Infractions

V. INFRACTIONS

 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Students are expected to complete schoolwork according to the highest ethical standards. When students plagiarize work or cheat on an assignment (this includes copying another person’s homework, exam or inappropriately aiding others), the following penalties will be imposed:

First Offense: Community service at administrators’ discretion, opportunity for credit recovery during a 90-minute detention, and parental contact.

Second Offense: Community service at administrators’ discretion, appropriate suspension, opportunity for credit recovery, and parental contact.

Third and Subsequent Offenses: Community service at administrators’ discretion, appropriate suspension up to 10 days, opportunity for credit recovery, and parental contact.

ALCOHOL

Violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages or substances represented as alcohol. Disciplinary action may result for suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol. A breathalyzer may be utilized if there is suspicion.

First Offense: (For Use, Possession or Distribution) - up to 10 days OSS pending recommendation for long-term suspension, report to legal authorities, and visit to counselor at student expense. If not completed, possible long-term suspension may result. Student could lose extra-curricular eligibility.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: (For Use, Possession or Distribution) - 10 days suspension pending recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion and report to legal authorities.

BATTERY (Physical attack/harm)

Touching or striking of another person against his or her will, or intentionally causing bodily harm to an individual.

Toward Students/Public:

First Offense: Up to 10 days OSS, parental contact to develop a plan for student's future at Reese, legal authorities contacted.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days OSS pending recommendation for long-term suspension.

Toward Staff:

Any aggressive physical contact with a staff member, including but not limited to pushing, striking, biting, clawing and kicking.

First Offense: 10 days OSS, parental to develop a plan for the student’s future at Reese, possible recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion and report to legal authorities.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Student will be recommended for expulsion and reported to legal authorities.

BUS MISCONDUCT

Students must cooperate with the bus driver at all times and observe the same conduct as in the classroom. Failure to follow bus rules will result in disciplinary actions. Students must ride their assigned bus. If they are to ride a different bus, parents must write a note and that note presented to the office.

First Offense: A warning will be given with a misconduct report. This report must be signed by the parent and returned to the driver on the next school day. If the incident or any future incident is detrimental to good order and safety of persons on the bus, more severe disciplinary action will be taken by the building principal.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Loss of bus privileges. This decision will be made by the bus supervisor and principal. A letter will be sent to the parents informing them of this action.

COMPUTER MISUSE

Students are responsible for good behavior on school computers just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers with administrators reviewing files and correspondence. Inappropriate computer use is any action by a student that includes, but is not limited to, the following : (1) view, print, or distribute obscene or pornographic material, (2) trespass in another’s folder, view/alter work, files or use another’s password (3) harass, insult, or attack others (4) damage computer systems and/or computer networks or tamper with hardware and/or software (5) download games, programs, music files, streaming music (6) violate copyright laws (7) intentionally waste resources (8) employ the network for commercial purposes and (9) bypass or attempt to bypass network filters.

First and Subsequent Offense: Conference with student and parent to develop a plan of future use of the computer systems, up to 10 days suspension and/or loss of privileges. If offense damages system or hardware, the student will be responsible for restitution. The entire policy may be referenced at board policy 6320, regulation 6320 or accessed through http://www.warrensburgr6.org

CYBERBULLYING (see Harassment)

DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Any act that disrupts the orderly conduct of a school function; behavior which substantially disrupts the orderly learning environment.

Toward Staff/Public:

First Offense: Parental contact; appropriate measures taken according to the severity of the case; detentions, as appropriate; up to 10 days suspension, as appropriate.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days suspension.

Toward Administration: When a student refuses to follow directives given by an administrator, he or she may be subject to the following consequences:

First Offense: Up to 10 days OSS, parental contact to develop a plan for student’s future at Reese.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: 10 days OSS pending recommendation for long-term.

DRESS CODE VIOLATION

When a student's style of dress or appearance presents a clear and present danger to the student's health and safety or causes an interference with school work, or creates a classroom or school disorder, he or she will be asked to correct the condition. Examples of school dress that are not permissible include, but are not limited to:  (a) clothing and accessories that display offensive statements or pictures with alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, sexual innuendo, weapons or violent themes, inappropriate language, racial slogans or references (may include bandanas) or anything else that could infringe on the rights of others; (b) mesh tops, backless tops, bare midriffs or half shirts, revealing tank tops and ripped or torn clothing which promotes inappropriate exposure, exposure of underwear. (Sheer tops must have appropriate school dress beneath.); (c) sunglasses, unless specifically ordered by a physician; (d) due to the use of security cameras, students are not allowed to wear hoods over their head inside District facilities

Refusal to comply will result in consequences. See Insubordination.

DRIVING AND PARKING VIOLATIONS

The privilege of driving motor vehicles on school property will be denied if driving becomes detrimental to the safety or welfare of the school community.  All State motor vehicle laws apply on campus.

DRUGS EXCLUDING ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO (Illegal drug possession, sale, use/under influence)

Unlawful use, cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, solicitation, purchase, possession, transportation, or importation of any prescription medications or controlled drugs (e.g., Demerol, morphine), narcotic substance, or anything represented to be drugs, and any paraphernalia used for such purposes.  We will mandate that a drug test be given by an approved medical doctor at your expense, should there be any suspicion of your child being under the influence.

First Offense: (For Use, Possession or Distribution) Up to 10 days OSS pending recommendation for long-term suspension, report to legal authorities and/or visit to counselor at student expense. If not completed, student could incur possible long-term suspension. Student could lose extra-curricular eligibility.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: (For Use, Possession or Distribution)-10 days OSS pending recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion and report to legal authorities.

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICE MISUSE

Students who use electronic devices without the permission of the teacher may be considered insubordinate.

First Offense: Detention

Second and Subsequent Offenses:  Loss of privilege.

FAILURE TO SERVE DETENTION

Students who fail to keep their office detentions will be subject to report to AIM until time is made up.

FIGHTING (Mutual altercation)

Mutual participation in an incident involving physical violence, where there is no major injury.

First Offense: Up to 10 days OSS, parental contact to develop a plan for student's future at Reese, legal authorities contacted.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days OSS pending recommendation for long-term suspension and report to legal authorities.

GANG-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Gang-related activities may be characterized by the individual’s admission to gang membership or by the exhibiting of a combination of clothing which is common to gang members. Such activity may also be identified by tattoos that indicate gang membership, admission to detailed knowledge of gang activity or use of a moniker (street name), or display of hairstyles, jewelry, or other paraphernalia common to gang members. Writing graffiti or gang symbols on notebooks or other items may also indicate potential activity.

First Offense: Conference w/parent and student, removal of gang-identifying items, notification to juvenile or legal authorities, plus possible ISS.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Suspension pending conference w/parent and student to develop a plan for student's continuation in school, referral to juvenile or legal authorities.

HARASSMENT, NONSEXUAL BULLYING, CYBERBULLYING (Physical, verbal or psychological)

Attacking or repeatedly annoying a student, group of students or other personnel who creates an intimidating or hostile educational or work environment, or causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property. If the educational environment is negatively affected, off-campus conduct could lead to discipline.

Toward Staff/Students:

First Offense: Parental contact, up to 10 days OSS, referral to juvenile or legal authorities.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: 10 days OSS, possible recommendation for long-term suspension, parental contact before returning to school, develop a plan for the student’s future at Reese, referral to juvenile or legal authorities.

Toward Public:

First & Second Offense: Up to 10 days suspension, detentions or ISS relevant to offense, parental contact, contact juvenile or legal authorities.

Third and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days suspension, possible recommendation for long- term suspension, contact juvenile or legal authorities, parental contact to develop a plan for the student’s future at Reese.

HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, CYBERBULLYING (Unwelcome sexual conduct) – Report to CO

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, other physical or verbal conduct, or communicating of a sexual nature, including gender-based harassment that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment. If the educational environment is negatively affected, off-campus conduct could lead to discipline.

First Offense: Conference with student, up to 10 days suspension, or TES(s).

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days OSS pending parental contact with student to develop a plan for student’s future at Reese, possible recommendation for long-term suspension and/or expulsion.

HAZING

Student hazing is expressly prohibited by Board of Education Policy 2920. Hazing is defined as willful conduct directed at another student, whether occurring on or off school property, for purposes of initiation or admission to any school-related activity or athletic team. Conduct prohibited by this policy includes, but is not limited to, threats of physical harm and infliction of physical or mental harm or humiliation. Non-students who participate or enable the hazing of students may be excluded from attendance at school activities and school athletic events.

First and Subsequent Offenses: Possible suspension depending on the circumstances, removal or suspension from activity participation.

INAPPROPRIATE USE OF MEDICINE

Prescription or over-the-counter drugs, including any represented to be drugs and any paraphernalia used for such purposes, are prohibited on or in school property or at school activities or events, or in any vehicle while being used to transport students for the school district. If in violation of this, the student may be under the jurisdiction of the “Good Citizenship Policy” of the District.

Warning: Students should be aware that distribution of prescription medication to a person for whom the medication has not been prescribed may constitute a misdemeanor, even if the medication is not a “controlled substance,” as that term is defined by law.

First Offense: (For Use, Possession or Distribution of over-the-counter drugs) - up to 10 days suspension. Student could lose extra-curricular eligibility.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: (For Use, Possession or Distribution) – up to 10 days suspension. Student could lose extra-curricular eligibility.

First Offense: (For Use or Possession of student’s own prescription drugs) - up to 10 days suspension pending recommendation for long-term suspension, report to legal authorities, and/or counselor visit at student expense. If not completed, possible long-term suspension. Student could lose extra-curricular eligibility.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: (For Use, Possession or Distribution) - 10 days suspension pending recommendation for long-term suspension, or expulsion, report to legal authorities.

INSUBORDINATION (Disobedience)

Unwillingness to submit to authority, refusal to respond to a reasonable request, or other situations in which a student is disobedient.

Toward Staff/Public:

First Offense: Parental contact, appropriate measures taken according to the severity of the case, detentions, or suspension, as appropriate, up to 10 days.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days suspension.

Toward Administration:

When a student refuses to follow directives given by an administrator, he or she may be subject

to the following consequences:

First Offense: Up to 10 days OSS, parental contact to develop a plan for student’s future at Reese.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: 10 days OSS pending recommendation for long term.

OBSCENE BEHAVIOR

Language or actions, written or oral, physical or electronic, in violation of community or school standards.

Toward Staff:

First Offense: Parental contact to develop a plan for the student’s future at Reese, up to 10 days OSS, possible recommendation for long-term suspension.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days OSS, parental contact to develop a plan for the student's future at Reese, possible recommendation for long-term suspension.

Toward Public:

First Offense: Conference w/student, up to 10 days suspension, parental contact.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: up to 10 days OSS pending parental contact to develop a plan for the student's future at Reese, recommendation for long-term suspension.

PHYSICAL ALTERCATION (Physically endangering behavior)

Confrontation, tussle, or physical aggression that does not result in injury.

First Offense: Up to 3 days OSS

Second Offense: Up to 5 days OSS

Third and Subsequent Offenses: 5 days or more OSS

SCHOOL THREAT (Threat of destruction or harm)

Any threat (verbal, written, or electronic) to bomb or use other substances or devices for the purpose of exploding, burning, causing damage to a school building or school property, or to harm students or staff, setting off alarm when there is no cause to do so, including fire alarms, 911 calls, and bomb threats, or other acts causing evacuation of the building which endangers the welfare of students.

First and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days suspension, parental contact, possible recommendation for long-term suspension/expulsion, contact legal authorities.

THEFT (Stealing personal or school property)

The unlawful taking of property belonging to another person without threat, violence, or bodily harm (including electronic and ID theft).

First and Subsequent Offenses: Parental contact, restitution, up to 10 days suspension, possible contact of legal authorities, possible recommendation for long-term suspension. If arrangements cannot be made for replacement or return of items, the case will be turned over to law enforcement officials. ID theft will automatically be turned over to law enforcement.

THREAT/INTIMIDATION (Causing fear or harm)

Physical, verbal, written, or electronic action which immediately creates fear or harm, without displaying a weapon and without subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Toward Staff:

First Offense: Parental contact, up to 10 days OSS, possible modification to ISS, referral to juvenile or legal authorities.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: 10 days OSS, possible recommendation for long-term suspension, parental contact before returning to school to develop a plan for the student’s future at Reese, referral to juvenile or legal authorities.

Toward Public:

First Offense and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days suspension, parental contact, conference w/student, contact juvenile or legal authorities, possible recommendations for long-term suspension.

TOBACCO

Possession, use, distribution, or sale of tobacco products. Products may include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, matches, lighters, electronic cigarettes or similar items, and look-alike items.

First Offense: Conference w/principal, up to 5 days ISS/OSS (1st 3 days ISS), parental contact with student.

Second and Subsequent Offenses: Up to 10 days OSS, parental contact to develop a plan for the student's future at Reese.

VANDALISM (Damage to school or personal property)

Willful destruction or defacement (including attempts) of school or personal property.

NOTE: Damage to school property as a result of a student’s conduct, regardless of their intent, is subject to restitution and/or replacement.

First and Subsequent Offenses: Parental contact, students (parents) assume cost and/or labor of repair, community service, up to 10 days suspension, possible recommendation for long-term suspension, or expulsion.

WEAPONS

A weapon is any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; any chemical substance, device or instrument designed as a weapon or through its use capable of threatening or producing bodily harm or death; or any device or instrument that is used to threaten, strike horror, or cause bodily harm or death.

Category I Weapons:  All firearms including pellet, B-B, stun, look-alike, and non-functioning guns that could be used to threaten others, etc.; knives, switchblades or automatically opening blades, daggers, swords, razors, etc.; artificial knuckles or other objects designed to be worn over the fist or knuckle, etc.; blackjacks, clubs, bows and arrows, slingshots, etc.; any other device or instrument used to intimidate, threaten or inflict harm.

Category II Weapons:  Numchucks, throwing stars (shurikuns), explosives, poisons, chemicals, or other devices that could be used as a weapon to threaten others.

Category III Weapons:  Fireworks, firecrackers and smoke bombs, throwing darts, nuisance items and toys, unauthorized tools, laser pointers (use only), and mace (no use on school grounds).

Policy: All weapons or instruments that have the appearance of a weapon are prohibited within all school environments and the school zones, except for educational purposes as authorized in advance by the building principal or his/her designee. These environments include, but are not limited to, District-owned buildings, leased or rented facilities, school-sponsored activities, field trips, school vehicles and buses, and any school bus stops. This policy is in effect before, during, and after school.

Administrative Discretion:

1.  Discretion may be used in interpreting use and intent of Category II weapons.

2.  A student who finds a weapon on the way to school, on school property or in the school building and takes the weapon to the principal's office immediately shall not be considered in possession of a weapon.

3.  Exceptions, pursuant to Missouri Statutes, are granted to:

   Law enforcement or military officials performing official duties.

   School district approved firearm safety courses.

   School district approved possession by ceremonial color guard.

   School district approved gun or knife shows.

   School district approved possession and use of starter guns for athletic contests.

   Possession of a dangerous weapon with prior written permission from the principal.

First Offense:

Category I - Firearm (Loaded or Unloaded)

Contact legal authorities, confiscate weapon, notify superintendent, conference w/student, parental contact, 10 days suspension pending recommendation for long-term suspension, or expulsion.

Category I - Non-Firearm (Use or Attempted Use)

Contact legal authorities, confiscate weapon, conference w/student, parental contact, 10 day suspension pending recommendation for long term suspension, or expulsion.

Category I - Non-Firearm (Possession)

Contact legal authorities, confiscate weapon, 10 day suspension pending recommendation for long term suspension. If long-term suspension is not accepted, PC and student to develop a plan for student’s continuation at Reese.

Category II - (Use or Attempted Use)

Confiscate object, conference w/student, parental contact, 10-day suspension, possible recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion, possibly involve legal authorities.

Category II - (Possession)

Confiscate the weapon, Conference w/student, 10-day suspension. Parental contact with student to develop a plan for student's continuation at Reese.

Category III - (Possession or Use)

Confiscate object, parental contact, possible 10-day suspension, and loss of privileges and/or counseling.

Second Offense:

Category I - Non-Firearm (Possession or Use) or Category II and Category III - Any

Contact legal authorities, confiscate weapon, conference w/student, parental contact, 10 days suspension pending recommendation for long-term suspension, or expulsion, and involve legal authorities.