The goals and objectives of this policy are to provide effective discipline practices that: (1) ensure the safety and dignity of students and staff; (2) maintain a positive, weapons-free, and drug-free learning environment; (3) keep school property and the property of others secure; (4) address the causes of a student’s misbehavior and provide opportunities for all individuals involved in an incident to participate in its resolution; and (5) teach students positive behavioral skills to become independent, self-disciplined citizens in the school community and society.
When and Where Conduct Rules Apply
The grounds for disciplinary action, including those described more thoroughly later in this policy, apply whenever the student's conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities including but not limited to:
1. On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any time;
2. Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, or event, or any activity or event which bears a reasonable relationship to school;
3. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function or event; or
4. Anywhere, if the conduct interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.
Prohibited Student Conduct
The school administration is authorized to discipline students for gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to:
1. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco or nicotine materials, including without limitation, electronic cigarettes.
2. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages. Students who are under the influence of an alcoholic beverage are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had alcohol in their possession.
3. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, selling, or offering for sale:
a. Any illegal drug, controlled substance, or cannabis (including medical
cannabis, marijuana and hashish).
b. Any anabolic steroid unless it is being administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
c. Any performance-enhancing substance on the Illinois High School Association’s most current banned substance list unless administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
d. Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the student by a physician or licensed practitioner, or when used in a manner inconsistent with the prescription or prescribing physician’s or licensed practitioner’s instructions. The use or possession of medical cannabis, even by a student for whom medical cannabis has been prescribed, is prohibited.
e. Any inhalant, regardless of whether it contains an illegal drug or controlled substance: (a) that a student believes is, or represents to be capable of, causing intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system; or (b) about which the student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student intended the inhalant to cause intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system. The prohibition in this section does not apply to a student’s use of asthma or other legally prescribed inhalant medications.
f. Any substance inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed, or otherwise ingested or absorbed with the intention of causing a physiological or psychological change in the body, including without limitation, pure caffeine in tablet or powdered form.
g. “Look-alike” or counterfeit drugs, including a substance that is not prohibited by this policy, but one: (1) that a student believes to be, or represents to be, an illegal drug, controlled substance, or other substance that is prohibited by this policy; or (2) about which a student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student expressly or impliedly represented to be an illegal drug or controlled substance, or other substance that is prohibited by this policy.
h. Drug paraphernalia, including devices that are or can be used to: (1) ingest, inhale, or inject cannabis or controlled substances into the body; and (b) grow, process, store, or conceal cannabis or controlled substance.
Students who are under the influence of any prohibited substance are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had the prohibited substance, as applicable, in their possession.
4. Using, possessing, controlling, or transferring a “weapon” as that term is defined in the Weapons section of this policy, or violating the Weapons section of this policy.
5. Using an electronic device such as a cellular telephone, smartphone, tablet, Bluetooth
speaker, video recording device, smartwatch, or any wearable technology, in any manner that disrupts the educational environment or violates the rights of others, including using the device to take photographs (i.e. in locker rooms or bathrooms), cheat, or otherwise violate student conduct rules. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device, or cellular phone. Devices must be off and out of sight in locker rooms, washrooms, and detention areas. Students may use school issued or personal devices in general areas that include lunch rooms, commons, hallways, mezzanines and general exterior school grounds. Students may use school issued or personal devices in classrooms, libraries, Media Centers, and computer labs if (a) the supervising teacher grants permission, (b) use of the device is included in a student’s IEP, or (c) the device is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff or other individuals. Earbuds are permitted unless otherwise directed by a staff member. Over-the-ear headphones and Bluetooth speakers are not permitted. Electronic devices are prohibited while driving per Illinois State Law.
6. Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s direct supervision and in the context of instruction.
7. Disobeying rules of student conduct or directives from staff members or school officials. Examples of disobeying staff directives including, but not limited to, refusing a District staff member’s request to stop, present school identification, or submit to a search.8. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, altering report cards, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.
8. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, altering report cards, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.
9. Engaging in hazing or any kind of bullying or aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to a staff person or another student, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, any use of violence, intimidation, force, noise, coercion, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, public humiliation, theft or destruction of property, retaliation, hazing, bullying, bullying using a school computer or a school computer network, or other comparable conduct.
10. Engaging in in any sexual behavior, including without limitation, offensive touching, sexual harassment, indecent exposure (including “mooning”), sexual assault, and sexual activity. This does not include the non-disruptive: (a) expression of gender or sexual orientation or preference, or(b) display of affection during non-instructional time.
11. Teen dating violence, as described by Board Policy 7:185 – “Teen Dating Violence Prohibited.”
12. Causing or attempting to cause damage to, or stealing or attempting to steal, school property or another person's personal property.
13. Entering school property or a school facility without proper authority.
14. In the absence of a reasonable belief that an emergency exists, calling emergency responders (911), signaling or setting off alarms or signs indicating the presence of an emergency, or indicating the presence of a bomb or an explosive device on school grounds, school bus, or at any school activity.
15. Being absent without recognized excuse; State law and Board policy regarding truancy control will be used with chronic and habitual truants.
16. Being involved withany public school fraternity, sorority or secret society, by
a. Being a member,
b. Promising to join,
c. Pledging to become a member, or
d. Soliciting any other person to join, promise to join, or be pledged to become a member.
17. Being involved in gangs or gang-related activities, including the display of gang symbols or paraphernalia.
18. Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to, assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, vandalism, hazing, and reckless driving.
19. Making an explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, a student, or any school-related personnel if the Internet website through which the threat was made is a site that was accessible within the school at the time the threat was made or was available to third parties who worked or studied within the school grounds at the time the threat was made, and the threat could be reasonably interpreted as threatening to the safety and security of the threatened individual because of his or her duties or employment status or status as a student inside the school.
20. Operating an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone for any purpose on school grounds or at any school event unless granted permission by the Superintended or designee.
21. Engaging in any activity, on or off campus, that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or attempted intimidation of a staff member; (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property, or (c) limit access to the network for any staff or students.
For purposes of this policy, the term “possession” includes having control, custody, or care, currently or in the past, of an object or substance, including situations where the item is: (a) on the student’s person, or (b) contained in another item belonging to, or under the control of, the student, such as in the student’s clothing, backpack, automobile, or (c) in a school’s student locker, desk, or other school property, or (d) at any other location on school property or at a school-sponsored event.
Efforts, including the use of positive interventions and supports, shall be made to deter students, while at school or a school-related event, from engaging in aggressive behavior that may reasonably produce physical or psychological harm to someone else. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the parent/guardian of a student who engages in aggressive behavior is notified of the incident. The failure to provide such notification does not limit the Board’s authority to impose discipline, including suspension or expulsion, for such behavior.
No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’s parent/guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psycho-stimulant medication to the student.
School officials shall limit the number and duration of expulsions and suspensions to the greatest extent practicable, and where practicable and reasonable, shall consider forms of non-exclusionary discipline before using out-of-school suspensions or expulsions. School personnel shall not advise or encourage students to drop out voluntarily due to behavioral or academic difficulties. Potential disciplinary measures include, without limitation, any of the following measures:
1. Notifying parent(s)/guardian(s).
2. Disciplinary conference.
3. Withholding or loss of privileges.
4. Loss of or restricted network access.
5. Temporary removal from the classroom.
6. Return of property or restitution for lost, stolen, or damaged property.
7. In-school suspension. The Building Principal or a designee shall ensure that the student is properly supervised.
8. After-school or Saturday study, provided the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) have been notified. If transportation arrangements cannot be agreed upon, an alternative disciplinary measure must be used. The student must be supervised by the detaining teacher or the Building Principal or a designee.
9. Community Service to School with local public and non-profit agencies that enhances community efforts to meet human, educational, environmental, or public safety needs. The District will not provide transportation. School Administration shall use this option only as an alternative to another disciplinary measure, giving the student and/or parent/guardian the choice. The hours and activity will be determined by School Administration, will not result in additional supervision for students, and will not count toward the Service Learning graduation requirement.
10. Seizure of contraband, confiscation and temporary retention of personal property that was used to violate this policy or school disciplinary rules.
11. Suspension of bus riding privileges in accordance with Board Policies 7:200 – Suspension Procedure and 7:220 – Bus Conduct.
12. Out of School Suspension from school and all activities in accordance with Board Policy 7:200 – Suspension Procedures. A student who has been suspended shall also be restricted from being on school grounds and at school activities.
13. Expulsion from school and all school activities for a definite time period not to exceed two calendar years in accordance with Board Policy 7:210 – Expulsion Procedures. A student who has been expelled shall also be restricted from being on school grounds and at school activities.
14. Transfer to an alternative program if the student is expelled or otherwise qualifies for the transfer under the State law. The transfer shall be in the manner provided in Article 13A or 13B of the School Code.
15. Notifying juvenile authorities or other law enforcement when the conduct involves criminal activity including but not limited to, illegal drugs (controlled substances), “lookalikes,” alcohol, or weapons or in other circumstances as authorized by the reciprocal reporting agreement between the District and local law enforcement agencies.
The above list of disciplinary measures is a range of options that will not always be applicable in every case. In some circumstances, it may not be possible to avoid suspending or expelling a student because behavioral interventions, other than a suspension and expulsion, will not be appropriate and available, and the only reasonable and practical way to resolve the threat and/or address the disruption is a suspension or expulsion.
Corporal punishment is prohibited. Corporal punishment is defined as slapping, paddling, or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions, or intentional infliction of bodily harm. Corporal punishment does not include reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for other students, school personnel, or persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or the defense of property.
A student who is determined to have brought one of the following objects to school, any school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school shall be expelled for a period of at least one calendar year but not more than two calendar years:
1. A firearm, meaning any gun, rifle, shotgun, or weapon as defined by Section 921 of Title 18 of the United States Code (18 U.S.C. § 921), firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (430 ILCS 65/), or firearm as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/24‑1).
2. A knife, brass knuckles, or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, a billy club, or any other object if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm, including “look-alikes” of any firearm as defined above.
The expulsion requirement under either paragraph one or two above may be modified by the Superintendent, and the Superintendent’s determination may be modified by the Board on a case-by-case basis. The Superintendent or designee may grant an exception to this policy, upon prior request of an adult supervisor, for students in theatre, cooking, ROTC, martial arts, and similar programs, whether or not school-sponsored, provided the item is not equipped nor intended, to do bodily harm.
This policy’s prohibitions concerning weapons apply regardless of whether: (1) a student is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, or (2) the Board permits visitors who are licensed to carry a concealed firearm to store a firearm in a locked vehicle in a school parking area.
Re-Engagement of Returning Student.
The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a process to facilitate the re-engagement of students who are returning from an out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or an alternative school setting. The goal of re-engagement shall be to support the student’s ability to be successful in a school following a period of exclusionary discipline and shall include the opportunity for students who have been suspended to complete or make up work for equivalent academic credit.
A school staff member shall immediately notify the office of the Building Principal in the event that he or she (1) observes any person in possession of a firearm on or around school grounds; however, such action may be delayed if immediate notice would endanger students under his or her supervision. (2) observes or has reason to suspect that any person on school grounds is or was involved in a drug-related incident, or (3) observes a battery committed against any staff member. Upon receiving such a report, the Building Principal or designee shall immediately notify a local law enforcement agency, State Police, and any involved student’s parent) (s)/guardian(s). “School grounds” includes modes of transportation to school activities and any public way within 1000 feet of the school, as well as school property itself.
Delegation of Authority
Each teacher, and any other school personnel when students are under his or her charge, is authorized to impose any disciplinary measure, other than suspension, expulsion, corporal punishment or in-school suspension, that is appropriate and in accordance with the policies and rules on student discipline. Teachers, other certificated (licensed) educational employees, and other persons providing a related service for or with respect to a student, may use reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for other students, school personnel or other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property. Teachers may temporarily remove students from a classroom for disruptive behavior.
The Superintendent, Building Principal, Associate/Assistant Building Principal or Dean of Students is authorized to impose the same disciplinary measures as teachers and may suspend students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct from school (including all school functions) and from riding the school bus, up to ten consecutive school days, provided the appropriate procedures are followed. The School Board may suspend a student from riding the bus in excess of ten days for safety reasons.
The Superintendent, with input from the parent-teacher advisory committee, shall prepare disciplinary rules implementing the District's disciplinary policies. These disciplinary rules shall be presented annually to the Board for its review and approval.
A student handbook, including the District disciplinary policies and rules, shall be distributed to the students' parent(s)/guardian(s) within 15 days of the beginning of the school year or a student's enrollment.
LEGAL REF.: Gun-Free Schools Act, 20 U.S.C. § 7151et seq.
Pro-Children Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. § 6081.
105 ILCS 5/10-20.5b, 5/10-20.14, 5.10-20.28, 5/10-20.36, 5/10-21.7, 5/10-21.10, 5/10-22.6, 5/10-27.1A, 5/10-27.1B, 5/24-24, 5/26-12, 5/27-23.7, and 5/31-3.
23 Ill. Admin. Code § 1.210 and 1. 280.CROSS REF.2:240, 5:230, 6:110, 7:70, 7:130, 7:140, 7:150, 7:160, 7:170, 7:180,
7:200, 7:210, 7:220, 7:230, 7:240, 7:270, 7:310, 8:30
ADOPTED: October 4, 1999
UPDATED: April 2008 (formatting & legal/cross references)
REVISED: February 19, 2001; September 23, 2002; September 29, 2005; October 25, 2007; January 28, 2010; February 25, 2010; January 27, 2011; July 1, 2011; May 31, 2012; February 28, 2013; September 26, 2013; February 27, 2014; June 26, 2014; May 28, 2015; November 19, 2015; April 28, 2016; December 22, 2016