Misconduct

Level I Acts of Misconduct consist of minor misbehaviors, which impede the orderly operation of the classroom, school and/or bus. Such misbehaviors can usually be handled by an individual staff member, but sometimes require the intervention of other school personnel.  Notification of parent/guardian is recommended at each occurrence. Persistent misbehaviors, appropriate interventions, parental/guardian contact and administrative dialogue will be documented. 

Level I Acts of Misconduct infractions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Classroom disruptions
  • Failure to follow directions
  • Littering
  • Tardiness
  • Possession of prohibited non-educational electronic devices
  • Violation of the dress code
  • Gum (without permission)

Possible consequences include:

  • Staff Intervention
  • Loss of Privileges
  • Time Out
  • Peer Mediation
  • Development of a Behavior Contract
  • Counseling
  • Parent Conference
  • Verbal Warning

Disciplinary interventions:

  • Immediate intervention by supervising staff or staff that observes the behavior
  • Consequences outline in the School/Classroom Discipline Plan
  • Loss of school/classroom privileges
  • Conference with the parent/guardian by telephone or in person
  • Time out
  • Peer mediation
  • Teacher consultation with other teachers and support staff
  • Temporary placement in another classroom
  • Development of a behavior contract
  • Administrative conference with student, parent and teacher
  • Counseling with school personnel

Written information with suggestions for corresponding parental actions will be provided to parents by the teacher and/or principal.

Repeated Misconduct

Level II Acts of Misconduct include misbehavior whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school and/or bus, and those behaviors on Level I which continue after corrective measures have been implemented.  Included in this level are misbehaviors which do not represent a direct threat to the health and safety of staff, students and others, but whose educational consequences are serious enough to require corrective action on the part of the administrative personnel.  The administrator should maintain proper and accurate record of the infraction and disciplinary action.

Level II Acts of Misconduct infractions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Continuation of Level I Acts of Misconduct
  • Failure to attend class
  • Forgery
  • Disrespect towards school personnel
  • Refusal to identify self
  • Gambling
  • Verbal abuse
  • Non-compliance
  • Verbal/sexual harassment
  • Bullying/intimidation
  • Inappropriate physical contact/aggression
  • Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Possession of pornography/sexting
  • Trespassing
  • Profanity/inappropriate language

Disciplinary interventions:

  • Consequences outlined in the school/classroom discipline plan
  • Administrative conference with parent/guardian and/or student
  • In-school suspension
  • Suspension warning notification to parent of the offense with stipulation that a repeated offense could result in suspension
  • Detention before/after school
  • Temporary removal from class
  • Loss of privileges
  • Financial restitution
  • Out-of-school suspension
  • Referral to an outside agency or school district support service
  • Development of behavior contract
  • Counseling with school personnel
  • Referral to Building Intervention Team
  • Assignment of school/community service project
  • Police contact

Severe Misconduct

Level III Acts of Misconduct consist of infractions that are so serious that they always require administrative intervention and may endanger the health and safety of staff, students and others in the school and/or bus.  The behavior may result in the temporary removal of the student from the school.  Temporary removal of the student encompasses referral to the District’s alternative school program.

Level III Acts of Misconduct infractions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Continuation of Level II Acts of Misconduct
  • Written, verbal or physical threats
  • Fighting
  • Extortion
  • Physical Sexual Touching
  • Willful failure to comply with district’s internet/technology policy
  • Possession of laser pointers or shocking devices
  • Possession/use of tobacco, alcohol, or related products
  • Possession/use/sale/distribution of drugs, paraphernalia, or look-alike substances
  • Possession of weapons, potential weapons, or look-alike weapons
  • Bomb threats
  • Setting fires, possession of fireworks or explosives
  • False alarms or false police calls
  • Gang related activity
  • Possession or sale of stolen property
  • Persistent acts of bullying
  • Other acts which are seriously disruptive and/or destructive to school property

Possible consequences include:

  • Administrative investigation with submission of incident report to District Office
  • Suspension
  • Alternative Education Program placement
  • Referral to a substance abuse program
  • Police contact with possible arrest
  • Expulsion referral

Definitions

Suspension: An exclusion of a student from school and / or denial of educational services to which the student would otherwise be entitled, for a period not to exceed ten (10) school days. The student shall not be able to participate in other school related activities including extra-curricular activities on such days.

Expulsion: An exclusion of a student from school and/or denial of educational services, to which the student would otherwise be entitled, for a period of more than ten (10) school days but not to exceed  two school years. The student shall not be able to participate in other school related activities including extra-curricular activities on such days.

Each incident which takes place (battery, firearms, drugs) will be reported to the Student Incident Reporting System (SIRS).