Student Code of Conduct

STUDENT CONDUCT (Zero Tolerance)

Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that exhibits respect and consideration for the rights of others. Students of the District must conform with school regulations and accept directions from authorized school personnel. The Board has “zero tolerance” of violent, harassing, intimidating, bullying or any other inappropriate behavior by its students.

A student who fails to comply with established school rules or with any reasonable request made by school personnel on school property and/or at school-related events is subject to approved student discipline regulations. Students are also subject to discipline, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct for misbehavior that occurs off school property when the misbehavior endangers the health and safety of students within the District or adversely affects the education process. The Superintendent/designee develops regulations which establish strategies ranging from prevention to intervention to address student misbehavior, and provides continuing instruction in dating violence prevention in health education courses in grades 7 through 12.

Code of Conduct (District Policy)

Presented on the following pages is the Discipline Code for Perkins Schools.  The administration encourages all students and parents/guardians to carefully read this code.

This Code is applicable to misconduct by a student that occurs on District property or off of property owned or controlled by the District but that is connected to activities or incidents that have occurred on property owned or controlled by the District, and misconduct by a student that, regardless of where it occurs, is directed at a District official or employee or the property of such official or employee, and all students when properly under the authority of school personnel during a school activity, function or event.  Additionally, this Code is applicable to students if the prohibited act(s) takes place while on properties immediately adjacent to school property, within the line of sight of school property, on school transportation, or if the act affects the operation of the schools.
 
Violation by a student of any one or more of the following rules of conduct may result in disciplinary action(s), which may include detention, parental contact, referral to legal authorities, in-school intervention, removal, suspension, expulsion, or permanent exclusion.  A student may be suspended during the outcome of expulsion proceedings.

Philosophy:  In creating an atmosphere for an effective learning environment and establishing the concept of a well-ordered school in which all individuals can work to the best of their ability, it is important to recognize that all segments of the school community (students, teachers, parents, non-certified staff and administration) have definite rights as well as definite responsibilities.   

Discipline Code Classification

Disruption of School
A student, by the use of violence, force, coercion, threat, harassment or insubordination, causes disruption or obstruction to the educational process.
Damage to Property
A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to school or private property on school premises or at a school activity.  A student may be responsible for monetary damages.
Unauthorized Use of School or Private Property
Students are expected to obtain permission to use any school property or any private property located on school premises.  Any unauthorized use may be subject to disciplinary action.
Degrading Acts
A student shall not engage in any act which does or tends to frighten, degrade, disgrace, or threaten any person within the school system.
Vulgar and Obscene Language, Materials or Gestures:
Students shall not use vulgar or obscene language or gestures toward any other student or toward any school person in such a manner that could be offensive or disruptive.  Nor shall students possess any obscene or pornographic materials.
Insolence Through Manner
A student shall not, through their actions, show, engage or behave in such a way which demonstrates disrespectful or defiant behavior to school personnel or school policy.
Willful Disobedience, Insubordination and Disrespect
A student shall follow reasonable directions and will comply with the reasonable requests of all school personnel.
Verbal and Other Forms of Non-Contact Aggression
Any speech, verbal or written, inciting of panic or non-contact action which provokes, threatens or appears to threaten to cause physical injury to a staff member, student, visitor, or other person associated with the school district will not be tolerated and is considered aggression against that person
Unacceptable Physical Contact
Students shall not engage in any activity which occurs when they choose to deal with conflict using aggressive and hostile physical contact such as pushing, shoving, grabbing, ripping, punching, hitting, kicking, or using physical restraint.
Extortion
Extortion is the use of threat, intimidation, force or deception to take or receive something from someone else.  Extortion is against the law.
Dangerous Weapons or Instruments
A student shall not possess, handle, transmit, or conceal any object, which might be considered a dangerous weapon or instrument.  Some examples are, but not limited to:  fireworks, explosives, guns, knives, lighters, or chemicals.
Snowballs
Because of possible physical harm from a misdirected snowball, students shall not throw snowballs on school property.Unauthorized use of fire to burn or attempt to burn any property whether public or private, within the grounds of the school system or while under the jurisdiction of school personnel.
Emergency Arms and Equipment
A student shall not initiate a report warning of an impending catastrophe or discharge or use emergency equipment without just cause.Theft and/or Possession of Stolen Items•A student shall not cause or attempt to take into possession or possess the public or private property of any other person on the school grounds or while under the authority of school personnel.
Leaving School Without Permission
A student upon arrival to school may not leave the school grounds without parental notification and administrative approval.
Tobacco
A student shall not possess or use tobacco on school grounds or at school sponsored activities.  Disciplinary procedures will comply with Section 2151.87 of the O.R.C.
Narcotics, Steroids, Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs, Inhalants, and Look-A-Likes
A student shall not possess, use, distribute, attempt to buy or sell, conceal, or give evidence of having consumed any alcoholic beverages, dangerous drugs, narcotic or mind-altering substance or look alike counterfeit controlled substance on school grounds or at school sponsored activities.  No student shall directly or indirectly falsely represent a counterfeit controlled substance as a controlled substance.  Drug paraphernalia shall not be worn, carried, or be brought to school or school events.

Hazing, Bullying, and Harassment

Hazing
It is the policy of the Perkins Local Board of Education and School District that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and shall be prohibited at all times.  Hazing is defined as doing an act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person.  Administrators, faculty members and all other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances or events, which might include hazing.  If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, involved students shall be informed by the discovering school employee of the prohibition contained in this policy and shall be required to end all hazing activities immediately.  All hazing incidents shall be reported immediately to the superintendent.
Bullying
Bullying, harassment, and intimidation is an intentional written, verbal or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once.  Types of bullying include physical, verbal, written, or graphic acts, including electronically transmitted acts.  The intentional act also includes violence within a dating relationship.  Prohibited activities of any type, including those activities engaged in via computer and/or electronic communications devices, are inconsistent with the educational process and are prohibited at all times.  No administrator, teacher or other employee of the District shall encourage, permit, condone or tolerate any hazing and/or bullying activities.  No students, including leaders of student organizations, are permitted to plan, encourage or engage in any hazing and/or bullying.  The behavior causes either mental or physical harm to the other student and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student.  This behavior is prohibited on school property or at a school-sponsored activity.  Administrators, faculty members, students and all other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, and may be liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with Ohio law.   

Permission, consent or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing, bullying and/or dating violence does not lessen the prohibition contained in this policy.
Sexual Harassment
Ohio and Federal laws prohibit unwanted sexual advances or unwanted visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  Such behavior should be reported immediately, will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action, and possible prosecution.  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.  It can take the form of unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; verbal harassment or abuse, such as insults, suggestive comments and demands; leering and subtle forms of pressure for sexual activity; physical aggression, such as touching, pinching and patting; lewd pictures, sexual jokes and attempted rape.   
Immoral Act
Commission of an immoral act may subject a student to discipline.

Cheating/Dishonesty   
Our goal is integrity.  Each student should perform the work assigned. Cheating is the dishonest or unauthorized use of another person’s work either by copying that person’s daily work or test answers.  The possession of “cheat sheets”, whether actually used or not, is interpreted as cheating.
Plagiarism 
Students will not copy materials or claim ownership of another person’s work. Aiding or abetting violation of school rules   

Any student who assists or encourages another student in the violation of any school rule may also be disciplined. Failure to accept discipline   

The school may use informal disciplinary measures such as, but not limited to, written assignments, time out, detentions (lunch), Extended School Day, etc. to prevent the student from being removed from school. 

“Forgetting” about the discipline or failing to make arrangements in advance, even when legitimate reasons keep a student from complying with the discipline, will be considered a failure to accept disciplinary measures and may result in further disciplinary action.
Public Display of Affection
Public displays of affection are prohibited.
Trespassing
Although schools are public facilities, the law does allow the school to restrict access on school property.
Cutting or Skipping Class
A student who is in attendance at school but who fails to attend one or more regularly assigned classes (cutting class) will be subject to disciplinary action.
Computer/Laptop Misuse
Students must abide by all regulations contained in the Perkins Local Schools’ Network Acceptable Use Policy.
Violation of Electronic Device Policy
Students must abide by all regulations contained in Furry’s Electronic Device and Cell Phone Policy.
Violation of Student Dress Code
Students must abide by all regulations contained in Furry’s Dress Code Policy.
Misc. Misconduct 
Any action judged by school officials to involve misconduct and not specifically mentioned in other sections may be dealt with as insubordination. 

The authority of school officials extends beyond the school day.  Any misconduct on or off school property, which directly relates to and adversely affects the welfare and morals of the school is within the scope of authority of school officials.