503.01 – Student Conduct

The Board believes inappropriate student conduct causes a material and substantial disruption to the school environment and presents a threat to the health and safety of students, personnel, and visitor on school premises.

Students shall conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others while on school premises, while on school owned and/or operated school or charter buses while attending or engaged in school activities, while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school.

Students who fail to abide by this policy may be disciplined for conduct that disrupts or interferes with the educational program, conduct which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school or school activity, conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to obtain their education, or participation, or conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.  Disciplinary measures include but are not limited to removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion.

Removal from the classroom means a student is sent to the principal’s office.  It shall be within the discretion of the person in charge of the classroom to remove the student.

Detention means the student’s presence is required during non-school hours for disciplinary purposes.  The student can be required to appear prior to the beginning of the school day or after school has been dismissed for the day.  Whether a student will serve detention and the length of the detention shall be within the discretion of the certified employee disciplining the student or the principal.

Suspension means either an in-school suspension, an out-of-school suspension, a restriction from activities, or a Saturday detention.  An in-school suspension means the student will attend school but will be temporarily isolated from one or more classes while under supervision.  The student may not attend school activities or may not participate in a contest of extra-curricular activities.  An in-school suspension will not exceed ten days.  An out-of-school suspension means the student is removed from the school environment, including school classes and activities.  An out-of-school suspension will not exceed ten days.

A Saturday suspension means a student is required to appear at school on Saturday and be under the supervision of school district personnel.  A Saturday suspension shall not exceed ten Saturdays.  A restriction from school activities means a student will attend school and classes but will not attend or participate in school activities.  A restriction from activities will not exceed ninety days.

Probation means a student is given a conditional suspension of a penalty for a definite period of time, not to exceed ten days, in addition to being warned and/or punished for misconduct.  The conditional suspension shall mean the student must meet the conditions and terms for the suspension of the penalty.  Failure of the student to meet these conditions and terms shall invoke the penalty temporarily suspended.

Expulsion means the removal of a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to, classes and activities for a period of time set by the Board.

The following will result in punishment:

  • Excessive tardies;
  • Refusal to conform to school policies, rules, or regulations;
  • Conduct which disturbs the orderly, efficient, and disciplined atmosphere and operation of the school or school-related activity;
  • Refusal to comply with directions from teachers, administrators, or other school personnel;
  • Physical attack or threats of physical attack to students, teachers, administrators, or other school personnel;
  • Possession of weapons, contraband, or dangerous objects;
  • Extortion;
  • Criminal or illegal behavior;
  • theft or robbery;
  • Damaging, altering, injuring, defacing, or destruction of any building, fixture, or tangible property;
  • Causing a fire or explosion, or placing any burning or combustible material, or any incendiary or explosive device or material, in or near any school property, whether or not any such property is actually damaged or destroyed;
  • Threatening to place or attempting to place any incendiary or explosive device or material, or any destructive substance or device in or about the school premises or premises where a school-sponsored activity will be held;
  • Fighting or engaging in disruptive or violent behavior at school or school events;
  • Making noise in the vicinity of the school or school-sponsored activities, which disrupts the orderly, efficient, and disciplined atmosphere of the school or the school-sponsored activity;
  • Abusive epithets or threatening gestures to other students, teachers, administrators, or other school personnel;
  • By words or action initiating or circulating a report or warning of fire, epidemic, or other catastrophe knowing such report to be false or such warning to be baseless;
  • Obstructing school premises or access to school premises or premises where a school activity is being held;
  • Possessing or consuming alcoholic liquors or beer on school property or while attending a school activity;
  • Possession of a controlled substance or controlled substance look-alike;
  • Use of tobacco or any controlled substance;
  • Gambling;
  • Documented conduct detrimental to the best interest of the school district.

Date of Adoption: September 3, 1991

Review & Revised: August 15, 1994; March 15, 2019; March 27, 2000; January 27, 2003; January 21, 2008

503.01R1 Suspension of Students