Blue Flower

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 – Violations/Corrective Actions

 

Level One Violations

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

Referral to assistant principal for repeated violations

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 violation which is deemed by the teacher/assistant principal to be a level one violation

 

 

·         FIVE LEVEL ONE VIOLATIONS IN A SCHOOL WEEK WILL RESULT IN LEVEL 2 CORRECTIVE ACTIONS!

·         TWO LEVEL TWO VIOLATIONS IN A SCHOOL WEEK WILL RESULT IN LEVEL 3 CORRECTIVE ACTIONS!

·         A TOTAL OF TWENTY VIOLATIONS, REGARDLESS OF LEVEL. WITHIN NINE WEEKS GRADING PERIOD WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATICE 3 DAY SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL.

·         A TOTAL OF 50 VIOLATIONS IN A SCHOOL YEAR MAY RESULT IN EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL.

·         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 – Violations/Corrective Actions

 

Level Two Violations

Level Two Corrective Actions

Any repeated level one violations, or chronic or repeated instances of misbehavior

Principal, assistant principal, counselor, psychologist, teacher, parent conference(s)

Altering school records, or forging another person’s name on school documents

Supervised service assignment

Altering or deleting computer files

Lunch detention

Misuse of school technology, including, but not limited to, the Internet, the school network, or school-owned equipment or software

After school detention (Tues. and Thurs. 3:30-4:00)

Cheating and/or copying (plagiarism), the work of others from any source (Internet, library resources, other students, etc.)

Removal of privileges

Cutting class or other scheduled activities

Grade penalties (i.e. copying, cheating, unexcused absence)

Being out of class without a pass

Out of School Suspension (number of day will depend on severity of offense and number of repeated behavior violations/incidents)

Exhibiting any type of physical contact that could result in injury

Involvement of law enforcement

Engaging in an inappropriate display of affection

Removal from class

Lunchroom or restroom misconduct

Restoration or restitution of damages as applicable

Purchasing, selling, or soliciting for sale any merchandise on the school campus without the authorization of the assistant principal (including using the computer/Internet for buying or selling merchandise)

Other appropriate disciplinary actions at the discretion of the assistant-principal

Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or damage to property

 

Truancy

 

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 assistant-principal to be level two in severity

 

 

 

 

 

Level Three – Violations/Corrective Actions

 

Level Three Violations

Level Three Corrective Actions

Any repeated level two violations, or chronic or repeated instances of misbehavior

Principal, assistant principal, counselor, psychologist, teacher, parent conference(s)

Acts of disobedience or disorderly behavior which are detrimental to the school, harmful to health and safety, or inhibit the rights of others

Confiscation of forbidden items

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

After school detention (Tues. and Thurs. 3:30-4:00)

Engaging in any criminal offense

Out of School Suspension (number of day will depend on severity of offense and number of repeated behavior violations/incidents)

Exhibiting any form of physical contact which results in injury

Involvement of law enforcement

Failure to report immediately to a teacher or administrator the knowledge of an event, device, object, or substance that could cause harm to self or others

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

 

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

 

 

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.

A student must be informed of a suspension and the reason and 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.

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 removed from school. The director and/or IEP team will take action that is appropriate to the determination.

III. 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.

IV. Due Process

A student must be informed of a suspension and the reason and 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.

V. What Should not be Brought to School?

·         Anything to be sold or traded to another student

·         Toys

·         Electronic devices (i.e. pagers, cell phones, handheld games, mp3 players, ipods, etc.).

·         Trading cards

·         Weapons

·         Drugs/alcohol or any substance that looks like drugs or alcohol

·         Money

Such items distract from the learning atmosphere. They may cause arguments theft, and/or fights. Therefore, such items will be confiscated and disposed. Akros Middle School is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

VI. Gangs

Membership or affiliation in gangs is against the philosophy of Akros Middle School. Indication of gang involvement (colors, hats, signs, language, gestures, etc.), is strictly prohibited. Writing gang symbols on any property of Akros Middle School is grounds for discipline and may result in expulsion. Any student who indicates possible gang affiliation will be referred to authorities.

VII. Weapons Prohibited by Adults and Minors

Dangerous weapons are not permitted on school property. Adults licensed to carry concealed weapons are prohibited by law from bringing such weapons onto school property.

VIII. Attendance

The student day is 8:00 A.M. – 2:50 P.M. If students arrive after 8:00 A.M.., or leave before 2:50 P.M., an adult must check them in at the office. Students may not enter the building prior to 7:30 A.M.

·         Breakfast is served from 7:30 until 8:00 A.M.

·         An arrival between 8:00 and 8:30 A.M. will be considered tardy.

·         An arrival between 8:30 A.M. and 12:00 noon will be considered a ½ day absence.

·         Leaving between 9:30 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. will be considered a ½ day absence.

·         Leaving between 1:30 and 2:50 P.M. will be considered an early dismissal

NOTE: The state of Ohio expects student attendance to be at 93%. Parents of students with a rate below 90% will be notified. If the problem continues, appropriate agencies will be notified and the child may be removed from school. According to state law, if a student misses 105 or more consecutive HOURS of learning, he or she will be automatically withdrawn from school.

If a student must be absent, the parent must contact the school before 8:30 A.M. This is consistent with state law regarding missing children. A written note must be sent with the child when he or she returns to school.