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Discipline

School officials may find it necessary to suspend a pupil from school for violations of school rules and/or various types of misconduct. A pupil may be suspended as follows without a formal hearing.
A. Until a parent can come to school for a conference with school officials.
B. For a stated number of days, not to exceed three (3) days without approval of superintendent.

In case of a suspension that may exceed three (3) or more days, the pupil and his parents will be notified in writing of the specific charges and grounds for the suspension and shall have the right to request an administrative hearing with the principal. At this hearing the pupil and his/her parents or attorney have the right to be present and to ask any questions they wish to ask or to present witnesses or statements in the pupil's behalf. At the conclusion of an administrative hearing, the pupil and parents shall be notified of the results of the hearing and shall have the right to appeal the decision of the principal to the Superintendent of the Demopolis City Schools. If there is a need for a further hearing, an appeal may be made to the Demopolis City Board of Education. Notice of the decision of the Superintendent and/or the Board of Education shall be given to the pupil and parent. When a pupil is suspended from school for any reason, one or both parents must return with the student in order to be readmitted.

The reasons for suspending a student from school are, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Excessive tardiness to school or class
2. Possession and/or use of tobacco products on campus in school building
3. Willful disobedience
4. Truancy (Skipping school or class)
5. Stealing
6. Fighting or other violence
7. Possession or use of controlled drugs or alcoholic beverages
8. Use of obscene or abusive language
9. Vandalism or destruction of property
10. Possession of a weapon or any other item that could be used as a weapon.
11. Abuse of the fire alarm system
12. Use of hand signs or signals on school property
13. Attendance

All suspensions will be governed by Board policy. A copy of this policy is on file in the school library.

Supervised Alternative Program (SAP):

The Supervised Alternative Program (SAP) is an in-school suspension program. A student may be suspended by the principal or assistant principal from regular classes to SAP for a minimum period of five days. The student's regular teacher will provide the student's work assignment for the duration of the suspension. The student must complete all work assigned before he/she will be allowed to return to the regular classes. The completed work will be returned to the regular classroom teacher for grading and testing. The student will receive credit for the assignments completed and will be counted as present.

This program requires the student suspended from regular class to receive counseling and to correct behavior problems. The reasons for referring a student to the Supervised Study Program are, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Excessive tardiness to school or class
2. Possession and/or using tobacco products on campus or in school building
3. Willful disobedience
4. Truancy (skipping school or class)
5. Stealing
6. Fighting or other violence
7. Use of obscene or abusive language
8. Vandalism or destruction of property
9. Abuse of fire alarm system
10. Continued failure to follow school rules and regulations
11. Continued lack of progress in meeting grad requirements
12. Use of hand signs or signals on school property.

Electronic Devices: Cellular phones, etc.

Students are prohibited from visibly carrying or use a cellular phones or other electronic devices such as: MP3 players, I-pods, ear phones or other electronic devices. Students may not use their laptop computers unless the direction of the teacher.

1st offense - (Offenders are subject to a five day assignment to SAP and the device will be collected and given back to the parent upon completion of the student discipline.

2nd offense - (Offenders are subject to out of school suspension AND THE DEVICE WILL BE KEPT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR.

Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products:

State law prohibits possession or use of tobacco products on school property. Tobacco possession or use is not permitted on school property at any time or when participating in any activity sponsored by the school. Students are not to have tobacco products or other smoking substances in their possession while at school or when participating in or attending any sponsored activity. A school activity is defined as any educational experience or curricular or extracurricular event that is approved officially by appropriate school personnel based on the following criteria:

1. It is scheduled by school officials, and
2. School officials have made specific assignments to an employee(s) of the Board to teach, coordinate, monitor, advise, sponsor, or chaperone the activity as part of
employment responsibilities. Students violating this policy shall be subject to punishment by school officials.

Possession of Weapons and Firearms by Students:

Discipline Measures:

If a student is found to be in possession of a weapon/firearm as described above or a reasonable facsimile of a firearm and presents it as a real firearm, he/she shall be automatically referred to the Board for disciplinary action. If it is determined by the Board that the student was in possession of a weapon/firearm on school property, to include property not owned by the School District but where any official school-sponsored activity is held, the student* shall be expelled from school for not less than 1 (one) calendar year. Such expulsion is in compliance with the requirements of Public Law 103-382; "Improving America's Schools Act of 1994" Part F, Section 14601, Gun-Free Requirements and Alabama Legislative Act. All applicable due process procedures shall be observed in any school expulsion proceedings. Further, in accordance with Public Law 103-382; "Improving America's Schools Act of 1994" Part F, Section 14601, Gun-Free Requirements, any student determined by the Board to have brought a weapon or firearm on school property as defined above shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system.

Suspension of Driver's License:

Suspension of driver's license for pistol possession - In accordance with Legislative Act 94-820, a student under 19 years of age may have his/her driver's licenses suspended for the possession of a pistol on school premises.

Alabama Law:

Possession of a weapon is a Class C Felony - In accordance with Legislative Act 94-817, the possession of a deadly weapon on school premises with intent to do bodily harm is a Class C Felony. *Special Education Students: Requirements for special education students for alternative education programs will be met.

Distribution of Code of Conduct to Parents:
Each classroom teacher will deal with general classroom disruption by taking in-class disciplinary action, by making a personal call to the parent(s) or guardian(s) when feasible, and/or by scheduling conferences with the parent(s) or guardian(s) and other school staff. Only when the action taken by the teacher is ineffective or the disruption is severe, should the student be referred to the principal or designee. Failure to bring notebook, pencil, books, or required materials and equipment to class; refusal to work in class are not cause for disciplinary referrals. Parents or guardians of students who consistently exhibit poor work habits should be notified by school personnel.

CODES OF CONDUCT OFFENSES are cumulative for students, in that past disciplinary records for a student with chronic behavioral referrals is considered for administrative school board review. A student who accumulates three (3) suspendable offenses in a school year is subject to a school board hearing.
 
MINOR OFFENSES - CLASS I
 
1.01 Excessive Distraction of Other Students: Any conduct and/or behavior, which is disruptive to the orderly educational process in the classroom or any similar grouping for nstruction. Examples: talking excessively, interrupting class functions, provoking other students
1.02 Illegal Organizations: Any participation in fraternities, sororities, and secret societies.
1.03 Threat, Harassment, or Intimidation of a Student: The intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to another student, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and
doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in the person that such harm is likely.
1.04 Gambling: Any participation in games of chance for money and/or other things of value.
1.05 Tardiness: Reporting late to school or class
1.06 Use of profane or obscene language.
1.07 Non-conformity to Dress Code.
1.08 Minor Disruption on a School Bus.
1.09 Inappropriate Public Display of Affection: Is interpreted as any physical contact such as hand holding, arms around waists, etc.
1.10 Unauthorized Absence from Class or School.
1.11 Intentionally Providing False Information to a Board Employee: Including, but not limited to, forgery of parent's name(s); intentionally providing false information to parents, such as changing grades.
1.12 Repeated refusal to complete class assignments and failure to bring required instructional materials to class.
1.13 Failure to follow instructions: Examples: Failure to carry correspondence home, failure to obey directions in the hallways, assemblies, etc.
1.14 Unauthorized use of school or personal property
1.15 Littering or defacing of school property
1.16 Vehicular Violations
1.17 Any other violation which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within category after consideration of extenuating circumstances.
1.18 Disruptive Behavior
1.19 Cell Phone Possession/Use
1.20 Missed MCTC Bus
1.21 Failure to Obey Traffic Rules
1.22 Failure to Follow Bus Rules

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSES - CLASS I

Administrative responses for Class I violations include but are not limited to the following:

•· Student conference
•· Parent contact(s)/conference(s)
•· After-school detention
•· Suspension from school/bus
•· Out-of-school suspension not to exceed three (3) days (not to exceed a cumulative total of ten (10) days per semester for non-special education students or ten (10) days per academic year for special education students)
•· Corporal punishment
•· Assignment to in-school suspension (alternative to suspension)
•· Electronic paging devices will be confiscated for remainder of school year

INTERMEDIATE OFFENSES - CLASS II

2.01 Defiance of Board Employee's Authority: Any verbal or non-verbal refusal to comply with lawful and reasonable direction or order of a Board Employee.
2.02 Use of Tobacco Products or possession: The use of any tobacco products while under school jurisdiction. State law prohibits use or possession of tobacco products on school property at all times.
2.03 Simple assault on a School Board employee: The intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and the performance of some act which creates a well-founded fear in the other person that such violence is imminent.
2.04 Battery upon students (fighting): Intentionally touching or striking another student against his/her will, or intentionally causing bodily harm to an individual.
2.05 Vandalism: Intentional and deliberate action resulting in injury or damages of less than $200.00 to public property or the real or personal property of another.
2.06 Stealing - Larceny - Petty Theft: The intentional, unlawful taking and/or carrying away of public, real, or personal property valued at less than $100.00 belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
2.07 Gambling: The intentional, unlawful participation in gambling activities involving amounts less than $100.00.
2.08 Possession of Stolen Property with the Knowledge That it is Stolen.
2.09 Threats - Extortion: The verbal or written or printed communication, malicious threatening of injury to the person, property or reputation of another, with the intent to extort money
or any pecuniary advantage whatsoever, or with the intent to compel the person so threatened or any person to do any act or refrain from doing any act against his/her will. NOTE: Completion of the threat, either by the victim's complying with the demands or the carrying out of the threats against the victim, constitutes a Class III offense.
2.10 Trespassing: The willful entering or remaining in any structure, conveyance, or property without being authorized, licensed, or invited; or having been authorized, licensed, or invited, is warned by an authorized person to depart and refuses to do so.
2.11 Use of obscene manifestations (verbal, written, gesture) directed toward another person
2.12 Directing obscene or profane language to a School Board Employee
2.13 Leaving class or campus without permission
2.14 Academic misconduct (cheating, plagiarism)
2.15 Other offenses deemed reasonable.
2.16 Propositions to engage in sex.
2.17 Possessing of fireworks/firecrackers.
 
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSES - CLASS II
 
Administrative responses for Class II violations include but are not limited to the following:

•· Parent contact(s)/conference(s)
•· Corporal punishment
•· Out-of-school suspension
•· Assignment to Alternative School
•· Assignment to in-school suspension
•· Referral to Juvenile Court
 
MAJOR OFFENSES - CLASS III
 
3.01 Drugs and Alcohol: Unauthorized possession, transfer, use, or sale of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverages. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-783, a person/student who unlawfully sells, furnishes, or gives a controlled substance to a minor may be liable for injury or damage or both.
3.02 Arson: The willful and malicious burning of any part of a building or its contents. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-819, parents are liable for damages to school property caused by their children.
3.03 Battery Upon Board Employee: The threatening by word or act or the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of a Board employee against his or her will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to a School Board employee. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-794, it is a felony to assault teachers or employees of the Board.
3.04 Robbery: The taking of money or other property from the person which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another by force, violence, assault or putting in fear of same.
3.05 Stealing - Larceny - Grand Theft: The intentional unlawful taking and/or carrying away of property valued at $100.00 or more belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
3.06 Gambling: More than $100.00:
3.07 Burglary of school property: The breaking into, entering, or remaining in a structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein during the hour the premises are closed to the public.
3.08 Criminal Mischief: Willful and malicious injury or damages at or in excess of $200.00 to public property, or real property belonging to another.
3.09 Possession of Firearms: Any firearm (including a starter gun) which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; any destructive device. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-817, the possession of a deadly weapon on school premises with intent to do bodily harm is a Class C felony.
3.10 Discharging of any pistol, rifle, shotgun, air gun, pellet gun, or BB gun, or any other device on school property.
3.11 Possession of weapons: Any knife, metallic knuckles, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or any other weapon, instrument, or other object capable of causing bodily harm, or with the intent to be armed.In accordance with Legislative Act 94-817, the possession of a deadly weapon on school premises with intent to do bodily harm is a Class C felony.
3.12 Bomb threats: Any such communication(s) directed to a School Board Employee which has the effect of interrupting the educational environment.
3.13 Explosives: Preparing, possessing, or igniting on School Board property explosives likely to cause serious bodily injury or property damage.
3.14 Sexual Acts: Acts of sexual nature including, but not limited to, battery, intercourse, attempted rape, or rape.
3.15 Aggravated Battery: Intentionally causing great bodily harm, disability, or permanent disfigurement; use of a deadly weapon.
3.16 Inciting or Participating in Major Student Disorder: Leading, encouraging, or assisting in major disruptions which result in destruction or damage of private or public property; personal injury to participants or others.
3:17 Activation of Fire Alarm system
3:18 Offensive touching of another student
3.19 Other offenses deemed reasonable
 
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSES - CLASS III
 
Administrative responses for Class III violations include but are not limited to the following:

•· Out-of-school suspension
•· Expulsion
•· Legal action including referral to juvenile court or arrest.
•· Assignment to alternative school