CONDUCT/DISCIPLINE
REGULATIONS


School Property/School Functions


Purpose: To establish guidelines for student conduct while on school property, at school functions, or school-related activities that are designed to ensure safe teaching, learning and recreational environments. Confidentiality shall be observed in accordance with federal and state laws.

Responsible Person(s):

Student

Parent

Teacher

Security Staff

All other school staff

Principal

Assistant Superintendent

State District Superintendent



Procedures:


1. All staff and students are expected to adhere to the ďStudent Code of ConductĒ (Exhibit 1) as follows:

A. Students exhibiting outlined misbehavior will be subject to the accompanying disciplinary action contained therein;

B. The appropriate staff person(s) is/are expected to enforce the disciplinary actions assigned to specific misbehavior.

2. In accordance with New Jersey state statute and the administrative code, penalties shall be assigned for use, possession and distribution of prescribed or controlled dangerous substances, weapons and/or any other criminal violation of state statute or law. The penalties shall be graded according to the severity of the offense. Infractions shall be reported to the local law enforcement agency in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the district's memorandum of agreement with that agency.

3. The student shall:

A. conform to standards of socially acceptable behavior and abide by district policies and all relevant laws regarding, among other things, internet usage, possession of electronic devices, controlled dangerous substances, weapons and dress code;

B. respect the person, property and rights of others;

C. obey authority and respond to those who hold that authority;

D. immediately report to any school authority, any threats to his/her person, in order to protect the safety of the student and to rectify the situation;

E. review and adhere to the "Student Code of Conduct" (Exhibit I) which consists of four levels of misbehavior and the accompanying disciplinary actions to be exercised by the district;

F. sign the "Memorandum of Understanding" (Exhibit II) which indicates that he/she reviewed and understands the contents of the "Student Code of Conduct".

4. Parents/guardians are responsible for:

A. reviewing the "Student Code of Conduct" (Exhibit I);

B. signing annually the "Memorandum of Understanding" (Exhibit II) which indicates that he/she has reviewed and understands the content of the "Student Code of Conduct";

C. attending parent conferences scheduled to discuss the rules of conduct and infractions thereof.

5. The principal must:

A. establish the degree of order necessary to conduct the educational program in his/her school building;

B. review with and distribute to his/her staff, the "Student Code of Conduct" (Exhibit I), the student/parent "Memorandum of Understanding" (Exhibit II) and the policy/administrative regulation, "Conduct/Discipline - File Code: 5131" each September at the first organizational meeting;

C. in accordance with established procedures, respond immediately to student, teacher and/or staff complaints of physical or verbal threats and/or incidents committed by other students, teachers, district employees or outside persons;

D. establish a discipline committee in each school to develop an annual discipline plan and to review its implementation on an on-going basis;

E. plan and implement staff development relating to discipline, behavior management and pupil personnel issues;

F. coordinate a meeting with the PTAís, PTOís, PTSAís and SMTís in September of every school year to review and distribute the "Student Code of Conduct" (Exhibit I) and the "Memorandum of Understanding" (Exhibit II);

G. develop a safety committee and safety plan in conjunction with the Division of Security Services and the school security staff;

H. upon observing a student who appears to be under the influence of a controlled or dangerous substance, make arrangements for an immediate medical exam for the student;

I. upon disciplining a student, notify parents in writing of the charges and discipline imposed. Under no circumstance should a suspension be imposed for an unspecified time period. Principals may only suspend a student twice in an academic year and for a cumulative period not to exceed 10 days. Proposed suspensions greater than 10 days must be referred to the assistant superintendent in accordance with district policy;

J. report all reported gang related activities to the director of security;

K. conduct regular Pupil Resource Committee/504 (PRC/504) meetings;

L. upon disciplining a classified student, ensure that the child study team is notified of the disciplinary action immediately. When discipline of a classified student amounts to more than 10 days cumulatively or consecutively, the child study team must be allowed to conduct a manifestation determination meeting prior to the implementation of the disciplinary action;

M. upon discovering allegations of student sexual misconduct, child abuse or neglect, notify immediately the Division of Youth and Family Services, the police and appropriate school personnel. In the event of student on student sexual harassment, allegations must be reported to the district affirmative action officer;

N. assure that staff prepares the appropriate documentation regarding violence, vandalism and/or substance abuse as required by Code.

6. In addition, the principal may:

A. refer students who display chronic behavioral and/or academic problems to the PRC/504 committee for possible interventions or to the child study team for identification as eligible for special education services;

B. suspend or recommend for expulsion, in accordance with the district's due process procedures, any student whose presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the academic process;


C. contact police when the welfare and safety of the school is in jeopardy and complete an incident report which is forwarded to the appropriate assistant superintendent.

7. The teacher must:

A. establish the parameters of acceptable behavior necessary to conduct the educational program in his/her classroom and document interventions and pre-suspensions by completing Disciplinary Notification (Exhibit III);

B. review with, and distribute to, his/her students the "Student Code of Conduct" and the student/parent "Memorandum of Understanding" (Exhibit II) each September;

C. collect the "Memorandum of Understanding" (Exhibit II), signed by both parent and student, and attach it to the student's cumulative record;

D. upon discovering allegations of student sexual misconduct, child abuse or neglect, notify immediately the Division of Youth and Family Services, the police and appropriate school personnel. In the event of student on student sexual harassment, allegations must be reported to the district affirmative action officer;

8. The security staff is responsible for:

A. implementing the safety plan to ensure a safe environment in accordance with the procedures outlined in the "Student Code of Conduct" (Exhibit I);

B. responding to incidents/situations that requires their assistance within the school environment;

C. following the assigned duties of their position as outlined by the Division of Security Services rules and regulations and the principalís directives;

D. upon discovering allegations of student sexual misconduct, child abuse or neglect, notify immediately the Division of Youth and Family Services, the police and appropriate school personnel. In the event of student on student sexual harassment, allegations must be reported to the district affirmative action officer.

9. The assistant superintendent or his/her designee shall:

A. review and approve all school safety /discipline plans and staff development;

B. conduct periodic reviews of the "Student Code of Conduct" (Exhibit I) with school site administrators to ensure adherence to the terms and conditions contained therein;

C. review all suspensions;

D. conduct suspension hearings for all major disciplinary action (suspensions in excess of 10 days);

E. ensure that all student and parent rights are upheld, including delivery of proper notice of charges and student rights.


10. The Office of the District Superintendent or designee shall:

A. hold expulsion hearings;

B. ensure that all student and parent rights are upheld, including delivery of proper notice of charges and student rights.

11. Pupils with educational disabilities are subject to the same district disciplinary policies and procedures as non-disabled pupils, unless the pupilís Individualized Education Program includes exemptions to those policies or procedures.

A. When disciplining a classified student, the principal must ensure that the child study team is notified of the disciplinary action immediately.

B. When discipline of a classified student amounts to more than 10 cumulative or consecutive days, the child study team must be allowed to conduct a manifestation determination when necessary prior to the implementation of the disciplinary action.

C. Under no circumstances shall a classified student be deprived of a free and appropriate education for more than 10 consecutive days.

D. At the manifestation determination meeting, the child study team shall determine if the pupilís placement was appropriate, whether the pupilís disability impaired the ability to understand the consequences of the behavior, and whether the disability impaired the pupilís ability to control the behavior.

1. If the pupilís behavior is determined to be primarily caused by the pupilís educational disability, the district may not discipline the pupil; however the placement may be changed if inappropriate (with parental consent or court order).

2. If it is determined that the pupilís behavior is not related to his or her educational disability, the district may discipline the pupil; however, a classified pupil may not be denied a free and appropriate public education for more than 10 consecutive days.

E. Upon conclusion of the manifestation determination, the child study team shall prepare and forward to the principal and the parent(s) or adult pupil a written statement setting forth their conclusions and their recommendations, if any, and a statement that mediation or a due process hearing may be requested if there is a disagreement with the manifestation determination.

F. Classified students who bring weapons to school or who knowingly possess or use illegal drugs while at school or at a school function may be placed in an alternative educational setting for a period not to exceed 45 days.

G. After 45 days, if there is no consent of parent/guardian nor court order obtained extending the studentís stay at the alternative educational setting, the student returns to the previous placement.

H. For misbehavior other than drugs/weapons, there is no automatic removal/unilateral change in placement. Removal requires either: (1) consent of parent/guardian, or (2) expedited hearing for change of placement for 45 days if the judge finds that it is dangerous for the student to remain in the current placement.