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 (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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.