The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, district personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of school facilities and equipment.
The best discipline is self-imposed, and students must learn to assume and accept responsibility for their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. District personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on educating students so that they may grow in self-discipline.
Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior and who violate these school rules will be required to accept the consequences for their conduct.
Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they:
Attendance Level (Level 1 Infractions)
1.1 Tardy to school 3-7 times
1.2 8 Tardies
1.5 Unexcused absence from school
Insubordination Level (Level 2 Infractions)
2.2 Skipping 2:38- 3:20. Detention
2.3 Forged excuse/ pass
2.4 Disruptive behavior/ refusal to follow class routine
2.5 Disrespectful or disobeying teacher
2.6 Unprepared for class
2.7 Foul language or gesture
2.8 Foul language or gesture to school personnel
2.9 Disruptive on bus or in cafeteria
2.11 Throwing food in cafeteria
2.12 Refusal to follow directions in emergency
2.13 Repeated failure to submit assigned work
2.14 Leaving class w/o permission
3. Violation level (Level 3 Infractions)
3.1 In hallway without a pass
3.2 Dress Code Violation
3.3 Improper use of electronic devices
3.4 Cheating (automatic zero)/ plagiarism
3.5 Destroying, littering, defacing or theft of others’ (school)
3.6 Unsafe behavior on school property
3.7 Unauthorized departure from school building
3.8 Computer misuse
3.9 Defacing School property
3.12 Smoking or in possession of tobacco
3.13 Possession of obscene material
Violent and Disruptive Incidents (Level 4 Infractions)
4.2.1 Forcible sex offenses
4.2.2 Non- forcible sex offenses
4.4 Assault with physical injury
4.7 Assault with physical harm
4.8 Reckless endangerment
4.9 Minor altercations
4.10 Harassment/ Bullying
4.12 Criminal Mischief
4.13 Larceny and other theft
4.14 Bomb threat
4.15 False activation of a fire alarm
4.17 Possession of weapon
4.18 Use, possession sale of controlled substance
4.19 Use, possession sale of alcohol
Use, possession sale of controlled substance
4.19 Use, possession sale of alcohol
The following is a more detailed list of prohibited student conduct by categories:
Level 2 Infractions:
Engaging in conduct that is disorderly.
Examples of disorderly conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive.
2. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
3. Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of the building.
4. Computer/electronic communications misuse, including any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate websites; or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.
Engaging in conduct that is insubordinate.
Examples of insubordinate conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees in charge of students or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.
2. Lateness for, missing or leaving school without permission.
3. Skipping detention.
4. Display or use of personal electronic devices, such as, but not limited to, cell phones, I-pods, digital cameras, in a manner that is in violation of district policy.
Engaging in misconduct while on a school bus.
It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on district buses to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving and fighting will not be tolerated.
Level 3 Infractions:
Engaging in conduct that is disruptive.
Examples of disruptive conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school personnel in charge of students.
2. Inappropriate contact of a sexual nature.
3. Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community.
Engaging in any form of academic misconduct.
Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:
4. Altering records.
5. Assisting another student in any of the above actions.
Level 4 Infractions:
Engaging in conduct that is violent.
Examples of violent conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon a teacher, administrator, or other school employee or attempting to do so.
2. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or attempting to do so.
3. Possessing a weapon. Authorized law enforcement officials are the only persons permitted to have a weapon in their possession while on school property or at a school function.
4. Displaying what appears to be a weapon.
5. Threatening to use any weapon.
6. Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson.
7. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.
Engaging in any conduct that endangers the safety, physical or mental health or welfare of the student or others.
Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Subjecting other students, school personnel, or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function to danger by recklessly engaging in conduct which creates a substantial risk or physical injury.
2. Stealing the property of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.
3. Defamation, which includes making false or unprivileged statements or representations about an individual or identifiable group of individuals that harm the reputation of the person or the identifiable group by demeaning them.
4. Discrimination, which includes the use of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, sex, gender (identity and expression), sexual orientation, weight, or disability to deny rights, equitable treatment or access to facilities available to others.
5. Harassment, which includes a sufficiently severe action or a persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an identifiable individual or group which are intended to be or which a reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing or demeaning.
6. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
7. Bullying. This includes hostile activity which harms or induces fear through the threat of further aggression and/or creates terror.
8. Hazing, which includes an induction, initiation, or membership process involving harassment and which produces public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule, or creates a situation where public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule is likely to occur.
9. The use of media to invade privacy (such as taking pictures or videos without consent) of students, or staff or posting inappropriate comments on social media sites (Facebook, Snap Chat, Twitter, etc.).
10. Selling, using or possessing obscene material.
11. Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing or swearing.
12. Smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe, using chewing or smokeless tobacco, or any mechanical device that simulates smoking.
13. Possessing, consuming, selling, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either, or possessing any paraphernalia designed to ingest drugs, alcohol, and tobacco or nicotine substances.
14. “Illegal substances” include, but are not limited to, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, synthetic marijuana, and any substances commonly referred to as “designer drugs.”
15. Inappropriately using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
16. Gambling, or the perception of gambling.
17. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
18. Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, discharging a fire extinguisher, playing with or tampering with the emergency communication receivers, or defibrillators.
Engaging in off-campus misconduct that interferes with, or can reasonably be expected to substantially disrupt the educational process in the school or at a school function.
Examples of such misconduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Cyberbullying (i.e. inflicting willful and repeated harm through the use of electronic text).
2. Threatening or harassing students or school personnel over the phone or other electronic medium.