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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT Grades K-6

Student offenses are in four categories. Most of these are listed below. Administrators are responsible for discipline and will classify any offense not listed below unless directed by the Board of Education.

 

CATEGORY I - Offenses to be administered by the school that may result in, reprimand, loss of privilege, detention (where applicable), corporal punishment, time-out, or suspension due to severity of incident.

1. Refusing to do assigned work

2. Tardiness (class or school)

3. Refusing to participate in required school activities (wellness activities, reading instructions, etc.)

4. Minor violations of school or classroom rules

5. Conduct which disrupts the peace or good order of the school or the learning environment (impudence, profanity, disorderly conduct, and disregard for authority, etc.)

6. Inappropriate dress or appearance considered disruptive to the school

7. Unauthorized presence on another school campus

8. Loitering (no student should remain at school beyond last bus departure)

9. Inappropriate public display of affection

10. Open food or drink in school without permission

11. Unauthorized use of copying machines, computer, phones, printers

12. Truancy

 

CATEGORY II - Offenses that may result in suspension. Any student suspended will not be allowed to participate in any school function including field trips, athletic practices or contests, etc.

1st time Category II Offense - 3 days suspension or in-school suspension (where

applicable) or corporal punishment

2nd time Category II Offense - 5 days suspension or corporal punishment or in school suspension (where applicable)

3rd time Category II Offense - 10 days suspension

4th time Category II Offense - referral to Student Disciplinary Authority

1. Fighting (both parties, unless one was attacked for no apparent reason)

2. Use of foul or abusive language

3. Disrespect to teacher/staff/peer

4. Harassment (verbal or physical)

5. Assault (verbal or physical)

6. Use or possession of tobacco in any form

7. Use or possession of any incendiary device (lighter, matches, etc.)

8. Insubordination (not following the directive from a teacher, administrator, or other school system employee)

9. Leaving school grounds or class without permission, including the lunch period

10. Repeated refusal to do assigned work

11. Chronic disruption

12. Failure to provide correct identity/address

13. Continued dishonesty (copying, cheating, forging signatures, lying)

14. Misuse/destruction of school property

15. Extortion

16. Sexual misconduct

17. Participation in a school disruption

18. Receipt, sale, possession or distribution of stolen property (reported to legal authorities)

19. Trespassing on school property

20. Prescription policy violation

21. Unauthorized possession or use of schools keys

22. Gambling (pitching pennies, dice or other activities)

23. Computer hacking or tampering

24. Stealing (may be reported to police)

25. Bullying, threatening, or intimidating behavior

 

CATEGORY III - these offenses are subject to suspension up to a maximum of 20 days.

1. Possession of alcohol (mandatory 20-day suspension)

2. Possession/sale/distribution of drug paraphernalia (including rolling papers)

3. Pulling fi re alarm or otherwise causing one to sound when no fi re or smoke is visible

4. Indecent exposure

5. Possession or detonation of an incendiary or explosive material (firecracker or greater, as well as stink/smoke bomb, poppers, etc.)

6. Destruction of school property (full restitution will be expected)

7. Sexual harassment as defined by board policy

8. Inciting a school disruption (stopping normal proceeding in school)

9. Repeated violation of school rules

10. Verbal assault on a school employee

11. Operating a cellular device with video or picture taking capabilities in a locker room, classroom, bathroom, or other location where such operation may violate the privacy right of another person.

Irrespective of the discipline procedures set forth below, violations of this paragraph shall be considered a Category III offense pursuant to SCBOE Policy 6.3131 (Discipline Procedures Grades

7-12) with a punishment of a 20 day out-of-school suspension.

12. Being present at school or a school sponsored event under the influence of a controlled substance or any substance prohibited by Board policy

 

CATEGORY IV - There will be zero tolerance for the following offenses. These offenses will be reported to the superintendent and to law enforcement officials.

1. Bomb threats

2. Malicious arson

3. Possession or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substance, including marijuana

4. Possession and/or use of weapons (see board policy)

5. Battery on a school employee

6. Students who possess any non-prescribed intoxicating substance or drug. Such substances include, but are not limited to, Posh, K2, Molly's Plant Food, Bath Salts, Mephodrone, or any type of intoxicating substance. School discipline may include suspension for up to one calendar year.

 

PROCEDURES FOR VIOLATION OF STUDENT USE OF CELLULAR TELEPHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Examples of Electronic Devices but not limited to:

Cell phones, Camera phones, PDAs, iPods, MP3 players, Discman, Beepers, Pagers, Gameboys, etc.

1. First Offense - Confiscate cellular phone and return only to parent, warning issued.

2. Second Offense - Two days afterschool detention.

3. Third Offense - One day out-of-school suspension and subsequent offenses will result in one day out of school suspensions per offense.

• All confiscated electronic devices must be picked up at the school by the parent

• The Smith County School System is not responsible for lost or stolen devices

 

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT Grades 7-12

 

Student offenses are in four categories. Most of these are listed below. In no way shall this list of violations or consequences be considered all inclusive. Administrators are responsible for discipline and will classify any offense not listed below unless directed by the Board of Education. Tennessee State Law gives the principal, or his/her designee, the authority to discipline students who violate school board policies or school rules. In instances where violations are severe enough to warrant doing so, the principal may choose to bypass one or more of the preliminary steps. Numerous violations of different offenses may be considered cumulative by the principal/designee, and appropriate consequences may be assigned.

 

CATEGORY I - Offenses to be administered by the school that may result in, reprimand, loss of privilege, detention (where applicable), corporal punishment, time-out, or suspension due to severity of incident.

1. Refusing to do assigned work

2. Tardiness (class or school)

3. Refusing to participate in required school activities (wellness activities, reading instructions, etc.)

4. Minor violations of school or classroom rules

5. Conduct which disrupts the peace or good order of the school or the learning environment (impudence, profanity, disorderly conduct, and disregard for authority, etc.)

6. Inappropriate dress or appearance considered disruptive to the school

7. Unauthorized presence on another school campus

8. Loitering (no student should remain at school beyond last bus departure)

9. Disruptive public display of affection (kissing, hugging, holding hands, etc.) is inappropriate for the school setting and is not acceptable in Smith County Schools. Such behavior will not be tolerated. Therefore, Smith County will enforce a “hands off” policy.

10. Open food or drink in school without permission

11. Unauthorized use of copying machines, computer, phones, printers

12. Truancy

 

CATEGORY II - Offenses that may result in suspension. Any student suspended will not be allowed to participate in any school function including field trips, athletic practices or contests, etc.

1st time Category II Offense - 3 days suspension or alternative school or corporal punishment

2nd time Category II Offense - 5 days suspension or alternative school

3rd time Category II Offense - 10 days suspension or alternative school

4th time Category II Offense - referral to Student Disciplinary Authority

1. Fighting (both parties, unless one was attacked for no apparent reason)

2. Use of foul or abusive language

3. Disrespect to teacher/staff/peer

4. Harassment (verbal or physical)

5. Assault (verbal or physical)

6. Use or possession of tobacco in any form

7. Use or possession of any incendiary device (lighter, matches, etc.)

8. Insubordination (not following the directive from a teacher, administrator, or other school system employee)

9. Leaving school grounds or class without permission, including the lunch period

10. Repeated refusal to do assigned work

11. Chronic disruption

12. Failure to provide correct identity/address

13. Continued dishonesty (copying, cheating, forging signatures, lying)

14. Misuse/destruction of school property

15. Extortion

16. Sexual misconduct

17. Participation in a school disruption

18. Receipt, sale, possession or distribution of stolen property (reported to legal authorities)

19. Trespassing on school property

20. Prescription policy violation

21. Unauthorized possession or use of schools keys

22. Gambling (pitching pennies, dice or other activities)

23. Computer hacking or tampering

24. Stealing (may be reported to police)

25. Conflicts between students or groups of students

26. Bullying, threatening, or intimidating behavior (as defined by Policy 6.304)

 

CATEGORY III - these offenses are subject to suspension up to a maximum of 20 days.

1. Possession of alcohol (mandatory 20-day suspension)

2. Possession/sale/distribution of drug paraphernalia (including rolling papers)

3. Pulling fire alarm or otherwise causing one to sound when no fire or smoke is visible

4. Indecent exposure

5. Possession or detonation of an incendiary or explosive material (firecracker or greater, as well as, stink/smoke bomb, poppers, etc.)

6. Destruction of school property (full restitution will be expected)

7. Sexual harassment as defined by board policy

8. Inciting a school disruption (stopping normal proceeding in school)

9. Repeated violation of school rules

10. Verbal assault on a school employee

11. Operating a cellular device with video or picture taking capabilities in a locker room, classroom, bathroom, or other location where such operation may violate the privacy right of another person.

Irrespective of the discipline procedures set forth below, violations of this paragraph shall be considered a Category III offense pursuant to SCBOE Policy 6.3131 (Discipline Procedures Grades 7-8 with a punishment of a 20 day out-of-school suspension.

12. Being present at school or a school sponsored event under the influence of a controlled substance or any substance prohibited by Board policy

 

CATEGORY IV - There will be zero tolerance for the following offenses. These offenses will be reported to the superintendent and to law enforcement officials.

1. Bomb threats

2. Malicious arson

3. Possession or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substance, including marijuana

4. Possession and/or use of weapons (see board policy 6.309)

5. Assault on a school employee

6. Students who possess any non-prescribed intoxicating substance or drug. Such substances include, but are not limited to, Posh, K2, Molly's Plant Food, Bath Salts, Mephodrone, or any type of intoxicating substance. School discipline may include suspension for up to one calendar year.

7. Electronic threats (see board policy 6.309)

 

PROCEDURES FOR VIOLATION OF STUDENT USE OF CELLULAR TELEPHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Examples of Electronic Devices but not limited to:

Cell phones, Camera phones, PDAs, iPods, MP3 players, Discman, Beepers, Pagers, Gameboys, etc.

1. First Offense - Three days in-school suspension.

2. Second Offense - Five days in-school suspension.

3. Third Offense -Ten days placement in the Smith County Alternative School.

4. Fourth Offense - Five days Alternative School and five days out-of-school suspension with a loss of any privilege under this policy for the remainder of the school year.

5. Category III Offense - suspension (mandatory for 20 days).

• All confiscated electronic devices must be picked up at the school by the parent

• The Smith County School System is not responsible for lost or stolen devices.

 

Rules for School Computer Use

Students are prohibited from:

Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures

Use of obscene language

Harassing, insulting or attacking others

Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks

Violation of copyright laws

Trespassing in another's folders, work or files

Intentional misuse of resources

Using another's password

Use of the network for commercial purposes

Revealing your‑personal address or phone number or that of another person

 

Bullying Policy

Students shall be provided a learning environment free from sexual, racial, ethnic and religious Discrimination/harassment. It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee or any student to discriminate against or harass a student through disparaging conduct or communication that is sexual, racial, ethnic or religious in nature. The following guidelines are set forth to protect students from discrimination/harassment. Student discrimination/harassment will not be tolerated. 

Discrimination/harassment is defined as conduct, advances, gestures or words either written or spoken of a sexual, racial, ethnic or religious nature which:

1. Unreasonably interfere with the student's work or educational opportunities; or

2. Create an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment; or

3. Imply that submission to such conduct is made an explicit or implicit term of receiving grades or credit; or

4. Imply that submission to or rejection of such conduct will be used as a basis for determining the student's grades and/or participation in a student activity.

 

Bullying/Intimidation

Students shall be provided a safe learning environment. It shall be a violation of this policy for any student to bully, intimidate or create a hostile educational environment for another student. Bullying and intimidation are defined as either physically harming a student or damaging his/her property, or knowingly placing the student in reasonable fear of such, or creating a hostile educational environment. The policy addresses conduct taking place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation, or at any official school bus stop immediately before boarding and immediately following deboarding.

Alleged victims of the above-referenced offenses shall report these incidents immediately to a teacher, counselor or building administrator. .Any allegations shall be fully investigated by a complaint manager (as set forth in Student Concerns, Complaints and Grievances 6.305).

The privacy and anonymity of all parties and witnesses to complaints will be respected. However, because an individual's need for confidentiality must be balanced with obligations to cooperate with police investigations or legal proceedings, to provide due process to the accused, to conduct a thorough investigation or to take necessary action to resolve a complaint, the identity of parties and witnesses may be disclosed in appropriate circumstances to individuals with a need to know. A substantiated charge against an employee shall result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

A substantiated charge against a student may result in corrective or disciplinary action up to and including suspension.

Smith County Schools also prohibits cyber-bullying, defined as harassment/intimidation through use of Internet social networking sites or other telecommunications technologies such as telephones, cell phones, text messaging and camera phones. Cyber bullying that begins off-campus can be considered school related if it interferes with school activities, causes a disruption at school or interferes with the rights of students.

Behavior that facilitates or exacerbates harassment, intimidation, bullying, and/or hazing will not be tolerated under this policy. Facilitation includes behavior intending to prolong, expand, or escalate conflict including, but not limited to, delivering insulting or threatening messages on behalf of one of the parties involved, creating a video or interactions in which one student is being harassed, intimidated, bullied, or hazed by one or more other students, or disseminating information about such incidents via social networking sites and/or other telecommunications technologies such as telephones, cell phones, text messaging and camera phones.

 

False Claims of Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation

A student will not slander/libel (make an untruthful oral [spoken] or written statement about a person that harms the person's reputation in the community) any teacher, administrator, school district employee or other person acting in an official capacity at the school by making false claims of harassment, including sexual harassment, or other inappropriate behavior. Additionally, students will not create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Claims found to have been falsely alleged will also be investigated. False claims submitted knowingly are subject to disciplinary consequences as determined by the building principal.

• If the determination is made that the offense reaches the level of a disciplinary hearing, the principal must contact the director of schools for further action.

There will be no retaliation against any person who reports harassment or participates in an investigation. However, any employee who refuses to cooperate or gives false information during the course of any investigation may be subject to disciplinary action. The willful filing of a false report will itself be considered harassment and will be treated as such. An employee disciplined for violation of this policy may appeal the decision by contacting the Federal

Rights Coordinator.  Any student disciplined for violation of this policy may appeal the decision in accordance with disciplinary policies and procedures.

 

Tennessee Law Concerning Suspension

The administration of Smith County Schools is authorized to carry out disciplinary and related procedures necessary for the successful operation of the school under Tennessee Law concerning suspension and disciplinary action. Tennessee law allows principals to suspend students for good and sufficient reason upon satisfaction of due process.

 

General School Rules

•School rules apply to all school grounds, including but not limited to: cafeteria, gym, playground, etc.

•Students will be respectful to all faculty, staff, and other students.

•No gang identifiers are allowed on school grounds (bandannas, signs, symbols, etc.

•The rules of the school and each classroom teacher should be followed at all times.

•No chewing gum or tobacco product is allowed in school.

•No toys, games, cards, radios, CD players, cameras or other items may be brought to school for play without special permission from the teacher.

•No obscene pictures, magazines, or books will be brought to school.

•Students may not have pagers or cellular phones at school.

•Students, who deface or injure any of the school property, including school buses, shall pay in full all damages.

•No glass bottles or glass containers of any kind will be allowed at school.

•No profanity, ugly talk, or gestures are to be used at school.

•Fighting is never allowed at school, on the playground, or on the bus. Immediate, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

•No hats are to be worn at school or on the bus, without special permission from the teacher.

•No students will be allowed to run in and out of ballgames. If you leave the game, there will be an admission to return. Students should be accompanied by an adult at all after school events unless prior arrangements have been made with the teacher.

•Basketball players and cheerleaders must pass their subjects to participate: Rule 8 p. 146 SCSBP.

•Students should be attentive during assembly and ballgames. No booing referees or other players during any school event.

•No playing in the restrooms.

•No running in the halls. Students will travel through halls in straight lines, and in an orderly fashion. No talking in the hall or lunch lines.

•No loaning or borrowing of money. Students must use their own money

 

Detention

Detention is provided by Forks River School on a weekly basis for students who misbehave. It is used for Kindergarten- 8th grade. Detention is not optional and a notice will be sent to the parent to notify them of the date assigned. Detention is a one-hour period that will be used in a productive manner.  Students assigned to detention should not ask to speak to anyone or to go back to the classroom to get a forgotten item.  A detention student should use the restroom before coming to detention. Students assigned to detention should not make noise of any kind.  Students may not put their heads down or sleep in detention.  Students are not to communicate with other students in any way. A detention student is to be productive.  If the detention teacher feels that a student has not been productive, an additional hour of detention may be assigned.

 

Alternative School

The Smith County Board of Education provides an Alternative School for students in grades 7-12. Students who are assigned Alternative School will receive the appropriate paperwork of his/her placement there. Parents must sign the notice in order for the child to be able to attend. Should the notice not be signed, then the student will be suspended from school. 

 

Tobacco and Dangerous Weapons

The possession or use of any tobacco product, weapon, or dangerous instrument is prohibited. Weapons can be defined as any instrument that is used to harm another person. Immediate disciplinary action will be taken in each case. 

 

Zero Tolerance

In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.  The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this suspension on a case-by-case basis.  For the purposes of this section, “expelled” means removed from the pupil’s regular school or removed from school attendance altogether, as determined by the school official.  Nothing in this section shall be constructed to prohibit the assignment of such students to an alternative school.  Zero tolerance acts are as follows:

Students who bring or possess a narcotic or stimulant drug, including marijuana, or dangerous weapon onto a school bus, onto school property or any school event or activity.

Any student who while on a bus, on school property, or while attending any school event or activity (a) possess a drug or dangerous weapon or;  (b) commits battery upon a teacher, principal, administrator or any other employee of a local education agency.

Any student while on a school bus, on school property, or while attending any school event possessing drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, or intoxicated (either by drugs or alcohol) will be disciplined according to school policy.

 

Bus Conduct

1. Emergency doors will not be used except for emergencies;

2. No loud talking or yelling;

3. Remain seated;

4. Objects will not be thrown;

5. No use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol;

6. No food or drink;

7. No fighting;

8. No rude, discourteous or unacceptable language;

9. Obey the driver at all times;

10. No destruction of property;

11. A bus driver has the authority to assign seats; and

12. Any other conduct prejudice to good order on the bus.

The bus driver will report the rider to the principal of the school and the principal has full authority to discipline the student just as if the student were in school.

Rules 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 may justify suspension on the first offense. This will be done at the principal's discretion.

For the first offense, a letter will be sent to the parent(s).

The second offense is a three (3) day suspension.

The third offense is a five (5) day suspension.

The fourth offense is a ten (10) day suspension.

All suspensions over ten (10) days constitute due process.

Playground Rules

Swings

     No jumping out of swings

     No standing up in swings

     Students must sit while swinging

     Only one student per swing

     Students must swing front to back, not left to right

Slide

     No walking up the slide

     Students must slide down in a sitting position

     Students may only slide down one at a time

Fence

     Student must stay within the fenced in area unless accompanied by a teacher  

 

Cafeteria Rules

All school rules will apply while students are in the cafeteria. In addition, students will not be allowed to exchange or throw food. Students are asked to talk quietly among their table so that announcements can be heard by all students. Students will clean up after themselves before leaving the cafeteria at breakfast and lunch.

 

Dress Code

Clothing and/or appearance that disrupt the educational process by drawing undesirable attention to the wearer will not be allowed.  Students will not dress, groom, wear or use emblems, insignias, badges or other symbols that distract other students, cause disruptions or interfere with the operation of the school.  All apparel or accessories worn to school may not display or advertise the following: Gang affiliation or gang sign; Tobacco products; Alcoholic products; Drugs or drug paraphernalia; Sexual themes; Ethnic groups or signs; Racist overtures; other suggestive or offensive sayings or graphics.

•Shoes that might mar, cut, or otherwise damage school property must not be worn. Shoes must be worn at all times. High-heeled shoes or shoes with skates are not acceptable for daily school activities.

•Offensive language or pictures will not be permitted on clothing.  

•Shorts are allowed for all grades. Shorts and skirts must come to the tips of your fingers when arms are straight to your side

•Pants, skirts, etc. must be worn with the waistband at waist level.  

•No underclothing will show at any time.

•Tube tops, bare midriff or half shirts are not allowed.  

•Pierced ears with appropriate jewelry are acceptable. Other pierced body parts with attached jewelry are not to be worn.

•No unnatural hair color, spiked or Mohawk hair style shall be worn

•All makeup must be of natural color and moderately applied

•Black/white or other makeup that suggests death, gang, cult, or Satanism is not allowed

•Pants with straps and/or chains are not permitted. Any accessory that is studded, spiked, contains chains, or in any way presents a potential danger or harm to self or others is prohibited.

•Pants with graphics or writing on the seat are not permitted

•No holes in pants above the knee.

•All shirts must be able to be tucked in when the student is seated, or an undershirt must be worn to prevent skin from being exposed.

•The wearing of headgear and sunglasses are not permitted.