Good discipline occurs when students behave in a responsible manner. Therefore, it is imperative that acceptable behavior be encouraged and that misbehavior be discouraged. Self-discipline is our goal. Self-discipline is the key to good conduct and proper consideration for other people. When a student exhibits unacceptable behavior, effort will be made to help the students see his/her error and if possible correct the misdeed. Disciplinary action, including corporal punishment, may be required for serious acts of misbehavior or after a series of minor acts. Parental options to corporal punishment are: (1) Parents may request to be notified after their student has received corporal punishment; and (2) Parents may request their child be suspended from school in lieu of corporal punishment. Forms for these options are available in the office. Peer mediation /conflict resolution procedures are explained to the students at the beginning of each year. We feel this will provide a life skill for students to peacefully resolve conflicts.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
There will be no tolerance for certain infractions which concern the school. Alcohol, arson, assault, drugs, fighting, simulated drugs, threats, vandalism, weapons, weapon replicas, and other areas as specified by administration could result in immediate suspension or expulsion.
Depending upon the severity of the infraction, students may be suspended at any time due to misconduct or not following school policy.
PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
Physical contact by students is prohibited on campus (this does prohibit hand holding).
SCHOOL RULES AND THE LAW
Any unlawful act taking place on school grounds or on buses not only makes the student subject to police notification and the penalties which courts may prescribe, but also may result in suspension or dismissal from school.
Possession of pep pills, alcoholic beverages, marijuana, LSD, meth, prescription drugs, other controlled drugs, or buying drugs or selling drugs of any kind on school grounds will result in notification of police and could result in suspension or expulsion from school.
Possession of any type of medication -- prescription or over the counter -- could have serious consequences for the student who possesses them. If it is determined that any student is giving away, selling, or experimenting with any type of medication on school property or during school time, that student will be subject to immediate suspension.
This policy shall not apply to the proper possession and use of prescription medication or to the legal possession of any of the above-listed substances in connection with an approved school project when such possession has been approved by the school official in charge of the project.
Possession of obscene magazines or pictures can result in notification of police and suspension from school.
If you tear up any part of the school property and it is deemed that you did so purposely or as a result of horseplay, fighting, or showing off, your parents will be responsible for the cost of replacing that item.
If caught in the proximity of a fight, you may be considered part of the fight and may be punished accordingly. If it is determined you said anything to the participants or did anything to the participants (such as shove) to promote the fight in any way, you will be subject to suspension from school.
If it is determined that the fight is in any way pre-meditated (crowd gathered, meet at a certain spot, a confrontation has already been had, etc.), the participants will be subject to suspension from school. To avoid this, come to the office after a confrontation if you think a fight is possible.
TEACHER DISCIPLINARY METHODS:
Each teacher will display approved standards of disciplinary action for their classroom. Failure to comply with classroom behavior standards will result in disciplinary action taken in accordance with these approved standards.
The teacher uses many methods of classroom control throughout each class. Most disciplinary measures will fall within the realm of "preventive." When preventive measures have not worked, it becomes a discipline problem. Following are the disciplinary procedures to be followed:
All discipline within this section is to be administered by the teacher.
At no time will a building administrator be expected to administer any judgment or discipline within this section including parental contact.
Any severe infraction (i.e. willful defiance of teacher, possible safety concern, obscenities, etc.) should be referred directly to a building administrator.
Possible actions by the teacher are as follows:
conference with the student (document) -- contracts, positive punishment, non-educational methods, etc.
teacher -- teacher will be in charge of this detention --purpose will be to allow the teachers to create and establish rapport with the student regarding proper class procedure; to discuss teacher-student classroom conduct expectations; can be assigned before/after school or at noon.
school detention (parent contact essential) -- served in the Middle School, (ADC room) from 7:15 a.m. through 7:55 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 3:10 p.m. through 3:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the same location. The steps are as follows:
A report of detention returns to teacher who assigns detention.
A report is assigned in detention to be filled out on the school form by student and returned to the teacher for evaluation.
Improperly-served detention could consist of: tardiness, talking, not doing assignment, no writing tools, sleeping, etc.
A missed or improperly-served detention is to be dealt with by the teacher assigning detention (i.e. – next step on discipline sheet, doubling detention, teacher detention, etc.)
Referral to a Building Administrator -- After all methods have been exhausted, the teacher may refer the student to the assistant principal. All referrals to a building administrator must be accompanied by a disciplinary referral form. All copies go to a building administrator.
PRINCIPAL DISCIPLINARY METHODS:
A building administrator will document action taken on the discipline referral form.
Level one: Conference with parent, teacher, principal, or student; reports, sentences, morning or afternoon detention, ADC, Saturday school, etc.
Level two: Suspensions or recommendation for expulsion.
ALTERNATIVE DISCIPLINE CENTER
The alternative discipline center (ADC) is for students who are in grades 6-12 who otherwise might be suspended or put in an in-house suspension center because of the following reasons:
Discipline problems in the classroom
Excessive tardiness or absences
Will not turn in homework or put forth effort in the classroom
Any type of discipline problem which might result in a suspension or in-house suspension assigned by the principal or assistant.
The ADC can only be assigned by the principal or the assistant principal. It will normally be assigned from one day to two weeks. If, at the end of a two week assignment, it is determined that a student needs to have more time in the ADC, it is allowable.
The purpose of the ADC is to provide a setting which will be completely away from the student body and teachers. Any student who is assigned to the ADC will have all of their assignments checked daily to ensure that they have plenty of work to do. They will bring only teacher assigned books, pencils, and paper. They will NOT bring radios, recorders, other books, etc.
The students will be allowed normal breaks and lunch breaks, but not during the time other students will be on their breaks. The ADC supervisor will receive student work each day and dispense of that work to the teachers. Assignments will be graded by the regular teachers and given back to the students through the ADC supervisor.
Any student who is failing two or more classes for a period longer than two weeks could be required to attend Saturday classes from 8:00 to 11:30.
Student will be required to bring assigned books, notebook paper, and pencils. They will be required to work on assignments which are assigned by their teachers. The student will not bring any radios, recorders, pagers, cell phones, etc. Assignments will be turned in at the end of each Saturday session.
Students will be assigned Saturday classes only by the principal or his assistant. Failure to attend could result in suspension or other disciplinary action.
Saturday school will be held in a classroom from 8:00 to 11:30. The student is expected to be on time at 8:00 a.m. If a student fails to attend Saturday School, he/she will be subject to suspension or other disciplinary actions.
Students who are suspended will be allowed to complete and receive credit for the work missed. (Please see exception in next paragraph.)
However, students who are suspended for the possession of a dangerous weapon or a controlled dangerous substance, as defined in the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, will not make up school work missed. Possession of a firearm shall result in out-of-school suspension of not less than one (1) year. The term of suspension may be modified by the district superintendent on a case-by-case basis. The terms “firearm” and “dangerous weapon” shall mean and include all weapons as defined by the District’s policy related to Weapons-Free Schools.
SHORT TERM SUSPENSION
Any suspension which is 9 days or less is considered a short term suspension.
LONG TERM SUSPENSION
Any suspension which is 10 days or longer is considered to be a long term suspension.