ALCOHOL POSSESSION AND/OR USE: Possession, sale, purchase, or use of alcoholic beverages. Use means the person is caught in the act of using, admits to use, or is discovered to have used in the course of an investigation.
ARSON: To cause damage or cause to be damaged, by fire or explosion, any dwelling, structure, or conveyance, whether occupied or not, or its contents.
BATTERY: The physical use of force or violence by an individual against another and resulting in more serious bodily injury. The attack must be serious enough to warrant consulting law enforcement and must also be reported in the related element “INJURY RELATED.” To distinguish from FIGHTING, REPORT AN INCIDENT AS Battery only when the force or violence is carried out against a person who is not fighting back.
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT PLAN: The system or procedure expected of students to follow in all classrooms related to rules.
BREAKING/ENTERING: The unlawful entry with force or unauthorized presence in a building or other structure or conveyance with evidence of the intent to damage or remove property or harm a person.
BULLYING: The incident is bullying if the incident includes systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): This program allows students to wirelessly access the Internet for limited educational purposes.
CHEATING: The act of or the intent to fraudulently deceive.
CODE 81-OFF CAMPUS NON-SCHOOL RELATED: Used for a student that has been arrested or charged with a serious violent felony off-campus.
COMPUTER MISUSE: Inappropriate use including, but not limited to, breaking into restricted accounts or networks, modifying files without permission, illegally copying software and entering or distributing inappropriate or unauthorized files; vandalism of computer equipment.
CONSEQUENCES: What happens when you break a rule.
CONTINUAL DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR: Repeated failure to comply with district policies or school rules or with the direction of the school staff. In accordance with Senate Bill No. 7026, any student who exhibits a pattern of continuous violent or disruptive behavior that would pose a threat to school safety may be assigned to an alternative educational program or receive referral to mental health services as identified by the District pursuant to s.1012.584(4).
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: Any medication, drug or substance that is regulated by law. Prescribed medications must be registered and distributed by school personnel using School Board procedures.
CUMULATIVE RECORD: Records maintained on a student for each year they are in school.
DEFIANCE: Blatant refusal to follow legitimate and reasonable directive.
DISOBEDIENCE/INSUBORDINATION: Failure to obey the reasonable request of an adult in authority.
DISRESPECTFUL: Talking back to teacher, school bus driver or other adult person. Exhibiting a lack of respect, regard and rude behavior toward another person.
DISRUPTION ON CAMPUS, SCHOOL BUS OR SCHOOL EVENT: Disruptive behavior that poses a serious threat to the learning environment, health, safety, or welfare of others.
DISRUPTIVE: Causing a disturbance in the lunch room, hallway, library, etc.
DRESS CODE: Failure to meet the schools dress code policy.
DRUG POSSESSION AND/OR USE: The use or possession of any drug, narcotic, or controlled substance or any substance when used for chemical intoxication. Use means the person is caught in the act of using, admits to use or is discovered to have used in the course of an investigation.
DRUG SALES AND/OR DISTRIBUTION: The manufacture, cultivation, sale or distribution of any drug, narcotic, controlled substance or substance represented to be a drug.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES (DIGITAL): Any district provided or personally owned computer or electronic device including, but not limited to, phones, tablets, notebooks/laptops, wearable (e.g. Google Glass, smartwatches), iPod touches (or similar), and e- readers. Under teacher or administrator approval and supervision, students are able to wirelessly access the Internet for limited education purposes. Use of broadband networks, provided by cellular carriers via device or hotspot is prohibited while on Hillsborough County Public School property.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES (NON-DIGITAL): Any radios, tape players, laser pointers, or other unnecessary devices deemed potentially disruptive. Students bringing any of these for a class project must make arrangements with the teacher or assistant principal for safe keeping. The school shall not accept the responsibility for personal property or money.
FALSE FIRE ALARMS AND BOMB THREATS: Intentionally activating a false fire alarm or turning in a false bomb threat (automatically shall be recommended for expulsion).
FALSIFICATION OF RECORDS: Any forgery of school records or student documents.
FIGHTING: When two or more persons mutually participate in use of force or physical violence that requires physical restraint or results in injury.
FIREARMS: Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; any destructive device; or any machine gun. The term “firearm” does not include an antique firearm unless the antique firearm is used in the commission of a crime.
FORGERY: The making of a false or misleading document with the intent to deceive or defraud.
GAMBLING: Any participation in games or activities of chance for money and/or things of value.
GANG-RELATED ACTIVITY: Any activity or behavior that indicates involvement with a gang such as hand signals, graffiti, gang attire, and wearing of colors.
HARASSMENT: Any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal, or physical conduct that 1) places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property, 2) has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits, or 3) has the effect of substantially
disrupting the orderly operation of a school including any course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress in such a person and serves no legitimate purpose.
HAZING: Any action or situation that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student at a school with any of the grades 6 through 12 for purposes of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any school-sanctioned organization.
HOMICIDE: The unjustified killing of one human being by another.
JUVENILE ASSESSMENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM (JAAP) (Formerly Civil Citation): Consequence in lieu of an arrest.
KIDNAPPING: Forcibly, or by threat, confining, abducting, or imprisoning another person against his/her will and without lawful authority.
LARCENY/THEFT/MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT: The unauthorized taking, carrying, riding away, or concealing the property of another person, including motor vehicle, without threat, violence, or bodily harm.
LEFT CAMPUS WITHOUT PERMISSION: Not receiving permission to leave the campus.
NON-COMPLIANCE WITH ASSIGNED DISCIPLINE: Failure to follow directions concerning disciplinary action assigned by the teacher of school administrator.
NON-CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: Improper use or possession of over-the-counter medicines in violation of school policies, school district policies, or by local, state, or federal laws.
OTHER MAJOR UNCLASSIFIED OFFENSES: Any serious, harmful incident resulting in the need for law enforcement intervention not previously classified.
OTHER MINOR INCIDENTS: Any other minor incidents that are not included in one of the above categories. Specific description of incident will be recorded.
PARENT LINK: An automated calling system for communication with parents and staff. Calls can be sent to all parents and staff in the district, or to smaller groups of each.
PARKING VIOLATIONS: Failure to follow directions in the school parking lot or neighborhood off-campus street parking. These may include areas normally used for parking by students. (Secondary Students Only)
PETTY THEFT: Taking property of another person without that person’s permission. The dollar amount or the value of the property taken is not more than $300.
PHYSICAL ATTACK: An actual and intentional striking of another person against his/her will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to an individual.
PLAGIARISM: An act of stealing or passing off the ideas or words of another as one’s own; the use of a created production without crediting the source; literary theft; presenting as new and original an idea or product derived from existing source.
PROFANITY: Use of profane or abusive language directed towards or in the presence of another student, teacher, or other adult.
ROBBERY: The taking or attempted taking of anything of value that is owned by another person or organization, under the confrontational circumstances of force or threat or force or violence and/or putting the victim in fear.
SEXUAL ASSAULT: An incident that includes a threat of rape, fondling, indecent liberties, child molestation, or sodomy. The threat must include all of the following elements: 1) intent, 2) fear, and 3) capability.
SEXUAL BATTERY: Forced or attempted oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by using a sexual organ or an object simulating a sexual organ, or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any body part or object.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Unwanted verbal or physical behavior with sexual connotations by an adult or student that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment, cause discomfort or humiliation or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation. (State Board of Education Rule 6A-19.008(1)). An incident when one person demands a sexual favor from another consequence.
SEXUAL OFFENSES: 1) Other sexual contact, including intercourse, without force or threat of force, 2) subjecting an individual to lewd sexual gestures, comments, sexual activity, or exposing private body parts in a lewd manner.
SKIPPING CLASS: Not reporting to class for the whole or majority of a class period(s).
SUSPENSION: The temporary removal of a student from instruction at a public school and all school-sponsored activities for a period of time not to exceed ten days and the remanding of the student to parental custody. In-School Suspension: removal of a student from the regular school program for placement in an alternative setting for a period of time not to exceed ten school days.
TARDINESS: Not being in assigned seat or location at the sound of the bell.
THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM: Threat assessment teams shall be established at each school whose duties include the coordination of resources and assessment and intervention with individuals whose behavior may pose a threat to the safety of school staff or students consistent with the model policies developed by Office of Safe Schools. Primary responsibilities may include but are not limited to recommendations and referral for mental health services identified by the school district pursuant to s. 1012.584(4), when appropriate.
THREAT/INTIMIDATION: (Instilling fear in others) A threat to cause physical harm to another person with or without the use of a weapon that includes all of the following elements: 1) intent – an intention that the threat is heard or seen by the person who is the object of the threat; 2) fear – a reasonable fear or apprehension by the person who is the object of the threat that the threat could be carried out; and 3)
capability – the ability of the offender to actually carry out the threat directly or by a weapon or other instrument that can easily be obtained.
TOBACCO POSSESSION AND/OR USE: (Cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, vapors, or other forms of tobacco) The possession, use, distribution, or sale of tobacco or nicotine products on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, or on school transportation by any person under the age of 18.
TRESPASSING: (Illegal entry onto campus) To enter or remain on school grounds/campus, school transportation, or at a school sponsored event/off campus without authorization or invitation and with no lawful purpose for entry.
TRUANCY: Non-approved absence all day from school or other previously approved activity at which the student was assigned to attend.
UNSUBSTANTIATED BULLYING: After complete investigation and follow up of a reported bullying incident, the investigator determines that there is not enough evidence to substantiate that the incident meets the criteria of a prohibited act under the definition of harassment as listed in the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for all Students Act (section 1006.147, F.S.)
UNSUBSTANTIATED HARASSMENT: After a complete investigation and follow up of a reported harassment incident, the investigator determines that there is not enough evidence to substantiate that the incident meets the criteria of a prohibited act under the definition of harassment as listed in the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for all Students Act (section 1006.147, F.S.)
VANDALISM: The intentional destruction, damage, or defacement of public/personal property without consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.
WEAPON: Any dirk, knife, metallic knuckles, slingshot, billie, tear gas gun, electronic weapon or device, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon except a firearm or a common pocket-knife, plastic knife, blunt-bladed table knife, or any object that can inflict serious harm.
WEAPONS POSSESSION: Possession of any instrument or object (as defined by Section 790.001(13), Florida Statutes, or district code of conduct) that can inflict serious harm on another person or that can place a person in reasonable fear of serious harm.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY: It is the intent of the legislature to promote a safe and supportive learning environment in schools, to protect students and staff from conduct that poses a serious threat to school safety, and to encourage schools to use alternatives to expulsion or referral to law enforcement agencies by addressing disruptive behavior through restitution, civil citation, teen court, neighborhood restorative justice; or similar programs.