Every student has a right to a quality education in an environment that is conducive to learning and free of disruption. Conversely, every student has the responsibility not to deny that right to others. The Standards of Student Conduct has been formulated in order to encourage good citizenship and to discourage conduct that disrupts the work and discipline of the school or that adversely affects the health and welfare of the students. It is also meant to ensure that parents, students, and school personnel understand their rights and responsibilities in regard to student conduct and to standardize procedures that will be used in responding to certain disciplinary problems.
Students are subject to these standards at all times while they are under the jurisdiction of school personnel, including such times as they are: (1) on school property during school hours, (2) waiting for the school bus at designated bus stops, (3) on the school bus, (4) participating in school-related activities such as field trips, conferences, or athletic events or, (5) going to and returning from school.
The following is a list of the types of misconduct which may result in disciplinary action. It is generally descriptive of the more obvious types of misconduct, but should not be construed as an exclusive list or as a limitation upon the authority of the School Board or school officials to deal with other types of conduct which interfere with the proper functioning of the schools. Disciplinary actions should be a cooperative effort between the administrative personnel and the teachers. Each category is followed by a description of the disciplinary consequences which may be imposed upon the student as a result of his or her misconduct. In determining which of the disciplinary consequences is most appropriate, the Principal or other person shall consider such factors as the nature and seriousness of the violation, the student’s age and maturity, previous disciplinary record and any other relevant circumstances.
The school Principal shall notify the parents of any student who violates a School Board policy when such violation could result in the student’s suspension, whether or not the school administration has imposed any disciplinary action. The notice shall state (1) the date and particulars of the violation; (2) the obligation of the parent to take actions to assist the school in improving the student’s behavior; and (3) that, if the student is suspended, the parent may be required to accompany the student to meet with school officials. The Principal or his/her designee shall notify the parent of any student involved in an incident required to be reported to the Superintendent and Virginia Board of Education.
No suspended student shall be admitted to the regular school program until such student and his/her parents have met with school officials to discuss improvement of the student’s behavior, unless the school Principal or his/her designee determines that readmission, without parent conference, is appropriate for the student.
If the parent fails to comply with this requirement, the School Board may ask the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to proceed against the parent in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Virginia.
The Superintendent reserves the authority, either on the recommendation of the Principal, or on her own initiative, to impose or recommend to the School Board, as the case may be, the suspension of a student or to recommend expulsion, when in her opinion the circumstances surrounding the violation warrant a consequence more severe than that stated in the Standards or imposed by the Principal or other person, regardless of whether the violation is an initial or a repeated violation. The Board reserves the final authority in all disciplinary matters.
Unlawful acts which will lead to police notification and may lead to suspension from classes, exclusion from activities or expulsion include but are not limited to:
- possession or use of alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, and anabolic steroids, or drug paraphernalia;
- selling drugs;
- sexual assault;
- intentional injury (bullying, fighting);
- bomb threats, including false threats, against school personnel or school property;
- use or possession of explosives (see Policy JFCD Weapons in School);
- possession of weapons or firearms (see Policy JFCD Weapons in School);
- extortion, blackmail, or coercion;
- driving without a license on school property;
- sex offenses (indecent exposure, obscene phone calls, sodomy and child molestation);
- malicious mischief;
- any illegal conduct involving firebombs, explosive or incendiary devices or materials, hoax explosive devices or chemical bombs;
- stabbing, cutting or wounding;
- unlawful interference with school authorities including threats;
- unlawful intimidation of school authorities; and
- other unlawful acts including being an accessory to any of these or other unlawful
The Principal may report to local law enforcement officials any incident involving the assault or assault and battery, without bodily injury, or any person on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity.