• STUDENT BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE/BULLYING

    All students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at school.  A courteous and considerate manner is expected of all students. All children deserve an excellent learning environment and no student should prevent a teacher from teaching and/or any student from learning. In order to assure optimum learning conditions, steps are being taken in our schools to help children learn and demonstrate appropriate behavior. 

     

    Teachers will post a list of classroom rules and consequences. Additionally, time will be provided for teachers and staff members to help all students understand the rules and expectations of the school environment. All students will be expected to behave appropriately in the classroom and throughout the entire school. Teachers and staff will stress the notion that children must assume responsibility for their own behavior.

     

    The elementary schools are committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for all students. We recognize that bullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, and may lead to more serious violence. Therefore the elementary administration, staff, and school board prohibit bullying and cyber-bullying by district students.

     

    DASD’s complete policy No.249 regarding Bullying/Cyber-bullying is available on the district’s website at www.danvillesd.org under school board policy.

     

    ELECTRONIC DEVICES

    Students may have a wide array of electronic devices including cell phones, iPods/MP3 players, electronic games, watches, etc., and many of these items are brought into the school on a daily basis. These items are not permitted to be turned on during the official school day (8:00 AM – 3:10 PM), unless they are being used for instructional purposes and/or at the discretion of the teacher. If applicable, students may use these devices while waiting in the morning and afternoon in the cafeteria. Before students exit the cafeteria for their classroom in the morning or for their bus in the afternoon, they must turn off their device and safely store their device in a pocket or backpack. 

     

    Electronic items turned on during the school day without permission of staff will be confiscated and returned only to a parent/guardian. A second offense will result in a disciplinary measure in addition to confiscation and parent/guardian pick-up. A third offense will result in additional disciplinary action. In addition, the student would not be permitted to bring electronic devices to school for the remainder of the school year. 

     

    TOBACCO USE

    The Board recognizes that tobacco use by students presents a health and safety hazard that can have serious consequences for both users and nonusers and the safety and environment of the schools.

    For purposes of this policy, tobacco includes a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, e-cigarette or other smoking product or material, and smokeless tobacco in any form.

     

    The Board prohibits tobacco use and possession by students at any time in a school building and on any property, buses, vans and vehicles that are owned, leased or controlled by the school district.

     

    The Board prohibits tobacco use and possession by students at school sponsored activities that are held off school property. The school district may initiate prosecution of a student who possesses or uses tobacco in violation of this policy.

     

    CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

    The Board prohibits students from using, possessing, distributing, intending to distribute, and being under the influence of any controlled substances during school hours, on school property, at any school sponsored event, on school buses, and to and from school by any mode of travel.

     

    WEAPONS

    The Board believes that the physical safety of students, employees, and visitors is essential for the proper operation of the schools and for the establishment of a positive learning environment. Based on this premise, the Board seeks to provide a safe environment free from weapons for students, school personnel, and persons using and visiting school property.

     

    The Board prohibits students from possessing and bringing weapons and replicas of weapons into any school district buildings, onto school property, to any school sponsored activity, and onto any public vehicle providing transportation to school or a school sponsored activity.




    UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT

    The Board strives to provide a safe, positive learning climate for students in the schools. Therefore, it shall be the policy of the district to maintain an educational environment in which harassment in any form is not tolerated.

    The Board prohibits all forms of unlawful harassment of students and third parties by all district students and staff members, contracted individuals, vendors, volunteers, and third parties in the schools. The Board encourages students and third parties who have been harassed to promptly report such incidents to the designated employees.

     

    The Board directs that complaints of harassment shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action be taken when allegations are substantiated. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the district’s legal and investigative obligations. 

     

    Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith charges of harassment.

     

    CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

    The Board believes that the schools should help students learn to respect property and develop feelings of pride in community institutions.

    The Board charges each student in the district’s schools with responsibility for the proper care of the school property, school supplies and equipment entrusted to the student’s use.

     

    It is the policy of the Board that students who willfully cause damage to school property shall be subject to disciplinary measures. Students and others who damage or deface school property may be prosecuted and punished under law. Parents and Guardians shall be held accountable for the actions of their child.

     

    LOST   OR   DAMAGED   SCHOOL   MATERIALS

    Students are responsible for electrical devices, textbooks, workbooks, and library books.  If a student destroys or loses any of the items and/or other school district material, a replacement cost will be charged.  Report cards may be held at the end of the year if outstanding charges are not paid in full.

     

    SUSPENSION

    The Board recognizes that exclusion from the educational program of the schools, whether by suspension or expulsion, is the most severe sanction that can be imposed on a student and one that cannot be imposed without due process.

    The Board may, after a proper hearing, suspend a student for such time as it deems necessary or may permanently expel a student.

    Exclusion from School - Suspension

    Suspension shall be defined as the prohibition of a student from attending school for a prescribed period of time as a disciplinary measure.

    The principal of the school may suspend any student for willful disobedience, obscene language, or other misconduct for a period of one (1) to ten (10) consecutive school days and shall report the suspension to the Superintendent as soon as possible.

     

    Temporary Suspension

    Temporary suspension shall be defined as the prohibition of a student from attending school for a period not to exceed three (3) days. Temporary suspension may be ordered by the principal or designee, without a hearing, but the student must be fully informed of the reason for the suspension and given a chance to answer the charges prior to being suspended. The parents/guardians shall be notified immediately in writing when a student is suspended.

    Full Suspension

    Full suspension shall be defined as the prohibition of a student from attending school for a period not to exceed ten (10) days. Full suspension may be ordered by the principal or designee but an informal hearing shall be required.

    Such hearing shall take place as soon as possible after the suspension. In cases of full suspension, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall be provided with written notice of the reasons for the suspension, sufficient prior notice of the time and place of the informal hearing, and a chance to cross-examine witnesses, speak in his/her own defense, and produce supporting witnesses. When extraordinary circumstances involving the health and safety of the student or others in the school require immediate exclusion, the hearing may be delayed to such time as circumstances permit.

     

    Exclusion From Class - In School Suspension

    No student may receive an in-school suspension without notice of the reasons for which she/he is suspended and an opportunity to be heard prior to the time the suspension becomes effective. The parent/guardian shall be informed of the suspension action taken by the school.

    Should the in-school suspension exceed ten (10) consecutive school days, the student and his/her parent or guardian shall be offered an informal hearing with the designated school official. Such hearing shall take place prior to the eleventh day of the in-school suspension.

    STUDENT’S PERSONAL BELONGINGS

    It is highly encouraged that each student’s name and grade should be marked on all their belongings. Examples include jackets, coats, gloves, tablets, etc. This will assist in returning lost items. Students are encouraged not to bring any toys or electronic devices to school. 

     

    DRESS AND GROOMING

    The appearance of any young person is primarily the responsibility of the individual and his/her parents.  We expect students to maintain the type of dress and grooming that does not interfere with the educational process of the school.

     

    With the concerns in our culture over the abuse of alcohol and the abuse of drugs, the Danville Area School District has a policy that students DO NOT wear shirts that depict alcohol or drugs in a positive manner.  This would include shirts which advocate through advertising that alcohol can have a positive effect on one’s life.  Also, with the concerns our culture has with suicide, the Danville Area School District highly recommends that students and parents use caution and concern of the negative impact of clothing that highlights the messages or names of artists who place suicide as a positive alternative to life.

     

    Clothing considered inappropriate and thus prohibited, includes but is not limited to: bare midriffs, low cut shirts, shorts and shirts which expose undergarments or bare skin or an intertriginous area where two skin areas may touch or rub together, or such clothing is not at an appropriate length, spaghetti strap tops, excessively short skirts or shorts, pajamas, slippers, bandanas,  gang related clothing, sharp spiked jewelry and spiked cuffs, bracelets with inappropriate or vulgar language or clothing and accessories deemed inappropriate by administration.  Because of safety and health requirements, bare feet are not permitted in school. 

     

    Finally, any clothing which has symbolism or words which can be construed as obscene, racially, culturally, or religiously biased, cannot be worn in school.  Many messages on clothing carry literal and implied messages.  In such cases, the literal message may not be objectionable but the implied message is objectionable.  Therefore, the Danville Area School District makes very clear that clothing with implied objectionable messages is not to be worn in school.

     

    In recent years, types of clothing, particularly T-shirts have become ways to present innuendos concerning sexual and traditional anti-social behavior.  We, at Danville Area, believe our community’s cultural beliefs would indicate that school is not a place for sexual and unhealthy social innuendos.  Therefore, we caution students not to wear clothing presenting sexual innuendos or unhealthy social ideals.  Examples of clothing in reference: Liquor distillery product shirts; Brewing and distilled spirits companies advertising clothing which portrays beer and liquor as positive; Shirts depicting sexual activity; and shirts inferring messages concerning sexual or anti-social activity.

     

    Students who come to school wearing inappropriate clothing will be asked to remove the “inappropriate” article if possible (such as removing a T-shirt).  If the article is not removable, parents will be notified and asked to either bring a change of clothing or the student will be required to wear a T-shirt provided by the school.

     

    Hats, caps, bandanas, visors, kerchiefs, and head coverings are not to be worn in the school building.  The exception to wearing a head covering would be directly related to one’s traditional religious, cultural, or medical reason.  The Danville Area School District does not discriminate due to religious or cultural orientation.  However, the Danville Area Schools clearly believe that head coverings can be detrimental to the learning environment, especially in the classroom.  Students are to place all head coverings in your locker area, cubby area, or bookbag upon arrival to school.

     

    In addition to the board’s policy, the elementary administrators encourage parents to not allow their children to wear flip-flops, clogs, or sandals without a heel strap to school.  These open back shoes present a danger to students when utilizing playground equipment and stairs.  Sneakers are truly the most appropriate shoes for elementary students due to outdoor play. We reserve the right to not allow students to utilize playground equipment if they are not wearing sneakers.












    STUDENT BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

    At times throughout the school year, behavior exhibited by students does not meet the school standards and expectations. In these cases, disciplinary action will be necessary. The following categories and lists include types of student misbehavior and disciplinary interventions and actions for faculty and staff to reference when necessary. Faculty and staff will work to correct inappropriate behavior using various retraining techniques. The lists have been categorized into levels according to the seriousness of the child’s misbehavior. The frequency of misbehaviors will also be considered when determining the appropriate disciplinary action. 

     

    The classroom teacher, staff members, and school administration will utilize the options that follow. If necessary, the teachers will make others (guidance counselor, principal, Child Study team, etc.) aware of the problem behavior. These individuals will involve additional professionals if necessary to help the child learn the appropriate behavior. Prior to referring a student to the school principal, the teacher is to make every effort to correct inappropriate behaviors by utilizing Level I behavioral interventions. Higher-level options for criminal behavior may require law enforcement involvement and possibly school board action.

     

    Level 1 Infractions and Interventions

    These behaviors are generally minor infractions, but interfere with the educational process and/or school procedures.  The teacher assigns the disciplinary action and may need to contact a parent/guardian.

    Infraction Behavioral Intervention Options

    • Unprepared for class --- Documentation in student file

    • Incomplete homework --- Verbal reprimand/warning

    • Inattentiveness/non-participation --- Conference w/ student

    • Interrupting/distracting others --- Brief time out from activity

    • Constant talking --- Restriction/withdrawal of privileges

    • Frequently out of seat --- Homework completed with supervision

    • Having toys/inappropriate materials --- Parental contact

    • Inappropriate behavior (specials, café, --- Retraining of skill

    assembly, hallway, bathroom) --- Removal from class following brief timeout 

    • Profanity --- Utilize classroom incentive system

    • Rough play or horseplay --- Referral to counselor for retraining 

    • Name calling/teasing --- Partial Loss of Recess (10 min.)

    • Lying --- Seat change 

    • Cheating --- Lunch Detention

    • Disrespect towards student

    • Disrespect to staff member/adult

    • Bullying-type behaviors

     

    Level 2 Infractions and Interventions

    Behaviors at this level are more serious disruptions to learning and/or teaching. The teacher may communicate with the guidance counselor/intervention specialist/principal to determine corrective actions for a child’s behavior.  

     

    Infraction Behavioral Intervention Options 

    • Repeated Level I Misconduct --- Continuation of Level 1 options

    • Strong profanity and/or gestures --- Behavior plan implementation

    • Extreme verbal abuse of others- --- Written apology

    • Bullying/Cyberbullying* --- Removal from class following brief timeout

    • Compulsive cheating --- Referral to Child Study Team or Principal

    • Compulsive lying --- Lunch and/or recess detention

    • Stealing/taking things purposely from others --- Loss of school privileges

    • Inappropriate student conduct --- Parent Conference

    • Insubordination (Minor) --- Exclusion from non-academic events

    • Vandalism --- In School Suspension

     

    *Refer to DASD Board Policy #249 for additional information on Bullying/Cyberbullying definitions and consequences. 



    Level 3 Infractions and Interventions

    Behaviors at this level are more serious due to having a longer effect on the individual or pose a threat to people or property.  The building principal assumes major responsibility for corrective actions. More severe consequences are required and authorities may become involved. Classroom teacher is responsible for contacting the office for support and remaining with the child until the support (guidance counselor, intervention specialist, psychologist, or principal) arrives. If necessary students will be removed from the setting to a safer environment within the school building.

     

    Infraction Behavioral Intervention Options 

    • Continuous / repetitive use of profanity --- Continuation of Level 2 options

    • Fighting / physical abuse of others --- In School / Out of School Suspension

    • Verbal / written threats or harassment --- Regular meetings with counselor

    • Weapon/Substance possession (Including --- Clean up of damage and/or restitution

           toys that resemble weapons) --- Referral to outside agencies

    • Acts that endanger the safety of self --- Contact School Police Officer/Authorities or others --- After School Detention (Parent must pick up.) 

    • Leaving school property w/o authorization --- Behavior plan implementation

    • Insubordination (Major)




    To address situations where bullying may be occurring teachers utilize class discussions as a means for focusing on the issue and working as a team to find solutions. Teachers utilize their classroom rules as well as the school’s bullying rules.

     

    • We will not bully others.

    • We will try to help students who are bullied.

    • We will include students who are easily left out.

    • When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.