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Student Code of Conduct

NEPN/NSBA Code: JIC

Promoting ethical and responsible student behavior is an essential component of the Yarmouth School Department’s educational mission.

The Yarmouth School Department is committed to maintaining a safe, respectful and orderly school environment in which students may receive and staff may deliver quality education without disruption or interference and in which students may develop as ethical, responsible and involved citizens.

To achieve this goal, the School Committee has adopted this Student Code of Conduct that incorporates the Student Handbook and Yarmouth School Department policies. Based on values identified as essential to ethical and responsible behavior, the Code articulates the Yarmouth School Department’s expectations for student conduct. These values are reflected in school handbooks as well as several policies cited below.

The School Committee believes that each member of the school community should take responsibility for his/her own behavior.  To that end, the School Committee recognizes the need to define unacceptable student conduct, identify the possible consequences for unacceptable conduct, and ensure that discipline is administered fairly, promptly, and appropriately.  Acceptable and unacceptable student conduct are reflected in this policy, other school policies listed below and the Student Handbook. 

The Student Code of Conduct shall be distributed to students, parents and staff through handbooks and/or other methods deemed appropriate by the Superintendent and building administrators.

All of these policies are enacted to reinforce Yarmouth’s Core Values:

Integrity

People with integrity are honest, sincere, trustworthy, ethical, loyal and fair.

 

Responsibility

Responsible people know, understand, consider and accept the impact and consequences of their personal actions and decisions.

 

Perseverance

People who persevere are able to work toward their goals in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

 

Respect

Respectful people recognize and appreciate diversity in ideas and people.

 

Compassion

Compassionate people show concern for the well-being of themselves, others and the environment.

 

The Pursuit of Excellence

People who pursue excellence seek to improve and give their best effort consistently.

 

 Code of Conduct

All students are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct and all related School Committee policies and school rules.  The Code applies to students whenever they are attending or participating in a school activity, regardless of location and at any time or place that such conduct directly interferes with the operations, discipline or general welfare of the school.

General Behavior Expectations and Discipline Policies

The following expectations for student behavior are fundamental to the safe, orderly and respectful environment in our schools.  Each student should:

  1. Be courteous to fellow students, staff and visitors.
  2. Respect the rights and privileges of other students and school staff.
  3. Obey all School Committee policies and school rules governing student conduct.
  4. Follow directions from school staff.
  5. Cooperate with staff in maintaining school safety, order and discipline.
  6. Attend school regularly.
  7. Meet school standards for grooming and dress.
  8. Respect the property of others, including school property and facilities.
  9. Refrain from cheating or plagiarizing the work of others.
  10. Refrain from vulgarity, profanity, obscenity, lewdness, and indecency.

Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action.  Disciplinary consequences depend upon the seriousness of the violation and the student’s prior disciplinary record.  Consequences will range from a verbal warning for minor violations up to and including expulsion for the most serious offenses as defined in the appropriate school policies and handbooks.  Behavior that also violates the law may be referred to law enforcement authorities.

It is recognized that neither this policy nor the school handbooks can account for every type of misbehavior in which students may engage.  In such instances, it will be the responsibility and right of the school administration to determine the appropriate disciplinary consequences to be applied.

Expectations

Yarmouth School Department’s expectations for student and staff conduct can be found, in part,  in the policies below:

A.        Violence and Threat – Policy JICIA 

B.         Weapons – Policy JICIA

C.         Bullying – Policy JICK

D.        Hazing – Policy ACAD

E.         Discrimination and Harassment/Sexual Harassment – Policy ACAA                   

F.         Drug and Alcohol Use – Policy JICH                                   

G.         Tobacco Use – Policy ADC                       

H.        Conduct on School Buses – Policy JICC/JICC-R

I.          Computer/Internet Use – Policy IJND           

J.          Athletic/Extracurricular Activities – Policy JJ-R

K.        Removal of Disruptive/Violent/Threatening Students – Policy JK

L.         Youth Court Option for Student Discipline at Yarmouth High School – Policy JKH

Referrals to Law Enforcement Authorities

The Superintendent and principals have the authority to seek the assistance of law enforcement authorities when there is a substantial threat to the safety of the schools, students or staff.  The Superintendent/principals may also inform law enforcement authorities when they have reason to suspect that a student or staff member may have violated a local, state or federal statute.  All serious offenses, as determined by the Superintendent, must be reported to law enforcement authorities.

Dissemination of the Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct and summary of consequences for violation of the Code of Conduct shall be distributed to staff, students and parents through handbooks and/or other means selected by the Superintendent and building administrators.

Legal Reference:          20-A M.R.S.A. §§ 254(11); 1001 (15)

 Legal Reference:          20-A MRSA §§ 254 (11); 1001 (15)

Standards for Ethical and Responsible Behavior in Maine Schools and Communities (Report of the Commission for Ethical and Responsible Behavior, 2/01)

Cross Reference:          AC - Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

                                ACAA - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students

                                ACAD - Hazing

                                ADAA - School System Commitment to Standards for Ethical and Responsible                                                                 Behavior

                                   ADC - Tobacco Use and Possession

                                IHBAC - Child Find

                                  IJNDB - Student Computer and Internet Use and Internet Safety

                        JICC-JICC-R – Student Conduct on School Buses

                                    JICIA - Weapons, Violence, and School Safety

                                    JICH - Drug and Alcohol Use by Students

                                    JICK - Bullying

                                        JK - Student Discipline

                                       JKD - Suspension of Students

                                        JKE - Expulsion of Students

                                        JKF - Disciplinary Removals of Students with Disabilities 

Adopted:  December 11, 2014

Revised:   October 8, 2015