MARLINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
CODE OF CONDUCT

 


Philosophy

Each student has the right to attend school in an environment that is safe, free of disruptive influences, conducive to learning, and which provides ample opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills commensurate with his/her maturity, interests and abilities.
Students vary considerably in their maturity, motivation, academic development, social background, values, expectations, interests, intelligence, abilities, experience and economic status. As a result, it is inevitable that problems will occur as people interact and strive to cope with the complexities of a school environment.
Rules and regulations are necessary for the development and maintenance of an orderly and safe environment. Consequently, certain behaviors are recognized as being inappropriate and unacceptable.
Emphasis must be placed on attempting to stimulate appropriate behavior and to help the student understand that certain behaviors are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated within the school environment. We feel that a sound discipline policy is necessary for the training which develops self-control, character, orderliness and efficiency. While individuality is encouraged, conformity with the code of conduct is expected. Any school infractions of the conduct code may result in various forms of disciplione; detention AM or PM , alternate educational setting, lunch detention, suspension, emergency removal and expulsion. Basic areas of emphasis are;
-Keep Your Hands/Feet/ Objects to Yourself
-No Horseplay
-Don’t Make Behavior Situations Close
-Respect Everyone and Anything
Building Discipline Forms

BEHAVIOR COMMUNICATION
A Behavior Communication is issued by staff to communicate a child’s behavior to the child’s parent/guardian. We hope the parent/guardian will discuss and possibly reteach the proper behavior for each situation. We need the help of the parent/guardian in modifying each particular behavior.
After 6 behavior communication slips are issued in one grading period, the student will go to tier two of our discipline program. The student will be issued a misconduct form for any behavior infraction and harsher punishment may be administered. The purpose behind this is to change behavior. If behavior communication slips cannot change the behavior, then harsher discipline will occur.
We want to be sure that the Parent/Guardian has seen the Behavior Communication, so we request that it be signed and returned to school the next day. It’s the student’s responsibility to take it home and return it. Failure to do this within 1-2 days may result in a detention being assigned. If the Behavior Communication is lost but the child tells the Parent/Guardian about it, the Parent/Guardian may send a note that the child did inform the Parent/Guardian. If the Parent/Guardian forgets to sign it or give it to the child to return, the Parent/Guardian may call the school so we don't issue another one. It is not necessary for the Parent/Guardian to come all the way out to school to bring the actual Behavior Communication. We just want to be sure that the Parent/Guardian knows about the child’s behavior.


Misconduct Forms
Misconduct sliips are issued for serious or habitual offenses. The use of these forms may result in a detention, alternate school placement or suspension. A blue detention slip will be attached to the misconduct slip that should be signed and returned to the principal. If an alternate school placement or suspension is issued, a phone call home will occur.

Academic Notification Forms
Students are expectated to bring home midterm reports , report cards or any other academic assessment required by the school or teacher. It should be returned to the school signed by the parent or gaurdian. This is to make sure the grades have been communicated to the parent or gaurdian. If a student does not return report cards, midterm reports or any other academic assessment that the teacher or school requires with a parent signature, then an academic notification form may be issued. If this form is not returned within 1-2 days, then a bc may be issued.

BUS CONDUCT
The School may provide transportation for students. Bus transportation at the middle school level is a privilege. In appropriate behavior may result in that privilege being denied. The driver may assign seats or direct students in any reasonable manner to maintain transportation safety. During the trip, each student shall:
( ) remain seated while the school transportation is in motion
( ) keep head, arms, hands, legs and objects inside the school transportation at all times
( ) keep their hands, feet and objects to oneself
( ) may not eat or drink on the school transportation at any time
( ) may not be distractive or disrespectful to the driver at any time1. Disruption of the education process- Any actions or manner of dress that interfere with school activities disrupt the educational process and are unacceptable. Such disruptions also include delay or prevention of lessons, assemblies, field trips, athletic and performing arts events.
2. Disobedience- School staff is acting “in loco parentis”, which means they are allowed, by law, to direct a student as a parent would. This applies to all staff, not just teachers assigned to a student. If given a reasonable direction by a staff member, the student is expected to comply. Chronic disobedience may result in expulsion.
3. Disrespect- Students must be polite and well-mannered at all times. Students must not act rudely or disrespectfully toward staff or other students.
4. Harassment- Marlington Middle School believes that every individual deserves to be able to come to school without fear of demeaning remarks or actions. The harassment of other students or members of staff, or any other individuals is not permitted. This includes any speech or action that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive learning environment. Sexual harassment is one form of harassment.
5. Persistent absence or tardiness- Attendance laws require students to be in school all day or have a legitimate excuse. It is also important to establish consistent attendance habits in order to succeed in school and in the world of work. Any student leaving a class in or out of the building at any time for any reason without getting permission will be marked as an unexcused absence and will be considered for disciplinary action. Not attending assigned detentions may subject a student to suspension. The tardiness policy is outlined in the Student Handbook.
6. Verbally threatening a staff member/student/person associated with the District- Any statement or non contact action including notes or drawings that a staff member, student, or other person associated with the District feels to be a threat will be considered a verbal assault, as will profanity directed toward a staff member in a threatening tone.
7. Physical confrontation with a staff member/student/person associated with the District- Physical assault on a staff member, student, or other person associated with the District which may or may not cause injury. Any physical assault may result in charges being filed. Fighting will not be tolerated for any reason. By far, most fights can be stopped if the students involved will simply inform a staff member of the pending problem. 8. Refusing to accept discipline- The school may use informal discipline to prevent the student from being removed from school. When a student refuses to accept the usual discipline for an infraction, the refusal can result in a sterner action. This includes refusing to take a Behavior Communication or detention notice from a staff member or throwing the notice away. This also includes students who do not return Behavior Communications or detention notices signed by a parent/guardian.
9. Drug and alcohol policy- A student shall not buy, sell, use, possess, transmit, apply or be “under the influence” of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, tranquilizer, “prescription drug”, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, or mind-altering chemical of any kind or purport, any substance as one of the above (counterfeit substance). This rule is in effect during school or a school sponsored activity/event/program, on school grounds, on a school bus or a bus stop, or in transit to and from school, and at any other time when the school is being used by any school group, or off the school grounds at any school sponsored activity, event or function.
10. Repeated school violations- Students who repeatedly violate school rules are showing a blatant disregard for the right of other students to receive a quality education. This will result in the acceleration of the normal system of enforcement methods or disciplinary consequences. The student could be suspended or expelled.
11. Aiding or abetting violation of school rules- If a student assists another student in violating any school rule, they will be disciplined. Students are expected to resist peer pressure and exercise sound decision-making regarding their behavior. At no time should a student lie, mislead or withhold information regarding any problem under investigation.
12. Theft- When a student is caught stealing school or someone’s property s/he will be disciplined and may be reported to law enforcement officials. Students are encouraged not to bring anything of value that is not needed for learning to school without prior authorization from the Principal. The school is not responsible for personal property.
13. Falsification of school work, identification, forgery- Forgery of hall/bus passes, excuses, Behavior Communications, and detentions as well as false I.D.’s are forms of lying and are not acceptable. Plagiarism, cheating or unauthorized copying of another student’s work are also forms of falsification and subject the student to academic penalties as well as disciplinary action.
14. Trespassing- Although schools are public facilities, the law does allow the school to restrict access on school property. When a student has been removed, suspended, expelled, or permanently excluded, the student is not allowed on school property without authorization of the Principal.
15. Use of tobacco- Smoking and other tobacco uses are a danger to a student’s health and to the health of others. Marlington prohibits the sale, distribution, use, or possession of any form of tobacco during school time or at any school activity.
16. Possession of a weapon- A weapon includes conventional objects like guns, pellet guns, knives, or club-type implements. It may also include any toy that is presented as a real weapon or reacted to as a real weapon or an object converted from its original use to an object used to threaten or injure another. Criminal charges may be filed.
17. Use of an object as a weapon- Any object that is used to threaten or harm another may be considered a weapon. Intentional injury to another can be a felony and/or a cause for Civil action.
18. Student disorder/demonstration- Students will not be denied their rights to freedom of expression. However, the disruption of any school activity will not be allowed, and the expression may not infringe on the rights of others. If a student or students feel there is a need to organize some form of demonstration, they are encouraged to contact the Principal to discuss the proper way to plan such an activity.
19. Purposely setting a fire- Anything such as fire, that endangers school property and its occupants will not be tolerated. Items used to start fires such as matches and lighters are prohibited. Criminal charges may be filed .
20. Extortion- Extortion is the use of threat, intimidation, force or deception to take, or receive something from someone else. Extortion is against the law.
21. Gambling- Gambling includes casual betting, betting pools, organized sports betting, and any other form of wagering. Students who bet on an activity in which they are involved may also be banned from that activity.
22. False alarms and false reports- A false emergency alarm or report endangers the safety forces that are responding, the citizens of the community and the persons in the building. What may seem like a prank, is a dangerous stunt that is against the law.
23. Explosives- Explosives, fireworks, and chemical-reaction objects such as smoke bombs, small firecrackers, and poppers are forbidden and dangerous.
24. Damaging property- Vandalism and disregard for school, student or staff property will not be tolerated.
25. Displays of Affection- Students demonstrating affection between each other is personal and not meant for public display. This includes touching, petting, or any other contact that may be considered sexual in nature.
26. Violation of bus rules- Rules for the bus are the same as they are for the classroom, and also include the following: no throwing any object inside or outside of the bus, no body parts hanging outside a window or door, no consumption of food or beverages, must remain seated until the driver gives permission to leave, using the emergency exit door without permission, and may not leave or board a bus at locations other than the assigned stop unless parental and administrative authorization has been given. A complete list of bus rules are listed on the buses. Students may be denied bus privileges as well as normal school discipline for not following the rules.
27. Sale of articles- Students will not sell or offer for sale within the school or on school grounds any articles or services to fellow students or employees, or solicit contribution of such persons. This is not to be interpreted as a restriction of approved school fund-raising activities.
28. Possession of electronic equipment- Most electronic equipment necessary in school is supplied by the school. Students are not allowed to bring radios, CD players, tape players, video games, televisions, walkie talkies, lasers, pagers, cellular telephones and the like without the permission of the Principal. The property will be confiscated and disciplinary action may be taken.
29. Habitual Offender- Students who continually break school rules may be considered habitual offenders and may be subjected to any form of discipline.
30. Contraband- Lighters, inappropriate magazines, toys, gadgets and other noneducational items are not permitted at school. These items will be confiscated and disciplinary action may be taken.
31. Truancy- Not in an assigned area within 3 minutes after the bells rings to begin the next period or intentionally not attending a class or school.
32. Not Abiding By School Procedures- School procedures have bee set up for the operation and safety of the staff and students. If a student fails to abide by any procedure in oder to aviod a class or to be late to an assigned area without prior to checking with the next teacher, then any form of discipline may be assigned.
BURDEN OF PROOF
The Board wishes to clarify the question of Burden of Proof concerning school conduct. This Board has taken the position over the years, as do most School Boards, that we are the parent-away-from- home. As such, when there is sufficient reason to believe that an infraction has occurred, the student must now introduce counterbalancing evidence, to the contrary. Such counterbalancing evidence, if introduced, will be considered during the hearing and ensuing decision process. Schools are not courts of law where every single element of a crime must be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Our responsibility as a Board is to provide an environment where education can take place and we need certain parental powers to do so.
Search and Seizure
Administrators may search a student or his/her property ( including purses, bookbags, gym bags, wallets, clothing ) with or without the student’s consent whenever there is a reasonable suspicion that the serach will lead to the discovery of evidence that violates the law or school rules.

ENFORCEMENT OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT
We employ a variety of techniques and methods to enforce our Code of Conduct. It is easy to punish but more difficult to change behavior. Our efforts are designed to change the behavior seen, and to enable our students to learn respect, responsibility, self-discipline and a positive attitude for learning.
This task is difficult and impossible without the support of parents. When all efforts fail to change behavior, a suspension from the classroom will be used as a means of limiting the disruption of school for other students. In some cases, behavior may be so severe and intolerable that suspension or expulsion may be the first method used.
Some disciplinary consequences which may be used are:
1. Parent meeting and conferences
2. Behavior Communications and detentions
3. Reduced schedule (shortened school days)
4. Behavior contracts
5. Denial of participation from school programs, special events and extra-curricular activities
6. Special programs (before, during and after school).
7. In-school and out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, emergency removal from class, and police referral may be consequences for more serious infractions. We expect Marlington Middle School students to follow this Code of Conduct whenever they are on Marlington Local School property, on a school bus or at a bus stop, or in transit to and from school, and off school grounds at any school sponsored activity, event or function.
It is the student’s responsibility to deliver all communications concerning discipline and other school business to the parent and return them to school.


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Last Updated May 22, 2007

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