2018-2019 Student Handbook

TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS Page 1 | 3 I. Letter from Superintendent of Schools............................................................5 II. Four Vision Points..............................................................................................6 III. Philosophy...........................................................................................................7 IV. Wicomico County Public Schools .....................................................................7 V. Conduct, Discipline, and Interventions............................................................8 1. Code of Conduct ............................................................................................9 A. Importance of Good Behavior ...........................................................9 B. Addressing Unacceptable Behavior ...................................................9 C. Responses and Interventions..............................................................10 D. Levels of Responses and Interventions for Violations of the Code of Conduct ..............................................................................................13 E. Consequences for Violations of Code of Conduct.............................17 F. Discipline for Activities Not Occurring on School Premises ............24 G. Parental Right to Appeal Discipline Decisions..................................24 H. Disciplinary Appeals Process ............................................................24 I. Submission of Complaints or Concerns.............................................24 J. Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act......................24 2. Additional Conduct, Discipline, and Intervention Policies & Procedures.....26 A. Acceptable Use of Technology Policy...............................................26 B. Bullying Harassment, Intimidation, or Hazing Policy & Procedure .26 C. Conduct-Based Alternative Education Policy & Procedure ..............26 D. Dangerous Weapons/Instruments in the Schools Policy ...................26 E. Gangs, Gang Activity and Similar Destructive or Illegal Group Behavior Policy and Procedure..........................................................26 F. Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy & Procedure..................26 G. Student Alcohol/Controlled Dangerous Substance Policy ................27 H. Student Dress Code Policy.................................................................27 I. Student Expulsion and Suspension Policy.........................................27 J. Tobacco-Free Schools Policy ............................................................27 3. Additional Conduct, Discipline, and Intervention Practices..........................28 A. Detention............................................................................................28 B. Gun-Free School Act (GFSA) ...........................................................28 C. School Resource Officers ..................................................................28 D. Searches .............................................................................................29 4. Student Rights and Responsibilities...............................................................30 A. Students..............................................................................................30 B. Parents/Guardians ..............................................................................30 C. Teachers .............................................................................................31 D. Principals............................................................................................31 E. Superintendent ...................................................................................32 5. Additional Rights and Responsibilities Policies & Procedures .....................33 A. Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy ..........................33 B. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press in School-Sponsored Student Media/Publications Policy ....................................................33 C. Religious Observance Policy & Procedure........................................33 D. Title I Equivalence Policy..................................................................33 VI. Grading and Academics ....................................................................................34

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