• Disruptive Behavior


    Students are entitled to a learning environment free of unnecessary disruption. Any physical or verbal disturbance within the school setting or during related activities which interrupts or interferes with teaching and orderly conduct of school activities is prohibited.

    1.  Dress Code:  All students must dress in a manner that is appropriate for the learning environment and which does not cause unecessary distractions.  Some clothes that are appropriate for home are not appropriate for school.  The following guidelines are established by the Greensville County School Board for student dress in school:
      1. Shirts:
        • All shirts must be tucked into pants.
        • All buttoned shirts must be worn buttoned up to the top 2 buttons unless another shirt is worn underneath.
        • Basketball jerseys must have another shirt underneath.
        • Straps on sleeveless tops should be at least 2 inches in width.
        • Shirts much cover the midriff.
        • See-through or mesh tops msut be worn with a shirt underneath.
        • Off the shoulder and tank tops are not allowed.
        • Tight, revealing, or low-neck shirts are not allowed.
      2. Pants/Shorts/Skirts/Dresses
        • All pants are to be at waist level with a belt, if necessary.
        • Bottoms of pants may not completely cover the shoes or drag on the floor.
        • Shorts, skirts, and dresses should be no higher than the mid-point between the knee and the tips of fingers resting on the sides of students.
        • Skin-tight, revealing clothes are not allowed.
        • Writing across the backside (seat) is not allowed.
      3. Footwear
        • Shoestrings must be tied on shoes that have a place for them.
        • Shoes with straps must be strapped at all times.
        • Flip flops (thin v-type straps), bedroom shoes, and bare feet are not allowed.
        • Open-backed shoes that are not securely attached to the feet are not allowed in the elementary schools.
        • High heels are not allowed in the elementary schools; heels must not exceed one inch in the middle school; heels must not exceed two inches in the high school.
      4. Other
        • No bedroom attire will be allowed.
        • All clothes must be worn right-side out.
        • Hair must not disrupt the educational process.  All grooming shall be done in the restrooms.
        • Sunglasses are not allowed to be worn in the school building.
        • Bandannas, doo rags, or related headdress will not be allowed on school grounds.  Hats and caps are not allowed to be worn in buildings but may be worn outside.
      5. Garments, jewelry, or accessories that display symbols, mottoes, words, or acronyms that convey crude, vulgar, profane, violent, gang-related, sexually explicit or suggestive messages are prohibited.
    2. Any event, action, or statement which relies on chance for the monetary advantage of one participant at the expense of others is gambling. This violation includes exchanging items of value as well as currency and extends to keeping score for later (Also see page 24 item H.)
    3. The possession of literature or illustrations which are obscene or significantly disrupt the educational process is Included are inappropriate student expression, distribution of non-authorized literature, and illegal assembly when any of these activities causes a disruption.
    4. The unauthorized possession or use of any type of electronic or mechanical device that distracts or impedes the education- al process is CB radios, boom boxes, walkmans, etc., which are not authorized for use at school, also fall under this category. Students may possess a cellular telephone on school property, including school buses, provided that the device must remain off and out of sight during instructional time. If a student possesses such a device other than as per- mitted in this policy, in addition to other disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed, the device may be confiscated from the student and returned only to the student’s parent.
    5. Cursing or using abusive language including remarks intended to demean a person’s race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or intellectual ability constitutes verbal
    6. Students shall not use language which is obscene, vulgar, profane or This includes action or displays of an obscene nature and the wearing of clothing or adornments, including inappropriate jewelry, which themselves convey either violent or sexually suggestive messages or offensive statements towards school personnel and/or students, i.e. vulgar language.
    7. Failure to appropriately respond to written or verbal directions given by school personnel is considered insubordination. Also included is disobedience or defiance of reasonable requests made by school
    8. Other activities which disrupt the orderly functions of the school include, but are not limited to: habitual offenses, sexually explicit behavior, sexual harassment, unauthorized fraternities or secret societies, unauthorized sales by students, possession of inappropriate toys, and inappropriate use of school lockers and
    9. Laser Pointers: Students shall not have in their possession laser pointers.
    10. A student shall not engage in gang activities. Gang activity is defined as any group activity that threatens, that is illegal and/or violent, or that portends the development of gang activity, which may involve wearing gang-related apparel, inappropriate congregating, bullying, harassment, initiations, hazings, intimidations, and/or related activities which are likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to A student shall not wear, carry, or display gang paraphernalia, or exhibit behavior or gestures which symbolize gang membership, or cause and/or participate in activities which intimidate or affect the attendance of another student.
    11. Hazing is Hazing is defined as recklessly or intentionally endangering the health or safety of a student or students or inflicting bodily harm on a student or students in connection with or for the purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in a club, organization, association, fraternity, sorority, or student body regardless of whether the student or students so endangered or injured participated voluntarily in the relevant activity. The Principal of any school at which hazing causes bodily injury occurs shall report the hazing to the local Commonwealth Attorney.

    Recommended Dispositions - one or more may apply

    Student Conference

    Parent Contact

    Conference with Parent

    Instructional Support Services

    Detention

    Suspension

    Alternative School Program

    In-School Suspension (ISS)

    Court Referral

    Law Enforcement Agencies Notified

    Confiscation

    Mediation/Conflict Resolution

    Recommendation for Expulsion to the School Board