CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
Students are expected to behave in such a manner as to ensure a favorable academic atmosphere and proper decorum when at school and when at school-related functions. Students who engage in behavior which is disruptive to the classroom and the educational environment are subject to discipline. Severe behaviors which will result in a student immediately sent to the office include: physical attack on staff/student, possession of a weapon, verbal aggression or swearing at staff/student, possession of drugs or drug related items, smoking or use of tobacco, vandalism or damage to property. Students who refuse to leave an area or go to the office will earn suspension. This includes when a student is sent to the office and he/she fails to report to the office. If an administrator is called to a classroom to remove a student who refuses to leave that student will earn suspension.
Each teacher or team will have a discipline plan for his/her classroom. It will be developed and/or reviewed with you during the first days of school and periodically throughout the school year. In the event that a serious incident occurs, a disciplinary referral will be written by your teacher and sent to an administrator in the office. Consequences will depend on the seriousness and frequency of the problem. Consequences include, but are not limited to, a conference with the student, a phone call to the student’s family, a conference with the student’s family, “community service” within the school community, detention after school, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and expulsion.
Detention is supervised daily by faculty members in the cafeteria from 2:50 pm to 3:30 pm except Wednesdays. Detention is a quiet time when a student is detained from leaving school as a consequence for misbehavior. It is strongly recommended that students who earn detention use the time to do homework or read.
In-school suspension (ISS) is a consequence that is served during the school day. A student assigned ISS will either spend the day in the office or in another teacher’s classroom. The student will be provided with his/her work for the day and is expected to complete it before the end of the school day. Upon completion of ISS the student is to leave school grounds immediately and may not participate in any after school or evening school activities.
Out-of-school suspension (OSS) can be assigned for up to 5 days. When serving OSS students may not be on school grounds, attend school evening activities, or attend regular classes until the suspension time expires.
Expulsion will be recommended in cases of serious misbehavior or when a student has repeatedly violated school rules or disrupted the school environment. The power to expel belongs to the board of education and may be used at its discretion when the board finds a student guilty of repeated refusal or neglect to obey school rules, or finds that a pupil knowingly conveyed or caused to be conveyed any threat or false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made to destroy any school property by means of explosives, or finds that the pupil engaged in conduct which endangers the property, health, or safety of others at school or under the supervision of a school authority, or is satisfied that the interest of the school demands the pupil’s expulsion. When expulsion is recommended by the administration the students will be suspended until the expulsion hearing and for no more that 15 consecutive school days.
BEHAVIORS CREATING AN UNSAFE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
“These behaviors may include, but are not limited to possessing, selling or furnishing any firearm, explosive, illegal knife or other dangerous object.” Dangerous weapon means any firearm, including, but not limited to, any and all types of hand guns, rifles, shot guns, air guns, and any other type of gun whatsoever (this includes toy guns); illegal knives, razors, karate sticks, any electric weapon; metallic knuckles or knuckles of any substance; a nunchaku or any similar weapon consisting of two sticks or wood, plastic or metal connected at one end by a length of rope, chain, wire, leather or other material; a cestus or similar material weighted with metal or some other substance and worn on the hand; a shuriken or any similar pointed star-like object intended to injure a person when thrown; or a manrikigusari or similar length of chain having weighted ends; possession and/or use of pepper spray. ‘Dangerous weapon’ shall also include any other object whatsoever which, by the manner it is used or intended to be used, is capable of inflicting bodily harm or property damage.” The fact that a ‘dangerous weapon’ is not loaded shall not make its possession, use, or storage lawful under this policy statement. Students violating this policy will be suspended from school. Upon suspending a student for violation of this policy the school administration will initiate expulsion procedures. All violations of this policy shall be reported to police officials by the school administration. (School Board Policy 5772 — Weapons). Students in violation of these policies will be subject to suspension from school and considered for expulsion from the school.
Please refer to the Urban office or SASD office for updated information.