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CRITICAL

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

 


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: JG-R1, JG-R2, 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.


Application


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.


Enforcement


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 establish and 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. This must be done with the cooperation but not abuse of the principal's office. Discipline standards must not be limited to the classroom, but must extend to the halls, playgrounds, lunchroom, extracurricular activities and any place where pupils gather. Teachers are on duty at all times when there is a need for supervision or when rules and policies are being violated. Teachers must not ignore such need on the pretext of not having been assigned to a particular supervision.


Provisions of policies, guidelines and regulations notwithstanding, a certificated employee may exclude a pupil from the classroom when the teacher determines the pupil's behavior to be disruptive of the instructional program until such time as the matter is resolved by the building administrator.


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 related information.

 

Adopted:         10/14/1993

 

Revised:          01/14/1999; 11/11/2004; 08/12/2010

 

Cross Refs:     AC, Prohibition Against Illegal Discrimination and Harassment

AH, Tobacco-Free District

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)


St. Charles School District, St. Charles, Missouri

 

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