DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES AND SUSPENSION

A Multi-Level Approach: Ranges of Consequences; Discipline and Behavior Related Offenses and Consequences

Teachers are in charge of their classrooms and all other areas of the school.  Any teacher may correct students for misbehavior.  Offenses such as the following generally call for suspension of the student involved subject to District policies:

1.  being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on school  property;

 2.  possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol on school  property.  A student caught with drugs or alcohol in his/her possession on school property will be reported to the police;

 3.  selling, attempting to sell or distribute any chemical or material disguised as a drug;

 4.  initiating a fight in or on MSAD #25 property;

 5.  cutting or destroying, defacing, or in any other way causing injury to school property such as books, desks, walls, floors, etc:    

 6.  disobedience or defiance;

 7.  profane or obscene language;

 8.  profane or obscene gestures;

 9.  repetition of any offense after warning;

10.  excessive referrals to the office;

11.  leaving school property without permission;

12.  disrespect toward staff members;

13.  throwing food in the cafeteria;

14.  being in an unauthorized area of the building;

15.  being in possession of or using tobacco or tobacco products on school property. Subsequent offenses will be turned over to police for prosecution for under age students;

16.  intimidation/terrorizing of others;

17.  stealing;

18.  cutting classes;

19.  violation of District’s “Computer Use Policy” which is mailed  home;

20.  violation of District’s “Dress Code Policy” and;

21.  any other offenses at the discretion of the principal.

Cheating on a test or quiz will result in a zero on the test or quiz.  Plagiarism, which is copying the work of someone else and submitting it as one’s own, is a serious offense whether a student plagiarizes another student’s paper or takes something from a book or the Internet and submits it as his/her own.  Plagiarism will also result in a zero and could result in the failing of a class for that quarter if the assignment is a major paper.

The school believes in progressive discipline which means that first offenses might be given a warning then progress to detention after school, noon detention, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension.  Persistent discipline problems will result in a conference with the parent, student, and principal.  If poor behavior continues to persist, a conference will be held with the parent, student, and superintendent.  Some offenses might result in an immediate suspension from school with a recommendation for expulsion.

A student who is suspended from school for misbehavior is not allowed to attend any school-sponsored activity for the duration of the suspension.  A student who has been suspended from school two or more times may be prohibited from attending school-sponsored activities for the remainder of the year.  

It should be noted to class officers and student council members that if they are placed on probation, the next infraction will cause them to give up their office.  If they are involved in any immediate suspendable offense, their office will be vacated that day and a replacement will be found.  Students can be dismissed from holding a class office or from being a student council member for unexemplary behavior.