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10.22.P.1 Student Conduct

Section 10.22 - Policy


A positive learning environment in our schools start with students, parents and staff having knowledge and understanding of the basic standards of acceptable conduct. The District has established these guidelines designed to ensure a safe environment for all students and staff in our schools.  For these guidelines to be most effective, it is vital for the family, the school and the community to work together.  Students are responsible for observing the laws of the United States, the state of Arizona, and its subdivisions.  Students who involve themselves in criminal acts on school property, off school property at school supervised events, or off school property – and whose actions are in violation of school/District guidelines will be expected to accept the appropriate consequences.  Students are expected to respect the rights and property of others, along with demonstrating high standards of personal integrity.  This includes their time at school as well as going to and from school, at a bus stop and at school sponsored events.  To meet these goals, the District enlists the support of our community.

Dysart Unified School District implements severe consequences for drugs, weapons or threatening behavior.  Any such act may result in a recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion.

There are a variety of consequences (discipline) for other misconduct.  Depending on the seriousness of the situation, there may be more than one consequence for a single event. Nothing in these procedures is intended to restrict the District from imposing more or less severe consequences if, in the discretion of the District, the severity of harm, danger, damage or the potential for harm, danger or damage warrants it, or if one incident involves more than one infraction. The District may impose a long-term suspension or expulsion at its discretion regardless of the listed potential consequences for a specific infraction in the Discipline Procedures matrix.  In general, Dysart Unified School District uses a progressive discipline philosophy. 

The purpose of these procedures is to ensure consistency in discipline consequences District wide. However, the District administrator, the hearing officer(s) and the Governing Board have the discretion to impose a consequence they consider most appropriate for the particular infraction and surrounding facts. Just as the District sets high academic expectations for all students, Dysart Unified School District has high expectations for the conduct of our students. The District will not allow academic progress to be slowed because of the conduct of a few students. Conduct expectations and consequences help to ensure that schools, buses and bus stops are safe and orderly.

In cases in which a student commits the same infraction repeatedly over the duration of the student’s tenure in the District, the consequences will automatically progress to the next infraction level and not begin at the 1st offense from year to year. For example, if a student receives a long-term suspension for drug possession during his/her freshman year and is found to be in possession of drugs during their sophomore year, or if a student is under the influence of drugs in the first semester and then is under the influence of alcohol in the second semester, that student’s consequence would be derived from at least the 2nd offense column of the Discipline Procedures matrix. The District will impose progressive discipline for students in grades K-12 for the following infractions (not an all-inclusive list):
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse  
  • Alteration of Records and Cheating 
  • Aggravated Assault  
  • Arson  
  • Damage or Theft of Property
  • Death Threats 
  • Disruptive Conduct
  • Drugs/Substance Abuse  
  • Drug/Tobacco Paraphernalia  
  • Gang Activity
  • Sale of Dangerous Instruments and/or Weapons  
  • Weapons 

The District has entered into agreements with various governmental agencies whereby the District has agreed to cooperate fully with the governmental agency when a student commits an act in violation of the law. 

Classroom Management Plan
All teachers will work collaboratively with fellow teachers to develop a classroom management plan that is approved by the school administration and communicated to students and parents. The plan will include procedures for addressing common classroom behavioral concerns. It will also include consequences, some of which are listed below. When positive behavioral change is not occurring under the classroom management plan or when the offense is immediately serious, a disciplinary referral to the school administration will be generated by the teacher or staff member.
Informal Talk
A teacher, school administrator or designee will talk with the student, describing the inappropriate behavior and informing the student of acceptable behavior. The parent may be notified. 
Discipline Conference with Student
A conference is held with the student and the teacher or school staff member to discuss the inappropriate behavior and discuss/develop a plan for changing the student’s behavior. The parent may be notified. 
Time-Out Classroom
Teachers may use a technique similar to the alternative learning classroom imposed by the school administrator. In time-out, the student is assigned, by the teacher, to a supervised location isolated from his/her classmates. Time-out generally will not exceed 30 minutes. 
Conference With Parent
The parent is asked to attend a conference with the student, school administrator and other educators to develop a plan for changing the student’s inappropriate behavior. 
Restriction of Privileges
Inappropriate behavior may result in a restriction of a student’s privilege to participate in playground, cafeteria, common areas or specific special activities. The parent will be notified. For example, a teacher may assign and monitor his/her own after school detention, lunch or recess detention. 
Removal From Classroom (in extreme circumstances)
State law allows a classroom teacher to remove a certain disruptive student from the classroom and request that a staff committee determine whether the student should return or be reassigned to another classroom.
Administration Resolution Options
Removal from Promotion/Graduation Ceremony
Administration may not allow a student to participate in optional promotional ceremonies due to inappropriate student behavior. This includes participation in the senior commencement ceremony, eighth grade promotion ceremony, awards assemblies and ceremonies, and any other event where student participation is voluntary. 

Denial of Bus-Riding Privileges
A school administrator may deny bus-riding privileges for inappropriate/disruptive behavior. The parent will be notified prior to the denial taking place. 

Restitution (Liability)
Under Arizona law, parents may be responsible for damage to, or theft of, school property done by their child (including textbook and/or library book or other school issued equipment, damage or loss). Failure to comply with restitution consequences could result in the incident being submitted to a collection agency per Dysart District procedures. 

On-Campus Reassignment
Temporary assignment to an on-campus reassignment (OCR) is an alternative to off-campus suspension. OCR may be imposed for part of a day or for one or more days. The student is removed from the regular classroom setting and is assigned to a location isolated from classmates. Class assignments will be given to a student placed in an OCR. The parent will be notified. 

Behavior Contract
A conference will be held with the teacher, parent, student and administrator. A behavior contract will be written. 

Short-Term Suspension
School administrators may suspend a student for 10 school days or less. The student will be informed of the alleged violation of school rules and be given an opportunity to respond. There is no right to appeal a short-term suspension to any person, other than the school principal. When the student’s behavior causes a danger to self or to others, an out-of-school suspension may be immediate. During any off-campus suspension, a student is not permitted on District property or at District functions/events. Classroom assignments will be provided, upon parent request, during a short-term suspension. 

Long-Term Suspension
In addition to a short-term suspension, the school administrator may recommend to District-level administration that a long-term suspension be imposed. Suspensions exceeding 10 school days may be imposed following a due process hearing. The student and parent are informed of the District’s due process procedures. During any off-campus suspension, a student is not permitted on District property or at District functions/events.

Alternative School Assignment
At a formal due process hearing, it may be recommended that a student be placed in an alternative school setting during a long-term suspension. Expulsion means the permanent withdrawal of the privilege of attending any school in the District, unless the Governing Board reinstates that privilege. A recommendation for expulsion will be made by a hearing officer after the appropriate due process hearing. Only the Governing Board can expel a student. The student’s parent will be notified, in writing, that expulsion is recommended. Notification will include instructions regarding due process procedures. During any expulsion, a student is not permitted on District property or at District functions/events.