Solon Schools Code of Conduct

Solon Schools Code of Conduct
CODE OF CONDUCT
SOLON CITY SCHOOLS
EFFECTIVE: AUGUST 2014
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction...........................................................................................................1
Students Rights and Responsibilities....................................................................2
School Discipline..................................................................................................2
Definitions......................................................................................................3
Procedure.......................................................................................................5
Misconduct for Which Any Discipline Including
Suspension and Expulsion May Occur..........................................................8
Disruption......................................................................................................8
Damage, Destruction, Theft or Unauthorized
Removal of School/Private Property...........................................................10
Abusive Language.......................................................................................10
Smoking.......................................................................................................10
Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages and Stimulant Drugs.................................10
Failure to Comply with Directives..............................................................13
Failure to Accept Discipline or Punishment................................................13
Disrespect....................................................................................................14
Weapons, Dangerous Instruments, Fireworks, and Explosives...................14
Misconduct Away from School....................................................................14
Profane, Vulgar or Improper Language or Gestures....................................15
Extortion......................................................................................................15
Gambling.....................................................................................................15
Truancy, Tardiness or Class Cutting............................................................15
Trespass.......................................................................................................15
Lying............................................................................................................16
Forgery.........................................................................................................16
Violation of School Bus Conduct Requirement...........................................16
Dress and Appearance..................................................................................16
Public Display of Affection or Sexual Acts.................................................16
Violation of Rules........................................................................................17
Hazing..........................................................................................................17
Social Media...........................................................................................17
Phone Pagers................................................................................................17
Sexual Harassment.......................................................................................18
SOLON CITY SCHOOLS
STUDENT RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES
AND DISCIPLINE
I. INTRODUCTION
The primary goals of the Solon City Schools are to develop each child’s potential
for learning and to foster positive interpersonal relationships. Essential to the
achievement of these goals is reasonable and necessary order in the educational
institution itself. No institution or organization can endure or operate effectively
without some form of control over the people it serves, be it home, church, school,
or government. All parties participating in the school community must share the
responsibility for maintaining this control.
The Solon Board of Education believes that good discipline is best thought of as
being positive, not negative; of helping a student to adjust, rather than as punishment; of turning unacceptable conduct into acceptable conduct. It is important that
each individual assume responsibility for his/her own action in accordance with
socially acceptable conduct and the rules, regulations, and policies of the school
setting. Behaviors exhibited must be within the bounds of law and order and must
respect the rights of others as individuals.
Parents or guardians have the primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining positive discipline with their children. While students are in school, however,
members of the school staff must act in the place of parents in maintaining discipline. Members of the school staff are expected to make every effort to correct
and effectively resolve disciplinary problems that occur within their range of
responsibilities. Therefore, they shall have the authority necessary to maintain
a proper learning climate using reasonable enforcement to prevent and stop any
act of interference with the scholarly, disciplined atmosphere of the school. They
may call upon other school personnel to help in discharging their responsibilities.
Teachers may refer students to the building administrator who is then responsible
for determining the necessity for, and the nature of, further disciplinary action.
Since the school and the home share responsibility for educating and disciplining
students, it is important that they work closely together. The school staff has
the obligation to be fair, honest, reasonable, and consistent in their dealings with
students. The parents have the obligation to be cooperative, reasonable, and honest
in working with school personnel. Only by developing a climate of mutual trust
and respect can the school and the home work effectively together toward the best
interest of the child.
II. STUDENT’S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Students share with members of the professional staff the responsibility for maintaining a proper environment for learning within each school. This environment
can best be achieved by all parties working together. Students are entitled to know
the framework of procedures within which they are expected to assume personal
responsibility for their actions and to know the disciplinary measures to be taken
when they fail to show this personal responsibility.
III. SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
The maintenance of school discipline and proper behavior is essential to the establishment of a proper learning environment. Students have a responsibility to
cooperate with and to assist the school staff in the orderly and efficient conduct
of the schools. Students are also responsible for abiding by the rules and regulations established by the Solon Board of Education and implemented by school
administrators.
A breach of discipline is any conduct of pupils which interferes with the maintenance of a proper learning environment. Acts of behavior which tend to conflict
with the educational program or which are antagonistic to the welfare of other
students, the staff, and/or Solon City Schools cannot be tolerated. Student lockers
and desks are school property and, as such, may be subject to periodic inspections.
In addition, parking on school property is a privilege not a right and cars parked on
school property are subject to routine patrols by school officials, and cars may be
searched when reasonable suspicion is determined. Reasonable suspicion exists
when a school official is informed by a fairly credible source the car may contain
evidence of violation of school policy or observes objectively suspicious behavior.
Any car parked on school property in which evidence of violation of school policy
is in plain view may be searched.
The procedures and other elements of the following discipline policy set forth
general guidelines for all schools. However, there is a recognized distinction between students of differing ages and maturity, and it is reasonable to expect that,
at times, resorting to the more formal steps of denying educational participation
will be tempered by reference to such distinction.
Disciplinary action is determined based primarily on the type of offense committed. Other factors such as the frequency of an offense as well as the child’s
age are considered. Although the disciplinary actions listed below reflect a progressive disciplinary process, all steps may not be considered or appropriate in
a given case. Offenses of a repetitive or more serious nature may result in
discipline commensurate with the seriousness of the offense and may justify suspension and/or expulsion without reference to previous reprimands.
1. Verbal warning
2. Parent notification
3. Detention
4. Removal of privileges
5. Parent conference
6. Saturday School
7. Disciplinary removal
8. Emergency removal
9. Out-of-School Suspension
9. Juvenile court referral
10.Expulsion
11.Exclusion
A. DEFINITIONS
The following provides a definition for each of the disciplinary actions listed above.
1. Verbal warning
A warning to a student that his/her conduct is in violation of school rules. It may
be issued by any authorized school official including teaching or non-teaching
personnel.
2. Parent notification
Direct contact by telephone or letter with a parent or legal guardian of a student to inform them that their child’s conduct was in direct violation of
school rules.
3. Detention
The assignment of a student to spend time in addition to regular school time for violation of school rules.
4. Removal of privileges
The denial of special privileges for violation of school rules.
5. Parent conference
A meeting with a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to discuss specific violations of school rules and the impending action school officials may take.
6. Saturday School
A discipline procedure by which a student is required to attend a Saturday detention from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 8 a.m. to noon.
7. Disciplinary removal
The removal of a student from a class or from participation in an extra
curricular activity for less than twenty-four hours. During the disciplinary removal period a student will not be permitted to take part in any school function or activity. In addition a student will not receive credit for class work during disciplinary removal.
8. Emergency removal
The removal of a student whose presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an on-going threat of disrupting the curricular or extra-curricular school activities, for a period not less than twenty-four (24) hours but not to exceed seventy-two (72) hours. During the period of emergency removal, a student will not be permitted to take part in any school function or activity. In addition, a student will not receive credit for class work during this period of emergency removal.
9. Out-of-School Suspension
The removal of a student from school for at least one (1) but not more than ten (10) days. During the period of suspension a student will not be permitted to attend any school function or activity. In addition, a student will not
receive credit for class work during a period of suspension. Students suspended
out of school will be permitted to receive credit for tests and major projects.
However, students will not receive credit for class work during a period of
suspension.
If at the time an Out-of-School Suspension is imposed there are fewer than
ten (10) school days remaining in the school year in which the incident that
gives rise to the suspension takes place, the superintendent may apply any
remaining part or all of the period of the Out-of-School Suspension to the
following school year.
10. Juvenile Court
Referral by a school administrator to juvenile authorities for conduct which is not only in violation of school rules but also the law.
11. Expulsion
The removal of a student from school for a period not to exceed 80 school days.
The length of an expulsion may be up to one full year for violating district
policy regarding firearms, knives, bomb threats and offenses that are criminal
when committed by an adult and cause serious physical harm to persons or
property, all in accordance with Board Policies 5610 and 5772. Expulsions
may extend beyond semesters and school years. During the period of expulsion
a student will not be permitted to take part in any school function or activity.
In addition a student will not receive credit for class work during the period
of expulsion.
B. PROCEDURE
Disciplinary action such as verbal warning, parent notification, deten- tion, removal
of privileges, parent conference, disciplinary removal, and referral to juvenile court
do not require special procedures before being implemented.
In the case of Saturday School, emergency removal, suspension, and expulsion,
the following procedures will be used:
1. Saturday School
Before a student is assigned to Saturday School, the student shall be given written notice of the intention to impose a Saturday School assignment and
the reasons for the intended Saturday School assignment. Parents will be
notified when a student is assigned to Saturday School.
When Saturday School is offered, it is offered as an alternative to Out-of-School
Suspension. Students who are assigned Saturday School must comply with
the guidelines below or face a day(s) of Out-of-School Suspension.
2. Emergency Removals
When circumstances are such that a student’s continuing presence is reasonably certain to pose a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting curricular activities or from the school premises, the
superintendent, principal, or assistant principal may remove a student from
curricular activities, or from the school premises without complying with
the notice and hearing requirements required prior to suspension or expulsion.
In like circumstances, a teacher or supervising adult may remove a pupil from
curricular activities or school premises for other activities under his/her supervision, without complying with the notice and hearing requirements required
prior to suspension or expulsion. As soon as practicable after making such
removal, the teacher shall submit reasons, in writing, for such removal to the
principal.
If a student is removed under emergency removal, written notice of the reason(s) for the removal and written notice of the hearing to be held regarding
the removal shall be given to the student as soon as practicable prior to the
hearing. Parents will be notified when a student is removed under this section.
The hearing shall be held in accordance with the procedure set forth under the
suspension procedure, unless it is probable that the student may be subject to
expulsion. In that event, the hearings shall be held in accordance with the
procedure set forth under the expulsion procedure except that the hearing shall
be held within three (3) school days of the initial removal. The individual
who ordered, caused, or requested the student’s removal under this Article
shall be present at the hearing.
If the superintendent or the principal reinstates a student in a curricular or
extra-curricular activity under the teacher’s supervision prior to the hearing
following a removal under this Article, the teacher shall, upon request, be
given the reasons for such reinstatement in writing.
3. Out-of-School Suspension
When the alleged misconduct becomes known, the student shall be given
written notice of the intention of suspension and the reasons for such action
by the superintendent, principal, assistant principal or other administrator.
The student will be given an opportunity to appear at an informal hearing
before the principal, assistant principal, superintendent or superintendent’s
designee and challenge the reasons for the suspension or otherwise explain
his/her actions.
Within one (1) school day after the time of a student’s suspension, the superintendent or principal shall send written notice of the suspension to the student’s
parent, guardian, or custodian and the Treasurer of the Board of Education. The
notice shall include the duration of the suspension and the reasons therefore.
It also shall include notification of the right of the student or his/her parent,
guardian, or custodian to appeal the suspension to the Board of Education or
its designee by notifying the Board’s Treasurer within fourteen (14) calendar
days of the suspension, to be represented in the appeal proceeding, to be
granted a hearing before the Board or its designee in order to be heard against
the suspension, and to request such hearing be held in executive session. The
Board or its designee, however, shall act upon a suspension only at a public
meeting.
The Board, by majority vote of its full membership, or by the action of its
designee, may affirm the suspension or may reinstate the affected student or
may otherwise reverse, vacate or modify the order of suspension.
The Board or its designee shall keep a verbatim record of all hearings under this
Article. Decisions of the Board or its designee may be appealed to Common
Pleas Court under Chapter 2506 of the Ohio Revised Code.
4. Expulsion
Prior to any expulsion, the superintendent shall give the student and his/her
parent, guardian, custodian, or representative written notice of the intention
of expulsion.
The notice shall include the reasons for the intended expulsion, notification of
the opportunity of the student, and his/her parent, guardian, custodian, or rep-
resentative to appear before the superintendent or his/her designee to challenge
the reasons for the intended expulsion or otherwise to explain the student’s
actions, and notification of the time and place to appear. The time to appear
shall not be earlier than three (3) nor later than five (5) school days after the
notice is given, unless the superintendent grants an extension of time at the
request of the student or his/her parent, guardian, custodian, or representative.
If an extension of time is granted, the superintendent shall notify the student
and his/her parent, guardian, custodian or representative of the new time and
place to appear.
Within one school day after the time of any expulsion, the superintendent shall
send written notice to the student and his/her parent guardian, or custodian and
the Treasurer of the Board of Education. The notice shall include the duration
of the expulsion and the reasons therefore. It also shall include notification
of the right of the student or his/her parent, guardian, or custodian to appeal
the expulsion to the Board of Education or to its designee by notifying the
Board’s Treasurer within fourteen (14) calendar days of the expulsion, to be
represented in the appeal proceeding, to be granted a hearing before the Board
or its designee, and to request that such hearing be held in executive session.
The Board or its designee, however, shall act upon an expulsion only at a public
meeting. If the expulsion is for more than twenty (20) days, or will extend into
the next semester or school year, the notice must also contain information on
services or programs that work toward improving the student’s attitudes and
behavior.
The Board, by a majority vote of its full membership, or by the action of its
designee, may affirm the expulsion or may reinstate the affected student or
may otherwise reverse, vacate or modify the order of expulsion.
The Board or its designee shall keep a verbatim record of all hearings under this
Article. Decisions of the Board or its designee may be appealed to Common
Pleas Court under Chapter 2506 of the Ohio Revised Code.
IV. TIMES/PLACES
Unless otherwise noted in the individual section, this code shall be applicable to any
conduct: on school grounds, during and immediately before or after school hours;
on school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a group; off
school grounds at a school sponsored activity, function or event; on a school bus
or conveyance; or at any other time when the student is subject to the authority of
the school. Students may be subject to discipline for violation of the discipline code
regardless of where the misconduct takes place if the misconduct is connected to
activities or incidents that have occurred on property owned or controlled by the
Board, or conduct that, regardless of where it occurs, is directed at a school official
or employee, or the property of the official or employee.
V. MISCONDUCT FOR WHICH ANY DISCIPLINE INCLUDING
SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION MAY OCCUR
A. Disruption of School: Students shall not use violence, force, noise, coercion,
threat, harassment, intimidation, fear, passive resistance or any other conduct, cause,
attempt, or threaten to cause the disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission,
process, activity, or function of the school.
Students shall not urge other students to engage in such conduct for the purpose
of causing, attempting or threatening to cause the disruption or obstruction of any
lawful mission, process, activity or function of the school.
While this list is not intended to be all-inclusive, the following acts illustrate the
kinds of misconduct prohibited by this rule:
1. Unauthorized presence in any school building, school grounds or part thereof
2. Blocking the entrance or exit of any school building
3. Setting fire or attempting to set fire to or damaging or attempting to damage
or defacing or attempting to deface any school building or property
4. Making, by telephone call, letter electronically or other means, a threat to
damage or destroy any school property or to disrupt any school-sponsored or
related activity, function or event on or off school grounds
5. Activating or attempting to activate the alarm system or AED units in the
absence of a fire or emergency
6. Preventing or attempting to prevent by physical act or verbal utterance, the
convening or continuing functioning of any school, class, or activity or any
lawful meeting or assembly on or off the school property
7. Preventing or attempting to prevent students from attending a class or any
school-sponsored or related activity or event
8. Except under the direct instruction of the principal or other authorized school
personnel, blocking pedestrian or vehicular traffic on school property or at the
site of any school-sponsored or related activity or event
9. Continuously making noise or acting in a manner so as to interfere with a
teacher’s ability to conduct a class or extracurricular activity
10. Students must vacate the building by 3:15 p.m. unless they are attending an
authorized school activity.
11. Repeated violations of school rules
B. Damage, Destruction: Students shall not cause or attempt to cause damage
to school property. Minimum consequence:
First offense  5 days of Out-of-School Suspension
Second offense  10 days of Out-of-School Suspension and
recommendation for expulsion.
B-1. Theft, Possession of, or Unauthorized Removal of School Property: Student shall not steal or attempt to steal school property or engage in or attempt to
engage in or participate in or attempt to participate in the unauthorized removal,
including the possession of stolen materials, of school property.
Minimum consequence:
First offense  5 days of Out-of-School Suspension
Second offense  10 days of Out-of-School Suspension and
recommendation for expulsion.
C. Damage, Destruction: Students shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to
private property of students, teachers, school personnel or other persons.
C.1. Theft, Possession of, or Unauthorized Removal of Private Property: Students shall not steal or attempt to steal private property, or engage in or attempt to
engage in, or attempt to engage in or participate or attempt to participate in the unauthorized removal, including the possession of stolen materials, of private property.
D. Assault on or Abusive Language Toward a School Employee, Authorized
School Visitor, or Another Student: Students shall not use threatening, vulgar,
profane or abusive language or make a threatening, vulgar, profane or abusive gesture toward any school employee, authorized school visitor, or any other student.
D.1. Physical Assault: A student shall not cause or attempt to cause physical injury
to a school employee, authorized school visitor, another student.
Minimum consequence:
10 days of Out-of-School Suspension and recommended for expulsion. All offenders will be referred to proper legal authority.
D.2. Fighting: A student shall not cause or attempt to cause physical injury to a
school employee, authorized school visitor, or another student.
Minimum consequence:
First offense  5 days of Out-of-School Suspension
Second offense  7 days of Out-of-School Suspension
Third offense  10 days Out-of-School Suspension and
recommendation for expulsion
D.3. Threats: Students shall not make verbal or written threats directed towards
school property, any school employee, authorized school visitor, or any other
student.
D.4. Violent or Dangerous Conduct: Students shall not engage in violent or
dangerous conduct that causes harm to themselves or others, or puts themselves
or others at risk of harm.
D.5. Harassment/Intimidation: Annoying or attacking using physical, verbal,
written or electronic action (including text messaging, instant messaging, social
networking, photos, videos, etc.) that creates fear or harm, an intimidating or
hostile education or work environment, without displaying a weapon and without
subjecting the victim to actual physical attack (i.e. bullying, hazing, threat of harm).
Harassment and intimidation may be reported to local police.
D.6. Bullying: Any intentional written, verbal, graphic or physical act(s) that a
student or group of students exhibits toward another particular student(s) more than
once and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student(s)
and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating,
threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student(s). The anti-bullying policy is found on pages 80 of the Student Handbook.
Bullying also means electronically transmitted acts (i.e., internet, e-mail, cellular
telephone, personal digital assistance (PDA), or wireless hand-held device) that
a student(s) or a group of students exhibits toward another particular student(s)
more than once and the behavior both causes mental and physical harm to the
other student(s) and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an
intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student(s).
E. Smoking: Students shall not possess, use, transmit, conceal or roll cigarettes
or tobacco products including smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarette products
or alternative nicotine products
First offense  3 days Out-of-School Suspension
Second offense  5 days Out-of-School Suspension
Third offense  10 days Out-of-School Suspension
F. Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, Stimulant Drugs, Anabolic Steroids: During
school and immediately before or after school hours, summer school, travel on
any school-provided transportation or any school-sponsored activity held on or
off school property, students shall not possess, buy, offer to sell, sell, use, supply,
transmit, or apply any anabolic steroids or mood-altering chemical of any kind including alcohol. “Possession” includes, without limitation, retention on the student
person or in purses, wallets, lockers, desks, or automobiles parked on the school
property. “Mood-altering chemical” includes, without limitation, narcotics, depres-
sants, stimulants, hallucinogens, counterfeit drugs, marijuana, alcohol, intoxicating
inhalants, and prescription drugs, unless authorized by a medical prescription from
a licensed physician and kept in the original container, which container shall state
the student’s name and directions for proper use. Also included are over-the-counter
medications taken without parental permission.
Notwithstanding the progressive discipline policy outlined above, administrators
will observe the following procedures in regard to violations of this rule. When
students are found to be under the influence, to possess or sell illegal substances,
the administrator will promptly report such cases to the local police authorities.
1. Possession, purchase, use, application or being under the
influence:
a. First offense:
1. A parent, guardian, or custodian (hereafter referred to as
“parent”) of the student will be immediately notified of the incident. The student may be removed from school under the emergency removal procedures pending a suspension hearing, which shall be held
within three (3) school days of the order of removal or the student
may be suspended with emergency removal.
2. The principal will notify the student and the student’s parent, guardian, or custodian in writing of an intent to suspend and will arrange
a suspension hearing among the student, the student’s parent(s),
guardian, or custodian and the principal.
3. The principal or principal’s designee will notify the appropriate
counselor of the incident.
4. The principal will suspend the student for ten (10) days in compliance
with all requirements of law, and this Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Discipline, which suspension may be reduced to no
less than five (5) days if the following occur: (1) the student proceeds
to have a drug and alcohol assessment conducted by a chemical dependency counselor (which includes a drug test) and meets with the
SHS Student Assistance Facilitator within five (5) school days upon
the return from suspension; (2) the student agrees to follow any appropriate treatment, which may include but not be limited to required
attendance at support groups; (3) and the professional satisfactorily
notifies the principal of the foregoing and (4) the student agrees to
continue attendance of in-school support group where appropriate.
5. Notwithstanding the above provisions, an initial, self-referred violation of this section shall not be deemed a first offense under part 1.
(if the following occur): (1) the student proceeds to be evaluated by
a chemical dependency professional; (2) the student agrees to follow
an appropriate treatment, which may include but not be limited to
required attendance at support groups; (3) and the professional satisfactorily notifies the principal of the foregoing.
b. Second offense:
1. A parent of the student will be immediately notified of the incident. The student may be removed from school under the emergency
removal procedures pending an expulsion hearing, which shall be
held within three (3) school days of the order of removal or the stu-
dent may be expelled without emergency removal.
2. The principal will recommend that the superintendent expel the
student.
3. The principal or principal’s designee will notify the appropriate
counselor of the incident.
4. The superintendent will expel the student for up to 80 (eighty) days
beyond the days of suspension.
2. Selling, supplying or transmitting: A first incident of selling, supplying or transmitting mood-altering chemicals or anabolic steroids shall be treated as a second offense.
3. Counterfeit or “look-alike” drugs: The following is in accordance with
amended Section 2925.01 (O) of the Ohio Revised Code concerning use,
transmission, selling, giving, concealing, or consuming of counterfeit
controlled substances or “look-alike” drugs.
A counterfeit controlled substance is defined as:
1. Any drug that bears, or whose container or label bears, a trademark,
trade name or other identifying mark used without authorization of
the owner or rights to such trademark, trade name or identifying mark;
2. Any unmarked or unlabeled substance that is represented to be a controlled substance manufactured, processed, packed, or distributed by
a person other than the person that manufactured, processed, packed
or distributed it;
3. Any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance or is
a different controlled substance.
4. Any substance other than a controlled substance that a reasonable
person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its
similarity in shape, size, and color, or its markings, labeling, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for
sale.
a.
b.
c. d. e. No student shall possess any counterfeit controlled substance.
Violations of this provision will be treated in the same manner as
section 1 (possession, purchase, use application or being under the influence).
No student shall directly or indirectly represent a counterfeit controlled
substance as a controlled substance by describing, either with words
or conduct, its effects as being the same or similar to the physical or
mental effects associated with use of a controlled substance.
No student shall directly or indirectly falsely represent a counterfeit
controlled substance as a controlled substance.
No student shall knowingly make, offer to sell, give, package or deliver
a counterfeit controlled substance. Violations of this provision will be
treated in the same manner as section 2 (selling, supplying, or transmitting).
Drug paraphernalia - Students may not possess any item related to drug
use including but not limited to pipes, bongs, or rolling papers.
G. Failure to Comply with Directives (Insubordination): Students shall
comply with directives, and reasonable requests of teachers, student teachers,
substitute teachers, educational aides, bus drivers, principals, and other appropriate school personnel.
H. Failure to Accept Discipline or Punishment: Students shall not refuse
to accept discipline or punishment from teachers, student teachers, substitute
teachers, educational aides, bus drivers, principals or other appropriate school
personnel.
I. Disrespect: Students shall not harass any members of the school staff or student body on the basis of sex, color, race, national origin, religion, age, or
disability. For the purpose of this Student Rights, Responsibilities and Discipline Code, “harass” includes, but is not limited to, intimidate, insult, annoy
persistently or otherwise abuse, physically, orally or in writing.
J. Weapons, Dangerous Instruments, Fireworks, Any Laser Instruments and
Explosives: Students shall not use, possess, handle, transmit, sell or conceal any
object that can be classified as a weapon or dangerous instrument. Weapons and
dangerous instruments shall include any object which is used or may be used to inflict
physical harm or property damage or to threaten to inflict such harm or damage.
Students shall not possess, handle, transmit, sell, conceal or bring upon school
grounds any fireworks, explosives, or munitions, nor shall students ignite, explode
or detonate or attempt to ignite, explode or detonate fireworks, explosives, or
munitions.
Ten (10) days Out-of-School Suspension and a recommendation for expulsion
will be the recommended penalty for violation in this area. All offenders will
be referred to the proper legal authority.
K. Profane, Vulgar or Improper Language or Gestures: Students shall not
speak, write or use profane, vulgar, derogatory, demeaning or other improper or
inappropriate language, signs or actions or pornographic materials.
L. Extortion: Students shall not use or attempt to use an express or implied threat, violence, harassment, coercion or intimidation to obtain money or any
other type of property belonging to another student, a school employee or other
person.
M. Gambling: Students shall not engage in or promote games of chance, placing of bets, or risk anything of value. Card playing of any kind is not permitted.
N. Truancy, Tardiness or Class Cutting: Students shall not be absent from all or any portion of the regularly scheduled classes or other mandatory activities
without school authorization and parental consent.
1. Truancy (missing two (2) or more periods)
a. First Offense - Saturday School (4 hrs.)
b. Second Offense - Two (2) Saturday Schools (4 hrs.)
c. Third Offense - One (1) day of Out-of-School Suspension
d. Fourth Offense - Two (2) days of Out-of-School Suspension
e. Fifth Offense - Three (3) days of Out-of-School Suspension
f. Sixth or more - minimum five (5) days of Out-of-School Suspension and possible legal action.
2. Class/Study Hall Cutting [unexcused absence (absence without permission
from teacher or administration) from class or study hall/signing into school
after 8:20 a.m.]
a. First Offense - Saturday School (2 hrs.)
b. Second Offense - Saturday School (4 hrs.)
c. Third Offense - One (1) Saturday School (2 hrs.) & one (1)
Saturday School (4 hrs.)
d. Fourth Offense - Two (2) Saturday Schools (4 hrs.)
e. Fifth Offense - One (1) day of Out-of-School Suspension
f. Sixth Offense - Two (2) days of Out-of-School Suspension
g. Seventh Offense - Three (3) days of Out-of-School Suspension
h. Eighth or more - Minimum Five (5) days of Out-of-School
Suspension with a possibility of recommendation for expulsion.
3. Tardy to School (signing into school from 7:50 - 8:20 a.m.)
a. First Offense - Warning
b. Second Offense - Warning
c. Third Offense - One Detention
d. Fourth Offense - Three Detentions
e. 5th - 6th Offense - One (1) Saturday School (2 hrs.)
f. 7th - 8th Offense - One (1) Saturday School (4 hrs.)
g. 9th Offense - Two (2) Saturday Schools (4 hrs.)
h. 10th - 12th Offense - One (1) day of Out-of-School Suspension
i. 13th - 15th Offense - Three (3) days of Out-of-School
Suspension and possible legal action
j. Sixteenth Offense or more - Minimum five (5) days of Out-of-School Suspension and possible other interventions
Students with five (5) or less tardies during the first semester will start again at the
first offense beginning second semester.
4. Solon has a “closed campus.” Permission from attendance office and/
or clinic is needed in order to be out of the building during school hours.
“Out of the building” has been defined as being outside any of the outer
doors of the building during the school day. First offense will result in
Saturday School. Subsequent violations will result in further disciplinary
action.
O. Trespass:
1. Students shall not enter upon school grounds or premises of a school building to which the students are not assigned during or after school
hours except with the express permission of the school principal of that
building or to attend or participate in a school-sponsored event in which
their regularly assigned school is involved or where students from their
regularly assigned school have been invited to attend or participate.
2. Students already under suspension, expulsion, or removal (emergency or
disciplinary) shall not enter upon the grounds or premises of the students’
regularly assigned or other school building without the express permission
of the principal.
3. Students must vacate the building by 3:15 p.m. unless they are attending
an authorized school activity.
4.Parking
P. Lying: Students shall not lie about, fabricate, distort, or change information
given to school staff or administration or any individual.
Q. Forgery: Students shall not forge the writing of another or falsely use the name of another person or falsify times, dates, grades, addresses, or other data on
school forms or school-related correspondence.
R. Violation of School Bus Conduct Requirement: Students shall not act or participate in any act or acts or attempt to act or participate in any act which poses
or tends to pose a danger to the safe operation of a school bus or conveyance, including, but not limited to, failing to remain seated,throwing objects at passengers,
the driver or out of the windows, extending arms or objects out of the windows, and
shouting and other disorderlyconduct which could cause physical harm, emotional
stress, or diversion of the driver’s attention.
S. Dress and Appearance: The Solon Board of Education believes that pride
in one’s self and school is often reflected in the way students dress. In order
for a student to look his/her best, he/she should be knowledgeable about health
grooming, and choice of clothing. Poise and confidence are derived from individuals looking his/her best and feeling his/her best.
Students are to appear in school dressed for an academic setting. Parents and
students should make appropriate selections reflecting the important nature of
the academic atmosphere and the health and safety of the students. If there
are any questions as to the appropriateness of any type of clothing, the school
should be contacted in advance. Clothing which is determined to be detrimental
to health and safety or disruptive to the academic atmosphere of the school will
not be permitted.
In some cases parents will be notified and asked to bring appropriate clothing to
the school so that the student can change and return to class or a student may be
sent home to change. In other cases further disciplinary action may be taken.
Students are not permitted to wear items of clothing advertising or encouraging
activities prohibited in other sections of this policy, i.e. drugs or alcohol advertisements.
T. Public Display of Affection or Sexual Acts: Students shall not engage in
kissing, embracing or displays not appropriate to the educational environment.
T1. Sexual Acts: Students shall not engage in sexual acts at any time on school
property or at school sponsored events. Consequences for violating this rule will
result in a 10 day out-of-school suspension and recommendation for expulsion.
U. Violation of Rules: Students shall not violate the policies of the Board of Education or school rules or regulations. Such policies and rules and regulations
will be posted on school bulletin boards. Students are responsible for becoming
familiar with those items.
V. Hazing: Students shall not threaten, act, or participate in or attempt to
threaten, act or participate in any act or acts that injures, degrades, disgraces, or
tends to injure, degrade, or disgrace any student.
Hazing is defined as doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do
any act of initiation into any student or other organization. Permission, consent,
or assumption of risk by any individual subjected to hazing does not lessen the
prohibition contained in this policy.
Any violation of the hazing policy, including athletic violations, may result in
multiple days of out-of-school suspension and recommendation for expulsion.
This policy applies to all school sponsored activities.
W. Social Media: The use of email messages, text messages, blogs, websites or
other electronic communications to make inflammatory or derogatory comments,
and/or inappropriate descriptions or pictures regarding another team member,
another student, a coach, another school or team, or other staff member is strictly
prohibited. For the purposes of this policy, inappropriate comments may include, but
are not limited to, inappropriate comments/pictures/descriptions regarding another
person’s race, ethnic background, culture, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
Any violations of our social media policy may result in multiple days of out-ofschool suspension and recommendation for expulsion. This policy applies to all
school sponsored activities.
X. “Sexting” is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions.
Sexting is the electronic transmission of sexual messages or pictures, usually
through cell phone text messaging. Such conduct not only is potentially dangerous
for the involved students, but can lead to unwanted exposure of the messages and
images to others, and could result in criminal violations related to the transmission
or possession of child pornography. Such conduct will be subject to discipline and
possible confiscation of the wireless communication device.
Consequence for violating this rule may result in multiple days of out-of- school
suspension, recommendation for expulsion and local police may be notified. This
policy applies to all school sponsored activities.
Y. Sexual Harassment: Ohio and Federal laws define sexual harassment as
unwanted sexual advances, or unwanted visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a
sexual nature. Such offensive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:
1. Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances.
2. Non-verbal conduct: leering; making sexual gestures; displaying sexually
suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, or posters.
3. Verbal conduct: making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, or
jokes; making sexually based remarks about another person’s or one’s own
body.
4. Verbal abuse of sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive
or obscene letters, notes or invitations.
5. Physical conduct: touching, assaulting, impeding or blocking movement.
Any violation of the sexual harassment policy may result in multiple days of outof-school suspension and recommendation for expulsion. This policy applies to
all school sponsored activities.
Z. Use of Wireless Communication Devices: Students may use wireless communication devices (WCDs) before and after school, and at school-related functions.
Use of WCDs, except approved laptops and PDAs, at any other time is prohibited
and they must be powered completely off (i.e. not just placed into vibrate or silent
mode). Students are personally and solely responsible for the care and security
of their WCDs. The Board assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, damage or
vandalism to WCDs brought onto its property, or the unauthorized use of such
devices. Parents/guardians are advised that the best way to get in touch with their
child during the school day is by calling the school office. Students may use school
phones to contact parents/guardians during the school day.
First offense - Must be picked up by parent
Second offense - Saturday School - Must be picked up
by parent
Third offense - Two (2) days of Out-of-School Suspension - Must be picked up by parent
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Julie Glavin
John Heckman
Margo Morrow
Kevin Patton
Marilyn Thomas
Tim Pickana, Treasurer
ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
33800 Inwood Road
Solon, Ohio 44139
(440) 248-1600
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Joseph V. Regano, Superintendent
Deborah V. Siegel, Assistant Superintendent
Fred E. Bolden, II, Director of Business & Personnel
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