Student Handbook


McMonagle Elementary School

Westwood Heights Schools

 

3484 N Jennings Rd Flint, MI 48504

Office: (810) 591-0890

 

 

  

STUDENT

 CODE OF CONDUCT

GRADES K-6

 

2018-2019

 

Code of Conduct

 

McMonagle Elementary School creates an educational environment and programs that provide opportunities and experiences to assist each student in becoming a responsible, self-controlled individual capable of, and willing to, assume and fulfill his or her role as a participating member of the McMonagle School community.

 

An aspect of this growing-up process is to respect rules and regulations of conduct in the school. One of the major responsibilities of both home and school is to help each student to learn the art of self-discipline, an art that leads to self-respect, an essential ingredient for a successful and happy adult life. To accomplish this, it is necessary to establish a well-defined standard of acceptable behavior.

 

The rules and regulations are established for the protection of the rights of all students.  Violations of school rules and regulations that are harmful to the rights and privileges of others cannot be tolerated The primary purpose of these rules, policies and procedures is to provide a school atmosphere where everyone can participate in the process of learning in an environment that is reasonable, orderly, safe and conducive to the educational process. 

 

Expected Behaviors

 

Each student is expected to:

 

  • Abide by national, state, and local laws as well as the rules of the school.
  • Respect the rights of others.
  • Act courteously to adults and fellow students.
  • Be attentive in class and follow all directions.
  • Follow all reasonable instructions given be school staff and helpers.
  • Work cooperatively with others when involved in accomplishing a common goal, regardless of the other's ability, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, height, weight, disability, or ethnic background.
  • Help maintain a school environment that is safe, friendly, and productive.
  • Act at all times in a manner that reflects pride in self, family, and in the school.

 

 

 

 

Interventions Short of Administrative Action

 

Because students spend most of their school time in the classroom setting, and the classroom teacher is primarily responsible for control and discipline in the classroom, this discipline policy only comes into effect after corrective measures attempted by the classroom teacher have been ineffective. A teacher may utilize various strategies to help a disruptive student.

 

Some of those strategies may include, but are not limited to:

  • Discuss the behavior with the child, causing the child to reflect on his/her choices.
  • Incorporate positive reinforcement techniques in an effort to improve the behavior.
  • Incorporate restorative practices that emphasize repairing harm to the school community by a student’s misconduct.
  • Provide supervised time-out sessions for the student.
  • Remove privileges, such as recess or special events.
  • Hold phone conferences with the parents seeking help in rectifying the situation.
  • Discuss or conference with the school counselor.
  • Discuss with the Student Support Staff and the child.
  • Require written assignments to reflect on actions.
  • Implement a behavior log that is shared with parents.
  • Other items the teacher/administration determine as appropriate.

 

 

Disciplinary Step System

 

 

  1. The disciplinary steps listed below shall be followed in the administration of disciplinary action. The steps are designed to:

 

  • Provide the student with a program that includes ample opportunity for modification of the negative behavior.
  • Provide consistency and fairness in the administration of disciplinary action.
  • Provide for clearly stated, advance knowledge to all students, parents, and staff members of the course of action to be taken in handling disciplinary matters.
  • Provide a program that is progressive (moderate to most severe action).

B. The steps shall be administered under the following conditions:

  • Generally, interventions shall be taken prior to administrative disciplinary action. However, in cases of serious misconduct, interventions may occur simultaneously with administrative disciplinary action. Placement on the step system will be proportionate to the severity of the misconduct.
  • Once a student is placed on the disciplinary steps, the student may, during the current school year, move to succeeding steps for each occurrence of misconduct. Movement on the steps will be proportionate to the severity of the misconduct.

     

  • In recognition of good behavior, students’ placement on the step system may be reduced one step when their behavior results in no administrative action, in accordance with the following schedule: The student’s placement on the step system shall be reduced one step for each consecutive twenty (20) school days without misconduct requiring disciplinary action.

     

  • With the start of a new school year, students who were placed on the step system in the prior year will return without any steps on their record. However, penalties to be served resulting from the prior school year step placement will be served within the first two (2) week period of the new school year.

 

 Minor Behavior Infractions In conjunction with the Disciplinary Step System.

 

Teachers provide proactive strategies and interventions to modify minor discipline infractions in the classroom. Failure to follow approved school and classroom rules which are consistent with Board policies and administrative procedures may result in placement on the Step System.

These minor behavioral infractions may include:

 

  • Defiance
  • Disrespect
  • Disruption
  • Dress Code
  • Inappropriate language
  • Property misuse
  • Electronic devices
  • Cheating / copying

 

After a minimum of three (3) but not more than five (5) infractions for which interventions have been imposed and recorded (one of which will be a parent contact), a student will be placed onto the step system.

 

Please note that significant or blatant infractions of these minor behavioral infractions may result in a discipline referral for a major behavioral infraction.

 

 

 

Disciplinary Steps

 

  • Step 1 Student Support Room Conference.
  • Step 2 Parent / Support Room Staff conference (can be done by phone)
  • Step 3 Administrative/Parent conference (can be done by phone) to include review of the disciplinary policy and procedures and notification that the next infraction of rules will result in action on at least the 3rd step.
  • Step 4 Half Day ISS
  • Step 5 One-day (short-term) suspension
  • Step 6 Three-day (short-term) suspension
  • Step 7 Five-day (short-term) suspension
  • Step 8 Ten-day (short-term) suspension
  • Step 9 Recommendation for long-term suspension and/or expulsion for misconduct not including possession of a dangerous weapon, arson or criminal sexual conduct.
  • Step 10 Mandatory expulsion for possession of a firearm.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Days are school days, not calendar days. Parents will be required to attend a Restorative Conference before their student returns to class.

 

Suspension from School

Before a student is suspended or expelled the school will take into account the following 7 factors in all cases EXCEPT FIREARMS:

  1. Student’s age
  2. Student’s disciplinary history
  3. Seriousness of the offence
  4. Whether student has a disability
  5. Whether violation threatened health/safety
  6. Whether to use restorative practices
  7. Whether lesser intervention is appropriate

 

Short-Term Suspensions

A short-term suspension is a denial to a student of the right to attend school and to take part in any school function for any period of time up to and including ten school days. The principal or designee may invoke a short-term suspension only after investigating the misconduct.

 

 

 

 

Long-Term Suspension

Long term suspension from school is a denial to a student of the right to attend school and to take part in or attend any school functions until readmitted. The Board of Education may suspend a student upon the recommendation of the Superintendent or his/her designee and the principal of the school attended by the student after notice to the student and his/her parents of the charges against the student and a hearing is held as required by law. The principal may immediately close classes and remove the student from school, if the student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process. The principal shall immediately notify the superintendent of the recommended suspension, accompanying this recommendation with all documentary evidence available in support of the recommendation. If the superintendent or his/her designee concurs with the recommendation of the principal, the superintendent shall notify the student and the student’s parents in writing of the recommendation of the principal, include a statement of the charges against the student, a statement that the student is entitled to a hearing on the charges at which he/she may be represented by an attorney or by any adult person designated by the student and the date, time and place of the hearing on the charges.

The Board of Education shall convene at the date, time, and place set forth in the notice or at any adjourned date agreed upon between the student, his/her parents and the Board of Education. The Board of Education shall hear all pertinent testimony and evidence offered in support of and in opposition to the charges, and at the conclusion of the hearing or as soon thereafter as shall be practicable the Board shall issue its decision in writing. The superintendent shall promptly, after the decision of the Board is rendered, give a copy of the decision to the student and his/her parents. All notices required or permitted to be given by this section shall be delivered to the person or persons entitled thereto or sent by registered mail return receipt requested.

Expulsion

Expulsion from school is a denial to a student of the right to attend school and to take part in or attend any school functions until readmitted by the Board of Education. The Board of Education may expel a student upon the recommendation of the superintendent or his/her designee and the principal of the school attended by the student after notice to the student and his/her parent/guardian.

The principal may immediately close classes and remove the student from school, if the student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the academic process. The principal shall immediately notify the superintendent of the recommended expulsion, accompanying this recommendation with all documentary evidence available in support of the recommendation. If the superintendent or his/her designee concurs with the recommendation of the principal, the superintendent shall notify the student and the student’s parents in writing of the recommendation of the principal, include a statement of the charges against the student, a statement that the student is entitled to a hearing on the charges at which he/she may be represented by an attorney or by an adult person designated by the student and the date, time and place of the hearing on the charges. The Board of Education shall convene at the date, time and place set forth in the notice or at any adjourned date agreed upon between the student, his/her parents and the Board of Education. The Board of Education shall hear all pertinent testimony and evidence offered in support and in opposition to the charges, and at the conclusion of the hearing or as soon thereafter as shall be practicable the Board shall issue its decision in writing. The superintendent shall promptly, after the decision of the Board is rendered, give a copy of the decision to the student and his/her parents. All notices required or permitted to be given by this section shall be delivered to the person or persons entitled thereto or sent by registered mail, return receipt requested.

 

Make-Up Work

All students who have been denied educational participation through the enforcement of the Suspension and Expulsion Code are expected to complete all work missed as a result of such action. All make-up work should be completed and returned to teachers upon the student’s return to class or at a date specified by the administrator.

Discipline of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are entitled to the rights and procedures afforded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 

Discipline Matrix

The following steps range from the minimum to the most severe disciplinary action.

Administrators may use any or all consequences listed within each level of offense.

 

 

 

No.

Behavioral Infraction

Suggested Maximum Step

1

Dress Code

Failure to follow approved school attire based on the dress code identified in the Student Handbook.

1-4

2

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism and cheating are forms of Academic Integrity. Any student not performing or handing in their own work, copying from another, and providing any falsification of documentation of any kind will be in violation of this offense.

1-3

3

Defiance / Insubordination

Open, persistent defiance of authority and/or disregard of verbal instruction of school personnel.

1-8

4

Disrespect

Socially rude or disrespectful messages to adults or students.

1-6

5

Inappropriate Language

Verbal messages that include swearing, name calling or use of words in an inappropriate way.

1-6

6

Disruption

Behavior causing an interruption to the learning environment. Includes sustained loud talk, yelling or screaming, horseplay or roughhousing and sustained out-of-seat behavior, etc. May involve acts of inciting or prompting others to cause a disruption.

1-6

7

Offensive Display

Display, possession, distribution of drawings, graphics, video or printed material which tend to disrupt the orderly conduct of the educational process including but not limited to: Displays that glamorize behavior which is obscene, violent or illegal for students (guns, alcohol, drug use, images from electronic source or texting).

1-6

8

Harassment

The delivery of disrespectful messages in any format related to gender, ethnicity, sex, race, religion, disability, physical features, or other protected

1-9

9

Out of Assigned Area

Students out of class or assigned area without permission. Students leaving the school building or grounds without permission.

1-6

10

Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a power imbalance. Bullying can take the form of any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm one or more students whether directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:

  • Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits or programs of one or more students.
  • Adversely affecting a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the District’s educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress.
  • Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student’s physical or mental health.
  • Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of school.

3-9

11

Verbal or Non-verbal Threat

Threatening behavior towards another.

3-7

12

Physically Assaulting a Staff Member/Student/ Person Associated with the District

Definition: Physical assault is defined as “intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or violence.”

5-9

13

Fighting

Student mutually participates in an incident involving physical violence.

3-8

14

Theft/Possession of Stolen Property

Any theft of money, personal or public property and/or theft involving unlawful entry including lockers, desks, etc. Law enforcement authorities may be notified in cases of this misconduct.

1-9

15

Extortion

Threatening another person for the purpose of extorting money or property, or to compel the threatened person to do an act against the threatened person’s will.

3-8

16

Gambling

Casual betting, betting pools, organized sports betting, and any other form of wagering.

3-8

17

Property Damage

Student causes damage to the school or personal property through carelessness or inappropriate behavior. Restitution, repair or replacement of damaged property may be required

1-7

18

Vandalism

Student causes damage to the school or personal property through intentional vandalism and defacing. Restitution, repair or replacement of damaged property may be required. Law enforcement authorities may be notified in cases of this misconduct.

4-9

19

Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

Verbal or non-verbal sexual innuendo, obscene gestures, leering, unwanted sexual advances or contact. Examples include: sexual remarks or suggestions, unsolicited and unwelcome flirtations, touching another person’s clothing or person, display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, etc.)

1-6

20

Indecent Exposure

Engaging in offensive behavior and conduct which is contrary to commonly recognized standards of propriety, behavior, and good taste.

1-8

21

Inappropriate Display of Affection

Student engages in inappropriate but consensual verbal and/or physical gestures / contact, of a sexual nature with another student.

1-6

22

Technology Violation

Any unauthorized use, misuse or access of any of the school district’s electronic equipment including, but not limited to, voice, video, computers of use of the internet. In addition, students must adhere to the Westwood Heights School’s Acceptable Use Policy for Technology Resources.

Restitution, repair or replacement of damaged property, and/or removal of computer privileges and/or possible loss of credit for the course may be required.

Students may not engage in inappropriate use of cell phones, electronic devices or computers which may be disruptive to the educational process.

2-9

23

Cell Phone Violations/Electronic Devices

Cell phones, headphones, earbuds or other related electronic devices may only be used before and after school. These items may not be used at any time during a class period, passing time or during lunch.

 

Confiscation of device.

24

Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs

Possession, use, sale or receipt of tobacco, alcohol or drugs while on school property, in school owned vehicles, or at school events. Law enforcement authorities may be notified in cases of misconduct.

5-9

25

Combustibles

Student in possession of substances / objects readily capable of causing bodily harm and/or property damage (matches, lighters, firecrackers, gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.).

2-9

26

Fire Alarm

Tampering with a fire alarm box, system or firefighting equipment. This includes setting off a false fire alarm.

2-5

27

Bomb Threat

Any threat (verbal, written or electronic) by a person to bomb or use other substances or devices for the purpose of exploding, burning or causing damage to a school building, school property or to harm students or staff. Law enforcement authorities may be notified in cases of misconduct.

5-9

28

Arson

Fire setting on school property. Law enforcement authorities will be notified in cases of misconduct.

5-9

29

Weapons – Possession, Use or Knowledge of.

The term weapon shall mean any object or device which could inflict bodily harm, and weapon shall also include a facsimile of objects or instruments which are weapons. The term weapon shall additionally include an object which is not in itself a weapon as defined above, but coupled with an intent by a student to inflict injury or harm upon another person.

 

5-9

30

Other Behaviors

Infraction of school rules not covered by the above categories, particularly those infractions on or off campus which, because of their nature, pose a serious health / safety threat to students and staff.

3-9

 

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