Failure to comply with established rules and expectations of the school and classroom may result in any of the following consequences such as, but not limited to:
· Verbal reprimand
· Consequences appropriate to the infraction
· Assigned seating
· Time out (“Take a break”)
· Loss of privileges
· Call to parent/guardian
· Sent to office or guidance
· Written Report (if so, copies will be sent to parent/guardian)
Disciplinary measures and actions are at the discretion of the principal. When making a determination of disciplinary actions, the principal will consider factors such as, but not limited to:
· History and frequency of offenses
· Severity of the offense
· Circumstances surrounding the offense
· IEP and 504 plans
DUE PROCESS: When a behavior is in question the student has a right to receive:
· Oral or written notice of the charges against the student.
· An explanation of the evidence against the student.
· An opportunity for the student to present his/her side of the story to an impartial decision-maker.
o The term “bullying” has a specific definition not to be confused with fighting or name calling, which may be a part of a bully’s repertoire, but not confined to just those behaviors.
o “Bullying”, as defined by G.L.c.71, 370 of the state law, is the “severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victims property; (ii) places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the victim; (iv) infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.
o 1st offense: No credit will be given for the assignment; teacher will give an alternative assignment; teacher will contact the parent/guardian.
o Repeat offense: No credit will be given for the assignment; teacher will contact principal and appropriate disciplinary actions will be determined; principal will notify parent/guardian.
· Field Trips:
o A student may be excluded from a field trip if the principal or teachers feel there is a reason to do so. These reason and circumstances will be discussed with the parent/guardian before a final decision to exclude the student.
o In cases of damage, theft, vandalism of school, district and personal property, the offending parties will be required to pay restitution for all damages caused. If, due to economic hardship this is not possible, then said student will be required to perform service to the school to make-up the value of damages incurred.
· Students with Special Needs:
o If a student with special needs is suspended, the Director of Special Education will be notified. Suspensions of students with special needs is recorded and maintained by the district.
o The Individual Education Plan (IEP) of every student with special needs indicates whether the student can be expected to meet the regular discipline rules and regulations or if modification is required. If a modified discipline code is required, it is written in the student’s IEP.
· Social Probation:
o Students involved in disciplinary situations or having accumulated a number of offenses warranting action by the principal may be placed on social probation.
o Students placed on social probation may be restricted from attending or participating in any school activities during or outside the hours of operation of the school day.
o If circumstances that warrant social probation re-occur or continue, the principal may require the parent/guardian and student to meet with the principal and school resource officer.
o Recurring social probation may result in further disciplinary action.
o Suspension from school is a serious penalty.
o Disciplinary measures warranting a suspension, as well as the type of suspension, are at the discretion of the principal.
o Suspensions may be “in-school” or “out-of-school”.
o Out-of-School Suspensions: A student is not allowed to attend school for a designated period of time.
o In-School Suspensions: A student is not in class with their peers and will be assigned to a designated area for the duration of the suspension; students will be expected to complete assigned work given to them during their in-school suspension.