CLARKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Classification of Violations-
Violations of the Code of conduct are grouped into three classifications of minor, intermediate, and major offenses. Each classification is followed by a disciplinary procedure to be implemented by the principal or designees.
Procedures for the Administration of Formal Disciplinary Action-
In the following classes of violations and disciplinary procedures, it is understood that the principal or designee shall hear the student's explanation and consult further with school personnel, if necessary, before determining the classification of the violation. Each classroom teacher will deal with general classroom disruption by taking in-class disciplinary action by making a personal call to the parent(s) or guardian(s) when feasible and/or by scheduling conferences with the parent(s) or guardian(s) and other school staff. Only when the teacher has spoken with a parent and the action taken by the teacher is ineffective or the disruption is severe, should the student be referred to the principal or designee. Failure to bring notebook, pencil, books, or required materials and equipment to class; refusal to do homework or refusal to work in class is not cause for disciplinary referrals unless this has become constant. School personnel should notify parents or guardians of students who consistently exhibit poor work habits and may use in-class disciplinary measures and/or the grading process to attempt to correct the problem.
MINOR OFFENSES- CLASS 1
•1.01 Excessive distraction of other students: Any conduct and/or behavior, which is disruptive to the orderly education process in the classroom or any similar grouping for instruction. Example: talking excessively, interrupting class functions, provoking other students.
•1.02 Illegal organizations: Any participating in fraternities, sororities and secret societies.
•1.03 Threats, harassment or intimidation of a student: The intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to another student, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in the person that such harm is likely.
•1.04 Gambling: Any participation in games of chance for money and/or other things of value.
•1.05 Tardiness/ Reporting late to school or class
•1.06 Use of profane or obscene language
•1.07 Non-conformity to dress code
•1.08 Minor disruption on a school bus
•1.09 Inappropriate public display of affection: Is interpreted as any physical contact such as hand holding, arms around waists, hugging, kissing, etc.
•1.10 Unauthorized absences from school or class
•1.11 Intentionally providing false information to a Board Employee: Including, but nor limited to forgery of parent's name; intentionally providing false information to parents, such as changing grades.
•1.12 Repeated refusal to complete class assignments and failure to bring required instructional materials to class.
•1.13 Vehicular violations
•1.14 Any other violation which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category
ADMINSITRATIVE RESPONSES- CLASS I
Administrative response for Class I violations include but are not limited to the following:
•§ Student conference
•§ Parent contact(s) conference(s)
•§ After school detention
•§ Suspension from school/bus
•§ Out-of-school not to exceed three (3) days (not to exceed a cumulative total of 10 days per semester fro non-special education's student and 10 days per academic year for special education students)
•§ Corporal punishment
•§ Assignment to in-school-suspension
INTERMEDIATE OFFENSES- CLASS II
•2.01 Defiance of Board employee's authority: Any verbal or non-verbal refusal to comply with lawful and reasonable direction or order of a Board employee.
•2.02 Possession, control, or use of tobacco products: the use of any tobacco products while under school jurisdiction.
•2.03 Battery upon students: The actual and intentional pushing or striking another student against the will of the other or the intentional causing of bodily harm to an individual.
•2.04 Fighting: Any physical conflict between two or more individuals.
•2.05 Vandalism: Intentional and deliberate action resulting in injury or damages of less than $200.00 to public property or the real or personal property of another
•2.06 Stealing-Larceny-Petty Theft: The intentional, unlawful taking and/ or carrying away of public, real or personal property valued at less then $100.00 belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
•2.07 Possession of stolen property with the knowledge that it is stolen
•2.08 Threats-Extortion: The verbal or by a written or printed communication, malicious threatening of injury to the person, property or reputation of another, with the intent to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatsoever, or with the intent to compel the person so threatened or any other person to do any act or refrain from doing any act against his/her will. NOTE: Completion of the threat, either by the victim, constitutes a Class III offense.
•2.09 Trespassing: The willful entering or remaining in any structure, conveyance, or property without being authorized, licensed or invited, is warned by an authorized person to depart and refuses to do so.
•2.10 Possession of fireworks or firecrackers
•2.11 Offensive touching of another person
•2.12 Written or verbal propositions to promote sexual acts
•2.13 Use of obscene manifestations (verbal, written, physical) toward another person
•2.14 Direction obscene of profane language to a Board employee or visitor: Verbal assault upon a Board employee or visitor
•2.15 Leaving premises without permission
•2.16 Cheating-serious or repeated violations
•2.17 Any other offense, which the principal may reasonably deem to fall within this category.
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSES- CLASS II
Administrative responses for Class II violations include but are not limited to the following:
•§ Parent contact(s)/ conferences
•§ Corporal punishment
•§ Out-of-school suspension
•§ Assignments to In School Suspension
•§ Assignments to in-school suspension
MAJOR OFFENSES- CLASS III
•3.01 Drugs and alcohol: Unauthorized possession, transfer, use, or sale of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverages. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-783, a person/ student who unlawfully sells, furnishes, or gives a controlled substance to a minor may be liable for injury or damages or both.
•3.02 Arson: The willful and malicious burning of any part of a building or its contents. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-819, parents are liable for damages to school property caused by their child/children.
•3.03 Battery upon Board employee: The threatening by word or act the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of a Board employee against his or her will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to a school Board employee. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-794, it is a felony to assault teachers or employees of the board.
•3.04 Robbery: The taking of money or other property from the person which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another by force, c=violence, assault or putting in fear of the same.
•3.05 Stealing/Larceny/Grand Theft: The intentional unlawful taking and carrying away of property valued at $100.00 or more belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
•3.06 Burglary of school property: the breaking into, entering, or remaining in a structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein during the hours the premises are closed to the public.
•3.07 Criminal mischief: Willful and malicious injury or damages at or in excess of $200.00 to public property, or real property belonging to another.
•3.08 Possession of firearms: Any firearm (including a starter gun) which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffle or firearm silencer; any destructive device. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-817, the possession of a deadly weapon on school premises with the intent to do bodily harm is a Class C felony.
•3.09 Discharging of any pistol, rifle, shotgun, air gun, pellet gun, or BB gun or any other device on school property.
•3.10 Possession of weapons: Any knife metallic knuckle, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or any weapon, instrument, or other object capable of causing bodily harm, or with the intent to be armed. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-817, the possession of a deadly weapon is a Class C felony.
•3.11 Bomb threats: Any such communication(s) directed to a school employee, which has the effect or interrupting the educational process.
•3.12 Explosives: Preparing, possessing or igniting on school board property explosives likely to cause serious bodily injury or property damage.
•3.13 Sexual acts: Acts of sexual nature including, but not limited to battery, intercourse, an attempted rape, or rape.
•3.14 Aggravated battery: Intentional causing great bodily harm, disability, or permanent disfigurement; use of deadly weapon.
•3.15 Inciting or participating in major student disorder: Leading, encouraging, or assisting in major disruptions, which result in destruction or damage of private or public property, personal injury to participants or others.
•3.16 Unjustified activation of a fire alarm system
•3.17 Igniting fireworks and/or firecrackers
•3.18 Any other offense, which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category.
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSE- CLASS III
Administrative responses for Class III violations include but are not limited to the following.
•§ Out-of-school suspension
•§ Assignment to In School Suspension
•§ Legal action