HARMONY ISD

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

2017-2018

The Purpose of the Student Code of Conduct:

        Education in this community represents a significant commitment of financial and human resources.  The benefits a student derives from this investment depend very much on the student’s attitude toward learning and the student’s adherence to high standards of behavior.

        The Student Code of Conduct that follows is the District’s policies to create a safe environment to ensure academic success and specific response to a requirement of Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code.  The law requires the District to define misconduct that may or must result in a range of specific disciplinary consequences.  This Code is an outgrowth of collaboration among district and campus staff, parents, and other community members.  This Code, adopted by the Board of Trustees, provides information and direction to students and parents regarding standards of behavior as well as consequences of misconduct.


STANDARDS FOR STUDENT CONDUCT

BEHAVIORS

Each student is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate courtesy and respect for others
  2. Behave in a responsible manner
  3. Attend all classes, regularly and on time
  4. Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class
  5. Be well-groomed and dress appropriately
  6. Obey all campus and classroom rules
  7. Respect the rights and privileges of other students and of teachers and other staff
  8. Respect the property of others, including district property and facilities
  9. Cooperate with or assist the school staff in maintaining, safety, order, and discipline.
  10. Avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

The district may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to those found in the Student Code of Conduct.  These rules may be listed in the student handbook or posted in classrooms and may not constitute violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

CONSEQUENCES

A student whose behavior shows disrespect for others, including interference with their access to a public education and a safe environment, will be subject to disciplinary action.   School rules and the authority of the District to administer discipline apply whenever the interest of the school is involved on or off school ground in conjunction with or independent of classes and school-sponsored activities.

The District has disciplinary authority over a student:

  1. During the regular school day and while the student is going to and from school on district transportation.
  2. While the student is participating in any activity during the school day on school grounds;
  3. While the student is in attendance at any school-related activity, regardless of time or location;
  4. For any school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location;
  5. When retaliation against a school employee is involved, either on or off school property;
  6. When the student commits a felony, as provided by Texas Education Code 37.006;
  7. When criminal mischief is committed on or off school property or at a school-related event.

In general, discipline will be designed to correct the misconduct and encourage all students to adhere to their responsibilities as citizens of the school community.  Disciplinary actions will draw on the professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on a range of discipline management techniques.  Disciplinary action will be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student’s age and grade level, the frequency of misbehavior, the student’s attitude, the effect of the misconduct on the school environment, and statutory requirements.  Because of these varying factors, discipline for a particular offense (unless otherwise specified by law) may bring into consideration varying techniques and responses.

A student who violates campus or classroom rules that are not Student Code of Conduct violations may be disciplined by one or more of the discipline management techniques.  For these violations, the teacher is not required to make a Student Code of Conduct violation report, and the principal is not required to notify parents.  The following discipline management techniques may be used alone or in combination for Student Code of Conduct and non-Student Code of Conduct violations: Oral correction, cooling-off time or “time-out”, seating changes in the classroom, counseling by teachers, counselors, or administrative personnel, parent-teacher conferences, temporary confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process, grade reductions as permitted by policy, rewards or demerits, behavioral contracts, sending the student to the office or other assigned area, or to in-school suspension, detention, assigned school duties other than class tasks, withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities and eligibility for seeking and holding honorary offices, techniques or penalties identified in individual student organizations’ codes of conduct, withdrawing or restricting bus privileges, school assessed and school-administered probation, corporal punishment, referral to outside agency and/or legal authority for criminal prosecution in addition to disciplinary measures imposed by the district, other strategies and consequences as specified by the Student Code of Conduct.

GENERAL MISCONDUCT VIOLATIONS

LEVEL 1

Procedures:

  1. Intervention shall occur by any Harmony I.S.D. employee who is supervising the student or who observes the misbehavior.
  2. Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response.  Three Level 1 violations will result in a Level 2 Offense, except where noted.

Consequences:

Disciplinary actions shall include, but not be limited to: warning/reprimand, conference with student by teacher or counselor, withdrawal of privilege, break detention, lunch detention, after-school detention, corporal punishment, confiscation of unauthorized materials, peer mediation, and/or parental contact.

Level 1 Offenses include, but are not limited to:

General Misconduct

LEVEL 2

Procedures:

  1. Refer violations to an administrator.
  2. Disciplinary action will be based on the offense, previous actions, and/or seriousness of the offense.  Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response.  Three level two violations will result in a Level 3 Offense except where noted.

Consequences:

Disciplinary action shall include, but not be limited to: peer mediation, removal of privilege, after-school detention, SAC placement (in-school suspension), suspension, corporal punishment, and/or legal action.

Level 2 Offenses include, but are not limited to:

         This includes electronic cigarettes and any other tobacco product that is illegal for a minor to

          possess.  Tobacco products, lighters, etc. will be confiscated.  Offense will result in 3 days

          SAC and/or legal action.

FORMAL REMOVAL FROM A TEACHER’S CLASS

Formal removal will result if the student’s behavior has been documented, in the principal’s office, by the teacher as repeatedly interfering with the teacher’s ability to teach his or her class or the behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that the teacher cannot teach.  Any removal of a student by a teacher requires that a Student Code of Conduct violation report be made by the teacher if the student’s conduct is a violation of this Code.  The principal or appropriate administrator must send a copy of the report to the student’s parent or guardian within 24 hours of receiving the teacher’s report.

A teacher or administrator may also remove a student from class for an offense for which a student may be suspended and/or placed in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program.  If the violation results in formal removal, the principal will schedule a conference within three school days with the student’s parent, the teacher, and the student.  After the conference, the principal will notify the student of the consequences of the Students Code of Conduct violation.

When a student is removed from the regular classroom and a hearing is pending, the principal may place the student in: another appropriate classroom, in-school suspension, a disciplinary Alternative Education Program in which the student must be separated from other students for the entire school program day and will be provided instruction in the core subjects.  Counseling will also be provided to the student.

When a student has been formally removed from class, the principal may not return the student to the teacher’s class without the teacher’s consent unless the placement review committee determines that the teacher's class is the best or only alternative available.  Parental question or complaints regarding disciplinary measure taken should be addressed to the teacher or campus administration, as appropriate in accordance with policy.


REMOVAL FROM THE REGULAR EDUCATION SETTING

PLACEMENT IN AN ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

LEVEL 3

Procedures:

  1. Refer violations to an administrator
  2. Administrator will give the student a due process hearing that includes the parents and AEP administrator.

Consequences:

Disciplinary actions shall include but not be limited to suspension, AEP placement, and legal action.

Students may be suspended for any reason that also requires placement in an Alternative Education Program. The Board or an administrator may recommend placing students in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program who are found to be:

A student must be placed in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program if the student commits any of the following offenses on school property, or within 300 feet of school property, or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off of school property unless otherwise stated.  The student may be suspended pending a hearing for:

Removal to an alternative education program

The Board delegates to the Principal the authority to remove a student to a disciplinary Alternative Education Program.  The duration of a student’s placement in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program will be determined by the Principal.  A teacher may remove a student from class for an offense for which a student may be suspended and/or placed in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program.  Within three school days of receiving the Student Code of Conduct violation report, the principal will schedule a hearing with the student’s parent, teacher, and the student.  An administrator may remove a student and recommend placement in the disciplinary Alternative Education Program.  The principal will schedule a hearing with the student’s parent and the student.  Until a hearing can be held as a result of a formal teacher removal or administrator removal, the principal may place a student in another appropriate classroom or in-school suspension.  At the hearing, the principal will explain the allegations against the student and give the student an opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident.  Minimum removal time to the Alternative Education Program will be six weeks.  Parental questions or complaints regarding disciplinary measures taken should be addressed to the teacher or campus administrator, as appropriate and in accordance with policy.  State law does not permit students who are in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program as a result of committing a violation, according to state law, requiring placement in an Alternative Education Program to participate in any school-sponsored or school-related extracurricular and noncurricular activities.

The District is not required to provide transportation to students in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program.  If placement in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program extends beyond the end of the next grading period, the student and/or the student’s parent or guardian will be given notice and the opportunity to participate in a proceeding before the Superintendent.  If the parents of the student intend to appeal the AEP placement to the Superintendent, then the student will be placed into in-school suspension pending the outcome of the appeal.  Any decision made on a student’s appeal by the Board or the Board’s designee cannot be appealed under state law.

A student placed in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program will be provided a review of the student’s status by Principal at intervals not to exceed 120 days.  At the review, the student or student’s parent or guardian must be given the opportunity to present arguments for the student’s return to the regular classroom or campus.  The student may not be returned to the classroom of the teacher who removed the student without that teacher’s consent, unless placed by a placement review committee.

For placement in a disciplinary Alternative Education Program to extend beyond the end of the school year. The Administrator must determine that:

AEP DRESS CODE

Students that are assigned to the Upshur County Community School (AEP) will be required to follow a more strict dress code than on the Harmony campus.  The dress code is as follows:

  1. Plain, white shirts to include short and long sleeves.  This can be made of any material.  In cool weather this can include a plain, white sweatshirt.
  2. Blue jeans.  (No shorts, No skirts or dresses unless required for religious purposes.)
  3. Tennis shoes.
  4. Belts.  All shirts will be tucked in and belts will be worn each day.
  5. No jewelry of any kind.  This includes no earrings, no necklaces, no chains attached to wallets, no rings, no bracelets.
  6. No caps.
  7. No beepers.
  8. No purses or backpacks.
  9. No bandanas.

EXPULSION

LEVEL 4

Procedures:

  1. Refer violations to an administrator.
  2. Administrator will give the student appropriate due process which will include a hearing before the superintendent of schools and may be appealed to the board of trustees.

At the district’s discretion, a student may be expelled for:

A student must be expelled for any of the following offenses if committed on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:

In an emergency, the principal or the principal’s designee may order the immediate removal of a student for the following reasons:

Consequences:

The student will be provided a hearing with the Superintendent at which time the student will be afforded due process as required by federal law.  The student and parents will be provided in writing of the time and place for the hearing within 3 working days.  The parents have the right to appeal the findings of the hearing to the Board of Education.  While waiting on the outcome of the appeal the student will be assigned to the SAC or the AEP unit, depending on the time before the board can hear the appeal.  The duration of a student’s expulsion will be determined by the Board or Designee on a case-by-case basis.  The maximum period of expulsion shall not exceed 180 days.  Expelled students are prohibited from being on school ground or attending school-sponsored or school-related activities during the period of expulsion.  No district academic credit will be earned for work missed during the period of expulsion unless the student is enrolled in a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program.  State and federal law require a student to be expelled from the regular classroom for a period of at least one calendar year for bringing a firearm on school ground.

When an emergency expulsion occurs, the student will be given oral notice of the reason for the action.  Within a reasonable amount of time after the emergency expulsion, the student will be given appropriate due process required for a student facing expulsion.  If emergency expulsion involves a student with disabilities who receives special education services, the term of the student’s emergency expulsion is subject to the requirements of federal law.  A student who is removed for emergency removal will be released to the student’s parent, parent’s representative, medical providers, or law enforcement authorities.  The removal will be limited to no more than five days.

The district must provide educational services to an expelled student in an Alternative Education Program if the student is younger than 10 years of age at the date of expulsion.  The district may provide services to students older than 10 years of age at the date of expulsion.

“Notice concerning Disclosure of Educational and Criminal History Records

Under authority of Texas Education Code 37.084 and Texas Family Code 58.0051, the Harmony Independent School District and the Upshur County Juvenile Probation Department have entered into an agreement to disclose to each other educational and criminal history records of students who are at risk of involvement or have become involved with the juvenile justice system.  Persons wishing to review the terms of the agreement may request a copy from the office of the Superintendent of Schools.”