Student Discipline Policy

Purpose

If learning is to prevail, discipline is essential. It sets the state for learning, and it seeks to educate toward self-discipline. Our schools must generate the means by which our students accept responsibility. They share with the administration and faculty responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to wholesome learning and living.

Authority

The Board has the authority to make reasonable and necessary rules governing the conduct of students in school and at all school-sponsored events and activities. Their goal is to develop positive, constructive student behavior. Discipline is administered to modify unacceptable behavior, not merely to punish. Preventative and remedial help is sought with behavioral problems. The Board intends to implement and enforce the rules, regulations, and procedures set forth in this discipline policy during the school day and at all school-sponsored events and activities. The Board also recognizes this, or any other discipline policy, cannot be effective without the full cooperation of the entire staff, the parents, and the students of the school district.

Upon adoption by the Board, this policy will initially be distributed to all students enrolled in the Waynesboro Area School District. Thereafter, new enrollees will be given a copy of the policy. At the beginning of each school year, school school personnel will review the adopted policy with students and copies of the policy will be available in each homeroom and the principal's office. Parents will be informed that this policy is available for review upon request.
Guidelines

Students have a great responsibility to be good citizens of their schools. Their responsibilities include regular school attendance, conscientious effort in classroom work, and conformance to school rules and regulations. Most of all, students share with the administration and faculty a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to wholesome learning and living. It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of teachers, administrators, students, and all others who are involved in the educational process. It is the responsibility of students to be aware of all rules and regulations for student behavior and conduct themselves in accordance with them. Students are responsible for their actions and they must assume responsibility for developing personal behaviors that are conducive to a positive learning environment. Students should assume that until a rule is waived, altered, or repealed, it is in full effect and must be obeyed at all times during school functions. If students want a rule considered for either change or elimination, they need to work through the proper channels available in school. Such changes may be accomplished by working through class officers, homeroom representatives, student council, or a discipline policy review committee.

Any student disciplined by a district employee shall have the right to notice of the infraction and a hearing before the building principal prior to being disciplined, and may appeal the discipline determination to the Superintendent.

Corporal Punishment

The Board prohibits the use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline for students in the district.

Reasonable force may be used by teachers and school authorities under any of the following circumstances: to quell a disturbance, to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects, for the purpose of self-defense, and for the protection of persons or property.

Level I Offenses
Level I offenses include misbehavior on the part of the student which impeded orderly classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of the school. Theses are disruptive to the normal teaching situation. Such misbehavior should be handled by the individual classroom teacher and only rarely require the intervention of the principal.

There should be immediate intervention by the staff member who is supervising the student who observes the misbehavior. Repeated misbehavior raises the offense to a higher level. A proper and accurate written record of the offenses and disciplinary action is maintained by the classroom teacher. If persistent misbehavior continues, the teacher should contact the administrator and parent/guardian about the student's misbehavior. This contact must be noted on the written record as to the date of the parental contact.

The teacher has the discretion of using any of the disciplinary options/responses available.

Examples of Level I Offenses:

  • Classroom disturbance
  • Noncompliance with cafeteria rules
  • Cheating
  • Discourtesy
  • Failure to carry out directives
  • Defamation of character
  • Loud boisterous noise
  • Bringing personal items from home without teacher permission
  • Running in classrooms or halls
  • Noncompliance with arrival & dismissal rules
  • Unexcused class tardiness
  • Noncompliance with recess rules
  • Treating school property with disrespect
  • Noncompliance with computer rules
  • Gum chewing
  • Noncompliance with bus rules
  • Minor insubordination
  • Other

Teacher Disciplinary Option/Responses
  • Telephone call from teacher to parents
  • Personal talk with student
  • Written communiqué to parents
  • Suspension of classroom privileges not related to academics
  • Parental conference
  • Special assignment
  • A look of disapproval
  • Time Out
  • Verbal reprimand
  • Detention
  • Silence on the part of the teacher to gain attention
  • Demerits
  • Isolation within the classroom
  • Loss of recess
  • Behavioral contract
  • Parent signature on violation notice returned to school
  • Strictly supervised study
  • Other appropriate responses for misbehavior to be agreed to by teacher and building principal

Level II Offenses
Level II offenses include misbehavior, the frequency and seriousness of which tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school or classroom. These infractions, which sometimes result from the continuation/severity of Level I misbehaviors, require the intervention of administrative personnel if the execution on Level I options has failed to correct the situation.

The teacher transmits the referral form to the appropriate administrator for disciplinary action with copies of written record of prior offenses and parents contacts. The administrator meets with the student and institutes the most appropriate response and the teacher is informed of the administrator's action. If the administrator or teacher requests a further conference on the student's problem, a meeting will be held to discuss the issue and an accurate record of the offense and the disciplinary action taken is maintained by the administrator and kept in the student's file.

Examples of Level II Offenses:
  • Repeat of Level I misbehaviors
  • Continued defiance when given directives
  • Unexcused school tardiness
  • Lying to authority figures
  • Truancy
  • Minor defacing of school property
  • Insubordination
  • Written or oral abusive language
  • Disrespectful or obscene language and/or gestures
  • Pushing/shoving
  • Disruptive apparel
  • Noncompliance with bus rules
  • Theft
  • Demerits
  • Cutting class
  • Other
  • Falsification of records, excuses, passes, schedules, etc.

Disciplinary Options/Responses by School Personnel
  • Home and school visitor contact
  • Temporary Out-Of-School Suspension - One (1) to three (3) days
  • Attendance Officer contact
  • Outreach Program
  • Student-Principal conference
  • Referral for Alternative Education
  • Parent-Principal telephone conference
  • Referral to counseling services
  • Parent-Student-Principal conference
  • Referral to school team
  • Behavioral contract
  • Referral to school counselor
  • Detention
  • Other appropriate responses for misbehavior
  • In-School Suspension

Level III Offenses
Level III offenses sometimes result from the continuation/severity of Level I and Level II misbehaviors. Also included are acts directed against persons or property. These misbehaviors may endanger the health or safety of others in the school.

The administrator initiates disciplinary action by investigating the infraction which has been reported and confers with the staff involved. The administrator meets with the student about the student's misconduct and determines disciplinary action. Parent communication will be included as part of this policy.

Examples of Level III Offenses:
  • Repeat of Level I and II misbehaviors
  • Destruction of private and/or school property: Infraction depends on degree of damage incurred with parent/guardian responsible for payment.
  • Theft
  • Student strike or encouraging a demonstration disrupting the normal learning process.
  • Fighting/Bullying
  • Provoking a fight verbally. Verbal threats
  • Indecent exposure
  • Major insubordination
  • Possession or distribution of pornographic materials or devices.
  • Physical abuse: against any student, staff and/or other person not employed by the school
  • Leaving school without permission
  • Cursing (verbal or written)
  • Unlawful harassment
  • Possession and/or transmission of objects considered potentially dangerous to the health, safety, and welfare of students and/or school personnel
  • Throwing of potentially dangerous objects
  • Smoking, use of snuff, any use or possession of tobacco products on school property or during school-sponsored events and activities
  • Unsupervised lighting of matches, lighters, or any device with an open flame
  • Tampering with fire extinguishers or file alarms
  • Other

Disciplinary Options/Responses by The Administration
  • Out-of-school suspension
  • Referral to school team
  • Recommendation for expulsion
  • Referral to outside counseling services
  • Referral to Student Assistance Program
  • Referral to school counselor
  • Outreach Program
  • Calling police
  • Alternative Education
  • Other appropriate response by administrator for misbehavior

Level IV Offenses
Disciplinary action under Level IV could result from the continuation/severity of lower level offenses.

Also included are acts which result in violence to another person or property or which pose a direct threat to the safety of others in the school. These acts are clearly criminal and are so serious that they always require administrative actions and/or may require the removal of the student from school, or the intervention of law enforcement authorities, and/or possible action by the Board.

The administrator investigates and verifies the offense, confers with the staff involved, and meets with the student. The student is immediately suspended from school and parents are notified. The principal shall promptly notify the Superintendent and prepares a complete report. Upon completion of an investigation by the school authorities and following conferences with social agencies and parents, the student may be reinstated on probation after serving suspension, or may be recommended to the Board for expulsion action after the student is given a full due process hearing before the Board.

Examples of Level IV Offenses:
  • Repeat of unmodified Level III misbehavior
  • Unwarranted pulling of the fire alarm
  • Theft
  • Arson
  • Extortion
  • Vandalism
  • Bomb threat
  • Incite to riot
  • Possession/use/transfer of dangerous weapons
  • Engaging in any other conduct contrary to the criminal code or ordinances of the Commonwealth and/or community on school premises or at a school function
  • Assault
  • Other
  • Violation of drug and alcohol policy

Disciplinary Options/Responses By The Administration And/Or Board
  • Suspension
  • Notification and/or requested intervention of law enforcement agencies
  • Expulsion
  • Referral to Student Assistance Program
  • Saturday School
  • Alternative Education
  • Other Board action which results in appropriate placement


GENERAL INFORMATION
Referral Forms citing irresponsible student behavior shall be used on all levels except Lever I (teacher is to keep written record). Documentation of supporting data is required for processing discipline complaints at Level II and above. Referral forms will be distributed as follows:

  • One (1) will be immediately placed in the building file in the administrative office of each school in a Category "B" file of discipline reports separate from a student's Category "A" cumulative folder.
  • One (1) will be returned to the teacher informing him/her of the action taken by the administrator.
  • One (1) may be mailed to parent(s)/guardian(s).

Discipline reports are used by teachers, principals, and assistant principals to record student misbehavior, the student's explanation of the situation and action taken by the administration.

Reports of infractions are to be maintained by the principals and the assistant principals. Teachers should destroy their discipline reports at the end of each year. Behavioral reports of a serious nature are to be maintained during the student's period of enrollment or final disposition by Board action.

The Board policy on transportation shall be a component in the student discipline policy as outlined here.

Delegation of Responsibility

The Superintendent shall promulgate rules and regulations to implement Board policy for student conduct. The building principal shall have the authority to assign discipline to students, subject to the policies, rules and regulation of the district and to the student's due process right to notice, hearing, and appeal.

Teaching staff members and other employees of this Board having authority over students shall have the authority to take reasonable actions necessary to control the disorderly conduct of students in all situations and in all places where such students are within the jurisdiction of this Board and when such conduct interferes with the educational program of the schools or threatens the health and safety of others.

School Code 510, 1317, 1318, 1338
PA Code, Title 22, Sec. 12.3, 12.5, 12.33

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