Department of Defense Education Activity

Discipline Policy

 

DISCIPLINE:

Discipline Philosophy Statement: All discipline is based on DoDEA Regulation 2051.1. The primary objective of school discipline is to maintain a safe and orderly environment that positively affects academic achievement. The Andersen Middle School discipline policy strives to protect the rights of all students to learn as described in our handbook. The AMS staff believes that all Andersen Middle School Parent and Student Handbook SY 2016-2017 10 students have the right to develop fully their intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical potentials. Discipline is designed to preserve the integrity of the classroom environment. Those who impede this process choose to receive the described consequences.

Students who participate in school activities and/or hold leadership positions in school organizations agree to abide by all school rules and other rules set by the teacher, coach, or sponsor (advisor). While students are encouraged to become actively involved in co-curricular and extracurricular activities, they must realize that participation in these activities is considered a privilege and not a right.

Students are expected to behave in the following manner: 

  • Show respect to others and their property, as well as the property of the U.S. Government.
  • Act in a manner that creates a good learning situation. 
  • Display exemplary conduct at school, at school activities, and on the bus.
  • Obey the established rules, regulations, and laws of the classroom, school, military installation, and community. 

Consequences of Conduct Violation And Penalties: 

Student discipline may follow the progression of less severe punishment for the first infraction with increases in severity for each subsequent offense. However, any severe disruption or offense may result in a more immediate penalty based on the nature of the incident. The principal has the authority to take additional administrative action or modify administrative action if, in his/her opinion, it is warranted by the nature of the misconduct. Students who do not meet the behavior expectations are subject to the consequences or combination of consequences outlined in DoDEA Reg. 2051.1. 

Lunch Time Detention:

Lunch Time Detention may be assigned by a teacher and/or administrator on an as-needed basis. Parents should be notified by teacher and/or administrator when assigned. 

After School Detention: 

After-School Detention may be assigned by a teacher and/or administrator with the Principal's approval on an asneeded basis. Students will be given a form letter at least the day before the detention is to be served stating the date(s) of the detention and the reason for it. This letter must be signed by the student's parent and returned to the administrator or teacher the next school day. Students who miss an after-school detention will have it doubled. If a doubled after-school detention is missed, suspension may result. Students will be under supervision at all times in detention. If a student is assigned more than one detention on the same day, at the same time, one of them must be served the next detention day. It is the student's responsibility to coordinate this with the teacher and administrator. Students who are absent or tardy to detention or are disruptive during detention may be subject to further disciplinary action. After-school detention time begins when the student arrives in the detention classroom. 

Shadowing: 

Students assigned Shadowing must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in order to attend school. The sponsor is required to be present with the student at all times during the school day including lunch. The student and sponsor will attend all classes. 

Suspension: 

Parents will be notified of any suspension and the reason for invoking it. A letter of suspension will be sent home to the parents with the conditions of the suspension fully noted. Suspensions from 1 to 10 days require involvement of school administration, sponsor, and command officials, as necessary. All suspensions are considered excused absences. 

Students serving suspension do have the privilege of making up work for credit. Teachers will be notified of the assigned suspension and will prepare assignments to be sent electronically or to be placed in the Main Office for pickup by parents. Assignments will be graded as though the student had been in class. Tests, quizzes, and exams given during the suspension must be made up upon the student's return. The student is responsible for making arrangements with his/her teacher(s) to make up the tests. 

While on suspension, students may not participate in or attend any school activity (this includes any night or weekend activity such as sports events, dances, etc.), nor will they be allowed on school grounds until they have served their suspension. 

Suspended students will not be permitted to go to another school where activities with the student's school are being conducted during their suspension. 

A student may appeal the disciplinary action by writing, within five days of the imposition of the discipline, to the next higher level administrator (the District Superintendent) if suspension is imposed and to the principal if the disciplinary action, short of suspension, is initiated by a teacher. The appeal must describe why the discipline is inappropriate. The appeal is a paper review, affording no party the right to present evidence or make oral arguments.  

  • The school need not defer the imposition of any consequence pending the appeal, particularly when the discipline is being taken to protect students or to prevent disruption of the classroom.
  • The District Superintendent will issue a final decision in writing within 10 days upon reviewing any case involving suspension. 

If the basis for the discipline or the consequence is reversed on appeal, all records of the offense and disciplinary action will be removed from the student's disciplinary file and notice will be sent to installation commanders and district superintendents to disregard the prior notice of suspension and to remove and destroy such prior notices. 

Expulsion (Formal Hearing):

 In cases where suspension of a student is frequent and is not successful in changing his/her unacceptable behavior, or when a student engages in a serious behavior infraction, a formal hearing with a statement of charges may be held. 

Parents will be notified when a Discipline Committee Hearing is scheduled. 

Parents will be informed in writing in sufficient detail of the alleged offense, the date and time of the hearing, the right to waive a hearing, the right to present witnesses and documentary evidence to refute allegations in order to mitigate the proposed disciplinary action, the right to be represented by counsel or another representative, and the procedures for appeal. Parents will also be given a copy of DoDEA Regulation 2051.1, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures. After the hearing, the District Superintendent will notify the student and his/her parent or guardian of the disciplinary action to be taken. 

The Area Director is the appellate authority. The paper appeal to the Area Director must be made within 5 days of the imposition of discipline and must describe why the discipline is inappropriate. (Appeal information is referenced from DoDEA Manual 2051.1, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures.) 

Serious or repeated misbehavior is also related to the military responsibility of ensuring proper conduct of dependents in the command. School administrators have an obligation to keep military or civilian authorities informed of serious or repeated misbehavior when it is apparent that such actions contribute adversely to the enhancement of the military or affiliated civilian reputation.