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Code of Conduct


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Table of Contents

Positive School Climate

East Cooper Montessori Charter School Parent's Code of Conduct


Parent Conflict Resolution Procedure





Student Behaviors: CCSD & ECMCS Offenses and Possible Actions

Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying – Policy JICFAA _

Sexual Harassment


Disciplinary Procedures for a Student with Disabilities

Services Available for Students with Special Health Care Needs

Health Services: Medication and Medical Procedures

Technology Acceptable Use Policy GBEBD

Cell Phones and Communication Devices

Electronic Devices Other Than Cell Phones

Social Media

ECMCS 6th-8th grades Program Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy

List of Acceptable Devices

Student Records (FERPA)

School Resource Officers (SRO)

SC Code of Law Section 59-24-60

Video Cameras in Classrooms, Hallways, School Buses and Other  District Property Use of Video cameras

Glossary _

Positive School Climate

Charleston County School District (CCSD) and East Cooper Montessori Charter School (ECMCS) uses a proactive approach to school-wide discipline.  This approach is important in creating and supporting an environment where social and academic learning can prevail.

Important Character Traits







  • Doing your best

  • Thinking about consequences

  • Being accountable for choices

  • Doing what you are supposed to do


  • Treating others the way you want to be treated

  • Using good manners and appropriate language

  • Managing anger and disagreements peacefully

  • Accepting differences among people


  • Keeping promises

  • Telling the truth

  • Being reliable

  • Building a good reputation


  • Making your school and community a better place

  • Obeying laws and rules

  • Respecting authority


  • Showing your concern for the well-being of those around you

CCSD and ECMCS have established high standards for student behaviors.  The following behaviors are examples of expectations we hold for our students and are offered here as an illustration.  When students demonstrate these positive behaviors, they help create a safe and orderly learning environment that promotes accelerated achievement.  These behaviors also lead to personal satisfaction and greater success in school.

I will show Respect  for…

Myself by:

  • Attending school regularly and being on time.
  • Following rules and directions of adults.
  • Trying my best to complete my school work and homework.
  • Exhibiting impulse control and controlling my behavior.
  • Remaining on school grounds unless I have permission to leave school.
  • Accepting consequences for my actions.
  • Choosing not to bring tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or weapons to school.

Learning by:

  • Cooperating with others.
  • Behaving in a way that helps others and me.
  • Working quietly.
  • Staying in my assigned area.
  • Keeping focused on my work.
  • Following school rules and procedures.
  • Participating in class activities and discussions.
  • Completing my own school work and homework.
  • Following rules and directions of adults.
  • Keeping my eyes on my own paper when taking quizzes and tests.

Others by:

  • Showing empathy when speaking to others and behaving towards others.
  • Treating others as I would like to be treated.
  • Saying positive things to others.
  • Being honest.
  • Cooperating with others.
  • Dressing in a way that is appropriate for the learning environment.
  • Using language that is appropriate for school.
  • Using problem-solving and anger management skills to solve problems peacefully.
  • Staying out of others’ personal business.
  • Staying out of others’ personal space.

Property by:

  • Taking care of things in my school and on school grounds.
  • Leaving dangerous or distracting things at home.
  • Using school materials for their intended purpose.
  • Following rules about safety.

East Cooper Montessori Charter School Parent's Code of Conduct

The East Cooper Montessori Charter School Code of Conduct was developed to promote a peaceful learning environment based on respect for the rights of students, teachers and parents. Students learn best when they are free of interference by others and know what is expected of them. Teachers are most effective when they use a consistent approach to student behavior and know that the administration and parents support their handling of students. Therefore, parents and students both need to be aware of these rules and their relationship to the rights of other persons in the school.

As my child’s most important educator, I understand that I teach my child best by my own example of reverence, responsibility, and respect. I understand that my child’s teacher is a dedicated professional with expertise and training in the pedagogy of Montessori philosophy and child development.  As a member of the ECMCS community, I will show my support and cooperation by:

Parent Conflict Resolution Procedure

Parents and teachers share in the responsibility of a child's education. The two should work cooperatively to foster a positive educational experience for a child. At times, however, conflicts do arise. The Governing Board and faculty at East Cooper Montessori Charter School recognize the need for parents to resolve conflicts effectively and respectfully in order to support the educational process of their children. The following procedure is to help facilitate a positive learning environment in which good problem solving skills are utilized and modeled for our students. When a conflict arises between a parent and a staff member at ECMCS, the following steps should be taken:

  1. The parent should arrange and attend a meeting with the faculty member to discuss his / her concerns and attempt to come to a mutually agreed upon solution.

  1.  If mutually agreed closure is not reached, the parent may arrange a meeting with the appropriate administrative support at East Cooper Montessori Charter School. In this meeting, the parent should discuss and document the attempts that have been made to settle the problem with the faculty member. The administrator may invite the faculty member to be present.

  1. If there is still no closure, the parent may use the Parent Grievance Process, if appropriate, to request action by the Governing Board. The Governing Board will determine if the conflict falls under Board directive and if so, a meeting will be scheduled. The Principal, faculty member and parent may be present at this meeting. The majority decision of the Board of Directors is final, and the conflict will be considered resolved.

We hope the process outlined below provides a means to settle matters in a respectful and timely manner.




What is a grievance? A grievance is a formal complaint brought by a parent and/or guardian of a child attending or who has applied to ECMCS regarding either a violation of, misapplication of, or interpretation of an ECMCS policy.  

In order to bring a grievance, a parent and/or guardian of a child must identify the specific ECMCS policy in question of violation, misapplication, or misinterpretation. A grievance is not for matters of approved policies in, but not limited to, parent handbooks, student code of conduct, employee handbook, and so forth.

A grievance is not for matters of grades as those are within the sole discretion of the teachers and administration.

A grievance is not for matters addressed by ECMCS as an employer which are addressed in the Employee Handbook.

Proceedings will be confidential.




If the matter involves a dispute with a teacher, request a meeting with the teacher who shall hold a face-to-face meeting within 10 days.  In the event the teacher is uncomfortable meeting, notify the Principal immediately, who shall conduct the meeting.


If the matter involves a dispute with the Principal, request a meeting, in writing, with the Principal who shall conduct a face-to-face meeting during school hours within 10 days of the request.  In the event the Principal fails is uncomfortable meeting, the Parent may notify the Chairperson of the Governing Board and a meeting will be conducted.




If there is no resolution with the Principal, the Parent may complete the Grievance Form found on the ECMCS website and submit it to the Governing Board.




If the Board determines by majority vote that the matter is not a proper grievance, they shall notify the Parent and the process shall be complete.


If the Governing Board determines that the matter is a proper grievance by majority vote, the Board shall refer the matter to the Grievance Committee. The five member Grievance Committee is made up of two former parent Board members, one current community Board member, and two teachers.




The Grievance Committee shall then meet within 20 days of receiving the Board’s referral to review the Grievance and decide whether or not a hearing is necessary to determine the matters set forth in the Grievance.


If the Grievance Committee determines that a hearing is not necessary to decide the issues contained within the Grievance, they shall issue their written non-binding recommendation to the Board within 10 days of their meeting.  Go to Step 6.


If the Grievance Committee decides to conduct a formal hearing of the grievance, go to step 5.


Step 5

Present at the hearing are the Grievance Committee, the parent and Principal and/or representative of the school administration.

The procedure for the hearing will be as follows:

 a) The Parent presents his/her grievance.

 b) The Principal and/or school representative is given time to respond.

 c) The parties are dismissed from the hearing.

 d) Deliberation and writing of a non-binding recommendation to the Board.


Step 6  

a) On the following business day, the Grievance Committee sends its recommendation to the Governing Board.

b) At the next Governing Board meeting, (an emergency Governing Board meeting may be called to address the grievance) the Board may either approve, reject or modify the recommendation of the Grievance Committee or it may elect to conduct further inquiry or gather additional information, including possibly scheduling a new hearing before the full Board.


In any event, the Board shall issue a final decision no later than 30 days from the date the meeting is held regarding the Grievance Committee’s recommendation.  The Board’s decision will then be final without further review.


School Achievement Begins With Regular Attendance

Parents/Guardians must ensure that all school-age children in their care are present at school and on time every day.


It is very important that students be on time at the beginning of the school day.  School begins promptly at 8:00 am. Students can begin arriving at 7:30 am and ending no later than 7:55am, allowing students to be inside their classroom no later than 8:00 am.  

Schools are required to admit students regardless of their arrival time. Students who report to school late are required to report to the front office to obtain a late pass before being admitted to any classroom or other school area. Students are required to follow the school’s tardy policy.  Excessive, chronic tardiness will result in similar disciplinary action as defined in the truancy intervention procedures below.


All absences require a written explanation from the parent/guardian within three (3) school days of return from the absence.  Written explanation of absences must include the student’s name, parent/guardian’s full name, address and telephone number(s), dates of absence(s), and documentation of the reason for absence.

Absences in excess of ten days per year will not be considered excused with a parent/guardian note unless they are accompanied by official medical or legal documentation.

Lawful Absences

  • Illness of the student

  • Medical or dental appointment

  • Court appearance

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Observance of a religious holiday

  • Activities approved by the administrative team

  • Extenuating circumstances as determined by the principal

Unlawful Absences

Absences from school, including absence for any portion of the day, shall be considered unlawful under the following conditions:

  • Absence from school without the knowledge of their parents

  • Absence from school without acceptable cause with the knowledge of their parents

  • Home Bound or Home Based students who are not available for planned sessions.

Important Notes:

Students not present for more than 50% of the school day will be counted as absent for a full day.

Absent students may not attend after school enrichments or participate in performances (day or night) on the day of the absence.

Students are not considered absent in the following cases:

Suspensions are not counted as unlawful for truancy purposes.  A deadline will be imposed for the work to be made up, and the burden of getting and completing assignments will be on the student.

Early Sign-Out is only permitted for emergencies and other occasional unavoidable circumstances. Early checkout is not on a regular basis for programs including but not limited to extracurricular programs, counseling services, private tutoring, and special education programs as students will not meet the Defined Minimum Program Regulation as defined by the SC Dept of Ed R 43-231 & 43-232.

Truancy:  Three Levels


A child, at least 6 but not yet 17 years old, who has accumulated three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences.

Habitual Truant

A child, at least 12 but not yet 17 years old, who (1) fails to comply with the intervention plan developed by the school, the child, and the parents or guardians, and (2) accumulates two or more additional unlawful absences.

Chronic Truant

A child, at least 12 but not yet 17 years old, who (1) has been through the school intervention process; (2) has reached the level of a habitual truant and has been referred to the family court and placed under an order to attend school; and (3) continues to accumulate unlawful absences.

Truancy Intervention Procedures

  1.  When a student accumulates three (3) unlawful absences, the school notifies the parent or guardian by telephone or mail.

  1. When a student accumulates three (3) consecutive or a total of five (5) unlawful absences, the principal or designee will complete a truancy evaluation.

  1. When a student accumulates seven (7) unlawful absences, the school can update the truancy intervention plan, indicate why the plan was unsuccessful, and make amendments as needed.

  1. The student’s absences will be monitored and after the 10th unlawful absence, or more, a truancy referral is made to the Governing Board for a conference.

  1. In the event that unlawful absences continue following the Governing Board conference, the case will be reviewed for additional interventions and/or further action.  The case may be referred to the Department of Social Services, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office for participation in Family  Court, or other interventions.

Attendance Requirement for Promotion and/or Credit

Students previously enrolled in the district and those residing in the state who are entering for the first time shall be counted unlawfully absent (for promotion and credit consideration) for each day missed due to late enrollment.

All absences are defined as lawful or unlawful.  Students having a lawful absence shall be permitted to make up work missed during the absence.  Absences determined as unlawful will not entitle a student to make up work missed during the time of the absence.  Principals may use discretion in permitting students to make up work.

Students in grades K-8 may not be eligible for promotion if they have more than ten (10) absences in one school year.

Appeal Process for Denial of Credit

Consistent with state regulations, parents/guardians have the right to appeal attendance violation decisions and/or question the school records regarding attendance.  The appeal should be made in writing to the school principal.  The decision of the principal may be appealed to the Governing Board within ten (10) days following the date of notification.

Things that WE can do TOGETHER to help increase students’ attendance:

  • Encourage students to keep up on their school work, so they don’t become overwhelmed and disinterested in school.
  • Schedule appointments and obligations outside of the school day.  If students must attend an appointment during the school day, make sure they attend at least half of the day.
  • Encourage students to get a well-balanced diet, the required amount of sleep, and some exercise.
  • Give students opportunities to become connected to others through school activities.


East Cooper Montessori Charter School follows the principles of the Montessori Method.  As such care of self and care of the environment are core pieces in the development of the child’s consciousness and understanding of the interconnectedness of all things. In creating the “prepared environment,” Dr. Montessori wanted to optimize the conditions under which children teach themselves and learn independently. Student attire contributes to this independent learning environment.

“Bring the child to the consciousness of his own dignity and he will feel free.” 

~Maria Montessori~

ECMCS’s dress code was designed for the following purposes.

Dress Code:

Overall Appearance:




Hats, Headgear and Accessories:

Jackets & Sweatshirts:

Electronic items, book bags, purses, outdoor jackets, sunglasses, and hats should be removed upon entry to the classroom and placed in the student’s locker. Any other dress that is deemed disruptive to the educational process is prohibited. If you have a question about the dress code, please contact your child’s teacher.

The administration of East Cooper Montessori Charter School reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of clothing and/or accessories. Dress code violations are considered Level I offenses in the Code of Conduct. Please see this code for potential interventions and consequences related to dress code violations.


We have limited storage and a variety of equipment for the children to use on a daily basis.  Please keep toys, trading cards, cosmetics, jewelry, money and other personal items at home or in your car. All items need to fit in your child’s cubby or locker. In an effort to help with this, each student will have one cubby or locker and one hook on which to hang their coat and school bag and backpacks need to be free of clip on toys, animals, etc.  A good rule of thumb is, “if it doesn’t fit in your cubby or locker you must not need it at school.” With the exception of Middle School students, large and rolling back-packs are not permitted.


Student Behaviors: CCSD & ECMCS Offenses and Possible Actions

Code of Conduct Policies

Policy JIC Student Conduct

The CCSD Governing  Board and the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees collectively called “Board” expects students to conduct themselves in an orderly, courteous, dignified, and respectful manner. This requirement refers to their actions toward other students and all school employees, their language,their dress and their manners. CCSD Board and ECMCS Governing Board believes self-discipline is an interpersonal goal of public education. Students have a responsibility to know and respect the policies, rules, and regulations, as defined in the CCSD and ECMCS Student Code of Conduct and the schools they attend. Violations of such policies, rules, and regulations shall result in disciplinary actions. CCSD Board and ECMCS Governing Board directs the administration to establish a student code of conduct and school-wide progressive discipline plan to create and

preserve conditions essential to orderly operation of the schools. CCSD Board and ECMCS Governing Board authorizes its school authorities to employ probation and suspension and to recommend expulsion, if necessary, to enforce this policy.

Policy JICDA Code of Conduct

In the CCSD and ECMCS Student Code of Conduct, CCSD Board and ECMCS Governing Board and the administration offer a list of offenses along with the required or recommended dispositions for the information of students, parents/legal guardians and school personnel. Disciplinary actions shall include appropriate hearings and review. The removal of a student from the learning environment shall occur only for just cause and in accordance with due process of law. The administration shall consider extenuating circumstances when taking disciplinary action.

The Student Code of Conduct is effective under the following circumstances:

• On school grounds during and immediately before or immediately after school hours

• On the school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group

• Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event

• En route to and from school on a school bus or other school vehicle

Offenses and required actions on the following pages are not intended as an all-inclusive list.



DISORDERLY CONDUCT adversely affects a student’s educational progress.  Level One offenses should  be handled by the classroom teacher / teacher assistant.  In cases of multiple offenses or chronic offenses may require administrative action.



















Dress Code Violation

Excessive Noise

Failure to Complete Work

Hall Pass Violation


Identification Violation

Inappropriate Language


No Returned Form

Other Offenses Minor



Violation of CLass Rules

Classroom Level Interventions and Consequences


  • Teach/Re-teach Behavior Expectations
  • Reinforcement of Appropriate Behaviors
  • Explicit Instruction
  • Clarification of Expectations
  • Student Problem Solving Worksheet
  • Peer Buddy/Peer Tutoring
  • Modify or supplement Assignment or Activity
  • Adjust Classroom Environment
  • Proximity Control
  • Referral to Guidance
  • Seat Change
  • Teacher/Student Conference
  • Parent/Guardian Contact
  • Teacher/Parent/Student/Conference
  • In cases of dress code violations:
  • Call to parent for delivery of dress code appropriate clothing
  • Referral to nurse for clothing change


  • Warning (verbal/written)
  • Parent contact (phone, letter, conference)
  • Parent/Guardian Conference
  • Letter of Apology
  • Loss of Privledges
  • Confiscation of Unauthorized Item
  • Teacher detention
  • Temporary removal from class
  • Referral to Adminstration (multiple offenses)


DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT is any behavior which significantly disturbs the positive learning environment and/or endangers the health or safety of oneself or others.  Level 2 offenses in most cases be handled by the school administration; however in some instances of disruptive conduct may overlap with certain criminal offenses, justifying both administrative and legal sanctions.

Appropriate When Conduct Meets Criteria For Disruptive Conduct Or When Level One Interventions/Consequences Have Become Ineffective

















































Aiding Others


Bus Violation


Computer Violation - Non-Criminal



Contract Violation

Cutting Activity

Cutting Class

Cutting School

Detention Violation


Disrupting Class

Driving Violation

Excessive Noise

Failure to Comply with Disciplinary Action







Inappropriate Affection

Inappropriate Behavior

Inappropriate Materials

Inappropriate Physical Contact

Leaving Class

Leaving School


Major Disruption

Obscene Gesture

Off Limits

Parking Violation

Phone Violation

Probation Violation


Property Misuse

Refusal to Obey/Defiant


Throwing Objects




Unauthorized Device



Level One Interventions May Also Be Used

  • Written Reflection about Incident
  • Administrator/Student Problem Solving Meeting
  • Peer Mediation
  • Staff Mentor
  • Schedule Change
  • Behavior Contract
  • Social Skills/Behavior Group
  • Referral to School-Based Mental Health/CIS
  • Referral to Outside Agency
  • Abbreviated Day (Approved by Associate


  • Referral to Individual Problem Solving (IPS)
  • Team (Core/MTSS)


  • Parent/Guardian Contact
  • Parent/Guardian Shadowing
  • Conditional Suspension
  • Administrative Detention
  • In-School Suspension
  • Out-of- School Suspension (up to 5 days)
  • School Probation
  • Community Service Assignment
  • School/Yard/Cafeteria Detail
  • Loss of Privileges (including bus, extracurricularactivities, parking, and phone)
  • Saturday School
  • Restitution of Property and Damages
  • Referral to Law Enforcement
  • Referral to Office of Student Placement for
  • Consistent Offenders


Criminal Conduct is any behavior which significantly disrupt the learning environment or pose a direct and serious threat to the safety of oneself or others.  These behaviors require administrative action and may require action by law enforcement and/or the Governing Board.

Appropriate When Conduct Meets Criteria For Criminal Conduct Or When Level Two Interventions/Consequences Have Become Ineffective.

Note:  Repeat Level 3 offenders will be automatically referred for expulsion.


















































Alcohol/Liquor Law Violation


Assault, Aggravated

Assault, Simple

Bomb Threat




Computer Violation – Criminal

Cyber Bullying

Disturbing School

Drug Distribution

Drug Usage

Drug Possession



Fire Alarm



Gang Activity


Indecent Exposure




Other Offenses – Criminal




Sex Violation

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Offense - Forced

Sexual Offense – Non-Forced

Stolen Property


Truant - Habitual

Truant –Chronic


Vehicle Theft

Weapons – Other Weapons

Weapons – Handguns

Weapons – Rifles/Shotguns

Weapons – Other Firearms

Weapons – Knife Blade > 2 inches

Weapons – Knife Blade >2.5 inches

Weapons – Knife Blade < 2 inches

Weapon – Miscellaneous Objects

Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying – Policy JICFAA _        

CCSD Board and ECMCS Governing Board prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a student by students, staff, and third parties that interfere with or disrupt a student's ability to learn and the school’s responsibility to educate its students in a safe and orderly environment whether in a classroom, on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, at an official school bus stop, at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises, or at another program or function where the school is responsible for the student.

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is defined as a gesture, electronic communication, or a written, verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual act reasonably perceived to have the effect of any of the following:

CCSD Board and ECMCS Governing Board expects students to conduct themselves in an orderly, courteous, dignified, and respectful manner. Students have a responsibility to know and respect the policies, rules, and regulations of the school and District. Any student who is found to have engaged in the prohibited actions as outlined in this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials. The school shall take all other appropriate steps to correct or rectify the situation.

Filing a Formal Complaint:

Any student who feels he/she has been subjected to harassment, intimidation, or bullying is encouraged to file a complaint. Complaints shall be investigated promptly, thoroughly, and confidentially.  At each school, the principal or his/her designee is responsible for receiving complaints alleging violations of this policy. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal or his/her designee. All other members of the school community, including students, parents/legal guardians, volunteers, and visitors are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy. Reports by students or employees may be made anonymously, but disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report and shall conform to the law and District policies regarding due process.

Retaliation or reprisal

The School and District prohibits retaliation or reprisal in any form against an individual who has filed a complaint or report of harassment, intimidation, or bullying. The School and District also prohibits any person from falsely accusing another as a means of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

How to Differentiate Between Bullying and Other Peer Conflicts and Teasing

What is Bullying? Bullying is defined as a deliberate, repeated act with intention to hurt, insult or threaten another person in school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at school events. Bullying consists of an imbalance of power.

Friendly Teasing

Hurtful Teasing

Peer Conflicts


Equal power


Unequal power

Sensitive topic

Equal power

Occurs occasionally

Imbalance of power

Occurs repeatedly

Purpose is to be playful

Purpose is to upset


Intentional and serious

Joins relationships


Negotiations and options

Seeks to gain power

Funny to both parties


Withdrawing and options

Victim is vulnerable

Relationship is valued

No remorse

Effort to resolve

No effort to resolve

Friendly Teasing: One student comments to another student that he should turn his/her jersey inside out because his favorite team lost last


Hurtful Teasing: One girl comments to another girl that she looks chubby in the outfit she is wearing.

Peer Conflicts: Two students have a disagreement on the

playground about which one will be the pitcher in kickball.

Bullying: One student repeatedly threatens  another student that if he walks down a specific hallway he will get “beat up”. Another example is one student repeatedly calling another student a name regarding his sexual orientation.

Three questions guide CCSD and ECMCS  school officials to determine when a behavior constitutes bullying.

  1. Was the alleged bullying behaviors repeated and deliberate?
  2. Did the alleged bullying behaviors inflict harm or suffering?
  3. Is there an imbalance of real or perceived power between the alleged victim and alleged author of the behavior?

Assistance for Bullying _        

If you are being bullied, harassed, or intimidated:

If you know someone who is being bullied, harassed, or intimidated:

If you are being bullied, know someone who is being bullied, or know of a person or group who is bullying others, please call the CCSD Bullying Prevention tip-line at 1-877-250-2790, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or contact the Bullying Compliance Manager at your school. Complaints can be made through the CCSD Anti- bullying Information and Resources link on the district’s website.


CCSD and ECMCS prohibits acts of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is willful intimidation of a person through the use of digital technologies, including but not limited to, email, blogs, texting, social media, chat rooms, sexting, instant messaging, or video voyeurism. Students will be subject to disciplinary action for a cyberbullying offense committed off-campus that can be directly related to a safety and security risk at the school.

Cyberbullying may include:

Engaging in these behaviors or any online activities intended to harm (physically or emotionally) another person will result in disciplinary action. In some cases, cyberbullying may be considered a crime.

Sexual Harassment

It is prohibited for any student, male or female, to harass another student by making unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, or engaging in other verbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.  A student shall not sexually harass another student or any school employee, volunteer, teacher, or any other person present in school facilities or at school functions.

Examples of activities which could constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

Any student who believes that he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment by another student, teacher, administrator, adult, or agent of ECMCS should file a complaint of the alleged act immediately with the school’s principal, or the ECMCS Governing Board Chair.  The complaint should be made in writing.

False charges of sexual harassment shall be treated as a serious offense, and those persons making false charges shall be subject to disciplinary action.


Sexting is the sending of sexually explicit photos, images, text messages, or emails by using a cell phone or other electronic communication device. Sexting can occur with or without one’s permission. Sexting may result in criminal charges, including possession of child pornography, obscenity, and indecency with a child. Even a minor who is caught creating, distributing, or possessing a sexually explicit image of another minor could be charged under the State’s felony child pornography statutes and, if convicted, be required to register as a sex offender. Engaging in sexting will result in disciplinary action.



Suspension is the temporary exclusion of a student from school and school activities for a period of time not to exceed five (5) school days for any one offense as determined by the principal or designee.  The suspension may be extended up to an additional five (5) days by the ECMCS Governing Board.  State law prohibits students from being suspended for more than thirty (30) days in any one school year.

Under state law, a principal or designated administrator may suspend a student for committing a crime, gross immorality, gross misbehavior, persistent disobedience, violating written rules and regulations or when the presence of the student is detrimental to the best interest of the school or disruptive to the educational process.

Students are entitled to make up work missed during suspension in accordance with State Law and each school’s policy.  Students must take the initiative to make up work.

The parent/guardian shall expect that the school administration:

  1. Conducts an investigation and documents charges
  2. Conferences with the student
  3. Immediately verbally notifies parent/guardian, if possible
  4. Provides written notification to student and parent/guardian to include:
  1. Description of offense
  2. Length of suspension including dates
  3. Date for parent conference
  1. At the discretion of the principal, a written behavior contract may be required upon the return of the student to school.


Parent Conference

If a conference cannot be arranged or a satisfactory way cannot be found to deal with the student’s infractions of school rules within three days, either the student or parent or guardian may appeal or the principal may request that the case be referred to the Governing Board.

Appeal to Governing Board – Due Process

An appeal to the Governing Board must be made in writing prior to completion of suspension.  The Governing Board may affirm the principal’s decision or may reverse the principal’s decision, extend the suspension, or may reverse the principal’s decision and reinstate the student.

If the Governing Board reinstates the student, all privileges will be restored.


Expulsion is the forfeiture of a student’s rights to attend school and school-sponsored events for the remainder of the school year or for a specific period of time.  The ECMCS Governing Board may authorize or order the expulsion or transfer of any student for the commission of any crime, gross immorality, gross misbehavior, persistent disobedience or for violation of written rules and promulgated regulations established by the County Board or the State Board of Education or when the presence of the student is detrimental to the best interest of the school.

All hearings shall be conducted in accordance with State Law and the ECMCS Student Code of Conduct.


A student expelled from any Constituent District shall be ineligible to attend school in any other Constituent District and ECMCS.

Once the expulsion process is initiated and prior to the hearing before the School’s Board, a student cannot withdraw from school and enter another public school or be home-schooled in Charleston County to avoid possible expulsion or alternative placement.

Students expelled from school are prohibited from coming onto school property, attending school functions, or riding a school bus.

Authority to expel a student rests with the ECMCS Governing Board.  After the ECMCS Governing Board has rendered its written decision concerning the recommendation of expulsion, either party may appeal that decision to the either County School Board and/or Circuit Court, whichever may be the appropriate venue.

The ECMCS Governing Board may delegate its authority to initially hear a student’s case to the Grievance Committee.  If the hearing is held by any authority other than the Governing Board, either party has the right to appeal the decision to the Governing Board.

The decision of the ECMCS Governing Board may be appealed to either the County School Board and/or Circuit Court, whichever may be the appropriate venue.

Expulsion Procedures

Expulsion Hearing Procedures


If the student is reinstated, he/she will be restored all privileges and allowed to make up all work while absent as a result of the procedures.

Re-Admission Prerequisites (following completion of the expulsion period)

Every expelled student shall have the right to petition for readmission to school upon completion of the expulsion period unless permanently expelled.

The ECMCS Governing Board may refuse to admit or may permanently expel any incorrigible student.  Any student expelled for a second time for a serious offense may be considered incorrigible and may be permanently expelled.

Extraordinary Proceedings

When a majority of the Charleston County School Board shall agree that the action of readmitting a student to school or maintaining a student in school constitutes a reasonable chance of danger to persons or property, or that the student’s admittance or maintenance so clearly undermines the goals of quality education that the integrity of the system is jeopardized, the CCSD Board of Trustees may then on its own motion require the matter to be brought before it hearing de novo without regard to any decision formerly reached by the ECMCS Board.  To overturn an action of the ECMCS Governing Board under this Extraordinary Proceeding de novo hearing, a vote of six members of the County Board shall be required.

Disciplinary Procedures for a Student with Disabilities        

Disciplinary Procedures for a Student with a 504 Plan 34 CFR Sec.104

Section 504 disabled students are subject to the same disciplinary action as a non-disabled student, provided that the student’s behavior is not a manifestation of his or her qualifying disability. A 504 Team must conduct a manifestation determination whenever a disabled student is subject to out-of-school suspension for 10 consecutive school days or more. A series of suspensions that total more than 10 days may also trigger the manifestation determination requirement of Section 504. If the 504 Team concludes that the violation is a manifestation of the student’s qualifying disability, the discipline process must end and the 504 Team should review the 504 Plan to determine if changes are appropriate. If the violation is not a manifestation, the student is subject to the same disciplinary action that any non-disabled student would receive for the same violation.

Students shall be referred to the Office of Student Placement (OSP) if the behavior was found not to be a manifestation of the disability.

A student who is currently engaged in the illegal use of drugs/alcohol is not considered a student with a disability. Section 504 allows school districts to take disciplinary action pertaining to the use or possession of illegal drugs/alcohol against a 504 student who is currently engaging in the illegal use of drugs/alcohol to the same extent such discipline is taken against non-disabled students.

If you have questions or concerns regarding 504 plans, please contact 937-6500.

Disciplinary Procedures for a Student with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) 34 CFR Sec.300.530

Suspension and/or Removal from Placement in Excess of Ten Days

In the event that a student with a disability is removed from his/her current placement in excess of ten school days during the course of the school year, the ECMCS and the District shall ensure that services are provided to allow the student to participate in the general curriculum and progress toward meeting the goals of his/her Individual Education Plan (IEP). Removal of a student with disabilities outside of the school personnel’s authority, for more than ten consecutive days, and/or for long-term removals which constitute a Change of Placement will be addressed by the IEP Team.

If the behavior is a manifestation of the disability, the student may not be suspended or expelled, but the IEP team may consider placement options.

45 Day Removal*

School administration may remove a student to an Interim Alternative Educational Setting (IAES) for up to 45 school days without regard to whether the behavior is determined to be a manifestation of the child’s disability, if the child:

Students shall be referred to the Office of Student Placement (OSP) in addition to the 45 day removal for the above mentioned behaviors if the behavior was found not to be a manifestation of the disability.

Recommendation for Long-Term Removal

When a student with disabilities is recommended for long-term removal, the IEP Team (including the Special Education Coordinator) must convene a Manifestation Determination Review meeting within ten days of the action, at which time the Local Education Authority (LEA) Representative:

If the IEP Team determines that the behavior IS related to the disability:

If the IEP Team determines that the behavior IS NOT a manifestation of the disability:

Services Available for Students with Special Health Care Needs   

Parent Notice Required By S.C. Code Ann. Section 59-63-90 (Supp. 2005)

Many health care services can be provided for students to keep them at school where they can learn and participate with other students. Our goal is to provide information to parents and legal guardians about some of the services and programs available for addressing the health care needs of students during the school day to help students succeed in school. It is important that the necessary health care information is shared with the appropriate people to ensure that the students’ needs are met throughout the school day.

Individual Health Care Plans or Individual Health Plans (IHPs)

Individual health care plans are also called individual health plans or IHPs. School nurses who are registered nurses write IHPs to guide how a student’s health care needs will be met while at school. The nurse works with the student, the student’s parents or legal guardians, the student’s health care provider, and other school staff to write the plan. IHPs are written for students who have special health care needs that must be met by school staff during the school day. IHPs are also written for students who have been approved by the school district to self- medicate or self-monitor. To learn more about IHPs, talk with your child’s school nurse or CCSD Office of Nursing Services at 745-2184.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)

Section 504 is a federal law that requires public schools to make adjustments so that students with certain disabilities can learn and participate in settings like other students who do not have disabilities. To be eligible for services under Section 504, a student must have a condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A team decides if a student is eligible. The team should include the student’s parent or legal guardian, the student (if able), and others who know the student or know about the student’s disability, such as a teacher, a guidance counselor, a school nurse, and other school staff. If the student is eligible, the team develops an individual accommodation plan. The individual accommodation plan explains how the student’s needs will be met while at school and may include health services for the student during the school day if needed. To learn more about Section 504, contact your child’s school or the CCSD 504 Coordinator at 937-6500.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Students, ages 3 through 21 years, may receive services under the IDEA if the student needs special education and related services to benefit from his or her educational program. A team decides if a student qualifies for services under the IDEA. The team includes the student’s parent or legal guardian, teachers, and other school staff. The team develops an individualized education program (IEP) if the student meets federal and state requirements. The IEP outlines a plan for helping the student receive a free appropriate public education and meet goals set by the team. The IEP may include health services for the student during the school day if needed. Contact the Department of Exceptional Children Services at 937-6500 to learn more about IDEA.

Medical Homebound Instruction

Medical homebound instruction is a service that is available for students who cannot attend school for a medical reason even with the aid of transportation. A physician must certify that the student has such a medical condition but may benefit from instruction, and must fill out the medical homebound form that the school district provides. The school district then decides whether to approve the student for medical homebound services. The school district will consider the severity of the student’s illness or injury, the length of time that the student will be out of school, the impact that a long period away from school will have on the student’s academic success, and whether the student’s health needs can be met at school. To learn more about medical homebound services, contact your child’s school or Pupil Accounting at 937-6400.

Technology Acceptable Use Policy GBEBD

Purpose: To establish CCSD Board and ECMCS Governing Board's vision and the basic structure for the acceptable use of technology resources in Charleston County School District and East Cooper Montessori Charter School.

Acceptable Use: It is the policy of Charleston County School District that use of district information technology shall be lawful and ethical, shall be for district educational or business purposes, shall conform to district technology and security standards, and shall comply with all applicable board policies and regulations. This policy constitutes an Internet safety policy within the meaning of the Children's Internet Protection Act (47

  1. § 254).

Applicability: This policy applies to every person who uses a district information technology or electronic communications system or service in any manner.

Scope: The following district systems and services are within the scope of this policy:

Standards for Acceptable Use of Information Technology:

Use of district information technology systems and services is subject to the following standards. By accessing or using these systems or services, the user accepts without limitation or qualification the terms and conditions of these standards.

Use shall be lawful and ethical:

  1. Unlawful, threatening, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene or offensive use is prohibited.
  2. Access to visual depictions that may be obscene, pornographic or harmful to minors is prohibited.
  3. Using false or deceptive identity is prohibited.
  4. Unauthorized access to or alteration or disruption of a communications or computer system is prohibited.
  5. Compliance with copyright, trademark, patent and other property rights is required.

Use shall be for district educational or business purposes:

Technology products, services and use shall conform to district standards:

Conditions of Use: Safe and secure use by minors of direct electronic communications (including email, chat rooms and instant messaging) shall be assured. Use of district computers by minors to access the Internet shall be supervised at all times to comply with the standards of this policy.

Employee and student use of district electronic communications and computer systems shall be filtered for appropriate usage and content. Filtering shall be provided for all Internet enabled computers used by students, patrons and staff. Filtering shall be disabled only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

Persons using district technology and electronic communications shall have no expectation of privacy in such use. Usage of district technology and electronic communications may be monitored, logged, disclosed, deleted or terminated by the district. Online activities of minors shall be monitored for appropriate use.

Employees have a duty to protect district technology resources entrusted to their use and to ensure that users comply with this policy. Employees shall report violations of this policy to district authorities.

Violations of this policy and its standards may be cause for revocation of use privileges, disciplinary action, including termination, and law enforcement actions.

Disclaimers: No warranties for the accuracy, quality, functionality or availability of technology and communications are expressed or implied by this policy and these standards.

The district assumes no responsibility or liability for accuracy, integrity, quality or acceptability of information or content of non-district technology including, but not limited to, non-district websites which may have links with district websites. Users are cautioned to use due care when accessing non-district information technology resources.

Cell Phones and Communication Devices

Students are allowed to have cell phones at school as long as they are in the off or silent mode and stored in their locker or cubby during school hours and while on school property unless given specific permission by an ECMCS staff member. Students are prohibited from calling, texting, posting on social media or accessing the internet on personal devices during school hours and while on school property.

Students using an electronic/communication device to illegally enhance their own or another student’s academic performance is prohibited. Electronic/communication devices shall not be used to engage in any illegal activity or offenses that violate the Student Code of Conduct. These devices shall never be used in an area in which an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy including, but not limited to, restroom, locker rooms, and showers. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

School personnel and/or administrators are not responsible for the loss, theft, or

damage of personal electronic/communication device brought onto school property by a student.

Unauthorized electronic/communication devices may be confiscated and returned to the parent/guardian at the discretion of the school administration.

Students using school computer systems and/or electronic/mobile devices must adhere to the Usage Agreement that includes financial responsibility for lost or stolen devices. Usage of school electronic devices may be monitored, logged, disclosed, deleted or terminated by the district.

Students found to be in violation of guidelines for use of electronic/communication devices will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with CCSD Student Code of Conduct.

Electronic Devices Other Than Cell Phones

Technology at ECMCS is to be used to create and produce, as opposed to consume. Primary and Lower Elementary students are not permitted to use non-school issued electronic devices, including cellular phones, on school property during the school day. Students may use personal devices approved explicitly by ECMCS staff member and only for the aforementioned educational purposes.

This policy applies to any electronic device other than a communication device including but not limited to radio, I-Pod, iPad, CD player, MP3 player, music players of any other format, televisions, tape recorders, laptop computers, chromebooks, etc. At no time may an electronic device be used for illegal or unethical purposes.

Social Media

All access to social media sites at school are only granted by explicit and specific permission by ECMCS staff member. “Social media” means any form of online publication or presence that allows interactive communication, including, but not limited to, social networks, blogs, micro-blogs, Internet websites, Internet forums, and wikis. Schools use a variety of online web-based interactive communication technologies to enhance students’ education and learning. Social media sites may be used only for educational and school related purposes in connection with lessons and assignments and to facilitate communication with teachers and other students. Users are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful, courteous conduct online as offline. Posts, chats, sharing, and messaging may be monitored. Users should be careful not to share personally-identifying information online. CCSD monitors social media activity and will utilize the information to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff. Any social media language, behaviors, or conduct among students which have an impact on the school day may be subject to the Student Code of Conduct.

ECMCS 4th-8th grades Program Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy


ECMCS is committed to moving students and staff forward in a 21st century learning environment and understands that there are certain benefits in allowing students to use personal devices in the classroom. Consequently, ECMCS will allow 4th - 8th grade students to access the ECMCS filtered, wireless network using their own technology devices during the learning day. With classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices in the classroom to access and save information from the Internet, communicate with other learners and use the productivity tools loaded on their devices. If a student owns a device, has parent permission and agrees to the following guidelines, the student will be allowed to bring his/her device to school.

Important Facts

CCSD is providing wireless connectivity as a school service and offers no guarantees that any use of the wireless connection is in any way secure, or that any privacy can be protected when using this wireless connection. Use of the CCSD wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user, and ECMCS is not responsible for any loss of any information that may arise from the use of the wireless connection, or for any loss, injury or damages resulting from the use of the wireless connection. All users of the CCSD network are bound by the school’s Technology Acceptable Use and BYOD policies.


Responsibility for Devices

Examples of Inappropriate Use (these uses are NOT allowed):

List of Acceptable Devices

* All current technology generally accepted teacher created and school policies and consequences that apply to school equipment also apply to Student Owned Devices. Violations of the Technology Acceptable Use Agreement and the 6-th-8th grade BYOD policy and its standards may be cause for revocation of use privileges, confiscation of device, and or disciplinary action including termination, and law enforcement actions.

Student Records (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the District receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal or District designee a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the District to amend a record should write the school principal or District designee and clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. The right to provide written consent before the District discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

ONE EXCEPTION, which, under the law, permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school employees, to include school officials with legitimate educational interests. School officials are persons with a legitimate educational interest in the student such as: instructors; administrators; health staff; counselors; attorneys; clerical staff; trustees; members of committees and disciplinary boards; and contractors, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, §99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure. Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A school may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student –

Code of South Carolina

Notice of Regulations: Upon admission to school, each student shall be given a copy of these rules and a form of acknowledgment to be signed by the parents/guardians and returned to school.

Legal Authority

CCSD Board and ECMCS Governing Board of Trustees of the Charleston County School District is required by the State Statute (see Sections 59-15-40, 59-19-90 et. seq. and 59-63-210 et. seq. Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, and Act No. 340 of the Acts of 1967) to make and adopt rules setting forth standards of scholastic achievement and standards of conduct and behavior that must be met by all students as a condition to the right of such students to attend schools in this District. The rules shall take into account the necessity of proper conduct on the part of all students and the necessity for scholastic progress in order that the welfare of the greatest number of students shall be promoted, even though such rules may result in the ineligibility of students who fail to observe the required standards and may require the suspension or permanent dismissal of such students.

Application of Code Jurisdiction

The Code of Conduct and its provisions are in effect during regularly scheduled school hours as well as at such other times and places, including, but not necessarily limited to: school-sponsored events, field trips and athletic functions where appropriate public school administrators have authority over students or the behavior has a direct effect on the order and general welfare of the school.

Provisions of this Code of Conduct regarding Vandalism and/or Destruction of School Property and Theft of School Property are applicable whether or not school is open or in session at the time the offense is committed.

School Resource Officers (SRO)

School Resource Officers (SRO) are provided by the Charleston County Sheriff ’s Office, Charleston Police Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, and North Charleston Police Department in many of our schools. SROs assist students, parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators as well as other staff with sustaining a safe school environment. SROs also serve as active law enforcement officials on campus and at school sponsored events to assist with emergencies or crises which require police action. School Resource Officers do not work for CCSD. School personnel do not have jurisdiction over law enforcement decisions or actions.

SC Code of Law Section 59-24-60

Contact Law Enforcement When Criminal Conduct Occurs      

In addition to other provisions required by law or by regulation of the State Board of Education, school administrators must contact law enforcement authorities immediately upon notice that a person is engaging or has engaged in activities on school property or at school sanctioned or sponsored activity which may result or results in injury or serious threat of injury to the person or another person or his property as defined in local board policy.

Student Interrogations, Searches & Arrests–Policy JIH

In accordance with South Carolina Code Section 59-63-1150, all administrators shall be trained in the “reasonableness standard” for searches and interrogations under the United States Supreme Court decision in New Jersey v. T.L.O, 469 U.S. 328 (1985). Each principal shall post notice at each entrance to the school and all other access points in compliance with South Carolina Code Section 59-63-1160 advising that any person entering the premises of any school will be deemed to have consented to a reasonable search of his/her person and effects.

Only the principal or his/her designee may conduct such searches unless exigent circumstances exist which require another staff member to take immediate action for safety reasons. All searches shall comply with the reasonableness standard given the age and sex of the student and the nature of the circumstances giving rise to a reasonable concern. A school official must determine that the search is justified at its inception and that the scope and conduct of the search is reasonably related to the circumstances justifying the search. Students and their belongings are subject to reasonable searches and seizures, with or without probable cause.

No school administrator or official shall conduct a strip search.

Searches may involve metal detectors, but no search involving dogs will be conducted in the presence of students.

School lockers and desks

All lockers and desks are the property of the school district. School officials may conduct searches of lockers and desks.

Motor vehicles

The privilege of bringing a student-operated motor vehicle onto school premises is conditioned on consent by the driver to allow a search of that motor vehicle when there is reasonable suspicion for a search of that motor vehicle.

Interrogations by school personnel and school resource officers

Investigations shall be directed by the school administration. Teachers, principals and school resource officers may question students about any matter pertaining to the operation of a school and/or enforcement of its rules. The staff member shall conduct the questioning discreetly and under circumstances which shall avoid unnecessary embarrassment to the person being questioned. Any student who answers falsely or evasively or who refuses to answer a proper question may be disciplined.

Contacting law enforcement

As required by South Carolina Code Section 59-24-60, school administrators shall contact law enforcement authorities immediately upon notice that a person is engaging in, or has engaged in, any activity on school property or at a school sanctioned or sponsored activity which may result, or does in fact result, in injury or serious threat of injury to the person or to another person or his/her property.

Interrogations by law enforcement

When law enforcement officers find it necessary to question students during the school day regarding matters not connected to school, the school principal or his/her designee will cooperate with law enforcement and shall request to be present, so long as his/her presence does not impede the investigation. Normal visitor protocol must be followed by law enforcement officials at all times. The principal or his/her designee shall make a reasonable attempt to contact the student's parent/legal guardian and request his/her presence. Should contact not be made, reasonable efforts shall continue to notify the student's parent/legal guardian that law enforcement questioning took place on school grounds. The police shall conduct any questioning in a private area.

Custody or arrest

Law enforcement authorities have the right to enter the school to take a student into custody or to make a lawful arrest of a student, provided that they act pursuant to lawful procedure. If a student is arrested or taken into custody at school, school officials shall immediately make a reasonable effort to notify the parent/legal guardian.

Video Cameras in Classrooms, Hallways, School Buses and Other  District Property – Policy ECAA _

Purpose: To establish the basic structure for video cameras in district schools, school buses and other district properties.

Video cameras can serve a useful purpose when placed in common areas to include, but not be limited to, classrooms, hallways, meeting rooms, parking lots, school buses and other district property for instructional and security purposes. Accordingly, video cameras may be mounted in visible places in classrooms, hallways, meeting rooms, parking lots, school buses and other district property throughout the district and may be used by school staff in accordance with this policy.

Use of Video cameras

The administration may place a video camera in any common area located in the district. Video cameras may be used to record and monitor student behavior or for educational purposes such as documenting student progress or recording student presentations and activities for later review. The principal or his/her designee may determine when it is appropriate to activate cameras in classrooms or commons areas and his/her determination will be final. Students may not activate video cameras at any time unless they are acting pursuant to the express instructions of a teacher or administrator.

Custody of video

The principal or his/her designee shall have custody of and maintain video recorded in the common areas. All video must be maintained in a secure location to which students do not have access. If video cannot be securely stored in the classroom for any reason, the building principal shall assist the teacher in identifying a secure method of storage.

Videos recorded in common areas may be re-written or deleted, but not before 10 days have elapsed. However, if an incident is reported or a request is made to view or copy a video, a video copy is to be maintained as long as needed, including time for any appeals resulting from disciplinary or other actions.


The district shall treat all video recorded as student records entitled to confidentiality pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and other applicable federal and state laws. Accordingly, the district shall release or allow viewing of video only in certain defined situations, consistent with federal and state law.

Discipline  proceedings

The district may use video as evidence in student disciplinary proceedings. The parents/legal guardians shall be notified that the district intends to introduce a video in advance of a disciplinary proceeding and shall provide the parent/legal guardian a reasonable opportunity to view the video prior to the proceeding.

Reporting violations

Any person who has reason to believe that a video camera is being used in violation of this policy, or in an otherwise improper manner, should immediately notify the principal or supervisor of the school. They shall investigate the allegations and take appropriate remedial or disciplinary actions as necessary.

Penalties for improper use

Students who violate the terms of this policy or otherwise misuse a video camera shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the district's student behavior code. Violations of the laws of the United States or the state of South Carolina may also subject a person to criminal prosecution

Glossary _        

The following pages define the offense listed in the conduct section.  Numbers indicate Level of Offense.

Aiding Others (2): A person who assists in or supports the commission of an offense and who usually has knowledge before or after the fact.

Alcohol/Liquor Law Violation (3): Violation of laws prohibiting sale, purchase, barter, transportation, possession, distribution, consumption, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages (See page 25)

Arson (3): To unlawfully and intentionally damage or attempt to damage any real or personal property by fire

Assault, Aggravated (3): An unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein the offender uses a weapon or displays it in a threatening manner or the victim suffers broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness

Assault, Simple (3): An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where the offender neither uses nor displays a weapon and the victim does not suffer obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury

Bite/Pinch/Spit (2): To cut, wound, or tear with the teeth; to constrict or squeeze painfully; to eject saliva from the mouth

Bomb Threat (3): Indicating the presence of a bomb or explosive device on school grounds, school bus, or at any school activity

Bribery (3): Offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of money or other items of value to sway the judgment or action of a person (for lesser offense see Dishonesty)

Bullying (3): a deliberate, repeated act with intention to hurt, insult or threaten another person in school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at school events. Bullying consists of an imbalance of power. (See page 20-22; for lesser offense use Threat or Harassment)

Burglary (3): Unlawful entry or attempt to unlawfully enter a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft

Bus Violation (2): Conduct or behavior which interferes with or endangers the orderly, safe, and expeditious operation of a school bus

Cheating (2): Providing, receiving, or viewing answers to assignments, quizzes, or tests; accessing academic materials without permission

Computer Violation (2): Unauthorized or inappropriate use of computers or use of computer resources without permission; unauthorized modifications of school system computers that do not permanently damage the system resources

Computer Violation (3): (Code as Other Offense – 700; with or without an arrest) Using school computers to commit a criminal act such as hacking into servers, altering school data, etc.; purposely damaging school system computer resources

Confrontation/Altercation (2): An exchange of words between students resulting in conflict; a heated or angry dispute; a noisy argument or controversy

Contraband (2): A chemical compound or material which is categorically not permitted on school grounds or at school related activities

Contract Violation (2): Non-compliance with a written agreement

Cutting Activity (2): Failure to attend or complete an assigned school activity or event

Cutting Class (2): Failure to attend or complete scheduled class

Cutting School (2): Failure to attend or complete a school day

Cyberbullying (3): Willful harassment and intimidation of a person through the use of digital technologies, including, but not limited to, email, blogs, texting, social media, chat rooms, sexting, instant messaging, or video voyeurism (See page 22)

Detention Violation (2): Failure to serve a period of time during recess, lunch, before or after the school day as a consequence for a behavior infraction

Dishonesty (1): Failure to knowingly tell the truth; also includes petty stealing

Disrespect (2): Inappropriate comments or physical gestures toward students, staff, or others

Disrupting Class (2): Behavior that interferes with instruction, learning, and a safe and orderly environment which includes, but not limited to, chronic talking, throwing objects, horseplay, teasing, refusal to remain in seat, rude noises, selling items on campus, etc

Disturbing School (3): To willfully or unnecessarily interfere with or disturb the students or teachers of any school, loiter about on school premises, or act in any obnoxious manner thereon; for any person to enter upon school premises or loiter around premises without permission of the principal; also Disorderly Conduct which includes behavior that tends to disturb the public peace, scandalize the community, or shock the public sense of morality (for lesser offense use Major  Disruption)

Dress Code Violation (1): Noncompliance with the District and/or school dress code (See page 12)

Driving Violation (2): Failure to abide by SC driving laws or failure to comply with driving rules set forth by the school

Drug Distribution (3): It is unlawful for any person to possess with intent, aid, abet, or conspire to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, or purchase an illegal substance, a substance represented as drugs, and/or a mood altering substance (See page 25)

Drug Possession (3): Use, possession, or being under the influence of an illegal substance, a substance represented as drugs, and/or a mood-altering substance (See page 25)

Drug Usage (3): The use, possession, or solicitation of any chemical compound or material which is categorically not permitted on school grounds or at school related activities such as prescription or non-prescription medication; being under the influence of unauthorized legal or any illegal substances (See page 25)

Embezzlement (3): The unlawful misappropriation by the offender of money, property, or some other thing of value for personal use while entrusted to his/her care, custody, or control

Excessive Noise (1): Any loud sound that is unnecessary or interferes with one’s hearing; senseless shouting or outcry

Extortion (3): To unlawfully obtain money, property, or any other thing of value without that person’s consent through the use or threat of force, misuse of authority, threat of destruction of reputation or social standing, or through other coercive means

Failure to Complete Work (1): The act of not completing assigned written, oral, or physical work

Failure to Comply with Disciplinary Action (2): The act of not completing a consequence or sanction assigned as a result of an offense committed

Fighting (2): An incident involving two or more students with physical  contact, such  as hitting,  kicking, and/or punching where there is no major injury

Fire Alarm (3): In the absence of an emergency, to activate or set off a fire signal indicating the presence of a fire emergency

Fireworks (2): Possession and/or detonation of an explosive pyrotechnic device that makes a display of light or noise on school property but does not cause harm to others (If Level 3 offense, use code 700 Other Offense)

Forgery/Counterfeit (2): Purposely signing another person’s name or altering, copying, or imitation of something, without authority or right, with the intent to deceive or defraud by passing the copy or thing altered or imitated as that which is original or genuine; or the selling, buying, or possession of an altered, copied, or imitated thing with the intent to deceive or defraud (If Level 3 offense, use code 700 Other Offense)

Fraud (3): Deceiving another in order to damage him/her; usually, to obtain property or services from him or her unjustly

Gambling (3): Betting or wagering money or something else of value; assist, promote, or operate a game of chance for money or some other stake

Gang Activity (3): Any group of three or more persons associated with a group of individuals or organization, whether formal or informal, which engage in criminal and/or school conduct violations. The existence of such group of individuals associated may be established by evidence of a common name or common identifying signs, symbols, tattoos, graffiti, or attire or other distinguishing characteristics. (See page 24)

Hall Pass Violation (1): To be in a hallway without written permission; to alter or change a hall pass from its original intent

Harassment (2): Any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing action which negatively impacts another person’s emotional or mental well-being (if Level 3 offense, use Bullying or Intimidation)

Hit/Kick/Push (2): To deal a blow to, come in to contact with, or strike; to strike with foot or feet; to apply pressure against for the purpose of moving (if Level 3 offense, use Simple Assault)

Homicide (3): The killing of one human by another, not including manslaughter or attempted murder

Horseplay (1): Rough or boisterous play or pranks

Identification Violation (1): Failure to comply with school identification rules

Inappropriate Affection (2): Unsuitable or improper physical contact, extreme feeling, or emotion towards another person

Inappropriate Behavior (2): Actions or gestures of conducting oneself in a disruptive or disrespectful manner; provoking a fight –OR– non-criminal conduct that is not covered in the existing list or codes –OR– student who has committed multiple Level 2 offenses

Inappropriate Language (1): Unsuitable or improper communication of thoughts or feelings through voice, sounds, or written symbols having understood meanings

Inappropriate Materials (2): Related to the possession or viewing of items considered to be unsuitable for school or school related activities

Inappropriate Physical Contact (2): Touching or immediate proximity of another person exceeding personal boundaries unsuitable or improper for the location or setting

Indecent Exposure (3): The deliberate exposure in public of one’s genitalia or private area(s) of one’s body

Intimidation (3): To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of menacing words or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack; Intimidating behaviors can be made in person, over the telephone, electronically, via social media networks, or in writing. (for lesser offense see Threat or Harassment)

Kidnap/Abduction (3): To unlawfully seize and carrying away a person by force, fraud, or against his or her will

Larceny/Theft (3): To steal or possess property without the permission of the owner

Leaving Class (2): Departing from class without permission before the class period is complete

Leaving School (2): Departing from campus without permission before the school day is complete

Littering (1): Placing trash improperly so as to be a nuisance or health concern

Loitering (2): Wandering on school premises in an area that is off limits to students or when there is no particular reason to be there.

Major Disruption (2): Behavior that significantly interrupts the learning environment (if Level 3 offense, use Disturbing School)

No Returned Form (1): Failure to return required form or document

Obscene Gesture (2): A movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an offensive idea, opinion, and emotion

Off Limits (Out of Area) (2): To be present in an unauthorized location

Other Offenses ( 3): Other acts of criminal conduct as set forth in State and Federal Law not covered in the existing list of codes; includes offense(s) committed off-campus that is deemed serious enough by the principal that the presence of the student is detrimental to the best interest of the school.

Other Offenses (Minor) (1): Other acts of minor misconduct not covered in the existing list of offense codes

Parent/Guardian Shadowing: As an additional intervention, the administration will request the parent/guardian to attend classes with the student for a pre-approved amount of time. The parent/guardian is required to sit quietly next to the student for the agreed upon time.

Parking Violation (2): Parking on campus or at a school sponsored event without authorization or in a manner that is not consistent with expectations of the property owner

Phone Violation (2): Failure to adhere to the school’s phone policy

Pornography (3): Possession, manufacturing, or distribution of sexually explicit/obscene material

Probation Violation (2): Infraction(s) resulting in the student breaking a written probation contract

Profanity (2): Abusive, vulgar, or irreverent language, swearing, cursing, foul speech, or speech that shows disrespect or dishonor toward another

Property Misuse (2): Minor damage or defacement of property belonging to the school or others (if Level 3 offense, use Vandalism)

Prostitution (3): To engage in or promote sexual activities for profit

Refusal to Obey/Defiant (2): Refusing to follow a request or a specific direction/instruction of an adult through disobedience, defiance, unruliness, or noncompliance which includes but is not limited to walking away when an adult is talking to you, talking back to an adult, refusal to work in class, refusal to report to the office, refusal to allow search, etc.

Robbery (3): Taking or attempting to take anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, care, or custody of another person by force, threat of force, or invoking fear of immediate harm

Running (1): Deliberately running in an effort to get away from school officials, someone, or something

Sex Violation (3): The act of touching, groping, slapping, or any other physical contact of a sexual nature made with another person, whether unwanted or wanted.

Sexual Harassment (3): Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other inappropriate verbal, written, electronic or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. (See page 23)

Sexual Offenses:

Forced (3): Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly or against the person’s will, or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent

Non-forcible (3): Unlawful, unforced sexual acts or indecent exposure that is overtly sexual in nature, or other sexually inappropriate behaviors

Stolen Property (3): Goods obtained by larceny, by stealing, by robbing, by theft; something unlawfully taken from its rightful owner

Tardy (1): Arriving late to school or class (multiple tardies will result in disciplinary action)

Threat (2): Making general, non-specific, statements or gestures of intent to do physical harm to a staff member or student; also see harassment (if Level 3 offense, use Intimidation)

Throwing Objects (2): To propel or cast in any way anything that is visible or tangible

Tobacco (2): Possession and/or use of cigarettes, cigars, and/or other tobacco products; possession and/or use of smokeless products, electronic cigarettes, and vaporizers

Trespassing (3): Being on school property or at a school sponsored event without permission, including while on suspension or after expulsion; entry of a structure without intent to commit a serious crime or theft

Truant (2): A student, ages 6 to 17 years old, who has three consecutive days of unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences during the current school year (See page 10)

Habitual Truant (3): A student ages 12-17 years old, who fails to comply with the intervention plan developed by the school, the child, and the parent(s) or guardian(s) and who accumulates two or more additional unlawful absences

Chronic Truant (3): A student, ages 12-17 years old, who has been through the school intervention process, has reached the level of habitual truant, has been to Family Court, AND continues to accumulate unlawful absences

Unauthorized Device (2): Contraband item including, but not limited to, a lighter, laser pointer, camera, toys, dice, cards, etc.

Urination (2): Willfully urinating on school property (floor, walls, bus, etc.)

Vandalism (3): Willfully or maliciously destroying, damaging, or defacing real or personal property; see also (for lesser offense, see Destruction of Property)

Violation of Class Rules (1): Behavior that interferes with instruction or learning, which includes, but not limited to, chronic talking, throwing objects, horseplay, teasing, refusal to remain in seat, rude noises, etc.

Vehicle Theft (3): To steal from or possess a vehicle without permission of the owner

Weapons (3): Firearms, handguns, rifles, shotguns or bombs (including look-a-like); pellet gun, paintball gun, stun gun, BB gun, flare gun, nail gun, or air soft gun or any other type of weapon, devices or object which may be used to inflict bodily harm or death shall not be allowed on any school district property (including vehicles) or at any school- sponsored event. This shall also include, but not limited to, knives, tasers, dirks, slingshots, bludgeons, blackjacks, Chinese star, razors (including straight or retractable razor), ice pick, metal knuckles, box cutters, nunchucks, spiked glove, spiked wristband, any mace derivative, tear gas device, or pepper spray. (See page 26)

East Cooper Montessori Charter School District

Code of Conduct Acknowledgement of Review 2017-2018

Each student has the right to learn in a safe and secure environment. It is essential that the school and home work together to assure that all students meet the high expectations for behavior established in the ECMCS Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct is in effect on school grounds and off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event, en route to and from school on a school bus or other school vehicle. Your signature acknowledges that you have reviewed the Code of Conduct and understand the expectations set forth in this information. Providing your signature below does not indicate that you agree or disagree with the rules, but rather that you have received a copy.

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