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5th - 6th Grade Behavior Expectations


The HSE School Board has declared 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 Hamilton Southeastern School buildings and grounds are smoke-free. 


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 statute 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. 

  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. 
  1. Students are to refrain from violating any rules or expectations that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school purposes or an educational function. 
  1. Students are to engage in no activity that disrupts classroom instruction. 
  1. 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. 
  1. Bullying by one student against another student is prohibited and is a violation of the school’s student code of conduct. "Bullying" is defined as overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted; physical acts committed; 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 other student. Bullying is prohibited when a student is on school grounds immediately before or during school hours, immediately after school hours or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off grounds at a school activity, function or event; traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or using school property or equipment provided by the school. 
In addition, students are to refrain from the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other comparable conduct constituting an interference with school purposes or urging other students to engage in such conduct.  
Please see the section on Anti-Bullying following the student code of conduct for more information on the School Board approved Anti-Bullying Policy in Hamilton Southeastern Schools. 
  1. Cyber bullying is being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material or engaging in other forms of social cruelty using the Internet or other digital technologies. Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another person occurring through use of the district Internet system or use of personal digital devices, such as cell phones, digital cameras, personal computers, and PDAs while on campus which has the effect of: 
  • Physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student; 
  • Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical, emotional, or mental harm; 
  • Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage or loss of personal property; or 
  • Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities. 
All forms of bullying are unacceptable. A violation of this policy shall subject the offending student to appropriate disciplinary action, consistent with the student discipline code, which may include suspension, expulsion, or notification to the appropriate authorities. 
Please see the section on Anti-Bullying following the student code of conduct for more information on the School Board approved Anti-Bullying Policy in Hamilton Southeastern Schools. 
  1. Students are expected to show respect to all school personnel and fellow students.  They are to refrain from fighting or other aggressive or violent acts, including the use of obscene language or gestures. Images or language that create a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or marginalized group.  
  1. Students are to refrain from causing or attempting to cause physical injury or behaving in such a way that could reasonably cause physical injury to any person.  
  1. Students are to refrain from physical conduct of a sexual nature.  This includes public displays of affection which includes, but is not limited to, holding hands, hugging, and/or kissing.  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. 
  1. 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, 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 other nicotine delivering devices. Students are to refrain from engaging in the selling of a controlled substance, or engaging in an action that constitutes a danger to other students or constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.  
  1. 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 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. A complete copy of the Items Prohibited in School Policy can be obtained by contacting the school office.   
  1. Any behavior or symbolism denoting gang membership or affiliation is strictly forbidden.  Related hand signs, handshakes and graffiti are prohibited, as is any recruitment effort. 
  1. Students are not to bring toys, collectible cards, laser pointers, balloons, or other distracting items to school.  
  1. During the school day electronic devices are to be used for educational purposes only (This means students should not use their device during the school day for personal use, including, but not limited to, texting, emailing, or gaming.)  Should a student need to communicate with their parents, it should be done via teacher approval. Schools are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen cell phones and/or electronic devices. Music devices can only be used on the bus and during after school activities. Music devices and/or electronic devices used or possessed inappropriately during the school day on school grounds including on route to and from school busses will be confiscated and returned before the end of the day and disciplinary consequences will be administered.  
Cell phones may only be used during after school activities. Students may only take pictures (or audio/video recordings) when authorized in advance by a staff member and with the consent of the individual(s) being photographed. Students may not surreptitiously photograph or record anyone, or distribute captured content that violates school policies and/or causes harm.  Students returning home from after school activities on a school bus may use cell phones with the permission of the activity sponsor or coach. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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.  Shoes with rollers or wheels are not permitted on school property. 
  1. Students are not allowed to sell or trade items at school unless directly related to a class activity supervised by school staff. 
  1. During the school day, food, including candy, is only to be consumed in the cafeteria or under the direct supervision of a staff member. Gum is only allowable with direct approval by a teacher or staff member.       
  1. Students are to refrain from cheating, plagiarism, or any other dishonest means of academic gain.  Students are expected to turn in original work for all school assignments. 
  1. 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. 
  1. Students are to refrain from vandalism, which includes causing or attempting to cause damage to school or private property. 
  1. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time prepared with appropriate materials. 
  1. Students are to only be in supervised areas throughout the school day and during school functions. 
  1. 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. 
  1. Students are expected to walk, not run, in the building. 
  1. Flowers, balloons or gift deliveries of any kind are not to be sent to students during the school day. Deliveries will not be accepted. 
  1. Students are to leave backpacks in lockers after arriving to school.  Backpacks, book bags, or tote bags are not to be carried during the school day. 
  1. In addition to numbers 1 through 27, 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. 

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 
(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, they 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. 
Secret Societies/Gang Activity 
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. 
Hamilton Southeastern Schools prohibits criminal organizations and criminal organization activity. "Criminal Organization" means a formal or informal group with at least three members that specifically either: 
(1) promotes, sponsors, or assists in; or participates in; 
(2) requires as a condition of membership or continued membership; or 
(3) has as one of its goals; 
the commission of a felony or an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult or the offense of battery.  
For more details, HSE’s Criminal Organization Policy is available via the HSE website under Board Docs policy J05.11 
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:
• Clothing and/or any adornment displaying messages or images not appropriate for school. Examples would be messages containing profanity; sexual innuendo; references to drugs, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or violence; or messages that incite hate towards other students or student groups.
• Clothing that is designed to reveal bare midriffs, buttocks, torso, undergarments, or the lack of undergarments.
 • Hats or unapproved masks; hooded clothing must be worn with the hood down. Culturally and religious based head coverings are permitted.
• Heavy and/or long coats.
• Strapless tops; tank-tops must fit tightly under arms.
• Any item that might cause a concern for student safety.
• Unsafe (or lack of) footwear.
• Unapproved face painting, eyewear, costume apparel, spray painted hair, etc.
• Headphones/earbuds in the hallways throughout the day.
• Blankets or pillows.
• Signs, flags, or non-educational items that the school can reasonably forecast will substantially or materially disrupt the school environment.
Students who violate the dress code may face disciplinary action. 
Detentions are assignments to supervised study areas before or after school hours or during the student’s lunch period.  They serve as consequences for school infractions.  A detention may be from 15 minutes to one hour, at the discretion of the school official.  Students are responsible for transportation.  Adequate time will be allotted for the student to make these arrangements.  If the student is unable to serve the detention on the date assigned, an administrator must be informed.  Failure to report may result in further disciplinary action. 
In-school reassignment is a method of school discipline that provides the student with the opportunity to remain in a school setting.  The student will be provided with assignments which must be completed before returning to the classroom in order to receive full credit.  Students in in-school reassignment remain in that atmosphere for the school day under the supervision of office personnel or an aide. If the student becomes uncooperative or does not follow the rules established for the classroom, out-of-school suspension will substitute for in-school reassignment. 
In some cases, it becomes necessary to assign out-of-school suspension.  Usually this is a result of a serious infraction, refusal to comply with a lesser disciplinary penalty, or chronic misbehavior.  During such a suspension, the student is in the care of the parents, and the student should not be present on school grounds without permission of the school principal.  Make-up work guidelines for attendance also apply to students who have been suspended. 
In some cases, it becomes necessary to assign students to the Hamilton Centers Out-Of-School Suspension Program.  The Out-Of-School Suspension Program requires students who are suspended from school to report to the Hamilton County Circuit Court at 8:00 A.M. on the first day of suspension.  The student is then ordered by the court to be taken by the parents to the Connor School.  The students are to bring a lunch, schoolbooks, and assignments and be ready to work. Students are supervised by a licensed school teacher and an aide.  At the completion of the suspension period, the teacher will send a written report back to the school of origin and to the Prosecuting Attorney, reporting on attendance, attitude/behavior, and work completed, etc.   
The administration shall 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 is under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or a controlled substance (as defined by Indiana law). 
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 will allow the Administration to proceed with disciplinary action.  A complete copy of the Drug Policy and the Procedural Referral Policy is available in the school office. 
It is the policy of the Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment. 
It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee of the Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation to harass another employee or student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature as defined in Section II of the policy.  It shall also be a violation of this policy for students to harass other students through conduct or communication of a sexual nature as defined in Section II of the Policy.  A complete copy of the Sexual Harassment Policy can be obtained by contacting the school office. 

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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