EACH STUDENT IS EXPECTED TO SHOW RESPECT TO ALL PERSONNEL.
Students who do not comply with the rules and regulations of CHES and the Marshall County Board of Education will be subject to in-school suspension, suspension from class or school, denial of the right to attend or participate in extra-curricular activities, or other appropriate action.† Corporal punishment is another option as outlined in the Marshall County School Board Policy Manual.†
Rules and General Suggestions to Students and Parents
1.† Instruct your child never to converse with, never accept a gift from, and never get in a car with a stranger.
2. All uses of tobacco and tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and associated paraphernalia, are prohibited in all of the school district's buildings. Smoking shall be prohibited in any public seating areas, including but not limited to, bleachers used for sporting events, or public restrooms.† The use of tobacco or tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and associated paraphernalia, will be prohibited in all vehicles, owned, leased or operated by the district.† District employees and students enrolled in the district's schools will not be permitted to use tobacco or tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and associated paraphernalia, while they are participants in any class or activity in which they represent the school district.† Any student seventeen (17) or under who possesses tobacco products shall be issued a citation by the school principal/resource officer.† The director of schools, in cooperation with the juvenile court and the local police/sheriffís department, is responsible for developing procedures for issuance of the citations which shall include the form and content of citations and methods of handling completed citations.† Any student eighteen (18) years of age or older who uses tobacco products on school property or possesses tobacco in any school building shall be subject to the following disciplinary action(s):
1st Offense - Five (5) days ISS/video and report
2nd Offense - Alternative School
3rd Offense - Recommendation of expulsion
Parents and students shall be notified of this citation requirement at the beginning of each school year.† Signs will be posted throughout the district's facilities to notify students, employees and all other persons visiting the school that the use of tobacco and tobacco products is forbidden. The following notice shall be prominently posted (including at each ticket booth) for elementary or secondary school sporting events:† Smoking is prohibited by law in seating areas and in restrooms. MCSS Policy 1.803
1.† Students will be disciplined for insolence, disrespect, or insubordination.
2.† Use of vulgar/inappropriate language will not be tolerated.
3.† Willful destruction of public property must be paid for by parents of pupil(s) responsible, and disciplinary action may be taken.
4.† Rowdy behavior (fighting, throwing rocks, running, pushing, shoving, yelling, slamming doors, etc.) will not be accepted.
5.† Textbooks issued are the property of the Marshall County Board.† They should be used with care and returned in good condition.† Students will be responsible for reimbursement of books which are lost, stolen, or damaged.† Students whose library books are lost, stolen, or damaged will be assessed and replacement costs for the books will be expected.
6.† Students must have teacherís permission to leave playground or enter building during recess.
7.† Many, but not all, teachers send home daily e-mails with homework assignments and upcoming events.† These e-mails are sent to everyone who signs up to receive the e-mail.† If your childís teacher offers mass e-mailing of assignments and events, please be aware that your e-mail address may be viewed by others who receive the same e-mail.
8.† Any student who is diabetic, takes medication, has a heart condition, etc. should make the teacher aware of this condition at the beginning of the school year.
9.† Toys, collectable items, video games, head sets, earphones, personal entertainment devices and other non-academic items should not be brought to school, unless authorizes by school personnel.
10.† Any/all non-academic items are prohibited, unless authorized by school personnel.
11.† The use of facility/playground areas after school hours must have approval from the Marshall County School Board.
12.† Discipline procedures include verbal warning, written warning, phone call to parent/guardian, written report to parent/guardian, ISS, OSS, removal from school activities/events, corporal punishment.
Rights and Responsibilities
†††††††††††† The Board expects all school staff, students and parents to assume the responsibility for appropriate behaviors in the school.† Each student has the right to:
1. Have the opportunity for a free education in the most appropriate learning environment;
2. Be secure in his/her person, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizure;
3. Expect that the school will be a safe place;
4. Have an appropriate environment conducive to learning;
5. Not be discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin or
6. Be fully informed of school rules and regulations.
Each student has the responsibility to:
1. Know and adhere to reasonable rules and regulations established by the Board;
2. Respect the human dignity and worth of every other individual;
3. Refrain from libel, slanderous remarks, and obscenity in verbal and written expression;
4. Study and maintain the best possible level of academic achievement;
5. Be punctual and present in the regular school program;
6. Maintain and/or improve the school environment, preserve school and private property, and
exercise care while using school facilities;
7. Refrain from behavior which would lead to physical or emotional harm or disrupt the educational
8. Respect the authority of school administrators, teachers and other authorized personnel in maintaining discipline in the school and at school-sponsored activities.† MCSS Policy 6.301
Code of Behavior and Discipline
The director of schools shall be responsible for the overall implementation and supervision of the Boardís Code of Behavior and Discipline and shall ensure that students at all schools are subject to a uniform and fair application of the Code.† The principal of each school shall be responsible for implementation and administration in his/her school and shall apply the Code uniformly and fairly to each student at the school without partiality and discrimination.
The Board delegates to the director of schools the responsibility of developing more specific codes of behavior and discipline which are appropriate for each level of school, namely, elementary, middle and senior high. The development of each code shall involve principals and faculty members of each level of school and shall be consistent with the content of the Boardís Code.† A copy of the Code shall be posted at each school and guidance counselors shall be supplied copies for discussion with students. The code shall be referenced in all school handbooks. All teachers, administrative
staff and parents shall be provided copies of the Code.† MCSS Policy 6.300
In order to maintain conditions and atmosphere suitable for learning, no person shall enter onto a school bus except: 1. Students assigned to that bus; 2. Parents of students who have prior permission to enter the bus (field trip, chaperone, etc.); 3. Marshall County School System employees; or 4. Other persons with lawful and valid business on the bus.
The school bus is an extension of school activity; therefore, students shall conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior.† Students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on his/her bus, and all reasonable directions given by him/her shall be followed.
A driver may remove a student in the event that the driver finds it necessary for the safety of the other student passengers or the driver, provided that the driver secures the safety of the ejected student for the uncompleted trip. A driver shall report to school authorities as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the route, any student refusing to obey the driver or exiting the bus without the driver's permission at a point other than the student's destination for that trip.
The Supervisor of Transportation shall be informed by the bus driver of any serious discipline problem and may be called upon to assist if necessary. In the event that an incident takes place near a school, the principal may be called upon to assist. A student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if the principal/designee determines that his/her behavior is such as to cause disruption on the bus, or if he/she disobeys state or local rules and regulations pertaining to student transportation.† Students in violation of bus conduct rules shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with established Board policy and regulations governing student conduct and discipline.
Bus Drivers will take and/or fax bus conduct forms which they have completed to the principal/principal designee who will determine the severity of the action and the appropriate discipline in accordance with Board Policy 6.313.† All bus riders will receive a group explanation of this procedure and a copy of this policy.
Any student found destroying seats or committing any other act of bus vandalism will be required to pay for the actual damages, according to a payment schedule agreed upon by the principal and parent/guardian, before the student will be allowed to ride any Marshall County school bus again. Restitution for damages will be required in addition to other consequences that the student had incurred.† Special Education children will have an IEP-team meeting after the first warning.
The suspension of a student from riding the school bus shall follow the same procedures as for any other school suspension.† A school bus driver should never put a child off the bus for disciplinary purposes at any point to and from school.† Any student who gets off the bus at any point between the pick-up point and school must present the bus driver with a note of authorization from the parent or guardian and principal of the school that the student attends.†
Any student wishing to ride a bus other than his/her designated bus must have written permission of parent or guardian and the written approval of the principal or his/her designee which includes the name, address, and phone number of where the child is to be taken.† (This includes riding to a friendís house, grandparent, babysitter, etc.† This note must be presented to the school office.† The school will then provide the students with a form furnished by the bus garage, including the studentís name, bus number, and the address of the stop.)
Students who transfer from bus to bus while enroot to and from school shall be expected to abide by the discipline policies adopted by the Board and rules adopted by the staff of the terminal school.† Students should not be allowed to get off a school bus until they reach their destination, except in cases of emergency or when students have notes signed by the parents and principal, or when the parent appears in person to get the child.
The principal of a school will have jurisdiction over students from another school when they are waiting for transportation on his/her campus. He/she shall have the authority to discipline any of these students for misconduct while on the school grounds or in the school building. The principal taking action shall make written notification, as prescribed by the discipline policy and send a copy to the principal of the school which the student attends.
Use of Video Cameras- Video cameras may be used to monitor student behavior on school vehicles transporting students to and from school or extracurricular activities.† The district shall comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to video recordings when such recordings are considered for retention as part of the student's behavioral record as determined by the district and in accordance with the law.
Video surveillance shall be used only to promote the order, safety and security of students, staff and property.
The director of schools is directed to develop procedures for governing the use of video cameras in accordance with the provisions of the law and established Board policies.† MCSS Policy 6.308
The following procedure will govern how students, teachers, staff and community members shall submit bus safety complaints: 1. All complaints shall be submitted to the transportation supervisor; and 2. Forms may be submitted in person, via phone, mail, or email.† Written complaints shall be submitted on forms located on the districtís website. In the case of a complaint received via phone, the person receiving the phone call shall be responsible for filling out the form and submitting it to the transportation supervisor.† The report shall include:† 1. The name and phone number of the person filing the complaint; 2. The time and date that the safety issue took place; 3. The bus number; 4. The location of the SAFETY issue; 5. A brief description of what happened.
The transportation supervisor shall begin an investigation of all bus safety complaints within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt.† Within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of the initial complaint, the transportation supervisor shall submit a preliminary report to the director of schools. This report shall include: 1. The time and date the complaint was received; 2. The name of the bus driver; 3. A copy or summary of the complaint; and 4. Any prior complaints or disciplinary actions taken against the driver.† Within sixty (60) school days of receiving the initial complaint, the transportation supervisor shall submit a final written report to the director of schools that details the investigationís findings as well as the action taken in response to the complaint.† An annual notice of this complaint process shall be provided to parents and students. This information shall be made available on the systemís website for the 2017-2018 school year, and in the student handbook thereafter.† MCSS Policy 3.400
Each bus will be equipped with the phone number for reporting SAFETY complaints.† This number shall appear on the rear bumper.† The caller will be asked to leave a message and the call will be returned.
Any questions concerning bus transportation should be directed to, Supervisor of Transportation, at 359-4866.
Suspension of Students
†††††††††††† Any principal, principal-teacher or assistant principal (herein called principal) may suspend/expel any student from attendance at school or any school-related activity on or off campus or from attendance to a specific class or classes, or from riding a school bus, without suspending such student from attendance at school (in-school suspension), for good and sufficient reasons including, but not limited to:† 1. Willful and persistent violation of the rules of the school; 2. Immoral or disreputable conduct, including vulgar or profane language; 3. Violence or threatened violence against the person of any personnel attending or assigned to any school; 4. Willful or malicious damage to real or personal property of the school, or the property of any person attending or assigned to the school; 5. Inciting, advising or counseling of others to engage in any of the acts herein enumerated; 6. Possession of a pistol, gun or fire arm on school property; 7. Possession of a knife, etc., as defined in TCA 39-17-1309, on school property; 8. Assaulting a principal, teacher, school bus driver or other school personnel with vulgar, obscene or threatening language; 9. Unlawful use or possession of barbital or legend drugs, as defined in TCA 53-10-101; 10. Engaging in behavior which disrupts a class or school-sponsored activity; 11. Making a threat, including a false report, to use a bomb, dynamite, any other deadly explosive or destructive device including chemical weapons on school property or at a school sponsored event; 12. One (1) or more students initiating a physical attack on an individual student on school property or at a school activity, including travel to and from school; 13. Off-campus criminal behavior resulting in felony charges; when behavior poses a danger to persons or property or disrupts the educational process; and 14. Any other conduct prejudicial to good order or discipline in any school.
†††††††††††† If as a result of an investigation, a principal or his/her designee finds that a student acted in self-defense under a reasonable belief that the student, or another to whom the student was coming to the defense, may have been facing the threat of imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury, then, the student may not face any disciplinary action.
1. Students given an in-school suspension in excess of one (1) day from classes shall attend either
special classes attended only by students guilty of misconduct or be placed in an isolated area appropriate for study; and 2. Personnel responsible for in-school suspension will see that each student is supervised at all times and has textbooks and class work assignments from his/her regular teachers. Students given in-school suspension shall be required to complete academic assignments and shall receive credit for work completed.
Procedures for Out of School Suspension and Expulsion
1. Unless the student's continued presence in the school, class or school-related activity presents an
immediate danger to the student or other persons or property, no principal shall suspend/expel any
student until that student has been advised of the nature of his/her misconduct, questioned about it,
and allowed to give an explanation. 2. Upon suspension/expulsion of any student (in-school suspension in excess of one (1) day), the principal shall make an immediate attempt to contact the parent or guardian to inform them of the suspension/expulsion. The student shall not be sent home before the end of the school day unless the parent or guardian has been contacted. 3. The principal shall notify the parent or guardian and the director of schools or designee in writing:† a. Of the suspension/expulsion and the cause for it; and b. A request for a meeting with the parent or guardian, student and principal, to be held as soon as possible, but no later than five (5) days following the suspension/expulsion.† 4. Immediately following the scheduled meeting, whether or not attended by the parent or guardian or student, the principal shall determine the length of the suspension/expulsion and set conditions for readmission. If the principal determines the length of the suspension to be between six (6) and the maximum often (10) days, the principal shall develop and implement a plan for correcting the behavior when the student returns to school.† 5. If at the time of the suspension the principal determines that an offense has been committed which, in the judgment of the principal would justify a suspension/expulsion for more than ten (10) days, he/she may suspend/expel/remand the student unconditionally for a specified period of time or upon such terms and conditions as are deemed reasonable.† 6. The principal shall immediately give written or actual notice to the parent or guardian and the student of the right to appeal the decision to suspend/expel/remand for more than ten (10) days. All appeals must be filed, orally or in writing, within five (5) days after receipt of the notice and may be filed by the parent or guardian, the student or any person holding a teaching license who is employed by the school system if requested by the student.† 7. The appeal from this decision shall be to the Board or to a disciplinary hearing authority appointed by the Board.† 8. If the suspension/expulsion occurs during the last ten (10) days of any term or semester, the student shall be permitted to take such final examinations or submit such required work as necessary to complete the course of instruction for that semester, subject to conditions prescribed by the principal.† 9. Students who have been suspended Out of School, placed in In-School Suspension, or placed in Alternative School may not participate in any school related extracurricular activities until the end of the regular school day on the last day of the suspension.† MCSS Policy 6.316
The board delegates to the director of schools the responsibility of developing specific codes of conduct 1 which are appropriate for each level of school. The development of each code shall involve principals and faculty members of each level and shall be consistent with the relevant policies as adopted by the board.
The following levels of misbehavior and disciplinary procedures and options are designed to protect all members of the educational community in the exercise of their rights and duties and to maintain a safe learning environment where orderly learning is possible and encouraged. These misbehaviors apply to student conduct on school buses, on school property, and while students are on school sponsored outings.
Misbehaviors: Level I- Minor misbehavior on the part of the student which impedes orderly classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of the school, but which can usually be handled by an individual staff member.† Examples (not an exclusive listing):† Classroom disturbances, classroom tardiness, cheating and lying, abusive language, non-defiant failure to do assignments or carry out directions, victimization of any student (Harassment [Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious], Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and/or Hazing).
Disciplinary Procedures:† Immediate intervention by the staff member.† Determine what offense was committed and its severity.† Determine offender and that he/she understands the nature of the offense.† Employ appropriate disciplinary options.† Record of the offense and disciplinary action maintained by staff member.
Disciplinary Options:† Verbal reprimand, special Assignment, restricting activities, assigning work details, counseling, withdrawal of privileges, issuance of demerits, strict supervised study, detention, corporal punishment, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension
Misbehaviors: Level II- Misbehavior whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school. Included in this level are misbehaviors which do not represent a direct threat to the health and safety of others but whose educational consequences are serious enough to require corrective action on the part of administrative personnel. Examples (not an exclusive listing):† Continuation of unmodified Level I behaviors, school or class tardiness, school or class truancy, use of tobacco, using forged notes or excuses, disruptive classroom behavior, victimization of any student (Harassment [Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious], Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and/or Hazing).
Disciplinary Procedures:† Student is referred to principal for appropriate disciplinary action.† Principal meets with student and teacher.† Principal hears accusation made by teacher, permits student the opportunity of explaining his/her conduct, denying it or explaining any mitigating circumstances.† Principal takes appropriate disciplinary action and notifies teacher of action.† Record of offense and disciplinary action maintained by principal.
Disciplinary Options:† Teacher/schedule change, modified probation, behavior modification, social probation, peer counseling, referral to outside agency, in-school suspension, transfer, detention, suspension from school-sponsored activities or from riding school bus, corporal punishment, restricting school related honors student is otherwise due, out-of-school suspension not to exceed ten (10) days.
Misbehaviors Level III- Acts directly against persons or property but whose consequences do not seriously endanger the health or safety of others in the school.† Examples (not an exclusive listing):† Continuation of unmodified Level I and II behaviors, fighting (simple), vandalism (minor), use, possession, sale, distribution, and/or being under the influence of tobacco, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or alcohol, stealing, threats to others, victimization of any student (Harassment† [Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious], Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and/or Hazing).
Disciplinary Procedures:† Student is referred to principal for appropriate disciplinary action.† Principal meets with student and teacher.† Principal hears accusation by accusing party and permits offender the opportunity of explaining conduct.† Principal takes appropriate disciplinary action.† Principal may refer incident to director of schools and make recommendations for consequences.† If studentís program is to be changed, adequate notice shall be given to the student and his/her parents/guardians of the charges against him, his/her right to appear at a hearing and to be represented by a person of his/her choosing. Any change in school assignment is appealable to the Board.† Record of offense and disciplinary action maintained by principal or director of schools.
Disciplinary Options:† In-school suspension , detention, corporal punishment, restitution from loss, damage or stolen property, out-of-school suspension not to exceed ten (10) days, social adjustment classes, transfer, long term out-of-school suspension, alternative School
Misbehaviors: Level IV- Acts which result in violence to anotherís person or property or which pose a threat to the safety of others in the school. These acts are so serious that they usually require administrative actions which result in the immediate removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities or action by the Board.† If a studentís action poses a threat to the safety of others in the school, a teacher, principal, school employee, or school bus driver may use reasonable force when necessary to prevent bodily harm or death to another person. Examples (not an exclusive listing):† Unmodified Level I, II and III behaviors, death threat (hit list), extortion, bomb threat, possession/use/transfer of dangerous weapons*, assault that results in bodily injury upon any teacher, principal, administrator, any other employee of the school, or a school resource officer*, aggravated assault* vandalism, theft/possession/sale of stolen property, arson,
possession of unauthorized substances (i.e. any controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, or legend drug)*, use/transfer of unauthorized substances, victimization of any student (Harassment [Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious], Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and/or Hazing).
Disciplinary Procedures:† Principal confers with appropriate staff members and with the student.† Principal hears accusation by accusing party and permits offender opportunity of explaining conduct.† Parents/guardians are notified as soon as possible.† Law enforcement officials are contacted.† Incident is reported and recommendations made to the director of schools.† Complete and accurate reports are submitted to the director of schools.† Student is given hearing before disciplinary hearing authority.
Disciplinary Options:† Out-of-school suspension, alternative schools, other hearing authority or Board action which results in appropriate placement, Suspension for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year subject to modification by the director of schools on a case-by-case basis.
Additional Guidelines:† 1. A student shall not be suspended solely because charges are pending against him/her in juvenile or other court.† 2. A principal shall not impose successive short term suspensions that cumulatively exceed ten (10) days for the same offense.† 3. A teacher or other school official shall not reduce or authorize the reduction of a studentís grade because of discipline problems except in deportment or citizenship.† 4. A student shall not be denied the passing of a course or grade promotion solely on the basis of absences except as provided by board policy.† 5. A student shall not be denied the passing of a course or grade promotion solely on the basis of failure to:† a. pay any activity fee; b. pay a library or other school fine; or c. make restitution for lost or damaged school property.† MCSS Policy 6.313
Zero Tolerance Offenses
†††††††††††† In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment, the following offenses shall not be tolerated:
Weapons and Dangerous Instruments
†††††††††††† Students shall not possess, handle, transmit, use or attempt to use any dangerous weapon in school buildings or on school grounds at any time, or in school vehicles and/or buses or off the school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, function or event.† Dangerous weapons for the purposes of this policy shall include, but are not limited to a firearm or anything manifestly designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury or anything that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.
†††††††††††† Violators of this section shall be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from school.† Firearms (as def ned in 18 U.S.C. ß 921)3† In accordance with state law, any student who brings or possess a firearm on school property shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.
Drugs/2nd Offense Alcohol
†††††††††††† In accordance with state law, any student who unlawfully possesses any drug including any controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, or legend drug on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.† Offenses include possession, consumption or being under the influence.
†††††††††††† In accordance with state law, any student who commits aggravated assault or commits assault that results in bodily injury upon any teacher, principal administrator, any other employee of the school or school resource officer shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.
†††††††††††† In accordance with state law, any student who transmits by an electronic device any communication containing a credible threat to cause bodily injury or death to another student or school employee and the transmission of such threat creates actual disruptive activity at the school that requires administrative intervention shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.