• CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

     

    INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT

     

    The goal of the West Long Branch Public Schools is to develop life-long skills to promote the success of the individual to function as a responsible member of our ever changing and diverse society.  We believe that each child is unique and should be treated with respect and be taught to respect others. Students will prosper and flourish in a safe, positive and nurturing learning environment. This atmosphere is prevalent when everyone knows the rules and takes an active role in following and enforcing them. When students, parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators all work together, a strong sense of pride is developed, and everyone can grow and experience success.  It is also our belief that the students are to be responsible for their own actions and ultimately for their school experience.

    Self-discipline is the ultimate goal.

     

    EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENT CONDUCT

     

    1. Students are to demonstrate respect for self, for others, and their natural and physical environments.
    2. Students are to take responsibility for their own behavior and learning both in school and at all school-related activities.
    3. Students are expected to follow the standards for dress, hallway conduct, classroom conduct, lunch/recess, bus behavior and use of electronic devices which are established for safety reasons and to create an atmosphere that will encourage student learning.
    4. Students are to use the computer and Internet responsibly and appropriately. 
    DISCIPLINE STRATEGIES
     
    Teachers have a variety of strategies available to deal with disciplinary situations and will make decisions based on individual student needs. Teachers will treat each student with courtesy, respect, and with understanding.  At any point in which an administrator feels it is appropriate, he/she has the authority to become involved in disciplinary situations. One or more members of the administrative team may be called upon to enforce the West Long Branch Public Schools’ Code of Conduct. According to  New Jersey State law, corporal punishment is strictly forbidden.

     

    Teachers will develop, share, and post classroom rules during the initial days of school each year. Students will review them periodically for reinforcement. Some of the strategies include but not necessarily in order, the following:

     

    q       Student warning

    q       Time out (students may be sent to another classroom)

    q       Reflective assignment

    q       Student-teacher conference

    q       Parent-teacher contact may be made via student incident report, telephone, or conference

    q       Disciplinary Referrals will be sent to the administration

    q       Student–teacher-administrator conference

    q       Parent – teacher-administrator conference

    q         Individual behavior plan ,

    q       After-school detention with loss of after-school privileges

    q       Extended 2 hour Friday detention (with 24 hour notice).

     

    Additional strategies that can be implemented by the administration:

    q       Administrative restrictions such as suspension from extra-curricular activities, school social activities, etc.

    q       Suspension (in-school or out-of-school)

    q       Financial reimbursement for damages caused by a student

    q       Reimbursements of expenses incurred in removing a student from an out-of-district school function.

    q       Expulsion

    q       At his/her discretion, the administrator has the right to impose consequences based on all of the circumstances involved. This may include consequences that go beyond those listed above

     

    Ordinarily, Parents/Guardians are to receive notice, by either a detention slip or telephone call, one school day in advance when an after-school detention is assigned. For Frank Antonides students after-school Central detentions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:00 p.m.  After-school teacher detentions may be scheduled Monday through Thursday until 3:00 p.m.  for F.A.S. students and 3:30 p.m. for BME students. Students must attend an after-school detention regardless of their extra-curricular or after-school commitments.  Upon completion of the detention, the student may be required to leave school grounds and not participate in any school-sponsored activities, depending on the severity of the offense. 

     

    It is the responsibility of the individual student and parent/guardian to make all necessary arrangements to meet the obligations of the after-school detention.  An administrator or teacher may contact the parent/guardian to see if this notice can be waived and the detention held the same day.  After-school detention is to be served on the day(s) assigned unless a medical appointment or religious obligation is scheduled. Parents/Guardians must notify an administrator if a delay is requested for these reasons.

     

    DISCIPLINARY ISSUES AND CONSEQUENCES

     

    When the behavior of an individual student comes in conflict with the rights of others, corrective action may be necessary, both for the benefit of that child and for the school as a whole. It is important that both students and their Parents/Guardians know the consequences for misbehavior. While behaviors will be reviewed on an individual basis, the following illustrates disciplinary categories with examples of specific consequences.

     

    In an effort to maintain consistency there will be student disciplinary folders located in the central office, for review by teachers and administrators to determine if there should be additional consequences. Copies of all Disciplinary Referrals, Behavior Reflections, and  Detention Slips should be kept in these files.

     

    The teacher will typically handle level 1 and 2 offenses within their classrooms or any assigned duty period with consequences assigned by the reporting staff member and communication between school and home initiated by the same staff member.

     

    Level 1:

    • late for class without a signed pass
    • failure to follow any established classroom, lunchroom, playground, or restroom rules. (refer to posted rules)
    • misbehavior in the hallway  ( to include unauthorized locker stops)
    • failure to follow any established bus, lunchroom, or restroom rules  ( will be reported to the administration for disciplinary action )
    • inappropriate attire (see dress code)
    • chewing gum
    • inappropriate physical play 

    Consequences:

    Parents/Guardians may be contacted via phone calls, written notification, and/or Detention Notice. A student warning may be issued. A parent-teacher conference may also be arranged. A teacher detention may be assigned or other disciplinary action may be taken as deemed appropriate by the administration.  Repeated failure to follow proper bus rules can result in a temporary loss of bussing privileges.

     

    Level 2:

     

    Level 2 Offenses will likely be handled by the staff member and communicated to the administration for review

     

    • repetition of level 1 offenses (4 or more times)
    • possession of or using unauthorized electronic devices
    • purposeful pushing and shoving (e.g. table-topping, , rough housing)*
    • throwing objects
    • damage/defacement of school, students’, or staff members property
    • cheating as defined by the academic integrity policy
    • unsportsmanlike behavior *
    • disrespect toward classmates (to include social conflicts such as name calling making faces, teasing, hair pulling etc.)*

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    Consequences: Parents/Guardians will be contacted via phone calls, written notification or Disciplinary Referral. A parent-teacher conference may also be arranged.  Multiple days of detention and/or temporary loss of privileges may be assigned. In the case of a repetition of level one offenses, students will be issued an extended two (2) hour Friday detention for any fourth offense. If needed, the student will complete a reflective assignment and counseling may be recommended.

     

    *A repetition of these offenses may be reported to the School Safety  Team  for further action.

     

    Level 3 and 4 Offenses will be handled by the administration

     

    Level 3:

    • repetition of level 2 offenses (3 or more times)
    • plagiarism or forgery
    • truancy or inciting other pupils to truancy
    • threatening to fight or assault another student.
    • stealing
    • harassment, intimidation, or bullying of pupils
    • cyber-bullying
    • substantial damage or defacement of school, student, or staff members’ property
    • causing disruption of standardized test, class, or other school activity
    • disrespect or defiance toward any adult or authority figure
    • unauthorized movement within the building and/or school grounds
    • using foul or profane language or gestures
    • gambling
    • public displays of affection which are not appropriate in or around school
    • tardiness (5 or more times)

    Consequences: Parents/Guardians will be notified and a conference will be held. A disciplinary referral form may accompany the communication home.  Multiple days of detention or an extended two (2) hour Friday detention may be assigned .In addition, privileges may be revoked or suspended. The administration may consider in-school or out-of-school suspensions. The pupil may be removed from the school premises until the issue is resolved.  Referral to the proper authorities will take place as required.  Parents/Guardians will be required to pay for expenses incurred by the student.  Family counseling may be recommended. In cases of plagiarism, a student may be required to re-do an assignment.

     

    Level 4:

    • repetition of level 3 offenses (2 or more)
    • fighting/assault)( kicking, slapping punching, pulling hair etc.)
    • vandalism
    • smoking or possession of tobacco products
    • possession, distribution, or use of drugs or alcohol  as per the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
    • threatening to use a weapon ( MOA)
    • possession and/or use of weapons or weapon-like objects (MOA)
    • threatening or planning to cause death, or serious significant bodily injury (MOA)
    • possession and/or use of fireworks or other explosive devices (MOA)
    • assault on a member of the staff
    • sexual harassment (e.g. pantsing, sexting, inappropriate touching etc.)
    • leaving school grounds or a school activity without teacher/administrator permission
    • causing a false alarm (such as a fire alarm, bomb threat, acts of terrorism)
    • Arson or attempted arson
    • False accusations

    Consequences: Parents/Guardians will be notified and a conference will be held.  The administration may consider loss of privileges, in-school or out-of-school suspensions, or expulsion. The pupil may be removed from the school premises until the issue is resolved. Referral to the proper authorities will take place as required.  Parents/Guardians will be required to pay for expenses incurred by the student. Family counseling may be recommended.