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5500 - Student Conduct

Respect for law and for those persons in authority shall be expected of all students. This respect includes conformity to school rules as well as general provisions of law affecting students. Respect for the rights of others, consideration of their privileges, and cooperative citizenship shall also be expected of all members of the school community.

Respect for real and personal property; pride in one's work; achievement within the range of one's ability, and exemplary personal standards of courtesy, decency, and honesty shall be maintained in the schools of this District.

The Board has zero tolerance for conduct that poses a serious threat to school safety. Zero tolerance policies must apply equally to all students, and are not intended to be rigorously applied to petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors. This zero tolerance policy does not require the reporting of petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors to a law enforcement agency, including, but not limited to disorderly conduct, disrupting a school function, simple assault or battery, affray, theft of less than $300, trespassing, and vandalism of less than $1,000. The District will seek to use alternatives to expulsion or referral to law enforcement agencies unless the use of such alternatives will pose a threat to school safety.

The District shall enter into agreements with local law enforcement specifying procedures for ensuring that acts that pose a serious threat to school safety, whether committed by a student or adult, are reported to a law enforcement agency.

Students may be subject to discipline for violation of the Code of Student Conduct even if that conduct occurs on property not owned or controlled by the Board but that is connected to activities or incidents that have occurred on property owned or controlled by the Board. Students also may be subject to discipline for conduct that, regardless of where it occurs, is directed at a Board official or employee or the property of such official or employee.

Student conduct shall be governed by the rules and provisions of the Code of Student Conduct. This Code of Student Conduct shall be reviewed annually.

F.S. 1006.07, 1006.13
F.A.C. 6A-1.0404

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