Clarke County Public Schools
Student Code of Conduct
2017-2018 School Year

 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

 

As we begin a new school year that holds exciting possibilities for every student, I am pleased to provide you with Clarke County Public Schools' (CCPS) 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct. This guide contains important information about the school division's expectations regarding behavior and conduct in the classroom and at all school-related functions and activities. The Student Code of Conduct serves as a resource to ensure every school continues to maintain classrooms and related activities free of disruptive behavior. This document is available either on-line or as a hard copy by request at 309 West Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611.

 

Please take the time to review and discuss the importance of the Student Code of Conduct with your child or children. The full text of the document is available at www.clarke.k12.va.us. After reading the Student Code of Conduct, your electronic signature at the completion of the registration process signifies your acceptance and acknowledgement (Policy JOH).

 

Relationships are important, and I hope that you will remind your child or children how important it is to refrain from engaging in hurtful words, whether through electronic or face-to-face communication. As partners in this effort, we can work together to protect children from harm's way in the real and "virtual" world. I am asking every parent to encourage their child to act immediately when they become aware of any threat intended to cause harm to anyone. The responsible course of action is to immediately alert school officials, a responsible adult, and/or law enforcement personnel. 

 

With your support, we can help our students achieve academic success in an environment where they feel safe and secure. I consider each and every parent and guardian a partner with Clarke County Public Schools in helping achieve this goal for your child and others.

 

With warm regards,

 

  Chuck Bishop

 

Chuck Bishop, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

The Student Code of Conduct outlines major categories of behavior and states disciplinary actions that may occur as a result of student misconduct. When enforcing the Student Code of Conduct, students and their property may be searched if there is reasonable suspicion that a school rule or law has been or is about to be broken. School staff may question or interview minor students regarding violations of the Student Code of Conduct and criminal matters without the consent or presence of parents or legal guardians. When a discrepancy exists between school division policy and regulation, the Code of Virginia shall apply.

 

Metal detectors and other types of surveillance equipment may be used in schools and at school activities for random searches and where reasonable suspicion to search is present. Police dogs may be used on school property to detect the presence of weapons, drugs, and/or other contraband. Depending on the infraction, appropriate legal charges may be filed against a student. Section 16.1-269.1 of the Code of Virginia permits juveniles, 14 years of age or older at the time of an alleged offense, to be prosecuted as adults for specific crimes under certain circumstances.

 

Parental Responsibility and Involvement

Each parent of a student enrolled in a public school in Clarke County has a duty to assist the school in enforcing the Student Code of Conduct and attendance so that education may be conducted in an atmosphere which is free from disruption and threat to persons or property. Parents are to be supportive of individual rights, and to pay all fees and charges levied against their children by the Clarke County Public Schools, including costs associated with damage to or loss of books and other school property [Section 22.1-279.3 of the Code of Virginia].

 

Faculty/Staff Responsibilities

Throughout this document, the term “staff members” will be used to identify faculty, staff, teachers or other employees of the Clarke County School Division. Staff members handle the majority of student discipline. Staff members may refer a student for misconduct, however, when the situation warrants. In Clarke County, each school has a referral system in place for student discipline. The principal or designee is responsible for addressing the student's behavior after the staff member’s referral. The School Board Office provides administrative support for the presentation of discipline cases to hearings before discipline hearing officers, the School Board Discipline Committee, and appeals to the School Board.

School Board Policies and Regulations

School Board Policies and Regulations can be accessed via our Web site at http://www.clarke.k12.va.us and via computer terminals in each school’s library.

  

Disciplinary Options

 

A variety of disciplinary options may be enforced by school personnel with students who are in violation of school rules, the Student Code of Conduct, School Board Policies and Regulations, Division Regulations, and/or local, state, or federal laws.  Options may include, but are not limited to, the following: in-school intervention, in-school restriction, suspension, alternative education placement, expulsion, and/or mandatory expulsion.

 

In-School Interventions

 

Verbal Warning/Reprimand/Apology - Staff member will remind the student of the expectation/rule or tell the student not to engage in inappropriate behavior. A reprimand may be issued and an apology (i.e., an acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense) may be requested;

 

Time-out - The temporary removal of a student from class;

 

Confiscation - The temporary possession of personal property;

 

Mediation - Referral to conflict mediation;

 

Conference - Staff member may conduct a conference with the student, parent, or both. Conferences may be conducted on-site, off-site, by phone or through the use of electronic communication devices;

 

Referral - Staff member may refer students to school administration, school counselor, psychologist, social worker, or other;

 

Written Communication - A letter, progress report, or other communication, sent to the parent/guardian;

 

Behavioral Contract - A written agreement between the student/parent/guardian and school listing requirements for improvement;

 

Restitution - A student (or the student’s parent) shall be required to reimburse the School Board for any actual loss of, breakage of, destruction of, or failure to return property owned by or under the control of the School Board caused or committed by a student;

 

Probation - A written agreement with the student for a defined period of good behavior in lieu of restriction or suspension;

 

Detention - Detaining a student for disciplinary reasons before or after school hours; and

 

Restriction - The temporary denial of the student's right to participate in class and/or designated activities, including restriction from the school bus, school property and/or school events at off-site locations.

 

In-School Restriction

The principal, assistant principal, or his/her designee may request that a student be assigned to in-school restriction/on-site (ISR/On-Site) for up to five (5) days or In-School Restriction/Off-Site (ISR/Off-Site) for up to ten (10) days. In ISR, a student is assigned to an alternative setting for the day(s) and given work to do by qualified school personnel serving as the school's ISR staff member. Students are given an excused absence for all classes missed while in ISR. Students are released from ISR only after successfully completing such work and maintaining or exceeding appropriate behavioral expectations. Parents and guardians are responsible to ensure that the student attends and reports on time, and may be required to confer with the principal or his/her designee prior to the student's reinstatement. Any student who is under restriction shall be excluded as a participant or spectator from extracurricular and co-curricular activities until reinstated in his/her school.  Only the superintendent or his/her designee may extend an in-school restriction beyond 10 days. Transportation for ISR/Off-Site is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

 

In-School Restriction/On-Site (1-5 Days) [JGD/JGE-CCPS-R1]

Refusal or failure to attend ISR/On-Site will result in an in-school restriction/off-site (ISR/Off-Site).

 

In-School-Restriction/Off-Site (1 to 10 Days) [JGD/JGE-CCPS-R1]

Refusal or failure to attend ISR/Off-Site will result in a short-term suspension after consultation with the superintendent or his/her designee. Parents and eligible students shall be advised of their right to appeal.

 

Suspension

Short-Term Suspension (Out-of-School 1-10 Days) [JGD/JGE and JGD/JGE-R1]

The principal, assistant principal, or his/her designee may suspend a student from school for one (1) to ten (10) consecutive days with consultation from the superintendent or his/her designee.

 

Any student who is under suspension and also enrolled in extracurricular activities shall be restricted from participation and/or excluded as a participant or spectator until reinstated in his/her school.

 

The parent/guardian may be required to confer with the principal or his/her designee prior to the student's reinstatement.

 

Long-Term Suspension (Out-of-School 11 or More Days) [JGD/JGE and JGD/JGE-CCPS-R]

A student can be suspended for 11 or more consecutive days following a hearing before the superintendent or his/her designee. For certain offenses or habitual offenses, a student may be suspended for the remainder of the semester, the remainder of the school year, or for a calendar year. The school administration may determine that transfer to another school or alternative setting serves the best interest of the student.

Any student who is under suspension and also enrolled in a cooperative work experience program and/or extracurricular activities shall be restricted from participation and/or excluded as a participant or spectator from the cooperative work experience program and/or extracurricular activities until reinstated in his/her school.

 

In the case of a recommendation for long-term suspension, the superintendent or his/her designee shall arrange a time and place for the hearing and notify the parent/guardian and the principal.

 

Alternative Education Placement

The principal, parent/guardian, hearing officer, School Board Discipline Committee or School Board may initiate a student's placement in the Division’s alternative education program as an alternative to suspension or as an alternative to the regular educational program. In some cases, the principal may meet with the parent/guardian and the student to review the program requirements to determine whether the student and parent/guardian will accept the responsibilities of this placement if offered as an alternative to the regular educational program. The program may serve students who consistently demonstrate inappropriate behaviors, excluding truancy, that interfere with learning. Placement in the Division’s alternative education program may be offered to students in lieu of suspension from school.

Expulsion

 

Expulsion [JGD/JGE and JGD/JGE-CCPS-R]

A student can be expelled only by action of the School Board or the School Board Discipline Committee based upon recommendation of the principal and the superintendent or his/her designee. Expulsion from school excludes the student from regular school attendance, including cooperative work experience programs and/or extracurricular activities until readmission by the School Board or the School Board Discipline Committee.

 

In the case of a recommendation for expulsion by the principal, the superintendent or his/her designee shall review the recommendation, which he/she may uphold or modify. If the superintendent or his/her designee upholds the recommendation of expulsion, he/she shall notify the student and his/her parent/guardian of the time and place of a hearing before the School Board Discipline Committee. If the hearing takes place before the School Board Discipline Committee, the hearing shall be held within ten school days of the date of notice from the principal or acting principal. If the decision of the School Board Discipline Committee is unanimous, there is no right of appeal. If, however, the decision of the School Board Discipline Committee is not unanimous, the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) may appeal the decision to the full School Board.

 

Mandatory Expulsion

 

Mandatory Expulsion [JGD/JGE]

Any student committing any of the following offenses while on school property or at school-sponsored or related activities shall be automatically recommended by the principal to the superintendent or his/her designee for expulsion of at least one calendar year and, when appropriate, referred for criminal prosecution as provided in Policy JGD/JGEJGDAJFCJFC-RJFCI, JFCF or other related policy or regulation. Students may also be disciplined for acts committed away from school property and outside school hours if the conduct is detrimental to the interest of the school or adversely affects the educational environment. 

  1. Arson or attempted arson
  2. Assault and battery on an employee or student
  3. Possession, use or sale of a firearm or dangerous weapon
  4. Use, possession, selling, bringing, giving, distributing or passing to another individual or possessing with intent to sell, give, or distribute alcohol, marijuana, controlled substances or imitation controlled substances, and inhalants
  5. Extortion, attempted extortion, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and/or larceny
  6. Sexual battery, inappropriate sexual behavior, obscene phone calls, and sexual assault
  7. Hazing or the initiation of another student through abuse and humiliation so as to cause bodily injury
  8. Kidnapping or other serious criminal violations
  9. Possession, use, distribution, sale, lighting or discharge of explosive devices
  10. Homicide
  11. Malicious wounding of an employee or student
  12. And other good and just causes as determined by the superintendent or his/her designee

 

Students charged with a drug or drug paraphernalia possession offense will be required to participate in a qualified drug assessment, to include drug testing and counseling.

 

Disciplinary Action for Conduct Not Related to School Activities

 

The School Board may require any student who has been charged: (i) with an offense relating to the Commonwealth's laws, or with a violation of School Board policies on weapons, alcohol or drugs, or intentional injury to another person; (ii) found guilty or not innocent of a crime which resulted in or could have resulted in injury to others, or of a crime for which the disposition ordered by a court is required to be disclosed to the superintendent or his/her designee; or (iii) expelled for certain drug offenses, convictions or adjudication of delinquency to attend an alternative education program, including, but not limited to, night school, adult education or any other educational program designed to offer instruction to students for whom the regular program of instruction may be inappropriate. The School Board may impose this requirement regardless of where the crime occurred. [Code of Virginia §22.1-277.2]

Disciplining Students with Disabilities

 

Students with disabilities shall be disciplined in accordance with Policies JGDA and JGDB.

 

Due Process

With the requirements of fair and equitable treatment of all students and within the guidelines of the federal judiciary, the following shall constitute the minimum due process procedures to be followed for in-school restriction/off-site, suspension, and expulsion:

  1. The school administration shall investigate the incident, including verbal or written statements from the alleged perpetrator.
  2. The student shall be given verbal or written notice of the charges against him/her.
  3. If the student denies the charges, he/she must be given an explanation of the facts, as known to school personnel after an appropriate investigation, and an opportunity to present his/her version of what occurred. The student may have an advocate with him/her during the investigation.
  4. The student shall be informed of the conditions of the disciplinary action(s).
  5. In the case of an in-school restriction/off-site, long-term suspension (11 or more days) or expulsion:
  1. The principal, hearing officer, committee, or School Board which hears the case must be impartial; and
  2. The disciplinary decision must be based on evidence presented at the hearing in the presence of both parties. If the student and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) fail to appear, the hearing may be held in their absence.
  3. A parent/guardian will be notified about the existence of community-based educational, training, and interventional programs. The cost for participation in those programs not offered by the school division shall be borne by the parent/guardian of the student.
  1. The parent or guardian of a student or the student, if eighteen years or older, may appeal the decision as provided in School Board Policy JGD/JGE and Regulation JGD/JGE- CCPS-R as appropriate.

 If the principal or his/her designee determines that the student's presence at school creates a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption, the student may be removed from school immediately.

 

 

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

 

Student Expectations [JFC-RCLA]

 

1. Student Dress - A student’s dress and appearance shall not be such that it causes disruption, distracts others from the educational process or creates a health or safety problem. Students must comply with specific building dress regulations and of which students will be given prior notice.

 

2. Unexcused Absence or Tardiness - Refer to Policy JED Student Absences, Excuses, Dismissals.

 

3. Disruptive Conduct - Students shall not engage in conduct that is or is intended to be disruptive of any school activity, function or process of the school or is dangerous to the health or safety of students or others.

 

4. Profane, Obscene or Abusive Language - Students shall not use language, a gesture, or engage in conduct that is vulgar, profane, obscene or disrupts the teaching and learning environment.

 

5. Threats or Intimidation - Students shall not make any verbal, written, or physical threat of bodily injury or use of force directed toward another person for the purpose of extortion or for any other reason.

 

6. Assault and Battery - A student shall not assault or commit battery upon another person. Voluntary fighting resulting in physical injury to another person shall be considered assault and battery.  Assault includes any physical confrontation that may result in no injury, minor injury, or serious injury that includes, but may not be limited to, kicking, shoving, pushing, hitting and fighting.  Battery is the unlawful application of force to the person of another.

 

7. Bullying - A student, either individually or as a part of a group, shall not harass or bully others either in person or by the use of any communication technology including computer systems, phones, or instant messaging systems. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, physical, verbal, or written intimidation, taunting, name-calling, and insults and any combination of prohibited activities.  "Bullying" means any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. "Bullying" includes cyber bullying. "Bullying" does not necessarily include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.

 

8. Gambling - A student shall not bet money or other things of value, or knowingly play or participate in any game involving such a bet, on school property or during any school related activity.

 

9. Use and/or Possession of Alcohol, Tobacco, Anabolic Steroids, and Other Drugs - A student shall not possess, use, and/or distribute alcohol, tobacco and/or tobacco products, or other drugs on school property, on school buses, or during school activities, on or off school property. This includes, but may not be limited to, smokeless tobacco, anabolic steroids, look-alike drugs, drug paraphernalia, and any prescription or nonprescription drug not possessed in accordance with Policies JHCDGBECAJFCFJFCH.  A student shall not possess, procure or purchase or attempt to possess, procure, or purchase, or be under the influence of (legal intoxication not required), or use or consume or attempt to use or consume, any of the restricted substances listed in this regulation or what is represented by or to the student to be any of the restricted substances listed in this regulation or what the student believes is any of the restricted substances in this regulation.  This regulation incorporates Policy JFCF.  Restricted Substances include alcoholic drinks, marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids, narcotic drugs, hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, and anything else covered by the Drug Control Act referenced below, as well as any abusable glue, paint and similar materials, anabolic steroids and both prescription and non-prescription drugs if they are not taken according to the prescription or directions on the package, and includes anything that a student represents to be a restricted substance or which a student believes is a restricted substance.  In addition to any other consequences which may result, a student who is a member of a school athletic team will be ineligible for two school years to compete in interscholastic athletic competition if the school principal and the division superintendent determine that the student used anabolic steroids during the training period immediately preceding or during the sport season of the athletic team, unless such steroid was prescribed by a licensed physician for a medical condition.

 

10. Distribution or Sale of Illegal Drugs or Possession or Distribution with Intent to Sell - Students shall not manufacture, give, sell, distribute or possess with intent to give, sell or distribute marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids, or other controlled substance as defined in the Drug Control Act, Chapter 15.1 of Title 54 of the Code of Virginia.

 

11. Vandalism - Students shall not willfully or maliciously damage or deface any school building or other property owned or under the control of the School Board. In addition, students shall not willfully or maliciously damage or deface property belonging to or under the control of any other person at school, on a school bus or at school-sponsored events.

 

12. Defiance of the Authority of School Personnel - Students shall comply with any oral or written instructions made by school personnel within the scope of their authority as provided by board policies and regulations.

 

13. Possession or Use of Weapons or Other Dangerous Articles - Students shall not have in their possession any type of unauthorized firearm or other article which may be used as a weapon, regardless of whether it is commonly accepted as such. This regulation incorporates Policy JFCD-CCPS.

 

14. Theft - A student shall not intentionally take the personal property of another person without consent under duress, threat or otherwise.

 

15. Behavior on School Bus - Students shall not behave in a disruptive manner or otherwise violate these Standards of Conduct while waiting for a school bus, while on a school bus or after being discharged from a school bus.

 

16. Cheating - Students shall not cheat, plagiarize or knowingly make false statements with respect to any assigned school work or tests.

 

17. Trespass - The student shall not trespass on school property or use school facilities without proper authority or permission, or during a period of suspension or expulsion.

 

18. Gang Activity - A student shall not engage in gang activities as defined in Policy JFCE, incorporated by reference.

 

19. Harassment - A student shall not harass another student or any school employee, volunteer, student teacher or any other person present in school facilities or at school functions.

 

20. Possession/Use of Personally Owned Electronic Devices-  Students may possess personally owned electronic devices, including but not limited to laptops, tablets, iPods, iPads, cell phones or other technology developed for similar purposes on school property, including school buses, provided the use of such devices adheres to GAB-CCPS-R/ IIBEA-CCPS-R. If a student possesses such a device other than as permitted in this policy/regulation, in addition to other disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed, the device may be confiscated from the student and returned only to the student’s parent.

 

21. Reports of Conviction or Adjudication of Delinquency - Any student for whom the superintendent has received a report pursuant to Va. Code § 16.1-305.1 of an adjudication of delinquency or a conviction for an offense listed in subsection G of Va. Code § 16.1-260 may be suspended or expelled.

 

22. Laser Pointers - Students shall not have in their possession laser pointers.

 

23. Acceptable Use of the Internet - Students shall abide by the Clarke County School Division’s Acceptable Computer Use Policy and Regulation.

 

24. Felony Charges - Students charged with any offense, wherever committed, that would be a felony if committed by an adult may be disciplined and/or required to participate in prevention/intervention activities.

 

25. Bomb Threats - Students shall not engage in any illegal conduct involving firebombs, explosive or incendiary materials or devices or hoax explosive devices or chemical bombs as defined in the Code of Virginia. Moreover, students shall not make any threats or false threats to bomb school personnel or school property.

 

26. Hazing - Students shall not engage in hazing.  Hazing means to recklessly or intentionally endanger the health or safety of a student or students or to inflict bodily harm on a student or students in connection with or for the purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in a club, organization, association, fraternity, sorority, or student body regardless of whether the student or students so endangered or injured participated voluntarily in the relevant activity.  The principal of any school at which hazing which causes bodily injury occurs shall report the hazing to the local Commonwealth Attorney. Hazing, as defined above, is a Class 1 misdemeanor which may be punished by confinement in jail for up to 12 months and a fine of up to $2,500, or both, in addition to any disciplinary consequences which may be imposed under this policy. In addition, any person receiving bodily injury by hazing has a right to sue, civilly, the person or persons guilty thereof, whether adults or infants. See Va. Code 18.2-56.

 

27. Other Conduct - In addition to these specific standards, students shall not engage in any conduct which materially and substantially disrupts the ongoing educational process or which is otherwise a violation of federal, state or local law.

Additional Student Expectations

 

1. Food/Beverages: A student will not eat in nor carry food to unauthorized areas of school. [School Handbook]

 

2. Inappropriate Property: The possession or use of any type of personal property which disrupts the educational process is prohibited.  Items prohibited include but not limited to the following; portable DVD players, iPods, MP3s, etc., which are not authorized for use at school. Matches, lighters, and other items deemed inappropriate also fall under this category. [School Handbook]

 

3. Reckless Vehicle Use: Elementary and middle school students may not drive any motorized vehicle to or from school. Subject to availability of parking spaces, high school students who meet and follow parking and vehicle use regulations prescribed by the school may drive to school. Failure to adhere to such regulations could result in forfeiture of the parking privilege and a loss of permit fees. In the case of a parking violation, a vehicle could be towed at the operator's expense. [K-CCPS-R]

 

4. False Fire Alarms/Bomb Threats/911 Calls/Threats Against Persons/Hoaxes: Activating a fire alarm without cause; making a bomb threat; false threats, oral threats, written threats, and hoaxes (e.g., imitation infectious, biological, toxic, or radioactive substances) against students, division personnel or School Board property; communicating a threat in writing or electronically (including forwarding a text message or video containing a threat); or encouraging or soliciting any person to commit such a threat. [JFCJFC-R]

 

5. Discrimination: Discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, intellectual ability, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a target of an intrafamily offense, place or residence or business, or any other distinguishing characteristic, or on a youth’s association with a person, or group with any person, with one or more of the actual or perceived foregoing characteristics is prohibited. [JFCJFC-R, JFHA/GBA]

 

6. Disrespectful Behavior: A student will behave in a respectful manner toward teachers/staff and other students. Examples of disrespectful behavior include walking away, talking back, refusing to identify self properly, rude and obnoxious behavior, inappropriate verbal gestures, spitting, and challenging authority.[JFCAJFC]

 

7. Obscenity: Possession of offensive materials such as nude photographs, pornographic pictures, objects or videos, etc. [CLAJFCJFCFJFC-RJPKF, KQ,GAB-R, IIBEA/GAB]

 

8. Unauthorized Use of Computer Technology: Any student who fails to comply with the terms of this policy or the regulation developed by the superintendent or his/her designee may lose system privileges, and students may be disciplined in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct or other School Board policies and division regulations governing student discipline. Students may also be the subject of appropriate legal action for violation of this policy or regulation. [JFC-R, GAB-R/IIBEA-R, IIBEA-E2/GAB-E1]

 

9. Fighting: Students and school personnel are entitled to a school environment free from threat and the physical aggression of others. The following acts are prohibited: two or more parties striking each other for the purpose of causing bodily harm, threatening, incitement/instigation, physical abuse, gang activity, and bullying (repeated negative behavior that targets a specific victim). A student who is assaulted and retaliates by hitting, kicking, or by any other physical means, may be disciplined for fighting. [JFCJFC-R]

 

10. Medication: Students are not to be in possession of medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) at any time. All medications must be taken by the parent and/or guardian to the school office or clinic and will be administered by a parent/guardian or designated adult per guidelines in accordance with School Board policy. Additional information is available in the school office or clinic regarding procedures for allowing students to carry and self-administer the following: a) inhaled medication for asthma, b) diabetes syringes, glucose meter and insulin, and c) epinephrine auto-injector pen for life-threatening allergies. Medications needed during field trips are likewise handled through the school office or clinic and require written consent from the parent and/or guardian in order to be administered by a designated adult while on a field trip. [CLAKGCJGD/JGEJHCDJHCEKNAJ]

 

11. Mace/Mace-like Devices: A student shall not supply, handle, use, transmit, or possess pepper gas, mace, chemical stink bomb, or similar substances on School Board property, on the way to or from school, or at school-sponsored activities. [JFC-RJFC-CCPS-R1]

 

12. Firearms/Look-alike Weapons: Possession of an instrument or device that resembles or looks like a pistol, revolver, or any type of weapon capable of propelling a missile is prohibited. These may include, but are not limited to, a cap pistol, water pistol, or any look-alike gun. The principal may determine if a look-alike instrument or device is considered a weapon. [CLAJFCJFC-RJFCD-CCPS]

 

13. Weapons/Explosives/Fireworks: A student will not distribute, handle, use, transmit, or possess a weapon or any object that is designed or used to inflict bodily injury or place a person in fear of bodily injury or any object which can be reasonably considered a weapon. Students shall not possess, distribute, discharge, or participate in the discharge of fireworks or similar items. Examples of weapons, fireworks, and other substances include, but are not limited to, bombs, knife/razor blade/box cutters, ammunition, metal knuckles, fireworks, small explosives (e.g., firecrackers, caps, poppers, and stink bombs), or the use of any object or substance that will potentially cause harm, irritation, or bodily injury to students or any other person. When a laser pen or device is used to threaten, intimidate, or injure, it is considered a weapon. [CLAJFCJFC-RJFCD-CCPS]

 

14. Sexual Offenses: A student will not engage in sexual or immoral behavior such as offensive touching; sexual harassment; indecent exposure; obscene phone calls, text messages, or video; inappropriate sexual behavior, or acts of sexual assault or battery. [JFHA/GBA]

 

15. After-School Activities [JFCB] 

  1. Students are subject to conditions of the Student Code of Conduct while attending and participating in after-school student activities and athletic events. Regulations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct apply at all after-school activities such as athletic events, club meetings, dances, etc.
  2. Students are not allowed to loiter in concession areas.
  3. Students are expected to leave school grounds at the conclusion of the activity.
  4. Students waiting for a ride should meet their ride at the school’s designated student drop-off/pick-up location.
  5. Metal detectors may be utilized at after-school activities and special events in order to ensure the safety of students and spectators.
  6. Parental involvement may be required and is encouraged at all school-related activities.
  7. If parents are not attending a school-sponsored event, plans should be made to pick up their child at the conclusion of the event.

 

If the principal or his/her designee determines that the student's presence at an after-school activity creates a disruption or continuing danger to persons or property or creates an ongoing threat of disruption, the student may be removed from the activity.

 

16. E-Cigarettes: Students are prohibited from possessing electronic cigarettes on school buses, on school premises and at school-sponsored activities.[JFCHGBECA]

 

17. Portable Communications Devices: Portable communications devices are portable two-way communications devices, including but not limited to, cellular telephones, laptops, tablets, iPods, iPads, other computing devices (when such device is being used as a communications device), and any new technology developed for similar purposes. Elementary, middle and high school students may use portable communications devices for instructional purposes as defined in GAB-CCPS-R/ IIBEA-CCPS-R . To avoid disruption of the instructional process, students shall not display, use, or activate portable communications devices during the instructional day unless specifically given permission by a staff member. The "instructional day" is defined as the moment a student enters the school building to the final dismissal bell. The "instructional day" includes, but is not limited to, study halls, lunch breaks, class changes and any other structured or non-structured instructional activity that occurs during the normal school day. Students are responsible for ensuring that their devices are turned off and out of sight during the instructional day when not in use as directed by a staff member. Confiscated Portable Communications Devices will be returned to students as per guidelines established by the building principal.

 

The School Board will assume no responsibility for the loss, destruction, damage or theft of portable communication devices or for any communication bill associated with the authorized or unauthorized use of portable communications device. Students will be responsible for locating such lost/stolen items. As a condition of possessing and using a portable communications device on school property, at school sponsored events or while traveling to and from school, students and their parents/legal guardians are deemed to have consented to reasonable searches of the portable communications device. A portable communications device may be searched or reviewed by school personnel when reasonable suspicion exists that the portable communications device was used in violation of this Regulation, the Code of Student Conduct or other law or regulation. School personnel may use other information obtained from the portable communications device during such review as the basis for discipline or referral to other appropriate authorities. Failure to comply with the provisions of this Regulation may result in revocation of the privilege to possess or use portable communications devices on school property, at school sponsored events or traveling to or from school. [IIBEA/GAB-CCPS-R]

18. Acceptable Use of Computers: The School Board provides a computer system to promote educational excellence, resource sharing, innovative instruction and communication, and to prepare students to live and work in the 21st century. The division's computer system includes, but is not limited to, all hardware, software, data, communication lines and devices, terminals, printers, CD-ROM devices, tape drives, servers, mainframe and personal computers, filtered Internet access, and local and wide area networks and cloud based applications. Misuse of the computer system may result in disciplinary action including restriction, long-term suspension and/or expulsion. The division's computer system shall not be used to conduct illegal activities or to send, receive, view, or download illegal materials. Any authorized or unauthorized use in school or out of school of computer software, computer networks, telecommunications, information technology, and related technologies; or involvement in willful acts that cause physical, financial, or other harm in any manner, or which disrupts or interferes with the education of students in any manner, is prohibited and may result in a recommendation for disciplinary action. Any student who fails to comply with the terms of the Acceptable Computer System Use Policy (IIBEA/GAB) or the regulations developed by the superintendent or his/her designee may lose system privileges and students may be disciplined in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct or other School Board policies and division regulations governing student discipline. Students may also be the subject of appropriate legal action for violation of these policies or regulations. [IIBEA/GAB]

 

 

Appeal Procedures

 

Detention and ISR Appeal Procedures

 

In-School Disciplinary Actions Including Detention, ISR/On-Site, and ISR/Off-Site for 1 to 5 Days [JGD/JGE-CCPS-R]

Should a parent disagree with disciplinary action of the school for detention or in-school restriction, the parent may appeal the school's decision using the following guidelines.

  1. Appeal the school decision to the school principal in writing within three (3) school days of the incident.
  2. The school principal or his/her designee will meet with a parent/legal guardian either in person, by phone or through the use of an electronic communication device and respond in writing within five (5) school days of the receipt of the appeal.
  3. The school principal may assign a designee to meet with a parent/legal guardian and to respond in writing within five (5) school days of the receipt of the appeal.
  4. The decision of the school principal shall be final.

 

ISR/Off-Site more than Five Days [JGD/JGE-CCPS-R]

 

Level I

Appeal the school decision to the school principal in writing within three (3) school days of the incident.

1.   School principal or designee will meet with a parent/legal guardian either in person, by phone or through the use of an electronic communication device and respond in writing within five (5) schools days of the receipt of the appeal.

 

Level II

  1. Appeal principal's or his/her designee's decision to the Assistant Superintendent or his/her designee in writing within three (3) school days of the receipt of the principal's or designee's decision.
  2. The Assistant Superintendent or his/her designee will investigate the matter and respond in writing within ten (10) school days of the receipt of the appeal.
  3. The decision of the Assistant Superintendent or his/her designee shall be final.

Off-Site Restrictions More Than 10 Days and Long-Term Suspensions More Than 10 Days

  1. Such requests to appeal must be filed in writing by the parent with the Superintendent or his/her designee within five (5) school days of receipt of the decision or the right to appeal is waived. The School Board Discipline Committee will consider the appeal within thirty (30) calendar days and may confirm, amend, or disapprove the restriction or suspension.
  2. If the decision of the School Board Discipline Committee is not unanimous, the parent may appeal the decision to the full School Board. The appeal must be in writing and must be filed by the parent within five (5) school days of receipt of the decision or the right to appeal is waived. The School Board will consider the appeal within thirty (30) calendar days.
  3. Students remain subject to compulsory attendance laws while on restriction and/or suspension. If the student fails to enroll in an education program offered by Clarke County Public Schools during the restriction or suspension, the student and/or parent/legal guardian are responsible for otherwise complying with the compulsory attendance laws and may be subject to referral to the court system for failure to comply. Students with disabilities should consult Pupil Personnel Services for educational service options.

Expulsions [JGD/JGE and JGD/JGE-CCPS-R]

 

Following the superintendent's or his/her designee's recommendation for expulsion, a hearing will be held by the School Board Discipline Committee, and the committee may confirm or disapprove the expulsion. If the decision of the School Board Discipline Committee is not unanimous, the parent may appeal the decision to the full School Board. The appeal must be in writing and must be filed by the parent within five (5) school days of receipt of the decision or the right to appeal is waived. The School Board will consider the appeal within thirty (30) calendar days. Students remain subject to compulsory attendance laws while on suspension. If the student fails to enroll in an education program offered by Clarke County Public Schools during the suspension, the student and/or parent/legal guardian are responsible for otherwise complying with the compulsory attendance laws and may be subject to referral to the court system for failure to comply. Students with disabilities should consult Pupil Personnel Services for educational service options. Students who are expelled from Clarke County Public Schools remain subject to compulsory attendance laws. Adult students, parents/or legal guardians are responsible with for complying with the compulsory attendance laws and may be subject to referral to the court system for failure to comply. [See also BCEA and JEC]

 

Reinstatement

 

The School Board may require students who have been expelled by the School Board or the School Board Discipline Committee to provide a written request for readmission to school after one calendar year from the date of expulsion. Such a request should be accompanied by evidence that the student has corrected inappropriate behaviors and has established acceptable patterns of conduct.

Regulations for Passengers Riding School Buses

 

Meeting the School Bus [JFCC and JFCC-CCPS-R]

Conduct on the School Bus [JFCC and JFCC-CCPS-R]

Leaving the School Bus [JFCC and JFCC-CCPS-R]

 

How to Contact Clarke County Public Schools

Clarke County Public Schools
309 West Main Street
Berryville, VA 22611
540.955.6100 (V)
540.955.6109 (F)


Important Notice Regarding Revisions and Updates

From time to time revisions, updates, and edits will be made to School Board policy and regulation as a result of legal compliance or to better ensure that the needs of students and staff are met. When revisions, updates or edits are made to School Board policy or regulation, those policies and regulations will be brought to the School Board for review and adoption. Revisions, updates and edits may also be made to the Code of Conduct. When a revision, update or edit is significant enough to change the intent of the document, notice will be communicated to students and families via email and the revised document(s) will be posted to the Division website. If your email address is not on file with your child’s school, please share that information with your school’s secretary. If you do not have an email address, a hard copy will be provided upon request.

 


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Revision Date: 07052017