Discipline Policy

School Climate and Discipline

 

Lee Middle School staff believes that the behavior of the students should reflect standards of good citizenship.  The students are expected to respect authority, school policies, and the law; assume personal responsibility for their education and behavior; maintain high standards of courtesy, decency, and morality; respect personal and school property; and exhibit pride in their work and achievement. 

 

The Wildcat Way, a program for behavior and citizenship has been established to help students in their positive efforts.  If repeated attempts to correct behavior are unsuccessful, a referral is made to the school administration.  The discipline program is a consistent guide to consequences which include detention, suspension, reports to legal authorities, alternative learning program, or expulsion.  The discipline policy is in effect on school grounds and during all extracurricular functions and on the way to and from school.  As provided in the Education Code of the State of California, parents shall be held responsible financially and otherwise for willful misconduct of their children.

 

Bullying

Bullying is any intentional gesture or any intentional written, verbal, or physical act or threat by a student that makes someone worry, feel tormented or troubled, and is sufficiently pervasive that it creates a hostile, intimidating, threatening, or abusive education environment.  It may take the form of cyber bullying which is an aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual using electronic forms of contact.  It may include text messaging, picture/video clip bullying, e-mailing, and using chat rooms. At no time is bullying acceptable at Lee Middle School.  Students are encouraged to use positive, proactive strategies to prevent bullying as well as informing an adult when necessary.  If a student is being bullied, he/she must make his/her feelings clear so the bully doesn’t think his/her actions are mutual fun.  Bully Buster and Harassment forms are available by the nurse’s office and in the main office.

Information about cyber bullying will be included in the district parent handbook, sent home on the 1st day of school

Cheating

Students who cheat, plagiarize (to steal and pass off the ideas, work, or words of another as one’s own), or forgery in connection with academics or school procedures are subject to disciplinary action.

 

Classroom behavior interventions

Since discipline is essential to academic progress, the teachers and staff at Lee work together to encourage productive behavior in a firm, fair, consistent manner.  Teachers are here to teach and students are here to learn.  When students make a personal choice to obey established rules, positive consequences will occur, such as verbal praise, Wildcat tickets, notes or calls to parents, special activities or recognition, etc.  When students make a personal choice to disobey established rules, some or all of the following consequences may be used at the teacher’s discretion:

  • Conference with student                                                    ●    Parent/Student/Teacher conference
  • Time out                                                                                ●    Behavior contract
  • Parent contact                                                                      ●    Counselor Referral
  • Teacher detention                                                               ●    Classroom visitation by parent
  • Counselor referral

When these interventions fail to bring about proper conduct, the student may be referred to a school administrator for disciplinary action. 

 

Detention

Detention at lunch or after school may be assigned at the discretion of a teacher or the administration.  Students who take the bus should make arrangements beforehand for transportation home.  Students who fail to serve school detention, whose behavior is inappropriate, or that are late to detention may receive double time or may be referred to the appropriate administrator for further disciplinary action or be placed on a behavior contract.

 

Expulsion

If a student is expelled, the student loses the privilege of attending Lee Middle School for a period of up to one year as determined by the School Board.  If student returns to campus while expelled, he or she will be cited for trespassing on school grounds.

 

Forbidden items

In order to maintain a safe and orderly environment, the following items are not allowed.  They will be confiscated and a consequence may be assigned. This list is not all-inclusive, but contains those items that have a potential for causing problems including theft.

 

  • Aerosols
    •  (Deodorant, Body Spray, Cologne, etc.)
  • Bandanas
  • Cameras
  • Electronic
  • Gum
  • Lighters
  • Medication
  • Rubber bands
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Water toys
  • Zip ties
  • Baseball hats
  • Balloons
  • Energy drinks
  • Laser pointers
  • Music players
  • Weapons

 

 

 

Gang affiliation and activity

Gangs and other groups of students that promote criminal activity or intimidate students and staff pose a threat to school safety, inflict a harmful influence on others, and disrupt the educational process.  The district, school, and law enforcement will monitor the behavior, apparel, accessories, assignments, language/noises such a whistling, and other attributes that may be indicators of gang involvement or emulation, in order to maintain a safe and secure campus for students and staff.  To assist in the maintenance of safety and order, students must walk in groups of four or less on campus. Also see Dress and Grooming Policy on pages 23.

 

Harassment

Woodland Joint Unified School District maintains a strict policy prohibiting harassment of students because of sex, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.  All such harassment is unlawful.  Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and is prohibited by both federal and state law.  Irrespective of the law, Lee Middle School staff believes that all harassment is offensive.  Violation of this policy will result in discipline, possibly suspension or expulsion or arrest, depending on the nature and seriousness of the violation.

Unlawful harassment because of sex, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, or any other protected status includes:

  • Verbal conduct such as derogatory comments, slurs, unwanted flirtations/propositions, graphic body comments, sexual jokes/stories, or unwanted sexual advances, invitations or comments from either sex.
  • Visual conduct such as derogatory posters, photography, clothing items, cartoons, drawings, or gestures.
  • Physical conduct such as assault, unwanted touching, blocking normal movements or interfering with academic performance or progress.
  • Retaliation for having reported or threatened to report harassment.

 

Students should report any harassment to the principal or vice principal.  Complaints may also be made using the harassment form found in the office.

 

Neighborhood policy

It is important to remember to have courtesy and consideration for our school neighbors.  Each student will be held accountable for his or her actions (littering, loitering, or vandalism).

 

Play fighting/pushing/physical contact

Please keep hands and feet to yourself.  At no time is play fighting, pushing, or physical contact acceptable.  This is for everyone’s safety.  Even between friends, sometimes someone gets angry or hurt.  “Just kidding,” “We’re friends,” or other such justifications are unacceptable.

 

Public displays of affection

No public displays of affection are allowed, including prolonged hugging, holding hands, and kissing.

 

Referrals to the office – possible consequences

Counseling/Mediation                          Timeout                                               Parent Visitation

Detention                                                Written Assignment                           Home Suspension (1-5 days)

Thursday Detention                              Parent Conference                            In-school Suspension

Community/Campus Service              Apology Note                                     Behavior Contract (CAS System)

 

Respect for others

Lee Middle School will not tolerate disrespect of students, staff, or adults on campus.  Included are comments of a racial, cultural, or sexual nature.  “Just kidding,” “We’re friends,” or other such justifications are unacceptable. It is the policy of this school to expect each student and staff member to be accepting of other’s opinions, beliefs, attitudes, appearance, dress, color, religion, or sexual orientation.

 

Thursday detention

This program is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to spend up to two hours at school on a Thursday, in lieu of suspension, in a self-contained, adult-supervised, and controlled learning environment.  The students spend this time working on their daily classroom assignments and reviewing ways to be successful in school. Students who fail to attend Thursday Detention will be rescheduled Thursday detention or assigned detention with the Vice-Principal. Students who fail to attend detention with the Vice Principal will be assigned In-School-Suspension or given Home Suspension. Students who fail to follow detention rules will be removed and will be assigned In-school or Home Suspension. 

 

Possible Reasons for Assignment of Thursday Detention:

 

Truancy

Profanity

Defiance of school authority

Harassment

Bullying

Class disturbance with sub

Failure to serve detention

Failure to dress in PE

Habitual tardies

Leaving campus without permission

Excessive violation of classroom/school rules

Chewing gum

 

Self-defense

If you can move and get out of the situation, you cannot claim self-defense.  Self-defense is justified only if a person reasonably believes that using equal or lesser force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm.  A mutual fight is not considered self-defense.  When threatened violence exists, it is the duty of the person threatened to use all prudent and precautionary measures to prevent the attack (getting away, yelling, pushing person away, etc.).

 

Suspension

When students are suspended, they may not come on or near school grounds, including evenings, until the student is allowed to come back to school.  Between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, the student must be at home or with an adult if he/she leaves the house.

 

Theft

Please do not bring valuables or large amounts of money to school.  Make sure you protect your items.  For example:

  • Don’t leave backpacks unattended.
  • Don’t flash your money.
  • Lock up your bike.
  • Lock your PE lock and do not give out the combination. 
  • Don’t show off your electronics.

We are very sorry if your items are stolen or lost, but THE SCHOOL CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.  A police report may be filed at the police station or online at www.cityofwoodland.org (Click on Crime Reporting).

 

Writing on skin

Please do not write on your skin or on someone else’s skin.