STUDENT LOITERING AND MISBEHAVIOR POLICY
The Sheboygan Area School District has adopted a policy which will provide school consequences for student loitering and misbehavior in neighborhoods adjacent to secondary school buildings. For purposes of this policy, the word "loitering" is defined as: “To congregate, wander, stroll, stand, play, delay, linger aimlessly, or idle about within a school neighborhood area, either on foot or in or on any conveyance being driven or parked therein, without a lawful purpose for being present, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other adult person having care, custody or control of the student. Loitering does not include direct movement through a school neighborhood area when traveling to and from school.” Acts of student misconduct including vandalism, littering, disorderly conduct, underage smoking, and acts which are intended to threaten or intimidate citizens and any act violating Wisconsin statute or local ordinances will be subject to school disciplinary processes.
Students will be held accountable by Urban Middle School for their actions within the following areas:
North Avenue between 12th and 13th Street; 12th Street from North Avenue to School Avenue; and 13th Street between North Avenue and School Avenue, including the roadway, median, municipal sidewalk, public right-of-way, and all privately owned property adjacent to the south side of North Avenue, the east side of 12th Street, and the west side of 13th Street.
Secondary School Neighborhood:
The area bounded by School Avenue on the north, 15th street on the west, Martin Avenue and Los Angeles on the south, and 10 Street on the east.
Loitering on any Sheboygan Area School District campus is not allowed.
- Non-students loitering on or about campus will be directed to leave.
- Loiterers not leaving after being asked will be reported to Law Enforcement Officials.
- License plate number of non-student cars loitering/stopping around school grounds will be recorded and provided to Law Enforcement Officials.
Normal school discipline procedures will be implemented by the administrators and staff when they are made aware of violations by students in the primary or secondary identified areas which occur thirty minutes before academic classes, during the school day, and fifteen minutes after the end of the last class period. Student engaged in acts of misconduct will be subject to school detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and progressive disciplinary policies.
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.” (School Board Policy 5114 – School Safety Plan) 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 5114.4(a)—Dangerous Weapons). Students in violation of these policies will be subject to suspension from school and considered for expulsion from the school.
GANG RELATED ISSUES
The Sheboygan Area School District desires to keep district school and students free from the threats of harmful influence of any groups or gangs which engage in drug use, criminal conduct, or disruptive behavior. The presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook or manner of grooming which , by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute, denotes membership in such a group is prohibited. These sources of identification will be used to identify students affiliating themselves with a gang(s).
Once gang affiliation identification is made, we will meet with the students(s) and contact their parents about any restrictions they have for dress/displays/behavior at school. Known symbols, signs, clothing associated with the gang will be prohibited at school for the student. These prohibitions will apply to individually ID'd students only, not the student body at large. Students who are not allowed to wear certain gang identifiers will earn progressive discipline if they choose to continue to display gang affiliation at school. Progressive discipline will result in one or more of the following consequences based upon the severity of the misconduct.
- Warning - Conference with student;
- Notification to home regarding violation of the policy
- Parent contact, either by letter or telephone call;
- Suspension in school
- Suspension from school - One to five day suspension out of school;
- Referral to law enforcement officers or agencies and forfeiture or fine.
- Recommendation of Expulsion - Violations could lead to expulsion.
Violations from one year to the next will be recorded and allowed to accumulate with each subsequent violation. When a student moves from one academic level to the next (e.g., middle to high school) all previous violations will remain in the student's record.