ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, NARCOTICS AND OTHER ILLEGAL DRUGS
It is illegal for any student, teacher, or other person to possess, use, transport or be under the influence of any drug, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind at/on the school campus, school bus, activity bus, school bus stop, or any school-sponsored event on or off campus. The use or possession of controlled substances as defined by North Carolina Law, including alcohol, is prohibited on school property at all times, which includes school sponsored activities or events. Disciplinary action will be taken in instances of violation of this policy (Buncombe County School Board Policy # 470). The school will also take disciplinary action in addition to legal action. The school will take whatever steps are necessary to have a drug-free school.
A.C. Reynolds Middle School is a tobacco-free campus. The use or possession of tobacco products is not permitted on school property by students or adults (Buncombe County School Board Policy #455 and #531). At A.C. Reynolds Middle School, if a student has in their possession tobacco products, he/she will be judged as intending to use the product. No one is allowed to use tobacco products at any school-sponsored event.
BEHAVIORS ASSOCIATED WITH GANGS/GANG RELATED ACTIVITY
A.C. Reynolds Middle School and Buncombe County Schools define a “gang” as any ongoing alliance or association of three or more individuals, formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of criminal acts or purposeful violation of school policy. Inherent to the gang’s structure is the common set of identifying traits including names, signs, colors and symbols.
The following conduct or activity is prohibited and subject to consequences ranging from an initial warning accompanied by parent contact to assigned periods of short-terms suspensions to administrative recommendation for long-term suspension:
· Displaying, possessing or distributing and clothing, jewelry, emblem, visible body marking, or literature that communicates or symbolizes affiliation with a gang.
· Communicating gang affiliation through either verbal or non-verbal methods including (but not limited to) hand gestures, drawings and/or electronic testing.
· Taggin school or personal property with gang related symbols
· Harrassment, intimidation or solicitation directed toward a student or staff member relative to gang activity.
BUS CONDUCT RULES (A.C. REYNOLDS & BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY #465)
Please remember that bus service is a privilege, not a right. Students must follow the rules of proper conduct or they will be suspended from the bus causing parents to provide transportation. Our bus schedule is designed to have all students at school by 7:35 a.m. This is 10 minutes prior to our first block/homeroom. This should provide time for a trip to the lockers and preparations for the academic day.
1. Students should conduct themselves on the bus as they would conduct themselves in class. Students may talk quietly to their friends seated near them.
2. Students are expected to occupy the seat assigned by the driver, assistant principal, or principal and refrain at all times from moving around while the bus is in motion. Students should sit with feet flat on the floor and face the front at all times.
3. No food or drinks are allowed on the bus.
4. Be waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives. The bus will not wait for students who are still in their homes.
The Board of Education has listed these as infractions that can result in suspension (ranging from two days to the remained of the school year) from riding the bus (Buncombe County School Board Policy #465):
§ Fighting, smoking, chewing tobacco, using profanity, or refusing to obey the instructions of school authorities or the bus driver
§ Being under the influence of or having in their possession alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs.
§ Tampering with the bus.
§ Refusing to meet the bus at designated stops.
§ Unauthorized departure from the bus when en route from home or from school (A student must have a note written by a parent or guardian in order for the bus driver to allow the student to depart from the bus at a stop other than his/her assigned stop.)
§ Playing, throwing trash, paper, other objects, or otherwise distracting the driver’s attention in any way.
§ Failure to observe established safety rules and regulations made by the State Department of Public Instruction.
BUS BOARDING RULES
Our first concern is to get students to and from school safely. Our safety record in Buncombe County is excellent, and we want to work together to keep it that way. Here are some of our expectations for getting on/traveling in/ departing the bus:
1. Stay off the roadway at all times while waiting for the bus.
2. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before attempting to get on or off the bus. Be sure the arm signal is extended.
3. Leave the bus at the assigned bus stop.
4. Always enter or leave the bus at the front door except in cases of emergency.
5. Keep head and hands inside the bus windows at all times.
6. Cross the roadway in front of the bus within the sight and hearing of the driver.
CLASS DISCIPLINE PLAN
Each Teacher has an individualized Classroom Discipline Plan modeled on Assertive Discipline. A copy of the Teacher’s Classroom Discipline Plan will be made available to students and parents at the beginning of the school year. Maintaining discipline within our classrooms and our school requires a high level of commitment and cooperation by everyone in the school community. A.C. Reynolds Middle has long enjoyed both parental and community support as a well-disciplined school. The great majority of our students recognize the need for high standards and expectations to guide student conduct in the classrooms and other areas of the school. Our students have learned and are continuing to learn how to make appropriate choices and decisions for themselves.
Students who choose to violate school rules and regulations should and can expect consequences for the inappropriate choices. We operate our discipline plan under the assumption that our expectations for students’ behavior are clearly communicated and that failure to follow those expectations is clearly a matter of student choice (i.e. poor decision making). Our plan reflects the belief that we should learn from our mistakes. Minor infractions are initially dealt with using warnings, notes home, phone calls to parents, isolation in the classroom, and school-wide detentions; but if a student continues to choose to violate rules of a “minor” nature, then we assume he/she is not learning from earlier mistakes. In that case, our discipline plan would indicate a need for stronger consequences such as In-School Suspension or Out-of- School Suspension.
More serious misbehavior would require stronger disciplinary action than a warning or detention. In these cases, In-School Suspension or Out-of-School Suspension would be used immediately. Our primary goal at ACRMS is to provide an environment that enables learning. With this goal always in mind, we see self-discipline as something we are teaching students. In the classrooms and in every other part of the ACRMS campus, we will use warnings and reminders of rules to elicit proper behavior. In the classroom, teachers will use many methods and techniques to insure proper behavior from students. These techniques are used in order to reduce the amount of instructional time wasted when a teacher must stop teaching to discipline a student.
The teachers are in the school to teach, and the role of the student is to learn. Maintaining classroom discipline is one of the teachers’ many duties. Students are expected to cooperate and do what is expected of them at all times.
The following rules clearly define the expectations that we have for all students at A.C. Reynolds Middle School:
1. Be present and on time for all classes.
a. Good attendance is essential to succeed in the classroom. Students cannot learn the material being taught unless they are present. Truancy from school may result in a zero grade for the days truant with the exception of quarterly, semester, or grading period examinations missed during the period of truancy (North Carolina General Statue § 115C-391(b).
b. A pre-excused absence or a school-related absence means the student needs to have his/her work completed upon the return to school unless the teacher has given permission to make the work up at a later date. If a test or quiz has been previously scheduled (before the absence), the student is expected to take the test or quiz upon returning to school.
c. If a student is legally absent for several days, he/she will be given a proper amount of time to make up missed work. The student should meet with each individual teacher to determine a date that is agreeable to both the teacher and the student. This is the responsibility of the student.
d. When the tardy bell rings, students are expected to be ready for instruction.
2. Bring learning materials
a. Students are expected to attend each class with pen, pencil, paper, textbook, notebook, homework and other learning materials as designated by each teacher.
b. Students should not expect to return to their locker during instructional times.
3. Respect other people and their property.
a. Students will show courtesy and respect at all times to the teachers, fellow students, and all school employees. The words and actions of students should reflect courtesy and respect.
b. Students are responsible for keeping all school property in good condition. This means books, desks, walls, lockers, tables, auditorium seats, and all other furniture and equipment in the school.
c. Students will exhibit proper classroom behavior at all times which includes the following:
1. Students will abide by the school dress code at all times.
2. Students must keep hands, feet, etc. to themselves.
3. Students should refrain from horseplay at any time.
4. Unless required by an instructional activity, no objects should ever be thrown, pitched, tossed or flipped.
5. Unless the teacher gives the students permission to do so, students should not work on assignments for one class while in another class.
6. Unless the teacher gives permission, students shall not eat anything in class.
7. Students are expected to complete assigned homework. The purpose of homework is to give the student an opportunity to practice those skills taught in class.
8. Students should never leave a class until the teacher has dismissed them.
DISCIPLINE PLAN DEFINITIONS
In-School Suspension (ISS): ISS is assigned for the entire day. (In some cases ISS may be assigned for a partial day). Students assigned to ISS should report to the ISS room immediately after morning announcements. Students should bring paper, pencils, calculator, books, and any other items they will need to do the work for the day.
Out-of-School Suspension (OSS): A student suspended from school for disciplinary reasons is not allowed to enter the school premises anytime during the suspension. This includes any social function or sporting event that takes place during or after school hours. The term of the suspension may be from 1 to 10 days. In some cases, the parents of the suspended student must meet with an administrator before the student can be reinstated.
Confiscation: When an item is confiscated, it is taken from the student.
Restitution: When a student receives restitution, he/she must do something to “make up” for the wrong that was committed. For example, a student who throws food in the cafeteria may receive restitution in the form of cleaning the cafeteria. If a student steals from another student, the student will be required to return or pay for the stolen item.
Hearing Board (Disciplinary Hearing Board): A Disciplinary Hearing board is comprised of a teacher from Oakley, Haw Creek, Bell, Cane Creek, ACRHS, and ACRMS. The Hearing Board can recommend long term suspension for a student who has reached that point on the discipline plan or who has been a continuous discipline problem.
DISCIPLINE PLAN FROM ADMINISTRATION
After a student has exhausted his/her steps in the teacher’s Assertive Classroom Discipline Plan, or if the offense is a Category II infraction as listed below, he/she will be given an Office Discipline Referral. The referring teacher completes the form and the office is contacted. The administrator will place the student on the Administrative Discipline Plan. This is a 10 step progressive plan designed to deter inappropriate behavior and promote a safe learning environment. Each time the student receives an administrative referral, he/she progresses in steps on the plan. The referral form will be sent home for a parent/guardian to sign. If the referral form is not returned, the administrator will make a telephone call to the parent/guardian. A letter will also be sent home whenever an Out-of-School suspension is assigned. At any point in these steps, a parent/guardian conference with the teacher(s) and/or administrator may be requested. The Administration reserves the right to alter the plan and/or skip steps if deemed necessary.
DISCIPLINE PLAN STEPS
One (1) Day ISS
One (1) Day OSS
One (1) Day ISS
Two (2) Days OSS
Two (2) Days ISS
Three (3) Days OSS
Two (2) Days ISS
Five (5) Days OSS
Three (3) Days ISS and Parent Conference
Ten (10) Days OSS and referral to a Hearing Board
PLEASE NOTE: Administration has the right to alter steps, if deemed necessary
DISCIPLINE - INFRACTION CATEGORIES
The individual teacher using his/her Classroom Assertive Discipline Plan will deal with these offenses.
Immediate Office Referral – School Administrator will follow the Administrative Discipline Plan
Require Immediate Administrative Referral/Assistance – Possible 10 days OSS and/or referral to a Disciplinary Hearing Board with a possible request for a long-term suspension. *
· Tardies to class
· Chewing substances
· Disruptive, argumentative behavior
· Fire drill misbehavior
· Profanity – not directed at anyone
· Horseplay, pushing shoving, etc.
· Dress code violation
· Failure to stay for detention
· In undesignated areas
· Possession of contraband
· Running in the hall
· Refusal to do work
· Sleeping in class
· Aggressive contact with another person
· Communication of a violent threat
· Defiance/willful disobedience towards a teacher or staff member
· Disruption of normal school procedures
· Inappropriate touching and kissing
· Indecent exposure
· Leaving school/cutting class
· Possession or use of tobacco products
· Sexual harassment
· Theft, possession of stolen property
· Directed vulgar or profane language
· Destruction of public property
· Bomb Threat
· Assault resulting in physical injury
· Pulling fire alarm/calling 911 when no emergency exists
* - Severe Clause Behaviors (Category III Infractions) listed below will not follow the step procedure and will be dealt with on an individual basis determined by the Administrative Staff. These offenses will count as steps, but will carry more severe consequences. These behaviors will result in an automatic administrative referral. These behaviors pertain to school grounds, any school related function, school buses, and school bus stops.
· Repeated possession or use of tobacco products or paraphernalia associated with tobacco products.
· Possession of any type of weapon or use of an item as a weapon.
· Possession of any illegal drug, alcohol, or paraphernalia.
· Inappropriate use or sale of any legal over-the-counter or prescribed drug.
· Sale of any type of drug or alcohol.
· Violence of any kind either verbal or physical. This includes, but is not limited to, violent threats, intimidation, or fighting.
· Profanity directed towards any member of the faculty, staff or visitors on campus
· Theft of property (including personal items)
A.C. Reynolds Middle School students are encouraged and expected to dress in a manner guided by safety, cleanliness, and decency. While a student’s dress is primarily the responsibility of the student and his/her parents, attire or appearance that is provocative or inappropriate and distracts or disrupts the attention of students from the instructional program cannot be allowed. The administration will determine what is detrimental to the instructional program or to the education process. Repeated violation of the school dress code will result in Out-of-School suspension. The following guidelines will help in determining if your student’s dress is both appropriate and acceptable for school.
1. Shorts and skirts must meet the following test:
When the student stands erect with arms and hands comfortably at the side, if the pinky finger touches skin, then the skirt or shorts will be considered too short.
2. Pants worn by students (male and female) are expected to be at the waist or no lower than the top of the hipbone at all times. Belts must be worn with pants. Excessively baggy pants (pants which can be bunched at the waist in excess of 1-2 inches) that cannot be worn properly at the waist are in violation of the dress code. Students wearing pants without belts may be required to synch their pants. Administration will provide temporary belts in the form of string and will require students to tuck in their shirts in order to monitor the level of the pants from a distance.
3. Shirts (male or female) of any nature must provide FULL coverage.
4. Shirts considered to NOT PROVIDE FULL COVERAGE are:
· Halter or tube tops
· Shirts that bare the midriff (the abdomen is exposed in any way when arms are fully extended over the head) and/or breast line
· Muscle shirts (sleeveless t-shirts with oversized arm holes)
· Fishnet or similar type football jerseys
· See-through blouses
· Spaghetti strap shirts with straps less than 2 inches in width (even if a student wears 2 spaghetti strap tops, she must wear a shirt over them).
5. Graphic content (including text) of ANY clothing apparel SHOULD NOT CONTAIN OR DEPICT the following:
· Crude or vulgar words or graphically violent acts
· Emblems, badges, or insignias that identify groups or gangs
· Content which might be defamatory or insulting to others
· Illegal substances such as marijuana, marijuana leaves, guns, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, etc.
6. Clothing apparel and accessory items that are NOT ALLOWED TO BE WORN in the school building and in classrooms are
· Non-prescribed sunglasses (on face or head)
· Caps, do-rags, bandanas/triangle scarves, hats, or hoods
· Long chains at the waist, connected to wallets, or around the neck
· Large Medallions
· Spiked collars or bracelets
· Pajama pants
7. Undergarments or boxer shorts should not be visible at any time even when the shirt is lifted above the beltline.
8. Footwear, which is appropriate, must be worn at all times.
9. Heavy coats are to be left in lockers during the school day.
10. Body painting and writing is prohibited.
Any apparel not covered in this policy will be individually addressed by the school administration in its appropriateness for the school day and will determine if its design interrupts the learning process.
All students have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities, regardless of grade level, sex, race, family, color, national origin, creed, or handicap. Students can expect to be treated fairly by the teachers and administration. Students do not need to fear another student or group of students for any reason because no student has the right to threaten, harass, intimidate or annoy others. If students encounter this, they should immediately report this to the nearest teacher or school administrator. This type of behavior will be immediately stopped. Students are reminded that they will meet few problems if they will treat other students the way they want to be treated – WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY