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Code of Conduct 2018-19

STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS

 

  • Respect the rights of others in school, at home and in the community.
  • Be courteous to parents, teachers and fellow students.
  • Show good sportsmanship, whether a participant or spectator.
  • Help keep school property in the best condition possible.
  • Obey and carry out rules and regulations.
  • Strive to learn to the best of one’s ability.

 

STUDENT’S COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

 

As a productive citizen, I am responsible to myself, others, and my community.  The Marcus Whitman educational experience includes developing good citizenship skills by acting responsibly in all aspects of life. To assist students in striving for excellence, the following guidelines of student behavioral expectations should always be considered and reviewed:

 

1.            As a student, I will recognize and take responsibility as a student, as a fellow student, as a community member and as the future of America.

2.            As a student, I will practice modesty, integrity, courtesy, pride, respect, and self-control towards school faculty, administration, fellow students and parents.

3.            As a student, the right to an education will be honored by choosing subjects of study that are suited to my particular interest and goals.  Therefore, I will diligently learn all I can while reflecting these educational benefits to my life, home, school, community, state, and country.

4.            As a student, I have the right to use school property.  I will honor this right by respectfully acknowledging the rights of the community and its taxpayers for the provision of the school facility.

5.            As a student in good standing, I have the liberty to participate in and support all student activities.  I will act with dignity at all student events at home school and away functions.  I will promote good citizenship, sportsmanship, and all other attributes, which will reflect a positive perception of myself and of MWCS.

6.            As a student, I have the right to be accepted as a valuable individual with strengths, weaknesses and opinions.  Because of this right, it is my responsibility to respect and honor other’s rights to such diversity. 

7.            As a student, I have all rights provided by the U.S. Constitution.  It is my responsibility to uphold these rights and honor our democracy.

8.            As a student, I will challenge myself and others to “do the right thing”; encouraging others to desire and strive for excellence in everything one does; challenging and encouraging one another to be kind, considerate, compassionate and stand out in a crowd for doing the right thing. 

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 

As a student and essential partner in my educational experience, I will acknowledge responsibilities that not only benefit my personal goals but also accent the educational goals of others by accepting the following guidelines to responsible student initiative and action:

  • I will attend school every day (unless legally excused) and make an effort to get to know at least one unfamiliar student each week.
  • I will familiarize myself with and abide by all MWCSD policies, rules, regulations and follow correct means of working in conjunction with others in bettering such policy, rules, and regulations if/when need occurs.    
  • I will refuse to bring a weapon to school and refuse to keep silent about those who do.
  • I will report suspicious action/talk among my peers without delay to an appropriate staff member, including but not limited to a teacher, counselor, parent or principal.
  • I will work to the best of my ability in all educational pursuits.  I will ask questions in areas I do not understand and be willing to research the tools needed to obtain such understanding.
  • I will make good choices and when necessary, take responsibility for my bad choices/actions.  I am willing to work at areas needing modification and growth.
  • I will contribute to a safe and orderly school environment that is conducive to learning.  I will be respectful of others, their property, school property and encourage others to do the same.
  • I will follow directions given by teachers, administration and school personnel in a timely and respectful manner.
  • I will dress appropriately for school and associated functions and review the dress code regularly.
  • I will conduct myself in a respectful manner at school and/or school sponsored extracurricular events for which my presence will directly/indirectly represent MWCSD or reflect upon its adopted expectations of conduct.
  • I will seek assistance (by self-referral if necessary) for anger management problems and/or for substance use/abuse.  I will seek counseling for academic/personal problems; seek mediation to settle arguments peacefully and address issues that may place myself, peers, school personnel, parents or family in danger or lead to disciplinary action.
  • I will keep my parent(s)/guardian(s) informed of my academic, extracurricular or disciplinary issues at school and be willing to seek their guidance at all times.
  • I will take control of issues such as adequate sleep, nutrition and exercise to promote healthy and happy living
  • I will leave all items at home that would interfere with the learning process.
  • I will be a positive peer model and expect the best of others and myself.

 

DEFINITIONS

 

For purposes of this code, the following definitions apply.

A.           Disruptive student means an elementary or secondary student under the age of 21 who is substantially disruptive to the educational process or substantially interferes with the staff member’s authority over the classroom on school property and/or school function.

B.           Parent means parent, guardian or person in parental relation to a student.

C.           School property means in or within any building, structure, athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or land contained within the real property boundary line of any public elementary or secondary school, or in or on a school bus, as defined in Vehicle and Traffic Law 142.

D.           School function means any school-sponsored extracurricular event or activity.

E.           Violent student means a student under the age of 21 who:

1.            Commits an act of violence upon a school employee, or attempts to do so.

2.            Commits, while on school property or at a school function, an act of violence upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or at the school function, or attempts to do so.

3.            Possesses, while on school property or at a school function, a weapon.

4.            Displays, while on school property or at a school function, what appears to be a weapon.

5.            Threatens, while on school property or at a school function, to use a weapon.

6.            Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys the personal property of any school employee or any person lawfully on school property or at a school function.

7.            Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys school district property.

F.            Weapon means a firearm as defined in 18 USC 921 for purposes of the Gun-Free Schools Act.  It also means any other gun, BB gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, disguised gun, dagger, jackknife, dirk, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, brass knuckles, sling shot, metal knuckle knife, box cutter, cane sword, electronic dart gun, Kung Fu star, electronic stun gun, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive or incendiary bomb, or other device, instrument, material or substance that can cause physical injury or death.

G.           School Sponsored Trips/School Sanctioned Trips are trips where students and staff are expected to follow all school rules.

H.           Harassment physically, verbally or graphically (written or pictures) annoying or threatening others including sexual harassment, as defined by Board of Education policy.

I.            Hazing is an induction, initiation or membership process involving harassment which produces public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule or creates a situation where public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule is likely to occur.

 

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

 

General Philosophy:  In every society, rules of behavior must control the actions of its members.  In the school society, as in all American life, recognition and respect for the rights and feelings of others are the best guarantees of one’s own rights.

 

Standard of Conduct:  A high standard of pupil conduct is expected and encouraged.  Every avenue should be explored to maintain this high standard of pupil conduct, including seeking cooperation between the school and home.

 

Responsible Discipline:  Definition.  The term responsible discipline, as used herein, shall mean action taken by the school personnel that has as its objective:  1.)  The training of pupils to develop responsibility, self-control, character, orderly conduct, positive attitudes and self-concept; or 2.)  Corrective treatment; or 3.)  Protecting the safety, morals, health and welfare of that student or other persons.

 

Rehabilitation:  A primary objective of disciplinary action is the rehabilitation of the pupil.  All disciplinary action shall be in the best interest of the pupil and for the welfare of others.  Each infraction of Board Policy or school regulations will be dealt with on an individual basis.  The discipline imposed shall be commensurate with:  1.) The act committed; 2.) The available relevant information; and 3.) The provisions of this policy.

 

Conduct:  In addition to violations of public law, the conduct listed below in categories of infractions will result in disciplinary measures.  These infractions may cause the student to be assigned to the In-School Planning Room for a minimum of one period and to complete an understandable plan of action to correct the inappropriate behavior.  In addition to the rules of the school, all persons are expected to obey the laws of the State of New York and United States of America.  Violation of public law on school property or at school-related events will result in In-School actions, regardless of whether or not criminal charges are pressed.

 

Responsibility Based Disciplinary Process:  Consistent with the idea that the purpose is to modify inappropriate behavior, the following may be used in the process as deemed appropriate.

 

1.            Informing the student:  Each student will have explained to them the expected procedure and the correct behavior by use of a behavior expectation sheet discussing class expectations.

2.            Warning:  Each student will be given the opportunity to correct inappropriate behavior before being referred. A list of infractions is noted below by category of seriousness.

3.            10th Period Detention:  If behaviors continue after a warning has occurred, the teacher (for classroom disturbances) or the Dean (for outside classroom disturbances) will keep the student during 10th period for detention.  The student’s parent/guardian will be called by the teacher or Dean.  If the student does not show for detention, the teacher/Dean will refer the student for insubordination.

4.            Referral:  If inappropriate behaviors continue after a warning and detention, the student will be referred to the discipline room for In-School Planning.

5.            Assignment to In-School Planning:  Once a student is referred, the point system will come into effect.  The student should clearly understand why he/she is being referred to ISP.  The student may meet with the Dean for counseling after he/she is referred.  The student will then fill out a plan of action to correct the behavior by summarizing what he/she learned from discussion with parents/guardians and the Dean.

6.            Notification/conference with parents/guardians and appropriate staff:  Once plans are accepted, the teacher, aide or referring staff member will be given the form for comment and signature.  The completed In-School planning form will be sent home, a copy will be placed in the student’s discipline file, and the appropriate conferences may be scheduled.

7.            Assignment to 2:30-4:30 Extended Supervision:  Teachers, Principals and the Superintendent may use after-school detention as a penalty for student misconduct in situations where removal from the classroom or suspension would be inappropriate.  The student will spend this time in the discipline room.  He/she can utilize this time to do homework or read.

8.            In-School Suspension:  The Board recognizes the school must balance the need of students to attend school and the need for environment conducive to learning.  As such, the Board authorizes building principals and the Superintendent, at their discretion, to place students who would otherwise be suspended from school as the result of a code of conduct violation, in in-school suspension.

               A student subjected to an in-school suspension is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law 3214.  However, the student and the student’s parent/guardian will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the district official imposing the in-school suspension to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.

9.            Out-of-school suspension:  Not to exceed five consecutive days (unless directed by the Superintendent or Board of Education).  There will be a parent/guardian conference for re-entry into school.

10.          Suspension from school:  Suspension from school is a severe penalty, which may be imposed only upon students who are insubordinate, disorderly, violent or disruptive, or whose conduct otherwise endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others.  Suspension from school may be modified following a parent/guardian conference.  This ensures the parents/guardians are involved in providing the best educational opportunities for each individual student.  The Board retains its authority to suspend students, but places primary responsibility for the suspension of students with the Superintendent and the building principals.

11.          Suspension from Transportation:  If a student does not conduct himself/herself properly on a bus, the bus driver is expected to bring such misconduct to the building principal’s, or designee’s, attention.  Students who become a serious disciplinary problem may have their riding privileges suspended by the building principal or the Superintendent or their designees.  In such cases, the student’s parent/guardian will become responsible for seeing that his or her child gets to and from school safely.  Should the suspension from transportation amount to a suspension from attendance, the district will make appropriate arrangements to provide for the student’s education.  The suspension may be 1, 5, 30 days or permanent as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or designee.

               A student subjected to a suspension from transportation is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law 3214.  However, the student and the student’s parent/guardian will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the building principal or the principal’s designee to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.

12.          Suspension from athletic participation, extracurricular activities and other privileges:  A student subjected to a suspension from athletic participation, extracurricular activities or other privileges is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law 3214.  However, the student and the student’s parent/guardian will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the district official imposing the suspension to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.

13.          Drug counseling:

a.            Notification of SRO or other law enforcement will be made if appropriate.

b.            Student(s) will be referred for a substance abuse assessment through the district’s Student Drug Assessment Services or through a school-approved provider.

14.          Administrative/Superintendent’s Hearing:  Once twenty points have accumulated, the Principal will review the student’s disciplinary file. When necessary, a recommendation will be made to the Superintendent for a hearing.  This procedure will happen again at 25 points.  Although discipline records start new every year, the student’s

cumulative discipline file will be considered in all hearings.  Separate class meetings with the Principal/Dean in September shall constitute the warning for general school procedures regarding attendance, driving privileges, and general school behavioral expectations.

15.          Agency Referral:  Inappropriate student conduct may result in a referral to the Ontario or Yates County Probation Department or Sheriff’s Department.

16.          Court Referral:  Inappropriate student conduct may result in a formal court petition.  When this happens, the student and his/her parents/guardians will go before a judge in a court of law.  This step may cause the removal of the student from the school system and/or from his/her home.  Serious misbehavior may cause a student to be suspended, removed from school or referred to the courts without going through a series of steps.

17.          Youth Court:  Students may be referred to Youth Court as appropriate.

 

OFFENSES

 

CATEGORY 1

Penalty:

1 point per infraction AND Detention I (2:30 PM-3:00 PM)

 

1.            Violation of Attendance Procedures:  Failure to bring in absent-from-school excuse notes within four days.  (Phone call home by attendance office.)

 

2.            Chronic Lack of Preparation for Class

 

3.            Violation of Procedures or School Policy:  Not following the expectations of a class (as defined in the individual staff member’s discipline policy) or school policy.

 

4.            Cutting extra help 10th period or during the school day when a teacher/student meeting was planned:  Intentionally not going to this assigned time without a written parental excuse or phone call from a parent.    

 

5.            Minor Cafeteria Violation:  Failure to use common courtesy or follow cafeteria rules.

 

6.            Minor Transportation Violations:  Failure to comply with the regulations posted on each bus.

 

7.            Minor Violation of Student Driving/Parking regulations.

 

8.            Violation of Dress Code.

 

9.            Minor Computer/Internet Violation.

 

10.          Cell phone Violation.  (2 times)

 

CATEGORY 2

Penalty:

 

2 points per infraction AND Detention II (2:30 PM – 4:30 PM)

 

1.            Excessive Tardiness to Class and/or School

 

2.            Classroom Disruption:  Interfering with a staff member’s lesson.

 

3.            Inappropriate Behavior:  Any conduct unacceptable in a school setting at the time of day; e.g., knowledge of a theft, lying to staff, loitering, littering, panhandling, etc.

 

4.            Disrespectful Behavior:  Language or actions that show a lack of personal concern for others.

 

5.            Insubordination 2nd degree:  Refusal to follow a reasonable request made by a staff member.

 

6.            Disruptive Behavior:  Causing problems for others in the hallways, cafeteria, library, gym or other areas during the student’s time on school grounds.

 

7.            Bullying 2nd  degree:  Intentionally attempting to intimidate others by verbal or physical actions.

 

8.            Harassment 3rd degree:  Verbally annoying others.

 

9.            Aggravated Harassment 3rd degree:  Communicating with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, e-mail, or instant messaging or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance.

 

10.          Obscene Materials/Language:  Anything that is vulgar, sexually explicit, or offensive to accepted standards of decency including notes, literature, language, writing, drawing, or clothing at school.  (Includes communication on any technology device.)

 

11.          Aggressive Horseplay:  Pushing and/or shoving by two or more people.

 

12.          Destruction of Property:  Accidental damage to school or another person’s property resulting from careless behavior.

 

13.          Disruptive Transportation Violations:  Any action by a student that interferes with the bus driver’s ability to maneuver the bus; e.g., language or disruptive behavior.

 

14.          Truancy (A):  Skipping or cutting one or more classes.

 

15.          Cheating:  To obtain or use another’s work as one’s own; includes plagiarism.

 

16.          Not following school procedures—repeated offenses.

 

17.          Not following ISP procedures:  Failure to cooperate with expected guidelines.

 

18.          Computer/Internet Violation.

19.          Violation of Student Driving/Parking Regulations.

 

20.          Cafeteria Violation:        Repeated offenses, disruptive behavior, failure to clean up.

 

21.          Cell phone violation (3 times).

 

22.          Violation of non-designated area:  Student entering any school area without supervision, such as the woods, locker room outside of class time without permission, etc.

The Principal and Superintendent have the right to suspend up to 5 days with or without a Principal’s or Superintendent’s Hearing, based on the severity or repeated course of conduct.

 

CATEGORY 3

Penalty:

3 Points per infraction AND In-School Suspension up to 3 days OR Out-of-School Suspension up to 3 days.

 

VIOLATIONS OF PUBLIC LAW ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR AT SCHOOL RELATED EVENTS WOULD RESULT IN SCHOOL ACTION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT CRIMINAL CHARGES ARE PURSUED.

 

1.            Cheating on Tests, Final or Regents Exams:  Student will receive a “O” on the test or exam.  Cheating (also considered fraud) includes the use of unfair means to pass an exam, such as giving aid to or obtaining aid from another person during an exam.  Section 225 of the Education Law makes fraud in examinations a misdemeanor.  In the case of a Regents Exam, the student should be excluded from any subsequent exam until such time as the student has demonstrated by exemplary conduct and citizenship, to the satisfaction of the Principal, that the student is entitled to restoration of this privilege.

 

2.            Minor Altercation/Assault 2nd degree:  Any intentional physical violence against another student including, but not limited to, punching, slapping, kicking, pushing, choking, spitting which causes annoyance or alarm.

              

3.            Lewd or Illicit Behavior:  Any act that is vulgar, sexually explicit, or offensive to accepted standards of decency, including notes, literature, language, writing, drawing, or clothing at school.  (Includes communication on any technology device.)

 

4.            Disorderly Conduct:  Use of abusive or obscene language or gestures in a public place; obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic; OR engaging in a repeated course of conduct which causes annoyance or alarm.

 

5.            Harassment/Bullying 2nd degree:  Verbal threats of physical violence which alarm or annoy another person, /OR intentionally following another person around in a public place for the purpose of causing them annoyance or alarm /OR any verbal comments, causing annoyance or alarm which may or may not be based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group,  religion, religious practice, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender (including gender identity and expression) regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.

 

The Dignity for All Students Act (10-18 of Education Law) defines harassment as the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by threats, intimidation or abuse, including cyberbullying, that (a) has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being; (b) reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety; (c) reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause physical injury or emotional harm to a student; or (d) occurs off school property and creates or would foreseeably create a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment, where it is foreseeable that the conduct, threats, intimidation or abuse might reach school property.  The harassing behavior may be based on any characteristic, including but not limited to a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender (including gender identity and expression).

 

6.            Sexual Harassment 2nd degree which is defined as:  Intentional and unwelcome behavior, other than physical, which is of a sexual nature, as  perceived by the victim, which may interfere with the  Individual’s welfare or academic performance or which may create an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.  This behavior includes, but is not limited to comments about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words, offensive comments, off-color language, jokes, display of sexually suggestive objects, photos, cartoons or pictures.       

              

7.            Aggravated Harassment 2nd degree:  Communicating with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, email or instant messaging or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm which may or may not be based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice,  disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender (including gender identity and expression)   regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.  In addition, students are not permitted to use any form of electronic communication, including their own personal electronic devices, to intimidate, harass or threaten others.  This type of harassment is generally referred to as cyber bullying.  Any student who violates this prohibition is subject to discipline under this provision and/or any other provision in the Code of Conduct that may be applicable to the circumstances involved.  Additionally, school districts in New York State may take action when students engage in off-campus conduct that would foreseeably interfere with or disrupt the work and discipline of the school as part of a comprehensive approach to intervening to prevent harassment and cyber bullying.

 

8.            Hazing 2nd degree:  Hazing is an induction, initiation or membership process involving harassment which produces public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule or creates a situation where public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule is likely to occur.

9.            Forgery:  Signing another person’s name to a document with the intent to deceive or defraud.

              

10.          Gambling:  Playing games of chance on school grounds.

 

11.          Petit Larceny:  The wrongful taking, obtaining or withholding of another’s property.

 

12.          Possession of Stolen Property:  Possessing property of another without the owner’s permission.

 

13.          Bribery:  Using money or favors given or promised to a person to induce or influence them.

 

14.          Extortion:  Obtaining anything from a person by threats of force or undue illegal power or ingenuity.                          

              

15.          Trespassing:  Enters or remains unlawfully in any restricted area in or upon the school grounds, including but not limited to lockers and vehicles.

 

16.          Threatening Behavior:  Any notes or actions that lead staff or students to believe that harm will be caused to others or property.

 

17.          Major Cafeteria Violation:  Throwing food/food fight.

 

18.          Criminal Mischief:  Intentional or reckless destruction of property.

 

19.          Bullying 1st Degree:  Intentionally and repeatedly attempting to intimidate others by means of verbal or physical actions.

 

20.          Violation of NYS Fire Code:  The lighting of any combustible material within the school building or causing a false alarm.

 

21.          Tobacco Use:  Use or possession of tobacco or tobacco related products including, but not limited to: E-cigarettes, (Vapes & Juuls), matches, lighters or imitation tobacco products on school grounds or at a school sponsored function.

 

22.          Reckless driving:  Inappropriate speed, squealing tires, abrupt braking, disregarding traffic signs or any other act which may interfere with free and proper use of school parking lots or driveways.

 

23.          Major Computer/Internet Violation.

 

24.          Insubordination 1st degree:  Refusal to follow a reasonable request made by an administrator, Dean of Students or School Resource Officer.  (4th cell phone violation.)

 

25.          Leaving school grounds without permission from a parent/guardian or the Principal or Dean of Students.

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26.          Truancy (B):  Absent from school without permission.

 

27.          Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree:  Recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of physical injury to him/herself or others, eg:  use of potentially dangerous objects, intentional discharge of noxious substances such as spray cologne, perfume, hair spray or other similar materials that could trigger an asthmatic or allergic reaction or other unsafe acts on school grounds or school vehicles.

 

28.          Student repeatedly enters non-designated area:  Student entering any school area without supervision, such as the woods, locker room outside of class time without permission, etc.

 

The Principal and Superintendent have the right to suspend up to 5 days with or without a Principal’s or Superintendent’s Hearing, based on the severity or repeated course of conduct.

 

 

CATEGORY 4

Penalty:

 

4 Points AND Automatic Suspension not to exceed 5 days pending either a Principal’s hearing or a Superintendent’s hearing AND Criminal Prosecution where applicable.

 

1.            Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree:  Recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of physical injury to him/herself or others, and has potential to cause (a) physical injury or (b) serious physical injury; eg:  potentially dangerous objects or other unsafe acts on school grounds.

 

2.            Grand Larceny:  The wrongful taking, obtaining or withholding of another’s property with a value exceeding one thousand dollars, including a credit card or debit card.

 

3.            Assault 1st degree:  (a)  Subjecting another person to intentional physical violence (including, but not limited to punching, slapping, pushing, choking) that may result in physical injury, OR (b) serious physical injury OR (c) any intentional physical violence against another person which may or may not be based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group,  religion, religious practice, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender (including gender identity and expression) regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct, OR (d) ANY physical violence directed at a staff member.

 

4.            Harassment/Bullying 1st degree:  Any verbal threats of physical violence, causing annoyance or alarm which may or may not be based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender (including gender identity and expression) regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.

 

5.            Aggravated Harassment 1st degree:  Communicating threats of violence with a

 

person or persons, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, email or instant messaging or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm OR which may or may not be based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group,  religion, religious practice, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender (including gender identity and expression), regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.

 

6.             Threatening Behavior towards Staff/Personnel:  ANY THREAT OF VIOLENCE DIRECTED AT THE SCHOOL OR PERSONNEL regardless of the means of communication, including any bomb threat.

 

7.            Chemical Substance:  In possession of or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia (including substances controlled by law, such as marijuana, prescribed medications, over the counter drugs, or other drugs OR substances that simulate or are purported by a student to be any of the aforementioned OR E-cigarettes).  This applies to both seller (giver) and possessor (taker).

 

8.            Hazing 1st Degree:  Hazing is an induction, initiation or membership process involving harassment which produces public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule or creates a situation where public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule is likely to occur (causing physical injury or severe physical injury).

 

9.            Weapon Possession:  Possession on their person, in an assigned locker, in a vehicle, or any other property of any weapon, defined as a firearm as defined in 18 USC 921 for purposes of the Gun-Free Schools Act.  It also means any other gun, BB gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, disguised gun, imitation gun, loaded or blank cartridges, B-B’s, pellets or any other type of ammunition, dagger, jackknife, dirk, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, brass knuckles, sling shot, metal knuckle knife, box cutter, cane sword, electronic dart gun, Kung Fu star, electronic stun gun, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive or incendiary bomb, or other device, instrument, material or substance that can cause physical injury or death.

               Knives in School:  It is illegal to possess a knife in school.  If a student is caught with a knife, he or she faces a suspension from school for up to a year.

               Every year students show up at school with a knife in a backpack or pocket that they have forgotten they were carrying, or a parent packs one in a lunch bag for use in cutting up a piece of fruit.  If you discover that you have a knife in your possession, simply bring it to the office, and it will be kept there until a parent or guardian comes in to pick it up.  No disciplinary action will be taken in such a case.

 

10.          Sexual Harassment 1st degree:  Intentional and unwelcome physical behavior, which is of a sexual nature, as perceived by the victim, which may interfere with the individual’s welfare or academic performance, or which may create an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.  This behavior includes the touching of the sexually intimate parts of the body including but not limited to the breasts, genitals, buttocks, etc.

 

11.       Police Action:  Any violation which requires police investigation or involvement.

 

 

POINT ACCUMULATION PENALTIES

8 Points – Parent/Guardian phone conference with the Dean of Students.

 

12 Points – 1 Day In-School Suspension AND a conference to include:  Dean of Students, Parent/Guardian, Student, School Counselor and/or student’s teacher(s).

 

16 Points – 2 Days In-School Suspension AND a conference to include:  Dean of Students, Parent/Guardian, Student, School Counselor, and/or student’s teacher(s).

 

20 Points – May include a short term Out-of-School Suspension AND a Principal’s hearing.

 

25 Points – May include a long term Out-of-School Suspension AND a Principal’s or Superintendent’s hearing.

 

FAILURE TO SATISFY INITIALLY ASSESSED PENALTY

The penalty assessed will advance to the next level of consequence as follows:

 

Detention I (2:30 PM-3:00 PM) will advance to Detention II (2:30 PM-4:30 PM)

 

Detention II (2:30 PM-4:30 PM) will advance to one-half day In-School Suspension.

 

One-half day In-School Suspension will advance to one day In-School Suspension.

 

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES AND REFERRALS

 

Discipline is most effective when it deals directly with the problem at the time and place it occurs, and in a way that students view as fair and impartial.  School personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students’ ability to grow in self-discipline.

 

Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair and consistent so as to be the most effective in changing student behavior.  In determining the appropriate disciplinary action, school personnel authorized to impose disciplinary penalties will consider the following:

               1.            The student’s age;

2.            The nature of the offense and the circumstances which led to the offense;

3.            The student’s prior disciplinary record;

4.            The effectiveness of other forms of discipline;

5.            Information from parents, teachers and/or others, as appropriate;

6.            Other extenuating circumstances.

 

If the conduct of a student is related to a disability or suspected disability, the student shall be referred to the Committee on Special Education and discipline, if warranted, shall be administered consistent with the separate requirements of this code of conduct for disciplining students with a disability or presumed to have a disability.  A student identified as having a disability shall not be disciplined for behavior related to his/her disability.

 

The building Principal has the overall responsibility for the implementation of this policy.  The following is the expected normal procedure:

 

All students who are placed in In-School Planning will have their final plans sent home to the parent(s) or guardian(s).

 

Each infraction of the discipline code will result in a consequence and point accumulation towards conferences, suspensions and possible Superintendent’s Hearings.  Students failing to attend a consequence will have their consequence increased as this is considered insubordination.

 

A.  Penalties

 

Students who are found to have violated the District’s Code of Conduct may be subject to the following penalties, either alone or in combination.  The school personnel identified after each penalty are authorized to impose that penalty, consistent with the student’s right to due process.

               1.            Oral warning – any member of the district staff.

2.            Written warning/Assigned to In-School Planning – Dean of Students, Bus Drivers, Hall and Lunch Monitors, Teacher Aides, Coaches, Counselors, Teachers, Principal, Superintendent.

3.            Written notification to parent – Dean of Students, Bus Driver, Hall and Lunch Monitors, Coaches, Counselors, Teachers, Principal, Superintendent.

4.            Detention/Extended Supervision – Dean of Students, Teachers, Principal, Superintendent.

5.            Restitution is expected in the form of monetary compensation, replacement, cleaning, or painting.  This includes damaged lockers.

6.            Driving privileges – may be revoked for a period of time designated by the Principal or Dean of Students at their discretion.

7.            Forgery may result in In-School Suspension, or Out-of-School Suspension.

8.            Throwing food/food fights – The student will lose cafeteria privileges for an extended period of time determined by the Dean or Principal.

9.            Suspension from transportation – Dean of Students, Director of Transportation, Principal, Superintendent.

10.          Suspension from athletic participation – Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Coaches, Principal, Superintendent.

11.          Suspension from social or extracurricular activities – Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Principal, Superintendent.

12.          Suspension of other privileges – Principal, Superintendent, or designee.

13.          In-school suspension – Principal, Superintendent, or designee.

14.          Permanent removal from classroom – Principal

15.          Short-term (five days or less) suspension from school – Principal, Superintendent, Board of Education, or designee.

16.          Long-term (more than five days) suspension from school – Superintendent, Board of Education, or designee.

17.          Permanent suspension from school – Superintendent, Board of Education.

 

18.          Referral for substance abuse assessment – Counselors, School Psychologist, Principal, Superintendent, Board of Education.

19.          Students who are suspended from school or go to In-School Suspension, cannot attend any after-school activities during the suspension period.

B.  Procedures

 

The amount of due process a student is entitled to receive before a penalty is imposed depends on the penalty being imposed.  In all cases, regardless of the penalty imposed, the school personnel authorized to impose the penalty must inform the student of the alleged misconduct and must investigate, to the extent necessary, the facts surrounding the alleged misconduct.  All students will have an opportunity to present their version of the facts to the school personnel imposing the disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.

 

Point Reduction Projects

 

To reduce one point, the student may choose one of the following projects.  All options must be pre-approved by the Dean of Students.

1.            Two (2) hours of community service for senior citizens or persons with disabilities.  For example, a student could help an elderly person with their lawn or any other outdoor task.  The intent of community service is to allow students the opportunity to reduce their disciplinary point total by being of service to the community.

                                                           

2.            Five consecutive days staying after school (2:30-3:00) with one of the student’s teachers and completion of a project relative to that class.  The teacher will determine whether the final project is acceptable.  This is not considered extra credit for class.

 

3.            Working through their guidance counselor to provide           five (5) periods of tutoring assistance to another student.  This must be supervised, approved, and verified by the guidance counselor.

 

4.            Three (3) hours of assistance with the beautification and care of the Marcus Whitman High School or Middle School building.  The student must receive approval from the building principal who will be responsible for approving and verifying the student’s efforts.

 

5.            The student may submit a proposal to be used in place of any of the proposed projects.  The Principal and Dean of Students must pre-approve the plan and verify the completion and quality of the project.

 

When a project has been approved, the student must have the adult with whom they are working fill out the paperwork and return it to the Dean of Students.

 

THE CHOICES ABOVE MAY BE USED ONLY FOR POINT REDUCTION.  THEY MAY NOT BE USED TOWARD CREDIT IN ANY OTHER SCHOOL CLASS OR FUNCTION.

 

Additional Point Reduction

 

If a student does not have a referral for three weeks, the student will have one (1) point removed from their record.  A student cannot “stock pile” points.  For example, if a student that has zero points goes a month without a referral, their record would stay at zero points and not minus one point.  Vacation days will not count toward the three week period.

 

*Students may reduce a maximum of 5 points per year.

 

COMPUTER RESOURCE USAGE POLICY

 

Every student and parent/guardian is expected to sign the Student Use of Computerized Information Resources 7315F (Acceptable Use Policy).  Students will not be allowed to use any district computing resources without the signed Acceptable Use Policy.

 

Use of the District Computing System (DCS) or personal electronic devices during school activities is for educational and/or research use only, and must be consistent with the goals and purposes of the Marcus Whitman Central School District.  Students are held to the same Acceptable Use requirements when using personal technology, personal Internet service providers or other electronic devices while on school grounds or at school events.  The standards of acceptable use as well as prohibited conduct, as outlined in the District Acceptable Use policy, regulations, and the Student Code of Conduct, are not intended to be all-inclusive.

 

In addition, students need to pay special attention to the following:

 

In addition to the District’s general requirements governing student behavior, specific activities shall be prohibited by students on school property or at school events, with either personal or District resources including, but not limited to the following:

 

1.            Using the DCS or personal devices/services to obtain, view, download, send, print, display or otherwise gain access to or to transmit materials that are unlawful, obscene, pornographic or abusive;

2.            Using or attempting to use account details and passwords belonging to other users;

3.            The loading and printing of data files, either text or graphics, with any level of inappropriate material content (defined as explicit sexual, violent, drug related or containing indecent language) is explicitly forbidden and may lead to suspension of user accounts;

4.            Tampering or attempting to tamper with computer hardware or cabling;

5.            Removing or attempting to remove any pre-installed software without prior permission from an authorized person (Computer Services Coordinator, Building Principal, School Superintendent);

6.            Modifying or attempting to modify any system or network settings without prior permission from an authorized person (Computer Services Coordinator, Building Principal, School Superintendent);

7.            Accessing, or attempting to access, data stored on servers with an administrative function, including but not limited to, school administration and faculty email;

 

8.            Modifying, or attempting to modify, data outside student’s personal account, including but not limited to other student and administrative data;

9.            Using, attempting to use, or installing hacking tools, including but not limited to, remote control programs, password loggers, etc.;

10.          Use of obscene or vulgar language;

11.          Harassing, insulting, bullying, threatening or attacking others;

12.          Damaging, disabling or otherwise interfering with the operation of computers, computer systems, software or related equipment through physical action or by electronic means;

13.          Using unauthorized software on the DCS;

14.          Changing, copying, renaming, deleting, reading or otherwise accessing files or software not created by the student without express permission from the computer coordinator;

15.          Violating copyright law, including the illegal file sharing of music, videos and software;

16.          Employing the DCS for non-educational, commercial purposes, product advertisement or political lobbying;

17.          Disclosing an individual password to others or using others’ passwords;

18.          Transmitting material, information or software in violation of any District policy or regulation, the District Code of Conduct, and/or federal, state and local law or regulation;

19.          Revealing personal information about oneself or of other students including, but not limited to, disclosure of home address and/or telephone number;

20.          Accessing websites that are blocked by the District content filter on a personal device, or using personal internet access is prohibited, unless under the direct supervision of a staff member.

21.          Creating or using a website or blog which may cause a substantial disruption in the school environment or interfere with the rights of others;

22.          Using digital device (such as cell or camera phones), electronic technology and/or media to facilitate cheating, plagiarism, etc.

23.          Using personal technology during instructional time without the expressed consent of the teacher or staff.

24.          Using or attempting to use personal technology on networks/Wi-Fi other than those designated for personal use.

 

Internet Rules

 

It is the intention of MWCSD to provide as open an access to the Internet for student research as possible; however, we will deny access to sites containing any or all of the following material:  Sex, Violence, Nudity, Obscene Language, Incitement to Racism, Incitement to Religious Persecution, Incitement to Drug or Alcohol Abuse, Chat Rooms and Role Playing Games.  These types of sites and others will be filtered in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the District’s Internet Safety Policy.   In addition, these types of sites are not to be accessed by personal technology devices or services during school activities.

 

Penalties:

 

Any student found bypassing or attempting to bypass the security and filtering we have in

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place or violating any of the computer usage regulations listed will be subject to penalties based upon the severity of the infraction.  This may include loss of non-essential privileges for a length of time or complete loss of all privileges related to district computer resources.

 

In addition, students may be limited to use of one single computer terminal located in direct view of a staff member.  Applicable consequences listed in the Offenses section of the Code of Conduct may also be imposed.

 

TELEPHONE/ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 

Unsupervised, unsolicited use of electronic devices (ipods, phones, cameras, etc.) does not currently hold value in our educational environment and should not interrupt instruction during the school day which runs from 7:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Additionally, technology use is strictly prohibited in locker rooms, restrooms and any other areas where a person would reasonably expect some degree of personal privacy.  If such offense occurs, this will automatically fall into a Level 4 category.  Finally, you must receive permission from the person whose picture you are taking before taking a picture.  Cell phones may be used during the school day ONLY in the following designated locations:  Dean of Students office, nurse’s office and counseling office.  Students are welcome to make calls from the Main Office when needed.  Students using cell phones will NOT communicate with other students attending classes.  Juniors and Seniors in good academic standing will be allowed to use their cell phones/electronic devices during lounge or courtyard (seasonal).  If a Junior or Senior is placed on the Warning/Ineligible list, that student is placed in a structured study hall and will lose cell phone/electronic device privileges during the time they are on the list.  If any of these devices are noticed by a staff member other than in the designated locations, they will be confiscated and turned in to the Dean of Students.  The following are consequences for violations:

 

First Offense:  Warning issued, and the cell phone/device will be held in the Dean’s office.  The phone/device will be returned to student at the end of the day.

 

Second Offense:  This will be considered a Category 1 offense and 1 point assessed.  The cell phone/device will be secured in the Dean’s office.  A parent/guardian will be required to come in and pick up the phone/device.

 

Third Offense:  This will be considered a Category 2 offense.  2 points will be assessed, and the student will be required to stay for an extended detention (2:30 PM-4:30 PM).  The cell phone/device will be secured in the Dean’s office and a parent/guardian will be required to come in and pick up the phone/device.

 

Fourth Offense:  This will be considered Insubordination 1st degree, a Category 3 offense.  3 points will be assessed and up to 3 days of In-School Suspension assigned.  The cell phone/device will be secured with the Principal.  A parent will be required to come in and pick up the phone/device and meet with the Principal.  Any subsequent offenses regarding cell phones will be considered Insubordination.  3 points will be assessed and the student may be assigned up to 3 days In-School Suspension. 

 

Laser pens/pointers are not permitted in school.  Prohibited items may be secured and

 

held until the parent/guardian comes in for consultation.  Students choosing to have electronic devices in school do so at their own risk.  The school is not responsible monetarily for stolen or damaged items.

 

Lastly, in addition to the MW Student Code of Conduct, our current Acceptable Use Policy for technology use in the district may be taken into account when defining appropriate use of electronic devices.

 

DRUG, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO ABUSE POLICY

 

Students who are caught buying, selling, using, under the influence of or in possession of drugs or purported drugs, alcohol, tobacco, imitation tobacco products or any related materials such as matches, lighters, etc., will be immediately suspended pending a parent/guardian meeting.  In addition, an evaluation by a drug referral agent is required where applicable.

 

Students suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be subject to an assessment by DITEP (Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals) trained staff members.  The principal or his/her designee will notify parent(s)/guardian(s) immediately of the results, either positive or negative. Appropriate referrals/recommendations will be provided to parent(s)/guardian(s) as needed.

 

Refusal:  If a student refuses to participate in the assessment process, that student will be considered insubordinate and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as provided for in the Code of Conduct under Category 3, number 23 (Insubordination 1st degree).  Parents/Guardians will also be contacted and required to take their child home. 

 

Subsequent offenses will be dealt with by the administrators with possible in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension and/or a Superintendent’s hearing.  All offenses will be considered cumulative.