Policy - 4600 Student Discipline

The School Board acknowledges that conduct is closely related to learning and that an effective instructional program requires an orderly school environment, which is, in part, reflected in the behavior of students.

The Board believes that the best discipline is self-imposed and students should learn to assume responsibility for their own behavior and the consequences of their actions.

The Board shall require each student of this Corporation to adhere to the Code of Conduct promulgated by the administration and to submit to such disciplinary measures as are appropriately assigned for infraction of those rules. Such rules shall require that students:

A.      conform to reasonable standards of socially acceptable behavior;

B.      respect the person and property of others;

C.      preserve the degree of order necessary to the educational program in which they are engaged;

D.      respect the rights of others;

E.      obey constituted authority and respond to those who hold that authority.

Data regarding suspension(s) and expulsion(s) shall be entered on a student's permanent record.

The Superintendent shall designate building principals to establish and publish in students' handbooks guidelines for student conduct which carry out the purposes of this policy and:

A.      are not arbitrary but bear a reasonable relationship to the need to maintain a school environment conducive to learning;

B.      do not discriminate among students;

C.      do not demean students;

D.      do not violate any individual rights constitutionally guaranteed to students.

The Superintendent shall designate sanctions for the infractions of rules which shall:

A.      relate in kind and degree to the infraction;

B.      help the student learn to take responsibility for his/her actions;

C.      be directed, where possible, to ameliorate any harm which may have been caused by the student's misconduct.

The Superintendent shall publish to all students and their parents the rules of this Corporation regarding student conduct, the sanctions which may be imposed for breach of those rules, and the due-process procedures that will be followed in administering the Code of Conduct.

A student who has been disorderly on a school vehicle may be excluded from transportation services in accordance with Board policies on transportation.

The principal shall have the authority to assign discipline to students, subject to Corporation administrative guidelines and the student's due process right to notice, hearing, and appeal.

Teachers and other employees of this Board having authority over students shall have the authority to take such means as may be necessary to control the disorderly conduct of students in all situations and in all places where such students are within the jurisdiction of this Board.

No student is to be detained after the close of the regular school day unless the student's parent has been contacted and informed that the student will be detained.

I.C. 20-33-8-1 et seq.

Reviewed 3/02/16

Reviewd 4/15/15
Revised 6/28/04