Uniform Discipline Code

Uniform Discipline Code

I. PHILOSOPHY

Public schools, to be effective, must give all students the opportunity to learn and all teachers the opportunity to teach. Students must be taught that group living demands that individual actions must be tempered and limited. Such understandings take time for growth in the individual, and meanwhile external authority must prevail until desirable habits are acquired.

In this school system all staff and administrators are held responsible for upholding the disciplinary standards of the school. It is expected that high standards of conduct will be maintained at all times, which are consistent with the emotional and social growth of the child at any given level.

The educational environment of the District shall be such that the administration and teachers shall demonstrate fair, just and flexible attitudes and disciplinary efforts toward all students.

In all matters related to the discipline and conduct of the students in the school, the teachers and administrators assume the supervisory role of parent/guardian to the students. The relationship shall extend to all activities connected with the school program and may be exercised at any time for the safety and supervision of the students in the absence of their parent/guardian.

This philosophy of our discipline program can be summarized as follows:†
††† 1. All children can behave appropriately.†
††† 2. Misbehavior is a matter of choice.†
††† 3. A student will accept responsibility for his/her actions.†
††† 4. Teachers have a right to teach.†
††† 5. Students have a right to learn.†
††† 6. No student will prevent a teacher from teaching or a student from learning.

The school may report any illegal act to local law enforcement agencies (see Category III actions). Police will share information with the schools only as allowed by law.

Discipline should be directed toward developing the skills necessary for young people to:
1. cope with real life situations;
2. develop good relationships with others;
3. become productive individuals;
4. recognize when their actions are interfering with the rights of others;
5. recognize their rights within the limits of society.

II. RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

The responsibility for student conduct within the school rests with parents and students. With the cooperation of all persons, it will be possible to maintain an environment, which is safe, orderly, and conducive to learning. Therefore, it is necessary that parents and students understand their responsibilities.

A. The students have a responsibility to:
1. conduct themselves properly in the school building, on school grounds, to and from school, on buses and at bus stops, and at any school-related activity;
2. attend school regularly, arrive on time to school and to class and be prepared to learn;
3. respect the rights and feelings of fellow students, parents, school personnel, visitors, and guests;
4. respect the materials, equipment, and property of the school.

B. The parents have a responsibility to:
1. provide affection for the child and allow each child to be an important member of the family;
2. take care of the student's health and personal cleanliness;
3. cooperate with school personnel and community agencies in solving student-related problems;
4. see that their child attends school regularly and on time;
5. provide an atmosphere suited for learning and development of good study habits;
6. see that a student who is ill does not attend school;
7. meet the financial obligations they have accepted.

III. STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

A uniform discipline code has been established for all students enrolled in Keeneyville School District #20. It is expected that this code shall be followed and enforced in the same spirit and manner throughout the school system. Staff members may consider mitigating circumstances prior to disciplinary action and will endeavor to follow appropriate disciplinary procedures. Mitigating circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following factors: age, health, maturity, and academic placement of student, prior conduct; attitude of the student; seriousness of the offense.

RULES, REGULATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS

The list of rules, regulations, and violations on the following pages are the most important ones in the school, but these DO NOT include every possible violation. For example, a student can get into difficulty for doing something even if there is not a specific rule stating that the action is a violation. Any act that disrupts school activity or causes danger to people or destruction to property is forbidden and will not be tolerated.

There are three levels of misconduct for students. They are as follows:

A. Category I Violations - Misconduct
B. Category II Violations - Serious Misconduct
C. Category III Violations - Intolerable and/or Illegal Conduct

Each category is followed by possible disciplinary actions.

The following are general guidelines only. Students will be subject to disciplinary action any time they engage in inappropriate behavior. Furthermore, the specific consequences/disciplinary actions listed may be modified at the discretion of the administration.

MISCONDUCT - CATEGORY I VIOLATIONS

Category I violations include behavior that disrupts or interferes with the orderly educational process of oneself and/or other students. These violations include the following:
I-1 Disruptive behavior - Displaying any behavior that is disruptive to the orderly process of classroom instruction.
I-2 Disruptive dress or appearance/Inappropriate advertisement - Dressing in a manner that is dangerous to health or safety or in a way that interferes with one's own learning or the learning of other students. Also, includes the possession of any item which advertises or promotes drugs, alcohol, sex, profanity or obscenity.
I-3 Failure to make required effort to do class work.
I-4 Failure to serve detentions.
I-5 Improper building conduct - Gum chewing, running, excessive noise and/or horseplay (all areas of the building including halls, restrooms, lunchrooms, etc.).
I-6 Improper outdoor conduct - Excessive noise and/or horseplay.
I-7 Inappropriate, abusive, or profane language - any vulgar behavior written or directed toward other students.
I-8 Littering - Throwing paper or other trash on the floor inside the building, on the school bus, or on the grounds outside the building.
I-9 Lying/cheating - The intentional telling of stories that are not true, copying another's work on assignments or tests, or allowing another to copy one's own work.
I-10 Misuse of item brought to school - radio, toys, balls, etc.
I-11 Tardiness - Persistent tardiness to class or school. Tardiness can be considered truancy.
I-12 Throwing of objects - Throwing of any object at any time to include rocks, dirt, snowballs, ice balls, crayons, paper wads, rubber bands, etc. May be classified as a Category II or III based on seriousness of the incident.

NOTE: Category I may include other offenses not specifically listed which are similar in severity to the above.

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS - CATEGORY I

The school district supervisory personnel may choose an appropriate disciplinary action that may include any one or a combination of the following. Any Category I violation may be punishable with a Category II or III discipline action when misconduct becomes repeated or flagrant.

ACTIONS†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DEFINITIONS

Activity Restriction:††† Denied participation in a scheduled group activity.

Classroom Supervision:††† Assigned to a specific area during a class period.

In-School Counseling:††† Counseled within the school by school personnel specializing in student†disciplinary problems.

Loss of Privileges:††† Removed from one or more special school activities.

Mediation:††† Students may be sent to a trained mediator to verbalize and resolve conflicts.

Parental Conference:††† Communications conducted that may include the principal, parents, students, teachers,††
administrative staff, and counselors concerning improving student's behavior in school.

Parent Contact:††† Parents contacted by phone, written communication, or in person to relate problem†behavior and solution.

Pupil Personnel Service Referral:††† P.P.S. personnel notified to assist in solving exhibited behavioral† problems.

Referral to Principal:††† Sent to the office with background information regarding behavior. Principal takes††
necessary action consistent with Student Code of Conduct.)

Removal from Class:††† A teacher may remove a student from the classroom for disruptive behavior.

School Day Detention:††† Kept at school (before or after regular school hours) with parental knowledge.

Seizure of Item:††† Illegal or inappropriate item is kept in the classroom/office for a specific period of time.††
The item may be turned over to the police as authorized by law.

Verbal Reprimand:††† Misconduct clarified and warning of consequences should behavior continue.

Work Assignments:††† Physical or academic work assigned to student. (Written assignments may include letters of††apology, description of incident, alternative behavioral response, and themes about impact of negative behavior on self or others as well as one's responsibilities to the group.) Example: A theme or book report is an academic assignment. Collecting trays from the cafeteria tables or litter from the school grounds are examples of physical assignments.

In-School Suspension:††† Assigned by a building administrator to a specific room or area for 1 to 3 days to do assignments for the duration of the suspension. Parents will be notified as soon as possible by phone and in writing stating the reason for and the duration of the suspension. Saturday Suspension A maximum (3) hour detention, on a Saturday, scheduled by the building administrator (may be videotaped).

SERIOUS MISCONDUCT - CATEGORY II VIOLATIONS

Category II violations include behavior that disrupts or interferes with the education of oneself and/or other students and is more serious in nature. These acts are more likely to result in harming the well-being of other people or damaging property. Some violations in this category may be unlawful. These violations include the following:

II-1 Assault - Threatening to harm another student.
II-2 Bus/Bus Stop Misbehavior
II-3 Fighting - Physical contact, no injuries.
II-4 Forgery - The unauthorized signing of the name of another person, or altering times, dates, grades, passes or permits. II-5 Gambling -Playing any game of chance or skill involving the exchange of anything of value.
II-6 Gang Related Activities - Use of graffiti, hand signals, colors, jewelry, dress, etc. that communicate gang membership.
II-7 Harassment
II-8 Hazing
- Forcing someone to do something humiliating or painful, as in initiation.
II-9 Inappropriate items brought to school - including beepers, pagers, cellular phones, etc...
II-10 Insubordination/Disrespect to adult staff member -Failure to obey reasonable, fair, and proper instructions or directions of any staff member. This includes any vulgar behavior written or directed toward any adult staff member.
II-11 Leaving School Building or Property - Students are not permitted to leave the property unless excused by school personnel.
II-12 Misbehavior with Substitutes - Students need to be on their best behavior.
II-13 911 Calls - A student making an unauthorized 911 call for unfounded reasons.
II-14 Pornography
II-15 Possession of tobacco products and/or drug paraphernalia
- includes matches, lighters, pipes, roach clips, etc.
II-16 Sexual Harassment - Verbal, written or gesturing conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature imposed on the basis of sex.
II-17 Stealing - Taking something that belongs to the school or another person without permission. Students accused of stealing personal items such as shoes, coats, purses, wallets, or school property may be charged with a Category III violation.
II-18 Trespassing - Being in any building without written permission of the principal or his/her designee.
II-19 Truancy - The willful refusal of a child to attend school for a day or a portion thereof, in defiance of parental or lawful authority or when a child is not at the assigned place at the assigned time.
II-20 Vandalism - Damaging/misusing staff, student, or school property. May be charged with a Category III violation.

NOTE: Category II may include other offenses not specifically listed, which are similar in severity to the above.

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS - CATEGORY II

The district supervisory personnel may choose an appropriate disciplinary action that may include any one or a combination of the following. Any Category III violation may be punishable with a Category II discipline action when misconduct becomes repeated or flagrant.

ACTIONS†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DEFINITIONS

Activity Restriction:†††† Denied participation in a scheduled group activity.

Classroom Suspension:††† Assigned to a specific area during a class period.

In-School Suspension:††† Counseled within the school by personnel specializing in student disciplinary problems.

Loss of Privileges:†††† Removed from one or more special school activities.

Mediation:††† Students may be sent to a trained mediator to verbalize and resolve conflicts.

Parental Conference:††† Communication conducted that may include the principal, parents, student, teachers, administrative staff, and counselors concerning improving student's behavior in school.

Parent Contact:††† Parents contacted by phone, written communication, or in person to relate problem behavior and solution.

Pupil Personnel Service Referral:†††††P.P.S. personnel notified to assist in solving exhibited behavior problem.

Refer to Principal or his/her Designee:††† Sent to the office with background information regarding behavior. (Principal takes necessary action consistent with Student Code of Conduct).

Repair or Replace Damaged†Item:††† The damaged item is repaired or replaced by the person responsible for the damage.

School Day Detention:††† Kept at school (before or after regular school hours) with parental knowledge.

Verbal Reprimand:†††† Misconduct clarified and warning of consequences should behavior continue.

Work Assignments:††† Physical or academic work assigned to student. (Written assignments may include letters of apology, description of incident, alternative behavior response, and themes about impact of negative behavior on self and others as well as one's responsibility to the group. Example:† A theme or book report is an academic assignment.
Cleaning tables in the lunchroom or litter from the school grounds are examples of physical assignments.

Bus Suspension:††† Denied privilege to ride bus for a period of up to the (10) school days, or for safety reasons, a period in excess of ten (10) days. This can only be assigned by a district administrator. Parents will be notified as soon as possible by phone and writing stating the reason for and the duration of the suspension.

In-School Suspension:††† Assigned to a specific room or area, by an administrator, for 1 to 5 days to do assignments for the duration of suspension. Parents will be notified as soon as possible by phone and in writing stating the reason for and the duration of the suspension.

Saturday School:††† A maximum three (3) hour detention, on a Saturday, scheduled by the building administrator (may be videotaped).

Truancy Detention:††† During a vacation period, the student may be required to attend school for up to five (5) hours per day of truancy. This can only be assigned by a district administrator.

Out-of-School:††† Removed from school, by an administrator, for no more than five (5) consecutive school days. Parents will be notified as soon as possible by phone and in writing stating the reason for and the duration of the suspension.

Referral to Law:††† Law enforcement personnel notified, by the administration, Enforcement Agency for appropriate action and in cases of major violations, school officials may press charges.

INTOLERABLE AND/OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT CATEGORY III VIOLATIONS

Category III violations include intolerable behavior that not only breaks the school rules, but may be against the law. These violations may pose a direct threat to the safety of others and seriously disrupt the orderly educational process in the classroom, in the school building, on the school grounds or during transit to and from school.

These violations include the following:

III-1 Arson - Setting fire in school or on school property. III-2 Assault - Threatening to physically harm any student or staff member, and/or threatening to bring a weapon to school or threatening to use any weapon against students or staff. III-3 Battery - Physically touching another person either directly or with a weapon or dangerous object and causing injury. This includes any physical attack on any person or any fight involving two or more people.
III-4 Disrupting School or School Related Functions While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol - Attending school by students, regardless of age, who are under the influence of drugs other than prescribed by a doctor and/or alcohol or who have used or consumed drugs and/or alcohol which can alter their behavior.
III-5 Drug/Look Alike Drug/Alcohol Violations - Having, using, selling, buying, or giving away any drugs, look alike drugs or alcohol. If a student has a drug prescribed by a doctor, it must be kept in the nurse's office or main office.
III-6 Explosives/Fireworks - Having, using, selling or giving away any explosives or fireworks.
III-7 Extortion - Forcing a person to give up money, projects, assignments, or anything of value by threats, intimidation, or force.
III-8 False Alarms/Bomb Threats - Making a report of a fire or bomb, or attempting to pull an alarm when neither exists.
III-9 Possession of Stolen Property - Having property that the student knows was stolen by another person.
III-10 Possession of tobacco products and/or drug paraphernalia.
III-11 Possession of a Weapon -Having, using, selling, or giving to any other student any weapon/look alike weapon. This includes sticks, pipes, bottles, or even a pencil, if it is used as a weapon.
III-12 Sexual Misconduct/Harassment - Touching others in ways that would be considered sexually offensive.
III-13 Stalking - of students or staff III-14 Stealing -personal items such as shoes, coats, purses, wallets, or school property.
III-15 Use of Tobacco Products - In the school building, on the bus, at school activities, or on school property.
III-16 Willful Exposure - Showing or revealing parts of the human body in such a manner that embarrasses or offends other people or causes disruption to others in the school.

NOTE: Category III may include other offenses not specifically listed, which are similar in severity to the above.


DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS - CATEGORY III

The Principal and/or Assistant Principal may choose an appropriate disciplinary action that may include any one or a combination of the following.

ACTIONS†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DEFINITIONS

In-School Suspension:††† Assigned to a specific room or area for one (1) to ten (10) days to do assignments for the duration of the suspension. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified as soon as possible by phone and in writing stating the reason for and the duration of the suspension.

Out-of-School:††† Removed from school for one (1) to ten (10) consecutive school days. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified as soon as possible by phone and in writing stating the reason for and the duration of the suspension.

Referral to Law:††† Law enforcement personnel notified for appropriate action and in cases Enforcement Agency of major violations, school officials may press charges.

Saturday Detention:††† A maximum three (3) hour detention on a Saturday scheduled by the building principal (may be videotaped).

Expulsion:††† Removed from school for up to two (2) calendar years.

SUSPENSION/EXPULSION DUE PROCESS

1. Prior to suspension, the student shall be provided oral or written notice of the charges. If the charges are denied the student shall be given an explanation of the evidence against him/her and an opportunity to present his/her version of the incident.

2. Prior notice and hearing as stated above may not be required and the student immediately suspended, when the student's presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the educational process. In such cases, the necessary notice and hearing shall follow as soon as practicable.

3. Any suspension shall be reported immediately to the parents or guardian of the student. Such report shall contain a full statement of the reasons for the suspension and a notice to the parents or guardian of their right to review.

4. Upon request of the parents or guardian, a hearing shall be conducted by the School Board or a hearing officer appointed by it to review the suspension. At the hearing, the parents or guardian of the student may appear and discuss the suspension with the Board or its hearing officer. If a hearing officer is appointed by the Board, he shall report to the Board a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting. After its hearing or upon receipt of the report of the hearing officer, the Board may take such action as it finds appropriate.


Expulsion Due Process Procedural Protections

1. Students subject to possible expulsion shall be given a written notice detailing the charges and the time and place a hearing will be held to discuss those charges.

2. Such hearing shall be conducted either by the Board of Education or its designated hearing officer.

3. The Superintendent shall provide written notice of the time place and purpose of the hearing to the parents or guardians of the student by registered or certified mail, shall request the appearance of the parents or guardians at the expulsion hearing, and shall inform them of the studentís right to be represented by counsel.