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Student Discipline

JFK-STEM Code of Conduct

Student Discipline

Policy & Regulation 5550(Disaffected Pupils), 5560 (Disruptive Pupils), 5600 (Pupil Discipline/Code of Conduct), 5610 (Suspension), and 5620 (Expulsion)

The District aims to foster the health, safety, social and emotional well-being of all students while supporting civil, safe, secure, supportive, and disciplined school environments that are conductive to learning.  Each student will be held responsible for his or her own behavior.  Unacceptable conduct will be corrected and, at time, disciplinary action may be imposed to prevent or remediate problem behaviors and promote the achievement of high academic standards.

Code of Conduct 

The Code of Conduct provides guidelines for school responses to misconduct that take into account, at a minimum, the severity of the offenses, the developmental ages of the student offenders, and students' histories of inappropriate behaviors.  Students will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action for violations of the Code of Conduct that occur on or off school grounds, including on a school bus or at a school sponsored function.  Approved disciplinary sanctions include:

  • Admonishment
  • Before/After-School Detention
  • Lunch Detention
  • Saturday Detention
  • Early Dismissal Day Detention
  • In-School Suspension
  • Out-of-School Suspension
  • Expulsion

Where the discipline is greater than an admonishment, the student's parent will be notified of the offense and of the discipline imposed and will be offered an opportunity to speak with the building Principal.  For incidents of misconduct that occur outside of school, disciplinary action may be imposed if it is reasonably necessary for the physical or emotional safety, security, and well-being of other students, staff or school property.  Discipline will be applied without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability or by any other distinguishing characteristic.

Infractions and Offenses 

Appropriate corrective and/or disciplinary measures will be determined based on the nature and severity of the offense and the frequency of infraction.  Conduct offenses generally fall into three categories of severity, with Category 3 infraction being subject to mandatory and serious disciplinary action.  If a student repeatedly commits a Category 1 offense, the next occurrence may be elevated to a Category 2 offense and will be subject to more severe forms of discipline.  Charts of specific offenses and disciplinary sanctions are attached to the Parent and Student Handbook.

Special education students are subject to the same disciplinary procedures as non-classified students and may be disciplined in accordance with their IEP or 504 plan.  Prior to suspending a classified student for ten (10) days or more, a Manifestation Determination hearing must be held to determine if the offensive conduct was caused by, or had a direct and substantial relationship to the disability, or was the direct result of a failure to implement the student's IEP or 504 plan.  In addition, the child's case manager must be notified prior to the imposition of discipline.

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