Prohibited Student Conduct

The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, district personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of school facilities and equipment. The best discipline is self-imposed, and students must learn to assume and accept responsibility for their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. District personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students’ ability to grow in self-discipline. The Board recognizes the need to make its expectations for student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school function - specific and clear.

The rules of conduct listed below are intended to promote personal responsibility and focus on safety and respect for the rights and property of others. Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior and who violate these school rules will be required to accept the penalties for their conduct. Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school when they:

Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples include:

  • - Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar, or abusive.

  • -Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community.

  • -Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of the building.

  • -Misusing computer/electronic communications, including any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account, accessing inappropriate websites, or any other violation of the districts acceptable use policy.

    Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples include:

  • -Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators, or other school employees in charge of students or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.

  • - Being late for school, for class, for missing school or leaving school without permission

  • -Skipping detention.
    Engage in conduct that is violent. Examples include:

  • -Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon a teacher, administrator, school employee, student or any person lawfully on school property or attempting to do so.

  • - Possessing, displaying, or threating to use any weapon. Only authorized law enforcement officials are permitted to have a weapon in their possession while on school property or at a school function.

  • -Intentionally damaging or destroying school property or the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson.

    Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health, or welfare of others. Examples include:

  • - Lying to school personnel.

  • - Stealing the property of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.

  • - Engaging in defamation, which includes making false or unprivileged statements or representations about an individual or identifiable group of individuals that harm the reputation of the person or the identifiable

    group by demeaning them.

  • - Engaging in discrimination, which includes the use of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability as a basis for threating another in a negative manner.

  • -Engaging in harassment, which includes a sufficiently severe action or a persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an identifiable individual or group which are intended to be or which reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing or demeaning.

  • -Engaging in intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.

  • -Hazing, which includes any intentional or reckless act directed against another for the purpose of initiation into, affiliating with or maintaining membership in any school sponsored activity, organization, club or team.

  • -Selling, using or possessing obscene material.

  • -Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing, or swearing.

  • - Possessing or smoking cigarettes, cigar, pipe or using chewing or smokeless tobacco.

  • - Deliberately concentrating and/or inhaling aerosols for the purpose of chemical intoxication.

  • -Possessing, consuming, selling, distributing, or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either.

  • -Gambling.

  • -Engaging in indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.

  • -Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.

  • -Engaging in misconduct while on a school bus, including excessive noise, pushing, shoving, and fighting.

  • -Engaging in any form of academic misconduct. Examples of academic misconduct include but not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, copying, altering records, and/or assisting others to do so.

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