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Middle School Policies and Procedures

CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Middle School Policies and Procedures

The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) is committed to providing a safe and orderly setting in which students enjoy a positive academic and social environment. Students who comply with basic discipline guidelines and work diligently on academics will reap a variety of rewards.

Our goal in CUSD is to help each student become a positive and responsible citizen. We know that students will work toward this goal by respecting the rights of others, respecting personal and school property, and by practicing acceptable behavior. The following rules and regulations are in effect on or near school grounds, off campus during school hours, at school-sponsored functions, and while on the way to or from school or school activities. Administrators may at times find it necessary to add or subtract from the disciplinary policies described in this handbook in order to ensure progressive discipline and overall consistency and fairness. Unless otherwise noted, the discipline consequences apply for the entire current school year.

With your student, please review the CUSD Middle School Policies regarding:

  • Academic Integrity

  • Attendance/Tardy

  • Bully-Free environment

  • Dress Code

  • Student Interventions Matrix

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Ethics is defined as moral principles or practice. CUSD students, teachers, administrators and parents are encouraged to base relationships on a fundamental notion of trust. With trust comes the ability to establish productive staff-student-parent relationships. Therefore, academic dishonesty (“cheating”), in any form (including students working together in pairs or groups unless specifically directed to do so by the teacher), will not be tolerated. Cheating undermines the academic process, destroys students’ integrity, and shatters the trust necessary for productive relationships. Teachers are often required to indicate violations of Academic Integrity on applications and recommendation forms.

Levels of Disciplinary Interventions

The level of disciplinary consequence is determined by the specific infraction.

Level 1 – Warning

Level 2 – Teacher –assigned detention

Level 3 – Detention, Parent notification/possible Behavior Contract

Level 4 – Behavior Contract/step advancement/possible Saturday School.

Level 5 –Behavior Contract established (if not already in place)/Parent contact/Behavior Contract step advancement (if already in place). Possible SST initiated

Level 6 –Suspension (1-5 days) and Parent conference/Behavior Contract/step advancement: Possible SST initiated. Referral to counselor

Level 7 – Involuntary school transfer (parent appeal per Board Policy 5152)

Level 8 –Recommend expulsion/involuntary school transfer (parent appeal per Board Policy 5152)

 

Note: Any student who is suspended from school may not be on campus or attend school-related activities while on suspension. Any student who is involuntarily transferred to an alternative educational site may not attend comprehensive high school activities, or be on the campus of the school from which they were suspended.

Alternative To Suspension (ATS) Program

The CUSD ATS program is an off-site District-operated classroom for students who are suspended for Education Code §48900 violations. The students are under the supervision of credentialed teachers and counselors who will present a curriculum that offers a proactive, therapeutic approach to instilling the skills, habits and behaviors necessary to be successful in school and life.

Students who successfully complete the program will not reflect a suspension from school on their attendance record unless the student is pending expulsion.

Cheating on Test, Quiz, Project, Homework, Classwork or Major Assignment:

Intentional giving or using assistance relating to an exam, test, quiz, project, or major assignment without the expressed permission of the teacher, including working in pairs or groups, or misuse of any form of technology. These acts include use of crib sheets, programmed information on electronic devices, calculators when not permitted, etc.

Cheating may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Copying another student’s homework

  • Copying another student’s answers on a test

  • Using an unauthorized prompt sheet

  • Using unauthorized technology (including a calculator) during a test or quiz

  • Making homework available to another student so they may copy the answers

  • Plagiarizing another author’s work

  • Cutting and pasting passages from the Internet into an assignment without

    notation for the author

  • Forged notes (student signing his or her parents’ name)

Consequences for breaking the Ethics Policy are cumulative for all classes.

Alteration of Materials:

Any unauthorized taking, alteration, or distribution of student or teacher materials.

Electronic Devices:

While students may bring electronic devices on campus, these devices must be turned off during class time unless approved by the teacher (including tutorial). Misuse of electronic devices may cause devices to be confiscated. The school is not responsible for damage or loss of electronic devices.

Note: Having visible access to a cellular phone or any other electronic device during a quiz or test will be considered a violation of the school academic integrity policy.

Note: Students who take inappropriate photographs or videos of students, teachers or staff on school grounds are subject to disciplinary consequences.

Fabrication/ Plagiarism:

This includes any falsification or invention of data, citation, or other authority in an academic exercise and intentional use of another’s words, ideas, or work as one’s own. Plagiarism includes the misuse of published material and unpublished work of others, e.g. projects, lab, internet information.

Fighting/Assault/Harassment/Threat:

Any attempt, threat, or act of physically, emotionally, or sexually harassing another student is unacceptable. Emotional and physical well-being is a basic right of every individual on campus and all students and staff are expected to respect this basic right. Any physical contact with students is not acceptable. Regardless if a student is an aggressor or not, students who engage in physical contact will be considered mutual combatants and will receive disciplinary consequences. Students are expected to exhaust every resource to achieve a peaceful resolution to a conflict including but not limited to walking away, conflict resolution, or involving a staff member.

Fighting in a Group:

Students must not participate, plan, or engage in any type of fighting when more than two people are involved. Students are especially expected to stay out of fights that are in progress.

Medications: Over-The-Counter And Prescription

All medications, over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription, must be processed through the School Health Office. OTC and prescription drugs may only be administered per doctor’s’ orders via the Medication Authorization Form (completed by the parent and health care provider). Students in possession of medication without authorization will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Sexual Harassment

Students and staff have a right to feel safe and free from any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, possession of pornographic photos/pictures, including photos/pictures on cell phones or electronic devices. (Further information and explanations are defined in CUSD’s Board Policy 5183).

Technology:

All students will follow all rules, regulations, and guidelines in the student Acceptable Use of Technology AR 6.7 which can be found on the district webpage.

VAPING

To protect and enhance indoor air quality and contribute to the health and well-being of all students, employees, and visitors, the Capistrano Unified School District shall be entirely smoke free and vape free.

Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all areas of campus within the Capistrano Unified School District without exception. This includes common areas, athletic areas, auditoriums, classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, elevators, hallways, cafeterias, stairs, restrooms, and all other enclosed facilities.

Definitions: Smoking refers to the use of traditional tobacco products. Vaping refers to the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems and/or electronic smoking devices. These are commonly called e- cigarettes, e-pipes, e-hookahs, e-cigars, and vape pens.

ATTENDANCE/TARDY

Attendance
As parents, you have the responsibility to make school a #1 priority for your child. An average absence rate of more than one day per month is considered excessive. The daily cost of a student’s absence is $62.00 in Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funds. By making sure your child is in school every day, you ensure his or her opportunity to learn. Research indicates that when parents actively participate in their child's education, the quality of learning improves. Such participation also improves student test scores and creates an atmosphere that enhances student success.

Regular attendance at school is critical to the success of all students. Please call or email the school to report your child’s absence and provide the following information:

  • The date(s) of the absence

  • The person calling

  • Your child’s full name

  • The reason for the absence

If you do not call in or email regarding your child’s absence, your child must have a note with your signature indicating the above information for the day(s) he/she was absent from school. If you do not contact the office by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the absence, an automated calling and/or e-mail system will contact you regarding your child’s absence.

Excessive Illnesses

When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness or equivalent of period absences, any further absence for illness shall be verified by a physician.

Excused Absences may include: illness, medical or dental appointments, death or serious illness in immediate family, religious holidays, quarantine, or immunization exclusion. If your child will be out of school for five school days or more, you can request an Independent Study Contract.

Truants/Unexcused Absences: Students who are on campus but miss their assigned class without permission from school staff are considered truant. If a student is more than 30 minutes late, the student is truant. Also, those students who leave campus, stay home without permission from a parent/guardian, or have an absence that remains unexcused after 72 hours, will be recorded as truant. Discipline may be administered in each of these cases. When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness, any further absence for illness shall be verified by a physician.

Unexcused absences include all absences or truancies which may include but are not limited to: traffic, vacations, shopping, staying home to visit with friends or family, transportation breakdown, working, missing the bus, negligence, truancy, too tired, etc. A total of three days of unexcused absences or truancies can trigger the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) process and may receive disciplinary actions at school for truancy. Parents will be sent a letter notifying them that their child is habitually absent/ truant. Additional unexcused absences/truancies will prompt a mandatory meeting with the District Attorney’s office and potential prosecution.

Tardy-Late to School: Any student who arrives late to school must check in to the attendance office to get a pass to enter class. Students who arrive to class late create a disruption, regardless of the reason, and will be marked tardy. California State law excuses tardies for illness and medical appointments; unfortunately, we are unable to excuse tardies for traffic, rain, car difficulties, or any other circumstance not listed under “Excused.”

Tardy-Late to Class: A student is tardy when he/she is not in a seat in class when the first bell rings to begin class. The only way to excuse a tardy is for a student to have a note (with the student’s name, date, and time) signed by a staff member. Since classroom tardies disrupt the educational environment and affect the classroom teacher directly, parents cannot excuse classroom tardies. *An absence is recorded if a student is more than 30 minutes late to class.

Dismissal for Medical, Dental, or Personal Appointments: If your child must leave during the school day, you may send a note with him/her indicating the time and nature of the early dismissal. Your child will bring the note to the office before school and receive a “Special Excuse” slip. He/she will show this slip to the classroom teacher at the beginning of the appropriate class period. The teacher will send him/her to the attendance office at the designated time. A parent or guardian must come in to the office to sign the student out before he/she may leave campus and may be asked for photo ID. Your child may not leave campus in the custody of anyone other than a parent or guardian or person authorized on the emergency card. This is for your child’s protection.

Illness at School: If your child becomes ill at school, he/she is to request permission from his or her teacher to report to the office. If the child is too ill to continue his/her day at school, the health office will call the parent or guardian to pick up the child. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES is a child to call his/her parents/guardians to pick him/her up and leave the premises without the school personnel being notified.

Independent Study Contract (ISC): Students who will be away from school for five or more days, other than illness, may be able to receive class work and remain up-to-date. To request an ISC, please notify the office AT LEAST TEN SCHOOL DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF ABSENCE so that the request can be reviewed, and if approved, class assignments may be organized. This process helps students to keep up with school work, but there is no substitute for teacher instruction and class interaction. Please schedule vacations appropriately.

Independent Physical Education (IPE): Students who compete in an individual sport to an exceptional degree of competition, may request District approval for IPE.

  • The student must be a nationally ranked athlete, or equivalent, performing or competing at a nationally recognized level (see Sports Qualifications).

  • Team sport participation does not qualify for IPE.

  • Students who meet the criteria for IPE will be scheduled into Online Independent Physical Education; IPE applications must be submitted at least three weeks prior to each semester.

For additional information and to apply for IPE, review the IPE Link located on the CUSD website under the Parents Link.

Capistrano Unified School District strives to be Bully Free!

The Board strives to provide a safe and positive learning climate for students in the schools. Therefore, it shall be the policy of CUSD to maintain an educational environment in which bullying and cyber-bullying in any form are not tolerated. All forms of bullying and cyber-bullying by CUSD students are hereby prohibited. Anyone who engages in bullying and cyber-bullying in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate discipline. Students who have been bullied or cyber- bullied shall promptly report such incidents to any staff member. Complaints of bullying and cyber bullying shall be investigated promptly and corrective action shall be taken when a complaint is verified. Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of the submission of a complaint.

CUSD schools proactively construct and maintain a social atmosphere which addresses all forms of bullying including cyber-bullying through:

  • Creating a positive school culture via a school-wide implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

  • A beginning-of-the-year school-wide assembly which defines bullying and its consequences

  • Ongoing, school-wide student and staff educational opportunities

Definition of Bullying– Board Policy 5141(d):

Bullying shall mean unwelcome, pervasive, and/or severe verbal, written, or physical conduct, through any means (including social media, texting, etc.) which is directed at a student or staff member by a student or staff member that has the effect of any or all of the following:

  • Creating an intimidating and/or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities, or the ability of a staff member to perform his or her duties
  • Damaging, extorting, or taking a student or a staff member’s personal property

  • Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of physical, emotional, or mental harm

  • Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of damage to, or loss of, personal property

What to do if you feel you are being bullied:

  • Talk to your parents or other trusted adults. They can help stop the bullying

  • Talk to your teacher, school counselor, or principal. Telling is not tattling, it is asking for help

  • Don’t fight back. Don’t try to bully those who bully you

  • Try not to show anger or fear. Students who bully like to see that they can upset you. Calmly tell the student to stop...or say nothing and then walk away

  • Limit the interaction

  • Limit your message to five (5) words or less. Example: “Leave me alone.”

  • “Three Strikes you’re out” rule. Repeat your five (5) words or less three times then walk away

  • Try and avoid situations in which bullying is likely to happen

How to Report Bullying as a victim or a witness?

Students can report any incidents of bullying or harassment which may include:

  • Text-A-Tip (Number is posted on school web-site)

  • Incident Report Form in the office

  • Online Bully Form or “Bully Box”

  • Speak to or email a staff member

  • Referral from staff member or bystander who witnessed event Assistant Principal and/or Counselor will investigate the incident.

  • Ensure all parties are familiar with Board Policy 5141(d) as it relates to bullying

  • Follow up with concerned party and discuss results of investigation

Consequences for Bullying may include, but are not limited to:

  • Situation logged in discipline file

  • Bullying complaint report completed

  • Situation logged in Bully Log filed both at school and at the District office

  • Counseling

  • Conflict Mediation

  • Detention, Suspension, Involuntary Transfer, Expulsion

  • Behavior Contract

  • Notify School Resource Officer

Dress Code Philosophy

The Board of Trustees believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Student dress choices should respect the District’s intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The school District is responsible for ensuring that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization, shaming, or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion.

1. Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times.

Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts, and stomach are fully covered with opaque fabric. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.

2. Students Must Wear*, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:

  • A Shirt (with a minimum of a 1 inch wide strap and fabric in the front, back, and on the sides immediately under the armpits), AND

  • Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, sweatpants, opaque leggings, or shorts), OR

  • A dress or skirt, AND

  • Shoes (as appropriate for the environment and activity).

    *Courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, and job readiness) may include assignment-specific dress, but should not focus on covering bodies in a particular way or promoting culturally-specific attire. Activity-specific attire requirements are permitted for extracurricular activities and PE.

3. Students May Wear, as long as these items do not violate Section 1 above:

  • Sun-protective clothing, such as hats and hoods or wear body or hair protection as necessary as long as face is not obstructed, is allowed outdoors during the school day. The student’s face must be visible to staff, and headwear must not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff.
  • Athletic attire, as necessary for athletic activities.

4. Students Cannot Wear:

  • Clothing or accessories displaying profanity, pornography, and violent language or images.
  • Clothing or accessories considered unsafe, dangerous or a health hazard.
  • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity).
  • Hate speech, images, or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.
  • Any clothing that significantly and intentionally reveals visible undergarments.

  • Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice).

  • Any item that obscures the face (except as a religious observance).

  • Strapless tops or halter tops.

The California legislature has determined that gang apparel is hazardous to the health and safety of the school environment and therefore, the wearing of such apparel may be restricted.

5. Dress Code Enforcement

The Board desires to provide an orderly and caring learning environment in which students work diligently on their studies, share responsibility for maintaining a positive school climate, and take pride in their school and their achievements. District staff, per Board Policy 5140 Positive School Climate, shall encourage positive student conduct. Staff and students shall encourage attitudes and behaviors that promote mutual respect and harmonious relations. To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall be properly trained to enforce the dress code consistently using the requirements below. School administration and staff shall not have discretion to vary the requirements in ways that lead to discriminatory enforcement. Sites will follow progressive discipline as outlined in the discipline handbook.

  • Student dress code enforcement should not result in unnecessary barriers to school attendance.

  • Inconsistent and/or inequitable discipline should be minimized whenever possible.

  • Students will be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation as outlined in Sections 1 and 4 above. Students in violation of Section 1 and/or 4 will be provided three options to dress more appropriately during the school day:
    - Students will be asked to turn their garment inside out (if feasible) or put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
    -Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
    -If necessary, parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.

  • No student should be singled out for dress code enforcement because of racial identity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, body size/type, cultural or religious identity.

  • Students should not be required to display their body in front of others (students, parents, or staff) in school including but not limited to the below actions: o Kneeling or bending over to check attire fit;
    -Measuring straps or skirt length

         -Asking students to account for their attire in the classroom or in hallways in          front of others;

         -Calling out students in spaces, in hallways, or in classrooms about perceived dress code violations in front of others or,

         -Accusing students of “distracting” others students with their clothing. Consequences:

1 Offense - Warning and change into replacement clothes. Parent are notified.
2 Offense - Detention and change into replacement clothes. Parent/student enters into a contract.
3 Offense - Detention and change into replacement clothes. Parent conference.

4 Offense - Detention, Check in with the administration daily.

These dress code guidelines shall apply to regular school days and summer school days, as well as any athletic events, performances, and graduation ceremonies.

Students who feel they have been subject to discriminatory enforcement of the dress code should contact a site administrator.

SCHOOL-WIDE STUDENT INTERVENTION PLAN

CUSD Middle Schools subscribe to the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) approach. “PBIS is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide behavior based on a Response to Intervention (RtI) model. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture. Schools implementing PBIS build on existing strengths, complementing and organizing current programming and strategies.”

Our goal is to help each student become a positive and responsible citizen. We know that the majority of students will work toward this goal by respecting the rights of others, respecting personal and school property, and by practicing acceptable behavior. The following rules and regulations are in effect on or near school grounds, off campus during school hours, at school- sponsored functions, bus stops, and while on the way to or from school or school activities. Unless otherwise noted, the discipline consequences apply for the entire current school year.

Interventions are intended to review the major infractions and usual consequences; however, CUSD recognizes that some actions not listed below may cause a disruption to the instructional process and/or environment. In those cases, the school administration reserves the right to take disciplinary action at their discretion.

All administrative decisions regarding student behavior and resulting consequence(s) are administered within strict adherence to California State Education Code and CUSD Board Policy.

CUSD is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen items that a student has brought from home. 

Administration and staff will investigate incidents involving these items at their discretion. Parents may be asked to personally retrieve confiscated items.

INTERVENTIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

Progressive Discipline Interventions

CUSD follows a system that includes positive interventions and progressive discipline where the severity of the consequence depends on the severity of the behavior and/or the pattern of behaviors a student exhibits. All interventions are at the discretion of the school administration and take into account individual student needs and the circumstances of each incident.

When multiple interventions are listed in the Student Intervention Matrix, such as detention/ATS/suspension, administration will determine the appropriate consequence (including number of days) depending on the severity of the infraction.

Suspension shall be imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct. However, suspension on the first offense is authorized for 48900 (a) through (e) offenses and/or when the pupil’s presence causes a danger to persons (EC §48900.5). Discretion may be used to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion that are age appropriate and designed to address the specific misbehavior (EC §48900(v)).

Other means of correction include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A conference between school personnel, the student’s parent or guardian, and the student.

  • Referrals to the school counselor, psychologist, social worker, child welfare and attendance

    personnel, or other school support service personnel for case management and counseling.

  • Student success teams, guidance teams, resource panel teams, or other intervention-related teams that assess the behavior, and develop and implement individualized plans to address

    the behavior in partnership with the pupil and his or her parents.

  • Referral for a comprehensive psychosocial or psychoeducational assessment, including for

    purposes of creating an individualized education program, or a plan adopted pursuant to

    Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794(a)).

  • Enrollment in a program for teaching prosocial behavior or anger management.

  • Participation in a restorative justice program.

  • A positive behavior support approach with tiered interventions that occur during the school day on campus.

  • After-school programs that address specific behavioral issues or expose pupils to positive activities and behaviors, including, but not limited to, those operated in collaboration with local parent and community groups.

  • Any of the alternatives described in Section 48900.6.

Interventions:

Positive Reinforcements:  Incentives both verbal and tangible achieving and exceeding school-wide expectations.

Classroom Interventions:  Teachers will assign the consequence in accordance to their classroom discipline plan.

Counseling:  Meeting with the school-site counselor, referral to community resources, conflict mediation, etc.

Parent Conference:  Meeting with parents, teachers, students and other appropriate personnel wherein the team discusses student challenges and possible interventions.

Student Success Team:  A meeting with parents, teachers, students and other appropriate personnel to create a plan for intervention strategies and supports for student success both behaviorally and academically.

Referral:  The student’s behavior is reviewed by an administrator. The administrator determines the appropriate intervention based on the student’s progressive discipline status.

Detention:  Teacher and office detentions are made in writing with a copy going home in advance for parent notification and signature. Detentions may take place before/after school and/or during lunch.

Class Suspension:  Students will be removed from class for the period indicated and supervised on campus.

Behavior Contract:  If a student’s behavior pattern continues, administration will place student on a Behavior Contract appropriate to address the student’s behavior.

Parent Escort:  A parent or guardian will attend all or part of the school day as determined appropriate by the administrator.


Suspension:  Student is excluded from school and school activities for the duration of the suspension. California Education Code §48900.5 restrictions on imposition; exception; other means of correction. (a) Suspension, including supervised suspension as described in Section 48911.1, shall be imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct. A school district may document the other means of correction used and place that documentation in the pupil's record, which may be accessed pursuant to Section 49069. However, a pupil, including an individual with exceptional needs, as defined in Section 56026, may be suspended, subject to Section 1415 of Title 20 of the United States Code, for any of the reasons enumerated in Section 48900 upon a first offense, if the principal or superintendent of schools determines that the pupil violated subdivision (a), (b), (c), (d), or (e) of Section 48900 or that the pupil's presence causes a danger to persons.

Alternative to Suspension:  A District operated classroom for students who are suspended for California Education Code §48900 violations. Students are under supervision of credentialed teachers and counselors.

Involuntary Transfer: Revoke School of Choice and/or Inter-District Transfer.

Expulsion: A recommendation that the student is removed from that site or the District.

Mandatory Administrative Action

The Board of Trustees and the Superintendent of the CUSD have adopted a position that maintains that our schools will not tolerate weapons, drugs, or behavior that threatens the safety of another person. The offenses listed below require mandatory action by the school administration:

  • Possession of firearm, when the principal or superintendent and the Board confirm the pupil was in knowing possession of the firearm, and an employee of the District verified such possession; or

  • Brandishing a knife at another person; or

  • Selling or furnishing a controlled substance; or

  • Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or committing sexual battery; or

  • Possessing an explosive

The mandatory action for a first time offense of any of the above is: immediate five-day suspension, notification of law enforcement, and recommendation for District expulsion. While a District expulsion hearing is pending, a student’s suspension will be extended.

Please Note:

  • The school practices a policy of progressive discipline where consequences increase as a result of repeated patterns of behavior or with increasing severity of behavior.

  • The school official executing the discipline policies and procedures exercises the right to adapt his/her decision to meet the fair and appropriate consequence that fits each individual situation.

  • The school initiates Behavior Contracts when a pattern of disruptive behavior has been established. Upon violating the Behavior Contract, a student may lose privileges such as school activities (i.e., dances, field trips, etc.) or possibly be recommended for transfer to an alternative middle school.

  • School officials may search individual students and their property when there is a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence that the student is violating the law or the rules of the District or the school (Board Policy 5154(a)).

  • During investigations, students will be questioned and may be requested to write a “Statement of Facts”. If these statements are used in an expulsion case, parents may utilize an Anonymous Witness Statement form. If law enforcement is involved in an investigation, the school will attempt to contact parent.

  • In accordance with Senate Bill 395, law enforcement officers have the right to interview students on school premises. If the officer needs to interview the student immediately, the principal or designee shall accommodate the questioning in a way that causes the least possible disruption to the school process and gives the student appropriate privacy (Board Policy 5153 (a)).