|The School Board of Martin County|
|Bylaws & Policies|
5500 - STUDENT CONDUCT
Respect for law and for those persons in authority shall be expected of all students. This includes conformity to school rules as well as general provisions of law affecting students. Respect for the rights of others, consideration of their privileges, and cooperative citizenship shall also be expected of all members of the school community.
Respect for real and personal property; pride in one's work; achievement within the range of one's ability; and exemplary personal standards of courtesy, decency, and honesty shall be maintained in the schools of this District.
The State of Florida pursuant to F.S. 1006.13 has zero tolerance for conduct that poses a serious threat to school safety. Zero tolerance policies must apply equally to all students, and are not intended to be rigorously applied to petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors. This zero tolerance policy does not require the reporting of petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors to a law enforcement agency. Petty acts of misconduct, include, but are not limited to, disorderly conduct, disrupting a school function, simple assault or battery, verbal abuse or use of profanity, cheating, theft of less than $300, trespassing, and vandalism of less than $1,000, possession or use of tobacco, and other school-based offenses delineated in the Student Code of Conduct.
Florida law requires that students found to have committed one of the following offenses:
bringing a firearm or weapon, as defined in F.S. Chapter 790, to school, to any school function, or onto any school-sponsored transportation, or possessing a firearm at school; or
making a threat or false report, as defined by F.S. 790.162 and 790.163, involving school or school personnelís property, school transportation, or a school-sponsored activity;
shall be expelled, with or without continuing educational services, from the studentís regular school for a period of not less than one (1) full year, and that the student shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.
The Superintendent may consider the one (1) year expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis and request that the School Board modify the requirement by assigning a student to a disciplinary program or second chance school. The Superintendent's request for modification must be in writing, and the School Board may approve the request if it is determined to be in the best interest of the student and the school system. If a student committing either of the offenses enumerated above is a student who has a disability, the School Board shall comply with applicable State Board of Education rules for discipline of such students.
The District shall enter into agreements with local law enforcement specifying procedures so that acts that pose a serious threat to school safety, whether committed by a student or adult, are reported to a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction.
Those acts that pose a serious threat to school safety are listed in the Student Code of Conduct and referenced in State statute.
Any student found to have committed an act of assault or aggravated assault, or battery or aggravated battery, on any elected official of the School District, teacher, administrator, or other School District personnel, shall be recommended for expulsion or placement in an alternative school setting, as appropriate, for a minimum period of one (1) year. The student shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.
Further, upon being charged with such offense, the student shall be removed from the classroom immediately and placed in an alternative school setting pending disposition.
The Student Code of Conduct, which is adopted and reviewed annually consistent with F.S. 1006.07, shall provide for review of a decision to suspend or expel a student pursuant to this policy.
Furthermore, if the School Board receives notice from the Department of Juvenile Justice, as required by law, that a student enrolled in the District has been adjudicated guilty of or delinquent for, or is found to have committed, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld, or pleads guilty ornolo contendere to, a felony violation as set forth in F.S. 1006.13(6)(a), the School Board shall, pursuant to State law and the adopted cooperative agreement with the Department of Juvenile Justice, require that any no contact order entered by a court be enforced and that all of the necessary steps be taken to protect the victim of the offense, or a sibling of the victim.
Students may be subject to discipline for violation of the Student Code of Conduct even if that conduct occurs on property not owned or controlled by the School Board but that is connected to activities or incidents that have occurred on property owned or controlled by the School Board, or conduct that, regardless of where it occurs, is directed at a School Board official or employee, or the property of such official or employee.
The principal shall ensure that all school personnel are properly informed as to their responsibilities regarding crime reporting, that appropriate delinquent acts and crimes are properly reported, and that actions taken in cases with special circumstances are properly taken and documented.
Student conduct shall be governed by the rules and provisions set forth in the Student Code of Conduct which is reviewed and adopted in accordance with School Board policy and F.S. Chapter 120, and is incorporated in the policy by reference.
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