Mannington Township School
Code of Conduct
I. STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
It is the position of the school that the punitive aspect of discipline should be a last resort. Preventive discipline and behavior modification through a close working relationship between the school and the home should be the first step. We realize that consistent communication with the home will allow parents and teachers to work together for the benefit of the student. It is expected that teachers and administrators will employ as many intervention strategies as possible.
The school realizes that unfortunately, there are times when punitive disciplinary action is necessary. It is the position of the school that discipline be administered in a way that is speedy, fair, and consistent. It is also this school's position that the imposed discipline will not impinge on a student's dignity, feeling of self-worth, and will be administered in such a way that a student's right to be treated with respect will not be affected.
Students are reminded that all teachers, staff employees, or persons acting in a capacity of supervision authorized by the school administration, i.e., chaperones in the building, have the
authority to enforce rules and regulations. Teacher authority is not in any way limited to the classroom and particular students. Students are reminded that they are to show respect to all Mannington staff members whether professional or nonteaching. During any type of disorder in school, infractions cannot be ignored where positive identification is established. Offenders will be disciplined. (It must be recognized that not all the offenders will or can be identified).
Verbal insubordination as well as physical acts will be recognized.
Students and parents must recognize that in order for the administration to have control of the school, it must have knowledge of incidents where disciplinary infractions are taking place. It is impossible for the school administrator to be physically present in all areas of the school, therefore, the administrator must be, and is obligated to recognize the teachers and staff authority and judgment in situations where an administrator has not been
School authorities have the right to impose consequences on a pupil for conduct away from school grounds pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A: 16-7.6. This authority shall be exercised only when it is reasonably necessary for a pupil’s physical or emotional safety, security and wellbeing or for reasons relating to the safety, security and wellbeing of other students, staff or school grounds. This authority shall be exercised only when the conduct which is the subject of the proposed
consequence materially and substantially interferes with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school.
The CSA or designee (teacher in charge) shall have the authority to assign discipline to pupils. Discipline shall be applied at the discretion of the administration. Pupil discipline and code of conduct in the district will be applied without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical or sensory disability or by any other distinguishing characteristics pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:5. Before dispensing disciplinary measures, administration will take into account, at least, the severity of offenses, age and developmental level of the student offender, and student history of inappropriate behavior in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.2.
Referral of a student to the CSA is used as a last resort, after teachers have exhausted all other appropriate preventive and corrective measures such as parent contact, student conferences, etc. Once a student reaches the CSA’s office, the seriousness of the case will speak for itself.
When a student is suspended, the parents/guardians may be required to attend an in-school conference appointment with the CSA. After the student and his/her parents have conferred with the CSA, the student will be readmitted to class.
It is understood that during a day of absence, internal or external suspension, the student may not attend classes or participate in any school activities. Students on external suspension will not be permitted on the school grounds. Any student, who is suspended before the end of the school day, will lose their privilege to participate in or attend any after school activities that day.
Rules, Regulations, and Violations
The administration and staff will apply the following guidelines in the consistent administration of discipline at Mannington Township Elementary School. Decisions regarding disciplinary matters will depend on the following:
Rules of conduct relate to students not only when they are present in the school building or on school grounds, but also while they are being transported to and from school, and to school-sponsored activities. Rules of conduct also apply to after-school related activities.
School bus drivers, while performing their duties, have the same authority as a member of the teaching staff. Due to the possible hazard of transporting students, improper conduct will not be tolerated at any time on school buses during scheduled runs to and from school.
Realizing that there are degrees of misconduct, a detention system of discipline has been instituted along with internal and external suspension. Through the use of such a system for disciplining violators of less serious offenses, the loss of classroom time has been reduced.
1. Lunch/Recess Detention – Students will be required to sit inside during the lunch/recess period.
2. Before-School Detention, After-School Detention, or Saturday Detention – Students will be required to remain before school from 7:00 - 8:00 AM, after school from 3:00 – 4:00 PM, or on Saturday from 8:00 - 10:00 AM. Parents must arrange transportation for their child, but will be given 24-hour notice for the detention. Detention(s) assigned by the office must begin within three (3) days of the offense.
3. In Class Supervision or Internal Suspension – Students are assigned an alternate location for the entire school day including lunch/recess period. The student will not be permitted to attend any after-school activities during the time of the suspension.
4. External Suspension – Students will be required to remain out of school for the entire school day. A parent-administrator conference at the school may be required prior to re-entry to the regular school program. The student will not be permitted to attend any after-school activities during the time of the suspension.
Any student that receives 3 or more administrative referrals per month will lose school privileges including all Mannington School, TEAM, MEA, and MAPSA sponsored events. Privileges may be reinstated per student written request at the end of a 30 day probationary period.
Students are to report to the detention area by the time detention is to start. If the student is not on time, or is not prepared to use the time wisely, he/she will receive additional discipline. Should a student not conduct himself properly during the detention, he/she will be suspended.
In the event detention or internal suspension is missed due to absence, illness or the cancellation of school, the assigned discipline will be served the next available school day.
All disciplinary infractions and the resulting consequences can be accessed by logging into Mannington’s grade portal – OnCourse.
It is understood that the administration of this code must include some administrative judgments where the cases do not exactly fit the descriptions. Nevertheless, unless there are specific and considerable extenuating circumstances, this code will be followed.
THE ADMINISTRATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ASSIGN ALTERNATIVE PENALTIES WHEN DISCIPLINARY GUIDELINES ARE NOT FOLLOWED AND IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY ON CODE INFRACTION INTERPRETATION. STUDENT DISCIPLINE MAY BE IMPLEMENTED PRIOR TO PARENT CONTACT.
Positive Student Development
The following factors at a minimum shall be given full consideration by school administration in the development of remedial measures to address the problem behaviors:
Remedial measures could include the following:
The list of rules, regulations, and violations on the following pages are the most important ones in the school, but these DO NOT include every possible violation. For example, a student can get into difficulty for doing something even if there is not a specific rule stating that the action is a violation. Any act that disrupts school activity or causes danger to people or destruction to property is forbidden and will not be tolerated.
There are four levels of misconduct for students. They are as follows:
A. Category I Violations - Classroom Misbehavior
B. Category II Violations - Misconduct
C. Category III Violations - Serious Misconduct D. Category IV Violations- Intolerable and/or Illegal Conduct
CATEGORY I VIOLATIONS- Classroom Misbehavior: Teacher Consequences
(Category I Consequences were determined with the students’ input on the first day of school in small mixed grade level groups with student leaders helping to lead the discussion.)
Category I violations include behavior that disrupts or interferes with the orderly educational process of oneself and/or other students. These violations include the following:
I-1 Disruptive behavior - Displaying any behavior that is disruptive to the orderly process of classroom instruction. For example: Excessive noise, excessive talking, throwing things, distracting actions/comments/noises, playing around, off task, head down, negative attitude/comments, etc.)
I-2 Unkind comments and/or actions towards other students
I-3 Writing inappropriate language on items (whiteboards, desks, chairs, doors, walls, notebooks, books, clothing and/or body)
I-4 Unprepared for class at the start of the period (pencil, books, agenda, sketchbook, extra materials, etc.)
I-5 Unapproved food and/or drink in classroom (gum, snacks, food, and beverages other than water)
I-6 Repeated lateness to class without documentation
I-7 Skipping a class period without permission and/or documentation from an adult
I-8 Failure to make required effort to do classwork (per marking period).
I-9 Failure to make required effort to do homework (per marking period).
I-10 Failure to return important signed school documents (progress reports & report cards)
NOTE: Category I may include other offenses not specifically listed which are similar in severity to the above. This is a general guideline only. Students will be subject to disciplinary action any time they engage in inappropriate behavior. Furthermore, the specific consequences/disciplinary actions listed may be modified at the discretion of the administration.
Each category is followed by possible disciplinary actions. Disciplinary actions for Level II, Level III, Level IV may include the following:
CATEGORY II VIOLATIONS - Misconduct: Administrative Consequences
All Category II violations are recorded into Oncourse as disciplinary incidents and will be posted on the student’s Oncourse Portal in addition to a letter being sent home.
Category II violations include behavior that disrupts or interferes with the orderly educational process of oneself and/or other students. These violations include the following:
II-1 Dress Code Violation
II-2 Lying/cheating - The intentional telling of stories that are not true, copying another's work on assignments or tests, or allowing another to copy one's own work.
II-3 Improper building/outdoor conduct - Running, excessive noise, rough horseplay, shoving, (all areas of the building including halls, restrooms, lunchrooms, playground, etc.).
II-4 Improper conduct during a school program or assembly
II-5 Inappropriate unauthorized use of electronic items- including cell phones, iPads, iWatch, Bluetooth Headphones, pagers, beepers, walkie-talkies, audio devices or other forms of electronic communication devices. Devices will be returned to parents only.
NOTE: Category II may include other offenses not specifically listed which are similar in severity to the above. This is a general guideline only. Students will be subject to disciplinary action any time they engage in inappropriate behavior. Furthermore, the specific consequences/disciplinary actions listed may be modified at the discretion of the administration.
CATEGORY III VIOLATIONS - Misconduct: Administrative Consequences
All Category III violations are recorded into Oncourse as disciplinary incidents and will be posted on the student’s Oncourse Portal in addition to a letter being sent home.
Category III violations include behavior that disrupts or interferes with the education of oneself and/or other students and is more serious in nature. These acts are more likely to result in harming the wellbeing of other people or damaging property. Some violations in this category may be unlawful. These violations include the following:
III-1 Harassment/Bullying as per NJDOE (after investigation):
III-2 Insubordination/Disrespect-Failure to obey reasonable, fair, and proper instructions or directions of any staff member or any person having authority over the students.
III-3 Misbehavior with Substitutes - Students need to be on their best behavior.
III-4 Failure to serve detentions.
III-5 Forgery - The unauthorized signing of the name of another person, or altering times, dates, grades, passes or permits.
III-6 Inappropriate, abusive, or profane language - any vulgar behavior written or directed toward other students or adults.
III-7 Bus/Bus Stop Misbehavior (Not following bus rules such as not wearing seat belts, switching seats, yelling, throwing objects, hands or objects out of window, etc.)
III-8 Written or Verbal Assault or Gesture Delivered or Undelivered - Threatening to harm another person.
III-9 Physical Assault to Students and/or Staff - Physical contact, touching others in a way that would be considered sexually offensive, fighting and or incitement that could result or does result in physical confrontation with students.
III-10 Leaving School Building or Property - Students are not permitted to leave the property unless excused by school personnel.
III-11 Gambling/Extortion/Bribing -Playing any game of chance or skill involving the exchange of anything of value, taking money or any other items through threats.
III-12 Gang Related Activities - Use of graffiti, hand signals, colors, jewelry, dress, etc. that communicate gang membership.
III-13 911 Calls - A student making an unauthorized 911 call for unfounded reasons.
III-14 Possession of Medication – Students will only be permitted to self-administer medication without the assistance of the nurse if it is deemed necessary for life threatening illness/conditions with special permission form(s) signed by the physician and parent. A student may be permitted to use inhalers for asthma without the nurse’s assistance, but this requires a special set of permission forms. A student will be permitted to self administer insulin in school and on field trips, if so directed by the physician.
NOTE: Category III may include other offenses not specifically listed which are similar in severity to the above. This is a general guideline only. Students will be subject to disciplinary action any time they engage in inappropriate behavior. Furthermore, the specific consequences/disciplinary actions listed may be modified at the discretion of the administration.
INTOLERABLE AND/OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT CATEGORY IV VIOLATIONS
Category IV violations include intolerable behavior that not only breaks the school rules, but may be against the law. These violations may pose a direct threat to the safety of others and seriously disrupt the orderly educational process in the classroom, in the school building, on the school grounds or during transit to and from school.
All Category IV violations are recorded into Oncourse as disciplinary incidents and will be posted on the student’s Oncourse Portal in addition to a letter being sent home.
These violations include the following:
IV-1 Truancy - The willful refusal of a child to attend school for a day or a portion thereof, in defiance of parental or lawful authority or when a child is not at the assigned place at the assigned time. After ten unexcused absences, a student is considered truant (truancy is a violation of NJ attendance laws).
IV-2 Stealing - Taking something that belongs to the school or another person without permission. Students accused of stealing personal items such as shoes, coats, purses, wallets, or school property may be charged with a Category III violation.
IV-3 Vandalism - Damaging/misusing staff, student, or school property. May be charged with a Category III violation.
IV-5 Arson - Setting fire in school or on school property.
IV-6 Weapon(s) Assault - Threatening to physically harm any student or staff member, and/or threatening to bring a weapon to school or threatening to use any weapon against students or staff.
IV-7 Battery - Physically touching another person either directly or with a weapon or dangerous object and causing injury. This includes any physical attack on any person or any fight involving two or more people.
IV-8 Disrupting School or School Related Functions While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol - Attending school by students, regardless of age, who are under the influence of drugs other than prescribed by a doctor and/or alcohol or who have used or consumed drugs and/or alcohol which can alter their behavior.
IV-9 Drug/Look Alike Drug/Alcohol Violations - Having, using, selling, buying, or giving away any drugs, look alike drugs or alcohol. If a student has a drug prescribed by a doctor, it must be kept in the nurse's office or main office.
IV-10 Explosives/Fireworks - Having, using, selling or giving away any explosives or fireworks.
IV-11 False Alarms/Bomb Threats - Making a report of a fire or bomb, or attempting to pull an alarm when neither exists.
IV-12 Possession of Stolen Property - Having property that the student knows was stolen by another person.
IV-13 Possession of tobacco products and/or drug paraphernalia.
IV-14 Possession of a Weapon -Having, using, selling, or giving to any other student any weapon/look alike weapon. This includes sticks, pipes, bottles, or even a pencil, if it is used as a weapon.
IV-15 Stalking - of students or staff
IV-16 Use of Tobacco Products - In the school building, on the bus, at school activities, or on school property.
IV-17 Willful Exposure - Showing or revealing parts of the human body in such a manner that embarrasses or offends other people or causes disruption to others in the school.
NOTE: Category IV may include other offenses not specifically listed which are similar in severity to the above. This is a general guideline only. Students will be subject to disciplinary action any time they engage in inappropriate behavior. Furthermore, the specific consequences/disciplinary actions listed may be modified at the discretion of the administration.
Student Code of Conduct 2018-2019
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