It is essential that the district maintain a classroom environment that allows teachers to communicate
effectively with all students in the class and allows all students in the class to learn. To assist district
staff in maintaining the necessary classroom environment, the Board of Education has created a
discipline code that addresses the consequences, including suspension or expulsion, for students
whose conduct is prejudicial to good order and discipline in the schools or impairs the morale or
good conduct of other students.
The comprehensive written code of conduct of the district is composed of this policy and includes,
but is not limited to, the following policies and regulations: JG-R, JGA, JGB, JGD, JGE and JGF.
A copy of the district's comprehensive written code of conduct will be distributed to every student
and the parents/guardians of every student at the beginning of each school year and will be available
in the superintendent's office during normal business hours.
These policies, regulations and procedures will apply to all students in attendance in district
instructional and support programs as well as at school-sponsored activities. Off-campus misconduct
that adversely affects the educational climate will also be subject to these policies, regulations and
procedures. Students who have been charged, convicted or pled guilty in a court of general
jurisdiction for commission of a felony may be suspended in accordance with law.
The Board authorizes the immediate removal of a student upon a finding by a principal or
superintendent that the student poses a threat of harm to self or others, as evidenced by the prior
conduct of such student. Any such removal will be subject to the appropriate due process procedures
and in accordance with law.
No student may be confined in an unattended locked space except in an emergency situation while
awaiting the arrival of law enforcement personnel. For the purpose of this policy, a student is
unattended if no person has visual contact with the student, and a locked space is a space that the
student cannot reasonably exit without assistance.
Building principals are responsible for the development of additional regulations and procedures
regarding student conduct needed to maintain proper behavior in schools under their supervision.
All such regulations and procedures shall be consistent with Board-adopted discipline policies.
Teachers have the authority and responsibility to make and enforce necessary rules for the internal
governance in the classroom, subject to review by the building principal. The Board expects each
teacher to maintain a satisfactory standard of conduct in the classroom. All district staff are required
to enforce district policies, regulations and procedures in a manner that is fair and developmentally
appropriate and that considers the student and the individual circumstances involved.
As students progress in the district's schools, it is reasonable to assume an increase in age and
maturity will result in the students taking greater responsibility for their actions. It is recognized that
differences in age and maturity require different types of disciplinary action. When formal
disciplinary action occurs, a student will be made aware of the charges, given an opportunity to
respond to the charges, and then given notification of any disciplinary action that will take place.
Each school year discipline rules and regulations will be reviewed and adopted by the Board of
Education, published and distributed to students. Any changes of discipline rules and regulations
during the school year will be approved by the Board of Education in public meeting, announced in
daily student announcements, and posted in the appropriate building for student review.
All employees of the district shall annually receive instruction related to the specific contents of the
district’s discipline policy and any interpretations necessary to implement the provisions of the
policy in the course of their duties including, but not limited to, approved methods of dealing with
acts of school violence, disciplining students with disabilities, and instruction in the necessity and
requirements for confidentiality.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Revised: 02/18/2003; 06/29/2010
Cross Refs: AC, Prohibition Against Illegal Discrimination and Harassment
AH, Smoking on School Premises
ECD, Traffic and Parking Controls
EGAAA, Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials
GBH, Staff/Student Relations
IKFB, Graduation Exercises
Legal Refs: §§ 160.261 - .263, 167.161, .171, 171.011, RSMo.
Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, 20 U.S.C. §§ 7101 - 7165
Beussink v. Woodland R-IV Sch. Dist., 30 F.Supp. 2d 1175 (E.D. Mo. 1998)
Farmington R-7 School District, Farmington, Missouri
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