Exceptional Misconduct

Any conduct that materially and substantially interferes with the educational process is prohibited. The following list of offenses (some of which are also listed on the Make Your Day page of this handbook) generally describes such conduct, but is not intended to be exclusive. Each is specifically prohibited on school grounds, on school sponsored transportation, and at school events off school grounds and each will lead to corrective action. Conduct that has been judged to be (a) of such frequent occurrence, notwithstanding past attempts to control such misconduct with other forms of corrective actions, or (b) so serious in nature and/or so serious in terms of the disruptive effect upon the operation of the school, that students may be subject to suspension for a first-time offense, and to expulsion if there is good reason to believe other forms of corrective action would fail if employed. Administrative discretion is allowed on each individual case, and law enforcement may be informed in appropriate cases.

Alcohol – The use, attempted use, possession, distribution or sale of alcoholic substances.

Arson – Intentional burning of property

Defiance – Refusal to comply with reasonable requests of school personnel

Destruction or Defacement of Property – Destroying or mutilating objects and materials belonging to the school, school personnel, or other persons. The school will bill students for the total cost including labor for repair of damage.

Disorderly Conduct – Conduct and/or behavior that is disruptive to the orderly educational procedure of the school (including profanity and obscene behavior).

Drugs – The use, attempted use, possession, distribution or sale of any illegal substance, narcotic or hallucinogenic drug, noxious inhalant, drug paraphernalia, prescription drug prescribed to another, or any item purported to be such.

Explosive Devices – The use, possession, or sale of explosive devices, such as firecrackers.

Extortion – The solicitation of money, or something of value, from another person in return for protection or in connection with a threat or implied threat to inflict harm.

Fighting – Engaging in or threatening physical contact for the purpose of inflicting harm on another person.

Physical Assault – Physical attack of one person or a group of persons, upon another person, who does not wish to engage in the conflict and who has not provoked the attack.

Smoking/Tobacco – The use, attempted use, possession, distribution or sale of tobacco or tobacco products of any kind on school property. Non-tobacco chew or snuff will be treated the same as tobacco for sanitation reasons.

Theft – Taking property that doesn’t belong to you.

Weapons – The possession, use, transmission, or transporting of any object that could reasonably be considered a firearm, air gun, nunchuks stick, throwing star, club, dagger, spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by gravity, or by an outward , downward or centrifugal thrust or movement or any other dangerous weapon; and the possession of any exploding item or device that would be capable of producing bodily harm, damage to property or disruption of the educational process. Educational House Bill 1581 (Firearms) mandates a one-year expulsion for students who possess firearms on school grounds or at school events. Required is notification to parents and local law enforcement. This bill also allows districts to suspend students for one full year “if a student acts with malice” and displays an instrument that appears to be a firearm on public school property, transportation, or other facilities when being used exclusively by public schools.

In addition, at Finley Elementary School we help students understand that a pocketknife is considered a weapon and will immediately result in a minimum of a one day suspension. Toys representing weapons or other items used in a threatening way may bring about the same disciplinary actions.