Though there are only a few changes to the Code of Student Conduct this year, they are very important changes. The revisions include two legislative additions, formatting issues, and clarification of current policy. Underlines indicate additions or revisions.
FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES:
• POLICY 5500.03 – STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES (PG. 30)
M. upon request, will properly identify him/herself to staff
A student must participate in school crisis plan activities and emergency drills such as lock-down and fire drills. (Failure to meet these requirements may lead to disciplinary action.)
• POLICY 5500.07 – DISCIPLINE (PG. 41)
Recognizing that students may need additional support in the form of mental health services, Pinellas County Schools will ensure referrals for services are made in alignment with state and federal guidelines. Such referrals are not to be punitive or as a form of disciplinary action: however, may be made in conjunction with a disciplinary incident.
Reformatting of the current list of behavioral offenses that could result in discipline. We have added the offense of HAZING.
• POLICY 5500.08 – MISCONDUCT THAT REQUIRES SPECIFIC CONSEQUENCES (PG.47)
B. Middle School and High School Students
If a student is in middle or high school when s/he violates this policy s/he will be suspended either in school or out-of-school for no more than three (3) consecutive days for one offense without permission from the area superintendent including reassignments and expulsions and reassigned to an alternative program, for one (1) or two (2) semesters unless the student meets the following criteria:
• It is the student’s first alcohol or drug offense while enrolled as a Pinellas County Schools’ student, and
• The student was not selling or intending to sell illegal substances, and
• The student was not charged with a felony during the incident.
If the student meets the listed criteria his/her parent or guardian will be offered an opportunity to participate in the Pinellas County Schools’ drug/alcohol educational program. If the student’s parent/guardian agrees that s/he will complete the program, the student’s suspension may be reduced. The program specialist will document and provide evidence that the student successfully completed the program within the allocated period of time. If a student fails to successfully complete the program, the student will be immediately assigned to an alternative school program.
A student with two (or more) alcohol or drug offenses will be out-of-school suspended for three (3) days and reassigned to an alternative disciplinary program. Depending on the severity of the offense, the student may also be recommended for expulsion. Consequences for offenses noted above are cumulative across a student’s academic career.