Good discipline in an effective school optimizes order and student safety. It is marked by self-control and an understanding of appropriate standards of conduct. As children mature, they become increasingly capable of judging appropriate conduct accurately. Learning time is highly valued at E.J. King, therefore, so is order.
Discipline will be maintained at an appropriate level, which will result in:
- Growth in student, self-control and problem-solving
- High regard for students and staff
- Pride in the school and community
We expect all students of E.J. King High School to abide by the rules and regulations as established by DoDEA, administration, faculty and student government. School rules apply at all school functions after normal school hours or at other locations.
As per DoDEA Regulation 2051.1 Enclosure 2-A, DoDEA Disciplinary Rules and Procedures, “student conduct expectations apply to student conduct that is related to school activity:
- While on school property,
- While en route between school and home, to include school buses,
- During the lunch period whether on or off campus,
- During or while going to or coming from all school-sponsored events/activities that affect the missions or operations of the school or district including field trips, sporting events, stadium assemblies, and evening school-related activities.”
- Insubordination, Cheating and Plagiarism - Displaying an insubordinate or flagrantly disrespectful attitude or gesture toward any member of the faculty, staff or administration will result in immediate suspension from school. Students caught cheating or plagiarizing will be handled by the teacher or sent to the administrator. Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated at E.J. King.
- Fighting at School - Fighting is not allowed at school, ever. It is rare that a fight is started by one student alone. As a result, when a fight occurs, all students engaged in physical contact may be suspended from school. Repeat occurrences will usually result in progressive discipline.
Sometimes students tell us, "My parents told me if someone calls me a name (hits me first, etc.) it is okay to fight." This is not appropriate at school. If a student feels threatened to the point of needing to defend him/herself, the first action should be to report it to a teacher. Otherwise, the student takes the risk of being suspended from school and harming a student(s).
- Possession of Dangerous Items - Possession of dangerous items such as guns, pellet guns, toy guns or replicas of guns, knives, razors, laser pens, box or carpet cutters, slingshots, numchucks, rocks, any flailing instrument such as a fighting chain or heavy studded or chain belt, objects designed to project a missile, explosives, mace, pepper spray, or any other similar propellant, or an object concealed, displayed, brandished in a manner that reasonably provokes fear is prohibited. Any items confiscated will be delivered to security. Violators will be immediately suspended and required to attend a disciplinary board hearing that will consider expulsion from school. DoDDS has a “Zero Tolerance for Weapons” policy.
- Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco - Students found to be in possession of or under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be suspended from school. This includes smoking in buildings or on school grounds. Students may also be referred for examination at the Branch Clinic. Parents/guardians will be called to accompany the student to the Branch Clinic for examination.
- Truancy - Students who are truant are subject to counseling and disciplinary action.
- Leaving Campus without Permission - Students who leave the school campus without permission will be suspended from school. Students in grades 9-12 are authorized to leave campus during lunch. This privilege will be revoked if they cannot return to class on time following lunch. All other students must remain either in the lunchroom or on the playground.
- Forgery or Impersonation - Students who forge a parent or school personnel signature for absence notes and/or other documents will be suspended from school. In addition, students who impersonate a parent on the phone or otherwise are subject to disciplinary action.
- Defacing or Destroying School Property and/or Student Work - This is an offense that will result in referral to Security Police, payment of damages incurred, and suspension from school. Teachers and students must be able to feel displayed student work is protected and will not be damaged. Theft of any school property or any part of displayed student work will result in disciplinary action.
- Obscene Acts, Harassment and Bullying - Committing any lewd, indecent or obscene act or engaging in profanity or vulgarity may lead to suspension. Harassment of any kind is not tolerated at E.J. King, nor is bullying. Either may lead to disciplinary action.
- Disruptive Behavior - Students who repeatedly disrupt the learning environment in a classroom lose their right to remain in the class. The faculty has been instructed to refer disruptive students to the office. Students who display disruptive behavior in a classroom are subject to detention or suspension, depending upon the nature and severity of the disruption. Students are expected to obey reasonable requests.
- Excessive Tardiness - Students are expected to arrive at school in a timely manner. Lateness is unacceptable. Students who are consistently late to class will be subject to detentions, suspensions, counseling sessions, parent/child guidance classes. Parents will be kept informed so that they can assist in correcting the problem.
- Public Displays of Affection (PDA) - Any public display of affection, such as kissing, caressing, embracing, etc., is against school policy. Generally speaking, any time there is intimate or face-to-face contact, there is a "PDA" violation. School is not the proper place for this type of behavior. Sponsors will be notified and disciplinary action taken as necessary.
- Possession of Prohibited Items - Possession of items which are considered by the school to be disruptive are prohibited on campus. These include squirt guns, radios, cassette, IPods, MP3 players, or CD players, laser pens/pointers, cell phones and game boys. These items will be confiscated by the administration and returned to the parent/sponsor at a later date.
Explanation of Disciplinary Actions
In some cases detention may be used as an intermediate step before suspension. Detention, or sometimes Saturday School, will also be used as a penalty for infractions of certain school rules. Parents will be notified of the detention, a day in advance, by letter delivered by the student or by a phone call by the appropriate school personnel. Detention can be held the same day if parents can be contacted and transportation arranged by parents.
- Teacher Detention: Teachers may assign lunch or afternoon detentions to students who disrupt or misbehave in class or fail to do the assigned classroom work. If a student misses a teacher’s detention, the teacher will contact the parent, and the student will be referred to the administration for further disciplinary action.
- Administrative Detention: The administrators may assign lunch detentions, after-school detentions or Saturday detentions. For lunch detentions students may bring a sack lunch or purchase their lunch in the school cafeteria. After school administrative detentions are scheduled for a specified time after the school day. Administrative detentions will only be rescheduled due to the student’s illness and subsequent absence from school on the day of the detention. Rescheduling is not permitted for sports tournaments, festivals, work, or any co-curricular activity. Rescheduling for prescheduled medical or dental appointments will require verification from the clinic.
- Saturday Detention: Missing assigned administrative detentions or behavior that warrants a stronger deterrent will result in a Saturday Detention for four hours. Failure to attend the Saturday Detention will result in a suspension from school.
Suspension is a disciplinary action for chronic misbehavior or a severe infraction. When suspension is imposed, it will be done following due process procedures and in compliance with DoDDS "Students Rights and Responsibilities" regulations. Parents will be notified when this action is taken because parent cooperation and support increase its effectiveness. DoDDS regulations require that a copy of suspension letters be sent to the base commander and the district superintendent.
When students are suspended, the following occurs:
A copy of the letter is forwarded to the school’s liaison officer Compact Fleet Activities Sasebo to the student’s school counselor. The suspension is for a designated period of time. During the suspension time, the student is barred from all school and after school activities. There is a conference with the parent(s), student, and administration before the student is permitted to return to school. In addition, the counselor or school administration may make referrals to personnel working for community agencies. Such agencies and personnel include ASACS (Adolescent Substance Abuse and Counseling Service) or the Family Advocacy Program (FAP).
- Shadow Suspension: Shadow Suspension, a form of in-school suspension, allows the sponsor/parent to directly escort his/her student through the school day. The accompanying escort attends ALL classes with the student, eats lunch with the student in the cafeteria, and remains with the student for the entire daily routine from the opening of school until the close of the school day. The Shadow Suspension is a method of parental intervention that communicates to the student that inappropriate behaviors are not acceptable. It is an optional program offered at the discretion of the administrator. The Shadow Suspension may be delayed for a few days to allow the parent to arrange for leave. The Shadow Suspension affords the sponsor an opportunity to personally see and experience their student’s school environment. It is especially helpful for truants, disrupters, and non-performers. During the Shadow Suspension students may earn credit for their work.
- Out-of-School-Suspension (OSS): In the Out-of-School-Suspension (OSS) the student remains under the jurisdiction of the parent at home or at the parent’s work site. Students are expected to complete all the work and assignments they miss during the OSS.
- Repeated Suspensions: Repeated suspensions are often an indication that a student, for whatever reasons, may have needs beyond that which the community can provide. In the absence of voluntary parental action to return the student and/or family to the states, the commanding officer/installation commander may choose to bar the student from base or return the student and/or family to the states.
A formal hearing is conducted in which students are given the opportunity to contest the allegations that could result in Expulsion. Students are entitled to have witnesses on their behalf. The hearing committee is comprised of parent/community representatives, command representatives, and teachers. Following the hearing, the Disciplinary Committee makes the recommendation to expel or not expel to the district superintendent. The appellate authority is the Director. DODDS Pacific area.