Discipline is most effective when it deals directly with the problem at the time and place it occurs, and in a way that students view as fair and impartial. School personnel who interact with the students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students’ ability to grow in self-discipline.
In order to be effective in changing student behavior, necessary disciplinary action will be firm, fair and consistent. In determining the appropriate disciplinary action, school personnel authorized to impose disciplinary penalties will consider the following:
1. The student’s age.
2. The nature of the offense and the circumstance that led to the offense.
3. The student’s prior disciplinary record.
4. The effectiveness of other forms of discipline.
5. Information from parents, teachers and/or others, as appropriate
6. Other extenuating circumstances.
As a rule, discipline will be progressive. This means that a student’s first violation will usually merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations.
**If the conduct of a student is related to a disability, the student shall be referred to the Committee on Special Education and discipline, if warranted, shall be administered consistent with the separate requirements of this code of conduct for disciplining students with a disability. A student identified as having a disability shall not be disciplined for behavior related to his/her disability.**
Students who are found to have violated the district’s code of conduct may be subject to the following penalties, either alone or in combination with one another. The school personnel identified after each penalty are authorized to impose that penalty, consistent with the student’s right to due process.
1. Verbal warning: Any member of the district staff.
2. Written warning: Bus driver, hall and lunch monitors, teachers, principal, and superintendent.
3. Written notification to parent: Bus driver, hall and lunch monitors, teachers, vice principal, principal, and superintendent.
4. Detention: Teachers, principal, and superintendent.
5. Removal from transportation: Vice principal, principal, and superintendent.
6. Elimination from athletic participation: Vice principal, principal, and superintendent
7. Removal from social or extracurricular activities: Principal, and superintendent
8. Removal of other privileges: Vice principal, principal, and superintendent
9. Alternative Learning Area: Vice principal, principal, and superintendent.
10. Removal from classroom by teacher: Teachers, vice principal, principal, and superintendent.
11. Short-term (five days or less) suspension from school: Principal, superintendent, and board of education.
12. Long-term (more than five days) suspension from school: Superintendent and board of education.
13. Permanent suspension from school: Superintendent and Board of Education.
The amount of due process a student is entitled to before a penalty is imposed will depend on the type of penalty being imposed. In all cases, regardless of the penalty, the school personnel authorized to impose the penalty must let the student know what misconduct the student is alleged to have committed, and must investigate the facts surrounding the alleged misconduct. All students will have an opportunity to present their version of the facts to the school personnel imposing the disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.
Students who are to be given penalties other than a verbal warning, written warning, written notification to their parents or detention are entitled to additional rights before the penalty is imposed.
Detention – After School
- Parents will receive written notification when a student is assigned after-school detention.
- Students must report to detention on time – detention begins at 3:07PM and ends at 3:52PM. Any difficulties or changes must be cleared with the assistant principal before the scheduled detention.
- Students must come to detention prepared to work the full period. An atmosphere of academic study will be maintained at all times.
- Students who must stay for academic help will begin detention at 2:25PM in the detention room. A late arrival pass, signed by the helping teacher, should be presented to the detention supervisor.
- Students will report to the ALA Room for detention
- If a student is absent on a day of an assigned detention, the detention will automatically be made up the next day detention is held
- Unexcused absences from detention will result in ALA.