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7th - 8th Grade Behavior Expectations

This student code of conduct has been established in accordance with Indiana State Law. The procedures for administering student discipline and due process are provided by Indiana law. The Hamilton Southeastern School Board adopts the Indiana Statutes as the official policy and administrative procedure of Hamilton Southeastern Schools unless applicable federal law requires otherwise. All students are expected to obey all school and classroom procedures.  Failure to obey procedures will lead to disciplinary action.  That action could ultimately result in the student being suspended, expelled, or excluded from the regular school. Indiana law defines grounds for suspension or expulsion as “student misconduct or substantial disobedience”.
 
The Indiana Education Code states the school’s discipline rules apply when a student is on school grounds before, during, and after school hours, off school grounds at a school activity or function, or traveling to or from school or a school activity or function. It also states that discipline rules are effective during summer school.
 
Another Indiana Education Code authorizes the school board to prohibit unlawful activity by a student on or off school grounds when the activity interferes with school purposes. The Indiana statue PL224-1987 requires school authorities to inform law enforcement agencies, in writing, when violations involving controlled substances (e.g. drugs) occur within the school environment.
 
Hamilton Southeastern Schools has adopted a plan for the restraint and seclusion of students.  The plan is available via the HSE web-site under Board Docs policy J10.00. http://www.boarddocs.com/in/hses/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=8CYJMS4DE57B
 
 

  • Please be aware that pursuant to Indiana law, Hamilton Southeastern Schools is notified by local law enforcement agencies when a student enrolled at Hamilton Southeastern Schools is arrested or detained for allegations of delinquency which would be a crime if committed by an adult.
  • Please be aware that if a student is suspended and/or expelled for activity which would be a crime if committed by an adult, Hamilton Southeastern Schools may advise the appropriate law enforcement agencies regarding the suspension and/or expulsion within forty-eight (48) hours.  The following information, when applicable, will be given in writing to a designated juvenile officer within the appropriate law enforcement agency:
a.     Name, age, address, and gender of the student;
b.     The nature of the offense, or activity allegedly committed and the circumstances immediately surrounding it, including the time, location and property involved;
c.     A description of the method of apprehension; and
d.     Any instruments of physical force used
 
However, notwithstanding the above, the results of random drug tests administered by Hamilton Southeastern Schools will be held in the very strictest confidence and will not be shared with law enforcement agencies.
 
Warning! Students who engage in fighting or any other illegal activity may be arrested.

 
1.     Students are to comply with the directives of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision.  Failure to do so constitutes insubordination.
2.     Students are to refrain from violating any rules or expectations that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school purposes or an educational function.
3.     Students are to engage in no activity that is disruptive to classroom instruction, the educational environment, or the order and purpose of hallways.
4.     Students are to refrain from engaging in any conduct or activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.  Urging other students to engage in such conduct is also prohibited.
5.     Students are expected to show respect to all school personnel and fellow students and are to refrain from fighting or other aggressive or violent acts including the use of obscene language/gestures.  Images or language that create a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or marginalized group is prohibited.
6.     Anti-Bullying:
(a)   Bullying is prohibited by HSE Schools. Students who commit any acts of bullying are subject to discipline including but not limited to suspension, expulsion, arrest, and/or prosecution.
(b)   Definition: “Bullying” is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically); physical acts committed; aggression; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student, creating for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
(1)   places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or property;
(2)   has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
(3)   has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
(4)   has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.  Bullying does not include, and should not be interpreted to impose any burden or sanction on, the following:
•       participating in a religious event;
•       acting in an emergency involving the protection of a person or property from an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or substantial danger;
•       participating in an activity consisting of the exercise of a student's freedom of speech rights;
•       participating in an activity conducted by a nonprofit or governmental entity that provides recreation, education, training, or other care under the supervision of one (1) or more adults;
•       participating in an activity undertaken at the prior written direction of the student's parent; or
•       engaging in interstate or international travel from a location outside Indiana to another location outside Indiana.
 
(c)   Applicability: The HSE Schools prohibits bullying in all forms. This policy may be applied regardless of the physical location in which the bullying behavior occurred, whenever the individual committing the bullying behavior and any of the intended targets of the bullying behavior are students attending a school within the school district and disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of others to a safe and peaceful learning environment. HSE Schools prohibits bullying through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through any computer, computer system, or computer network.
(d)   Education: HSE Schools will provide training and/or instruction on anti-bullying prevention and policy to all students in grades 1 through 12, as well as staff, in accordance with Indiana law.
(e)   Reporting: Anyone who believes that a student has possibly been or is the victim of bullying is encouraged to immediately report the situation to an appropriate staff member such as a teacher, school counselor, or administrator (including the school district lead administrator). All staff, volunteers, and contracted service providers who observe or receive a report of suspected bullying shall notify a designated school administrator in charge of receiving reports of suspected bullying within the same day. If a staff member does not know who to make a report to, he or she should report directly to the building principal or school district lead administrator. Bullying reports to the Department of Child Services and/or law enforcement must be made as required by law, such as when a staff member believes that a student is the victim of abuse or neglect. Any person who makes a report of bullying and requests to remain anonymous will not be personally identified as the reporter or complainant to extent permitted by law. HSE Schools will act appropriately to discipline staff members, volunteers, or contracted service providers who receive a report of bullying and fail to initiate or conduct an investigation of a bullying incident and for persons who falsely report an incident of bullying. The school district will act appropriately to discipline students, staff members, visitors, or volunteers who make false reports of bullying.
 (f)   Investigation: Once a report of suspected bullying is received by the designated school administrator, an expedited investigation shall follow. The investigation should be facilitated by the designated school administrator or other appropriate school staff. Information relating to the investigation will be gathered using means including, but not limited to: witness interviews, request for written witness statements, record identification and review, and an assessment of whether bullying occurred. The investigation will be initiated within one (1) school day of the report to the designated school administrator and will ordinarily be completed within ten (10) school days.
(g)   Intervention/Responses: If a report of suspected bullying is substantiated through an investigation, then the school district shall take appropriate intervention and responses as consistent with policy and procedure. HSE Schools will take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to stop the bullying, remedy the bullying, and prevent the bullying from recurring. Interventions and responses include, but are not limited to: separating the bully and the target; follow-up school counseling for the target; bullying education for the bully; and prompt disciplinary action against the bully. These steps should not penalize the target of the bullying. Disciplinary actions against the bully may include, but are not limited to suspension and expulsion. Also, if the acts of bullying rise to the level of serious criminal offense the matter may be referred to law enforcement. HSE Schools shall inform the parents of all students involved in alleged incidents, and, as appropriate, may discuss the availability of counseling and other intervention services.  
(h)   Parental Involvement: Parents are encouraged to be involved in the process of minimizing bullying. Parents should report suspected acts of bullying to an appropriate school official. In addition, parents of students suspected of bullying will be notified with a phone call or through other appropriate means of communication. Conversely, parents of students suspected of being the target of acts of bullying will also be notified with a phone call or through other means of appropriate communication. Parent notifications will occur in an expedited manner within two (2) school days after the designated school administrator receives the report of suspected bullying. Parents of students who are disciplined for acts of bullying will be involved in the disciplinary process consistent with the law and school district policy. 
(i)    Reporting to IDOE: Each school within the school district will record and report to the district lead administrator or his or her designee the frequency of bullying incidents in the following categories: verbal bullying, physical bullying, social/relational bullying, and electronic/written communication bullying (or a combination or two or more of the above categories). The corporation lead administrator or his or her designee shall report the number of bullying incidents by category for each school and the entire corporation for each school term to the Indiana Department of Education by July 1.
7.     Students are to refrain from physical conduct of a sexual nature.  This includes Public Displays of Affection (PDA) which includes, but is not limited to, holding hands, hugging, and/or kissing.
8.     Students are to refrain from engaging in sexual harassment that consists of unwelcome sexual advances, or other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
9.     The taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a crime under state and/or federal law.  Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be subject to the disciplinary procedures of the school district; and reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and lifetime inclusion on sexual offender registries.
10.  Students are to refrain from causing or attempting to cause physical injury or behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person.
11.  Students are to refrain from the use, possession, transmission or being under the influence of, harmful drugs, any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, herbal incense, K2, “Spice”, synthetic marijuana, alcoholic beverage, non-alcoholic beer, stimulant, caffeine-based drug, or intoxicant of any kind or items purported as such, on school property, at any school sponsored event or traveling to or from a school activity, function or event.  Students are forbidden from possessing drug paraphernalia.  Students are to refrain from misuse of prescription medication.  They are to refrain from possessing or using prescription medication for an unintended purpose or in an unintended manner.  Students are to refrain from use of inhalants.  Students are forbidden to sniff, inhale, or otherwise ingest any substance when it is not the intended use of the substance.  Students are to refrain from the possession or use of tobacco or nicotine delivering devices such as “vapes”, electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches.  Students are to refrain from engaging in the selling of a controlled substance and/or look-alike substance, or engaging in an action that constitutes a danger to other students or constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
12.  Students are not to use, possess, or transmit dangerous articles such as firearms, knives, pins, cutting tools, BB guns, explosives, destructive devices, fireworks, matches, lighters, or any other objects that can reasonably be considered a weapon or could cause harm to another person or damage school property.  Students who have knowledge of these items on school grounds are to report the incident to school personnel.  Board policy states that firearms or destructive devices are prohibited on school property.  This does not apply to law enforcement officers performing their official duties.  Under Indiana law, a student bringing a firearm or destructive device to school or on school property or in possession of a firearm or destructive device on school property must be expelled from school for a period of at least one calendar year. Under another Indiana law, a student bringing a deadly weapon, other than a firearm, to school or on school property or in possession of a deadly weapon on school property may be expelled for a period of not more than one calendar year. The Superintendent or his/her designee will immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when a student is expelled under this rule.  A firearm is any weapon that is capable of or designed to or that may readily be converted to expel a projectile by means of an explosion.  A destructive device is any device described in Indiana Code.    
13.  Any behavior or symbolism denoting gang membership or affiliation is strictly forbidden.  Gangs which initiate, advocate, or promote activities which threaten the safety or well-being of persons or properties on school grounds that disrupt the school environment are prohibited. The use of hand signals, graffiti, or the presence of any apparel, jewelry accessory, or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attribute indicates or implies membership or affiliation with such a group, presents a clear and present danger. This is contrary to the school environment and educational objectives and creates an atmosphere where unlawful acts or violations of school regulations may occur. Incidents involving initiations, hazing, intimidation, and/or related activities of such groups which are likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to students are prohibited. The Superintendent will establish procedures and regulations to ensure that any student wearing, carrying, or displaying gang paraphernalia, or exhibiting behavior or gestures which symbolize gang membership or causing and/or participating in activities which intimidate or affect the attendance of another student will be subject to disciplinary action.
14.  Students are not to bring cameras, toys, electronic games, laser pointers, balloons, or other distracting items to school.
15.  All electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, etc.), excluding iPads, are to be turned off and put away during the school day.  Teacher discretion may be used to permit the use of electronic devices in the classroom.  If school personnel have reasonable suspicion to believe a student has used an electronic device to violate a school rule or interfere with school purpose, that device may be confiscated and subject to reasonable search.  All parts of the item(s) will be confiscated which includes batteries and memory cards.  Confiscated items (when released by school officials) must be picked up by parent or guardian.  The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
16.  Students may not use any device to photograph or record the activities [audio or video] of other students or district personnel while on school property or a school-sponsored activity unless expressly authorized in advance by the building principal or designee, and with the consent of the individual(s) being recorded. Students may not surreptitiously photograph or record anyone or distribute captured content that violates school policies and/or causes harm. Students who violate this expectation may face appropriate disciplinary consequences.
17.  Students are not permitted to ride bicycles, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, or wear shoes that contain rollers/wheels, etc. to school.  These items are not to be on school grounds at any time.
18.  Students are not allowed to sell or trade items at school unless directly related to a class activity supervised by school staff.
19.  During the school day, food, including candy, is only to be consumed in the cafeteria or under the direct supervision of a staff member. 
20.  Students are expected to turn in all original work for school assignments.  Students are to refrain from cheating, plagiarism, or any other dishonest means of academic gain.
21.  Students are to refrain from stealing or attempting to steal school or private property.  Students guilty of theft may be reported to local law enforcement agencies.  Students are not to knowingly be in possession of stolen items.
22.  Students are to refrain from vandalism, which includes causing or attempting to cause damage to school or private property.
23.  Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time prepared with appropriate materials.
24.  Students are to only be in supervised areas throughout the school day and during school functions.
25.  When in the hall during class time, students are to possess a hall pass or office request.
26.  Students can leave school grounds during the school day only with permission of parents and school officials and after signing out in the front office.  Failure to do so constitutes truancy.
27.  Students are expected to walk, not run, in the building.
28.  Students are to leave backpacks in lockers after arriving to school.  Backpacks, book bags, tote bags are not to be carried during the school day without approval.
29.  In addition to numbers 1 through 28, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or the student's removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property.  This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria which takes place during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may be attending classes or other school functions.
 

Walking To/From School

The school does NOT recommend that students walk to and/or from school.  Students who walk to and/or from school must have a permission note from a parent/guardian on file with the front office.  Students are not permitted to ride bicycles, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. to school.  These items are not to be on school grounds at any time.
 
APPEARANCE
 
The appearance and dress of any student is the primary responsibility of both the student and the parent. Students are expected to maintain an appearance that is appropriate for school and conducive to the educational atmosphere. Whenever a school official considers a student’s appearance to be inappropriate for the educational environment, a conference will be held and the student will be asked to make a modification.
The following are examples of clothing or items that are considered to be inappropriate:  
Students who violate the dress code may face disciplinary action.
 

CONSEQUENCES

 

Detentions

Detentions are assignments to supervised study areas usually before school, during lunch, or after school hours. A detention may be from fifteen minutes to three hours, at the discretion of school personnel. Transportation to and/or from the detention must be arranged by the student and parent.  Adequate time will be allotted to the student to make these arrangements.  If the student is unable to serve the detention on the date assigned, a parent must contact the teacher or administrator who issued the detention.  Failure to report may result in further disciplinary action.
 
In-School Reassignment
In-school reassignment (ISR) is a method of school discipline where the student is placed in the ISR room instead of attending regular classes.  Classroom assignments will be provided to the student to complete for full credit.  Students placed in ISR remain in that atmosphere from one (1) class period, up to five (5) full days, and are under the direct supervision of an adult aide.  If the student becomes uncooperative or fails to follow the rules established for the ISR classroom, suspension out of school will substitute for in-school reassignment. Students are not allowed to attend or participate in any after school activities on the days they are assigned to ISR.
 
Social Probation
Any student who has been involved in an infraction of school rules, or has been found to be in academic non-compliance, may be placed on Social Probation by the principal, or his designee, in addition to, or in lieu of, other disciplinary action.  Social Probation will be for a definite time period during which critical examination and evaluation of the student’s progress should take place.
 
During the probation period, the student may be denied the privilege of participating in or attendance at all extracurricular activities (including field trips).  If the student is further involved in an infraction of school rules during the probationary period, the student will be subject to whatever disciplinary action is set forth in the probationary agreement.  The parent/guardian will be notified that the student is being placed on Social Probation, including the length of the period, the terms of the probation, and the possible consequences of suspension/ expulsion if the student is found in further violation of school rules during probation.
 
Friday Extension / Saturday School
Friday Extensions are conducted from 3:05-6:05PM. Saturday school is conducted from 8:00-11:00 A.M.  Students complete schoolwork assigned by teachers or the Administration.  A second option for Saturday School is to require the student and parent to report to the Hamilton County Circuit Court at 8:00 AM on the Friday before the scheduled Saturday School.  From there, students report to the Hamilton County Juvenile Service Center located at 18106 Cumberland Road, Noblesville, IN, where they will be assigned school work to complete during the Saturday School.  Failure to serve a Friday Extension or Saturday School – or violations of Friday Extension or Saturday School rules – will result in further disciplinary action.
 
Suspension
Suspension is assigned in response to serious rule infractions, refusal to comply with a lesser disciplinary penalty, or chronic misbehavior.  During a suspension, the student is in the care of parents and should not be present on school grounds.  The only exception is a pre-arranged authorization by the building principal or his/her designee with the understanding that the parent must escort the student while on school grounds.  Students are expected to make up all work missed during days of suspension. Suspension may be imposed for up to 10 days.
 
Alternative to Suspension / Hamilton County OSS Program
Students suspended from school may be required to report to the Hamilton County Circuit Court at 8:00 A.M. on the initial day of suspension, and from there be assigned to complete school work at the Hamilton County Juvenile Service Center during each day of suspension.  Students will not be allowed to return to school until the assigned days of suspension have been served.
 
Expulsion
Expulsion is the denial of school attendance to a student for a period in excess of ten (10) days. Students are normally expelled for one (1) or two (2) semesters. Expulsion is recommended for offenses of a serious nature, or for the persistent violation of school rules. Should a student reach this point, the principal or assistant principal will recommend expulsion of the student to the Superintendent of Schools. All suspensions and expulsions are conducted under due process of law.
 
Alternative to Expulsion
Students who have been expelled from school for the possession, use, or transmission to another person, of a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind may have their expulsion reviewed and rescinded if the concerned student requests readmission following rehabilitation in an appropriate professional rehabilitation program.  The student must also provide certification that he/she is free from drug and alcohol related problems at the present time and present a genuine desire to return to school and to conform and achieve in the school environment.
 
Learner’s Permit & Driver’s License Denial
Any student identified as a habitual truant who is suspended for a second time during a school year (including alternative to suspension); who withdraws from school for a reason other than financial hardship; or who is expelled from school will face the following consequences with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
a.     Any student identified as a habitual truant (beginning at age 13) will be denied a learner's permit or driver's license until the age of 18.  The Principal, Asst. Principal, and guidance counselor will conduct an annual review of the student's attendance record in order to determine whether attendance has improved to the degree that the student may become eligible to be issued a permit or license.
b.     Any student withdrawing from school (quitting) for a reason other than financial hardship will be denied a driver's license or learner's permit until age 18.  The issue of financial hardship will be determined at an exit interview.
c.     Any student suspended from school for a second time during the school year (including alternative to suspension) will be denied a permit or license for 120 days, or have the same revoked for 120 days.
d.     Any student expelled from school will be denied a permit or license (or have the same revoked) for 120 days or until the end of the semester during which they return to school, whichever is longer.
 
POSSESSION OF FIREARMS
 
Possession, use, handling, or transmission of any firearm on school property immediately before, during and immediately after school hours and at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or traveling to or from a school activity, function or event will result in a one (1) year expulsion from school.  A firearm is considered any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by action of an explosive.  The prosecutor's office will be informed of any violation of this nature.
 
MANDATORY DRUG TESTING
 
Administrators have the authority to require a student to submit to a chemical test of the student's breath or urine if the Administration has reasonable suspicion to believe the student, while at school, attending or traveling to and from a school activity, is using or under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or a controlled substance.  Failure to produce a test sample after a reasonable period of time, or the student's willful refusal to submit to the chemical test, or a positive test result will allow the Administration to proceed with appropriate disciplinary action.
 

TOBACCO FREE SCHOOLS

 
The Board of School Trustees declares all school buildings and grounds, including athletic facilities to be smoke-free environments.  Staff, students and members of the public are expected to observe this restriction at all times.  Notices will be posted indicating that Hamilton Southeastern Schools buildings and grounds are smoke-free.
 
STUDENT SEARCHES

 
The principal or another member of the administrative staff may search the person of a student during a school activity if reasonable grounds for the search exist.
 

 

Attending Class Equals Success (ACES) Program

ACES is a proactive program sponsored by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. Its purpose is to promote good school attendance by enforcing the legal obligations of compulsory school attendance noted in Indiana Law. 

Students may be referred by HSE Schools to the Hamilton County Deputy Prosecutor for the Town of Fishers for participation in the program for being truant from school or having unexcused absences.

Students with absences without a doctor’s note that exceed 8 days per semester or 16 days per school year are considered unexcused and  may also result in a referral to the ACES program. 

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Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.