• Student Discipline Policy

    Every student and employee of Eden Prairie High School is entitled to learn and work in a safe school environment. To ensure this, the district and school have established clear student discipline policies, consequences appropriate for the behavior, and practices to consistently apply the policies. Corrective action to discipline a student and/or modify a student’s behavior will be taken by staff when a student’s behavior violates the discipline policy. Any behaviors prohibited by policy may result in a referral to a pre-assessment team. The school district may take into account the student’s disciplinary records while enrolled in EPHS. Where applicable, the student will be declared ineligible for participation in activities governed by the Minnesota State High School League. Students are expected to behave in accordance with federal, state and local laws and rules, district and school policies and regulations, and in a way that respects the rights and safety of others. Students violating the law will be referred to the police. The following are school discipline policies. These discipline policies and the potential consequences apply at any time a student is present at a school location or at a school-sponsored event. Listed are the violations and the recommended consequences for first, second and third offenses. The school district in its sole discretion may impose more severe consequences (i.e. expulsion) beyond those set forth in this policy based on the particular misconduct. 

    Student Management Guidelines

    The following are possible offenses for which students may be disciplined. The following guidelines do not include all possible student offenses. See Eden Prairie School District Policy 503.7R. These are guidelines only. The School District retains the right to suspend or expel a student or impose other disciplinary action at their discretion, based on the severity of behavior, the facts, circumstances, and nature of a student offense and the student’s disciplinary record.
     

    1. Abuse, Verbal or Written

    The use of language or actions that are obscene, threatening, intimidating or that degrades other people or incites other people is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: 1 to 3 day suspension, mediation and anger management.
    • Second Offense: 3 to 5 day suspension. 
    • Third Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion.

    2. Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism and cheating are not allowed in our educational environment. Honesty and integrity are essential to excellence in education.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Parent contacted by teacher, Documented, 4 days of restricted, Notification to student organizations, Loss of privileges. **If a planned, coordinated effort for cheating, suspension will occur. 
    • Second Offense: Parent contacted by teacher, Documented, Suspension, Parent Meeting, Notification to student organizations, Loss of privileges.
    • Third Offense: **Administrative conference to determine next action.

    3. Activity Bus

    Students must present a school picture ID to ride the activity bus. Activity buses depart from the Activity Center entrance at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Warning. 
    • Second Offense: 2 week suspension from riding the activity bus. 
    • Third Offense: Student is no longer allowed on the activity bus.

    4. Alcohol/Chemicals, Possession, Use or Under the Influence of

    EPHS’ purpose is to provide a network of help for students who are having alcohol or other drugs interfere with their school performance. In addition, our goal is to provide consistent and clear enforcement for a chemically free school. The possession, use, distribution, delivery, transfer, sale or purchase of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or solvents, paint, gasoline, aerosols, and prescription or non-prescription drugs or other toxic substances, or benign substances being represented or used by students as an illicit substance, steroids, or drug paraphernalia including e-cigarettes while at any school location, is expressly forbidden throughout the calendar year. State law requires law enforcement to notify school officials of certain alcohol/chemical violations.

    4a: Violations at School Locations and School Sponsored Activities

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: 3 day suspension, confiscation, police referral
    • Second Offense: 3 to 5 day suspension.
    • Third Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion.

    4b. Non-School Related Violations

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Notifications to school team. Resources will be provided.
    • Second Offense: Notification to school team. Student/parent meeting with school team.
    • Third Offense: Notification to school team. Referral to outside agency.

    4c: Alcohol/Chemicals, Over-the-Counter or Look-A-like Chemicals with Possession with Intent to Distribute or Sell at School Locations and School Related Violations

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, police referral, referral to school team. Meeting with parent/guardian with recommendations.

    5. Alcohol/Chemicals: Tobacco Possession or Use

    Eden Prairie High School, in compliance with school district policy, is proud to encourage and support a tobacco-free environment. Smoking, chewing, possessing or using tobacco in any form including e-cigarettes at anytime, at any school location including school vicinity, or at a school-sponsored activity is strictly prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: 4 days of restricted study, police referral, confiscation
    • Second Offense: 8 days of restricted study, police referral
    • Third Offense: Up to 3 day suspension, police referral

    6. Arson

    Intentional or attempted damage to school property or other property at school location by means of fire is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, and police referral.

    7. Attendance/Unexcused

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • Offense: Assigned to restricted study by teacher. Referral to school team for an attendance intervention.

    8. Backpacks/Book Bags

    Backpacks, book bags and any item intended to carry educational materials will be allowed on school campus to help transport materials to/from school. Upon arriving at school, students should secure their backpacks/book bags in their lockers. Book bags/backpacks in the classroom will be subject to teacher discretion. Any unattended property will be subject to search and seizure. Students are responsible for safeguarding their personal property. Stolen property cannot be reimbursed by the school district.

    8a. In Classes, Media Center, ACE, Resource Centers, etc

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Conference with Dean.* (*Indicates disciplinary actions assigned by the building administrator)
    • Second Offense: Conference with Dean and loss of backpack for 1 week
    • Third Offense: Loss of backpack privileges for remainder of the school year.

    8b. Unattended Property

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Unattended item confiscated and searched, and conference with Dean prior to the return of the item.
    • Second Offense: Unattended item confiscated and searched, conference with Dean prior to the return of the item, and loss of privilege.
    • Third Offense: Loss of backpack/ item privileges for remainder of the school year.

    9. Bomb Threat

    Making, publishing or conveying in any manner a bomb threat pertaining to a school location, student or school staff member is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, and police referral.

    10. Bullying/Cyberbullying

    • Bullying: Intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive and : a) There is an actual or perceived imbalance of power between the student engaging in prohibited conduct and the target of the behavior and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; or b) materially and substantially interferes with a student's educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, service, or privileges.
    • Cyberbullying: bullying using technology or other electronic communication, including, but not limited to, a transfer of a sign, signal, writing, image, sound, or data, including a post on a social network Internet website or forum, transmitted through a computer, cell phone, or other electronic device. This includes use of electronic technology and communications off the school premises to the extent such use substantially and materially disrupts student learning or the school environment.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Up to 3 day suspension; Report filed at District Office; Referral to outside agency; Intervention plan.
    • Second Offense: Up to 5 day suspension,Report filed at District Office, Referral to outside agency, Intervention plan.
    • Third Offense: Suspension, pending recommendation for expulsion.

    11. Burglary

    Entering any school location without consent and with the intent to commit a crime (i.e. vandalism or theft) is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, and police referral.

    12. Cell Phones

    Students are not allowed to access their cell phones in any academic setting including, but not limited to, classrooms, Media Center, all Resource Centers, ACE, Career Resource Center, and Student Service Centers.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Education of policy, warning, confiscation of phone and recording of offense.
    • Second Offense: Up to 4 days of restricted study. Phone to be picked up by parent/guardian. 
    • Third Offense: Will be considered insubordination, possible suspension; phone to be picked up by parent/guardian; if cell phone is used to compromise academic integrity, further disciplinary action will be taken.

    13. Co-Curricular Behavior

    Students are expected to show positive behavior at all EPHS co-curricular events/contests and/or intramural events. Prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following: inappropriate dancing; students may not use noisemakers, thunder sticks, display banners or placards; throw objects; use obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures; harass opponents’ team, officials, cheerleaders, band, or any other performing group; fight, push, trip or any other behavior deemed dangerous; interfere with the rights of others to observe the event; climb, push or pound on the glass in the hockey arena. All EPHS student management guidelines are in effect at co-curricular activities.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: 2 week suspension from all EPHS contests and activities, and restitution. *, **
    • Second Offense: 4 week suspension from all EPHS contests and activities, and restitution. *, **
    • Third Offense: 8 week suspension or complete loss of privileges from all EPHS contests and activities, and restitution. *, **

    *Indicates disciplinary actions assigned by the building administrator; **Student eligibility is determined by MSHSL.


    14. Disruptive Behavior

    Disruptive behavior at school locations or at school sponsored activities is prohibited. Disruptive behavior means acts that disrupt, interfere or threaten to disrupt the educational process or school functions, including, but not limited to horseplay, disobedience, disrespectful behavior, inappropriate language, instigating a school disruption, discrimination or defiance of authority, or failure to report any of the aforementioned behaviors.

    14a: Classroom

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Up to 1 day dismissal from class, restitution and mediation.
    • Second Offense: Up to 3 day dismissal from class, restitution and parent/guardian meeting.
    • Third Offense: Up to 5 day dismissal and possible suspension. Possible placement in alternative learning setting.

    14b. Campus and other School Locations

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Up to 1 day suspension.
    • Second Offense: Up to 5 day suspension and parent/guardian meeting.
    • Third Offense: Possible suspension, and recommendation for expulsion.

    15. Dress and Grooming

    Dress and grooming that is disruptive or potentially disruptive to the educational process is prohibited, including, but not limited to, the following:

    • a) Wearing clothing that includes words or pictures which are obscene, vulgar, abusive, discriminatory, racist, sexist or otherwise degrading or sexually suggestive or which promote or advertise alcohol, chemicals, tobacco or any other product that is illegal for use by minors.
    • b) Wearing clothing and other items or grooming in a manner that represents and/or promotes threat/hate groups or supremacist groups is prohibited.
    • c) Wearing clothing that does not cover shoulders, midriff and chest, clothing that does not cover undergarments, and undergarments that are worn as outer garments. Clothing that exposes cleavage is prohibited.
    • d) Wearing short shorts and skirts, see-through pants and shirts are prohibited.
    • e) Wearing a face mask, sunglasses or wigs in school that would not allow the student to be identified is prohibited.
    • f) Wearing or carrying any headwear, except for legitimate religious or medical reasons during the day without permission from school administration is prohibited. Headwear is defined as any object which covers one’s head, all or in part, including but not limited to bandanas, headbands, hats, hoods, and do-rags.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Education of policy, warning, and removal or confiscation of item (if applicable) and recording of offense.
    • Second Offense: Up to 2 days of restricted study, item confiscated, and parent/guardian contacted. 
    • Third Offense: Will be considered insubordination, possible suspension.

    16. Driving, Careless or Reckless

    Operating any motorized or non-motorized vehicle on school locations in such a manner as to endanger people or property is prohibited (speeding, reckless driving).

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: 5 day suspension of parking permit (if applicable), up to 3 day suspension, and police referral.
    • Second Offense: Revocation of parking permit (if applicable), up to 5 day suspension, and police referral.

    17. False Reporting

    Deliberately reporting false information about the behavior of a student or staff person is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Disciplinary action assigned by the building administration.
    • Second Offense: Up to 3 day suspension. 
    • Third Offense: Up to 5 day suspension.

    18. False Fire Alarm or 911 Calls

    Intentionally giving a false alarm of a fire, or tampering or interfering with any fire alarm is prohibited. False 911 reporting from any school phone is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, and police referral.

    19. Fighting/Assault*

    Engaging in any form of fighting, (regardless of who initiated the fight), assault, or inciting a fight/assault is prohibited. Fighting/assault includes, but is not limited to, hitting, slapping, pulling hair, biting, shoving, pushing, kicking, scratching or any other acts in which a student intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict bodily harm on another person.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: 3 to 5 day suspension, mediation and anger management support, and police referral.
      Violent notification sent to staff.*
    • Second Offense: Minimum of 5 day suspension, mediation and anger management support, and police referral.
      Violent notification sent to staff. *
    • Third Offense: Minimum of 10 day suspension, recommendation for expulsion, and police referral.
      Violent notification sent to staff.

    *Assaults will be considered severe behavior that will subject a student to a recommendation for expulsion.


     20. Fire Extinguisher, Unauthorized Use

    Unauthorized handling of a fire extinguisher is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: 3 to 5 day suspension, police referral, and restitution.
    • Second Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, police referral, and restitution.

    21. Gambling

    Gambling, including, but not limited to, playing a game of chance for stakes or possession of gambling devices (including machines, video games and other items used to promote a game of chance) is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Indicates disciplinary action assigned by the building administration.
    • Second Offense: 1 to 3 day suspension. 
    • Third Offense: 3 to 5 day suspension.

    22. Gang/Threat Group Activity/Affiliation

    Gang-related behavior in the school is not allowed. Gang-related behavior in the school and community is antisocial, counter productive and ultimately destructive. No student may join or solicit any other pupil to join, or become a member of, any gang or threat group. Gang “representing” which is likely to cause others to be intimidated by fear of violence is uniformly disallowed in the school. This includes, but is not limited to, “wearing of colors” and “gang signs,” the use of graffiti emblems, symbolism, hand signs, slang, tattoos, jewelry, and clothing, etc.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Up to 1 day suspension, confiscation of items, and police referral.
    • Second Offense: 1 to 3 day suspension, confiscation of items, and police referral.
    • Third Offense: Minimum of 5 day suspension, confiscation of items, and police referral.

    23. Harassment

    Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of sexual, racial, religious, sexual orientation harassment or violence or any other form of harassment, offensive behavior or hazing by any staff member or student in the school district should report it to the principal or responsible adult in the building, such as a teacher, counselor, security monitor, dean, or advisor, who will then notify the building principal or designee of the allegation.

    23a. Abuse, Verbal or Written 

    • The Eden Prairie School District seeks to maintain a learning environment free from sexual, racial, religious and sexual orientation harassment and violence.
    • Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, indecent exposure, request or pressure for sexual activities, and/or other inappropriate verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature.
    • Any vocabulary or action that degrades or is intimidating to one’s sexual orientation is prohibited.
    • Racial harassment is physical or verbal conduct relating to an individual’s race when the conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment; has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s academic performance; or otherwise adversely affects an individual’s academic opportunities.
    • Religious harassment is physical or verbal conduct relating to an individual’s religion when the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s academic opportunities.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Up to 3 day suspension, Student Activities contacted, referral to outside support, and harassment report form filed with the district.
    • Second Offense: Minimum of 3 to 5 day suspension, Student Activities contacted, referral to outside support, and harassment report form filed with the district.
    • Third Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, Student Activities contacted, and harassment report form filed with the district.

    23b. Violence--Sexual, Sexual Orientation, Racial, Religious

    • Sexual violence is a physical act of aggression or force that includes touching another’s intimate body parts or forcing a person to touch another’s intimate body parts.
    • Sexual orientation violence is a physical act of aggression or assault upon another because of, or in a manner reasonably related to, sexual orientation.
    • Racial violence is a physical act of aggression or assault upon another because of, or in a manner reasonably related to, race.
    • Religious violence is a physical act of aggression upon another because of, or in a manner reasonably related to, religion.
    • Indecent exposure.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Minimum 5 day suspension, recommendation for expulsion, police report, and harassment report form filed with the district.
    • Second Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, police referral, and harassment report form filed with the district.

    24. Hazing/Offensive Behavior

    Offensive behavior, including hazing, teasing, coercive behavior and other offensive or mean-spirited conduct, which is not racial, sexual or religious in nature, is prohibited. Hazing is prohibited. “Hazing” means committing an act against a student, or coercing a student into committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization or for any other purpose. “Student organization” means a group, club, or organization having students as its primary members or participants. A “Student Organization” does not have to be an official school organization to come within terms of this definition.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Up to 3 day suspension, mediation and/or offensive behavior support intervention. Report sent to Student Activities office.
    • Second Offense: Up to 5 day suspension, and referral to outside support. Report sent to Student Activities office. 
    • Third Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion. Report sent to Student Activities office.

    25. Identity Falsification

    Includes, but not limited to forging notes, fraudulent passes and fraudulent phone calls are prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: 4 days restricted study.
    • Second Offense: 8 days restricted study. 
    • Third Offense: Up to 3 day suspension.

    26. Insubordination

    Deliberate refusal to follow an appropriate direction given by a staff member or failure to show ID or give name when requested by an adult is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Up to 8 days restricted study, mediation and/or restitution, possible suspension.
    • Second Offense: Up to 3 day suspension. 
    • Third Offense: Up to 5 day suspension.

    27. Littering/Lunchroom

    Out of respect to our maintenance staff, the school, and to each other, students are expected to clean up after themselves in the commons and throughout the school. Students are not allowed to transport food from one commons to another place in the building. Students are responsible for the mess at their tables and for leaving the table clean. Students are expected to deposit all trash in school-provided receptacles. This includes trash generated anywhere on the school campus. Students are responsible for cleaning any trash generated by themselves or by the members of their group.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Restitution.
    • Second Offense: Restitution, and 4 to 8 days of restricted study. 
    • Third Offense: Restitution and up to 3 day suspension.

     28. Off-Campus/Unauthorized Areas

    Leaving campus without proper permission or through an unauthorized door is prohibited. Students are required to enter and exit through north, south or east doors only. Students are forbidden from occupying unauthorized areas of the school at all times. This includes, but is not limited to the following: storage rooms, mechanical and custodian areas, roofs, unassigned classrooms, faculty rooms, faculty bathrooms, gym areas, teacher work areas, staff lounges, teacher offices, and all construction areas.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Restricted study.
    • Second Offense: Restricted study. 
    • Third Offense: 1 day in-school suspension and support team conference with parent.

    29. Parking Regulations

    29A. Parking Permit Regulations

    • Shared Permit: Only one car per shared permit on campus at a time. Violation of this policy results in immediate revocation of the permit without refund.
    • Display of Permit: Students who fail to continuously display a permit at all times on school grounds will face parking suspensions and/or revocation without refund.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Written warning.
    • Second Offense: 1 week parking suspension. 
    • Third Offense: Revocation of parking permit with a pro-rated refund.

    Note: Severe behavior associated with an automobile on school property will result in revocation of the parking permit.

    29b. Parking Without Permit Regulations

    Student parking of a vehicle on campus, at Prairie View Elementary, or in the adjacent church parking lot without a parking permit is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Written warning.
    • Second Offense: Wheel lock and $35 fine.
    • Third Offense: Fine of $85 or car towed.

    Note: The Eden Prairie school district is not responsible for any damage as a result of the wheel lock being applied to a vehicle. Student removal of, or damage of wheel lock will result in further consequences; for example: restitution, restricted study, police referral or suspension/expulsion.

    29c: Falsifying Permits

    Students who falsify permits or use false permits will lose parking privileges at EPHS for the remainder of the school year; this includes any parking lotteries in the spring for the following school year. Student management guidelines will also apply.


    30. Personal Property/Nuisance Objects

    Possession, use or distribution of any object that causes distractions, such as wallet chains, squirt guns, games, dice, playing cards, laser pens, hackey sacs, etc. is prohibited. Personal radios/CD players, iPods, MP3 players, and PDAs with head sets, may be in possession and used outside of academic areas, provided the use is not disturbing to others. Skateboards, in-line skates and scooters must be kept in student’s locker at all times.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Confiscation; returned to student and/or parent/guardian.*
    • Second Offense: Up to 4 days of restricted study, confiscation, and item returned to parent/guardian.
    • Third Offense: Up to 3 day suspension, confiscation, and item returned to parent/guardian.

    * Indicates disciplinary action assigned by the building administration.


    31. Posting Disruptive Videos/Photos

    Students must not make or disseminate (while on or off school property) recordings, photographs, or videos of other students or individuals, including school employees, if the recording will substantially disrupt and interfere with the work and discipline of the school, or the ability of a student to attend school or participate fully in its activities. Any making or dissemination of a recording must not disrupt the civil and respectful atmosphere toward teachers, other employees, and students alike. Recordings that are considered disruptive include, but are not limited to, recordings that are demeaning, derogatory, or sexually suggestive toward a student or employee.

    This policy applies to District-issued and personal devices that are used to make the recording.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Disciplinary action assigned by the building administration. Offending posting must be removed. 
    • Subsequent Offense: Up to 3 day suspension. Offending posting must be removed.

    32. Pushing, Shoving, Scuffling

    Physical contact such as but not limited to pushing, shoving, or scuffling that is not defined as an assault or fighting is prohibited. This also includes other physically intimidating contact aimed at another student. In the event that pushing, shoving or scuffling constitutes a fight or assault, the consequences for those violations will be imposed.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: 1 day suspension.
    • Second Offense: 1 to 3 day suspension. 
    • Third Offense: 5 day suspension.

    33. Restricted Study

    Failure to attend restricted study as scheduled.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Additional day added.
    • Second Offense: In-school suspension.

    34. Robbery or Extortion

    Taking property from another person by use of force, threat of force, or under false pretenses is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    First Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion and police referral.


    35. Misuse of School Issued Technology

    See i-Learn Expectation Section of Handbook

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences: Violations of these expectations could result in any of the following: removal of technology usage, disciplinary action (restricted study or suspension, legal action, police referral.* Consequences for severe or multiple infractions may result in a recommendation for expulsion.

    • First Offense: Up to one day suspension, possible legal action and police referral.*
    • Second Offense: 1 to 3 day suspension, possible legal action and police referral.*
    • Third Offense: 3 to 5 day suspension, possible legal action and police referral.*

    *Consequences for severe or multiple infractions of computer use may result in a recommendation for expulsion.


    36. Theft, Receiving or Possessing Stolen Property

    The unauthorized taking, using, transferring, hiding, or possessing of the property of another person without the consent of the owner, or the receiving of such property, is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Up to 3 day suspension, police referral and restitution. *
    • Second Offense: 3 to 5 day suspension, police referral and restitution. * 
    • Third Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, police referral and restitution.

    * A recommendation for expulsion may be made for any cases of theft which constitutes a felony.


    37. Threats, Verbal or Written

    Any language oral or written, including the use of electronic devices or physical intimidation, including gestures that are meant to threaten or cause fear of bodily harm or death is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion, and police referral.

    38. Transportation

    Bus ridership is a privilege, not a right. Students must present a school picture ID to ride a bus. Students are responsible for keeping their bus area clean. If students damage a bus, they will have to make restitution. If students do not follow the rules, they can lose their bus riding privileges. Any disruptive behavior, as defined under school policy, while riding a school bus is prohibited. This includes lighting flammable devices, not remaining seated, tampering with emergency or safety equipment, throwing objects or disruptive behavior at a bus stop or to and from the bus stop.
    Secondary students who commit a fifth offense will be suspended from riding the bus for the remainder of the school year. Severe behavior will move the student immediately to the level of third, fourth or fifth offense, based on the severity of the action and/or previous bus violations. In addition, school management guidelines will be enforced when appropriate.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Warning given.
    • Second Offense: 1 to 3 day bus suspension.
    • Third Offense: 5 day bus suspension and conference with student, parent, transportation representative.
    • Fourth Offense: 10 day bus suspension.

    39. Trespassing

    Presence at any school location without permission of school personnel is prohibited. Students are not to go into other district buildings unless they have permission from the staff of that building. Any student on suspension who goes to a school location without permission is subject to additional suspension time/expulsion.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Police referral and trespassing papers filed.
    • Second Offense: Up to 1 day suspension and police referral
    • Third Offense: Up to 3 day suspension and police referral.

    40. Vandalism

    Defacing, cutting or damaging property, technology or telecommunication equipment that belongs to the school district, other students, staff members or other individuals is prohibited.

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • First Offense: Restitution, up to 3 day suspension, and police referral.
    • Second Offense: Restitution, up to 5 day suspension, and police referral.
    • Third Offense: Suspension pending recommendation for expulsion, police referral and restitution.

    41. Weapons

    In accordance with federal, state, and district policies, no weapons are permitted on school grounds. Anyone who has reason to believe a weapon is on a school site, bus, or at a school-sponsored activity has a duty to report that information to the site administrator, police officer, or any adult supervisor. Possession is defined as, but not limited to, having a weapon on one’s person or in an area subject to one’s control in a school environment. Definition: A “weapon” means any object, device, instrument, or substance designed as a weapon or through its use is capable of threatening or producing bodily harm, or which may be used to inflict self-injury, including, but not limited to:

    • all firearms, loaded or unloaded, functional or non-functional, look-alike or facsimile of a real weapon, or any other device or instrument having the appearance of a weapon
    • all knives
    • objects designed to be worn over fists or knuckles
    • blackjacks, clubs, Nunchaku (“nunchucks”), throwing stars
    • explosives, incendiary devices, bombs, fireworks, or other similar devices which can cause an explosion
    • bows and arrows, slingshots, razors
    • poison chemicals including mace, pepper gas, or similar sprays, or chemical components and/or mixture which can cause an explosion
    • firearm muffler, silencer, or ammunition
    • any object modified to serve as a weapon
    • articles designed for other purposes (pencils, scissors, etc.) but used to inflict bodily harm and/or intimidate others

    Guidelines for Potential Consequences:

    • Confiscation of the weapon (if it can be done safely)
    • 10 day suspension pending recommendation for expulsion from school for a period of not to exceed one year (365 days).
    • Notification to the police with recommendation to bring legal charges.
    • Students with disabilities who violate the weapons policy shall be disciplined in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

    42. Unique Situations

    Discipline situations that arise which are not covered by these guidelines will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Behaviors that are willful and disruptive or potentially harmful are included. Unique or special situations may call for an adjustment in the discipline policies to meet the school and/or district’s needs.