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5600 - Student Discipline

The Board acknowledges that conduct is closely related to learning. An effective instructional program requires an orderly school environment and the effectiveness of the educational program is, in part, reflected in the behavior of students.

The Board believes that the best discipline is self-imposed and that students should learn to assume responsibility for their own behavior and the consequences of their actions. The Board does not tolerate violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior by its students.

The Board shall require each student of this District to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct adopted by the Board and to submit to such disciplinary measures as are appropriately assigned for infraction of those rules.

The Code of Student Conduct designates sanctions for the infractions of rules excluding corporal punishment.

Students may be prohibited by authorized school personnel from participating in all or part of co-curricular and/or extra-curricular activities without further notice, hearing, or appeal rights. A student who has been disorderly on a school bus may be suspended from transportation services consistent with Board policy and the Code of Student Conduct.

The Superintendent will publish to all students and their parents the rules of this District regarding student conduct and the sanctions which may be imposed for breach of those rules.

The Superintendent shall inform the Board periodically of the methods of discipline imposed by this District and the incidence of student misconduct in such degree of specificity as shall be required by the Board.

The Superintendent, principals, and other administrators shall have the authority to assign discipline to students, subject to the Code of Student Conduct and, where required by law, to the student's due process right to notice, hearing, and appeal.

Teachers, school bus drivers, and other employees of this Board having authority over students may take such action as may be necessary to control the disorderly conduct of students in all situations and in all places where such students are within the jurisdiction of this Board and when such conduct interferes with the educational program of the schools or threatens the health and safety of others.

Discipline on Board vehicles shall be the responsibility of the driver on regular bus runs. When Board vehicles are used for field trips and other Board activities, the teacher, coach, advisor, or other Board employee shall be responsible for student discipline. If a student becomes a serious discipline problem on a vehicle, the Superintendent and/or designee may suspend the transportation privileges of the student providing such suspension conforms with due process. The procedures for suspension are set forth in the Code of Student Conduct and Board Policy 5611 - Due Process Rights.

No student is to be detained after the close of the regular school day unless the student's parent has been contacted and informed that the student will be detained. If a parent cannot be contacted, the student should be detained on another day.

F.S. 1001.43, 1002.20, 1003.31, 1003.32, 1006.07, 1006.08, 1006.09, 1106.10

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