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Title: Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct
  • Advisory Review

  • Acknowledgement Student Code of Conduct
  • This Student Code of Conduct is a document
    designed to provide rules, expectations, and
    consequences for student behavior. We ask that
    you review the Student Code of Conduct with your
    child (ren) and have a discussion regarding
    school expectations. In addition, Appendix IV is
    a copy of the Appoquinimink School Districts
    Educational Technology Acceptable Use Policy.
    In order for your child to use educational
    technology, this policy must be reviewed and the
    parents must sign below.
  • Please sign below and have your child sign to
    acknowledge that you have received a copy of the
    Student Code of Conduct. Return the signed sheet
    to your childs homeroom teacher by September 12,
  • __________________________________________________
  • This is to confirm that I have received a copy
    of the Appoquinimink School District Student Code
    of Conduct
  • _________________________ ________________________
  • Student Name (Please Print) Student Signature /
  • ______________________________________
  • Parent Signature / Date
  • This is to confirm that I have received a copy
    of the Appoquinimink School District Acceptable
    Use Policy (See Appendix IV)
  • ____________________ _________________________
  • Student Name (Please Print) Student Signature /

  • The Code of Conduct
  • Is used by
  • EVERY student, parent and staff member in our
  • It is YOUR responsibility to know it,
  • (well get you started).

Why does it exist?
  • To establish and maintain a
  • positive school environment
  • See p.12

When is it in force?
ALL Times?
  • On school property
  • On the bus
  • To, from, and at the bus stop
  • At district events
  • On field trips
  • Even when behavior out of school presents ANY
    TYPE of threat to ANY student and/or staff member

Important to Note
  • Any student who hinders an investigation or any
    student who aids, is involved with the planning,
    or helps another student in any way that violates
    the Code may be subject to the same disciplinary
    action as the student who committed the
  • Page 11

Reminder Pages
  • Attendance 14-15
  • Bus Privileges 15-17
  • Harassment/Bullying 19-21
  • Dress Code 21-22
  • Search Seizure 22

Violation Basics
  • Four, 4, yes IV Levels
  • Consequences range from a reprimand and
    parent/guardian notification to expulsion and
    police notification

PREVENTION by following School Expectations
  • Be Respectful to yourself, others, and the space
    and belongings around you
  • Be Responsible by following the rules, knowing
    your limits, and maintaining integrity
  • Be Safe by sharing physical and emotional space
    with your fellow Cavaliers
  • Be a Good Citizen and not only treat everyone
    well but actively promote and encourage good
  • Be There Be Ready by being prepared to do your
    best every day

Level I
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Inappropriate Language
  • Loitering
  • Minor Vandalism
  • Possession of Non-school Items
  • Unexcused Tardy
  • p. 29-31

Level I contdFirst Offense Consequences Can
  • Teacher reprimand
  • Parent/guardian notification
  • Detention
  • Conference
  • Grade Penalty
  • Suspension

Level I contdSubsequent Level I Consequences
  • All of the previous PLUS
  • Detention
  • Suspension
  • Parent conference
  • Referral to administration

Misunderstood Level I Terms
  • Disruptive Behavior includes ANY behavior that
    interferes or disturbs ANY part of an effective
    learning environment.
  • Non-school items are anything deemed by building
    staff as disruptive or having the potential for
    causing disruption.

Level II
  • Abusive language
  • Careless or reckless behavior
  • Cheating/Plagiarism
  • Class cut
  • School cut/Truancy
  • Defiance
  • Failure to serve detention
  • Forgery
  • Gambling
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Intimidation
  • Leaving school without authorization
  • Major vandalism
  • Misuse/Abuse of substances
  • Misuse of cell phones
  • Misuse of technology
  • Smoking
  • Stealing/Possession/ Transferring of stolen goods
  • Trespassing
  • Violation of medication policy
  • REDhas a Severe Clause

Level II contdFirst Offense Consequences
  • Detention and/or suspension is
  • likely as early as the first offense,

Level II contdTerms to Clarify
  • Abusive Language is any written or spoken
    language or gestures that are considered
    offensive, obscene, or vulgar.
  • Careless and Reckless Behavior is seen as
    unintentional behavior that threatens to or
    causes injury, property damage OR intentional
    behavior that has the same result.
  • Defiance is a verbal or nonverbal refusal to
    comply with reasonable request from school
    personnel, including refusal to identify
  • Cheating/Plagiarism is preparing or
    presentingassignments as a students own work
    when it is not.

Level III
  • Bullying
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Extortion
  • Fighting
  • Harassment
  • Inappropriate Sexual Acts
  • Offensive Touching
  • Student on student
  • Of a staff member
  • Reckless Driving
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Terroristic Threatening and/or Behavior

Level III contd
  • EVERY offense presents a threat to others
  • Detention and/or suspension are REQUIRED for
    every Level III offense up to 5 days

  • Prevention is the best way
  • If all else fails
    Be a responsible witness/bystander
  • Know that keeping our school safe is NOT
  • Report what you see/know to a school adult
  • Defuse the situation by NOT promoting it
  • Cheering on a fight or bullying is as bad as
    doing it yourself
  • Ask questions and seek guidance from a trusted
  • Any staff member or responsible family member

Level IV
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • On Student
  • On Staff Member
  • Possession, Use, Sale, Purchase, or Transfer of
    Alcohol, Drugs, Illegal Substances,
    Paraphernalia, or Counterfeit Substances
  • Distribution of Alcohol, Drugs, a Drug-Like
    Substance, a Look-alike Substance and/or
  • Possession of any Weapon/Explosive Device
  • Rape or Attempted Rape
  • Security Threat

  • Every offense requires
    a minimum of a
    5 day suspension
  • AND
  • Police notification

Misunderstood Level IV Terms
  • Assault
  • Sometimes horseplay causes physical injury. It
    then becomes assault, which is Intentionally or
    RECKLESSLY causing physical injury to another
  • Look-alike Substance
  • Any non-controlled substancepackaged so as to
    appear to be, or about which a student makes
    ANY representation that the substance is, a
    drug or a non-controlled substance capable of
    producing a change in behavior or altering a
    state of mind or feeling. p.51

Reporting school Crime
  • Delaware law requires mandatory reporting to the
    police of certain crimes. The principal or
    designee must report the following (p. 54)
  • Student, school volunteer, or school employee has
    been the victim of violent felony, assault III,
    unlawful sexual contact III or
  • School employee has been the victim of offensive
    touching, terroristic threatening or
  • Student under 18 has been victim of sexual
    harassment or
  • Person on school property has drugs or weapon or

Grievance procedures
  • If a student believes that he or she has been
    treated unfairly or has not been afforded due
    process follow the process outlined on page 55.

Other Important Information
  • Page 56-57 Suspension (in school and out of
  • Page 57-61 Expulsion information
  • Page 57 Unsafe school choice
  • Page 61 Definitions
  • Page 73 Educational Technology acceptable use

A Few New Procedures
P. 23 Property (Search Seizure)
  • Students have the right to privacy in their
    person and property. When school authorities have
    reasonable suspicion to believe that a student
    possesses an illegal item or an item determined
    to threaten safety and security, the school
    administration may search a student and his/her
    property. Items deemed to disrupt or interfere
    with the educational process may be temporarily
    removed from student possession.
  • Student lockers, desks, cubbies, etc. are the
    property of the school and may be searched at any
  • The school district shall not be responsible for
    lost or stolen personal property that is brought
    to school without permission of school officials.
  • Returning to school after leaving without
    permission may be considered reasonable suspicion
    to conduct a search.

P. 17 Prearranged Absences
  • Prearranged Absence A prearranged absence is a
    student's absence from school for one or more
    days to visit a college or university or for
    other educational activities approved by the
    principal. The absence should be prearranged by
    writing the principal, giving the full
    particulars of the absence. Approval for such
    absences should be sought, where practicable, at
    least two (2) weeks prior to the date on which
    the absence is to occur. Upon the development of
    a plan by student and teacher for making up the
    assignments to be missed, the principal may then
    define the absence as excused. Prearranged
    absences will not be approved during the DSTP,
    PSAT, AP exams, midterm exams, and final exams.

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