Disclaimer: This handbook is not intended to create a contractual relationship with the student; rather, it is intended to describe the school, its current practices, procedures, rules, and regulations (or code of conduct). Membership or participation in a school-sanctioned activity is a privilege and not a property right.
It is the philosophy of the school district to have rules and regulations that allow each student the opportunity to work and study in an environment conducive to learning. Students are expected to be courteous, diligent, honest, respectful, and to abide by the rules and regulations of the school district.
Due Process Regulations
When notified of a discipline infraction, a student will be given the opportunity to state his/her version of the incident. The teacher and the administration will determine the consequences for the behavior. Parents may discuss with the Principal or Associate Principal the disciplinary action taken concerning their child.
All students shall conduct themselves in an orderly and appropriate manner while at school and while participating in or attending school related events. Disruptive behavior or any violation of the rules of student conduct at a school sponsored activity shall subject a student to the same punishment as if the misconduct occurred at school during the school days which may include denial of the privilege to attend school sponsored activities. Disruptive behavior or violation of the rules of student conduct while riding a school bus shall subject a student to the same punishment as if the misconduct occurred at school which may include denial of the right to ride the school bus for an appropriate period of time.
Violation of the rules prescribed for participants in individual extracurricular activities and athletics may result in denial of the privilege to participate in such activities.
Types of Disciplinary Action
Discipline in the school is not intended to merely serve as punishment. Rather, it is more importantly intended to be a means of maintaining order and a healthy learning environment in the school. Whenever possible, disciplinary actions are designed to provide a constructive learning experience, emphasizing the importance of each student’s responsibility to respect and preserve the rights and welfare of others.
Classroom Management Plans
Each teacher has a Classroom Management Plan which has been approved by the building principal which outlines the types of disciplinary actions that teacher applies to inappropriate behavior in the classroom. If a student’s behavior is so disruptive as to require removal from the classroom, the teacher may make an immediate office referral. The following disciplinary actions may be used by teachers in a Classroom Management Plan:
A student will be referred to the office when the behavior is persistent, disruptive or of a serious nature requiring the involvement of the Associate Principal and/or Principal.
Students temporarily removed by a teacher from the classroom due to disruptive behavior pursuant to the discipline policies in this handbook shall be given a conference with the Associate Principal and/or Principal. The student shall be informed orally of the reason for the temporary removal and shall be given the opportunity to reply to the reason at that time. In the event the student is kept out of the classroom for any period in excess of the remainder of the school day, the district shall follow those procedures otherwise in effect for out-of-school suspensions.
Disciplinary Action Plan
The following framework for the application of disciplinary actions in the school is to provide students and parents with an understanding of the response that can be expected to a certain type of misbehavior. Discretion is left to the professional educators in deciding what disciplinary action should be taken for student misconduct. Several factors help determine the disciplinary consequences for one’s actions. This may include the student’s past history of behavior, the seriousness of the offense, the effect of the student’s behavior on others, and what might be best for the particular student to learn to develop responsibility for his/her actions. The levels of misconduct are not an absolute rule, but serve as a general guideline for the decisions about discipline, which must be decided on a case-by-case basis by the teachers and administrators.
Acts of Misconduct
Level I acts are those minor misbehaviors which interfere with the orderly operation of the school and the learning process. Level I includes:
A staff member who witnesses a Level I act of misconduct or who is supervising a student at the time of such an act will respond to the act by the application of disciplinary action. In the classroom, the Classroom Management Plan will be applied. Repeated instances of a Level I act may require more serious disciplinary action to be taken. One or more of the following actions may be applied in response to a Level I act of misconduct.
Acts of Misconduct
Level II acts are those that disturb the learning environment of the school and disrupt others engaged in proper behaviors. Also included are repetitions of Level I misconduct and certain illegal acts which are not of a nature to cause harm to others. Level II includes;
A student who has committed a Level II act of misconduct will be referred to the administration for disciplinary action. The administrator will meet with the student and anyone else deemed necessary by the administrator to determine what is an appropriate response to the misconduct. A record is maintained throughout the school year of the misconduct and the disciplinary action. One or more of the following actions may be applied in response to a Level II act of misconduct:
Acts of Misconduct
Level III includes acts directed against persons or property that do not seriously endanger the health or safety of others. Also included are more serious acts undermining the school process and repetitions of Level II misconduct. Level III includes:
A student who has committed a Level III act of misconduct will be referred to the administration for disciplinary action. The administrator will meet with the student and conduct any further investigation deemed necessary by the administrator to determine what is an appropriate response to the misconduct. A record is maintained throughout the school year of the misconduct and the disciplinary action. One or more of the following actions may be applied in response to a Level III act of misconduct:
Acts of Misconduct
Level IV includes acts that are dangerous to the safety of the student or others, or damage to property as well as certain criminal acts. These acts are very disruptive of the school environment and will most often result in a removal from the school for a period of time. Also included are repetitions of Level III misconduct. Level IV includes:
A student who has committed a Level IV act of misconduct will be referred to the administration for disciplinary action. The administrator will conduct any
investigation deemed necessary by the administrator. Parents will be notified and law enforcement authorities will be notified of any suspected criminal acts. Accurate records of the investigation are kept for the remainder of the school year. The matter may be referred to the Board of Education for action as deemed necessary by the Superintendent. One or more of the following actions may be applied in response to a Level IV act of misconduct:
Detention is one of the disciplinary options in the district for student misbehavior. There are two types of detention given in the high school:
A minimum of 24 hours notice will be given to the student before the detention must be served. Transportation from home to school for morning detentions, and to and from Saturday detention is the responsibility of the student and parents.
Unexcused absence from morning detention will result in Sat. detention. Unexcused absence from Sat. detention will result in suspension from school. In appropriate cases, Sat. detention may involve work by the student related to the infraction. Excuses must be approved by the Associate Principal or Principal. Parents may call the Student Services Office to request a change in a detention date. Students may not be excused from detention because of employment schedules.
Alternative Education Room
An assignment to the Alternative Education Room (A.E.R.) results in a student spending one or more complete school days in a room separate from the regular classroom. Students in A.E.R. are responsible for securing all assignments at the beginning of the school day for all classes in which the student is enrolled. Credit will be given for assignments due and completed on the day in A.E.R. as deemed appropriate by the teacher. Assignments not completed on time on A.E.R. days will result in a “0” for that assignment and the student may be required to continue reporting to A.E.R. until all assignments are completed satisfactorily. Misbehavior in A.E.R. may result in an out-of-school suspension. At the completion of such an out-of-school suspension, the student will be required to satisfactorily complete the assigned period of A.E.R.
A suspension is defined as any denial of regular school attendance for a period of up to 10 school days. Students will be suspended from all school activities. He/she must not be on school property at any time during the days of suspension unless approval is given by the Principal or Associate Principal. The Superintendent, Principal or Associate Principal are authorized to suspend students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct as defined above for periods not to exceed 10 (ten) school days. Prior to the suspension, the student will be given an opportunity at that time to provide any explanation of the events giving rise to the suspension.
A suspended student will be allowed to make up any work missed while serving the suspension. The student will be scheduled to come in during Saturday detention(s) following the suspension to complete all work. Any work not made up during that time will receive a grade of “0”.
A suspension will be reported immediately in writing to the student’s parent or guardian with a full statement of the reasons for the suspension and notice of their right to appear before the Board, or its hearing officer, to discuss the suspension. A copy of the notice will be provided to the Board. If the parent requests a hearing, they must contact the Superintendent of Schools in writing within ten calendar days of the incident. If a hearing officer is appointed by the Board for review, the officer will report to the board a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting. Following the hearing or upon receipt of the written report of its hearing officer, the Board may take such action as it finds appropriate.
An expulsion is defined as a denial of school attendance for a period in excess of 10 school days but not to exceed 2 calendar years. Expulsion may include a prohibition from being present at all school activities or on school property. The Board of Education may expel students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct as defined above in the Student Discipline Policy of the Board of Education. Expulsion shall be a removal from school attendance, school activities and services and presence on school grounds for a definite period of time in excess of ten (10) days and not to exceed 2 (two) calendar years, as determined by the Board on a case-by-case basis. A student who is determined to have brought a weapon to school, any school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event which bears a reasonable relationship to school shall be expelled for a period of not less than 1 (one) calendar year, except that the Board may modify the period of expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
Before a student may be expelled, the student shall be given a written notice of the charges and the time and place of a hearing on the expulsion as described in this policy. A written notice to the student’s parents or guardians shall be mailed by registered or certified mail and shall state the charges, the time, place and purpose of the hearing, a request for the parents to appear at the hearing and a copy of this policy.
The expulsion hearing shall be before the Board or a hearing officer appointed by the Board. The student, the student’s parents or guardians and legal counsel for the student may be present and may participate. At the beginning of the hearing, the charges against the student and the recommended date the expulsion is to become effective shall be read. The hearing shall proceed with the school’s representative presenting evidence of the acts charged and the appropriateness of the disciplinary action recommended. Evidence may be presented by the testimony of the witnesses and the presentation of exhibits and physical evidence. The student or the student’s representative may cross-examine witnesses presented by the school. After the school has presented its evidence, the student may present any witnesses, exhibits or physical evidence tending to contradict the charges or to show the penalty is not appropriate. The school’s representative may cross-examine witnesses presented on the student’s behalf. Strict rules of evidence shall not apply. At any time, the hearing officer or members of the Board may ask questions of a witness or ask for further explanation of an exhibit.
The Board, in making its decision, shall determine whether the student is guilty of the charge and, if the student is found guilty, the appropriateness and length of the expulsion. If a hearing officer has been appointed by the Board, the officer shall report to the Board with a written summary of the evidence heard. The Board may take such action upon the evidence presented as it finds appropriate.
Student Driving and Parking
For the safety of all students, the school administration has the right to take appropriate measures to provide for the safe travel and/or transportation of students to and from school, immediately before or after the school day. Therefore, the administration may take disciplinary action upon receipt of reports of unsafe or reckless driving, involving students entering or leaving campus, or within the general vicinity of the school campus. This action may include, but shall not be limited to, the removal of driving privileges.
Students using vehicles for transportation to and from school are expected to comply with the regulations below. Students and their parents or guardians are responsible for damages.
Students must display a parking tag when parking on the school grounds during the school day. The tag must be hanging from the rear view mirror. The number of parking tags sold may be limited to the number of available student parking places. In the event parking availability is limited due to onsite construction, a system to sell the tags will be developed by the administration and may be based upon any of the following; graduating class, lottery, birth date ofstudents. In order to purchase a tag a student must register their vehicle in the Student Services Office providing the make, model, and license number. If a vehicle change is made, the change must be reported to the office within two days. Students are not to loan, give, or sell their parking tag to other students.
The parking area in front of the main entrance to the school (J-wing, Commons and Multipurpose is reserved for school personnel. No student parking is allowed in these areas. The north parking lot will be reserved for student parking. Student parking in the south lot is designated by painted white lines.
In the event parking places are numbered, students will be required to park in the numbered spot assigned to them.
Upon arriving at school, vehicles are to be vacated until school is dismissed or special permission is granted by the Associate Principal or Principal.
Driving in a reckless manner is prohibited. Violators of this regulation will be denied permission to operate a motor vehicle on school property.
CACC students are not allowed to drive to CACC unless special permission is granted by the RHS and by CACC. If permission is granted, only that student may be in the car to and from CACC. Students violating this rule can lose their CACC driving privileges.
Students who leave campus without the school’s permission will be subject to the loss of driving/parking privileges – whether driving a vehicle or not.
The following consequences will be issued for violation of parking lot and driving rules:
1st Offense: Warning
2nd: $5 Fine
3rd: $10 Fine
4th: $10 Fine and lose driving privileges one week
5th: $10 Fine and lose driving privileges five weeks
6th : $10 Fine and lose driving privileges for remainder of the year
If any of the first three offenses are considered to be a major safety infraction, loss of driving privileges will be invoked.
Other Rules an Regulations
Additional school rules and regulations can be found on pages 38-46 of the student handbook.