The principal or designee has the authority to use reasonable physical force to restrain a student from abusing or attempting to abuse himself, other students, teachers, administrators, parents, guardians, or other staff members. This action may be necessary to stop assault behavior and to ensure to the extent possible the care, welfare, safety, and security of students and staff members. This must be done in reasonable manner to protect all parties involved. Faculty and staff participate in ongoing training procedures based on school policy and procedures. Records of this training are made available to the Alabama DOE or any member of the public upon request. If restraint used, written parental notification will be provided with a reasonable time not to exceed one school day from the use of restraint. Law enforcement officials may be called to assist in the enforcement of this action.
In the event of the continued misconduct of a student, parents are required under the laws of Alabama to attend a parental conference with the teacher and/or school officials to discuss the conduct of the student. (Act 94-782)
Denial of Privileges
Teachers and administrators may deny students privileges from participation in school activities as a punishment for misconduct.
Disciplinary probation is a period of time specified in the probation contract during which a student must correct his/her behavior while abiding by all regulations that govern student behavior. The principal or designee, the superintendent and/or the Board of Education has the authority to place a student on disciplinary probation for a reasonable and specified period of time and to require the parent’s and student’s signature on a contract specifying the conditions of the probation. The staff members involved in the actions will assist in monitoring the student’s adjustment to the school environment. School counseling, parent involvement to include the parent attending school with the student, and other forms of assistance may be part of the probation contract.
The principal or designee has the authority to assign supervised activities related to the upkeep and maintenance of school facilities as a disciplinary action for a reasonable and specified period of time. Work assignments are not intended to interfere with any student’s regular class schedule. The parent/guardian will be responsible for providing transportation in these instances. The parents or guardian will be notified prior to the student’s placement on a work assignment.
*If you miss your bus, come to the office for help. Do not walk home. (Your parent must send a signed note before you may ride a bus other than your assigned bus.)
The principal or designee has the authority to deny a student the privilege of riding a school bus based on the misconduct of the student on the school bus. This action will be for a specified period of time. Students need to understand that it is a privilege to ride the school bus. Students are to remain in their seats, keep their arms inside the windows, and are not to throw objects.
Fighting on the School Bus
(No Fight Policy)
Students who ride the buses of Geneva City Schools and who fight create a dangerous situation for themselves and others. Therefore, the Board of Education in recognition of the dangerous condition, the possibility of causing a wreck and physical harm to students, adopts the following as policy:
First Fight --- 3 day suspension and up to 30 day suspension from the bus.
Second Fight --- 5 day suspension and up to 30 day suspension from the bus.
*Severe Clause --- if the incident is one of assault and/or of a severe nature, the student is removed for a period of one year from the date of occurrence.
Before and After-School Detention
The principal or designee has the authority to assign students to a designated area (detention hall) on campus prior to the beginning of school or at the end of the regular school day for a reasonable and specified period of time as a disciplinary action. The parent/guardian is responsible for providing transportation. A reasonable attempt will be made to notify the parent/guardian prior to the assignment of a student to detention.
Corporal punishment is permissible under the laws of Alabama and the policy of the Geneva City Board of Education. Corporal punishment is defined as a paddling with a maximum of three licks to the buttocks. The student will be given an opportunity to explain what happened before punishment is administered. Corporal punishment must be based on a written disciplinary referral. It must be administered in private and not in front of other students or adults other than those approving and/or serving as witnesses.
In School Suspension
In-School suspension is a structured disciplinary action in which a student is isolated or removed from regular classroom activities but is not dismissed from the school setting. The principal or designee has the authority to assign students to the in-school suspension program for a reasonable and specified period of time. Students must complete all work assignments before being released from I.S.S. Inappropriate behavior while in In-School Suspension or failure to complete assignments may result in out of school suspension.
Suspension, out of school, is defined as the temporary removal of a student from school for violation of school rules and regulations. The authority to suspend a student from school rests entirely with the principal of the school. All suspensions should be for a specified number of days. When a student is placed on suspension, all grades are averaged until the point of suspension. Suspensions are counted as un-excused absences but will not be counted as truancy for reporting to the attendance officer. On un-excused absences, students are not permitted to make up work missed or take examinations missed during the period of suspension. Students may not participate in any school curricular, co-curricular, extra-curricular activities, or be on the school campus during the period of suspension.
An in-school conference with the parent/guardian or other approved representative of the student’s family is required prior to the re-entry of a suspended student in school. This conference may be held at the time of suspension or at the time of re-entry to school. Parents who do not attend such conferences may have warrants filed requiring their arrest for failure to attend a school conference and to require the child to properly conduct him/herself in school.
Expulsion is defined as the removal of a student for a period of time longer than allowed by suspension for violation of school rules or regulations. Any student expelled and desiring to return to school must apply for re-admission by letter to the superintendent of schools with a copy to the principal of the school to which the student is applying for re-admission. Hearings are required on all recommendations for expulsion.
School Conduct Intervention
Under the School Conduct Intervention Program, parents of students who have been suspended from school two or more times and/or who fail to cooperate with school officials in preventing the misconduct of their child may have warrants signed for their arrest under this program.
Mediation is a disciplinary process in which two individuals in conflict choose to use a formal process to discuss the problem and develop solutions to prevent further conflict.
Behavioral counseling is an approved disciplinary action. Parents may be encouraged to enroll students in off-campus counseling programs. Students may be required to participate in in-school behavioral counseling programs.