Discipline Brochure/Student Handbooks–are the most valuable documents for students and parents regarding student conduct and discipline. You will find more information regarding discipline actions within Granite Falls School District, in the official “Student Discipline Brochure” which explains in more details responsibilities and authority of teachers and principals, along with recommendations for disciplinary actions for exceptional misconduct. Much more detailed information on student behavior and harassment/bullying can be found in student handbooks or below:
STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE CODE
The district adheres to a philosophy of developing and upholding high expectations for all student conduct in order to maintain an environment focused on learning. Students are expected to follow school rules at all times while on school grounds, district transportation or at school events. Consequences for misbehavior are outlined in both the Student Discipline Procedures handout (see appendix) and building discipline documents.
District Belief Statement
• Learning shall be the priority in the classroom. All students have the right to an education and the responsibility to uphold that right for others.
• All students and staff have the right to a safe, secure learning and working environment.
• Students and staff are responsible for demonstrating respect for each other.
• All students can learn to be self-managers of their behavior and are accountable for their actions.
• Exceptional misconduct will not be tolerated in the Granite Falls School District.
Consequences for misconduct can range from a verbal warning or parent contact to detention to suspension or expulsion. Consequences are determined on a case-by-case basis and take into consideration the student’s age, severity of the infraction, handicapping conditions, discipline history, and state and federal laws.
Student disciplinary actions are recorded in the school database and may be referred to when determining eligibility for school activities, future disciplinary actions or behavior interventions. Discipline information remains part of the student’s private educational records and is only available to parents and specific individuals as outlined in privacy laws.
Discipline Appeals Process
Parents and students have the right to appeal a disciplinary decision by first meeting informally with the school principal. If an acceptable resolution is not reached, a written appeal may be made to the Superintendent.
Physical restraint is sometimes necessary when a student is a danger to him/herself or others. Every attempt will be made to utilize de-escalation techniques before resorting to physical restraint. Physical restraint will be performed by trained personnel or available adult to maintain safety.
The dress and appearance of students is the responsibility of parents and the following guidelines: students’ appearance should be neat and clean, and the body should be adequately covered. Should a student’s clothing be deemed inappropriate, they will be sent to the office for alternative clothing or will call their parents to bring appropriate clothes. Examples of inappropriate attire include short shorts and skirts, shirts that expose the midriff, clothing that depicts alcohol, drugs or tobacco products, gang related clothing, etc.
Dance rules:All school expectations are in effect at school dances
- Middle School student must enter immediately after school (if students leave campus they cannot come back for the dance).For High School dances after an event, students must enter within 30 minutes of the end of the event. For all other dances (Homecoming, prom, etc.) student must enter within 60 minutes of the start time
- A fee will be charged
- No food or drink may be brought into the dance; food or drink must be consumed in the area provided
- No backpacks or large bags will be permitted into the dance
- Once a student leaves the dance, the student must leave school campus and will not be allowed to return
- Middle school students are not allowed to attend high school dances
Discipline and Student Conduct
The freedom which you enjoy as a student of Granite Falls School District is based upon the belief that as young adults conduct will reflect the acceptance of personal responsibilities. Students whose actions and conduct infringe upon the rights of others or are otherwise detrimental to the educational environment are subject to disciplinary action. We are committed to maintaining a safe learning environment. Individuals involved in disruptive activities will be subject to school discipline and/or referral to law enforcement officials. The consequences for an offense may vary depending upon the nature of the offense and any extenuating or exceptional circumstances. If law enforcement authorities are contacted, they may take action separate from the school.
- Students will be prepared for all classes. This means have all the necessary things required for the class.
- Students will regularly attend class.
- Students will be on time for all classes (in classroom before tardy bell)
- Students will obey all reasonable requests of school district employees
- Students will treat others with respect. Treat people the way you would want to be treated.
Definitions and Consequences of Infractions (including but not limited to):
|Accomplice||A person who knowingly participates in violating a behavior expectation||Student conference||Suspension|
|Accumulation of violations||Repeated violations of different school rules||Suspension||Expulsion|
|Alcohol/drugsRCW 28A.635.020RCW 69.50.435||Possession/use or under the influence (of any alcoholic beverage/illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia on or about the school premises or at any school sponsored activity – includes imitating drug use/use of paraphernalia)Evidence of sale/trafficking/enticementUnder the influence of alcohol/drugs||SuspensionSuspension
|ArsonRCW 9.09.010.20RCW 9.40.060||Using fire to destroy or attempt to destroy property||Suspension||Expulsion|
|AssaultRCW 9.11.010.050||Physical attack. Threats of/or actual physical abuse on another person||Suspension||Expulsion*police contact|
|Bus misconduct||Disregard of state bus regulations (see bus regulations)||Student conference||SuspensionLoss of Privileges|
|Controlled substance||Controlled substance, alcohol, prescription drugs, or inhalant on person, in clothing, or property of student, use of controlled substance or drinking of alcohol on school property, or arriving at school having consumed alcohol or a controlled substance||Suspension*Police contact and drug/alcohol assessment will be required||Expulsion|
|Computers/internet/schoolequipment misuse||Unauthorized use of school equipment or computers, misuse of internet or other Granite Falls School District networks||Loss of privileges||Suspension|
|Closed campus||Students are expected to remain on campus from the time they arrive until they leave||After school detention||Suspension|
|Classroom disruption/inappropriate behavior (repeated)||Conduct (including language) that deprives others of their rights or that disrupts educational procedures and environment||Student conference||Suspension|
|DefianceRCW 28A.600.040RCW 28A.600.460||Willful disobedience, insubordination||Student conference||Expulsion|
|Disregard school rules and regulationsRCW 28A.600.040||Failure to follow school rules as outlined in Student Handbook or classroom rules as determined by teacher||Student conference||Suspension|
|Explosive DevicesRCW 9.41.270RCW 90.74.020RCW 9.61.160||Use, threat to use, possession or sale of explosive device||Suspension||Expulsion|
|Fighting/Encouragingthe Act of fightingWAC 180.40.070||Physical contact with intent to inflict harm. Standing around watching, videoing and/or cheering on a fight; or being involved with anyone seeking to fight another student (texting, spreading rumors, causing disruptions to the learning environment)||Suspension||Expulsion|
|Flagrant disrespectRCW 28A.600.040RCW 28A.635.090||Swearing, vulgarity, profanity or words symbols or gestures, spitting, suggestive comments meant to intimidate or embarrass, directed to a staff member/adult/student||Suspension||Expulsion|
|Forgery, lying, cheating||Producing false or misleading informationMisrepresentation of student work, academic violations||Student conference||Suspension|
|GamblingRCW 28A.600.040||Participating in games of chance for the purpose of exchanging money||Detention||Suspension|
|Gangs/gang related activitiesRCW 28A.600.455||The use of colors, insignia, dress, gestures, actions, and/or language to create reasonable belief that a student in involved in gang activities||Student conference||Expulsion|
|Inappropriate dress||Any clothing that may be disruptive to the learning environment (as outlined in the student handbook)||Student Conference||Suspension|
|Inappropriate language/gestures||Vulgar, profane or obscene language or gestures, symbols or writing, spitting||Student Conference||Expulsion|
|Indecent exposure, indecent liberties||Deliberate exposing of the body generally private, groping, fondling, pantsing or act of||Suspension||Expulsion|
|Overt affection||Physical contact with another person (i.e. hand holding, kissing, hugging, groping, fondling)||Student Conference||Suspension|
|Reckless endangerment||Creating a hazardous condition which may result in damage to persons or property||Suspension||Expulsion|
|Sexual/maliciousharassment Title ViiCivil Rights Act 1964||Unwanted statements or actions that intimidate others: orally, in writing, electronically or in a sexual manner, to create fear or discomfort. To express intent to inflict injury or cause harm, repeatedly threaten, badger or intimidate.||Suspension||Expulsion|
|Tardiness||Late arrival to class or school||Student Conference||Suspension|
|TheftRCW 9A56||Sale, possession of items not belonging to you. Encouraging the act, stealing||DetentionRestitution||ExpulsionRestitution|
|TobaccoRCW 28A.210.310||Possession/use of tobacco in any form at school, on school premises or at any school sponsored event||Suspension||Long Term Suspension|
|Trespassing/loitering||Presence in unauthorized place or without legitimate reason. Refusal to leave school property||Student Conference||Suspension|
|Unexcused absence ortruancyRCW 28A.225.010||Absence not excused by the school, failure to attend school without authorization from parents/guardian||Parent Conference||Juvenile Court|
|VandalismRCW 28A.635.060||Intentional destruction or defacement of property (school, district or personal property)||SuspensionRestitution||ExpulsionRestitution|
|WeaponsRCW 9.41.280RCW 28A.600.420||Possession or use of dangerous object which is meant to inflict harm. Possession of gun, weapons or replica of weapons on campus, includes look a likes (knives, mace, pepper spray, throwing stars etc.)||Parent Conference andExpulsion||Expulsion|
|Vehicle MisuseRCW 9.41.280RCW 28A.600.420||Inappropriate use of vehicle||Student conference possible loss of driving privileges||Suspension|
NOTE: RCW = Revised Code of Washington (state law); WAC = Washington Administrative Code (state law); law enforcement may be called at any time for disciplinary infractions
If an infraction violates the law, law enforcement will be contacted. The commission of or participation in the following activities, which are among those defined as criminal under the laws of the State of Washington and Snohomish County, in schools, on school property, at school sponsored events is prohibited. Appropriate corrective action (long term suspension or expulsion proceedings) will be taken against those who commit such crimes regardless of whether or not criminal charges result. Law enforcement officials will be notified of any criminal activity. Examples of criminal activities include, but are not limited to: arson, assault, burglary/theft, dangerous weapons, explosives, extortion, blackmail, or coercion, firearms, gang paraphernalia, laser lighters, malicious mischief, possession of drugs, alcohol and/or paraphernalia, or being under the influence of drugs and or alcohol, sexting, unlawful assembly, unlawful interference/intimidation with school authorities.
I. Student Discipline Procedures
Behavior Mission Statement
Each student must develop a commitment to act within the framework of rights and responsibilities of the school community.
The district adheres to a philosophy of developing and upholding high expectations for all student conduct in order to maintain an environment focused on learning. Students are expected to follow school rules at all times while on school grounds, district transportation or at school events. Consequences for misbehavior are outlined in both the Student Discipline/Corrective Action Procedures and building discipline procedures.
- Safety is the top priority of the Granite Falls School District
- Teaching and Learning shall be the priority in the classroom.
- All students have the right to an education and the responsibility to uphold that right for others.
- All students and staff have the right to a safe, secure learning and working environment.
Students and staff are responsible for demonstrating respect for each other.
- All students can learn to be self-managers of their behavior and are accountable for their actions.
- Exceptional misconduct will not be tolerated in the Granite Falls School District
In accordance with WAC 392-400-245 and WAC “exceptional misconduct” means conduct that is serious in nature or in terms of the disruptive effect upon the operation of the school as to warrant immediate short-term suspension, long-term suspension or expulsion.
Note: Student-Parent Handbooks provide more detail. Handbooks are available at each school and the district website. Please also refer to policy 5050: Student Conduct for more details.
Definition of Misconduct:
Disruption of Program: disruption of the learning environment or program by bomb scares, false fire alarms, firecrackers, etc.
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying: intentional hurtful, threatening verbal, written or physical conduct. It is unsolicited or unwelcome conduct. Includes digital/cyber bullying.
Abusive Behavior: angry refusal to comply creating confrontational situation or display of violent behavior after directive given; verbally abusive behavior.
Defiance/Failure to Comply: repeated/deliberate failure to comply with a reasonable request from a staff member. Refusal to obey instructions, policies, rules or regulations of the school.
Assault/Fighting: intent to do serious physical harm (actual or attempt to hit, strike or make contact directly or indirectly with an object). See policy 5050 (reasonable self-defense)
Dangerous Conduct: poses danger to another, includes dangerous use of motor vehicles on school grounds, school activity, or endangering students on a school bus.
Lewd, Obscene or Profane language, Gestures, Materials: deemed significantly harmful/disruptive to the learning environment. Includes images, digital materials or sounds. Includes images, digital materials or sounds. Includes gang imagery or symbols.
Possession/Use/Distribution of Tobacco: possession, use or sale of tobacco.
Possession/Consumption/Use/Distribution of Alcohol/Drugs or Chemical Substances: including drug related items or imitation of drug use/use of paraphernalia.
Possession of Potentially Dangerous Items/Explosive Device: including toys that resemble dangerous items/weapons (gun, knife, firecracker, bullets, etc.)
Posession/Use of a Gun/Lethal Weapon: see policy 5050; RCW 28A.600.420, RCW 9A.04.110. May be grounds for expulsion up to one year, as well as contacting local law enforcement.
Sexual Misconduct: includes possession or transmission of sexually explicit pictures, video, etc. possession/transmission via cell phone, internet or other device.
Violation of Federal, State, or Local Law: Arson, Burglary, Extortion, Destruction of Property, Theft, etc.
Responsibilities & Authority
Teacher’s Responsibilities and Authority
Teachers shall maintain good order in their classroom and shall enforce district rules for student conduct.
Teachers shall, in accordance with the due process rights of the students, have the authority to discipline any student for any disruptive or disorderly conduct or other violation of rules for student conduct which may occur in the presence of the teacher. Teachers are expected not only to supervise students while in the classroom, but to assist in the general supervision during the school day.Teachers may hold students strictly accountable in school for any disorderly conduct while under their supervision. They may make recommendations to the proper school authority for the discipline or suspension of students.
Principal’s Responsibilities and Authority
Each principal shall be responsible for the enforcement of the prescribed rules and for the compliance with District and building guidelines relating to the discipline of students. Principals shall have the authority to discipline, suspend or expel any student for any violation of rules for student conduct.
All discipline, short-term suspensions, long-term suspensions or expulsions shall be administered in compliance with state law and the rules of the State Board of Education, WAC 392-400 (Washington Administrative Code).
At the beginning of each school year principals shall make available to each staff member, student and parents or guardians of students a copy of this policy (or summary thereof) together with any building guidelines developed to apply to this policy.
Granite Falls Schools are assisted by local, county and state law enforcement agencies and shall cooperate with these agencies at every opportunity.
NOTE: Federal or state law or behavioral intervention plans may alter discipline steps listed in the chart below.
Definition of Disciplinary Terms
Discipline: all forms of corrective action or punishment other than suspension and expulsion including the exclusion of a student from a class or activity by a teacher or administrator for a period of time not exceeding the balance of the immediate class, subject or activity period.
Suspension: denial of attendance at school or any activity conducted on behalf of the school district.
Short-Term Suspension: suspension for any portion of a school day up to ten consecutive school days. Students shall have the opportunity and are expected to complete work missed while suspended.
Long-Term Suspension: a suspension which exceeds more than 10 days. Long term suspension may result in loss of credit.
Expulsion: a denial of attendance for a definite period of time. Expulsion for weapons possession will be no more than one year as determined by WAC 392-400-275/ESSB 5946. Administrators may petition the Superintendent to exceed the one-year limitation.
Emergency Expulsion: an immediate expulsion of a student when the superintendent or designee believes that the student’s presence poses an immediate and continuing danger to the student, other students or school personnel or an immediate and continuing threat of substantial disruption of the education process.
Suspension, Expulsion, Appeals
Constitutionally and legally sound procedures of due process will be followed by District officials.
Short-Term Suspensions of one to ten days, parents shall have the right to an informal conference with the building principal then the right to a grievance conference with the superintendent/designee within two business days.
Long-Term Suspensions of more than ten days, written notice shall inform the parent/student that a written request for a hearing with the superintendent/designee must be received within three business days. A re-entry conference will be held with the district and student/parents within 20 days of long-term suspension.
Restrictions for Suspensions (under WAC 392-400 and Policy 5050):
Grades five and above program – No student in grade five and above program shall be subjected to short-term suspension for more than a total of fifteen school days during any single semester or ten school days during any single trimester, as the case may be.
Expulsions and Emergency Expulsions parent/student may make a written request for a hearing with the superintendent/designee within three business days for expulsion or ten business days for emergency expulsion. A reentry conference will be held between the district and student/parents within 20 days of expulsion. The school has 10 days to convert the emergency expulsion into a different form of discipline. The district will provide notice and afford due process rights for the conversion action. Re-entry conferences and reengagement plans are required. Grievances and/or appeals from decisions rendered may be directed to the Board of Directors.
In accordance with the 2013 (“ESSB”) 5946, Expulsions and Long-Term Suspensions must be for a definite period and are limited in duration to one calendar year. Building Administrators may petition the Superintendent to exceed the one-year limitation when “warranted based on public health or safety” under rules developed by the OSPI.
Exceptional Misconduct Not Tolerated
In accordance with WAC 392-400-245 and WAC 392-400-260 “exceptional misconduct” means conduct so serious in nature or in terms of the disruptive effect upon the operation of the school as to warrant immediate short-term suspension, long-term suspension or expulsion. NOTE: Please also refer to policy 5050: Student Conduct for more details.
The District Discipline Review Committee comprised of administrators, staff, parents, a board member and student has recommended that the following behaviors be termed exceptional misconduct for which a student will be disciplined by being suspended or expelled from school (including but limited to):