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  • How are children supposed to know what is acceptable if adults are not leading by example, sometime doing the same things, and not educating and fairly holding people accountable for infractions? Cell phone use by students is the probably the best example. Still waiting on the 2013-2014 handbook to be posted.
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  • Fair treatment is not given to all. Not when certain teachers and administrators select or profile certain kids to watch and wait to punish. I am finishing up compiling detailed information on examples of how a blind eye is turned to some groups but not others. I am done trying to deal with the high school so the media outlets will get the information and testimony directly. The latest incident has to do with a teacher overhearing a private conversation and did not like the wording. It was nothing hateful or vulgar but someone can't go the prom and miss school. Some can say ni***r in front of teachers and administrators (twice recorded on a cell phone which was seen and ignored by teachers but allowed for some) and nothing happens but others are held to last year's handbook. The favoritism and making examples of select few need to stop and everyone need to be held to 1 standard. There are many other examples but they will come out later.
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  • 1. 1 SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT 2012-2013
  • 2. 2 CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL It is the opinion of the board that acceptable student behavior, including the following criteria, is to be expected from all students. Respect to peers, faculty and staff exhibited through actions and speech Pride in personal and school property exhibited by taking care of the physical building and respecting the property rights of others Desire and effort toward educational achievement are to be priorities as exhibited by following teacher/staff direction; reporting to class promptly and consistently; and being prepared to work without interfering with instruction Obedience to all laws, discipline code, rules and community norms
  • 3. 3 The board believes that all students should receive fair and consistent discipline when school rules are violated. Therefore, this definitive code on student discipline was developed with the assistance of parents/legal guardians, students and administrators from Sumter School District.
  • 4. 4 Category I Offenses Aggravated assault Alcohol/liquor law violation Arson Bomb threat Bribery Burglary Computer violation Contraband Contract violation Disturbing school Drug distribution Drug possession Drug violation Embezzlement Extortion Fire alarm Fireworks Forced sexual offense Fraud Gang activity Harassment Homicide Indecent exposure Intimidation Kidnap/abduction Non-forcible sexual offense Other offense
  • 5. 5 Category I Offenses Pornography Probation violation Prostitution Robbery Sexual harassment Simple assault Threat Vehicle theft Weapons Category I Actions – Grades Pre-K - 12 Referral to the hearing officer Suspension until the hearing before the hearing officer (which is usually scheduled within 10 school days and no more than 5 school days after parent/legal guardian notification See administrative actions addendum Students with identified disabilities— notify school psychologist; see discipline for students with identified disabilities addendum
  • 6. 6 Category II Offenses Bite/pinch/spit Bullying* Computer violation Contraband Cyberbullying* Driving violation Fighting* Fireworks Forgery Gang activity* Hit/kick/push Inappropriate physical contact Larceny/theft Leaving school Loitering Obscene gesture Other offenses Possession, sale, distribution or electronic transmissions of obscene writings, drawings, photographs or videos—all media (e.g. CD/DVD, cell phones or external USB drives) Profanity Property misuse Refusal to obey Simple assault* Stolen property Threat Vandalism
  • 7. 7 Category II Actions Grades Pre-K - 12 1st offense: 1-5 class days out-of-school suspension and an intervention agreement 2nd offense: 3 - 5 class days out-of-school suspension 3rd offense: 5 - 7 class days out-of-school suspension 4th offense: recommendation for expulsion The following aggressive offenses: *Bullying, Cyberbullying, Fighting, Gang Activity and Simple Assault and any combination of these five offenses MAY result in a Recommendation for Expulsion with the 2nd Offense.
  • 8. 8 Category III Offenses Aiding others Bite/pinch/spit Bus violations Bullying Cheating Confrontation/altercation Contraband Cutting activity Cutting class Cutting school Detention violation Dishonesty Disrupting class Dress code Failure to comply with disciplinary action Forgery Gambling Hit/kick/push Horse play ID violation Inappropriate affection Larceny/theft Leaving class Loitering Major disruption
  • 9. 9 Category III Offenses Obscene gesture Off limits Other offense Parking violation Phone violation Profanity Refusal to obey Running Stolen property Tardy Throwing objects Tobacco Unauthorized device Urination Vandalism
  • 10. 10 Category III Actions Grades 6 - 12 1st and 2nd offenses: in-school suspension and guidance referral 3rd offense: 1 - 3 class days out-of-school suspension and Intervention Agreement 4th offense: 3 - 5 class days out-of-school suspension 5th offense: 5 - 7 class days out-of-school suspension 6th offense: recommendation for expulsion
  • 11. 11 Category IV Offenses Category IV Actions Bus violation Detention violation Excessive noise Failure to complete school work Inappropriate affection Inappropriate language Inappropriate materials Leaving class Littering No form returned Off limits Other offenses Unauthorized device Grades 6 - 12 1st - 3rd offense : administrative detention and third offense guidance referral 4th offense: in-school suspension and Intervention Agreement 5th offense: 1 - 5 class days out-of-school suspension
  • 12. 12 ADMINISTRATIVE actions - Categories I-IV Administrator must do the following:  give rudimentary hearing  oral notice of charges to student  explanation of evidence against student  student given opportunity to tell his/her version
  • 13. 13 ADMINISTRATIVE actions - Categories I-IV  required notification to parent/legal guardians  required payment of damages, if applicable  make referral to guidance counselor or counseling program (required for Category III and Category IV offenses)  consider a possible referral to outside agency  consider a possible referral to law enforcement agency  require the student to make up class work missed while on suspension in accordance with the district's make-up policy  require conference with parent/legal guardian when student's behavior results in suspension  inform the parent/legal guardian that the hearing officer will conduct hearings in accordance with state law and in compliance with board policies (JKE and JKE-R)  investigate alcohol or drug related offenses; see procedures for investigation (JICH and JICH-R); guidelines for drug/alcohol related offenses as provided by the school intervention program
  • 14. 14 TRANSPORTATION The preceding student discipline code applies to student behavior en route from the bus stop to and from the school and back to the bus stop on a bus or other school vehicle. In addition to discipline procedures outlined in the code, principals may add or substitute the following sanctions:  3 class days suspension from buses  5 class days suspension from buses  7 class days suspension from buses  10 class days suspension from buses  recommendation for permanent bus suspension. Parent/Legal guardian notification is required for a bus suspension. Grades 2 - 12 1st offense: warning/parent/legal guardian conference 2nd offense: 3 class days bus suspension 3rd offense: 5 class days bus suspension 4th offense: 7 class days bus suspension 5th offense: 10 class days bus suspension 6th offense: recommendation for permanent bus suspension*
  • 15. 15 TRANSPORTATION *At the end of the first semester, principals may recommend strict probation if the student has been suspended from the bus for more than 45 days. If the student on strict probation receives one referral, the student will receive permanent suspension from the bus for the remainder of the school year.
  • 16. 16 Electronic communication devices The board believes that the possession of electronic devices by students during the school day may have an adverse effect on classroom instruction. Electronic communications devices are defined as a telecommunications device, to include mobile telephones, that emit an audible signal, vibrate, display a message or otherwise summons or deliver a communication to the possessor. Therefore, any student who is in possession of a electronic communications device as outlined in the district’s policy and the guidelines as noted below is subject to discipline as provided under the district’s code of student conduct.
  • 17. 17 GUIDELINES FOR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES OFFENSES Possession of electronic communications devices including beepers, cell phones, digital phones, and laser lights (Category III) (Code 330) 1st Offense: School personnel will confiscate the cell phone and immediately turn it in to an administrator to be kept in a locked, secure place. The phone will be returned to the parent/legal guardian (no exception) pending a parent conference. The conference may be held as soon as the next school day. The student will receive a discipline referral. It will be written on the referral and verbally told to the parent/legal guardian that any cell phone taken a second time will be confiscated and returned one year from the date of confiscation. The discipline for the first offense will be temporary removal from class and/or in-school suspension.
  • 18. 18 GUIDELINES FOR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES OFFENSES 2nd Offense - School personnel will confiscate the cell phone and immediately turn it in to an administrator to be kept in a locked, secure place. The student will receive a discipline referral with a written explanation on the referral and a verbal explanation to the parent/legal guardian reminding him/her that because it is the second offense, the phone will be returned one year from the date of confiscation. The phone will be kept at the school in a secure location by the principal or assistant principal with the student’s name and 2nd offense on a label on the phone. Neither school nor district personnel will be responsible if phone is lost or damaged. The discipline for the second offense will be temporary removal from class and/or in-school suspension.
  • 19. 19 GUIDELINES FOR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES OFFENSES NOTE: If a student’s behavior and actions result in a “refusal to surrender unauthorized items” to any school administrator or staff person, a Category II consequence will apply and be handled accordingly. The consequence will be an out-of- school suspension.
  • 20. 20 Question & Answer ?

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