Procedures for School Consequences

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After School Detention Program

In an effort to provide disciplinary consequents for students without removing them from their academic classes, a formalized after-school detention program has been instituted.  Minor disciplinary problems may be addressed by the detention program.  A staff member will supervise this program.  A student will be required to bring sufficient materials to study or read during the time assigned to detention.

Detentions may also be assigned individually by both the staff and administration (before, during, or after school) as part of their classroom management plan.

Conditions of the Detention Program

  • Students are assigned to the school-wide detention program by a building administrator or designee.
  • Students are expected to serve detentions, whether assigned by faculty or administration. The student is to be in attendance in the detention room for the duration of the period assigned.
  • If a student has an excused absence the day of an assigned detention, a new date will be assigned.
  • Any student chronically involved in the detention program may face more serious disciplinary consequences.
  • Failure or refusal to serve an assigned detention will result in additional consequences.

Regulations of the Detention Program

  • Students are not permitted to eat or drink in detention.  Restroom breaks may be permitted at the discretion of the detention supervisor.

  • Students are to report to detention on time with their school I.D.
  • No talking is permitted unless to ask questions of the supervisor.  In this case, students must raise their hands and wait to be recognized.

  • Students must bring sufficient study or reading materials to detention in order to engage in productive activity for the entire period. Students will not be permitted to go to their lockers to get materials once detention has started.

  • No cards, CD Players, iPods, cell phones, coats, hats, etc., are allowed.  Any items of this nature brought to detention will be turned in to the office.

  • Students are not to leave their assigned seats without the permission of the supervision and are not to move desks, chairs, etc.

  • Students are not to write on or in any way deface the desks, tables, books, magazines, etc.

  • Students are to cooperate with and show respect to the supervisor at all times or risk further disciplinary action.

  • Students are not to sleep in detention.  Progressive discipline may result.

Alternative Education Program – AEP

Infractions involving some attendance issues and other major or minor disciplinary problems will be handled through the Alternative Education Program.  A staff member will supervise this program.  A student will be required to study material related to the classes being missed or work on other assignments provided by the AEP supervisor.

Conditions of the Alternative Education Program

  • A student is assigned to the Alternative Education Program by a building administrator or designee.

  • The student is to be in attendance in the AEP room for the duration of the period assigned.
  • The student may make up work missed in his/her daily classes during the day(s) of AEP placement and receive full credit for this work.  To receive full credit for work made up during day(s) of AEP placement, work must be turned in to the AEP teacher by the end of the period/day assigned or to the teacher making the assignment by the due date.  Otherwise, no credit will be given.

  • If a student has an excused absence on a day that AEP is assigned, an alternative date will be assigned.

  • Suspensions from activities:  If a student is in the AEP room for more than three periods, that student will not be able to participate in any school extra-curricular activity until 8:00 AM the following day.

  • Any student chronically involved in the Alternative Education Program in one semester may face the following alternatives:

    • External suspension from school
    • Referral made for comprehensive case study evaluation for the purpose of considering placement in an alternative education program other than the Sycamore Middle School

Regulations of the Alternative Education Program

  • The Alternative Education Program shall run from 8:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  A 30 – minute lunch break will be held in the room (for students assigned all day) from 11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  Students must bring their lunches with them.  Students who attempt to bring lunches to those in the AEP room will be reported to the office for disciplinary action.

  • Students are to report to AEP on time.

  • No talking is permitted unless to ask questions of the supervisor.  In this case, students must raise their hands and wait to be recognized.

  • Student must bring sufficient study or reading materials to AEP in order to engage in productive activity for the entire period.  Students will not be permitted to go to their lockers to get materials once AEP has started.

  • While serving AEP, students must be working on assigned school work or reading.  If assigned work is completed, the supervisor may assign further work or reading.  If the student does not make progress with his/her school work, further disciplinary action may be imposed.  Students who do not complete assigned work in AEP will not be allowed to make the work up later date and will not receive credit for the class that day.

  • Students are not to leave their assigned seats without the permission of the supervisor and are not to move desks, chairs, etc.

  • No cards, CD players, iPods, cell phones, coats, hats, etc. are allowed.  Any items of this nature brought to AEP will be turned into the office.

  • Students are not to write on or in any way deface the desks, tables, books, magazines, etc.

  • Students are to cooperate with and show respect to the supervisors at all times or risk external suspension as a result.

  • Students are not to sleep in AEP.  Progressive discipline may result.

  • If a student that participates in extra-curricular activities is in the AEP program for more than three class periods, that student athlete will not participate in a sport until 8 a.m. the following day.

Saturday Service Program

In an effort to provide disciplinary consequences for students without removing them from classes, the Saturday Service Program has been instituted.  The Saturday service Program may be assigned when a school administrator or designee deems it appropriate.  A staff member will supervise the Saturday Service Program.  Students should bring materials to study or read in the case that the service does not take the allotted time period.

Conditions of Saturday Service Program

  • A building administrator or designee assigns a student to the Saturday Service Program.
  • The student is to be in attendance in the assigned areas for the duration of the time.
  • Any student chronically involved in the Saturday Service Program may face more serious disciplinary consequences.
  • Failure/Refusal to serve an assigned Saturday Service Program will result in additional consequences.

Regulation of the Saturday Service Program

  • The Saturday Service Program will be held on assigned Saturdays every month from 8:00 – 11:00 AM. Students are not permitted to eat or drink during Saturday Service. Restroom and water breaks will be permitted at the discretion of the supervisor.
  • Students are to enter through the main doors and report to the cafeteria at 8:00 AM for attendance to be taken and task(s) to be assigned.
  • No talking is permitted unless to ask questions of the supervisor. In this case students must wait to be recognized.
  • Students must bring sufficient study or reading materials to Saturday Service, in the case that the assigned tasks do not take the allotted time period.
  • No cards, CD players, iPods, cell phones, etc., are allowed. Any items of this nature brought to Saturday Service will be taken to the office.
  • Students are not to leave their assigned areas without permission of the supervisor.
  • Students are not to write on or in any way deface school property.
  • Students are to cooperate with and show respect to the supervisor at all times or risk further disciplinary action.
  • Students are not to sleep during Saturday Service. Progressive discipline may result.

Suspension

Suspension is defined as a temporary exclusion of a student from school and school-related activities (this may include riding the bus) for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) school days.  The authority to suspend a student is delegated to the superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and dean of students.

Conditions of a Suspension

  • Suspension is a major penalty which may be caused by a single, serious case or repeated cases of misconduct.

  • If a student is placed on suspension, he/she may not come to school or be on school property or at any school function including any extra-curricular activities at any time unless he/she has permission from an administrator.

  • Students who are suspended will be given the opportunity to make up work for equivalent academic credit.  This includes students suspended from the school bus who do not have alternate transportation to school so long as the student’s parents/guardians notify school officials that the student does not have alternate transportation to school.

  • After the third suspension for repeated acts of misconduct, a student will have a conference with the Principal.  The student will be advised that future acts of misconduct may result in an expulsion hearing with the Board of Education.

  • Sycamore Middle School will facilitate the re-engagement of students who are suspended out-of-school, expelled, or returning from an alternative school setting.  Appropriate and available activities could include a variety of supports, including, but not limited to; a re-entry meeting involving the student and parents/guardians, assignment of a staff mentor, establishment of a check-in process, counseling services and plans for regular communications with parents/guardians and/or outside support providers to facilitate re-engagement.

Pre-Suspension Conference

  • The authorized administrator or designee shall confer with any student who is under consideration for suspension prior to taking such disciplinary action.

  • When, in the opinion of the authorized administrator, a student poses an immediate threat to school personnel, other students or school property, or poses an ongoing threat of disruption to the educational process, the student may be summarily removed from school without holding a pre-suspension conference as set forth above.

Student Suspension Notification

  • If the pre-suspension conference results in a decision to suspend, the parents of the student shall be advised immediately of the decision by phone and followed by a written notice sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.

  • The notice to the parents shall include:

    • A statement of the reasons for the suspension, including any school rule which has been violated.
    • The dates and duration of the suspension.
    • A statement of the parents’ right to request a review of the suspension with the District Hearing Officer, or the Board of Education.
    • A statement that the failure to request such a review within five (5) days after receipt of the notice, or eight (8) days after date of the mailing, whichever is earlier, shall be deemed a waiver of the right to a review hearing with the hearing officer or the board.
    • Students who are suspended out-of-school for longer than four days will be provided appropriate and available support services during the period of their suspension.  Parents are responsible for transporting their student to and from the offered support services during the suspension period.

Student Suspension Review Hearings

Hearing Structure

  • A suspension review hearing shall be conducted by a hearing officer or the Board of Education.  The results of the hearing will be communicated in writing to the parents within five (5) days.

  • If reviewed by the hearing officer, a summary of the results of the hearing will be given to the Board of Education to review.

  • Refer to suspension letter.

During the school year, it may become necessary to amend these guidelines.  The school administration reserves the right to make such changes.  When changes are made, students will be notified by announcements in class, announcements on the intercom, and/or articles in the school newspaper or newsletter.

EXPULSION PROCEDURES

Expulsion is the exclusion of a student from school for a period of time not to exceed two (2) calendar years (105 ILCS 5/10-22.6 and 105 ILCS 5/24-247).  The authority to expel a student is delegated to the Board of Education, whose decision will be based on the recommendation of the superintendent.

Conditions of Expulsion

  • Expulsion from school is a major penalty that may be caused by a single, serious case or repeated cases of misconduct.

  • If a student is expelled from school, he/she may not come to school or be on or around school district property or at any school function, including extra-curricular activities on/off campus, at any time unless he/she has permission from an administrator.

  • Students who are expelled from school are withdrawn from all courses in progress and will receive no credit for the entire semester and subsequent semesters of the expulsion.

Student Expulsion Notification

  • The authorized administrator shall send a letter by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the parents of the student notifying them of the expulsion hearing.

  • The expulsion notice to the parents shall include:

    • A statement of the reasons for the proposed expulsion, including any school rule which has been violated.
    • The potential maximum duration of the expulsion.
    • The time and place of the expulsion hearing.
    • A statement of the parents’ rights ro be represented at the expulsion hearing by an attorney or other representative.
    • A copy of the expulsion hearing procedures.

Mandatory expulsion

Any student who brings a firearm or weapon to school may be recommended for expulsion for a minimum of one year.  Such recommendation for expulsion may be modified by the Board of Education on a case-by-case basis.