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    Code of Conduct

     

    The objective of the Manasquan High School discipline policy is two-fold. First, it is to ensure the maintenance of an orderly school environment that is conducive to student learning. Second, it is to teach students to be proactive and to take responsibility in all types of situations. The purpose of this code of conduct is to support students’ rights to an education that supports students’ development into better people and productive citizens.

     

    Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to disrupt the education of other students. Students who disrupt the education of others will be subject to the disciplinary code as published. The discipline policy is intended as a guideline for administrative action. However, the administration retains the right to modify it or use discretion when and where necessary.

     

    This policy establishes a system of After-School Detention (ASD), Saturday Detention (SD), In-School Suspension (ISS), and Out-of-School Suspension (OSS).  Administrative detention will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Students will be assigned detention or suspension in accordance with the list of disciplinary infractions (see list on following pages).

     

    When a Saturday Detention (SD) is assigned, parents will be notified in advance, either by phone call or by letter.

     

    Any student assigned to ISS/OSS may not participate in any co-curricular activity until the suspension is served to its completion.

     

    Students are expected to report to each class prepared and on time.  Disciplinary action, including detention and possible loss of credit, will be assigned to students who are late.  Your teachers will explain the impact that lateness and being unprepared has on class participation, which is part of your grade:

    • Students are expected to follow guidelines and procedures established by the classroom teacher.
    • Be seated and ready to work before the bell rings.
    • Participate regularly.  Your contributions affect your grades.
    • Take care of classroom furniture.  Students who vandalize school property are to be referred to the office.  Writing on desks may result in demerits and/or detention.
    • Be sure your work is done neatly and to the best of your ability.
    • Pay attention to your teacher.
    • Come prepared with pencils, pens and books.  
    • It is the teacher, not the bell that dismisses classes. Students must remain seated until your teacher dismisses you.
    • A hall pass is required to leave a class in session.  Detention may be assigned to students who violate this procedure.
    • Texts and other materials on loan to you are to be properly covered and cared for.

     

     

    Student Disciplinary Rules & Regulations

     

    The purpose of this policy is to present a fair, firm, and orderly process for handling individual and repeated infractions of school rules and regulations.  Though this policy attempts to couple the seriousness of an offense with appropriate punishment by assignment to certain levels, the administrator in charge must be afforded some latitude in handling individual cases and assigning a level. 

     

    Students have a right to attend school in a safe and secure environment. *Students have the right to appeal any disciplinary outcome to the building principal. All disciplinary assignments are at the discretion of the building principal or designee/Assistant Principal. Students will be notified of any disciplinary outcomes/infractions by the building principal or designee by due process.

     

    Student Disciplinary Appeal Process (BOE Policy & Regulation #5600):

     

    1. Level 1- Building Principal or Designee
    2. Level 2- Superintendent of Schools
    3. Level 3 – Board of Education

     

     

    PUNISHMENT – OFFENSE

     

    CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE

     

    The individual staff member may at any time choose to contact a parent.  Staff members should maintain a discipline log, noting dates/actions taken at levels one and two as indicated below.

     

    Most behavioral issues can be resolved at levels one and two; however, students will be referred DIRECTLY to the administration for more serious infractions.  In those instances, appropriate consequences will be imposed at Level Three. In addition, the administration always reserves the right to intervene and act if behavior is deemed inappropriate or in violation of district-wide policies.

     

    LEVEL ONE:

     

    The individual staff member will meet with the student to:

    • Identify the inappropriate behavior.
    • Discuss the inappropriate behavior with the student and a change in behavior that the student and teacher agree upon.
    • Involve the student in developing an action plan for a change in behavior that the student and teacher agree upon.
    • Contact Parent

     

    LEVEL TWO:

     

    If a change in behavior is not observed, because of the agreed upon level one action plan, the individual staff member will meet with the student to:

    • Identify the inappropriate behavior.
    • Discuss the inappropriate behavior with the student.
    • Possibly assign teacher detention
    • Call the parent (mandatory)

     

     

    THE FOLLOWING ARE EXAMPLES OF DISCIPLINE HANDLED ON LEVEL I AND LEVEL II:

                                                   

    • Possession of, or playing with dice, cards, or other gambling paraphernalia
    • Disruptive behavior in class
    • In halls without a pass
    • Eating food outside the cafeteria
    • Excessive talking in class
    • Lying to a school staff member
    • Personal cell phone use/violations

     

    LEVEL THREE:

     

    If a change in behavior is not observed after the steps in levels one and two have been satisfied, the staff member will complete a “disciplinary referral” and submit it to the assistant principal.  Upon receipt of a referral, the assistant principal will take the appropriate administrative action as outlined in the later sections of this code of conduct.  Copies of all disciplinary referrals are sent to parents and guidance counselors indicating the reasons for the referral, the staff member’s actions taken prior to the referral, and administrative actions taken after the referral.

                    

    It is assumed that staff have already followed Level I and Level II procedures.

     

    Immediate Level III Offenses:

     

     

    1. Dress Code Violation

                  First Offense: Warning

                  Second Offense: 1 day ASD

                  Third Offense: 2 days ASD

     

    1. Failure to wear Student ID

             First Offense: Warning

             Second Offense: 1 day ASD

             Third Offense: 2 days ASD  

    1. Failure to report to ASD  

           First Offense: 2 days ASD

    Second Offense: 1 day ISS plus 2 days ASD

    Third Offense: 3 days ISS, conference w/ Principal & parent

     

    1. Leaving the school building/property w/o permission

    First Offense: 1 day ISS w/ police notification

    Second Offense: 2 days ISS w/ police notification

    Third Offense: 3 days ISS, conference w/ Principal, assistant principal, parent, guidance counselor and police notification

     

    1. Truancy

    First Offense: 1 day ISS

    Second Offense: 1 day ISS, meeting w/ guidance counselor, conference w/ Principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, student & parent

    Third Offense: 3 days ISS, potential CST referral, conference w/ Principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, student & parent

     

    1. Smoking (including vaping/cigarettes), chewing tobacco and other use or possession of smoking / vaping products in school, on school grounds or at a school function

    First Offense: 1 day ISS, complaint filed

    Second Offense: 3 days OSS, meetings w/ SAC, reentry meeting

    Third Offense: 5 days OSS, reentry meeting with Principal, counselor, SAC

     

    1. Forging a pass or a note

    First Offense: 1 day ASD

    Second Offense: 2 days ASD

    Third Offense: 3 days ISS, conference w/ Principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, student & parent

     

    1. Cutting class/ tardy to class: defined as greater than 5 minutes beyond the late bell.

    First Offense:  Administrative warning/1 ASD

    Second Offense:  1 days ASD

    Third Offense:  1 day ISS, conference with assistant principal, counselor

     

    1. Willful disobedience or open defiance of a school staff member’s authority (insubordination)

    First Offense: 1 day ISS, contact parent

    Second Offense: 3 days ISS, conference with assistant principal & counselor

    Third Offense: 3 days OSS, reentry conference w/ Principal/assistant principal, guidance counselor, student & parent

     

    1. School bus misconduct

    First Offense: Warning or 1 day ASD

    Second Offense: Bus suspension (3-5 days) + 1 day ISS, meeting w/ parent

    Third Offense: Bus suspension (10 days), 3 days ISS

     

    1. Leaving class, assigned area w/o permission (including unit lunch)

    First Offense: 1 day ASD, student receives cut from class

    Second Offense: 1 day ISS, student receives cut from class

    Third Offense: 3 days ISS, student receives cut from class, reentry conference w/ Principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, student & parent

     

    1. Unauthorized parking

    First Offense: 1 day ISS

    Second Offense: 3 days ISS

    Third Offense: 3 days OSS

     

    1. Misconduct in the cafeteria

    First Offense: minimum of 1 day ASD

    Second Offense: 1 day ISS

    Third Offense: 2 days ISS, conference with assistant principal, student, parent, and guidance counselor

     

    1. Misconduct in the halls (running, littering, abusing lockers, improper showing of affection, loitering, horseplay)

    First Offense: minimum of warning and/or 1 day ASD

    Second Offense: 1 day ISS

    Third Offense: 2 days ISS, conference with assistant principal, student, parent, and guidance counselor

     

    1. Any act which one expects or knows is likely to be observed by other non-consenting individuals who would be affronted or alarmed is considered lewdness

    First Offense: 3 days OSS

    Second Offense: 5 days OSS, parent conference, police notification

    Third Offense: 10 days OSS /re-entry conference w/ assistant superintendent, assistant principal, guidance counselor, student & parent, CST evaluation, police complaint

     

    1. Sexual Harassment- as defined by Board Policy # 5751

    First Offense: 5 days OSS / 5 days ISS, reentry conference, Principal/vice principal,  

    Second Offense: 10 days OSS, police complaint/Board hearing

     

    1. Unauthorized Use of Computer / student laptop misuse

     

           First Offense:      1 day ASD

                  Second Offense: 2 Days ASD, parent notification

                  Third Offense:    3 days ISS / minimum loss of computer privileges for 10 days / conference with student, parent, principal, assistant principal, and guidance counselor (Violation of Acceptable Use Policy)

     

    1. Violation of Acceptable Use Policy for Access to Information, Software, and Computing Board Policy # 2361

    First Offense: 3 days ISS /minimum loss of computer privileges for 10 days

    Second Offense: ISS, 5 days/minimum loss of computer privileges for 20 days

    Third Offense: OSS, 3 days / re-entry conference with Principal, counselor, student, and parent

     

    1. Unacceptable language, vulgarity, obscene gesture in class or directed at a student. 

      First Offense:    1 day ISS

                   Second Offense: 2 days ISS

                   Third Offense: 3 days ISS –Conference with parent & Asst.   Principal

                 

    1. Unacceptable language, vulgarity, obscene gestures directed toward a staff member

      First Offense: 3 days OSS, reentry conference, vice principal, counselor

                  Second Offense: 5 days OSS, reentry conference, Principal, counselor, student, and parent

     

    1. Unauthorized removal of school or any personal property of another (theft) (N.J.S.-2C:20)

    First Offense: 3 days minimum OSS/police notification

    Second Offense: 5 days OSS/police notification

    Third Offense: 10 days OSS/police notification, potential Board Hearing

     

    1. Taking or attempting to take property by force or threat

    First Offense: 10 days OSS/police notification/conference w/ parents

    Second Offense: 10 days OSS/police notification/conference

    Third Offense: 10 days OSS/police notification/Board hearing

     

    1. Willful destruction of school or personal property

    First Offense: 3 days OSS + restitution to school district.

    Second Offense: 5 days minimum OSS +restitution to school district, police notification

    Third Offense: 10 days minimum OSS + restitution to school district, police complaint.

     

    1. Setting off a false public alarm, bomb threat, or use of fireworks

    First Offense:  10 days OSS/reentry meeting with Principal & Superintendent with parents/student will determine if Board hearing is necessary / potential medical clearance /police notification /complaint

     

    1. Harassment /Intimidation /Bullying (Policy #5512), Includes Cyber Bullying, off campus incidents and social networks.

           First Offense: Minimum 5 days ISS/OSS reentry conference with assistant principal, counseling session with guidance counselor/SAC

                  Second Offense: 10 days OSS, reentry with Principal/assistant principal, counselor, HIB Specialist, student, and parent

     

    1. Aggressive Behavior-pushing, shoving, spitting, gesturing to fight

           First Offense: Minimum 3 days ISS/OSS, counseling session w/ guidance counselor/SAC

           Second Offense:  5 days OSS, reentry conference with Principal/assistant principal, counselor,

           Third Offense: 10 days OSS, meeting with Principal & Superintendent, potential CST evaluation

     

    1. Bias incident -Policy #5465

           First Offense: Minimum 5 days OSS, Re-entry conference counseling session w/ guidance counselor

           Second Offense: 10 days OSS , meeting with Principal & Superintendent, CST evaluation, police notification

     

    1.  Fighting with a student or provoking a fight:

     

    Fighting is hereby defined as the mutual engagement in a physical confrontation that may result in bodily injury. It is recognized that one student may initiate a fight, and another may defend, but all students who fight will be suspended.

    First Offense: Minimum of 5 days OSS /5 days ISS, reentry parent conference, counseling session w/ guidance counselor/SAC

    Second Offense: Minimum of 10 days OSS / mandatory meeting with Principal, parent, student, and counselor

    Third Offense: 10 days OSS / mandatory expulsion hearing before the Board of Education

     

    1. Assault of student or staff member

     

    Committing an assault, as defined under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a)1, not involving the use of a weapon or firearm, upon a student. Assault is hereby defined as an action that causes (purposely, knowing or recklessly) bodily injury to another student or staff member

     

    First Offense: 10 days OSS / police notification, reentry with Principal & Superintendent,

                                  

     

    1. Possession of, distribution of, selling, using, or abusing drugs or alcoholic substance (positive drug test screening must be completed within two hours) Board Policy #5530

     

    First Offense: 5 days OSS / 5 days ISS / potential CST evaluation, conference w/ SAC / mandatory reentry meeting, vice principal, SAC, counselor, student and parent.

    Second Offense: 10 days OSS / meeting with Principal & Superintendent

     

    1. Refusal to undergo substance abuse screening (positive), Board Policy #5530

     

    First Offense: 5 days OSS / 5 days ISS / CST evaluation/ conference w/ SAC/ mandatory reentry meeting/

    Second Offense: 10 days OSS, meeting with Principal & Superintendent

     

     

          32. Possession, use or distribution of any weapon (Board Policy #8467 & #5612)

    First Offense: 10 days OSS / police notification / conference w/ Principal & Superintendent

     

          33. Terroristic Threat- threat against student, staff or school community.

                   First Offense: 10 days OSS / police complaint/meeting with principal & Superintendent

     

          34. Gang related activity – graffiti, tagging, displaying of gang colors /paraphernalia

                   First Offense: 3 days /ISS/OSS / police notification, parent conference

                    Second Offense: 5 days OSS / police complaint, reentry meeting with Principal, counselor/SAC                    

                   Third Offense: 10 days OSS /police complaint/ meeting with Principal & Superintendent

     

    Emergency Lockdowns, evacuations, fire drills, etc. are necessary tools to provide maximum safety for all students and staff.  The expectation of complete student cooperation is vital for the implementation of safety procedures.   Any student not following staff direction will receive immediate consequences at the discretion of the administration.

     

     

    Make-Up Opportunities after Out-of-School Suspension

    The following procedures regarding student make-up opportunities shall apply to absence(s) as a result of the Out-of-School Suspension:

     

    1. Completion of assignments and/or tests shall take place within a reasonable period of time. This shall not be less than an amount of time equal to the time missed or ten days as determined by the teacher and counselor.       

     

          2.  Failure to complete the assignment and/or tests within the specified time shall result in the issuance of a zero grade for that assignment

                and/or test.

     

    Student participation regarding proms, special events such as senior picnic, senior parent brunch, project graduation, field trips, assemblies, dances, talent shows, award ceremony and graduation ceremony:

     

     

    *Students who pass beyond a certain threshold of discipline may not be permitted to participate.

     

     

    Student participation including but not limited to MHS Senior Open Lunch, MHS Athletics, Marching Band, Dance, Chorus, clubs or co-curricular activities, proms, special events such as senior trip/picnic, senior/parent brunch, field trips, assemblies, dances, talent shows, Mr. Manasquan and graduation ceremony: Students who pass beyond a certain threshold of discipline may not be permitted to participate.

     

    Thresholds of Discipline:

     

    1. 10 days of cumulative discipline (any combination of OSS, ISS, ASD or Saturday Detention) = will place student on a 5-day probation from any of the above listed activities. In addition, students must satisfy completion of the issued number of student discipline from building principals.
    2. 20 days of cumulative student discipline = will prohibit the student from attending any of the above listed activities. 

     

    Thresholds of Attendance (unexcused):

     

    1. 10 days unexcused absence from daily attendance = 5 days probation from any of the above listed activities,
    2. 20 days unexcused absence = will not be permitted to participate in any of the above listed activities. Students who pass beyond a certain threshold of attendance will not be permitted to participate

     

    ( 5) Days unexcused late = 1-day ASD

     

    (10) Days unexcused late = Saturday Detention, 5-day probation from any of the above listed activities

     

    (15) Days unexcused late = Saturday Detention

     

    (20) Days unexcused late - Saturday Detention, Exclusion from participation in the above listed activities for the remainder of the school year

     

     

     

    Rules Governing In-School Suspension:

     

    • Students will report to the In-School Suspension room by 7:34 am.

     

    • The suspension will be served from 7:34 am to 2:24 pm. 

     

    • Students are responsible to bring all books and school related materials/supplies with them before entering the ISS room.  There will be NO locker visits.

     

    • The ISS Supervisor will forward all school-work/assignments to the students.

     

    • Students must be on-task and follow the In-School Suspension guidelines.   The student is expected to remain seated, quiet, awake and working on assignments throughout the day.  Sleeping is prohibited.  The student is expected to complete each day’s assignment for every class according to directions.

     

    • The student will only be allowed to use the restroom with supervision.

     

    • NO electronics of any kind, including cell phones, will be permitted in the ISS room.

     

    • NO food or drinks will be allowed (except bottled water) unless it is during a scheduled lunch break.

     

    • Students are encouraged to bring a lunch with them.  Students will have the opportunity   to purchase lunch from the cafeteria.  Lunch will be eaten in the ISS room.

     

    • Students will not be allowed to participate in any after-school extra-curricular activities.

     

    • All regular school rules apply as set forth by the Code of Conduct outlined in the Student Handbook.

     

    • Any violations of ISS rules will result in additional days of ISS or may result in an Out of School Suspension.

     

     

     

     

    Rules Governing Out of School Suspension:

     

    1. A suspension officially begins at the end of the school day (2:24 PM) in which the student is informed by the administrator and extends to the beginning of the school day the student is scheduled to return.
    2. Making up missed assignments is the responsibility of the student.  Work must be made up to receive credit.
    3. A parent/guardian is required to schedule an appointment and accompany the student to the conference for the student to be readmitted to school.
    4. Suspended students may not be on school grounds during the period of suspension. 
    5. Students may not take part in or attend any school-sponsored activity on or off school grounds when suspended.
    6. The Assistant Principal will inform the parent/guardian of the suspension by letter and phone call.
    7. Failure to abide by the rules governing suspension may result in (1) additional suspension time, (2) police action or (3) expulsion.

     

    Additional offenses or actions that are extremely severe or dangerous to the well-being of other students or the orderly functioning of the school may result in:

     

      1. Recommendation to the Board of Education for expulsion
      2. Filing of appropriate complaints or juvenile petition

     

     

    Students Rights (BOE regulation #5600):

     

    1. You have the right to a pre-eminent education.
    2. You have the right to attend school regardless of your individual personal status, including marital status, pregnancy or parenthood.
    3. You have the right to be recognized as an individual with unique needs, aspirations, and competencies. 
    4. You have the right to attend Manasquan High School without fear or abuse.
    5. You have the right to expect fair and equitable treatment by staff and peers, including application of the code of conduct.
    6. You have the right to student confidentiality regarding student records following state and federal laws.
    7. You have a right to due process, appeal procedures and policies.
    8. You have the right to parent notification of a student’s due process consistent with policies and procedures. 

     

    Manasquan High School will provide an equitable application of the Code of Conduct without regard to race; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; nationality; sex; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; marital, domestic-partnership or civil union; mental, physical, or sensory disability; or any other distinguishing characteristic.

     

     

     

     

    Physical Restraint of Students

     

    The administration and staff shall comply with the Manasquan Board of Education’s physical restraint and seclusion Policy and Regulation #5561 (Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion Techniques for Students with Disabilities) and New Jersey statues

    N.J.S.A. 18A:46-13.4, when dealing with an emergency in which a student is exhibiting behavior that places the student or others in immediate physical danger.

     

     

    Comprehensive Behavioral Support

     

    Below are behavioral supports that promote positive student development and the students’ abilities to fulfill the behavioral expectations established by the Board.  These behavioral supports may include, but are not limited to, the following:

     

    1. Positive Reinforcement for Good Conduct and Academic Success

     

    A student will be provided positive reinforcement for good conduct and academic success, which may include, but are not limited to:

     

      1. Senior Open Lunch

     

      1. Eligibility for Co-Curricular Activities

     

    1. Supportive Interventions and Referral Services

    A student may be referred to the school’s Intervention and Referral Services Team in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-8.1 and 8.2 and Policy and Regulation #2417.

     

     

    Community Based Family Health & Social Service

    1. High Focus                   Freehold, NJ               800.877.3628
    2. Gen Psych                    Brick, NJ                     855.436.7792
    3. CPC Behavorial           Freehold, NJ               732.780.7387
    4. Meridian Behavorial    Neptune City, NJ        732.643.4400
    5. The Samaritan Center  Manasquan, NJ            732.223.4673