It is the purpose of the Calhoun City School System to operate each school in a manner that will provide an orderly process of education and that will provide for the welfare and safety of all students who attend the schools within the district. In accordance with that purpose, the board of education has adopted a policy which requires students to conduct themselves appropriately at all times in order to facilitate a learning environment for themselves and other students. These standards for behavior require students to respect each other and school district employees, to obey student behavior policies adopted by the board, and to obey student behavior rules established at each school within the district.
The school’s primary goal is to educate, not to punish; however, when the behavior of an individual student comes in conflict with the rights of others, corrective actions may be necessary for the benefit of that individual and the school as a whole. Accordingly, students shall be governed by policies, regulations, and rules set forth in this Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is effective during the following times and in the following places:
§ At school or on school property at any time;
§ Off school grounds at any school activity, function or event, and while traveling to and from such events;
§ On vehicles provided for student transportation by the school system.
Also, students may be disciplined for conduct off campus which is felonious or which may pose a threat to the school’s learning environment or the safety of students and employees.
Parents are encouraged to become familiar with the Code of Conduct and to be supportive of it in their daily communication with their children and others in the community.
It is the belief of the school staff and administrators that very little learning takes place in an unruly classroom. It is in the child’s best interest for the school and parents to partner together to address discipline issues that arise. The support of parents is vital to maintain a well-ordered school. Discipline is a means to an end. Its ultimate goal is to help students be more successful.
Teachers are charged with the responsibility of managing student behavior in the classroom. Teachers call parents when necessary. If a student continually disrupts the classroom then a referral to the principal’s office may be necessary. The parent will receive a copy of the student’s discipline referral from the principal which should be signed by the parent and returned to the school the next day.
Our goal is to provide a positive atmosphere with a system that will encourage students to work toward self-discipline. Positive reinforcements come through such things as praise, visits to the office for recognition of good behavior, encouragement and many other teacher initiated activities. Students are encouraged to be self-disciplined and to make right choices because they want to do well.
Teachers will establish policies and procedures to ensure order in their classrooms. These classroom rules will be consistent with school and board policies. Students are expected to follow the guidelines and instructions of their teachers.
When it is necessary to apply discipline, school administrators and teachers will follow a progressive discipline approach. The degree of discipline to be used will be appropriate for the severity of the behavior infraction and will take into account the student’s discipline history, the age of the student, and other relevant factors. Disciplinary measures that may be used include but are not limited to the following:
1. warning and/or counseling with a school administrator or counselor
2. loss of privileges
3. isolation or time out
4. temporary removal from class or activity
5. notification of parents
6. parent conference
7. assignment to STOP for part of or whole day(s)
8. recess detention or lunch detention
9. after-school detention
10. temporary or long-term placement in an alternative education program
11. short-term suspension
12. referral to a tribunal for long-term suspension or expulsion
13. suspension or expulsion from the school bus
14. referral to law enforcement or juvenile court officials: Georgia law requires that certain acts or misconduct be referred to the appropriate law enforcement officials. The school will refer any act of misconduct to law enforcement officials when school officials determine such referral to be necessary or appropriate.
The maximum punishments for an offense include long-term suspension (more than 10 days) or expulsion, including permanent expulsion, but those punishments will be determined only by a disciplinary tribunal as outlined in the Calhoun City Board of Education policies. Parents or students may elect not to contest whether a student has violated the Code of Conduct or the appropriateness of a disciplinary measure. In such a case, an agreement may be negotiated which would include the parents or students waiving a right to a hearing before a disciplinary tribunal. Such an agreement and waiver must be approved also by the disciplinary tribunal or hearing officer in accordance with local board policy. Before a student is suspended for 10 days or less, the principal or designee will inform the student of the offense for which the student is charged and allow the student to explain his or her behavior. If the student is suspended, the student’s parents will be notified if possible. School officials may involve law enforcement officials when evidence surrounding a situation necessitates their involvement or when there is a legal requirement that an incident be reported. School officials may search a student if there is a reasonable suspicion the student is in possession of an item that is illegal or against school rules. Student vehicles brought on campus, student book bags, school lockers, desks, and other school property are subject to inspection and search by school authorities at any time without further notice to students or parents. Students are required to cooperate if asked to open book bags, lockers, or any vehicle brought on campus. Metal detectors and/or drug/weapon sniffing dogs may be utilized at school or at any school function, including activities which occur outside normal school hours or off the school campus at the discretion of administrators.
Behavior Which Will Result in Disciplinary Procedures
1. Assault, including threats of bodily harm and/or sexual assault of teachers, administrators, other school personnel, other students, or persons attending school-related functions, shall result in: immediate suspension and automatic referral to a disciplinary tribunal if a student is alleged to have committed an assault upon a teacher or other school personnel; possible referral to a disciplinary tribunal if a student is alleged to have committed an assault upon another student or a person attending a school related function.
2. Physical violence against a teacher, school bus driver, or other school personnel: (1) Immediate suspension and automatic referral to the disciplinary tribunal if a student is alleged to have committed battery upon a teacher or other school personnel; expulsion for the remainder of the student’s eligibility to attend public schools for acts of physical violence found by a tribunal to have intentionally made physical contact which causes physical harm to another unless such physical contacts or physical harms were in defense of himself or herself, as provide in Code Section 16-3-21; or , the board may authorize the student to attend alternative school for the period of the expulsion; provided, however, that if such student is in kindergarten through grade six, then the board upon the recommendation of the tribunal may permit the student to reenroll in regular programs for grades 9-12; and provided further that if the board does not operate an alternative education program for grades kindergarten through grade six, then the board may permit a student in kindergarten through grade six who commits such an act to reenroll in the public system. The student shall be referred to juvenile court with a request for a petition alleging delinquent behavior. (2) Expulsion, long-term suspension, or short-term suspension for students found by a tribunal to have intentionally made physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with another person.
The same conduct is required on the buses as in the school and classroom. The following are considered inappropriate behaviors and will be subject to corrective measures:
Disciplinary problems that occur on the school bus may warrant warnings, temporary loss of riding privileges or permanent suspension of riding privileges. The severity and frequency of infractions will be considered when determining consequences.
Authority of the Principal
The principal is the designated leader of the school and, in concert with the staff, is responsible for the orderly operation of the school. In cases of disruptive, disorderly, or dangerous conduct not covered in this handbook, the principal may undertake corrective measures which he/she believes to be in the best interest of the student and the school provided any such action does not violate school board policy or procedures.
Rules of Conduct
Rule 1. Academic Misconduct
A student shall not plagiarize, cheat or gain unauthorized access to material, tamper with information, make false statements, forge signatures, copy, give test information, and/or talk during a test.
Rule 2. Assault or Battery of a School Employee
(a) A student shall not cause or attempt to cause physical injury or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to a school employee.
(b) A student shall not assault any school employee either verbally or in writing. This includes threatened violence, profane, vulgar, or obscene material, and/or the use of profanity.
Rule 3 Assault by a Student to another Student or Person Not Employed by the School
(a) A student shall not cause or attempt to cause bodily injury or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause bodily injury to another student or
any person not employed by the school:
(b) A student shall not assault another student or person not employed by the school either verbally or in writing. This includes threatened violence, profane, vulgar, or obscene material, and/or the use of profanity.
Rule 4. Bullying
No student shall bully another student, teacher, teacher aide, administrator, or any other personnel employed by the school system. In accordance with Georgia Law, bullying is defined as:
(1) Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so; or
(2) Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm.
Discipline of any act of bullying shall be within the discretion of the principal which may range from a reprimand to out-of-school suspension. However, upon a finding that a student has committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year, at a minimum the student shall be assigned to an alternative education program for grades 6-12.
Rule 5. Bus Misbehavior
§ Students shall be prohibited from acts of physical violence as defined by Code Section 20-2-751.6, bullying as defined by subsection (a) of Code Section 202-751.4, physical assault or batter of other persons on the school bus, verbal assault of other persons on the school bus, disrespectful conduct toward the school bus driver or other persons on the school bus, and other unruly behavior;
§ Students shall be prohibited from using any electronic devices during the operation of a school bus, including but not limited to cell phones; pagers; audible radios, tape or compact disc players without headphones; or any other electronic device in a manner that might interfere with the school bus communications equipment or the school bus driver’s operation of the school bus; and
§ Students shall be prohibited from using mirrors, lasers, flash cameras, or any other lights or reflective devises in a manner that might interfere with the school bus driver’s operation of the school bus.
Rule 6. Conduct Which is Subversive to Good Order
A student shall not perform any other act which is subversive to good order and discipline in the school.
Rule 7 Classroom Disruption and/or Interference with School
No student shall:
(a) Occupy any school building, gymnasium, school grounds, properties or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use, or where the effect thereof is to deprive others of its use;
(b) Block the entrance or exit of any school building or property or corridor or room thereof so as to deprive others of access thereto;
(c) Discharge, display, or possess any explosives, or other disruptive devises on school premises;
(d) Prevent or attempt to prevent the convening or continued functioning of any school, class, activity or lawful meeting or assembly on the school campus;
(e) Prevent students from attending a class or school activity;
(f) Except under the direct instruction of the principal, block normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a school campus or adjacent grounds;
(g) Continuously and intentionally make noise or act in any other manner so as to interfere seriously with the teacher’s ability to conduct his class;
(h) In any other manner, by the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or any other conduct, intentionally cause the disruptions of any lawful mission, process or function of the schools, or engage in any such conduct for the purpose of causing the disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission process or function;
(i) Refuse to identify himself upon request of any teacher, principal, Superintendent, school bus driver, or other school personnel;
(j) Urge, encourage, or counsel other students to violate any of the preceding paragraphs of this rule.
Rule 8 Damage or Destruction of School Property
A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to school or other person’s property or steal or attempt to steal school or another person’s property.
Rule 9. Gangs
No student shall be involved in any gang related activity including but not limited to wearing or display of clothing, articles, paraphernalia, symbols or gestures, membership, threats/intimidation, recruiting, gathering, theft, extortion, hazing or bullying, defacing school property and/or initiation.
Rule 10 Gambling
Gambling or possession of gambling paraphernalia on school property or at any school function is prohibited.
Rule 11. Indecency
A student shall conform to established local mores of decency. They should refrain from: use of vulgar or profane language, public display of affection, indecent exposure or other facts considered indecent. A student is expected to dress sensibly and decently. Questions concerning appropriateness of dress will be handled by the principal. Clothing which advertises banned substances or is not conducive to good order is forbidden. Students may be sent home to change clothing if the principal deems it necessary.
Rule 12. Insubordination
A student shall not fail to comply with reasonable directions or commands of teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, teacher aides, principal, school bus drivers, or other authorized school personnel.
Rule 13. Loitering
No student shall be on school campus unauthorized.
Rule 14. Misuse of School Property
No student shall use any property of the school for other than its intended purpose. This includes the Acceptable Use Policy regarding school technology.
Rule 15. Off Campus Conduct
A student who has been arrested, charged, or convicted in a court with a felony off campus or an offense which would be considered to be a felony if the student were an adult, or is charged with assault upon another student, a violation of the drug laws or sexual misconduct of a serious nature and whose presence at school is reasonably certain to endanger other students or staff or cause substantial disruption to the educational climate may be disciplined or excluded from school (see Code Section 20-2-751.5 (c)).
Rule 16. Sexual Harassment and/or Misconduct
(a) No student shall harass or abuse another student or any employee of the school system, pressure for sexual activity, make repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications, touch another person on any part of his or her body that is deemed private, suggest or demand sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats of any kind. Refer to JCAC – Sexual Harassment.
(b) No student shall with or toward another student behave in any conduct that is sexually inappropriate including, but not limited to, indecent exposure, public display of affection, touching, gestures, any other sexual act, or anything that could be considered or interpreted as such.
Rule 17. Substance Use, Abuse, and/or Possession
A student shall not posses, sell, use, transmit, manufacture, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, depressant or stimulant drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant of any kind, or drug paraphernalia of any kind:
(a) On the school grounds during and immediately before or immediate
after school hours;
(b) On the school grounds at any other time when the school is being used
by any school group;
(c) Off the school grounds at a school activity, function, or event;
(d) En route to and from school, or
(e) Off the school grounds while the student is in attendance at school or any school function, or is otherwise subject to jurisdiction of school authorities.
Proper use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this rule. A student shall not possess, sell, and transmit any substance under the pretense that it is, in fact, a prohibited substance as prescribed in this rule. The use and/or possession of tobacco in any form by students in all areas of the school building and on the school campus or at any school function is prohibited. Refer to JCDAB/JCDAC.
Rule 18. Theft
No student shall steal or attempt to steal school property or private property of persons on school property.
Rule 19. Truancy
Deception about an absence or tardy to student authorities, parents, or both is prohibited. No student shall encourage, urge or counsel other students to be truant. Refer to JBD – Absences and Excuses.
Rule 20. Weapons and Dangerous Instruments
A student shall not posses, handle, or transmit any object that reasonably can be considered a weapon: (Refer to O.C.G.A. §16-11-127.1)
(a) On the school grounds at any time;
(b) Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event, or
(c) Where either the alleged perpetrator or the victim are en route to and from school. (Refer to O.C.G.A. §16-11-127.1.)
A student found to have violated any of the above related rules may be punished by short-term suspension, long-term suspension, assignment to the alternative school, or expulsion.
ISSUED: September 23, 2003 Revised: May 19, 2006
*** It is impossible to cover every circumstance that could arise in a school setting. Thus, the principal is the ultimate authority and designated leader of the school and, through assistance from the staff, is responsible for the orderly operation of the school concerning student behavior and consequences. In instances not covered in this handbook, the principal may undertake corrective measures deemed necessary to maintain proper order. The principal also has the authority, in extenuating circumstances, to amend these rules if he feels it to be in the best interest of the school and the student(s) involved.
These items are strictly forbidden at school and if brought to school will be confiscated and WILL NOT be returned: candy, chewing gum, hats, caps, bandanas, radios, beepers, toy guns, water pistols, other toys, trading cards, bullets, ammunition, or items deemed disruptive.