PAULDING COUNTY CONDUCT POLICIES

Paulding County School District Student Discipline  - Code of Conduct

 

For full excerpt of the PCSD Code of Conduct, please refer to Policy JD in our Parent Student Handbook. 

 The Code of Conduct is effective during the following times and in the following places:

  • At school or on school property at any time
  • Off school grounds at any school activity, function or event and while traveling to and from such events;
  • On vehicles provided for student transportation by the school system; and
  • at school bus stops.

Also, students may be disciplined for conduct off campus which is felonious or which may pose a threat to the school's learning environment or the safety of students and employees.

 Standards for Student Behavior

Each student is expected to:

  • Demonstrate courtesy with all individuals regardless of circumstances, even when others do not;
  • Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline;
  • Attend all classes regularly and on time;
  • Prepare for each class by taking appropriate materials and assignments;
  • Meet the Paulding County School District and school  standard of grooming and dress;
  • Respect the rights and privileges of other students, teachers,  and other employees of the Paulding County School District;
  • Respect the property of others, including Paulding County School District property and facilities;

 Disciplinary Procedures

The disciplinary procedures outlined in this behavior code are clearly stated to insure that all students are aware of unacceptable behavior that is in violation of school district policies and the consequences of such policy violations.  Offenses are classified as Level One, Level Two, or Level Three.

 Level One

Student offenses classified as Level One are those that significantly threaten the safety of students and staff, significantly disrupt the orderly school environment, and/or may result in injury or significant loss of property. 

Student offenses classified as Level One may result in the following actions by the principal of the school:

  • Placement in In-school suspension (ISS) for ten (10) days or less;
  • Suspension from school (OSS) for ten (10) days or less;
  • Referral to a disciplinary tribunal for a long-term suspension/expulsion from school for more than ten (10) days; and/or
  • Referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency and the district attorney.

 A student who commits a second Level One offense while enrolled in the Paulding County School District may be permanently expelled from the school district.

 Level One Offenses include:

  • Possession of a weapon in a school safety zone as provided for in Code Section 16-11-127.1.
  • Possession of a firearm in a school safety zone as defined by 16-11-131. 
    • Unlawful use or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol
  • Possession of explosives as defined by O.C.G.A. 16-7-80 and 16-7-81, on school property or at any school related event.
  • Falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting or erroneously reporting information regarding instances of alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator or other school employee toward a student. 
  • Assault, including threatened physical violence, of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel.
  • Physical violence against a school employee, with or without harm.
  • Engaging in sexual offenses as defined by O.C.G.A. 16-6-1 through 16-6-24 while on school property or at any school related event.
  • Commission of any delinquent act or behavior which if committed by an adult would be classified as a felony offense.
  • Any off-campus behavior of a student which could result in the student being criminally charged with a felony and which makes the student's continued presence at school a potential danger to persons or property at the school or which disrupts the educational process.
  • The fourth offense of fighting during grades nine (9) to twelve (12).
  • The third commission in a school year of "bullying", as defined by subsection (a) of Code Section 20-2-751.4, for students in grades six (6) to twelve (12); Upon finding that a student in grades six (6) to twelve (12) has committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year, the student must be recommended to a tribunal for expulsion and assignment to an alternative school.
  • Willful or malicious damage to real or personal property of the school or to personal property of any person legitimately at school which results in a loss of more that $100.
  • Marking, defacing, or destroying school property which results in a loss or more than $100.                  
  • Any behavior which endangers the safety of others, including, but not limited to, making a bomb threat, detonating fireworks on school district property or at any school related event, arson or throwing objects from a school bus window;
  • Stealing or theft of school district property or the property of others that result in a loss in excess of $100.
  • Willful and persistent violation of the student code of conduct.

 Level Two

Student offenses classified as Level Two are serious violations of the behavior code.  Offenses classified as Level Two may result in the following actions by the principal of the school.  

  • Warning and/or Counseling with a School Administrator or Counselor;
  • Loss of Privileges;
  • Isolation or Time Out;
  • Temporary Removal from Class or Activity;
  • Notification of Parents;
  • Parent Conference;
  • Detention/Saturday School.
  • Placement in In-school Suspension (ISS) for 10 days or less;
  • Suspension from school (OSS) for ten (10) days or less;
  • Any other corrective measure the principal  may undertake, which he or she believes to be in the best interest of the student and the school, provided any such action does not violate school board policy; and/or
  • Referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency and the district attorney.

 Three or more level two offenses may be considered as willful and persistent violation of the student code of conduct and are cumulative over a school year.

 Level Two offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Disrespectful conduct toward teachers, administrators, and other school personnel, including use of vulgar or profane language;
  • Verbal assault of, physical assault or battery of, and disrespectful conduct, including use of vulgar or profane language, toward persons attending school related functions;
  • Verbal assault of  other students, including threatened violence, or sexual harassment as defined pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
  • Physical assault or battery of other students, including sexual harassment as defined pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
  • Fighting;
  • Bullying as defined by subsection (a) of Code Section 20-2-751.4;
  • Willful or malicious damage to real or personal property of the school or to personal property of any person legitimately at the school that results in loss of less than $100.
  • Marking, defacing, or destroying school property that results in a loss of less than $100.
  • Marking, defacing, or destroying the property of another student that results in a loss of less than $100.
  • Stealing, theft, or extortion of school district property or the property of others that result in the loss of $100 or less.
  • Sexually related offenses not classified as a Level One, including, but not limited to lewd or indecent behavior and harassment;
  • Possession/use of tobacco products;
  • Possession of, or possession with the intent to use, any object or materials of any kind for the purpose of injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body illegal drugs or alcohol;
  • Possession of common fireworks as defined by O.C.G.A. 25-10-1;
  • Displaying or wearing gang articles, paraphernalia, or clothing; recruiting or soliciting membership in any gang or gang-related organizations; or holding oneself out as a member of a gang;
  • Disruption of the orderly school environment, including but not limited to the inciting, advising, or counseling of others to engage in prohibited acts or harassing other students or any school employee through racially disparaging conduct or communication;
  • Failure to comply with the local and district-wide provisions relating to the use of the electronic communication network as defined by policy IFBG - Internet Acceptable Use;
  • Disrespectful conduct toward other students, including the use of vulgar or profane language;
  • Leaving campus without proper authorization;
  • Failure to comply with compulsory attendance as required under Code Section 20-2-690.1 and the Paulding County Attendance Protocol;
  • Willful disobedience, insubordination, and/or blatant disrespect directed toward a school board employee;
  • Repeated occurrence of minor offenses listed under Level Three.

 Before a student is suspended (in-school or out-of-school) for ten days or less, the principal or designee will inform the student of the offense for which the student is charged and allow the student to explain his or her behavior.  If the student is suspended (in-school or out-of-school), a reasonable attempt will be made to notify the student's parents. 

 Level Three

Offenses classified as Level Three are less serious violations of the Behavior Code.  The following disciplinary actions may be imposed at the discretion of principals and/or their designee for any Level III violation of this Code of Conduct:

  • Warning and/or Counseling with a School Administrator or Counselor;
  • Loss of Privileges;
  • Isolation or Time Out;
  • Temporary Removal from Class or Activity;
  • Notification of Parents;
  • Parent Conference;
  • Detention/Saturday School;
  • Placement in In-school Suspension (ISS);
  • Any other corrective measure the principal  may undertake, which he or she believes to be in the best interest of the student and the school, provided any such action does not violate school board policy;

 Bus Conduct

The student behavior code applies to all school district transportation and at school bus stops. 

 Attendance

Attendance problems such as truancy, excessive tardiness without a legal excuse, and/or checking out of school early without a legal excuse will result in disciplinary action by the school. 

 Authority of the Principal

The principal is the designated leader of the school and is responsible for the orderly operation of the school.