• Definitions

    After consideration of circumstances surrounding the incident, the student’s previous record, the age, and developmental stage of the student, disposition of the case may be selected from the following alternatives which are listed in alphabetical order:

    Alternative School Placement - In the event a student requires administrative intervention for certain violation of the Standards of Student Conduct, assignment may be made to the school’s off-site alternative placement program. This allows the continuation of the academic program while counseling and/or other interventions may be employed.

    Appeal - In-school disciplinary actions taken by a school administrator other than the Principal may be appealed in person to the Principal whose decision shall be final. If the initial action is taken by the Principal, parents may appeal to the Superintendent whose decision will be final. 

    Out-of-school suspensions of up to ten days may be appealed in person to the Principal and subsequently to the Superintendent whose decision may be further appealed in writing to the School Board or a committee thereof as provided in School Board regulation. Such appeal must be filed in writing. Out-of-school suspensions of over ten days and recommendations for expulsion may be issued by the Superintendent. The Superintendent’s decision may be appealed to the School Board if the appeal is filed in writing within seven calendar days of the decision. Failure to file a written request within the specified time will constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing before the School Board. The School Board shall decide the appeal within 30 days. 

    Confiscation - Any item prohibited by this Standards of Student Conduct or the law will be removed from the student’s possession. 

    Court Referral - In case of a drug offense, assault, weapon possession, truancy, or other violation of the Code of Virginia, the student may be taken to court. The school’s administrative staff will be involved in handling the referral.

    Detention - This method of discipline may be employed by any teacher or administrator to keep a student before or after school hours in hope of correcting inappropriate behavior. Parents must be notified and detention generally should not exceed one hour.

    Enrollment Interview - A hearing will be held with the Superintendent or designee and the Principal for any student who has been discharged from a detention facility and/or any student who has been expelled from or has committed an expellable offense in any school, public or private. Enrollment and placement will be determined based upon the Code of Virginia and all information presented during the hearing.

    Expulsion - The immediate and permanent cessation of all services, including Adult Education and the G.E.D. Program, provided by the School Board of Greensville County.

    Habitual Offense - A habitual offense shall include but not be limited to situations when a student violates one or more sections of the Standards of Student Conduct and the school has addressed these behaviors with the student with no marked improvement in the student’s behavior. 

    In-School Suspension (ISS) - A program that removes the student from the classroom, but keeps students within the school during the period of suspension. *Students may not participate in extracurricular activities on days assigned to In-School Suspension (ISS).

    Instructional Support Services Intervention - When a student experiences repeated problems in school, the school personnel may refer this student to the child study team. The student is counseled and, if necessary, evaluated for alternative placement and educational program modifications. 

    Law Enforcement Agencies - In cases of serious violations of the Code of Virginia, the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office, Emporia Police Department, Child Protective Services, and Juvenile Probation Departments may be included in the disposition.

    Long-Term Suspensions - In the event a student exhibits a pattern of behavior that constitutes him/her as a habitual offender, a recommendation for a long-term suspension will be initiated by the Principal to the Superintendent.

    Manifestation Determination - The act of determining whether or not the disability is in relation to the incident. 

    Mediation/Counseling Resolution - A process led by either student and/or staff media- tors in which disputants in a conflict are encouraged to meet and resolve their dispute.

    Parent - A parent is considered a natural parent, parent by legal adoption, or court appointed legal custodian.

    Parent Contact - The most effective person in dealing with student discipline problems is the parent. Teachers, counselors, and administrators will contact parents by phone or letter in an effort to keep them informed of their child’s conduct.

    Readmission - After 365 days, the parents of an expelled student may request a review by the School Board in order to seek approval for reenrollment by contacting the office of the Superintendent. The review will be based on written information only unless otherwise requested by the School Board. In the event approval for readmission is granted, the School Board will determine appropriate school placement and the date of reentry.

    Restitution - The replacement of or payment for property taken, damaged, or destroyed will be required.

    School Conference with Parent - Parents are encouraged to set up an appointment with any teacher, counselor or administrator to discuss their son’s or daughter’s progress or problems. If a student is suspended, a parent may be asked to come to school to initiate reinstatement of the student.

    Searches - School authorities reserve the right to search lockers, desks, or other facilities, as well as individuals and their belongings when there are reasonable grounds for believing that items will be found which violate law or school policy and regulations or which may be harmful to the school community. Other storage facilities including automobiles remain under joint control of students and administration while on school property. School authorities may use metal detectors for both random and reasonable suspicion searches. Police dogs will be brought onto school property to search school premises including but not limited to lockers, desks, and parking lots. Any articles which violate the law or school rules will be confiscated. 

    Personal Searches - A student’s person and/or personal effects (e.g. purse, book bag, etc.) may be searched whenever a school authority has reasonable suspicion to believe that the student is in possession of illegal or unauthorized materials or has violated or is about to violate the law or a school rule.

    If a pat down search of a student’s person is conducted, it will be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex and with an adult witness present, when feasible. 

    If the school official has reasonable suspicion to believe that the student has on his or her person an item imminently dangerous to the student or to others, the school official may use discretion in two actions: a more intrusive search of the student’s person may be conducted or the appropriate law enforcement officials may be contacted. In the case of a more extensive search, such a search may only be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex, with an adult witness of the same sex present, and only upon the prior approval of the Superintendent or her designee, unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay which might be caused by following these procedures.

    Locker Searches - Student lockers are school property and remain at all times under the control of the school; however, students are expected to assume full responsibility for the security of their lockers. Periodic general inspections of lockers may be conducted by school authorities for any reason at any time without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. 

    Automobile Searches - Students are permitted to park on school property as a matter of privilege, not of right. The school retains authority to conduct routine patrols of student parking lots and inspections of exteriors of student automobiles on school property. The interiors of student vehicles may be inspected whenever a school authority has reasonable suspicion to believe that illegal or unauthorized materials or other evidence of illegal or otherwise prohibited activities are contained inside. Such patrols and inspections may be conducted without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.

    Seizure of Illegal Materials - If a properly conducted search yields illegal or contraband materials, such findings shall be turned over to proper legal authorities for ultimate disposition.

    Student Conference - The first line of discipline is with the classroom teacher. Formal and informal conferences are held between the student and teacher. If problems become more serious, the administrator will hold a conference with the student in an attempt to improve behavior. The student’s counselor often will be included in the conference.

    Suspension - According to adopted School Board policy, a student may be suspended from school attendance for violations of the Standards of Student Conduct. For suspensions of ten days or less, the Principal or Assistant Principal shall inform the student of the specific violation and provide the student with the opportunity to respond to these charges. For suspension in excess of ten days, an additional hearing with the Superintendent is required.

    Prior to suspension, the Principal and/or designee must meet with the student. A letter shall promptly be mailed informing the parent of the violation of the Standards of Student Conduct and the details of the suspension. A reasonable effort will be made to contact parents by phone and inform them of the suspension. In serious cases, the Principal and/or designee may suspend a student and require a hearing with the Superintendent before the student may return to school.