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JCDA - Behavior Code

The principal of each school shall develop such rules and regulations consistent with policies, rules and regulations of the board which may be necessary to govern the conduct of the students under their supervision. Such rules shall be reviewed by the board and adopted by reference.

Disruption of School 
A student shall not use any conduct to cause the substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful function of the school. Neither shall a student urge other students to engage in such conduct for the purpose of causing a disruption or obstruction of any lawful function of the school. 
The unacceptable conduct shall include but not be limited to: 

  1. occupying any school building, school grounds or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use; 
  2. blocking the entrance or exit of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of, the building or corridor or room; 
  3. setting fire to or damaging any school building or property; 
  4. firing, displaying or threatening use of firearms, explosives or other weapons on the school premises for any unlawful purpose; 
  5. preventing of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school, class or activity or of any lawful meeting or assembly on the school campus; 
  6. preventing students from attending a class or school activity; 
  7. continuously and intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere with the teacher's ability to conduct class; 
  8. written or verbal threats against self, other student(s) or staff member(s). 

A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to private property or attempt to steal private property either on the school grounds or during a school activity.

Verbal/Physical Assault on a School Employee or Student 
A student shall not cause, attempt to cause, or verbally lead another to believe he may cause physical injury or bodily harm to another student, school employees and volunteers, or persons employed by vendors and other providers of contracted services: 

  1. On the school grounds or property during, before or after school hours; 
  2. On school grounds or property at any other time when the school is being used by any school personnel or school group; or any group authorized by the school; or 
  3. Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event. 

If it is reasonably believed the act was self-defense or an action was necessary to protect some other person, then it will not be considered an intentional act under this rule. Retaliatory, aggressive behavior will not considered self-defense. Violation of this policy will lead to suspension or expulsion of the offending student.

Bullying 
The Board of Education believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. The district, school and community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance. 

Goddard USD 265 will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student and/or disrupts the educational process. A student shall not bully, intimidate or harass another student through words or actions, written, drawn, or spoken. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to: direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving; threats; verbal assault, such as teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation either in person or on the internet, while on the school district’s property or as an educational disruption brought to the school district through a personal or commercial internet communication. 

This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling to and from school in school provided vehicles, while waiting for the arrival of, or immediately following the departure of any school bus at designated school bus stops and at school-sponsored activities whether on or off campus. This policy also includes conduct occurring off campus which manifests itself at school and results in a disruption of the educational process. 

Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action set forth in the student behavior code.

Weapons and Dangerous Instruments 
A student shall not possess, handle or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon: 

  1. On the school grounds during, before or after school hours; 
  2. On school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by any school personnel or school group; or any group authorized by the school; or 
  3. Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event. 

Violation of this policy will lead to suspension or expulsion of the offending student.

Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs and Controlled Substances 
A student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, distribute, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, any unprescribed controlled substance, drug look alike, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverage of any kind: 

  1. On the school grounds during, before or after school hours; 
  2. On school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by any school personnel or school group; or any group authorized by the school; or 
  3. Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event. 

Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this rule. It shall be considered a violation of the rule for a student to possess, use or distribute any prescription drug for which the student does not have an authorized medical prescription from a physician. Additionally, it shall be considered a violation of the rule for a student to distribute a drug for which they have an authorized medical prescription from a physician to any other student(s) 

It shall not be a violation of this rule for a student to possess or use a needed over the counter medication in a quantity that does not exceed the reasonable personal needs of an average user of said medications. It shall be a violation of this rule for a student to sell, transmit or distribute an over the counter medication to any other student(s). 

Violation of any provision of this behavior code may result in suspension and/or expulsion and possible criminal prosecution.

Repeated School Violations 
A student shall not fail to comply with a reasonable request of school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under the authority of school personnel. 

Violation of any provision of this behavior code may result in suspension and/or expulsion and possible criminal prosecution.

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