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Disciplinary Techniques

Disciplinary Techniques

The following discipline management techniques may be used alone, in combination, or as part of progressive interventions for behavior prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct or by campus or classroom rules. Students, parents, and guardians should be mindful that certain offenses, also committed on a prior occasion, may result in a disciplinary assignment that is increased in duration, or severity, or both, as a consequence.
 
    • Verbal correction, oral or written.
    • Seating changes within the classroom or vehicles owned or operated by the district.
    • Temporary confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process.
    • Scholastic penalties as permitted by policy.
    • Behavioral contracts.
    • Counseling by teachers, school counselors, or administrative personnel.
    • Parent-teacher conferences.
    • Behavior coaching.
    • Anger management classes.
    • Mediation (victim-offender).
    • Removal from Bus.
    • Family group conferencing.
    • Grade reductions for cheating, plagiarism, and as otherwise permitted by policy.
    • Detention, including outside regular school hours.
    • Sending the student to the office or other assigned area, or to in-school suspension.
    • Assignment of school duties, such as cleaning or picking up litter.
    • Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities, eligibility for seeking and holding honorary offices, or membership in school-sponsored clubs and organizations.
    • Penalties identified in individual student organizations' extracurricular standards of behavior.
    • Restriction or revocation of district transportation privileges.
    • Corporal punishment, unless the student's parent or guardian has provided a signed statement prohibiting its use in accordance with FO (Local).
    • Out-of-school suspension, as specified in the Out-of-school Suspension section of this Code.
    • Placement in a DAEP, as specified in the DAEP section of this Code.
    • Placement and/or expulsion in an alternative educational setting as specified in the SCOC.
    • Other strategies and consequences as determined by the school officials.
 

Misconduct

Students may be suspended for any behavior listed in the Code as a general conduct violation, DAEP offense, or expellable offense.
 

Process

State law allows a student to be suspended for no more than three school days per behavior violation, with no limit on the number of times a student may be suspended in a semester or school year. Before being suspended a student shall have an informal conference with the campus behavior coordinator or appropriate administrator, who shall advise the student of the conduct of which he or she is accused. The student shall be given the opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident before the administrator's decision is made. The number of days of a student's suspension shall be determined by the campus behavior coordinator, but shall not exceed three school days. In deciding whether to order out-of-school suspension, the campus behavior coordinator shall take self-defense, intent or lack, disciplinary history, and disability into consideration. The appropriate administrator shall determine any restrictions on participation in school-sponsored or school-related extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
 

Appeals

Questions from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the campus administration. Student or parent appeals regarding a student's placement in a DAEP should be addressed in accordance with FNG (LOCAL). A copy of this policy may be obtained from the principal's office, the campus coordinator's office, the central administration office, or through Policy online at the following address: www.paisd.org