2018-2019 Student Handbook

CODE OF CONDUCT Importance of Good Behavior The Wicomico County Public School System has adopted a uniform Code of Conduct to assist in providing a safe and orderly school environment conducive to learning for all students. The Code of Conduct for Wicomico County Public Schools applies to all school environments including but not limited to the classroom and related instructional activities, extracurricular activities such as dances, sports events, school clubs, and field trips as well as the school bus or school related transportation of any type. First and foremost, it is the goal of the Code of Conduct to promote positive behavior in the school environment. Good citizenship on the school bus, playground, athletic field, classroom or any other school related activity is expected. In accord with the Maryland State Board of Education, our school system is committed to creating and supporting schools where teaching and learning take place every day in safe, supportive, and respectful school environments, and where students, school staff, and families are valued and have the opportunity to succeed. All members of the school community have a role in building schools that embody the principles supporting healthy and safe school climates. These principles include but are not limited to: *students actively engaged in their learning, *positive relationships between students and school staff, and *collaboration between families, communities, and school staff to support positive student outcomes. Our schools are the safest and most successful when everyone collaborates, values, and respects each other’s roles, and is invested in common-sense school discipline practices. Expectations for school staff/administrators, students, parents/guardians, and community/city/local organizations, agencies, and others guide interaction and involvement with school discipline matters. Details about these expectations are available in The Maryland Guidelines for a State Code of Discipline , http://archives.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/studentschoolsvcs/student_services_al t/docs/MDGuidelinesforStateCodeDiscipline_08072014.pdf . When unacceptable behavior occurs, the Code of Conduct supports the application of progressive discipline to modify unacceptable behaviors in a positive manner to improve academic success for all students. All school activities are governed by the Code of Conduct and are subject to the same expectations, rights, responsibilities, and consequences for inappropriate behavior. Students are encouraged to engage in positive behavior since inappropriate behaviors and their consequences may have a negative impact on academics and other areas of school involvement. Addressing Unacceptable Behavior Unacceptable behaviors have consequences that will be applied in a fair and equitable manner. These consequences may include but are not limited to: verbal warning, time out when age appropriate, formal written apologies, loss of privilege, detention, parent/guardian conferences, behavior intervention plans, in-school suspension, suspension alternative program, drug/alcohol/tobacco counseling and out of school suspension. An individual behavior intervention plan may be developed to assist in improving student behavior. Students who are suspended may not participate in