2019-2020 Code of Student Conduct - Board Approved March 26…

Gadsden County Public Schools

2019-2020 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

ROGER P. MILTON SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 35 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BLVD QUINCY, FLORIDA 32351

TEL: (850) 627-9651 FAX: (850) 627-2760 http://www.gcps.k12.fl.us

Board Approved: March 26, 2019

AUDREY LEWIS DISTRICT NO. 1 HAVANA, FL 32333 MIDWAY, FL 32343

STEVE SCOTT DISTRICT NO. 2

LEROY McMILLAN. DISTRICT NO. 3 CHATTAHOOCHEE, FL 32324 GREENSBORO, FL 32330

CHARLIE D. FROST DISTRICT NO. 4 GRETNA, FL 32332 QUINCY, FL 32352

TYRONE D. SMITH DISTRICT NO. 5 QUINCY, FL 32353

QUINCY, FL 32351 HAVANA, FL 32333

“The Gadsden County School District does not discriminate against any person on the basis of sex (including transgender status, gender nonconforming, and gender identity), marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, color, pregnancy, disability, or genetic information.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE..............................................................................................................................4 JURISDICTION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD..............................................................................................................5 DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT .............................................................................................................................5 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE........................................................................................................................................5 STUDENTS' RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES .....................................................................................................6 I. ATTENDANCE ..................................................................................................................................6 DISTRICT ATTENDANCE GOAL .............................................................................................................................6 II. RESPECT FOR PERSONS AND PROPERTY ........................................................................8 III. RIGHT TO LEARN ..........................................................................................................................9 IV. RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY .................................................................................................................9 V. RIGHT OF PRIVACY ....................................................................................................................10 VI. PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES ...............................10 VII. DRESS AND GROOMING ..........................................................................................................10 VIII. WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES ........................................................................13 IX. DISCRIMINATION/SEXUAL HARASSMENT ..................................................................15 X. COUNSELING .................................................................................................................................15 XI. FREE SPEECH AND PUBLICATION .....................................................................................16 XII. STUDENT GOVERNMENT .......................................................................................................16 XIII. STUDENT RECORDS ...................................................................................................................17 XIV. GRADES ............................................................................................................................................21 GENERAL DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES ...........................................................................................................21 I. PRESENCE OF PUPILS, WHEN AND WHERE AUTHORIZED .................................21 II. AUTHORITY OF THE TEACHER ...........................................................................................22 III. OFFENSES ........................................................................................................................................22 IV. DEFERRED PUNISHMENT FOR OFFENSES ....................................................................23 BULLYING AND HARASSMENT – Gadsden School Board Policy #5517.01........................................................23 DUE PROCESS PROCEDURES FOR SUSPENSION/EXPULSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ......31 A. Suspension ................................................................................................................................................31 B. Expulsion ...................................................................................................................................................31 PROCEDURES FOR THE DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ..................................................32 PROCEDURES FOR THE DISCIPLINE OF K-12 STUDENTS INCLUDING PREKINDERGARTEN ................32 DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES GRADES K-12.....................................................................................................33 ZERO TOLERANCE OFFENSES..............................................................................................................................36 Offenses Prohibited .....................................................................................................................................37 WEAPONS PROHIBITED .........................................................................................................................................38 CERTAIN DRUGS PROHIBITED.............................................................................................................................39 PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT TRANSFER-FELONY CHARGES......................................................................39 SUSPENSION/EXPULSION......................................................................................................................................40 CORPORAL PUNISHMENT .....................................................................................................................................42 REASONABLE FORCE .............................................................................................................................................42 COLLECTION OF EVIDENCE / SEARCH AND SEIZURE....................................................................................42 AUTHORITY OF THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER......................................................................................................43 MISCONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES......................................................................................................................43 ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS EXPELLED/DISMISSED FROM OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS ..........................................................................44 GLOSSARY ................................................................................................................................................................46 APPENDICES .............................................................................................................................................................53 Declaration of Intent to Terminate School Enrollment ................................................................54 Compulsory Attendance Requirements ................................................................................................54 School Violence: Suggested Prevention By District Safety Committee .....................................60 BULLYING AND HARASSMENT FORMS.............................................................................................................62

2

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FORM FOR MINOR OFFENSES IN K-12 SCHOOLS................68 DISCIPLINE INCIDENT FORM ...............................................................................................................................69 NOTICE REGARDING CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT .....................................................................................70

3

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF GADSDEN COUNTY

35 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Quincy, Florida 32351 Main: (850) 627-9651 or Fax: (850) 627-2760 www.gcps.k12.fl.us

Roger P. Milton Superintendent miltonr@gcpsmail.com

"Putting Children First”

SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE

In order for the Gadsden County School District to perform effectively, it must operate within a system of rules. These rules are written in the Code of Student Conduct to ensure a safe learning environment for the students who attend our schools. We know that there are many factors that contribute to discipline problems in a school; consequently, schools have the responsibility to encourage, promote, and maintain effective disciplinary practices. The contents of this document apply to all students in grades Pre-k -12, unless otherwise stated. The information contained in the Code of Student Conduct is written specifically to ensure that each student associated with school activities has positive experiences in a safe learning environment. This document will explain the rules of the Gadsden County School District, student rights and student responsibilities, disciplinary actions, and the disposition of school records. While this document does not contain the exact Florida Statutes referenced herein, a copy of those statutes can be obtained from the district office at 35 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Quincy upon request or viewed on the State of Florida website at http://www.flsenate.gov/statutes. . ,. The administrators and school personnel will continue to promote and maintain the kind of leadership that will foster a healthy dose of intervention, prevention, and the encouragement to discontinue those behaviors that are not acceptable to a safe learning environment. As we continue to find ways to make all of our schools safer, we realize that consequences for inappropriate behavior must be fair, consistent, and comply with policies as conflicts are resolved and undesirable behavior is modified. Please read and thoroughly discuss this document with your child. Help us maintain the safe school status which we all desire throughout our district. We want to ensure that each student will have positive experiences in a safe, nurturing learning environment.

Respectfully yours, Roger P. Milton Superintendent of Schools

RPM:jb

AUDREY LEWIS DISTRICT NO. 1 HAVANA, FL 32333 MIDWAY, FL 32343

STEVE SCOTT DISTRICT NO. 2

LEROY McMILLAN DISTRICT NO. 3 CHATTAHOOCHEE, FL 32324 GREENSBORO, FL 32330

CHARLIE D. FROST DISTRICT NO. 4 GRETNA, FL 32332 QUINCY, FL 32352

TYRONE D. SMITH DISTRICT NO. 5 QUINCY, FL 32353

QUINCY, FL 32351 HAVANA, FL 32333

4

JURISDICTION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD

The Code of Student Conduct and the Positive Student Management Discipline Plan were adopted by the Gadsden County School Board and are compatible with the Florida State legislative codes. Subject to law and rules and regulations of the State Board of Education of the State of Florida, each student enrolled in a school shall, during the time he/she is being transported to or from school at public expense, during the time he/she is attending school, including the time during which he/she is proceeding from one school center to another during the school day, and during the time he/she is on the premises of any publicly supported school in this district, be under the control and direction of the principal or teacher in charge of the school, and under the immediate control and direction of the teacher or other member of the instructional staff or the bus driver to whom such responsibility may be assigned by the principal; and each such student shall, during the time he/she is otherwise en route to or from school at public expense, or is presumed by law to be attending school, be under the control and direction of the principal or teacher in charge of the school where he/she is enrolled.

DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age, or marital status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any education program or activity.

This practice shall apply equally to students, employees and all persons having business with the School Board.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge of allegiance to the flag shall be recited at the beginning of the day in each public elementary, middle and high school in the Gadsden County School District. Upon written request by his or her parent, a student shall be excused from reciting the pledge, including standing and placing the right hand over his or her heart. When the pledge is given, unexcused students must show full respect to the flag by standing at attention, men removing headdress, except when such headdress is worn for religious purposes.

5

STUDENTS' RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

It is the intent of the Students' Rights and Responsibilities, as expressed in the Code of Student Conduct that students understand that their rights must be accompanied by corresponding responsibilities.

Florida's School Improvement and Accountability System states that all school communities will provide an environment that is alcohol and drug-free and protects students' health, safety, and civil rights.

I.

ATTENDANCE

All questions relating to the attendance policy are to be directed to the school’s attendance office first, and then if needed, the school principal.

Florida law requires each parent/guardian of a child from age six (6) to sixteen (16) years to be responsible for the child's school attendance. Regular attendance is the actual attendance of a pupil during the school day as defined by law and regulations of the state board. The school attendance law was amended by the 1997 Florida Legislature to require that any sixteen or seventeen year old student withdrawing from school must file a formal declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment with the district school board.

A student is considered "truant" when he/she is not in attendance without approval of the principal and/or consent of the parent/guardian. School-based interventions will occur for all truant students.

A student is considered a "habitual truant" when he/she has 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days.

DISTRICT ATTENDANCE GOAL 2019-2020 SCHOOL TERM

The educational program offered by this District is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation. Attendance shall be required of all students enrolled in the schools during the days and hours that the school is in session. School attendance shall be the responsibility of parents and students. Absences shall be reported to the school attendance office by the parent or adult student as soon as practicable. In accordance with statute, the Superintendent shall require, from the parent of each student of compulsory school age or from an adult student who has been absent from school or from class for any reason, a statement of the cause for such absence. The School Board reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of each single absence.

In addition, educators shall have the responsibility of encouraging regular attendance of students, maintaining accurate attendance records, and following reporting procedures prescribed by the Superintendent.

Provision shall be made for promoting school attendance through adjustment of personal problems, education of parents, and enforcement of the compulsory attendance laws and related child-welfare legislation. Accordingly:

A. teachers shall record absentees each period of the school day and report those absences;

B. parents should be notified each time their child is absent insofar as possible;

C. when a student has been absent three (3) consecutive days and the school has been unable to ascertain the reason for the absences, the absences shall be investigated or at any other time if deemed necessary by the school principal. D. absences must be reported to the school by the parent or adult student as soon as practicable. Failure to report and explain the absence(s) shall result in unexcused absence(s). The final authority for determining

6

acceptability of the reason for the absence(s) shall rest with the principal.

School-Based Intervention Procedures for Truant Students

The Board requires that the following school-based intervention procedures be adhered to for truant students:

A. After three (3) days of unexcused absences, within a ninety (90) day period, a parent/guardian/student contact/conference is conducted by teacher/school designee. B. After five (5) days of unexcused absences, within a ninety (90) day period, a referral is made to the principal to send a certified letter to parents/guardians and possibly to convene a student study team. NOTE: Student study team is to convene when a student misses five (5) unexcused absences within thirty (30) calendar days, or when a student misses ten (10) days within ninety (90) calendar days. C. After ten (10) days of unexcused absences within a ninety (90) day period, the student is referred to the visiting teacher. D. After fifteen (15) unexcused absences within a ninety (90) day period, the student is considered "habitually truant," pursuant to F.S. 1003.27(b). The Florida Legislature enacted requirements that school districts report to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) the names, birthdates, sex, and social security numbers of minors who attain the age of fourteen (14) and accumulate fifteen (15) unexcused absences in a period of ninety (90) calendar days. The legislation further provides that those minors under age eighteen (18) who thus fail to satisfy attendance requirements or drop out of (voluntarily withdraw from) school will be ineligible for driving privilege. Additional information about procedures and waivers is available from the school administration or guidance office.

Chronic truancy or deliberate nonattendance in excess of fifteen (15) school days within a semester shall be sufficient grounds for withdrawal of students sixteen (16) years of age or older, who are subject to compulsory school attendance under F.S. 1003.21.

Excused Absence

If the absences are excused, all educational requirements for the course shall be met before a passing grade and/or credit is assigned. The student shall have a reasonable amount of time, up to ten (10) school days, to complete make- up work for excused absences. Principals may grant extensions to the make-up time limit for extenuating circumstances. Regarding make-up of the work missed as a result of unexcused absences, each principal shall establish site-specific policies that encourage both regular attendance and high academic achievement, and shall review and modify these policies from time-to-time as required to maintain and improve their effectiveness.

The Board considers the following factors to be reasonable excuses for time missed at school:

A. Personal illness of the student (medical evidence may be required by the principal or designee for absences exceeding five (5) consecutive days).

B. Court appearance of the student.

C. Medical appointment of the student.

D. An approved school activity (absences recorded but not reported).

E. Insurmountable problems. Prior permission by principal or designee is required except in the case of an emergency.

F. Other absences with prior approval of the Principal.

G. Attendance at a center under Children and Families Services supervision.

H. Significant community events with prior permission of the principal. When more than one (1) school is

7

involved, the Area Superintendent will determine the status of the absence.

I.

Religious holiday (See Policy 5225 ).

J.

Death in the immediate family.

Absences not included in excused absences listed above shall be unexcused.

Pursuant to State law, unexcused tardiness or absences shall not be grounds for suspension from school, but may result in other disciplinary consequences, such as detention or placement in existing alternative programs.

Any student who fails to attend any regularly scheduled class and has no excuse for absence should be referred to the appropriate administrator. Disciplinary action should include notification to parents or guardians.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative procedures that:

A. provide the student and his/her parents with the opportunity to challenge the attendance record prior to notification and that such notification complies with applicable Board rules;

B. govern the keeping of attendance records in accordance with the rules of the State Board;

C. identify the habitual truant, investigate the cause(s) of his/her behavior, and consider modification of his/her educational program to meet particular needs and interests; D. require that students whose absence has been excused have an opportunity to make up work they missed and receive credit for the work, if completed; E. require that any student, who, due to a specifically identifiable physical or mental impairment, exceeds or may exceed the District's limit on excused absence, is referred for evaluation for eligibility either under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or other appropriate accommodation. Such regulations should provide that a student's grade in any course is based on his/her performance in the instructional setting and is not reduced for reasons of conduct. If a student violates the attendance or other rules of the school, s/he should be disciplined appropriately for the misconduct, but his/her grades should be based upon what the student can demonstrate s/he has learned. Whenever any student has a total of fifteen (15) days of unexcused absence from school during any semester, s/he will be considered habitually absent. The Board authorizes the Superintendent to inform the student and his/her parents of the record of excessive absences as well as the District's intent to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, if appropriate, and the Judge of the Juvenile Court of the student's excessive absences.

Students may not be given excused absences to remain out of school for the purpose of working, unless the job is an integral part of the student's instructional program.

F.S. 1002.20, 1003.21, 1003.24, 1003.26, 1003.27, 1006.09

© Neola 2004

II.

RESPECT FOR PERSONS AND PROPERTY

Rights:

Students are recognized as individuals. Their rights include a safe, healthy, and drug-free environment.

Responsibilities:

8

Students should treat others, school property, and property of others with respect. Respectful behavior includes, but is not limited to, following school, classroom, and bus rules. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, fighting, stealing, destroying property, and violating school rules. Rule:

Students will treat others and their property with dignity and respect.

Disciplinary Action:

A student not respecting the right and property of others may be subject to disciplinary action allowed by School Board policy. Disciplinary action may range from counseling to expulsion.

III.

RIGHT TO LEARN

Rights:

Students have a right to be in an environment conducive to learning and will have appropriate educational programs.

Responsibilities:

Students should come to school prepared to take advantage of all educational opportunities offered. Students should inform school personnel if they have a problem at home or at school that keeps them from doing their best.

Rule:

Students will participate in educational opportunities and complete classroom assignments and homework to the best of their abilities.

Disciplinary Action:

Students who fail to comply with the above stated rule may hinder their educational progress and be subject to other disciplinary procedures allowed by the local school-wide discipline plan.

IV.

RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY

Rights:

Students may meet in an orderly manner on the school grounds or building(s) if proper authorization has been granted.

Responsibilities:

The meetings must be approved by the principal/designee and must not interfere with other planned activities.

Rule:

With proper school authorization, students may assemble in an orderly manner.

Disciplinary Action:

Unauthorized or disorderly meetings will be terminated immediately by the principal/designee, and violators may be subject to further administrative disciplinary action.

9

V.

RIGHT OF PRIVACY

Rights:

1. Only authorized persons may have access to student records as governed by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. §1232g. Regulations: 34 CFR Part 99.)

2. Students and their storage area, under the jurisdiction of the School Board, may be searched in cases of reasonable suspicion. Strip searching is prohibited. The use of metal detectors or specially trained animals is permissible.

Responsibilities:

1. Students, parents/guardians should give the school any information needed to work with the student.

2.

Students should not bring prohibited items to school.

Rule:

Students will respect the privacy of others.

Disciplinary Action:

Prohibited items will be confiscated by school personnel and the students will be subject to disciplinary actions allowed by School Board policy.

VI.

PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

Rights:

All students will be a part of classroom instruction and other school activities for which they are qualified, without regards to their race, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or perceived disability.

Responsibilities:

Students should do their best in school or while participating in school activities. They should also be aware of the rights and responsibilities of others so as to make the school the best place of learning possible.

Rule:

Students who participate in or attend school activities will do so in a manner which promotes the objectives of the school and/or the activity.

Disciplinary Action:

Students who violate the above stated rule may be subject to disciplinary actions allowed by School Board policy.

VII.

DRESS AND GROOMING

Rights:

Students have a right to dress comfortably.

10

Responsibilities:

Students have a responsibility to wear clothes that are not dangerous to their health or safety and to dress in a manner that is not disrupting to the educational process. Clothes worn should not advertise drugs, gangs, alcohol, tobacco, inappropriate language and/or sexual behavior.

Rule:

Student will dress and groom in such a way as to express personal preferences within the guidelines of the school dress code. Students are prohibited from wearing bandannas, dropped pants, low riding jeans, and shorts revealing the buttocks or underwear, short tops revealing the belly button, and inappropriate short dresses, shorts, or skirts. Middle and high school students are required to have shirts tucked in and pants are to be worn with a belt.

Elementary and Middle School Requirements:

Appropriate dress is the primary responsibility of the student and his/her parent or guardian. In order to promote safety, personal hygiene, academic well-being and moral and character development, students shall be expected to comply with reasonable requirements relating to dress, grooming and personal appearance as follows: 1) All students in elementary or middle school shall wear a school uniform while in attendance during the regular school day and on school sponsored field trips. 2) Colors shall be that of the official school colors and other colors as recommended by the School Advisory Committee and approved by the principal of the school. 3) Shirts/blouses must have a collar. T-shirts may be worn at the discretion of the individual school. Shirts must be tucked into pants. 4) Uniform style bottoms will be dark blue, black, tan (khaki). No sweat pants, overalls, or jeans will be allowed. 5) The legs of pants shall not extend below the heels of shoes. 6) Uniform knee-length shorts/skirts will be acceptable. 7) Sneakers and leather shoes are both acceptable, but must be black, or white with matching shoelaces. 8) Socks must be black, white, or other color as approved by the principal. 9) Boys and girls must wear belts if pants/shorts have belt loops. No sagging of pants will be allowed. 10) Outer garments for cold weather are permissible.

A student who transfers from one school to another in the county will be required to wear the “generic school uniform”, and will have 15 days to acquire the new school’s uniform.

The “generic uniform” shall consist of the following:

A. B. C.

Khaki or black pants, shorts, or skirt

White collared shirt

Dark or white leather shoes or sneakers with black, dark brown, or white socks

At the beginning of the school year, students will be required to conform to the uniform dress code within but no later than the first ten (10) school days. Likewise, students transferring into the district will have the first fifteen (15) days of school enrollment in order to conform to the uniform dress code.

Elementary/Middle School Disciplinary Action:

Any student enrolled in an elementary or middle school who reports to school improperly attired shall be disciplined as follows:

A.

First and second offense consequences are:

11

a.

Notification of parent or guardian and require student to change into appropriate attire

B.

Third offense consequences are: a.

Notification of parent or guardian and require student to change in to appropriate attire and One day of in-school suspension (if available) or three (3) days of after school detention.

b.

C. The fourth and subsequent offenses are considered to be willful disobedience that will result in further disciplinary action that may include additional days of in-school suspension, after school detention, or work detail. D. Any absence resulting from a violation of the uniform dress code will be excused.

High School Disciplinary Action :

Any student enrolled in a high school who violates the dress code may receive counseling and/or parent/guardian(s) will be contacted.

Clothing and/or other personal adornment that is so unusual or non-traditional that it attracts undue attention and distracts from the academic climate of the classroom cannot be allowed.

APPROPRIATE ATTIRE 

When young ladies wear shorts, skirts, and dresses, the length must be near their knees. This knee length is determined by the indentation of the tip of the student’s middle finger when placed against the student’s attire.  Bound sleeveless shirts and/or dresses that cover the armpits may be worn.  Shirts/blouses must cover the midriff at all times.  Young men must wear belts or suspenders with their pants. Elastic waist band/draw strings are acceptable.  Hats and hoods may be worn outside of the building only.  Shirts and blouses that are designed to be worn inside will be tucked into the pants/skirts.  Undergarment shirts need to be white or grey. INAPPROPRIATE ATTIRE  Tight-fitting stretchy pants, leotards, bicycle pants, or body gloves  Blouses or shirts that are unbuttoned, see-through, halter tops, tank tops, or muscle shirts and dresses that are strapless, spaghetti strap, or sun dresses,  Section cutout garments with holes  Clothes that advertise gangs, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, suggestive or sexually explicit logos, or offensive racial slogans  Headbands, bandannas, scarves, stocking/wave caps, or any other head gear  Bare feet, bedroom slippers, flip-flops or beach shoes  Hair combs, hair picks, or hair rollers  Drop pants / saggy pants (F.S. 1006.07 and F.S. 1006.15)  No hoodies allowed on campus.

* These dress code guidelines are subject to the interpretation of the administration, faculty, and staff. Any other type of clothing or garment that is distracting, immodest, or interferes with learning will not be allowed.

ALL STUDENTS (ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH) FOUND IN VIOLATION OF THE DRESS CODE WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

 For first offenders, the school is required to give the student a verbal warning, and the principal must call the student’s parent or guardian;  For second offenders, the student is ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities for up to 5 days, and the principal must meet with the parent or guardian;  For the third or subsequent offenders, the extracurricular activity exclusion is extended to up to 30 days; the school must place the student in in-school suspension for up to 3 days; and the principal must both call and send written notice to a parent or guardian.

12

VIII. WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES

The School Board is aware that wireless communication devices (WCDs) are used by students and parents to communicate with each other. However, the use of wireless communication devices (WCDs) on school grounds must be appropriately regulated to protect students, staff, and the learning environment. This policy sets forth the District's policy with respect to WCDs. Students may possess wireless communication devices (WCDs) in school, on school property, during after school activities (e.g. extra-curricular activities) and at school-related functions, provided that during school hours and on school vehicles the WCDs are powered completely off (i.e., not just placed into vibrate or silent mode) and concealed and secured in lockers or vehicles and stored out of sight. A "wireless communication device" is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor. The following devices are examples of WCDs: cellular and wireless telephones, pagers/beepers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), BlackBerries/Smartphones, WiFi-enabled or broadband access devices, two-way radios or video broadcasting devices, laptops, and other devices that allow a person to record and/or transmit, on either a real time or delayed basis, sound, video or still images, text, or other information. Students may not use WCDs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view Internet web sites that are otherwise blocked to students at school. Also, during after school activities when directed by the administrator or sponsor, WCDs shall be powered completely off (not just placed into vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight. The requirement that WCDs must be powered completely off will not apply in the following circumstances when the student obtains prior approval from the building principal: The student is using the WCD for an educational or instructional purpose (e.g. taking notes, recording a class lecture, writing papers) with the teacher's permission and supervision. However, the use of any communication functionality of the WCD is expressly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, wireless Internet access, peer-to-peer (ad-hoc) networking, or any other method of communication with other devices or networks. In no circumstances shall the device be allowed to connect to the District's network. The preceding prohibitions do not apply to Board-owned and issued laptops, PDAs or authorized assistive technology devices. Students are prohibited from using WCDs to capture, record or transmit the words (i.e. audio) and/or images (i.e., pictures/video) of any student, staff member or other person in the school or while attending a school-related activity, without express prior notice and explicit, written consent for the capture, recording or transmission of such words or images. Using a WCD to take or transmit audio and/or pictures/video of an individual without his/her consent is considered an invasion of privacy and is not permitted, unless authorized by the building principal. Students who violate this provision and/or use a WCD to violate the privacy rights of another person may have their WCD confiscated and held until the parent is contacted and picks up the device from the school. "Sexting" is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions. As set forth in State law, sexting is the knowing transmission or distribution to another minor by a computer or similar device any photograph or video of any person that depicts nudity and is harmful to minors. Sexting also includes possessing a photo of any person that was transmitted or distributed by another minor that depicts nudity. Such conduct not only is potentially dangerous for the involved students, but can lead to unwanted exposure of the messages and images to others, and could result in criminal violations related to the transmission or possession of child pornography. Such conduct will be subject to discipline and possible confiscation of the WCD. A. The student is a member of a volunteer fire company/department, ambulance or rescue squad. The student has a special health circumstance (e.g. an ill family member, or his/her own special health condition). B.

13

The use of WCDs that contain built-in cameras (i.e. devices that take still or motion pictures, whether in a digital or other format) is prohibited in locker rooms and/or bathrooms and other areas where there is an expectation of privacy.

No expectation of confidentiality will exist in the use of WCDs on school premises/property.

Students are prohibited from using a WCD in any way that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or intimidated. See Policy 5517.01 – Bullying and Harassment. In particular, students are prohibited from using their WCDs to: (1) transmit material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, or sexually explicit or that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based upon their race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or political beliefs; and (2) send, share, view or possess pictures, text messages, e-mails or other materials of a sexual nature (i.e., sexting) in electronic or any other form. As set forth in State law, sexting is the knowing transmission or distribution to another minor by a computer or similar device any photograph or video of any person that depicts nudity and is harmful to minors. Sexting also includes possessing a photo of any person that was transmitted or distributed by another minor that depicts nudity and is harmful to minors. Violation of these prohibitions shall result in disciplinary action. Furthermore, such actions will be reported to local law enforcement and child services as required by law. Students are also prohibited from using a WCD to capture and/or transmit test information or any other information in a manner constituting fraud, theft, cheating, or academic dishonesty. Likewise, students are prohibited from using their WCDs to receive such information. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the WCD. The building principal may also refer the matter to law enforcement if the violation involves an illegal activity (e.g. child pornography). Discipline will be imposed on an escalating scale ranging from a warning to an expulsion based on the number of previous violations and/or the nature of or circumstances surrounding a particular violation. If the WCD is confiscated, it will be released/returned to the student's parent/guardian after the student complies with any other disciplinary consequences that are imposed. In particular, egregious offenses involving the invasion of another person's privacy, the Board reserves the right to confiscate the WCD and hold it. A confiscated device will be marked in a removable manner with the student's name and held in a secure location in the building's central office until it is retrieved by the parent/guardian. WCDs in District custody will not be searched or otherwise tampered with unless school officials reasonably suspect that the search is required to discover evidence of a violation of the law or other school rules. Any search will be conducted in accordance with Policy 5771 – Search and Seizure. If multiple offenses occur, a student may lose his/her privilege to bring a WCD to school for a designated length of time or on a permanent basis. Possession of a WCD by a student is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy, or otherwise engages in misuse of this privilege.

A person who discovers a student in possession of or using a WCD in violation of this policy is required to report the violation to the building principal.

Students are personally and solely responsible for the care and security of their WCDs. The Board assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or vandalism to WCDs brought onto its property, or the unauthorized use of such devices.

Parents/Guardians are advised that the best way to get in touch with their child during the school day is by calling the school office.

Students may use school phones to contact parents/guardians. Students may use their WCDs after the school day has ended.

F.S. 847.0141, 1006.07(2) © Neola 2011

14

IX.

DISCRIMINATION/SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Rights:

Students have the right to attend school and learn in an environment free from discrimination and sexual harassment.

Responsibilities:

Students should report occurrences of discrimination or sexual harassment to the principal through the proper grievance procedures.

Rules:

No student shall on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or perceived disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination/sexual harassment under any educational program or activity.

Disciplinary Actions:

Students who violate the above-stated rule may be subject to disciplinary actions allowed by School Board policy.

X.

COUNSELING

Rights:

Students have the right: 1.

To be informed as to the nature of the guidance services available in their school.

2.

To have access to individual and group counseling.

3.

To request a change of counselor as applicable.

4.

Students have the right of confidentiality except in the following circumstances: a. Reports of abuse or neglect, b. Indication of harm to self/others.

Responsibilities:

Students have the responsibilities:

1.

To use guidance services for their own educational and personal improvement.

2. To schedule appointments in advance unless the problem or concern is one of an emergency.

3.

To work cooperatively with all school personnel.

Rule:

Students should participate appropriately in the counseling process.

Disciplinary Action:

Students who fail to participate appropriately in the counseling process may temporarily have their opportunities for counseling suspended, or other disciplinary measures may be taken.

15

XI.

FREE SPEECH AND PUBLICATION

Rights:

1.

Students will be given the opportunity to participate freely in class discussions.

2. Students may, with the approval of the principal/designee, write and distribute non-commercial printed materials. This shall include freedom of the press for all student publications.

3. Students may decide whether or not to participate in symbolic (e.g. flag salute) or religious activities.

4. After receiving permission from the principal, students may display posters, notices, magazines, or articles.

5. Students participation in classroom instruction or other school activities may not be denied based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, exceptionality, or perceived disability.

Responsibilities:

1. Students must use appropriate language when expressing their thoughts, concerns, and opinions.

2. Students must respect the principal's decision concerning the request to display printed material.

3.

Students should respect others' rights, responsibilities, and opinions.

Rule:

The principal/designee will ensure that all printed materials distributed in the school reflect appropriate journalistic ethics and are not obscene or offensive by school and community standards.

Disciplinary Action:

The principal may discipline any student for infraction of the above stated rule.

XII.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Rights:

Students have the following rights:

1. To form and operate a student government at their respective schools under the direction of a faculty advisor.

2.

To have access to policies of the School Board and the individual school.

3. To seek office in student government, or any school organization, regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or perceived disability.

4. To attend, as student government officers and representatives, official student government meetings upon approval of such meetings by the school principal.

Responsibilities:

Students have the following responsibilities:

16

1. To elect student government officers and representatives who are responsive to the needs of the school and who will work constructively toward the resolution of such needs.

2. To become knowledgeable of School Board and individual school policies governing the actions of students.

3. To conduct election campaigns in a positive, mature manner, with all due respect provided their opponents.

4. To attend regularly scheduled meetings, if an elected student representative, and exhibit appropriate conduct at all times.

Rule:

Students will use the democratic process to conduct student government operations.

Disciplinary Action:

The principal/designee may apply disciplinary procedures as appropriate.

XIII. STUDENT RECORDS

Rights:

Students/Parents/guardians have the following rights:

1. Information contained in records that relates directly to the student may be inspected, reviewed, and challenged.

2. Personal identifiable information will be protected by legal provisions which prohibit its release to any person who is not legally authorized by the consent of the parent, guardian, or eligible student. (An eligible student is one who is 18 years of age or over and/or one who attends a post-secondary institution.)

3. Parents/guardians will receive annual notification, written in their native language, stating that they may review their child's record.

Rules/Procedures Relating to Student Records:

Student Records: The principal of each school shall be responsible for all student records and will ensure that all state and federal rules are followed. The Superintendent will make all rules available to principals.

I.

Purposes. Rules cover all school records of all students.

II.

Definitions:

A.

Education Records: Records required by law containing information about the student

1.

Category A - Permanent Information: student information that is required by law to be kept indefinitely. Category B - Temporary Information: student information that may be kept for a short time then discarded or changed

2.

B.

Child: a person who is under 18 years of age

C.

Pupil/Student: a person who is enrolled in a school

17

D.

Eligible Student: a person who is 18 years old or older and who is enrolled in one or more offered educational programs by the Gadsden County district (see section IV.)

III. The Cumulative Record: The principal is responsible for all cumulative records. These records must be kept at school and may be relocated to other schools upon appropriate written request.

A.

Content of Category A Records: Category A records contain the permanent report card and education records. These records are kept up to date and cannot be changed without the permission of the principal. The person making the change will initialize each change.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Student's birth certificate name

Birth date, place of birth, race, and sex Current address of the student Name of parent(s) or guardian(s) Name of last school attended Number of days present, absent Date enrolled, date withdrawn Classes/subjects taken, grades received Date of graduation or program completion

B.

Content of Category B Records:

Health information

Information about the student's family

Test scores

School and vocational plans Honors and school activities

Reports of special classes required by law

List of schools attended Driver education certificate Letters from other groups

10. 11. 12. 13. 15. 16. 17. 14

Written requests for permission to review the record

List of people who requested and received a copy of the record Written information indicating any changes made in the record

Summary of state student assessment test results

Copies of exceptional student education placement reports as required by law.

Records of discipline, suspension, and expulsion

Records of counselors' and teachers' conferences with students Free lunch applications, work experience interviews, and other records

IV. The following strategies may be used for an eligible student or parent/guardian to change or remove a portion of the student record:

A.

A written request must be submitted to the principal, clearly identifying the part of the record to be changed, and specifying why it is inaccurate or misleading.

B.

If the request is approved, the change or removal shall be made in writing and signed and dated by the eligible student or parent/guardian and a school official. The written agreement shall show only that the record has been corrected or a portion removed. If the District denies the request for the change of record, the District will notify the eligible student or parent/guardian of the decision, advising them of their right to a hearing. Information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the eligible student or parent/guardian.

C.

18

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70

Made with FlippingBook - professional solution for displaying marketing and sales documents online