STUDENT CONDUCT

 

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/sheriff’s 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

3.  Students will be disciplined for insolence, disrespect, or insubordination.

4.  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.

5.  Inappropriate use of language will not be tolerated.

6.  Students must have teacher’s permission to leave playground or enter building during recess.

7.  Your child should receive plenty of sleep each night to assure maximum learning capabilities.

8.  Willful destruction of public property must be paid for by parents of pupils responsible, and disciplinary action may be taken.

9.  Rowdy behavior (fighting, throwing rocks, running, pushing, shoving, yelling, slamming doors, etc.) will not be accepted.

10.  Toys, video games, head sets and other non-academic items should not be brought to school.

11.  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.

12.  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 you prefer that your e-mail address not be viewed by others, you should not sign up for this service.  If your child’s 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.

13.  Baseball/Football/Trading cards, Silly Bands, or any other collectible items and toys are prohibited.

14.  No earphones, walkmans, CD/cassette players or personal entertainment devices (iPods, hand held gaming systems, etc.) are allowed at school or school sponsored activities, unless authorized by school personnel.

15.  The use of facility/playground areas after school hours must have approval from the Marshall County School Board.

16.  Any/all non-academic items are prohibited, unless authorized by school personnel.

17.  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

disabilities; and

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

process; and

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 Board’s 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 Board’s 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

 

Bus Conduct

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 Supervisor of Transportation 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 Supervisor of Transportation who will determine the severity of the action and the appropriate discipline in accordance with Board Policy 6.313. The Supervisor will send the Discipline form to the schools to be given to the student by the principal/designee. The discipline form will include the contact information for the Supervisor of Transportation if parents have questions.  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.  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

Any questions concerning bus transportation should be directed to, Supervisor of Transportation, at 359-4866.

 

Lunch Room Rules

The cafeteria is maintained as a service to all students of C.H.E.S.  While in the cafeteria students should obey the following rules:

1.  Students should remain seated at all times.

2.  Students should maintain clean tables and pick up any debris in their area.

3.  Students should not run in the cafeteria.

4.  Students should speak softly while in cafeteria, and be considerate of others.  Good manners should be practiced at all times.  Elevated noise levels could result in cafeteria monitors inability to hear students in emergency situations.

5.  Students who need to leave cafeteria during breakfast/lunch must obtain permission from a cafeteria monitor.

6.  Students who fail to follow cafeteria guidelines are subject to further disciplinary action, such as, silent lunch, assigned seat, isolation, or removal from cafeteria.

7. Simple rule to follow – Cafeteria behavior should be patterned or practiced as if you were at home. 

Guests are requested to adhere to the same rules as the students.

 

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.

In-School Suspension

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

 

Discipline Procedures

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.

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, harassment (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious)

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 which might affect citizenship or deportment grades, 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, harassment (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious)

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), stealing, threats to others, harassment (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious)

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 student’s program is to be changed, adequate notice shall be given to the student and his/her parents 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 another’s 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.  Examples (not an exclusive listing):  Unmodified Level I, II and III behaviors, death threat, extortion, bomb threat, possession/use/transfer of dangerous weapons*, assault, battery*, vandalism, theft/possession/sale of stolen property, arson, possession of unauthorized substances*, use/transfer of unauthorized substances, harassment (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious)

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 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 student’s 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. § 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 or legend drug 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.

Assault

             In accordance with state law, any student who commits aggravated assault as defined in § 39-13-102 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.

Electronic Threats

             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.

Notification

             When it is determined that a student has violated this policy, the principal of the school shall notify the student’s parent or guardian and the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system as required by law.  MCSS Policy 6.309

Drug Free Schools

 In order to protect the rights of students, to safeguard the learning environment, and to contribute to a “Drug Free” community, the Board’s plan for dealing with alcohol and drugs shall include the follow­ing:  1. Appropriate ways for handling alcohol/drug-related medical emergencies; 2. Guidelines for reporting alcohol/drug incidents and illegal activities; 3. Guidelines for referral of students who may have an alcohol/drug problem and/or are considered "high risk" to agencies and other sources of appropriate help; 4. Effective working relationships with appropriate community agencies, such as alcohol/drug service providers, law enforcement agencies and judicial officials.

             Through the use of state guidelines the director of schools shall be responsible for:  1. Developing and implementing an appropriate curriculum on alcohol and drug education for stu­dents; 2. Providing adequate information and training for all staff personnel as appropriate to their respon­sibilities; 3. Implementing the relevant portions of the Drug-Free Youth Act 2; 4. Developing administrative rules and guidelines for the school system to effectively respond to alcohol and drug situations that may occur at school or school-sponsored events; and 5. Providing notification to parents and students that compliance with this policy is mandatory.

Students will not consume, possess, use, sell, distribute or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages in school buildings or on school grounds at any time, in school vehicles or buses, or at any school-sponsored activity, function or event whether on or off school grounds. This includes but is not limited to abuse of inhalants and prescription drugs.  Disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on students who violate standards of conduct required by this policy. Such sanctions will be consistent with local, state and federal laws, up to and including suspen­sion/expulsion as well as referral for prosecution. Completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program may also be recommended. Information about drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs will be made available through the school office.  MCSS Policy 6.307