Student Behavioral Expectations
The District strives to provide a safe and inviting place for students and staff. Maintaining a climate of safety and respect is everyone’s responsibility.
It is expected that both children and adults will respect the rights of all others in helping to create a safe environment.
Courtesy and consideration for people and property is expected of students while in school and at school-related functions, regardless of location.
Disciplinary procedures will be considered within the context of the circumstances.
Consequences may also arise for misconduct that occurs off school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity where the misconduct can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s equal access to educational programs.
Discipline Philosophy and Student Expectations and Consequences
We believe in the use of restorative practices, but each offense cannot be prescribed and may include disciplinary consequences and/or restorative practices.
The Board recognizes the need for discretion and sensitivity with regard to the unique circumstances of each case.
Consequences for failure to meet student expectations and violations of school policies may result in, but not be limited to, disciplinary actions, including:
- loss of appropriate activity or privilege,
- disciplinary warning,
- community service,
- long-term suspension or
- other restorative or disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate by school administrators.
According to policy, students who violate drug and alcohol expectations will be removed from participation from all extra and co-curricular activities for three months.
Co- and extracurricular activities include: participation on sports teams, clubs, drama productions, attendance at athletic contests, dances, graduation exercises, and those school-sponsored organizations, activities, and events not directly related to the academic and/or testing programs.
Violations of weapons policies may result in long-term suspension. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to consult the district’s policy manual for specific details on suspension and long-term suspension.
While out of school, the student is expected to work on school-related tasks and complete all homework. Suspension or long-term suspension may result in the loss of academic credit or loss of grade for assignments due or tests taken during suspension or long-term suspension.
Chronic violation of student expectations will result in increased severity of disciplinary consequences and may ultimately result in long-term suspension and loss of credit.
Examples of behaviors that will result in restorative or disciplinary consequences include:
- insubordination or failure to comply with a reasonable request from staff;
- threats of any sort; profanity;
- fighting or assaulting behavior of any type on school premises or at any school function regardless of location;
- deliberate destruction of property;
- use of fraud in any school-related activity;
- willful creation of any safety hazard or
- mischievous activation of any type of safety or fire alarm.
The Administration and School Board may also discipline any student for misconduct
- on school property,
- on a school bus,
- or at a school-sponsored activity
when the misconduct makes the continued presence of the pupil harmful to the welfare of the school, or the misconduct does not occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity where direct harm to the welfare of the school can be demonstrated.
Additionally, the Administration and the School Board may discipline any student for misconduct that does not occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity where the misconduct can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s equal access to educational programs.
The Administration will use discretion, where such flexibility is permitted, in the application of consequences. Disciplinary consequences imposed by the administration shall be final and not subject to appeal. What follows are guidelines, benchmarks, and portions/summaries of policies used most often.
Expectations of Students
Preparation for an active participation in learning
It is important for students to be engaged. Full and active participation means listening, talking, doing, creating, reading, laughing, thinking, drawing, searching, or anything else involved in the learning process. Being prepared for class means being on time, begin ready to start, having all necessary supplies, and completing homework before class begins.
Positive attitude toward learning
A positive attitude means trying new things, establishing goals, and becoming involved in one’s studies. Students must challenge themselves and put forth the effort to learn new content and skills.
Respect for self, others, and the environment
Respect is a central theme in all of our schools. Words and actions should be considerate of people and things. This means polite language, a helpful attitude, and a regard for property. Students are expected to be courteous and respectful to staff, faculty, and to one another.