Board Policies

Adoption Date: Aug 13, 1997



The Board shall require each student of this Corporation to adhere to the Code of Conduct promulgated by the administration and to submit to such disciplinary measures as are appropriately assigned for infraction of those rules.  Such rules require that students:


§         conform to reasonable standards of socially-acceptable behavior;


§         respect the person and property of others;


§         preserve the degree of order necessary to the educational program in which they are engaged;


§         respect the rights of others;


§        obey constituted authority and respond to those who hold that authority.                                                              


While discipline is ultimately the responsibility of the individual, the implementation of an effective discipline program requires a cooperative team effort.  Whenever possible, a preventative approach to discipline will be taken in an effort to clarify standards of conduct, effectively assess a student’s individual needs, and identify any significant factors which may be contributing to a student’s misconduct.


Marion Community Schools has developed procedures and programs within each school to address individual student needs to improve student conduct in our schools.  These programs include but are not limited to the following:


                        Procedures that Emphasize Parent Involvement

                        Student Study Teams

                        Individualized and Group Counseling

                        Time-Out Rooms

                        In-School Suspension

                        In-School Support Program

                        Alternative Programs

                        Out -of- School Suspension/Intervention Program


It is also recognized that community agencies play an important role in assisting schools in providing a safe, positive school climate.  Communication between school staff and community agencies is ongoing, providing efficient, effective, and responsible solutions to school and community-related problems.  The community agencies include, but are not limited to, Division of Family and Children, the Grant County Probation Department, the Grant County Prosecutor's Office, Cornerstone Mental Health, Family Services, Community Corrections, and various other counseling and law enforcement agencies.


Intervention Procedures


It is expected that school staff will document interventions initiated for individual students throughout the school year.  Intervention strategies may include, but are not limited to, the following:


1.      teacher conference with student and parent to discuss behavior and expectations for the classroom;

2.      referral to support staff within the building for conflict resolution and social skills training;

3.      referral to the Student Study Team to address the student’s problem and to create a plan for intervention;

4.      referral to outside agencies available within the community including counseling agencies, the Probation Department, and the Division of Family and Children;

5.      further development of the Student Study Team plan that may include a recommendation to an alternative program within the building or to the Marion Alternative Program.


It is recognized that there will be students who choose to disrupt the classroom despite having been given an opportunity to change their behavior through the resources of the Corporation and the community.  A student may be suspended or expelled, subject to the procedural requirements as outlined in IC 20-8.1-5.1-12 and outlined in the rules found in each school’s student handbook, on the following grounds:


1.      Student misconduct                                              IC 20-33-8-14

2.      Substantial disobedience                                       IC 20-33-8-14

3.      Unlawful activity by a student                               IC 20-33-8-15

4.      Possession of firearms and deadly weapons           IC 20-33-8-16

5.      Student’s legal settlement not in attendance area    IC 20-33-8-17


Any student identified according to Article 7, Rules 32-47 or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as a student with a disability may be suspended up to ten cumulative instructional days in a school year. A case conference committee shall convene following the tenth day of out-of-school suspension.  Suspension procedures shall follow the policies and procedures prescribed by IC 20-33-8-18. Prior to any consideration for expulsion, a case conference must be held to determine the relationship of the disability to the disciplinary offense as outlined in 511-IAC 44-5.


Individual schools will provide each student and parent a handbook outlining rules, procedures, safeguards, and consequences of violating Board policies.









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