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.
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:
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|
|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|
|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|