Each student is assigned a hall and PE locker which should be kept neat and orderly at all times. It is important that combinations not be given out to others and that lockers be locked when not in use. Sharing lockers is not permitted. No one is permitted to use his/her locker during class periods without a pass from a teacher. Valuables should not be kept in your locker. Students who wish to have a locker combination changed must provide a valid reason for the request and may be assessed a $2.00 charge for such changes.
Lockers and desks are owned and controlled by the school for the use and benefit of students. School officials have the right to inspect student lockers and desks. In addition, school officials may conduct a search of individual lockers if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated either the law or the rules of the school. School officials may utilize the services of law enforcement to assist in determining if any illegal or controlled substances are located in an individual hall or PE locker.
Items seen as materially disrupting the educational process may not be posted or displayed in student lockers. These items include, but are not limited to, sexually explicit, nude or partially nude photographs, drawings, cartoons, and caricatures of male and female persons or depicting sexual activity; commonly profane or indecent words; items which promote the use of illegal drugs or controlled substances; items that contain gang affiliation, membership, graffiti or symbols; and other items which are disruptive to the school setting.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE
The school administration has the responsibility to ensure that Urban Middle School is a safe school for all students and staff. Accordingly a limited search for dangerous or illegal items or illegal substances on the person of a student or in the student’s hall or PE locker is a proper means of protecting the interest of safety without unreasonably interfering with the privacy rights of the student. School officials may conduct a search of a student or student’s lockers when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating school rules or the law.
Philosophy of Behavior Management and Human Relations
Urban Middle School
Urban Student Support Committee
The staff at Urban recognizes the importance of providing a safe learning environment for all students and staff. This can be accomplished by:
- Modeling, by staff, positive communication, positive behavior, and the citizenship skills we expect from students. Disciplinary actions should be delivered with respect for the dignity of all parties concerned.
- Using compassion and understanding combined with flexibility and humaneness, when dealing with students. In doing so, staff will work to build and maintain the respect of self and others, ensuring that the rights of all are protected, as well as teaching responsibility for one’s actions.
- Providing a variety of disciplinary options that can be used in various situations. Individual situations will determine appropriate options.
Classroom discipline plans and school-wide discipline procedures should be set up in advance, with expectations, rewards, and consequences clearly stated. These plans should be clearly communicated to students as frequently as needed, and parents should be routinely informed. Plans and procedures should be consistent. Students should expect consequences for inappropriate behavior.