Blue Flower

Definition of Discipline

“Discipline” is defined as the steps or actions which teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and students follow to enhance student academic and social issues.

 

Classification of Violations

Violations of school rules will be classified as Level One, Level Two, and Level Three infractions.

 

Level One (minor) Classroom Consequences – Incidents that are mostly handled by the teacher and rarely warrant a discipline referral to the office. Any behavior that is low level in its intensity and/or of a non-threatening nature will be considered a level one infraction.

 

Level Two (major) Infractions – Incidents that severely interfere with others’ safety and/or learning, are of a harmful or threatening nature, or warrant administrative intervention will be considered a level two infraction.

 

Level Three (severe) Infractions – Incidents that require immediate response from administration, intervention specialists, teachers and/or community agencies.

 

I. Behavior Plan

Students are entitled to a safe, comfortable environment in which to learn. Students who disrupt the learning atmosphere shall be removed. Teachers are expected to take steps to encourage students to refocus their energy toward appropriate learning activities. If the problem affects the learning opportunities of others, the teacher will refer the student to the principal’s office. The discipline procedure follows

 

Level One – Examples of Classroom Consequences

Examples of Level One Infractions   Examples of Level One Corrective Actions
Unexcused absence   Classroom consequences as determined by the teacher
Unexcused tardy   Behavior contract
Eating and/or drinking in undesignated areas   Parental contact by teacher
Failure to deliver and/or return written communication between home and school   Confiscation of any prohibited item
Failure to be prepared for class (pens, pencils, paper, etc.)   Change of environment (move seat, class, etc.)
Possessing and/or using nuisance items (noise makers, toys, etc.)   Supervised in school service assignment
Refusing to follow classroom rules established by the teacher   Teacher/student conference
Refusing to participate in class (no joining a class activity, not completing assignments, sleeping, etc.)   Withdrawal of privileges  
Making excessive noise in the building, halls, or classroom   Record on infraction sheet
Running in the school building    
Throwing objects    
Out of assigned area    
Dress code violations    
Any act that interferes with orderly classroom procedure or interrupts the learning process    
Any act which the teacher deems inappropriate for the classroom    
Any other misbehavior which is deemed by the teacher/assistant principal to be a level one violation    
  • THREE CLASSROOM CONSEQUENCES IN A SCHOOL WEEK WILL RESULT IN AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION.
  • 3 AFTER SCHOOL DETENTIONS WITHIN A MONTH WILL RESULT IN A 1 DAY OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION.
  • 6 AFTER SCHOOL DETENTIONS WITHIN A MONTH WILL RESULT IN A 3 DAY OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION
  • EVERY 3 SUSPENSIONS RESULTS IN A STRIKE.  A SUSPENSION FOR A FIGHT AUTOMATICALLY RESULTS IN A STRIKE
  • 3 STRIKES RESULT IN AN EXPULSION.
  • ANY HABITUAL, OR CONSISTENT VIOLATION OF THE SCHOOL RULES OVER A PERIOD OF TIME DEEMED TO BE EXTREME BY THE PRINCIPAL, WILL BE GROUNDS FOR EXTENDED DAYS OF SUSPENSION, OR EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL.

 

Level Two –After School Detentions

Examples of Level Two Infractions   Examples of Level Two Corrective Actions
Any repeated level one violations or chronic or repeated instances of misbehavior   After school detention (Mon.-Thurs. 2:50-3:50)
Altering school records or forging another person’s name on school documents   Administrative, teacher, parent conference(s)
Altering or deleting computer files   Removal of privileges
Misuse of school technology including but not limited to, the Internet, the school network, or school-owned equipment or software   Grade penalties
Cheating and/or copying (plagiarism) the work of others from any source (Internet, library resources, other students, etc.)   Involvement of law enforcement
Purchasing, selling, or soliciting for sale any merchandise on the school campus without the authorization of the administration (including using the computer/Internet for buying or selling merchandise)   Restoration or restitution of damages as applicable
Being out of class without a permission and/or a pass    
Exhibiting any type of physical contact that could result in injury    
Engaging in displays of affection    
Lunchroom or restroom misconduct    
Cutting class or other scheduled activities    
Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or damage to property    
Unwanted touching of others    
Verbally or physically taunting other students (threatening/harassment/bullying)    
Repeated or severe dress code violations    
Possession of prohibited electronic devices (cell phones, games, mp3 players, etc.)    
Refusing to comply with the reasonable request of school personnel (insubordination)    
Profanity/cursing    
Being disrespectful toward another student or staff member    
Any other acts which severely interfere with the orderly educational process of the classroom and/or school    
Any other violation which is deemed by the administration to be level two in severity    

 

 

 

Level Three – Office Referral and Suspension

Examples of Level Three Violations   Examples of Level Three Corrective Actions
Any repeated level After School Detentions or chronic or repeated instances of misbehavior   Out of School Suspension (number of day will depend on severity of offense and number of repeated behavior incidents)
Acts of disobedience or disorderly behavior which are detrimental to the school, harmful to health and safety, or inhibit the rights of others   Administrative, psychologist, teacher, parent conference(s) prior to return to school
Possessing any device that has the appearance of a prohibited firearm, knife, club or weapon   Exclusion from extracurricular activities and/or school-related events
Assault   Confiscation of forbidden items
Engaging in any criminal offense   Involvement of law enforcement
Exhibiting any form of physical contact which results in injury   Expulsion
Failure to comply with assigned disciplinary procedures   Restoration or restitution of damages as applicable
Fighting    
Gang-related behavior, activity, or membership    
Giving false or misleading information to a teacher or administrator during a school investigation    
Interfering with school authorities or school operations, programs, or instruction through, sit-ins, boycotts or trespassing    
Possessing a device, object, or substance that could cause harm to property or persons, such as laser pens, pocket knives, fireworks, razors, chains, mace, or other harmful substance    
Possessing or accessing obscene or pornographic material    
Possessions of drug paraphernalia    
Possession, use, or distribution of any substance represented to be a drug or alcohol    
Smoking, using, or possession of tobacco, matches or lighters    
Stealing, burglary, robbery, extortion, gambling, or possession of stolen property    
Threats (oral or written), to do harm to another or the property of another    
Using severely profane, obscene, indecent remarks, or racially or ethically offensive language and/or gestures directed toward others    
Vandalism and/or defacing district or personal property    
Violation of the school’s medication policy- bringing any medicine to school (only guardians are allowed to bring medication to school and directly to the school nurse)    
Any other act that severely disrupts the orderly process of school    
Any other violation which is deemed by the assistant-principal to be level three  in severity    
Being an accomplice to a violation of the law    

*SUSPENSIONS WILL FOLLOW THE STEPLADDER APPROACH, MEANING THE FIRST SUSPENSION WILL BE ONE DAY, THE NEXT 3 DAYS, THE NEXT 5 DAYS, THE NEXT 7 DAYS, THEN 10 DAYS AND A STUDENT WILL BE UP FOR EXPULSION.

 

II. Suspension

A student may be suspended for up to 10 days or expelled for up to 80 days by the director for conduct that is deemed by the director as illegal, dangerous, disruptive or serious in nature. Akros Middle School will follow the suspension and expulsion requirements as stated in OCR 3313.66 OCR 3313.661 and 3313.662.

If a student with special needs is recommended for removal from school for ten or more days, the student’s IEP team will meet to conduct a Manifestation Determination Review. If the team determines that the behavior in question is a manifestation of the student’s disability, then the student may not be permanently removed from school but may be placed in an alternate setting. The director and/or IEP team will take action that is appropriate to the determination.

 

 

III. Due Process

A student must be informed of a suspension and the reason for the suspension. The student must be given the opportunity to respond prior to the suspension. The student may appeal to the board.

If student action is such that he/she is a safety risk, a one-day emergency removal may be necessary. In such a situation, no hearing is required. Parents/guardians will be notified to assist in the removal.

In the case of an expulsion, the student and parent shall receive such notice and the reason as well as the opportunity to appear before the director. The director’s decision may be appealed to the board.

 

 

IV. Bullying/Aggressive Behavior

Akros Middle School is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. We encourage the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community. Aggressive behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

Aggressive behavior is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated often, or serious enough to negatively impact a student’s educational, physical, or emotional well-being. This type of behavior is a form of intimidation and harassment, although it need not be based on any of the legally protected characteristics such as sex, race, color, national origin, marital status or disability. It would include, but not be limited to, such behaviors as stalking, bullying/cyber bullying, intimidating, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hazing. Any student who believes he or she has been, or is the victim of aggressive behavior should immediately report the situation to the principal. The student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator.

 

 

V. Anti-Harassment

General Policy Statement

It is the policy of the board of education to maintain an education and work environment which is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all school district operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment. This policy applies to unlawful conduct occurring on school property, or at another location if such conduct occurs during an activity sponsored by the Board.

The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or any other unlawful basis, and encourages those within the School District community as well as third parties, who feel aggrieved to seek assistance to rectify the problems. The Board will investigate all allegations of harassment and in those cases where unlawful harassment is substantiated; the Board will take immediate steps to end the harassment. Individuals who are found to have engaged in unlawful harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

For purposes of this policy, "School District community" means students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel, including Board members, agents, volunteers, contractors, or other persons subject to the control and supervision of the Board.

For purposes of this policy, "third parties" include, but are not limited to, guests and/or visitors on School District property (e.g., visiting speakers, participants on opposing athletic teams, parents), vendors doing business with, or seeking to do business with, the Board, and other individuals who come in contact with members of the School District community at school-related events/activities (whether on or off School District property).

Other Violations of the Anti-Harassment Policy

The Board will also take immediate steps to impose disciplinary action on individuals engaging in any of the following prohibited acts:

A. Retaliating against a person who has made a report or filed a complaint alleging harassment, or who has participated as a witness in a harassment investigation.

B. Filing a malicious or knowingly false report or complaint of harassment.

C. Disregarding, failing to investigate adequately, or delaying investigation of allegations of harassment, when responsibility for reporting and/or investigating harassment charges comprises part of one's supervisory duties.