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Lower Merion School District

Off-Canvas

Discipline Chart

Level/Group One

Actions which interfere with orderly operation of the classroom or school.

Extent Of Behavior, Including But Not Limited To:

  • Abusive language
  • Distractive Behavior
  • Cheating and/or plagiarism
  • Classroom disturbance
  • Classroom tardiness
  • Disrespectful speech or action
  • Failure to follow established procedures
  • Failure to report to a teacher’s detention
  • Failure to submit required note
  • Horseplay / pushing (no harm intended)
  • Littering
  • Violation of acceptable use policy
  • Writing in books or on desks

Disciplinary Options

  • Behavioral contract
  • Parent contact
  • Conference
  • Teacher detention
  • School detention
  • Loss of classroom privileges
  • Work detail in classroom commensurate with infraction
  • Verbal reprimand
  • Loss of network privileges

Procedures

  • An intervention by the staff member who is supervising the student
  • Student may be referred to the appropriate administrator
  • Repeated misbehavior requires a conference
  • A record of the offenses should be maintained for forwarding to the proper administrator in the event that the problem continues and moves into Group Two
  • In any cases of injury the student must be seen by school nurse or other qualified medical personnel.
  • Parents or guardians of all involved shall be notified.

Level/Group Two

Actions whose frequency or seriousness disrupt the orderly operation of the classroom or school.

Extent Of Behavior, Including But Not Limited To:

  • Cont. of unmodified Group One misbehavior
  • Being in an unauthorized area
  • Cutting class, SH, activity
  • Cutting school (cutting more than one class)
  • Disruptive behavior at social functions, athletic contests or extra-curricular activities
  • Disruptive behavior on school property, the properties bordering the school, on the school bus, or at a bus stop
  • Failure to identify oneself correctly
  • Fighting
  • Harassment of other persons/Hate Speech
  • In an unauthorized area/ trespassing
  • Insubordination
  • Leaving school or assigned area without permission
  • Lying
  • Obscene language or gestures
  • Propping open door(s) / opening door(s) for any person(s)
  • School tardiness
  • Truancy
  • Using and/or supplying forged notes
  • Vandalism (minor)

Disciplinary Options

  • Any appropriate option from Group One
  • Referral to outside agency
  • Schedule adjustment
  • Parental conference
  • Social probation
  • Suspension from student activities
  • Extended Day Detention (one or more days)
  • In school suspension
  • Out of school suspension (1-3 days)
  • Removal of privileges
  • Temporary removal from class
  • Search of person, book bag and/or car if caught leaving or returning from off campus or in an unauthorized area

Procedures

  • Student is referred to administrator for appropriate action
  • Staff member submits a written record of offenses and disciplinary actions taken
  • The administrator meets with the student
  • Family is notified of misbehavior and disciplinary action
  • Referring staff member is informed of administrator’s action.  An accurate record is kept of the offense and disciplinary action shall be maintained
  • In the event of an injury, the parents or guardians of all involved shall be notified
  • The injured student shall be seen by the school nurse or available medical personnel

Level/Group Three

Includes offenses against persons or property or offenses whose consequences may endanger the health or safety of self or others in the school. On occasion, these offenses may result in the intervention of law enforcement officers.

Extent Of Behavior, Including But Not Limited To:

  • Continuation of unmodified Group Two misbehavior
  • Obscene and/or threatening calls or messages
  • Petty theft
  • Possession of fireworks, smoke bombs, etc.
  • Possession of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vapes
  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes –violation of smoking policy
  • Student to student assault/ battery or physical attack (no injury incurred – intent to harm)
  • Tampering with fire extinguisher or other emergency equipment
  • Threatening another student
  • Turning in false alarms
  • Vandalism (major)

Disciplinary Options

  • Any appropriate disciplinary option from proceeding groups
  • Out of School Suspension (3-10 days)
  • Implementation of Appendix B (Drug Free Schools Regulation)/ Implementation of Smoking Policy

Procedures

  • Referral to grade level administrator
  • Administrative investigation
  • Administrator confers with parent about student’s misconduct and the resulting disciplinary action
  • Accurate record kept
  • Restitution of property and cost of damages
  • In the event of an assault/ battery, the victim must be seen by the school nurse or other available medical personnel.
    Parents or guardians of all involved students must be informed.
  • Possible police contact

Level/Group Four

Includes acts resulting in violence to another’s person or property or posing a direct threat to the safety of others in the school. These acts are clearly criminal and are so serious that they always require administrative action which may result in immediate removal of the student from school and/or action by the Board of School Directors. Group Four misbehaviors shall be reported to law enforcement officials.

Extent Of Behavior, Including But Not Limited To:

  • Continuation of unmodified Group Three behaviors
  • Arson
  • Assault/battery or physical attack on any staff member
  • Bomb threat
  •  Extortion
  • Furnishing/selling/possession of “drugs”, including drug paraphernalia or alcohol
  • Intimidation: Ethnic, Racial
  • Hate Crimes
  • Possession/use/ transfer of weapons (P.S.C.13-1317.2)
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Student to student assault/ battery or physical attack (injury incurred)
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Threatening school officials/staff
  • Theft/possession/sale of stolen property
  • Use of firecrackers/smoke Bombs

Disciplinary Options

  • An appropriate disciplinary response from proceeding groups
  • Expulsion
  • School Board Action resulting in appropriate placement of student

Procedures

  • Administrative investigation
  • Meeting with student
  • Complete statements by student and staff witnesses or those reporting offense shall be immediately given to administrator
  • Students who have been victims of an assault/battery must be seen by the school nurse or other available medical personnel
  • Families of all students involved shall be notified
  • Law enforcement officials shall be contacted immediately
  • Accused student shall be removed from class and detained in a supervised area. Upon completion of the initial investigation the accused student may leave the school with a parent/guardian, authorized emergency contact or law enforcement official
  • A complete and accurate report submitted to the Superintendent within 24 hours
  • If appropriate, the Superintendent shall recommend action to the Board of School Directors
  • In the event of a weapon, Public School Code 24, P.S.C.13-1317.2, (possession of Weapons) shall be forwarded
  • The student is entitled to a due process hearing before returning to school