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R 2610 Student Discipline

The Student Code of Conduct is designed to foster student responsibility, respect for others, and to provide for the orderly operation of district schools. No code can be expected to list each and every offense that may result in disciplinary action; however, it is the purpose of this code to list certain offenses which, if committed by a student, will result in the imposition of a certain disciplinary action. The more serious the offense, or the more frequent the misbehavior, the more severe the consequence. Any conduct not included herein, any aggravated circumstance of any offense, or any action involving a combination of offenses may result in disciplinary consequences that extend beyond this code of conduct as determined by the principal, superintendent and/or Board of Education.  The principal, superintendent, and/or board of education reserves the right to punish behavior that adversely affects the school even though it may not be specified in the following written rules. In extraordinary circumstances where the minimum consequence is judged by the superintendent or designee to be manifestly unfair or not in the interest of the district, the superintendent or designee may reduce the consequences listed in this policy, as allowed by law. This code includes, but is not necessarily limited to, acts of students on district property, including playgrounds, parking lots and district transportation, or at a district activity, whether on or off district property. The district may also discipline students for off-campus conduct that negatively impacts the educational environment, to the extent allowed by law.

Refusal of corporal punishment will result in out-of school suspension for the remainder of the day and one additional day.  If other punishments are refused, upon the return from suspension, the student will still serve all detentions, ISS days, etc. Consequences will be the same for handicapped students unless otherwise stated in the IEP.

Levels of Discipline

  1. Verbal reprimand or warning – The principal will send a letter home to the parent/guardian concerning the problem and will warn the student that a future act will result in more severe punishment.
  2. Loss of privileges – The school administrator may notify the parent/guardian of privilege suspension. These privileges include eating in the cafeteria, parking on district property, participation in extracurricular activities, bus transportation and use of district technology.
  3. Conference – A conference will be held with the student, teacher, administrator and other appropriate staff members to develop a plan for improving behavior. The parent/guardian may be contacted.
  4. Parent/guardian involvement – The parent/guardian will be informed of the problem area. A conference with the student, parent/guardian and appropriate staff members may be scheduled.
  5. Corporal punishment – A certified teacher will witness each time corporal punishment is administered, in accordance with policy JGA. Parents/Guardians will not witness corporal punishment. Refusal of corporal punishment will result in out-of-school suspension for the remainder of the day and additional days. Subsequent refusals will result in progressive suspension days.  See policy JGA
  6. Alternative discipline – Extra assignments or other appropriate school work will be given by a teacher.
  7. In-school suspension (ISS) – Students will promptly and directly report to the assigned area each day of in-school suspension. Being late may result in additional ISS days. Students must complete assignments sent to the ISS room by the regular teachers, to the satisfaction of the teacher in charge. All students will need to have textbooks, paper and pencils ready each day. Students will not be allowed to leave the ISS room to gather materials. If a student breaks ISS rules, additional assignments may be given by the teacher in charge or the student may be sent to the principal. Refusal of ISS will result in out-of-school suspension and upon return the student will serve the original ISS.
  8. Short out-of-school suspension – The student will be excluded from regular classroom participation and school-related activities for a period of up to three (3) school days. Parents/Guardians will be notified and a conference with administration, parents/guardians and the student may be conducted. See policy JGD
  9. Long out-of-school suspension – The student will be excluded from regular classroom participation and school-related activities for a period of four (4) to ten (10) school days. Parents/guardians will be notified and a conference with administration, parents/guardians and the student will be conducted. Suspension exceeding ten (10) days will be determined by the superintendent. Suspension exceeding 180 days will be determined by the Board of Education. See policy JGD
  10. Expulsion – The principal, through the superintendent, may recommend that a student be expelled. The student is suspended pending a hearing and/or action by the Board of Education. Through this action, the student is excluded from school and all activities for the remainder of the current semester. The student and parent/guardian are notified of changes by telephone and certified letter.  See policy JGD

If other punishments are refused, upon the return from suspension, the student will still serve all detentions, ISS days, etc.

Reporting to Law Enforcement

It is the policy of the Ripley County R-IV School District to report all crimes occurring on district property to law enforcement, including, but not limited to, the crimes the district is required to report in accordance with law. A list of crimes the district is required to report is included in policy JGF.

The principal shall also notify the appropriate law enforcement agency and superintendent if a student is discovered to possess a controlled substance or weapon in violation of the district's policy.

In addition, the superintendent shall notify the appropriate division of the juvenile or family court upon suspension for more than ten (10) days or expulsion of any student who the district is aware is under the jurisdiction of the court.

Documentation in Student's Discipline Record

The principal, designee or other administrators or school staff will maintain all discipline records as deemed necessary for the orderly operation of the schools and in accordance with law and policy JGF.

Conditions of Suspension, Expulsion and Other Disciplinary Consequences

All students who are suspended or expelled, regardless of the reason, are prohibited from participating in or attending any district-sponsored activity, or being on or near district property or the location of any district activity for any reason, unless permission is granted by the superintendent or designee. In addition, the district may prohibit students from participating in activities or restrict a student's access to district property as a disciplinary consequence even if a student is not suspended or expelled from school, if appropriate.

In accordance with law, any student who is suspended for any offenses listed in § 160.261, RSMo., or any act of violence or drug-related activity defined by policy JGF as a serious violation of school discipline shall not be allowed to be within 1,000 feet of any district property or any activity of the district, regardless of whether the activity takes place on district property, unless one (1) of the following conditions exist:

  1. The student is under the direct supervision of the student's parent, legal guardian, custodian or another adult designated in advance, in writing, to the student's principal by the student's parent, legal guardian or custodian, and the superintendent or designee has authorized the student to be on district property.
  2. The student is enrolled in and attending an alternative school that is located within 1,000 feet of a public school in the district.
  3. The student resides within 1,000 feet of a public school in the district and is on the property of his or her residence.

If a student violates the prohibitions in this section, he or she may be suspended or expelled in accordance with the offense, "Failure to Meet Conditions of Suspension, Expulsion or Other Disciplinary Consequences," listed below.

Prohibited Conduct

The following are descriptions of prohibited conduct as well as potential consequences for violations. Building-level administrators are authorized to more narrowly tailor potential consequences as appropriate for the age level of students in the building. All consequences must be within the ranges established in this regulation. In addition to the consequences specified here, school officials will notify law enforcement and document violations in the student's discipline file pursuant to law and Board policy.

Offenses

Academic Dishonesty

Cheating on tests, assignments, projects or similar activities; plagiarism; claiming credit for another person's work; fabrication of facts, sources or other supporting material; unauthorized collaboration; facilitating academic dishonesty; and other misconduct related to academics.

First Offense: In-school suspension, corporal punishment and no credit for the work.

Second Offense: In-school suspension, corporal punishment and no credit for the work.

Third Offense: Out-of-school suspension, corporal punishment and no credit for work.

Arson

Starting or attempting to start a fire, or causing or attempting to cause an explosion.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-School suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion; notification of law enforcement officials. Restitution, if appropriate.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion. Restitution, if appropriate. 

Assault

  1. Hitting, striking and/or attempting to cause injury to another person; placing a person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury; physically injuring another person.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

  1. Attempting to kill or cause serious physical injury to another; killing or causing serious physical injury to another.

First Offense: 1 – 180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Subsequent Offense: 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Bullying and Cyberbullying (see Board policy JFCF)

Intimidation or harassment of a student or multiple students perpetuated by individuals or groups. Bullying includes, but is not limited to: physical actions, including violence, gestures, theft, or damaging property; oral or written taunts, including name-calling, put-downs, extortion, or threats; threats of retaliation for reporting such acts; sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices; sending or posting materials that threaten or raise concerns about violence against others, suicide or self-harm. Students will not be disciplined for speech in situations where the speech is protected by law.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Bus or Transportation Misconduct (see Board policy JFCC)

Any offense committed by a student on transportation provided by or through the district shall be punished in the same manner as if the offense had been committed at the student's assigned school. In addition, transportation privileges will be suspended or revoked according to the following chart.

First Offense: Verbal warning and special assignment of seats.

Second Offense: Suspension from riding the bus 1-10 days.

Third Offense: Suspension from riding the bus 1-30 days.

Fourth Offense: Suspension from riding the bus for remainder of year or 1-180 days.

Destruction of Property

First Offense: Repair or pay for destroyed or damaged property and/or in-school suspension, corporal punishment.

Second Offense: Repair or pay for destroyed or damaged property and/or in-school suspension, corporal punishment.

Third Offense: Repair or pay for destroyed or damaged property and/or in-school suspension, corporal punishment.

Dishonesty

Any act of lying, whether verbal or written, including forgery.

First Offense: Nullification of forged document. Principal/Student conference, corporal punishment, or in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Nullification of forged document. Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Disrespectful, Disruptive or Disorderly Conduct or Speech (see Board policy AC if illegal harassment or discrimination is involved)

Verbal, written, pictorial or symbolic language or gesture that is directed at any person that is in violation of district policy or is otherwise rude, vulgar, defiant, considered inappropriate in educational settings or that materially and substantially disrupts classroom work, school activities or school functions. Students will not be disciplined for speech in situations where it is protected by law.

First Offense: Violators of this policy will receive counseling with administrator and/or counselor based on the severity of offense, in addition too may receive corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

Second Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: In-school suspension or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Dress Code Violation

Any violation of the student dress code described in the handbook. If the student cannot provide appropriate clothing to change into, clothing will be provided by the school.

First Offense: Clothing change required

Second Offense: Clothing change required and 1 day in-school suspension.

Third Offense: Clothing change required and 2 days in-school suspension.

Fourth Offense: Clothing change required, 3 days in-school suspension, and parent/guardian conference.

Drugs/Alcohol (see Board policies JFCH and JHCD)

1. Possession, sale, purchase or distribution of any over-the-counter drug, herbal preparation or imitation drug or herbal preparation.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

2. Possession of or attendance while under the influence of or soon after consuming any unauthorized prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic substance, unauthorized inhalants, counterfeit drugs, imitation controlled substances or drug-related paraphernalia, including controlled substances and illegal drugs defined as substances identified under schedules I, II, III, IV or V in section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act.

First Offense: Police/juvenile and parent/guardian contact; 10-day suspension; conference with student, parent/guardian, principal and superintendent before returning to school; permanent suspension from all sports and activities for remainder of school year.

Subsequent Offense: Police/juvenile and parent/guardian contact; 30-day suspension; student and parent/guardian must appear before the Board of Education to be reinstated. If parents or student refuse to do so, the administration will recommend suspension for the remainder of the school year.

3. Sale, purchase or distribution of any prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic substance, unauthorized inhalants, counterfeit drugs, imitation controlled substances or drug-related paraphernalia, including controlled substances and illegal drugs defined as substances identified under schedules I, II, III, IV or V in section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act.

First Offense: Police/juvenile and parent/guardian contact; 10-day suspension; conference with student, parent/guardian, principal and superintendent before returning to school; permanent suspension from all sports and activities for remainder of school year.

Subsequent Offense: Police/juvenile and parent/guardian contact; 30-day suspension; student and parent/guardian must appear before the Board of Education to be reinstated. If parents or student refuse to do so, the administration will recommend suspension for the remainder of the school year.

Extortion

Threatening or intimidating any person for the purpose of obtaining money or anything of value.

First Offense: Receive counseling with administration based on severity of offense, and in addition may receive corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Extracurricular Activities (misconduct)

First Offense: Removal by principal or school official (1-5 game suspension) or ejection by referee/umpire (1-10 game suspension).

Subsequent Offense: Suspended from all extracurricular activities for remainder of year.

Failure to Meet Conditions of Suspension, Expulsion or Other Disciplinary Consequences

Violating the conditions of a suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary consequence including, but not limited to, participating in or attending any district-sponsored activity or being on or near district property or the location where a district activity is held. See the section of this regulation titled, "Conditions of Suspension, Expulsion and Other Disciplinary Consequences."

As required by law, when the district considers suspending a student for an additional period of time or expelling a student for being on or within 1,000 feet of district property during a suspension, consideration shall be given to whether the student poses a threat to the safety of any child or school employee and whether the student's presence is disruptive to the educational process or undermines the effectiveness of the district's discipline policy.

First Offense: Verbal warning, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion. Report to law enforcement for trespassing if expelled.

Subsequent Offense: Verbal warning, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion. Report to law enforcement for trespassing if expelled.

Failure to Work in Class 

Sitting idly, sleeping, or otherwise failing to participate in class.

First Offense: Verbal reprimand, corporal punishment, or alternative discipline.

Second Offense: Corporal punishment, alternative discipline, or 1 day in-school suspension.

Third Offense: Corporal punishment, alternative discipline, or 2 days in-school suspension.

Fourth Offense: 3 days in-school-suspension.

Fifth Offense: 4-10 days in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

False Alarms (see also "Threats or Verbal Assault") 

Tampering with emergency equipment, setting off false alarms, making false reports; communicating a threat or false report for the purpose of frightening or disturbing people, disrupting the educational environment or causing the evacuation or closure of district property.

First Offense: Restitution. In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Subsequent Offense: Restitution. In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Fighting (see also, "Assault") 

Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the conflict either verbally or by physical action.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension; possible notification of law enforcement.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension; possible notification of law enforcement.

Gangs/ Secret Organizations Offenses

Any student wearing, carrying or displaying gang paraphernalia; exhibiting behavior or gestures which symbolize gang membership; or causing and/or participating in activities which intimidate or affect the attendance of another student.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 out of school suspension, or expulsion.

Subsequent Offense: 1-180 out of school suspension, or expulsion.

Gambling 

Betting on an uncertain outcome, regardless of stakes; engaging in any game of chance or activity in which something of real or symbolic value may be won or lost. Gambling includes, but is not limited to, betting on outcomes of activities, assignments, contests and games.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, loss of privileges, or in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Principal/Student conference, loss of privileges, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

Graffiti

A drawing/inscription/etching made on a wall, body or other surface. Graffiti that is vulgar or abusive in nature will be subject to “disrespectful, disruptive or disorderly conduct or speech” punishment as well. The student will report to the principal before or after-school to perform repair/cleaning duty.

First Offense: Repair/clean graffiti, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension.

Second Offense: Repair/clean graffiti, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, corporal punishment.

Third Offense: Repair/clean graffiti, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, corporal punishment.

Fourth Offense: Repair/clean graffiti, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, corporal punishment.

Harassment, including Sexual Harassment (see Board policy AC)

1. Use of material of a sexual nature or unwelcome verbal, written or symbolic language based on gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Examples of illegal harassment include, but are not limited to, racial jokes or comments; requests for sexual favors and other unwelcome sexual advances; graffiti; name calling; or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts based on a protected characteristic.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

2. Unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature or that is based on gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Examples include, but are not limited to, touching or fondling of the genital areas, breasts or undergarments, regardless of whether the touching occurred through or under clothing; or pushing or fighting based on protected characteristics.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Hazing (see Board policy JFCF)

Any activity that a reasonable person believes would negatively impact the mental or physical health or safety of a student or put the student in a ridiculous, humiliating, stressful or disconcerting position for the purposes of initiation, affiliation, admission, membership or maintenance of membership in any group, class, organization, club or athletic team including, but not limited to, a grade level, student organization or district-sponsored activity. Hazing may occur even when all students involved are willing participants.

First Offense: Counseling with administrator, corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Incendiary Devices or Fireworks

Possessing, displaying or using matches, lighters or other devices used to start fires unless required as part of an educational exercise and supervised by district staff; possessing or using fireworks.

First Offense: Confiscation, warning, principal/student conference, corporal punishment or in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Confiscation, principal/student conference, corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

Indecent Exposure 

Includes display of breasts, buttocks and genitals in a public location

First Offense: Parents will be informed by phone, letter or visit, and in-school suspension, corporal punishment, out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: Corporal punishment, 1 – 180 days of out-of-school suspension.

Language (vulgar and abusive language)

First – Third Offenses: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension.

Fourth Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Nuisance Items

Possession or use of toys, games, MP3 players and other electronic devices (other than mobile phones) that are not authorized for educational purposes.

First Offense: Confiscation. Warning, corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Confiscation.  Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

Public Display of Affection

Physical contact that is inappropriate for the school setting including, but not limited to, kissing and groping.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, corporal punishment, in-school suspension.

Second Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension.

Third Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension.

Fourth Offense: Corporal punishment, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Sexting and/or Possession of Sexually Explicit, Vulgar or Violent Material

Students may not possess or display, electronically or otherwise, sexually explicit, vulgar or violent material including, but not limited to, pornography or depictions of nudity, violence or explicit death or injury. This prohibition does not apply to curricular material that has been approved by district staff for its educational value. Students will not be disciplined for speech in situations where it is protected by law.

First Offense: Confiscation. Principal/Student conference, corporal punishment, out-of-school suspension or in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Confiscation. Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Sexual Activity

Acts of sex or simulated acts of sex including, but not limited to, intercourse or oral or manual stimulation.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Tardiness (see Board policy JED and procedures JED-AP1 and JED-AP2)

Tardies that are acquired after the start of the school day. Offenses listed below are per quarter.

First Offense (third unexcused): 1 day in-school suspension.

Second Offense (fourth unexcused): 1 day in-school suspension.

Third Offense (fifth unexcused): 1 day in-school suspension.

Fourth Offense (sixth unexcused): 1 day in-school suspension.

Fifth Offense (seventh unexcused): 1 day in-school suspension.

Technology Misconduct (see Board policies EHB and KKB and procedure EHB-AP)

  1. Attempting, regardless of success, to: gain unauthorized access to a technology system or information; use district technology to connect to other systems in evasion of the physical limitations of the remote system; copy district files without authorization; interfere with the ability of others to utilize district technology; secure a higher level of privilege without authorization; introduce computer viruses, hacking tools, or other disruptive/destructive programs onto or using district technology; or evade or disable a filtering/blocking device.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, suspension of user privileges up to complete removal of user privileges.

Second Offense 2 weeks removal of user privileges up to complete removal of user privileges.

Third Offense: Semester removal of user privileges up to complete removal of user privileges.

Fourth Offense: Complete removal of user privileges.

2. Possession of (turned off) pagers, phones, personal digital assistants, personal laptops or any   other electronic communication devices during the regular school day, including instructional class time, class change time, breakfast or lunch.

First Offense: Confiscation.

Second Offense: Confiscation and corporal punishment or in-school suspension.

Third Offense: Confiscation and parent must pick up device, plus corporal punishment or in-school suspension. 

Fourth Offense: Confiscation and parent must pick up device, plus corporal punishment or in-school suspension.

3. Use of, personal digital assistants, personal laptops or any other electronic communication devices during the regular school day, including instructional class time, class change time, breakfast or lunch.

First Offense: Confiscation, in-school suspension, and parent must pick up device.

Second Offense: Confiscation, out-of-school suspension, and parent must pick up device.

Third Offense: Confiscation, out-of-school suspension, and parent must pick up device.

4. Using electronic device as an instrument of disorderly conduct during the regular school day, including instructional class time, class change time, breakfast or lunch.

First Offense: Confiscation, 3 days out-of-school suspension, and/or notification of law enforcement.

Second Offense: Confiscation, 5 days out-of-school suspension, and/or notification of law enforcement.

Third Offense: Confiscation, 10 days out-of-school suspension, and/or notification of law enforcement.

5. Violations of Board policy EHB and procedure EHB-AP other than those listed in (1) or (2) above.

First Offense: Restitution. Principal/Student conference, corporal punishment, or in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Restitution. Loss of user privileges, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

6. Use of audio or visual recording equipment in violation of Board policy KKB.

First Offense: Confiscation. Principal/Student conference, corporal punishment, or in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Confiscation. Principal/student conference, corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

Theft

Theft, attempted theft or knowing possession of stolen property.

First Offense: Return of or restitution for property. Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Return of or restitution for property. Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Threats or Verbal Assault

Verbal, written, pictorial or symbolic language or gestures that create a reasonable fear of physical injury or property damage.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Tobacco

Possession or use of any tobacco products on district property, district transportation or at any district activity.

First – Third Offense: Confiscation of tobacco product and corporal punishment or in-school suspension.

Fourth Offense: Confiscation of tobacco product and out of school suspension, corporal punishment, or in-school suspension.

Truancy - On campus (see Board policy JED and procedures JED-AP1 and JED-AP2)

Absence from class without the knowledge and consent of parents/guardians and the school administration while remaining on school grounds.

First Offense: In-school suspension.

Second Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension and notification of parent/guardian.

Third Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension and notification of parent/guardian.

Truancy - Off campus (see Board policy JED and procedures JED-AP1 and JED-AP2)

Absence from school without the knowledge and consent of parents/guardians and the school administration; excessive non-justifiable absences, even with the consent of parents/guardians.

First Offense: Parent will be informed by phone, letter, or visit and a conference will be held with the student. On first offense parents may be asked to be present at conference with the student. Corporal punishment may be administered.

Second Offense: In-school suspension for three (3) days will occur. The parent will be notified by letter of the action taken. A truant office may be notified.

Third Offense: Student will be suspended from school. The parent will be notified by letter of the action taken. One or both parents will be required to bring the student to school before he/she is permitted to re-enter. The suspension will be no longer than 10 school days (2 weeks).

Unauthorized Entry

Entering or assisting any other person to enter a district facility, office, locker, or other area that is locked or not open to the general public; entering or assisting any other person to enter a district facility through an unauthorized entrance; assisting unauthorized persons to enter a district facility through any entrance.

First Offense: Principal/Student conference, corporal punishment, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Vandalism (see Board policy ECA)

Willful damage or the attempt to cause damage to real or personal property belonging to the district, staff or students.

First Offense: Restitution and/or corporal punishment, in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offense: Restitution, corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Weapons (see Board policy JFCJ)

1. Possession or use of any weapon as defined in Board policy, other than those defined in 18 U.S.C. §   921, 18    U.S.C. § 930(g)(2) or § 571.010, RSMo.

First Offense: Corporal punishment, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Subsequent Offense: 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

2. Possession or use of a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921 or any instrument or device defined in § 571.010, RSMo., or any instrument or device defined as a dangerous weapon in 18 U.S.C. § 930(g)(2).

First Offense: 1 calendar year suspension or expulsion, unless modified by the Board upon recommendation by the superintendent.

Subsequent Offense: Expulsion.

3. Possession or use of ammunition or a component of a weapon.

First Offense: In-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.

Subsequent Offense: 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

Behavioral Expectations - All students attending school in District schools will be expected to accept the obligation and responsibility to attend school on a regular basis and to comply with the District’s discipline code. Those students who choose not to fulfill their responsibilities at school will be held accountable for their conduct. Consequences for individual acts of misconduct are calculated to punish the student; to deter future misconduct; and to provide a safe and positive environment in which students can maximize their learning potential.

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Last Updated: August 2016