Student Code of Conduct /Discipline
ISIV provides an environment that inspires pride, fosters an atmosphere of superior academic preparation and develops exemplary young scholars. Discipline is a key element in maintaining this environment of success. Discipline is monitoring one’s own behavior to meeting the expectations of societal norms. It is an attitude that begins at home, is reinforced at school and is applied throughout life. ISIV places a great deal of emphasis on the character development of each student. Progress is most often recognized by outward actions toward others. With this in mind, students are expected to demonstrate an attitude of respect for their peers as well as adults. In addition, respect for the property of another is expected; this includes school property and the personal effects of others. The final decision in matters pertaining to the Student Code of Conduct shall be determined by the school administration. Students will not disrupt the learning process of oneself or others and will help create a positive atmosphere that maximizes teaching and learning.
Students will show pride in our school by never doing anything that will willfully damage any school property, including furniture, walls, floors, and learning materials. Students will share responsibility in keeping our school building in order. This includes keeping the school clean and free of litter!
Students will show respect for themselves and others by using an appropriate voice level and by using respectful language and gestures. Students at Imagine Imperial do not swear or use cruel, obscene language or gestures.
Students will respect other people’s property by asking permission before borrowing their belongings and using care when borrowing things that do not belong to them.
Students will show care and consideration for fellow students by never using put downs, gossiping, or excluding others.
Students will respect the personal space of others by keeping all body parts and objects to themselves.
Students will not behave in a way that threatens their safety or the safety of others. (Examples of this are running in the hall, swinging from the bathroom stalls, etc.)
Students will wear school uniform shirt, slacks, and shoes in appropriate colors, and will keep shirt tucked in at all times.
Students will be respectful of all posters, student work, or other displays in the hallway by not touching, ripping, or pulling down what is on the walls.
When walking with their class, students will keep hands at their side or behind their back, will walk in a straight line (using colored tiles), and will keep eyes forward. Students may acknowledge others with a smile and wave, but not by getting out of line, giving a high five, or greeting with words.
When walking in a line, students will not touch other students in the line.
When not walking with a whole class, students will be respectful of other classes by using an appropriate voice level and not trying to distract any students inside a classroom.
Students will walk in hallway into the cafeteria quietly and orderly.
Students will wait in line quietly for their lunch, without playing or rough-housing in line.
Student will speak at a level that is appropriate for small group conversations.
Students will be courteous to all cooks and adults in charge.
Students will raise their hand to be excused.
Students will clean tables and areas before leaving the cafeteria.
Students will not take the food of others or touch the food of others.
Students will not play with or throw food.
Students will not throw or kick woodchips.
Students will keep all games and activities open to everyone.
Use the slide properly. Students may only slide down on their bottom; they may not climb up, stop themselves in the middle, or climb off from the top. One student should be on the slide at a time.
Take turns on the equipment.
Students should not play dangerous or rough games, such as tackling, tripping, wrestling, pushing, grabbing clothes, chicken, etc.
Be kind and respectful of other students.
If there is a problem on the playground, students will try to solve it using appropriate words and tone. If students need help, they may tell the playground supervisor(s) what has already been tried and ask for their help.
Students will be gracious in both victory and defeat.
Assemblies are for student enjoyment, and students should learn from them.
Students will use a quiet voice when entering, leaving, and waiting.
Students will be silent immediately at the signal of a raised hand with two fingers (peace sign).
Student will look at the speaker immediately at the signal of the peace sign.
Students will be good listeners.
Students will show support of performers/speakers.
Students will only talk at the appropriate times.
Students will sit appropriately.
*Sit on bottom, not feet, knees, or legs.
*Always keep hands and feet to themselves.
Disciplinary Options Used
The following disciplinary actions will be used in the event of a violation of any of Imagine Imperial Valley’s behavior expectations. Consequences will be determined by the level of severity of the infraction, as well as the number of previous infractions.
Verbal Warning: Student is asked to stop a certain behavior or begin to do what is expected.
Refocus: A brief time-out from class or activity. Student will write (or otherwise communicate) why he/she was asked to refocus.
Detention: To be served after school.
Logical Consequence: A consequence designed by a staff member that is related in some way to the misbehavior. (For example, Misuse of playground equipment results in loss of use of that equipment for a specific time)
Loss of Privileges: Loss of recess time, assemblies, field trips, etc.
Restitution: Repairing damage done by compensation of time, work, effort, money, etc.
Buddy Classroom: Spend time in another “Buddy” teacher’s classroom for a short period of time to complete work or write behavior plan.
Rule Reminder: A communication form sent to parent from teacher or staff member.
*In-School Suspension: A period of time spent in school away from the regular classroom, without recess, special classes, or any privileges.
*Out-Of-School Suspension: A period of time spent in which the student may not come to school.
*Expulsion: The student will not be allowed to be enrolled at Desert Wes*These consequences will require referral of the appropriate academy leader and/or principal. A student discipline plan may be implemented.
Absolute behaviors are severe behaviors that are considered unacceptable at Imagine School at Imperial Valley. These are behaviors that will result in suspension. These behaviors are:
Frequent violation of school rules with no change from other interventions.
- Verbal threats, harassment, or intimidation, or profanity (oral, written, or gestured), or any discrimination based on race, religion, or ethnic background.
- Severe physical abuse, which is defined as willfully inflicting bodily harm on another student through actions such as kicking, shoving, hitting, slapping, smacking, pinching, spitting, or wrestling.
- Insubordination, or willful disobedience, which includes refusing to obey a teacher or staff member’s directions, refusing to accept reasonable consequences for unacceptable behavior, or refusing to work on assignments.
- Any behaviors that break the law, including, but not limited to, being in possession of a weapon or illegal substance.
Suspended and Expelled Students
Students who are suspended during the school day are expected to be picked up by a parent(s)/ guardian(s). Expulsion is the exclusion of a student from school permanently. The school administration will make any recommendations to expel a student to the School Board. A student will be placed on long-term suspension, pending a determination from the Board regarding expulsion. There is no administrative appeal for the governing board’s decision to impose disciplinary action. The school reserves the right to determine which behaviors that disrupt the learning process are severe enough to result in expulsion from Imagine School at Imperial Valley.
Suspension and Expulsion ProceduresGoverning Law: The procedures by which pupils can be suspended or expelled—California Education Code Section 47605 (b)(5)(J)
A. Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion of Students
A student may be suspended or expelled for prohibited misconduct if the act is related to school activity or school attendance occurring at the School or at any other school or a School sponsored event at any time including but not limited to: a) while on school grounds; b) while going to or coming from school; c) during the lunch period, whether on or off the school campus; d) during, going to, or coming from a school sponsored activity.
B. Enumerated Offenses
Students may be suspended or expelled for any of the following acts when it is determined the pupil: Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person or willfully used force of violence upon the person of another, except self-defense.
- Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the students had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, with the Director/Principal or designee’s concurrence.
- Unlawfully possessed, used, sold or otherwise furnished, or was under the influence of any controlled substance, as defined in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.
- Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance as defined in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind, and then sold, delivered or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid substance or material and represented same as controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
- Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
- Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
- Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property.
- Possessed or used tobacco or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets and betel.
- Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
- Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Health and Safety Code 11014.5.
- Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, other school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
- Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
- Possessed an imitation firearm, i.e.: a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.
- Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Penal Code 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a or 289, or committed a sexual battery as defined in Penal Code 243.4.
- Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a student who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of preventing that student from being a witness and/or retaliating against that student for being a witness.
- Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug.
- Engaged in or attempted to engage in hazing of another.
- Aiding or abetting as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person.
- Made terrorist threats against school officials and/or school property.
- Committed sexual harassment.
- Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence.
- Intentionally harassed, threatened or intimidated a student or group of students to the extent of having the actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting class work, creating substantial disorder and invading student rights by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.
*Alternatives to suspension or expulsion will first be attempted with students who are truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from assigned school activities.
C. Suspension Procedure
Suspensions shall be initiated according to the following procedures:
Suspension shall be preceded, if possible, by a conference conducted by the Principal or the Principal’s designee with the student and his or her parent and, whenever practical, the teacher, supervisor or school employee who referred the student to the Principal. The conference may be omitted if the Principal or designee determines that an emergency situation exists. An “emergency situation” involves a clear and present danger to the lives, safety or health of students or school personnel. If a student is suspended without this conference, both the parent/guardian and student shall be notified of the student’s right to return to school for the purpose of a conference.
At the conference, the pupil shall be informed of the reason for the disciplinary action and the evidence against him or her and shall be given the opportunity to present his or her version and evidence in his or her defense.
This conference shall be held within two school days, unless the pupil waives this right or is physically unable to attend for any reason including, but not limited to, incarceration or hospitalization.
No penalties may be imposed on a pupil for failure of the pupil’s parent or guardian to attend a conference with school officials. Reinstatement of the suspended pupil shall not be contingent upon attendance by the pupil’s parent or guardian at the time.
At the time of the suspension, an administrator or designee shall make a reasonable effort to contact the parent/guardian by telephone or in person. Whenever a student is suspended, the parent/guardian shall be notified in writing.
Notice to Parents/Guardians of the suspension and the date of return following suspension. This notice shall state the specific offense committed by the student. In addition, the notice may also state the date and time when the student may return to school. If school officials wish to ask the parent/guardian to confer regarding matters pertinent to the suspension, the notice may request that the parent/guardian respond to such requests without delay.
2. Suspension Time Limits/Recommendation for Placement/Expulsion
Suspensions, when not including a recommendation for expulsion, shall not exceed five (5) consecutive school days per suspension.
Upon a recommendation of Placement/Expulsion by the Principal or Principal’s designee, the pupil and the pupil’s guardian or representative will be invited to a conference to determine if the suspension for the pupil should be extended pending an expulsion hearing. This determination will be made by the Principal or designee upon either of the following determinations: 1) the pupil’s presence will be disruptive to the education process; or 2) the pupil poses a threat or danger to others. Upon either determination, the pupil’s suspension will be extended pending the results of an expulsion hearing.
Students have a responsibility to respect the rights of others and school policy. Students referred for discipline are entitled to the following due process rights:
- To be informed of accusations against them.
- The opportunity to accept or deny the accusations.
- To hear evidence on which accusations are based.
- The opportunity to present an alternative factual position.
- The opportunity to appeal a disciplinary decision in accordance with school policy.
Imagine Schools at Imperial Valley is not required to initiate or complete due process prior to notifying law enforcement agencies.