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									                                                 ELEMENTARY STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
                                                   CHANGES FOR 2004-2005 SCHOOL YEAR
Red denotes committee recommendations

         Code Offense             Rationale                  Current Language                                       Proposed Change


     INTRODUCTION       Language clarification         NOTE: Certain technology-          NOTE: Certain technology-based infractions may result in a
      For Students To                                  based infractions may result in    suspension of network and/or Internet access. Alternative
           Read                                        a suspension of network and/or     instructional materials will be provided.
                                                       Internet access. Alternative
                                                       instructional materials will be
                                                       provided.

     MINOR OFFENSES     Added note which provides      Tardiness                          Tardiness
      CLASS I RULES     information per Florida law    A student must be on time for      A student must be on time for school and class.
                        that suspension is not an      school and class.
             1.05       appropriate consequence for                                       NOTE: Pursuant to Florida law, suspension is not an appropriate
                        tardiness.                                                        disciplinary action for this violation for students who are of
                                                                                          compulsory attendance age.

                        Added note which provides      Unauthorized Absence from          Unauthorized Absence from Class or School
             1.10       information per Florida law    Class or School                    A student must be at school and in class each day, unless he/she is sick
                        that suspension is not an      A student must be at school and    or has permission.
                        appropriate consequence for    in class each day, unless he/she
                        this offense.                  is sick or has permission.         NOTE:      Pursuant to Florida law, suspension is not an appropriate
                                                                                                     disciplinary action for this violation for students who are of
                                                                                                     compulsory attendance age.
             1.11       Moved this offense to the      See 2.26                           Moved (See 2.26)
                        intermediate offense section
                        of the handbook.

                        Added offense that             New Addition                       Inappropriate Conduct or Disruption on School Bus
             1.13       specifically addresses
                        inappropriate behaviors on                                        Any misbehavior or disruption on the school bus including, but
                        the school bus.                                                   not limited to, the following: eating, drinking, or littering, failure
                                                                                          to sit in assigned seat, not getting on or off the bus correctly,
                                                                                          failure to keep aisle and steps clear, failure to use required safety
                                                                                          equipment (i.e., seatbelts), failure to show bus permit/student ID
                                                                                          badge if you have been asked for it.



4/5/04                                                                                                                              Elementary Code Changes
       Code Offense                 Rationale                    Current Language                                   Proposed Change

                          Added disciplinary action        New Addition                     Commission of a Class I offense on a bus will result in the use of
           Disciplinary   that specifically addresses                                       in-school conferences and parental contact when warranted.
             Action       inappropriate behaviors on                                        Specific circumstances may warrant disciplinary action outlined
                          the school bus and the                                            under subsequent offenses.
                          consequences for them.
                          Language clarification            School staff will call             School staff will may call parents/guardians or write a letter
           Disciplinary                                      parents/guardians or write a        about the problem.
             Action                                          letter about the problem.


                          Added disciplinary action        New Addition                        Subsequent bus code violations will result in the
           Disciplinary   that specifically addresses                                          suspension of bus privileges for three to five school days
             Action       inappropriate behaviors on                                           and/or the use of any formal disciplinary action as
                          the school bus and the                                               described on pages 21 - 24.
                          consequences for them.
               2.01       Added language to indicate       Failure to Follow Directions   Failure to Follow Directions Relating to Safety and Order in Class,
                          that students must follow        Relating to Safety and Order   School, School-Sponsored Activities or on the School Bus
                          directions in class, during      A student must do what he/she A student must do what he/she is told by those in authority.
                          school-sponsored activities,     is told by those in authority.
                          and on the school bus.                                          NOTE: Failure to wear school district issued ID badge is related to
                                                                                          this offense.

                                                                                            Suspension or revocation of school bus privileges applies to all
                                                                                            vehicles in the Duval County Public School Transportation
                                                                                            System. This does not apply to transportation authorized by
                                                                                            School Board Administration for field trips.
               2.05       Language clarification and       Fighting                         Fighting
                          note that defines self-defense   A student must not fight.        A student must not fight. (A fight involves at least 2 students)
                          and retaliation.
                                                                                            Note: Self defense is described as an action to block an attack by
                                                                                            another person or to prevent yourself from being hit by another
                                                                                            person. Hitting a person back is not self-defense and will be
                                                                                            considered as fighting.




04/19/04                                                                        2                                                        Elementary Code Changes
       Code Offense             Rationale                     Current Language                                     Proposed Change

           2.09       Added note that was               Threats of Extortion             Threats of Extortion
                      inadvertently left off last year. A student must not threaten      A student must not threaten someone to get that person to do
                                                        someone to get that person to    something.
                                                        do something.
                                                                                         NOTE: Completion of the threat, either by the victim complying
                                                                                         with the demands, or the carrying out of threats against the
                                                                                         victim, constitutes a Class III Offense (see 3.04).

           2.10       Added school bus trespassing      Trespassing                      Trespassing
                      offense for clarity.              A student must never be on       A student must never be on school property without permission. A
                                                        school property without          student who has been suspended or expelled from school or school
                      Added note that indicates that    permission.                      bus and returns to any School Board property without being
                      suspension or revocation of                                        authorized to do so is considered to be trespassing and is subject to
                      bus riding privileges applies                                      arrest.
                      to all DCPS transportation
                      with the exception of                                              NOTE: Suspension or revocation of school bus privileges applies to all
                      transportation for authorized                                      vehicles in the Duval County Public School Transportation System.
                      field trips                                                        This does not apply to transportation authorized by School
                                                                                         Administration for field trips.
           2.11       Deleted “igniting”                 Possession and/or Igniting of    Possession and/or Igniting of Fireworks, Firecrackers,
                      terminology from this offense.     Fireworks, Firecrackers,         Smoke Bombs or Other Similar Items
                      Igniting fireworks,                Smoke Bombs or Other             A student must not bring fireworks, firecrackers, or smoke bombs to
                      firecrackers, smoke bombs, or      Similar Items                    school or other similar items.
                      similar items is being added       A student must not bring
                      as a separate offense (see         fireworks, firecrackers, or
                      3.18).                             smoke bombs to school or
                                                         other similar items.
           2.13       Added simple assault and acts     Threats, Harassment,             Simple Assault, Threats, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, or
                      of hazing to this offense.        Intimidation, Bullying, or       Offensive Touching of Another Student or Acts of Hazing
                                                        Offensive Touching of            A student must not say or do something that hurts others or makes
                                                        Another Student                  them afraid.
                                                        A student must not say or do
                                                        something that hurts others or
                                                        makes them afraid.




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       Code Offense                 Rationale                    Current Language                            Proposed Change

           2.26           Replaced references to cell       Moved from 1:11         Possession or Use of Wireless Communication Devices
                          phones and pagers with wire                               A student may have wireless communication devices only with
                          communication devices.                                    permission of the principal.       A student must keep wireless
                          Moved this offense to the                                 communication devices out of sight during regular school hours. The
                          Intermediate Offense, Class                               device must always be turned off at school. (Any student who brings
                          II, category to address the use                           wireless communication devices to school shall do so at their own
                          of a cell phone without                                   risk. School personnel shall not be responsible for loss or theft of
                          permission during the school                              wireless communication devices.)
                          day.
                                                                                    NOTE: A device may be taken away and given back to parents if
                                                                                    the student does not follow the rules. If a student breaks the rules
                                                                                    about wireless communication devices, the student may be
                                                                                    disciplined under this Code.
           2.27           Added offense that                New Addition            Failure to Adhere to Safety Considerations on School Bus
                          specifically addresses
                          inappropriate behaviors on                                Failure to follow school bus safety rules including, but not limited
                          the school bus.                                           to, failure to remain seated, spitting out of the bus window, yelling
                                                                                    out of the bus, making any gesture to others outside of the bus that
                                                                                    may be considered bad.

           2.28           Added Cheating as a Code of       New Addition            Cheating And/Or Copying The Work of Other Students
                          Student Conduct offense to
                          address all aspects of cheating                           A student should not copy or use another student’s work or give
                          (camera phones, cell phones,                              or receive answers during a test.
                          etc.).

    Disciplinary Action   Added consequence for the         New Addition            Commission of a Class II offense on a bus will result in the
          Class II        commission of the first Class                             suspension of bus privileges for a minimum of five (5) school days.
                          II offense on a school bus.

    Disciplinary Action   Added consequence for the         New Addition            Subsequent bus code violations will result in the suspension of bus
          Class II        commission of subsequent                                  privileges for a minimum of fifteen (15) school days and/or the use
                          Class II offense on a school                              of any formal disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the
                          bus.                                                      School Administration as described on pages 21-24.




04/19/04                                                                      4                                                  Elementary Code Changes
       Code Offense             Rationale                     Current Language                                     Proposed Change

           3.03       Language Clarification            Simple Battery or Assault         Simple Battery or Assault Upon School District Employee or
                                                        Upon       School      District   Agent
                                                        Employee or Agent                 A student must not throw anything, touch in a harmful way, hit or hurt,
                                                        A student must not throw          or threaten by word a school employee or agent on purpose.
                                                        anything, touch in a harmful
                                                        way, hit or hurt, or school
                                                        employee or agent on purpose.

           3.18       Added Igniting of Fireworks,      New Addition                      Igniting Fireworks, Firecrackers, or Flammable Materials
                      Firecrackers, or Flammable
                      Materials as a separate
                      offense in order to separate
                      this act from the possession of
                      these items.
           3.19       Added offense that                New Addition                      Unjustified Activation of Bus Emergency Systems
                      specifically addresses                                              A student must not open bus emergency doors, windows, or other
                      inappropriate behaviors on                                          systems unless told to by the bus operator/attendant, or other School
                      the school bus.                                                     District employee or agent in an emergency or in the case of an
                                                                                          evacuation drill.

           3.20       Added offense that                New Addition                      Failure to Adhere to Safety Procedures on School Bus
                      specifically addresses                                              Failure to follow school bus safety rules which may or may not cause
                      inappropriate behaviors on                                          injury to persons or physical damage to property, including, but not
                      the school bus.                                                     limited to, placing head, arms, legs, or objects outside of the window
                                                                                          or door of the bus, throwing objects, substances, or material in or out
                                                                                          of the window or door of the bus, throwing objects at a bus, or any
                                                                                          other act considered bad.

           3.21       Added offense that                New Addition                      Fighting on School Bus
                      specifically addresses
                      inappropriate behaviors on
                      the school bus.
           3.22       This offense is being moved       Moved from 4.15                   Defamation on a School District Employee or Agent
                      from the Zero Tolerance                                             A student may not make up bad things about a School District
                      Offenses, Class IV, to the                                          employee or agent that might hurt that person’s job or reputation.
                      Major Offenses, Class III
                      category.



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       Code Offense                 Rationale                    Current Language                           Proposed Change

           3.23           The current Code of Conduct       New Addition            Stalking
                          Handbooks do not address                                  Engaging in a pattern of behavior or activity that involves willful,
                          stalking. However, stalking is                            malicious, and repeated following, harassing, or cyberstalking of
                          a serious offense that can                                another as defined under Florida Statute 784.048 (2).
                          jeopardize the safety of
                          students and school
                          personnel. As such, it is being
                          added to the Code of Conduct
                          Handbooks.
    Disciplinary Action   Added consequence for the         New Addition            Commission of a Class III offense on a bus will result in the
         Class III        commission of the first class                             suspension of bus privileges for a minimum of twenty (20) school
                          III offense on a school bus.                              days.


    Disciplinary Action   Added note to inform parents      New Addition            NOTE: When students are sent to an alternative school, parents or
         Class III        that they are responsible for                             guardians are responsible for transporting the student to that
                          transporting their child to the                           location. When the student returns to their regular school
                          alternative school and during                             assignment, the twenty (20) day school bus suspension will
                          the bus suspension period.                                commence to satisfy the school bus disciplinary requirements.



    Disciplinary Action   Added note to explain the         New Addition            Commission of a subsequent offense on the school bus will result
         Class III        consequences of the                                       in the suspension of bus privileges for a minimum of forty (40)
                          commission of subsequent                                  school days. If a student repeatedly displays inappropriate
                          and repeated Class III                                    behavior on a bus, the student will be referred to the General
                          offenses on the school bus.                               Director of Transportation for possible revocation of bus
                                                                                    privileges.


    Disciplinary Action   Added note which                  New Addition            It is recommended that students who commit a first-time Class
                          recommends that students                                  3.00 Alcohol and/or 3.01 Drugs Offense, be referred to the Night-
                          who abuse substances are                                  time Substance Use Prevention Counseling Education Program.
                          referred to the Night-time                                Students charged with a Class 3.00 Alcohol and/or 3.01 Drugs
                          Substance Use Prevention                                  offense may enroll and participate in the Night-time Substance
                          Counseling Education                                      Use Prevention Counseling Education Program during any
                          Program.                                                  suspension period.



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       Code Offense                Rationale                     Current Language                                      Proposed Change

              ZERO      Added note that informs           New Addition                      Note: The highlighted (**) offenses are defined under Florida
           TOLERANCE    parents and students of the                                         Statute 1006.13 and carry the recommendation of expulsion for a
            OFFENSES    definition and consequences                                         period not to exceed the remainder of the school year and one
             CLASS IV   of these offenses under                                             additional year of attendance.
                        Florida Statute 1006.13.
                        Highlighted these offenses                                          **4.03, 4.04, 4.08, 4.09, 4.12, 4.13, 4.14, 4.16, 4.18, 4.19
         ZERO           with an asterisk in order to
      TOLERANCE         make students and parents                                           Note: The highlighted (**) offenses are defined under Florida
     CLASS IV RULES     aware of these serious                                              Statute 1006.13 and carry the recommendation of expulsion for a
                        offenses and their                                                  period not to exceed the remainder of the school year and one
                        consequence under Florida                                           additional year of attendance.
                        Statute 1006.13.
              4.03      Added note that was               **Aggravated Battery Upon a       **Aggravated Battery Upon a School District employee or Agent
                        inadvertently left off last year. School District employee or       A student must not seriously hurt a school employee on purpose.
                                                          Agent
                                                           A student must not seriously     NOTE: Violence against any School Board personnel by a student
                                                           hurt a school employee on        is grounds for in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension,
                                                           purpose.                         expulsion, or imposition of other disciplinary action by the school
                                                                                            and may also result in criminal penalties being imposed.


                                                            Use of a Deadly Weapon          **Use of a Deadly Weapon
              4.09      Added note that was                 A student must not use any        A student must not use any weapon or object that could harm or kill
                        inadvertently left off last year.     weapon or object that could     someone.
                                                              harm or kill someone.
                                                                                            NOTE: The possession of a firearm, knife, other type of weapon,
                                                                                            or any item that can be used as a weapon by any student while the
                                                                                            student is on school property or in attendance at a school
                                                                                            function, is grounds for disciplinary action and may also result in
                                                                                            criminal prosecution.

              4.10      This offense was approved by        Use of Prohibited Objects      Use of Prohibited Objects or Substance
                        the School Board last year.         A student must not use any A student must not use any object or substance that could hurt
                        However, the words “or              object or substance that could someone.
                        substance” were not included        hurt someone.
                        in the Elementary Code of
                        Conduct.




04/19/04                                                                        7                                                           Elementary Code Changes
       Code Offense                 Rationale                    Current Language                                   Proposed Change

           4.15           Moved to 3.22                     Defamation on a School Moved to 3.22
                                                            District Employee or Agent
                                                            A student may not make up bad
                                                            things about a School District
                                                            employee or agent that might
                                                            hurt that person’s job or
                                                            reputation.

           4.16           The current Code of Conduct       Reserved for future use       **Aggravated Stalking – Engaging in a pattern of behavior or
                          Handbooks do not address                                        activity that involves willful, malicious, and repeated following,
                          stalking. However, stalking is                                  harassing, or cyberstalking of another and makes a credible threat with
                          a serious offense that can                                      the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily
                          jeopardize the safety of                                        injury of the person, or the person’s child, sibling, spouse, parent, or
                          students and school                                             dependent, as defined in Florida Statute 784.48(3).
                          personnel. As such, it is being
                          added to the Code of Conduct
                          Handbooks.
    Disciplinary Action   Language Clarification                The principal will            The principal will may recommend placement in a program at
         Class IV                                                recommend placement in         another school, or expulsion.
                                                                 a program at another
                                                                 school, or expulsion.

    Disciplinary Action   Added consequence for the         New Addition                  Commission of a Class IV Offense on a school bus will result in
         Class IV         commission of a Class IV                                        revocation of bus privileges for one calendar year.
                          offense on a school bus.


    School Bus Conduct    Added statement to address    New Addition                      Misconduct by any student while riding a school bus represents a
                          the importance of appropriate                                   serious threat to the safety of all occupants of the bus as well as
     BUS RIDING IS A      behavior while riding the                                       other motorists, pedestrians, and members of the community.
       PRIVILEGE,         school bus.                                                     Parents are urged to discuss with their children appropriate
     WHICH MAY BE                                                                         school bus conduct in order to ensure bus safety. All students who
       REVOKED.                                                                           misbehave while riding the school bus will be disciplined
                                                                                          according to the Code of Student Conduct.




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       Code Offense                 Rationale                     Current Language                                        Proposed Change

    School Bus Conduct    Language clarification to         Responsibilities of Transported    Responsibilities of Transported Students
                          strengthen the disciplinary       Students                           Students who commit Class I, II, III, or IV offenses while being
                          action for inappropriate          Students who commit Class I,       transported on a school bus, or any other contracted mode of
                          behavior on a school bus          II, III, or IV offenses while      transportation shall will be disciplined according to the Code of
                                                            being transported on a school      Student Conduct.
                                                            bus, or any other contracted
                                                            mode of transportation shall be
                                                            disciplined according to the
                                                            Code of Student Conduct.


    School Bus Conduct    Explains the consequences for     New Addition                       A student who boards or attempts to board a school bus other
                          unauthorized boarding and                                            than the one to which the student is assigned or who boards or
                          exiting of school buses.                                             departs a school bus at a location other than assigned pick-up or
                                                                                               drop-off bus stop is considered to be in violation of the Code of
                                                                                               Student Conduct and subject to formal disciplinary action.

    Disciplinary Action   Added “or revocation”
        School Bus                                             Bus suspension                        Bus suspension or revocation

    Disciplinary Action   Language Clarification for        If a student gets into trouble     If a student gets into trouble over and over, he/she may not be able to
        School Bus        repeated bus offenses and         over and over, he/she may not      ride the bus for a longer period of time and may be referred to the
                          reassigns bus riding exclusion    be able to ride the bus for a      General Director of Transportation for possible revocation of bus
                          responsibilities to the General   longer period of time.             privileges.
                          Director of Transportation
                          Clarification of principal’s      It is understood that when a       It is understood that when a violation of the Code occurs the student’s
      CLASSIFICATIONS     responsibilities.                 violation of the Code occurs the   explanation shall be heard by the principal/designee before determining
      OF VIOLATIONS                                         student’s explanation shall be     the classification of the violation. The principal or designee will review
                                                            heard by the principal/designee    each case individually before assigning consequences. State Board of
                                                            before determining the             Education Administrative Rules 6A.3.0171 (2a) describes
                                                            classification of the violation.   responsibilities of the school principal or other designated staff.

    CLASSIFICATIONS OF    Added language that was           New Addition                       Classroom teachers will address general classroom disruptions by
           VIOLATIONS     inadvertently left off last year.                                    taking appropriate in-class disciplinary actions. These include, but are
                                                                                               not limited to, personal calls to parents, parent/teacher conferences,
                                                                                               referral to a guidance counselor, etc. If such measures do not desist
                                                                                               the disruption, a disciplinary referral is appropriate. (Failure to bring
                                                                                               notebook, pencil, books, required materials and equipment to class, or
                                                                                               failure to work in class, are not cause for disciplinary referrals.)


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       Code Offense               Rationale                   Current Language                                    Proposed Change

    CLASSIFICATIONS OF   Language clarification for      NOTE I: More serious             NOTE I: More serious consequences than usual may be assigned
           VIOLATIONS    acts of hate and bias and       consequences than usual may      for violations of the Code of Student Conduct when the offender
                         notification that               be assigned for violations of    appears to be motivated by acts of hate or violence toward the
                         inappropriate conduct outside   the Code of Student Conduct      victim. More serious consequences than are usually imposed for a
                         of the school setting may       when the offender appears to     particular offense may be assigned for violations of the Code of
                         result in a violation of the    be motivated by acts of hate     Student Conduct when the offender appears to be motivated by
                         Code of Student Conduct         or violence toward the victim.   hate or bias toward the victim and may act violently. Conduct
                                                                                          outside of school, including threats, intimidation, harassment, or
                                                                                          discrimination, which has a detrimental effect on the health, safety
                                                                                          and welfare of the school, and which causes a substantial
                                                                                          disruption of, or interferes with, the educational process at school
                                                                                          may also constitute a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

    CLASSIFICATIONS OF   Added note which explains       New Addition                     NOTE II: Repeated violations of the Code of Student Conduct in
           VIOLATIONS    the consequences for repeated                                    school and/or on the school bus will be considered willful
                         violations of the Code of                                        disobedience and/or open defiance of authority resulting in
                         Student Conduct.                                                 possible suspension or expulsion from school and/or the school bus
                                                                                          for the remainder of the school year or a specific period of time.

    CLASSIFICATIONS OF   Language clarification                                           NOTE V: Be advised that students will be held responsible
    VIOLATIONS                                                                            for prohibited items in their personal control, such
                                                                                          as(Examples of these include, but are not limited to, items
                                                                                          located in parent’s vehicle, book bags, and clothing or items
                                                                                          belonging to someone else).


    CLASSIFICATIONS OF   Language clarification                                           NOTE VI: Certain technology-based infractions may result
    VIOLATIONS                                                                            in a suspension of network and/or Internet access.
                                                                                          Alternative instructional materials will be provided.




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       Code Offense               Rationale                   Current Language                                    Proposed Change

      CLASSIFICATIONS   Added note which informs      New Addition                        NOTE VII: Bus riding is a privilege, which may be revoked.
      OF VIOLATIONS     parents and students about                                        Misconduct by any student while riding a school bus represents a
                        the importance of appropriate                                     serious threat to the safety of all occupants of the bus as well as
                        behavior on the school bus.                                       other motorists, pedestrians, and members of the community.
                                                                                          Parents are urged to discuss with their children appropriate
                                                                                          school bus conduct in order to ensure bus safety. All students who
                                                                                          misbehave while riding the school bus will be disciplined
                                                                                          according to the Code of Student Conduct.
      CLASSIFICATIONS   Added note that informs          New Addition                     NOTE VIII: A student may be required to obtain counseling
      OF VIOLATIONS     parents that counseling may                                       and/or attend a recognized treatment program at parental expense
                        be required, at their expense,                                    and show proof of completion of such counseling or program.
                        to address offenses related to                                    Such offenses may include, but are not limited to, substance abuse,
                        acts of hate, substance abuse,                                    stalking, threats, intimidation, harassment, or acts motivated by
                        threats, stalking, etc.                                           hate or bias.
      CLASSIFICATIONS   Added note that informs          New Addition                     NOTE IX: A senior student who commits a Class III or IV
      OF VIOLATIONS     parents and high school                                           violation, described in the Code of Student Conduct, shall forfeit
                        seniors about the                                                 the right to participate in graduation exercises and other senior-
                        consequences of Code of                                           related activities until the student has successfully completed the
                        Student Conduct violations                                        suspension or assignment to an alternative program and is re-
                        committed by senior students                                      enrolled at a regularly assigned school. School Board Policies and
                        as stated in the district’s                                       procedures regarding assignment to alternative centers shall apply
                        policy manual.                                                    to students who commit a Class III or Class IV violation.

         FORMAL         Language clarification to               Alternative Schools        Alternative Schools and Programs – Schools and programs
      DISCIPLINARY      inform parents that              and Programs – Schools and          developed by the School Board for placement of students who
        ACTIONS         attendance at alternative        programs developed by the           have violated the Code of Student Conduct may be offered these
           AND          school is voluntary.             School Board for placement of       voluntary programs, in special circumstances in lieu of other
      PROCEDURES                                         students who have violated the      disciplinary actions. Such schools and programs include, but are
                                                         Code of Student Conduct may         not limited to, the Alternative Education Centers, the Substance
                                                         be offered, in special              Prevention Program (nighttime program) and the Students
                                                         circumstances in lieu of Such       Option for Success Program (nighttime program).
                                                         schools and programs include,
                                                         but are not limited to, the
                                                         Alternative Education Centers,
                                                         the Substance Prevention
                                                         Program (nighttime program)
                                                         and the Students Option for
                                                         Success Program (nighttime
                                                         program).
                                                         
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       Code Offense             Rationale                  Current Language                                    Proposed Change

         FORMAL       Added note that informs        New Addition                        Commission of Class III or Class IV Violations by Seniors –
      DISCIPLINARY    parents and high school                                             A senior student who commits a Class III or IV violation,
        ACTIONS       seniors about the                                                   described in the Code of Student Conduct, shall forfeit the
           AND        consequences of Code of                                             right to participate in graduation exercises and other senior-
      PROCEDURES      Student Conduct violations                                          related activities until the student has successfully completed
                      committed by senior students                                        the suspension or assignment to an alternative program and
                      as stated in the District’s                                         is re-enrolled at a regularly assigned school. School Board
                      policy manual.                                                      Policies and procedures regarding assignment to alternative
                                                                                          centers shall apply to students who commit a Class III or
                                                                                          Class IV violation.

         FORMAL       Language clarification          Network/Internet                  Network/Internet Suspension – Certain technology-based
      DISCIPLINARY                                   Suspension-Certain                   infractions may result in a suspension of network and/or Internet
        ACTIONS                                      technology-based infractions         access. Alternative instructional materials will be provided.
           AND                                       may result in a suspension of
      PROCEDURES                                     network and/or Internet access.
                                                     Alternative instructional
                                                     materials will be provided.

         FORMAL       Added revocation of bus               School Bus                  School Bus Suspension or Revocation – Denial of the privilege
      DISCIPLINARY    privileges as a disciplinary   Suspension – Denial of the           of riding a school bus based on misconduct occurring while the
        ACTIONS       action for misconduct on a     privilege of riding a school bus     student is being transported at public expense.
           AND        school bus.                    based on misconduct occurring
      PROCEDURES                                     while the student is being
                                                     transported at public expense.
         FORMAL       Added the description of the   New Addition                        Student Option for Success (SOS) Program – An evening
      DISCIPLINARY    Student Option for Success                                          counseling program developed to assist middle and high school
        ACTIONS       (SOS) Program under Formal                                          students who are experiencing disciplinary problems in the
           AND        Disciplinary Actions and                                            regular school settings. Parental participation is required.
      PROCEDURES      Procedures.

         FORMAL       Added the description of the   New Addition                        Night-time Substance Use Prevention Counseling Education
      DISCIPLINARY    Night-time Substance Use                                            Program – The Night-time Substance Use Prevention
        ACTIONS       Prevention Counseling                                               Counseling Education Program is an alternative program
           AND        Education Program under                                             available to students who have committed a 3.00 (Alcohol) or
      PROCEDURES      Formal Disciplinary Actions                                         3.01 (Drugs) violation against the Code of Student Conduct.
                      and Procedures.                                                     Parental participation is required




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       Code Offense             Rationale                    Current Language                               Proposed Change

    PROCEDURES FOR    Added information to inform       New Addition            Procedures for Appealing Parents and guardians wishing to appeal
    ADMINISTRATIONS   parents of their right to a                               the recommendation of placement of their child at an alternative
           OF         hearing if they do not agree                              school are entitled to an administrative review of any action by school
         FORMAL       with the school                                           personnel relating to such placement pursuant to the provisions of
      DISCIPLINARY
                      administrator’s                                           Chapter 120.
         ACTION
                      recommendation that their
                      child attend an alternative                               NOTE: When the student returns to their regular school
                      school.                                                   assignment, the school bus suspension will take effect to
                                                                                accomplish the school bus disciplinary requirements
    PROCEDURES FOR    Replaced references to cell       Moved from 1.11         NOTE: Rules 2.14, 2.26, 3.13, and 4.13
    ADMINISTRATIONS   phones and pagers with wire                               Rule 2.26 – Possession or Use of an Electronic Telephone Pager, Cellular
           OF         communication devices.                                    Telephone, or Other Similar Communication Device in Violation of the
         FORMAL       Moved this offense to the                                 Following Conditions
      DISCIPLINARY                                                                Students may possess a wireless communication device only when
                      Intermediate Offense, Class
         ACTION                                                                       specifically authorized by the school principal in the case of medical
                      II, category to address the use                                 emergency or other hardship.
                      of a cell phone without                                     Wireless communication devices may be brought to school, but must be
                      permission during the school                                    stored in a locker, automobile, or school-designated area where it is out
                      day.                                                            of sight during regular school hours. The device must be kept in an
                                                                                      “off” mode while on the school property during regular school hours.
                                                                                      (Any student who chooses to bring a wireless communication device
                                                                                      to school shall do so at his or her own risk. School personnel shall
                                                                                      not be responsible for loss or theft of the wireless communication
                                                                                      devices).
                                                                                NOTE: Violation of the conditions in this paragraph will result in
                                                                                 confiscation of the device by school officials, and may result in other
                                                                                 disciplinary actions set forth in the Code of Student Conduct under Class II
                                                                                 Offenses. The confiscated device will be returned to the student’s
                                                                                 parent/guardian only. Use of a cell phone without permission during the
                                                                                 school day will be considered a 2.01 offense.




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       Code Offense              Rationale                      Current Language                                            Proposed Change

    PROCEDURES FOR     EEO Officer submitted             Rule 2.14 – Sexual Harassment –         Rule 2.14 – Sexual Harassment – Isolated cases of unwelcome
    ADMINISTRATIONS    updated language for this         Isolated cases of unwelcome                      sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other
           OF          offense.                          sexual advances, requests for                    inappropriate verbal, written, electronic, or physical contact of
         FORMAL                                          sexual favors and other                          a sexual nature when submitting to or rejecting the conduct
      DISCIPLINARY                                       inappropriate verbal, written,
                                                                                                          affect or unreasonably interferes with the learning
         ACTION                                          electronic, or physical contact of a
                                                         sexual nature when such conduct                  environment or creates an intimidating, hostile, or
                                                         has the purpose or effect of                     offensive, educational environment. such conduct has the
                                                         creating an intimidating, hostile, or            purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or
                                                         offensive educational environment.               offensive educational environment. It includes, but is not
                                                         It includes, but is not limited to,              limited to, verbal/physical advances, touching, pinching,
                                                         verbal harassment or abuse based                 patting, sexually-oriented kidding, teasing, using language
                                                         upon gender, pressure for sexual                 that has a double meaning and is sexually suggestive and
                                                         activity, remarks to a person with               sexually oriented jokes. harassment or abuse based upon
                                                         sexual implications, unwelcome or                gender, pressure for sexual activity, remarks to a person with
                                                         offensive touching, or suggesting
                                                                                                          sexual implications, unwelcome or offensive touching, or
                                                         or demanding sexual involvement
                                                         accompanied by implied or explicit               suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by
                                                         threats.                                         implied or explicit threats.
     PROCEDURES FOR    Added statutory language for      Rule 4.08 – Possession of a             **Possession of a Firearm – Possession, discharge, use, or sale of
     ADMINISTRATIONS   clarification of the definition   Firearm – Discharge, possession,        any firearm or destructive device on school property, school-sponsored
            OF                                           use, or sale of any firearm
          FORMAL       of a firearm.                                                             transportation, or during a school-sponsored activity. A firearm is any
                                                          NOTE: Any student who is               weapon (including a starter gun) which will, is designed to, or may
       DISCIPLINARY
                                                          determined to have brought a
          ACTION                                                                                 readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;
                                                          firearm, as defined in 18 U.S.C.
                                                          921, to school, any school
                                                                                                 the frame or receiver of such a weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm
                                                          function, or on any school-            silencer, any destructive device, or any machine gun. A “destructive
                                                          sponsored transportation will          device” means any bomb, grenade, mine, rocket, missile, pipebomb,
                                                          be expelled, with or without           bullet, or similar device containing an explosive, incendiary, or poison
                                                          educational services, from the         gas and includes any frangible (breakable) container filled with an
                                                          student’s regular school for a         explosive, incendiary, explosive gas, or expanding gas, which is
                                                          period of not less than one (1)        designed or so constructed as to explode by such filler and is capable
                                                          full year. (The expulsion              of causing bodily harm or property damage.
                                                          requirement is subject to
                                                          modification, on a case-by-case
                                                          basis, as allowed by law.) A
                                                          student who is determined to
                                                          have brought a firearm will be
                                                          referred for criminal
                                                          prosecution.




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       Code Offense             Rationale                   Current Language                                      Proposed Change

    PROCEDURES FOR    Added information that           New Addition                    Placement Of Students At Alternative Schools - Florida Statute,
    ADMINISTRATIONS   describes statutory                                              Section 1003.53 (5) states that “the school principal or his or her
           OF         procedures when students are                                     designee shall, prior to placement in a dropout prevention and
         FORMAL       referred to alternative                                          academic intervention program or the provision of an academic
      DISCIPLINARY
                      schools.                                                         service, provide written notice of placement or services by certified
         ACTION
                                                                                       mail, return receipt requested, to the student's parent. The parent of the
                                                                                       student shall sign an acknowledgment of the notice of placement or
                                                                                       service and return the signed acknowledgment to the principal within 3
                                                                                       days after receipt of the notice. The parents of a student assigned to
                                                                                       such a dropout prevention and academic intervention program
                                                                                       shall be notified in writing and entitled to an administrative
                                                                                       review of any action by school personnel relating to such
                                                                                       placement pursuant to the provisions of chapter 120”.

                                                                                       When the student returns to their regular school assignment, the
                                                                                       school bus suspension will take effect to accomplish the school
                                                                                       bus disciplinary requirements.

    PROCEDURES FOR    Added expulsion information      New Addition                    Expulsion
    ADMINISTRATIONS   to this section.
           OF                                                                          Removal of the right and obligation of a student to attend a public
         FORMAL                                                                        school under conditions set by the School Board for a period of time
      DISCIPLINARY
                                                                                       not to exceed the remainder of the school year and one (1) additional
         ACTION
                                                                                       year of attendance
    PROCEDURES FOR    Added bus revocation             New Addition                    Bus Revocation - Bus riding is a privilege, which may be revoked.
    ADMINISTRATIONS   information to this section.                                     If a student repeatedly displays inappropriate behavior on a bus, the
           OF                                                                          student may be referred to the General Director of Transportation for
         FORMAL                                                                        possible revocation of bus privileges. Commission of a Class IV
      DISCIPLINARY
                                                                                       Offense, on a school bus will result in revocation of bus privileges,
         ACTION
                                                                                       including transportation to the alternative school.

    GENERAL CODE      Deleted sentence in order to     However,     the     modified   All students must adhere to these minimal guidelines for
    OF APPEARANCE     allow individual schools to      guidelines may not be grounds   acceptable apparel and appearance. Any school may enhance
                      enforce modifications to their   for any formal disciplinary     these guidelines through the shared decision-making process,
                      Code of Appearance.              action.                         with input from the School Advisory Council. The modified
                                                                                       guidelines shall become a part of the individual school’s code of
                                                                                       appearance. However, the modified guidelines may not be
                                                                                       grounds for any formal disciplinary action.

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       Code Offense                Rationale                       Current Language                                           Proposed Change

                        Changed name to reflect             Affirmative Action/EEO                    Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Office
          NON-          current title.                      Supervisor
     DISCRIMINATION

           POLICY

                         Added language to indicate that    New Addition                              Note:   Failure to return this acknowledgement form will not
    Code of Student      a parent’s failure to return the                                                     relieve a student or the parent/guardian of the student
        Conduct,         acknowledgement form does not                                                        from responsibility for knowledge or non-compliance of
     Bus Behavior        alleviate them or their child                                                        the contents of the Code of Student Conduct, Bus
                         from knowledge or compliance
       Agreement,                                                                                             Behavior Agreement, and Internet Use Policy.
                         with the Code of Student
    and Internet Use     Conduct, Bus Behavior
      Policy Forms       Agreement, and Internet Use
                         Policy.
                        Language clarification              * Please check one:                 * Please check one:
     ELEMENTARY                                             _____ I/We give permission _____ I/We give permission for my child to use the Internet. for
       STUDENT                                               for my child to use the Internet           independent research with teacher supervision.
    COMPUTER AND                                             for independent research with
     INTERNET USE                                            teacher supervision.               _____ I/We do not give permission for my child to use the Internet.
      AND SAFETY                                                                                        (NOTE:      Some instructional software programs require
        PARENT                                              _____ I/We do not give                      Internet access to function properly. Alternative instructional
      PERMISSION                                             permission for my child to use             materials can be provided to a student not granted
         FORM                                                the Internet                               parent/guardian permission to use the Internet.)
                                                            (NOTE: Some instructional software
                                                            programs require Internet access to Digital Communication Consent
                                                            function properly. Alternative
                                                            instructional materials can be provided
                                                            to a student not granted
                                                            parent/guardian permission to use the
                                                            Internet.)

    Parent and Student Added parent and student             New Addition                              SEE ATTACHED
    School Bus Behavior bus behavior agreement to
        Agreement       the Code of Student Conduct
                        Handbook.




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