Board Policies


Adoption Date: Aug 13, 1997
Revision Date: May 14, 2014
5600 - STUDENT DISCIPLINE
Student Discipline
 
The Board acknowledges that conduct is closely related to learning and that an effective instructional program requires an orderly school environment, which is, in part, reflected in the behavior of students.
 
The Board believes that:
 
  1. the best discipline is self-imposed;
  2. students should learn to assume responsibility for their own behavior and      the consequences of their actions.
 
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 shall require that students:
 
  1. conform to reasonable standards of socially-acceptable behavior;
 
  1. respect the person and property of others;
 
  1. preserve the degree of order necessary to the educational program in which they are engaged;
 
  1. respect the rights of others; and,
 
  1. obey constituted authority.
           
The Superintendent shall promulgate administrative guidelines for student conduct which carry out the purposes of this policy and:
 
  1. are not arbitrary but bear a reasonable relationship to the need to
                   maintain a school environment conducive to learning;
 
  1. do not discriminate among students;
 
  1. do not demean students;
 
  1. do not violate any individual rights constitutionally guaranteed to students.
 
The Superintendent shall designate sanctions in accordance with Indiana Code for the infractions of rules which shall:            
 
  1. relate in kind and degree to the infraction;
  2. help the student learn to take responsibility for his/her actions; 
  1. be directed, where possible, to reduce the effects of any harm which
                  may have been caused by the student’s misconduct.
 
The Superintendent shall publish to all students and their parents the rules of this Corporation regarding student conduct, the sanctions which may be imposed for breach of those rules, and the due-process procedures that will be followed in administering the Code of Conduct.  Parents, adult students, and students upon enrollment shall be provided a form which is to be returned to the school principal confirming that the Code of Conduct has been read and is understood.  Failure to return the form shall have no effect on the utilization of the disciplinary actions contained in the Code of Conduct with that student.
 
The Superintendent shall report to the Board periodically the methods of discipline used and the incidents of those types of student misconduct designated by the Board.
 
The principal shall have the authority to assign discipline to students, subject to the Corporation administrative guidelines and the student’s due process right to notice, hearing and appeal.
 
Teachers and other employees of this Board having authority over students shall have the authority to take such means as may be necessary to control the disorderly conduct of students:
 
  1. in all situations and in all places where such students are within the jurisdiction of this Board; and,
 
  1. when such conduct interferes with the educational program of the schools or threatens the health and safety of others.
 
Under normal circumstances, no student should be detained after the close of the regular school day unless the student’s parent has been contacted and informed that the student will be detained and suitable transportation arrangements have been made.
 
Maintaining order on Corporation vehicles shall be the responsibility of the driver on regular bus runs.  When Corporation vehicles are used for field trips and other Corporation activities, the teacher, coach, or advisor shall be responsible for maintaining order on the bus.  If a student becomes a serious discipline problem on a vehicle, the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee may suspend the transportation privileges of the student providing such suspensions conforms with due process.
 

The School Board recognizes the importance of safeguarding a student’s constitutional rights, particularly when subject to the Corporation’s disciplinary procedures.  The Superintendent shall establish administrative guidelines to ensure that all members of the staff follow due
process procedures when dealing with students.  In addition, a statement of due process rights is to be placed in all student handbooks in a manner that will facilitate understanding by students and their parents.
 
IC 20-33-8-4; 20-33-8-9; 20-33-8-10; 20-33-8-12; 20-33-8-13.5
511 IAC 7 44-45

 
References:
5600AG
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May. 15 2014