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FORT ZUMWALT SCHOOL DISTRICT
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MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT DISCIPLINARY GUIDELINES (Grades 6-8)
2021 - 2022
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The discipline policy listed is a summary taken from Policy JG and regulation JG-R. It is a fair representation of what has been adopted by the Board of Education but does not include all of the information in the policy and regulation. Parents wishing to review the entire policy and regulation may do so at the administrative office of their child's school, the District website (www.fz.k12.mo.us), or District Administrative Offices located at 555 E. Terra Lane, O'Fallon, MO.
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The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education declares a policy against and prohibits racial harassment. Policy AC prohibits any oral, written, graphic or physical conduct related to an individual's race, color or national origin so as to not interfere with or limit his/her ability to participate in or benefit from programs. Examples of this conduct can include, but are not limited to, racial name calling, graffiti, cartoons of a negative demeanor, racially motivated harassing, threatening or intimidating comments, and physical acts of aggression. Allegations of racial harassment should be reported to the most immediate administrator or the Title VI coordinator, Assistant Superintendent - Student Personnel Services, at 555 E. Terra Lane, O'Fallon, MO 63366, Phone: (636) 240-2072. Nothing in policy AC prohibits a complaint from being filed with the Office of Civil Rights, 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, MO 64114, Phone: (816) 268-0550.
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The district is committed to providing an environment free from intimidating, hostile, or offensive behavior, verbal or physical conduct or communication constituting sexual harassment and/or assault. Sexual harassment or assault by a student against any student is prohibited. Sexual harassment of a student by another student may include such things as sexually oriented jokes, remarks, cartoons, pictures, letters, or physical contact such as patting or pinching. Assault may include touching, probing, grabbing and groping. See board policies AC and ACA and note that additional provisions of the code of conduct may apply to the student's behavior.
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STUDENT APPEARANCE - Student dress and grooming should be neat, clean and in good taste so that each student may share in promoting a positive, healthy and safe atmosphere within the school district. Student dress and grooming will be the responsibility of the individual and parents/guardian with the following guidelines:
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1. Dress and grooming will be clean and in keeping with health, sanitary and safety requirements.
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2. All students must wear shoes, boots, or other types of footwear (house shoes/slippers not allowed).
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3. Items of clothing or jewelry associated with a controlled substance are not permitted.
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4. Dress and grooming will not disrupt the educational environment or cause undue attention to an individual student.
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5. Class activities that present a concern for student safety may require the student to adjust hair and/or clothing during the class period
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in the interest of maintaining safety standards.
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6. Students shall not wear the following:
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hats, bandannas, shower caps or other non-therapeutic headgear inside the school building
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low cut muscle shirts/halter tops/midriffs/backless or racer back apparel/sagging pants/extremely short shorts/skirts
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undergarments cannot be exposed (including boxers and bra straps)
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clothing/stickers/insignias/colors/visible tattoos that indicate membership in, affiliation with, or support of any gang or
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similar organization associated with violence, drugs, intimidation or other criminal activity (including rebel flags and swastikas)
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clothing which promotes drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and/or it's products
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clothing with sexually suggestive messages, messages that promote the occult, or messages of a vulgar nature
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clothing with holes above mid-thigh in inappropriate places or exposing undergarments
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jewelry and chains that may be used as a weapon including wallet chains that are 3 inches or longer or that present a safety concern
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7. Additional dress regulations may be imposed upon students participating in certain extracurricular activities. When in the judgment of the
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principal, a student's appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat of safety, the student may be required to make modification.
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Bullying/Cyberbullying or harassment of any kind is serious in nature. Students should report any instances occurring on school property or threats that might occur to students on school property to their principal immediately.
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Cell Phones / Portable Communication Devices
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Cellular phones may not be used or visible during the instructional school day. The Fort Zumwalt School District strongly discourages students from bringing cell phones and electronic devices to school unless encouraged to do so for educational programming. Inappropriate or unauthorized use of electronic devices to capture, videotape, transmit, or duplicate an unauthorized picture of school staff, students, or school documents, including electronic cheating, will result in discipline. Students possessing these items on school property do so at their own risk. Parents should not expect the district to be responsible for such items. In the instance that a device is suspected stolen or lost, the student must immediately report such to the office and file a written statement to document serial number and other identifiable information. This written statement will be forwarded to the School Resource Officer (SRO) or other law enforcement personnel. Use, display, or activation of these during the instructional school day will result in them being confiscated. Continued use will constitute insubordination. Students are strongly urged to leave cell phones and electronic devices at home.
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Cell Phones / Portable Communication Devices
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1st Offense
Warning (parent notified by mail, student pick-up phone in office end of day)
4th Offense
Insubordination (5 days ISS, parent pick-up phone)
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2nd Offense
2 Hours Detention (parent notified by mail, parent pick-up phone)
5th Offense
Blatant Insubordination (10 days ISS, parent pick-up phone)
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3rd Offense
4 Hours Detention (Parent notified by mail, parent pick-up phone)
6th or Greater Offense
Blatant Insubordination (5-10 days OSS, parent pick-up phone and possible referral to Superintendent for additional days)
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ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT
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Revised 7/22/21
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DETENTION (including Saturday)
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All Saturday detentions are held at West High 1251 Turtle Creek O'Fallon, MO 63366
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All incidents are documented in students' discipline records.
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Academic Dishonesty
Class Disturbance/Inappropriate Behavior (minor in nature)
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1st Offense
Zero credit, parent notification
Per Offense
2 to 8 hours
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Bullying/Harassment/Cyberbullying
Dishonesty
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Each infraction will be dealt with on an individual basis up to and including suspension
Any act of deceit, whether verbal or written, including forgery
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and expulsion, possible notification of law enforcement officials.
4 hours, nullification of document, parent contact
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Failure to Attend After School Detention
Tardies to First Hour
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1st Offense
Reschedule, contact parent
(per semester) may result in truancy
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2nd Offense
4 hours Saturday detention
3rd Tardy2 hours
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5th Tardy4 hours
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Minor Scuffling
7th Tardy4 hours
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1st Offense
2 to 4 hours
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2nd Offense
4 to 8 hours
Tardies (less than 10 minutes late to any class including 1st hour)
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(per semester/all classes combined)
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Possession of a lighter
3rd Tardy
Warning Letter
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1st Offense2 hours5th Tardy2 hours
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2nd Offense4 hours7th Tardy4 hours
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9th Tardy8 hours
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Public Display of Affection (PDA)
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1st Offense Warning
Truancy (Purposeful absence from assigned class or area or unexcused tardies
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2nd Offense8 hours
by more than 10 minutes to first hour)
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1st Offense
4 hours
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Vulgar Language
(part of an hr. through 4 hrs.)
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1st Offense4 hours
1st Offense
8 hours
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2nd Offense8 hours
(absent more than 4 hrs.)
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2nd Offense
8 hours
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IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION
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All incidents are documented in students' discipline records.
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Academic Dishonesty
Improper Exposure - (undergarment exposed)
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2nd Offense
3 days, Zero credit, parent contact
In front of differing gender audiences, i.e.: including sagging pants
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Subsequent Offense
10 days, zero credit
5 days
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Class Disturbance/Inappropriate Behavior
Insubordination
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Per Offense
5-10 days
1st Offense
3 days
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2nd Offense
5 days
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Blatant Disrespect
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Disparaging or demeaning language (defamation of a person's religion, gender or ethnic origin);
Major Scuffling (includes instigator, if applicable)
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disrespectful / disruptive speech or conduct(verbal, written or symbolic language or gesture
1st Offense
3 days
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directed to staff or student)
2nd Offense
5 to 10 days
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Student to Student
Student to Staff
Nuisance Items - (Including Laser Pointers, toys, games, media players)
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1st Offense 5 days
1st Offense
5 -10 days
3 to 10 days - Possible notification of law enforcement officials
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2nd Offense10 days
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Possession / Use of Tobacco, Electronic Cigarettes, or any other Nicotine Delivery
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Blatant Insubordination
Devices / Materials (on bus, district property, district activity)
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1st Offense
5-10 days
1st Offense
5 days - notification of law enforcement
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2nd Offense
10 days, notification of law enforcement
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Depantsing - student(s) in presence of same gender audience resulting in improper exposure
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(underwear exposed)
Removal from Detention Hours
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5 days
1st Offense
3 days
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2nd Offense
5 days