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School Discipline Policy

 

PHILOSOPHY

 

School discipline is a collaborative effort by the parents, administration, students, and teachers. The focus of A.C.E. Academy Charter School Discipline Policy is to promote positive behavior choices by recognizing students who engage in consistent positive behavior. However, mistakes are a natural part of growth. We help students reflect on errors in judgment and behavior and support them in learning how to make better decisions. We teach and model positive behavior including listening, cooperation, and mutual respect. We encourage students to make independent decisions and act responsibly towards others and with property. When this occurs, we believe that a very positive and productive learning environment will result, enabling students to strive for excellence.

 

GOALS

 

The primary focus at A.C.E. Academy is the academic success of every student. We seek to build within each child a love of learning, a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, a entrepreneur mindset, and respect for others. Students are expected to make positive behavior choices that promote their safety, the safety of others, and a productive learning environment. In an ongoing effort to combat discipline issues, we have developed a discipline policy that is firm and will be consistently applied.

 

REVERSE SUSPENSION (RS)

 

Any student who demonstrates mid-level violation of school rules is mandated to serve Reverse Suspension. Reverse Suspension is where a parent/legal guardian must attend school with their student for the length of the entire school day (Elementary School/8:00am–3:30pm, Middle School/8:30am–4:00pm). Parents/legal guardians are required to sign in and out and for the day and attend every class for which their student is enrolled including, but not limited to language, PE, music, CTE, resource room, related services, lunch, recess etc. The parent/guardian must sit next to their child at all times and must refrain from using electronics/technology in the classroom. When attending PE, parents/guardians are permitted to stand to the side as not to interfere with the physical activity of the class. This is to ensure that all students can remain focused on the instruction being delivered by the classroom teacher(s). If a student is involved in school clubs or sports, they are not permitted to attend their extra-curricular activity for the day of the assigned Reverse Suspension.

 

Parents will be notified via phone, text or e-mail by the Dean or any member of the Administrative Staff the day the consequence is earned and the Reverse Suspension will occur the following day. If the parent/guardian is not able to attend school with their child, the student will not be admitted to school and will need to be picked up by an adult identified on the student emergency contact card. This will count as a missed day of school or Out of School suspension which is reflected on a student’s official record.

 

Out of School Suspension

 

Students that receive an out of school suspension or expelled shall be excluded from all school and school-related activities unless otherwise agreed during the period of suspension or expulsion.

 

A student identified as an individual with disabilities or for whom the ACE Academy administration team has a basis of knowledge of a suspected disability pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEIA”) or who is qualified for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) is subject to the same grounds for suspension and expulsion and is accorded the same due process procedures applicable to general education students except when federal and state law mandates additional or different procedures. ACE Academy will follow all applicable federal and state laws, when imposing any form of discipline on a student identified as an individual with disabilities in according due process to such students.

 

A student will be suspended or expelled for prohibited misconduct if the act is related to school activity or school attendance occurring at any time including but not limited to: a) while on school grounds; b) while going to or coming from school; c) during the lunch period, whether on or off the school campus; d) during, going to, or coming from a school-sponsored activity.

 

Suspensions shall be initiated according to the following procedures:

 

  1.       Conference Suspension shall be preceded, if possible, by a conference conducted by the Director of Operations and/or the Principle with the student and his or her parent and/or, whenever practical, the teacher, supervisor or Charter School employee who referred the student to the Director of Operations or the Principle. The conference may be omitted if the Director of Operations and/or the Principle determine that an emergency situation exists. An “emergency situation” involves a clear and present danger to the lives, safety or health of students or Charter School personnel. If a student is suspended without this conference, both the parent/guardian and student shall be notified of the student’s right to return to school for the purpose of a conference. At the conference, the pupil shall be informed of the reason for the disciplinary action and the evidence against him or her and shall be given the opportunity to present his or her version and evidence in his or her defense. This conference shall be held within two school days, unless the pupil waives this right or is physically unable to attend for any reason including, but not limited to, incarceration or hospitalization. No penalties may be imposed on a pupil for failure of the pupil’s parent or guardian to attend a conference with Charter School officials. Reinstatement of the suspended pupil shall not be contingent upon attendance by the pupil’s parent or guardian at the conference.

 

  1.       Notice to Parents/Guardians at the time of the suspension, Director of Operations or the Principle shall make a reasonable effort to contact the parent/guardian by telephone or in person. Whenever a student is suspended, the parent/guardian shall be notified in writing of the suspension and the date of return following suspension. This notice shall state the specific offense committed by the student. In addition, the notice may also state the date and time when the student may return to school.

 

  1.       Suspension Time Limits/Recommendation for Expulsion Suspensions, when not including a recommendation for expulsion, shall not exceed five (5) consecutive school days per suspension. Upon a recommendation of expulsion by the Director of Operations and/or the Principle, the pupil and the pupil’s guardian or representative will be invited to a conference to determine if the suspension for the pupil should be extended pending an expulsion hearing. This determination will be made by the Executive Director or designee upon either of the following: 1) the pupil’s presence will be disruptive to the education process; or 2) the pupil poses a threat or danger to others. Upon either determination, the pupil’s suspension will be extended pending the results of an expulsion hearing.

 

Authority to Expel

 

A student may be expelled either by the Charter School Board of Directors following a hearing before it or by the Charter School Board of Directors upon the recommendation of an Administrative Panel, to be assigned by the Board of Directors as needed. The Administrative Panel should consist of at least three members that are experience with the expulsion process and neither a teacher of the pupil or a member of the Charter School Board of Directors. The Administrative Panel may recommend expulsion of any student found to have committed an expellable offense or if the student as reached ten (10) days of out of school suspension.

 

 

 

 
Offense Type Action Code   Offense Type Action Code
Assault resulting in a serious injury 110   Use of alcoholic beverages 110
Assault involving the use of a weapon 110   Use of controlled substances 110
Assault on school personnel not serious 110   Use of narcotics 110
Homicide 110   Possession of chemical or drug paraphernal 110
Possession of controlled sustance cocaine 110   Bullying 003/004
Possession of marijuana 110   Burning of a school building 110
Possession of controlled sustance Ritalin 110   Sale controlled substance cocaine 110
Possession of a weapon (excl fireman) 110   Sale of controlled sustance marjiana 110
Possession fireman or powerful explosive 110   Sale of controlled sustance Ritalin 110
Robbery with a dangerous weapon 110   Sale of controlled sustance other 110
Rape 110   Other School Defined Offense 001
Sexual offense 110   Being in an unauthorized area 001
Sexual assault not rape or sexual offense 110   Cell phone use 001/003
Taking indecent liberties with a minor 110   Disrespect of faculty/staff 001/003
Kidnapping 110   Excessive display of affection 001
Possession of controlled sustance-other 110   Excessive tardiness 001
Unlawfully setting a fire 110   No Immunization 035
Communicating threats 003   Leaving class without permission 003/004
Alcohol Possession 110   Leaving school without permission 003/004
Affray (Group Fight) 110   Mutual sexual contact between two students 003/035
Disorderly conduct 110   Use of tobacco 110
Extortion 001   Assault on non-student w/o weapon 004
Fighting 004/035   Assault on student w/o weapon 004
Harassment - verbal 003   Cutting class 001/003
Hazing 001/003   Skipping school 001/003
Aggressive behavior 003   Gang activity 110
Honor code violation 001   Possession of student's own prescription(s) 110
False fire alarm 110   Possession of another person prescription(s) 110
Truancy 035   Distribution of a prescription drug 035/110
Dress code violation 001   Violent assault not resulting in serious injury 003/035
Inappropriate language 003   Misuse of school technology 001
Insubordination 003   Robbery without a weapon 110
Gambling 003   Cyber-bully 003
Falsification of information 001/035   Under the influence of alcohol 110
Theft 001/003   Under the influence of controlled substance 110
Bus misbehavior 022   Harassment - Radical 003
Harassment - sexual 003   Harassment - Disability 003
Property damage 001/003   Robbery with a firearm of powerful explosive 110
Inappropriate Items on school property 001/003   Physical attack with a firearm 110
Possession of tobacco 110   Threat of physical attack with a firearm 110
Disruptive behavior 001   Threat of physical attack with a weapon 110
Bomb Threat 110   Threat of physical attack without a weapon 003
Assault on student 003/004/035   Harassment - sexual orientation 003
Assault - other 003/004/035   Harassment - religious affiliation 003
Possession of counterfeit items 003   Inappropriate Behavior 001/003
Use of counterfeit items 003      
         
Action Type     Action Type  
Reverse Suspension (1-2 days)  001   Bus Suspension  022
OSS (3-7 days)  003   OSS Involving Hearing  035
OSS for Reminder of School Year  004   Zero Tolerance Expulsion - OCR  110
         
 
 
** Note students that reach ten (10) days of out of school suspension, are subject to an hearing to determined student's current eligibility in ACE Academy.