SCMS Discipline Plan

  •  BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES 

    Swift Creek Middle School will work together to be a safe and caring learning community, where everyone is respectful of the rights of self and others.  To benefit from the educational opportunities at Swift Creek, the administration, teachers, staff, parents/guardians, and students must work together to live with a consistent pattern of life as a community. 

    At the heart of community life is respect for the rights of others, and the responsibility to live a life of self-discipline. In a free society, such as ours, rules and regulations must exist for the protection of everyone’s rights.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to know and abide by these rules. It is the responsibility of parents and staff to provide guidance and direction, and enfore the rules for the good of our community. 

    SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN FOR ME? 

    At the heart of all community life is a very simple rule: Treat others as you want to be treated. Some examples of BEHAVIORS THATARE GOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY are: 

    -Wearing clothes that reflects self-confidence and pride -Respecting cultures, beliefs, and opinions of others -Including others in groups and activities -Coming to school on time and prepared -Being polite and having good manners -Following all rules in all areas of school -Keeping your school clean -Solving conflicts in appropriate ways -Telling the truth -Taking turns and encouraging others -Participating positively -Acting kindly 

    Some examples of BEHAVIORS THAT ARE BAD FOR YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY are: 

    -Getting attention or showing off an attitude through -Wearing clothes with designs or words that are

     offensive, cruel behaviors, clothing, hats, or make-up mean-spirited, or suggestive -Using violence, drugs, tobacco, or alcohol -Being disrespectful to adults or students -Being absent, tardy, or unprepared -Participating in cliques or gangs -Ignoring school rules -Stealing and lying -Bullying, harassing, or intimidating others -Texting inappropriate messages 

    CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES AND STEPS 

    The purpose of Classroom Discipline Information is to document disciplinary actions taken by the classroom teacher when a student violates Swift Creek Middle School Class 1 Offenses and classroom rules/policies. In the event a student continues to break rules and regulations, the referring teacher will complete an electronic referral which will be emailed to an administrator who will issue the appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the Swift Creek Middle School Prescriptive Discipline Plan. 

    The teacher will maintain discipline information on all their students. The teacher will document the behavior infraction, date, and type of disciplinary action taken at each step (a single incident may result in documentation of more than one offense). 

    1st Step: When a student fails to comply with the rules, the teacher will proceed through the steps listed in the classroom/ team plan. For example, consequences may include withholding a privilege, seat change, time out in another teacher’s room, counseling, detention, additional assignment, or parent contact. 

    2nd Step: If misconduct continues, the teacher will document attempts to notify the parent.  The teacher may also contact the school social worker, guidance counselor,  or schedule a parent  conference on behalf of the student to seek positive intervention. 

    3rd Step:  Morning Detention may be served prior to the written disciplinary referral. Failure to serve the detention will result in a referral to the office. 4th Step:  If misconduct continues, the teacher will complete a Leon County Schools Disciplinary Referral Form and refer the student to administration. 

    The Swift Creek Discipline Plan categorizes violations into three classes—minor, intermediate, and major.  It begins with Class 1 Offenses, the less major offenses that disrupt the school day; progresses to Class 2 Offenses, which are divided based on severity; and then to the Class 3 and 4 Offenses, many of which are to be implemented by the faculty, staff, and administration. The offenses listed are not all inclusive and a student committing an act of misconduct not listed will, nevertheless, be subject to the discretionary authority of the principal. Documentation of all referrals is maintained electronically using Educator’s Handbook. 

    BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES CONTINUED... 

    Class 1 Offenses:  Consequences: 

    1.1  Bus Referrals ** 1) Call home – morning detention 

    1.2  Class, Lunchroom and Assembly Disruptions * 2) Call home – morning detention 

    1.3  Giving False Information * 3) Call home – morning detention 

    1.4  Gambling 4) Discipline Referral; up to 3 days ISD * 

    1.5  Illegal Organization 5) Discipline Referral; up to 5 days ISD 

    1.6  Tardiness 6) Discipline Referral; Administrative Discretion 

    1.7  Inappropriate Display of Affection * Class 1 Offenses that may warrant an immediate discipline 

    1.8  Profanity * referral 

    1.9  Carrying Backpacks during school hours ** See Bus Referral Consequences 

    1.10  Any behavior that puts safety at risk *** 1st offense = 1 period ISD 

    1.11  Cheating, Plagiarism * *** 2nd offense = 1 day ISD 

    1.12  Internet or Computer violations * *** 3rd offense = Administrator's Discretion 

    1.13  Not serving detention*** 

    1.14  Inappropriate Items During School Hours 

    1.15  Gum 

    1.16  Other minor offenses (any offense, which the administration feels, fits into this class of offenses) 

    Class 2 Offenses:  Consequences: 

    2.1  Repeated or Constant Campus Disruptions 1) Up to 3 days ISD 

    2.2  Verbal or Written Threats 2)  3 days ISD 

    2.3  Stealing, Larceny, Petty Theft (under $300) 3) 3 days OSS 

    2.4  Skipping, Truancy 4)  5 days OSS 

    2.5  Threats, Harassment, Putdowns, Teasing, Intimidation, 5) 10 days OSS Personal Slurs 

    2.6  Defiance of a School Board Employee 

    2.7  Offensive or Inappropriate Touching of Another Student 

    2.8  Tobacco or Alcohol Possession 

    2.9  Fireworks Possession 

    2.10  Profanity or Obscene Language to a School Board Employee 

    2.11  Leaving School Grounds 

    2.12  Vandalism under $200 

    2.13  Physical Altercation 

    2.14  Physical Aggression 

    2.15  Verbal Altercation 

    2.16  Miscellaneous Violations (any offense, which the administration feels, fits into this class of offenses) 

    Class 3 Offenses:  Consequences: 

    3.1  Disruption of School Function 1) Up to 10 days OSS and possible expulsion 

    3.2  Sexual Harassment, written or verbal propositions, sexual touching 

    3.3  Alcohol Consumption or being under the influence 

    3.4  Battery 

    3.5  Repeated Bullying 

    3.6  Breaking and Entering/Burglary 

    3.7  Fighting 

    3.8  Robbery (taking of money or property by force, violence, assault or fear) 

    3.9  Grand Theft, Larceny (over $300) 

    3.10  Sexual Acts 

    3.11  Vandalism over $200 

    3.12  Major Campus Disruption 

    3.13  Trespassing 

    3.14  Possession of Drugs (fake or real) 

    3.18  Pornography 

    3.19  Miscellaneous Violations ( any offense, which the Administration feels, fits into this class of offenses) 

    **Threats of a serious nature may require student exclusion from school until a psychiatric evaluation deems the student is not a danger to self or others. 

    BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES CONTINUED... 

    Class 4 Offenses: Consequences: 

    4.1 Arson 1) 10 days OSS and probable expulsion 

    4.2 Bomb Threat 

    4.3 Possession of Firearm (includes parts of fake or toy guns) 

    4.4 Discharging of a Firearm 45 Battery/Assault Upon a School Board Official 

    4.6 Sale of Drugs 

    4.7 Sexual Battery 

    4.8 Aggravated Battery/Assault 

    4.9 Explosives (preparing, possessing or igniting) 

    4.10 Possession of Weapons 

    4.11 Miscellaneous Violations (any offense, which the administration feels, fits into this class of offenses) 

    MORNING DETENTION/ISD (IN-SCHOOL DETENTION) /OSS (OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION) 

    Morning Detention: Morning Detention is held before school beginning promptly at 8:25 until 9:25 A.M. daily.  The consequence for most Class 1 offenses is morning detention.  Late arrivals will be rescheduled by the detention teacher. Failure to serve a morning detention will result in a referral. 

    ISD: Detention to an on-campus location may be arranged by administration or designee. Parent notification will be attempted, and the student will be permitted to continue academic progress while serving the detention. It will be up to the student to complete all assignments and return them to the appropriate teachers.  Temporary assignment to work detail during Saturday school may be imposed by administration or designee. The student will perform minor maintenance and/ or lunchroom tasks under the supervision of school personnel. 

    OSS: Suspension off-campus may be arranged by administration or designee. Parent notification will be made, and the student will be permitted to continue academic progress while serving the suspension. It will be up to the student to complete all assignments and return them to the appropriate teachers. Students in ISD/OSS or pending ISD/OSS may have school privileges withheld by administration or designee.  These may involve co-curricular activities, school social events, and other school functions, including, but not limited to, field trips. The consequences of not cooperating in ISD is OSS. 

    POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT 

    Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a support system that is provided to students to increase positive behavior and to establish a positive school culture which impacts school safety and academic performance. The PBS plan is implemented by a team of administrators, faculty and the school psychologist. The team meets monthly to develop methods of encouraging positive behavior on campus and to review discipline data to identify problem areas in need of intervention. 

    Positive behavior expectations are communicated to students along with the classroom discipline procedures and steps. 

    If a student is placed on the “No Howl Out” list by SCMS faculty or staff for failure to behave appropriately or complete their planner, the following consequences will occur per semester: 

    1st occurrence: The student will attend “No Howl Out”. 

    2nd occurrence: The student will attend “No Howl Out” and will have “Table 10” cafeteria duty for one week.  “Table 10” cafeteria duty is when students are required to eat lunch in silence, unable to socialize with their peers, and are then expected to assist with table clean-up. 

    3rd occurrence: The student will attend “No Howl Out” and will participate in the Saturday trash pickup day from 

    8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. If a student does not attend Saturday trash pick-up as assigned, they will receive a Class 2 Discipline Referral for Skipping and be given at least two days ISD (in-school detention).