While most students consistently observe these standards and behave safely and appropriately, there are times when misbehavior requires intervention and consequences. Teachers and other staff use a variety of classroom and behavior management strategies to address such behavior. When these strategies are not successful in changing that behavior and/or serious incidents occur, it is necessary for additional action to be taken. The following pages outline those disciplinary actions.

Please Note: Careful consideration is given to individual situations, so that the school’s response to the student is appropriate. Consequences may be increased in cases of repeat offenses. Suspensions will be considered when behavior is disruptive and detrimental to the operation of the school.

Description of Expectations:

Students are expected to listen and follow all teacher directions.

Possible consequences: Removal from situation, staff/student conference, referral to the administration, parent/guardian notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension

Students are to walk quietly in an orderly fashion through the halls at all times. This quiet will be respected during the instructional school day and with consideration for others who are working.

Possible consequences: Staff/student conference, removal from situation, referral to the administration, parent/guardian notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension

Students are expected to respect the rights of others and act responsibly in restrooms. Any misuse of towels, toilet paper, soap, defacing of restroom facilities, constitutes destruction of property.

Possible consequences: Staff/student conference, referral to the administration, fines for damages, loss of recess privileges, parent/guardian contact, parent/guardian meeting, in-school suspension, suspension

The lunchroom should be a safe, comfortable, inviting, and clean environment where all interactions between students and adults are respectful. Students are expected to follow directions the first time they are given. They must keep voices low while enjoying their lunch, stay seated unless given permission to move by an adult, keep their eating space clean, and practice good manners. For health reasons, children are not allowed to share food of any kind with others.

Possible Consequences: Verbal warning, move to an assigned seat, exclusion from the lunchroom; suspension

The playground should be a safe, pleasant, friendly environment where all interactions between students and adults are respectful. Students are expected to follow directions the first time they are given. They must walk in an orderly fashion to the playground, use the equipment responsibly, show respect for others by using appropriate language and leave the playground only when permission is given by an adult in charge.

Possible Consequences: Verbal warning, recess privileges contained to an assigned area, staff/student conference, removal from situation, referral to the administration, parent/guardian notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension

The same standards of behavior that apply at school also pertain at the bus stop or while boarding, riding and unloading school busses. Students must respect the rights of others and must not pose a threat to anyone’s safety. Students must not distract the bus driver.

Possible Consequences: Staff/student conference, referral to the administration, loss of recess privileges, parent notification, parent/guardian meeting, assigned bus seat, loss of bus privileges, in-school suspension, and suspension

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and responsible manner during school sponsored activities, programs and field trips. Behavioral expectations are consistent with school policies.

Possible Consequences: Staff/student conference, removal from activity, referral to the administration, parent/guardian notification, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, exclusion from future activities, suspension

Students must be on time for school and in their classrooms by 8:50 a.m.; missing the bus and oversleeping are not excused reasons for being late to school. Students are to remain on school grounds in their scheduled classroom locations unless written permission for early dismissal has been provided to the school by a parent/guardian.

Possible Consequences: Parent/guardian notification, referral to the administration after three unexcused tarries within a marking period, verbal notification, written parent notification, parent/guardian conference at school, in-school suspension, referral to pupil personnel worker, referral to law enforcement

School personnel may advise students about appropriate dress, footwear, and grooming for school, but they may not discipline students for their style of dress or grooming unless it:

  • Is likely to cause or causes a disruption to school activities or the educational environment.
  • Endangers health and safety, (long ear rings, high heals, etc.…)
  • Fails to meet a reasonable requirement of a course or activity, e.g., physical education class, specific field trips or day trips.
  • Is lewd, vulgar, obscene, or revealing.
  • Promotes the use of drugs, tobacco, intoxicants or inhalants.

Possible Consequences:

Staff/student conference, parent notification, referral to the administration, change of clothes, loss of recess privileges, parent notification, parent/guardian meeting, in-school suspension, suspension

This includes: play fighting, pushing, wrestling, hitting, punching, shoving, kicking, slapping, spitting or throwing harmful objects, etc. involving two or more people. It is any form of physical confrontation.

Possible Consequences:

Staff/student conference, removal from situation, referral to the administration, parent/guardian notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension

This is defined as using the work of others as your own.

Possible Consequence:

Staff/student conference, no credit for the work, referral to the administration, parent/guardian notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension

This is the possession of firecrackers, matches, lighters, or any other object which has potential to start a fire.

Possible Consequences:

Staff/student conference, confiscation of item, referral to the fire marshal or law enforcement, parent notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension, recommendation for expulsion

This includes any aggressive physical battery on staff member or person. This includes any physical contact (hitting, touching angrily, pushing, shoving, kicking, biting, etc.,) in an aggressive manner with the intent to do harm.

Possible Consequences:

Staff/student conference, referral to the administration, parent notification, parent/guardian meeting, in- school suspension, suspension, referral to law enforcement, recommendation for expulsion.

This includes any overt or implied verbal or physical threat. Examples include, but are not limited to, telling someone that you will hurt them whether in jest or as a serious suggestion, any conversation or discussion where you suggest action that will cause physical harm to someone, suggesting property destruction, and the like.

Possible Consequences:

Staff/student conference, referral to the administration, parent notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension, recommendation for expulsion

This includes name-calling, put downs, making fun of the way someone talks or walks, making fun of someone’s clothing or customs. Non-verbal examples include making faces, drawing inappropriate pictures, poking or pointing, and inappropriate hand gestures.

Possible Consequences:
Staff/student conference, referral to the administration, personal apology to student who was teased– a letter of apology from the teaser must be signed by the teaser’s parent(s) and returned to school the next day, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension

This includes any act or substance used to cause disruption, panic, or an unsafe situation. This also includes deliberately misrepresenting substances as something they are not.

Possible Consequences:
Staff/student conference, referral to the administration, parent notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension, referral to the fire marshal or law enforcement, recommendation for expulsion

This is any act of hate/violence including, but not limited to, verbal abuse, slurs (including ethnic, religious, or gender- based), threats, physical violence or conduct, vandalism or destruction of property directed against any person.

Possible Consequences:

Referral to the administration, parent notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in- school suspension, suspension, referral to law enforcement, recommendation for expulsion

This is the use of profanity, obscene language, or gestures, which are not acceptable in school or on the school grounds. All students and staff are entitled to an environment free from profane, hateful, racist, prejudice or obscenity.

Possible Consequences:
Staff/student conference, referral to the administration, parent notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension

Beepers, electronic paging devices, and cellular phones or personal radio devices are not allowed. Laser pointers and other disruptive devices will be confiscated

Possible Consequences:
Staff/student conference, confiscation of device for parent to pick up, parent notification, parent/guardian meeting, loss of recess privileges, in-school suspension, suspension