Student Discipline Plan
STUDENT DISCIPLINE PLAN (Rev. 2014)
As a middle school that espouses to implement the middle school philosophy, it is especially important for students and teachers to feel as if they belong to a special group of people who respect and will support each other throughout the school day. As such, the team of teachers belonging to a particular team is the front-line authority in the scope of discipline. The expectations of teachers should reflect the needs of middle school students whose sense of self and others are constantly changing. Middle school students want to be treated as adults but often times lack the level of maturity, social skills, and physical attributes to act appropriately. Based on Chapter 19 , the following offenses are not allowed on campus:
Class A Offenses (Arrestable)
Assault, Burglary, Dangerous Instrument or Substance, Dangerous Weapon, Drug Paraphernalia, Extortion, Fighting, Firearm, Intoxicating Substance Use, Property Damage (Vandalism), Robbery, Sexual Offense (Sexual Assault), Terroristic Threatening.
Class B Offenses (Arrestable)
Bullying, Cyberbullying, Disorderly Conduct, Forgery, Gambling, Harassment, Hazing, Inappropriate or Questionable Uses, or both, of Internet Materials and Equipment, Theft, Trespass
Class C Offenses
Abusive Language, Class Cutting, Insubordination, Laser Pen/Pointer, Leaving Campus Without Consent, Smoking (Use of Tobacco), Truancy
Chapter 19 states that “class cutting” and “truancy” as class C offenses. Chapter 19 further defines “class cutting” as having an unauthorized absence from class and “truancy” as being absent from class(es) OR the school campus AND without authority from principal or designee.
Class D Offenses
Contraband, Low Intensity Problem Behaviors, Minor Problem Behaviors
Contraband, include, but are not limited to: tobacco products, bandanas, caps, hats, visors, laser pointers, dark glasses, dice, glitter, lighters, matches, shaving cream, playing cards, peanut butter/frosting used inappropriately, permanent markers, water balloons, water pistols, handcuffs, spray bottles, spray cans, aerosol cans, CD players, handheld electronic games, electronic music players, earbuds, phones, and any other item(s) that may be considered dangerous or disruptive to the learning environment shall be considered contraband. Cell phones must remain off and out of sight during school hours. Cell phones used inappropriately will be considered contraband will be confiscated and turned into the front office. Confiscated cell phones can only be claimed by the student’s parent/guardian. Any student who fails to surrender the contraband item(s) may be cited for insubordination.
Clarification of Class D – Criteria to identify Low Intensity Problem Behaviors
Demonstrated with Low Frequency
Does not lead to serious harm
Clarification of Class D – Minor Problem Behaviors:
Defiance/Disrespect/Noncompliance Physical Contact
Disruption Property Misuse
Dress Code Violation Tardy
Other School Rules (Dole School Initiated): Rough playing, spitting, gum chewing, climbing buildings, going into off-limit areas, climbing trees, refusal to do cafeteria duty, instigation or participation in a food fight, inappropriate personal displays of affection, or any other behavior(s) which may be considered harmful, destructive, and/or appropriate.
Consequences of any chapter 19 violations (of class A, B, C and D) may include (rev. January 2013): 1) Correction and Conference with student, 2) Detention, 3) Crisis Removal, 4) Individualized Instruction Related to Student’s Problem Behaviors, 5) In-School Suspension, 6) Interim Alternative Educational Setting, 7) Loss of Privileges, 8) Parent Conferences, 9) Time in Office, 10) Suspension of 1 to 10 school days, 11) Suspension of 11 or more school days, 12) Saturday School, 13) Disciplinary Transfer, 14) Referral to Alternative Education Programs, 15) Dismissal or 16) Restitution.
Interventions to teach students appropriate behaviors must be initiated when disciplinary actions are imposed. Per Chapter 19 the five factors (rev. January 2013) “in determining disciplinary actions, the principal or designee shall consider:
- the intention of the offender,
- the nature and severity of the offense,
- the impact of the offense on others including whether the action was committed by an individual or group of individuals such as a gang,
- the age of the offender, and
- if the offender was a repeat offender.”
Disciplinary actions are not pre-determined and must be based on the five factors (see above) and “are customized for individual students based on the particular incident and on need and developmental appropriateness.” Students shall be counseled in addition to any disciplinary action taken.