As defined in the Parent/Student Handbook
The responsibility for student conduct within the school rests with students, parents and staff. With the cooperation of all persons, it will be possible to maintain an environment which is safe, orderly and conducive to learning. Therefore, it is necessary that all parties understand their responsibilities.
Discipline should be directed toward developing the skills necessary for young people to:
1. Cope with real life situations;
2. Develop good relationships with others;
3. Become productive individuals;
4. Recognize when their actions are interfering with the rights of others;
5. Recognize their rights within the limits of society.
· Model positive modes of behavior and good manners.
· Insist on his/her child’s punctual and regular school attendance.
· Exercise respect and civility in all interactions with staff, students, and members of the community.
· Explain and discuss the code of conduct with his/her child.
· Provide emotional, social, and academic support in the student’s school life.
· Adhere to all policies and procedures of the school district.
Student Conduct Guidelines
In order to help ensure a respectful, responsible learning environment, it is expected that a student shall:
· Be on time and attend every class every day. [See Policy 5110, Attendance]
Attain satisfactory academic achievement consistent with the student’s ability and complete all homework and other assignments.
· Assume personal responsibility for acting with respect and civility, bullying and harassment in all its forms, is unacceptable. [Policy 5131.9]
· Exhibit ethical behavior as it applies to tests, assignments and other work for which the student is responsible.
· Abide by school rules that have been developed to assure the safety of all those in the school community.
· Communicate with peers and those in authority with respect and consideration.
· Accept disciplinary consequences with dignity and a resolve to improve one’s performance and conduct.
· Comply with Board Policies governing appropriate dress and the proper use of electronic devices.
· Understand and comply with school requirements in relation to bus conduct and appropriate conduct at all school-sponsored activities.
· Respect school property and help to keep it free from damage.
· Refrain from the use of non-prescription drugs at school and at all school-sponsored activities unless necessary for the health and safety of the student in accordance with District policy and procedural requirements, including written authorization provided by the parent/guardian to the school nurse. Students are not permitted to self-administer medication except in certain limited life-threatening conditions. [See Policy 5141.21, Administration of Medication.]
· Refrain from using and/or possessing alcohol, controlled dangerous substances, or other illegal substances at school, on school property or school buses, and at all school-sponsored activities.
The Merit System
The merit system is intended to reward and recognize students who live up to expectations with acceptable or even outstanding behavior. It will also identify those students whose behavior, at times, is unacceptable. Students will also receive praise referrals for good conduct and academic success and can earn back lost merits for proper behavior.
Each student in third through eighth grade will receive 100 points at the beginning of the school year. If a student commits a disciplinary infraction, a pre-assigned point total will be subtracted from the student’s current total depending on penalty given. The points assigned to the penalties are as follows:
1. Verbal reprimand (bus and classroom misconduct) – 1 point deducted
2. Bus Suspension – 2 points deducted for each day
3. Lunch/recess detention – 2 points deducted for each day
4. After-school detention – 3 points deducted for each day
5. Internal suspension – 4 points deducted for each day
6. External suspension – 15 points deducted for the first day; 5 points deducted for each additional day.
Students must earn their privileges. Therefore, when a student reaches a point total of less than 60 points, he/she will not be allowed to participate or attend any extra-curricular activities. This would include dances, trips, chorus, band, safety patrol, family day, Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart event, and evening programs held at the school. If a pre-k through second grade student receives five discipline referrals, he/she will not be permitted to participate in Wellness Day.
When a student’s point total reaches 85, a warning letter will be mailed to the parents/guardians. When the pupil drops to 70, the parent/guardian and the student will be asked to attend a conference with the DSA. A final notice will be mailed when the total reaches 59 or below. Any student reaching a point total of zero may graduate but may not attend the graduation ceremony. Any student denied the privilege of attending a trip due to their merit total will be required to remain in internal suspension for the day and complete classwork. To encourage proper behavior, a student will be able to gain back five (5) points, if they do not receive any loss of points for thirty (30) consecutive school days.
If a student loses all 100 merit points, he/she will be required to serve (5) internal suspensions from 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. during summer vacation. Failure to comply will result in the student beginning the following school year with zero merit points. That student will also need to make up the week missed during the following summer vacation, otherwise he/she will remain at zero merits.