Disciplinary Code

DISCIPLINARY CODE


Please reference the District Code of Student Conduct to examine the district policy. This explanation of the disciplinary code serves to explain the District Code of Student Conduct as it relates to CHS. In all matters the District Code of Student Conduct will serve as the final word on policy.


The existence of society is predicated upon the willingness of its members to adhere to established behavioral rules. One purpose of education is to prepare young people to participate productively and responsibly in our society. To do so, students must learn appropriate behavior and the consequences for inappropriate behavior. Furthermore, the mission of the Concord School District is to enable every student to acquire and demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and attitudes essential to be a responsible world citizen committed to personal, family, and community well-being. Among other outcomes, graduates of Concord Schools are expected to be:

·         Active self-directed learners who examine options as they initiate and complete tasks.

·         Effective collaborators, who assume various roles to accomplish group or community goals, using self-knowledge, compromise, cooperation and respect.

·         Informed decision makers who consider consequences and make choices which demonstrate intellectual integrity and rigorous evaluation.

·         Community participants who understand and practice our democratic traditions and values, including respect for human dignity, honesty and fairness and who accept the consequence for their actions.

To enable every student to achieve these outcomes, we need to provide a productive, healthy, and safe school climate in which every member of the school community understands the rights and responsibilities of being a member of that community.  A productive, healthy, and safe school climate can exist only when behavior expectations are clearly stated and when the school and parents, working together consistently, apply consequences. The behavior expectations are intended to create a productive, healthy, and safe school climate.  Behavior that interferes with the learning climate of the classroom or orderly operation of the school will not be tolerated. Classroom teachers will handle minor misbehaviors via warnings, detentions, student conferences and/or parent contact. Misbehavior of a greater frequency or seriousness will result in a written referral to the assistant principal.

I.            Building and Teacher Expectations

A.   Each school will establish a building discipline plan. Each teacher in each school will develop and implement a classroom discipline plan. These building/classroom plans will state expectations for students in such areas as attendance, promptness, acceptable classroom behaviors, dress, parking, and other issues relevant to a productive learning climate.

1.        The district’s Guidelines for Certified Staff, part of the district’s Staff Appraisal and Development Procedures, outline expectations for district faculty.

II.          Expectations for Students

A.   It is expected that students will demonstrate appropriate behaviors and attitudes including respect, honesty, and fairness necessary to maintain a productive, healthy, and safe school climate. The following behaviors are some examples of actions that seriously interfere with teaching and learning and are deemed unacceptable in our schools:

·         Use of abusive language or inappropriate gestures

·         Leaving school grounds without legitimate school or parental authority

·         Physical, verbal and/or sexual harassment (e.g. Bullying)

·         Fighting

·         Assault

·         Possession of illegal substances - alcohol, tobacco drugs.

·         Possession of drug paraphernalia.

·         Vandalizing or stealing school, staff and/or student property

·         Possession of weapons or weapon-like devices

·         Persistent violations of school and classroom rules

·         Disrespect toward school personnel and other students

·         Violation of the Dress Code (see also Dress Information)

·         Any other behavior that seriously disrupts the productive, healthy and safe school climate we value.

B.    All staff, primary level through high school, will teach about these behaviors in a consistent manner.

C.    Students are also expected to abide by all federal, state and local laws.

III.        Consequences/Building Discipline Plan

Other forms of misbehavior, which are neither anticipated nor listed, will be dealt with individually. Mitigating circumstances will be considered and dealt with individually.

A.   You can expect administrative detentions if you choose to engage in activity such as:  (Repeated violations can result in suspension)

·         being chronically tardy to class

·         being in an unauthorized area

·         cutting teacher detention

·         being disrespectful (derogatory remarks including name calling) to others

·         creating a disturbance or being disruptive

·         eating in unauthorized areas

·         drinking beverages from inappropriate containers

·         cutting study hall

·         failing to properly dispose of trash in Student Center or on school property

·         leaving school grounds during the school day without permission (will also require a parent re-entry meeting with the principal )

·         loitering at Pizza Fina or near school property

·         throwing snowballs

·         wandering the halls or stairways

·         violating cell phone expectations

B.    You can expect in-school suspension (ISS) /out-of-school suspension (OSS) if you choose to engage in activity such as:  (Repeated violations can result in longer suspensions)

·         being disrespectful, abusive or insubordinate toward school personnel

·         trespassing on school grounds when suspended

·         falsely calling yourself or someone else in as absent or tardy

·         repeatedly cutting classes

·         truancy

·         repeatedly cutting detention

·         forging a note, pass, or signature

·         persistently or chronically misbehaving

·         possessing tobacco products (first offense)

·         refusing to identify yourself or refusing to show student ID card when requested by school personnel

·         parking/driving violations

·         violating district Internet Policy

·         refusing to hand over a cell phone when asked by a staff member

C.    You can expect suspension, possible legal action, restitution, and/or expulsion if you choose to:

·         assault someone (fighting)

·         ignite, possess or transfer an explosive device such as a firecracker, smoke bomb, pepper gas or other dangerous object

·         possess, use, be under the influence of and/or transfer: alcohol, controlled substance or a “look-a-like” drug or alcohol substance

·         possess or use drug paraphernalia, or a refusal to consent to a search if there is a reasonable suspicion that you have such items

·         set off a fire alarm or cause the building to be evacuated

·         smoke or use tobacco products

·         steal, vandalize or destroy school or personal property

·         threaten the physical or psychological well-being of others

·         trespass

·         be chronically truant

·         engage in repeated verbal or physical harassment of others, particularly with regard to race, religion, ethnic background, sex, political views, sexual orientation or social or economic status

·         violate city, state or federal laws on school grounds

·         violate district weapons policy (School Board policy #520)

·         violate district policy sexual harassment (School Board policy #521)

·         violate district bullying policy (School Board policy #539)

·         participate in any retaliatory action toward school district employees


D.   SOCIAL PROBATION

·         Students who fail to serve disciplinary consequences (detentions, ISS), are identified as habitual offenders, or commit serious infractions may be placed on Social Probation and may not be allowed to attend school functions beyond the scheduled school day (awards nights, athletic events, concerts, dances,banquets, and senior activities including class trip, prom and graduation) until removed from social probation by an administrator.  (See additional reminder about Senior Activities on page 32)

DISCIPLINARY CODE - Safe School Zone

It is the policy of the Concord School District that all school buildings, property, bus stops and routes, and associated areas shall be safe environments for students, free of danger posed by the presence of weapons or conduct which threatens harm by means of weapons or objects used as weapons. It is the policy of the Concord School District that the provisions of RSA 193-D:2, the Safe School Zone Act, be carried out in all respects. A summary of the policy follows. Students or parents who have questions regarding this policy or who want a copy of the policy may inquire at the principal’s office where copies of the full policy are stored.

I.            Weapons Policy

A.   Weapons such as, but not limited to, firearms, explosives, incendiaries, martial arts weapons (as defined by RSA 159:20), clubs, billies, knives, metallic knuckles, or containers containing chemicals such as pepper gas or mace or other objects used as weapons are not permitted on school property, school buses, or at school sponsored activities. “Weapons” shall mean any object whose use at the time or whose primary purpose is to cause or, by intimidation, to threaten to cause bodily harm or injury to any person. Student violations of this policy will result in both school disciplinary action and possible notification of local police. Suspension or expulsion could result.

B.    In addition, any student who is determined to have brought a firearm (as defined by 18 U.S.C. 921) to school without prior written approval will be expelled for not less than one year (365 days). This expulsion may be modified by the superintendent upon review of the specific case in accordance with other applicable law and district policy.

C.    Weapons under control of law enforcement personnel are permitted.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

I.          Violations of the Safe School’s Zone could result in the following:

A.   Short-term suspension by the high school administration between one (1) and ten (10) school days depending on the infraction. Be recommended to the Superintendent of Schools for a long-term suspension.

B.    Long-term suspension by the superintendent greater than ten (10) school days but less than ninety (90) days, or to the end of the current semester whichever is greater.

C.    Long-term suspension by the school board greater than ninety (90) days but less than one (1) year.

D.   Expulsion by the school board greater than one (1) year.

II.          The following due process procedures have been adopted by the Concord School District.

A.   Short-term suspensions (1 - 10 days) - The student will be entitled to notice and hearing, an opportunity to present his/her side of the story, and an explanation of any disciplinary action taken. THERE IS NO APPEAL FROM THIS SUSPENSION.

B.    Long-term Suspensions by Superintendent (greater than 10 days) The student shall be entitled to a hearing to review all evidence. After the hearing the student will be given a written decision. The decision may be appealed to the local school board.

C.    Long-term suspensions greater than ninety (90) but less than a year or expulsions by the school board. These may be appealed to the State Board of Education.

D.   At any hearing provided in paragraph A - C above, students have the right to be represented by legal counsel, the right to present any evidence and to cross-examine interviewers.

III.        Reporting To Concord Police Department

The district’s Safe School Policy pursuant to RSA 193:13 requires that we report to the Concord Police Department incidents of theft, vandalism and violence. If your son/daughter has been involved in one or more of these behaviors the school administration will share this information with the police who may take additional action.

Pursuant to RSA 193-D:4, all acts of theft, destruction or violence shall be reported to the Concord Police Department.

A.   “Any public or private school employee who has witnessed or who has information from the victim of an act of theft, destruction, or violence in a safe school zone shall report such act in writing immediately to a supervisor. A supervisor receiving such report shall immediately forward such information to the school principal who shall file it with the local law enforcement authority. Such report shall be made by the principal to the local law enforcement authority immediately, by telephone or otherwise, and shall be followed within 48 hours by a report in writing.”

B.    The Report required above will be completed using form #Ed 317.

IV.        Proceedings regarding student with disabilities.

In the event a student being considered for long-term suspension or expulsion is disabled, certain additional procedures will apply. These procedures may require a meeting of the student’s team to consider whether the behavior is a manifestation of the disability. Certain additional time periods apply to cases involving a student with disabilities. The full school policy and state and federal regulations should be consulted by any parent or student who questions whether a student being disciplined is or might be disabled. Copies of the policy and applicable rules are maintained in the principal’s office.

V.          Legal Services

There are low-cost or no-fee legal services available to students and parents. Information may be obtained from the New Hampshire Bar Association (603-224-6942) or through the Principal’s Office.


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