impose a range of disciplinary measures for acts of misconduct. Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion. Discipline will be administered depending on the severity and frequency of the acts of misconduct. The imposition of discipline will be within the discretion of the individual responsible for imposing the discipline. In instances where there has been a violation of the law, as well as school rules, appropriate law enforcement officials will be contacted and may become involved in the District's administration of discipline. The school reserves the right to seek restitution from the parents/guardians of a student or the student for damage caused by the student.
Sanctions for Student Misconduct
Removal from the classroom means a student is sent to the building principal's office. It shall be within the discretion of the person in charge of the classroom to remove the student.
Detention means the student's presence is required during non-school hours for disciplinary purposes. The student can be required to appear prior to the beginning of the school day or after school has been dismissed for the day. The imposition of a detention and the length of the detention shall be within the discretion of the employee disciplining the student or the building principal.
Suspension means either an in-school suspension or an out-of-school suspension. An in-school suspension means the student will attend school but will be temporarily isolated from one or more classes while under supervision. An in-school suspension will not exceed ten consecutive school days. An out-of-school suspension means the student is removed from the school environment, which includes school classes and activities. An out-of-school suspension will not exceed ten school days.
Probation means a student is given a conditional suspension of a penalty for a definite period of time in addition to being reprimanded. The conditional suspension shall mean the student must meet the conditions and terms for the suspension of the penalty. Failure of the student to meet these conditions and terms shall result in immediate reinstatement of the penalty.
Expulsion means an action by the Board to remove a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to classes and activities, for a period of time set by the Board but no longer than one school year.
Following the suspension of a special education student, an informal evaluation of the student's placement shall take place. The student's Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) shall be evaluated to determine whether it needs to be changed or modified in response to the behavior that led to the suspension. If a special education student's suspensions, either in-school or out-of-school, equal ten days on a cumulative basis, a staffing team shall meet to determine whether the student's I.E.P. is appropriate.