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Progressive Discipline

Cheney High School Progressive Discipline:

Cheney High School administration and staff care about each student and want to provide a positive atmosphere for learning. In order to ensure this positive learning atmosphere, abusive or disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated.

So that each student understands the consequences for their behaviors, the following examples of behaviors and consequences for infractions of acceptable behavior. Depending on severity of the infraction, the administration reserves the right to determine the level at which the violation will be handled.

Behavior infractions will be disciplined using Saturday School, In-school Intervention, Short-term or Long-term Suspensions and Expulsions. Consequences are subject to interpretation by and assistant principal and are based on the severity of the situation and the accumulated discipline record.

Saturday School (SS): Students will be in a study hall environment from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students are required to complete school work during this time. Failure to attend Saturday School will result in 3 days of In-school Intervention, and the re-assignment of Saturday school the following month.

In-school Intervention (ISI): Students will be in a study hall environment during school hours. They are restricted to the ISI room during lunchtime, and are not allowed to participate in after-school activities on the days(s) assigned.

Out-of-School Suspensions (OSS), and Expulsions: Students are suspended from school and may not attend school or be on school district property during the term of suspension or expulsion. Short term suspensions, long term suspensions or expulsions are Out-of-School.

Accumulation of Violations: Students who repeatedly violate school rules, policies or regulations may be subject to suspension and, in severe cases, either withdrawn from school or long-term suspension for an accumulation of violations.

These discipline guidelines were written for Cheney High School students. They represent the thinking of the Cheney community for fair and appropriate discipline, and are consistent with district and state guidelines for student responsibilities and right in Washington State.
Involuntary Class Transfers

Should the school district determine that, for administrative or disciplinary reasons, it is necessary to transfer a student from one class to another, notice will be provided to the student and parent/guardian prior to the transfer of the student. If the student or parent objects to the transfer, fair and impartial consideration will be given to the objection prior to the transfer.

Regulation of Dangerous Weapons on School Premises:
(Policy No. 3215/4210)

It is a violation of District policy and state federal law for any person to carry a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises, school-provided transportation or areas of other facilities being used for school activities.

The following terms apply:

The term "firearm" means, but is not limited to:
  1. Any weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be fired by an explosive such as gunpowder; or
  2. Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; any from or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device.
 
The term "dangerous weapon" means, but is not limited to:
  1. Any firearm;
  2. Any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as sling shot, sand club or metal knuckles, or spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife have a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by and outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement; any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon; any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm;
  3. Any device commonly known as "nun-chu-ka sticks," consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic or similar substance connected with wire, rope or other means;
  4. Any device, commonly known as "throwing stars," which are multi-pointed, metal objects designed to embed upon impact from any aspect; or
  5. Any air gun, including any air pistol or air rifle designed to propel a BB, pellet or other projectile by the discharge of compressed air, carbon dioxide or other gas.
In addition, the District prohibits the possession, display or use of any instrument or object that is, or reasonably can be, viewed as a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises, public school-provided transportation or areas of facilities while being used by public schools.

Discipline:
Any violation of the above policy constitutes grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the District's schools in accordance with RCW 28A.600.010.

Additionally, any student who is determined to have carried a firearm on to, or to have possessed a firearm on school premises, public school-provided transportation or areas of facilities while being used by public schools, shall be expelled from school for not less than one year pursuant to RCW 28A.600.420, subject to appeal, with notification to parents and law enforcement.

Searches:
Pursuant to RCW 28A.600.230, a search of a student, the student's possessions and the student's locker is mandatory if a school principal, vice-principal's designee has reasonable grounds to suspect a student illegally possesses a firearm.

Notification:
School officials may notify law enforcement of suspected violations of this policy. School officials shall notify the student's parent or guardian regarding any allegation or indication of such violation of this policy.

Infractions:
Cheney High School's discipline policies are enforced at all school sponsored events. All Infractions require a written referral to the office. Parents will be notified of all infractions by either a phone call or letter.

Academic Dishonesty/Cheating:

Definition: The conscious effort to improve grades by cheating on exams, copying from another student's paper or assignments, turning in work that is not one's own and Plagiarism which includes, but is not limited to, using another's ideas or exact words without giving credit to the source. Some copyright laws prohibit even documented use of materials. Students should check with teachers when using Internet sources of any kind, including computer translators.
  • First Offense - Verbal or written warning. Zero on assignment.
  • Second Offense - ISI (1-3 days). Zero on assignment.
  • Third Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Loss of credit.
 
Alcohol/Drugs:

Definition: Possession/under the influence of any alcoholic beverages/illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia or possession or distribution of any unauthorized over-the-counter medication on or about the school premises or at any school sponsored activity (includes look-alikes).
  • First Offense - Emergency Expulsion
    • The emergency expulsion may be reduced following a conference with the principal or designee, to five days short-term suspension with the following as conditions for reinstatement: eight hours of substance abuse classes, a drug and alcohol pre-assessment by the district's prevention/intervention specialist, counseling with the prevention/intervention specialist, and completion of ten hours of community service.
  • Second Offense - Emergency Expulsion
 
Arson:

Definition: Using fire to destroy or attempt to destroy property.
  • First Offense - Emergency Expulsion for one calendar year. Police notification
 
Assault:

Definition: Any unwanted physical contact.
  • First Offense - Short-Term Suspension (1-10 days). counselor and police notification.
  • Second Offense - Long-Term Suspension (10+ days). counselor and police notification.
  • Third Offense - Expulsion
 
Cell Phones/Pagers/Other Electronic Devices:

Definition: The use of cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices that are not directly related to the recognized scope and sequence of the class (such as mp3 players, iPods, etc.) is NOT allowed during school hours.
  • First Offense - Warning. Teacher will handle the disturbance in the classroom.
  • Second Offense - SS or ISI (1 day).
  • Third Offense - Short-term suspension (1-3 days). Parent Conference Required.
 
Copyright Compliance:

Definition: Unauthorized duplication of copyrighted materials.
  • First Offense - Verbal or written warning. Zero on assignment.
  • Second Offense - ISI (1-3 days). Zero on assignment.
  • Third Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Loss of credit.
 
Distribution Of Illegal Drugs: (Evidence of Sale/Trafficking):

Definition: Conducting sales or transfers of controlled substances or look-alike controlled substances on school property, school controlled property, or at school functions.
  • First Offense - Expulsion for one calendar year. counselor and police notification.
 
Exceptional Misconduct:

Definition: Example of this may include, but are not limited to, assault, threats of violence, abusive language, property damage, sexual misconduct, misconduct toward students or staff, harassment, intimidation, bullying or criminal offenses such as bomb threats, etc. Due to the nature and degree of the misconduct, and for the disruptive effect upon the operation of the school, suspension or expulsion is warranted as the first form of corrective action.
  • Suspension or expulsion. Parent conference and counselor notification. Police notification.
 
Excessive Displays Of Affection:

Definition: Excessive display of affection would include sustained kissing and embracing, touching or other related behaviors that are not appropriate for a public school setting.
  • First Offense - Warning
  • Second Offense - SS or ISI (1 day).
  • Third Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-3 days).
 
Explosive Devices:

Definition: Use, threat to use, possession or sale of an explosive device.
  • First Offense - Emergency Expulsion for one calendar year. Counselor and police notification.
 
Fighting/Encouraging the Act of Fighting:

Definition: Being involved in te act of fightin which includes, but is not limited to: punching, kicking, hitting, pushing, shoving, or any other inappropriate physical act. Standing around watching and/or cheering on a fight; or being involved with anyone seek to fight another student. If toward staff - emergency expulsion.
  • First Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Counselor and police notification.
  • Second Offense - Long-term Suspension (10+ days). Counselor and police notification.
  • Third Offense - Expulsion
 
Flagrant Disrespect:

Definition: Swearing, vulgarity, profanity, words, symbols, or gestures directed to a staff member/adult.

    First Offense - Short-term suspension (1-10 days).
    Second Offense - Long-term Suspension (10+ days).
    Third Offense - Expulsion.

Forgery/Misrepresentation/Lying:

Definition: Impersonating parent on the telephone. Signing for a parent, teacher, counselor, medical personnel, or other adult. Producing false or misleading information.
  • First Offense- SS or ISI (1 day). Counselor notification.
  • Second Offense - Short-term suspension (1-10 days). Counselor notification.
  • Third Offense - Long-term suspension (10+ days). Counselor notification.
 
Gambling:

Definition: Participating in games of chance for the purpose of exchanging money.
  • First Offense - Warning
  • Second Offense - SS or ISI (1-3 days). Counselor notification.
  • Third Offense: Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Counselor notification. Parent Conference Required.
 
Gangs/Gang Related Activites:

Definition: The use of colors, insignia, dress, gestures, actions, and/or language to create resonable belief that a student is involved in gang activites.
  • First Offense - Warning.
  • Second Offense - SS or ISI (1-3 days). counselor and polic noti ication.
  • Third Offense - Sort or Long-term Suspension. Counselor and police notification.
 
Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying:

Definition: Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to, an act shown to be motivated by any of the following characteristics: race, color, religion, ancestry, national orgin, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing charateristics, when the intentional written, verbal or physical act:
  1. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
  2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
  3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
  4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Intimidation or bullying can take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos. demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral or physical actions.
  • First Offense - Warning. Harassment Contract. ISI (1-3 days) or Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Counselor notification.
  • Second Offense - Short-term suspension (1-10 days). Parent conference required. Police notification.
 
Third Offense - Long-term suspension (10+ days). Parent conference required. Police notification.

*Exceptional misconduct can overrule any of the above steps and lead to a long term suspension or expulsion.

Inappropriate Attire

Definition: Inappropriate attire is defined as student dress that promotes drugs, alcohol, or tobacco; items of clothing that are sexually suggestive. Students should remain appropriately covered at all times in the school setting. Student dress such as handkerchiefs, bandannas, jewelry, and other items that may be interpreted as “gang” attire are prohibited.
  • First Offense - Verbal warning. Student will be required to remove/change clothing.
  • Second Offense: SS or ISI (1 day). Student will be required to remove/change clothing. Counselor notification.
  • Third Offense - Student will be sent home. Short or Long-term suspension. Counselor notification.
 
**See Appropriate Behavior and Student Responsibilites

Inappropriate Behavior

Definition: Conduct (including language) that deprives others of their right or that disrupts educational procedures and environment. Behavior that is outside of generally recognized behaviors that are socially acceptable in a public school setting. The degree of the behavioral offense will determine the discipline. Class disruptions or other disruptive behaviors will be disciplined in a progressive manner.
  • First Offense - SS or ISI (1 day).
  • Second Offense - ISI (3 days) or Short-term Suspension (1-10 days).
  • Third Offense - Short or long-term suspension. Parent conference required.
 
**See Appropriate Behavior and Student Responsibilities

Insubordination:

Definition: Failure to comply with a reasonable request by a staff member.
First Offense - ISI (1-3 days) or Short-term Suspension (1-10 days)
Second Offense - Short or Long-Term Suspension
Third Offense - Expulsion
 
Misconduct At Extracurricular Activites/Events

Definition: Unsportsman-like conduct is inappropriate and detrimental to the participants, coaches, referees and other fans at a contest. Inappropriate behavior at extracurricular activities or events includes: disruptive behavior, the use of profanity, throwing objects, and derogatory cheering/remarks.
  • First Offense - Immediate removal from event. ISI (1 day). Possible restriction from future events.
  • Second Offense - Immediate removal from event. Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Restriction from events.
  • Third Offense - Long-term suspension (10+ days). Restriction from evens for the remainder of the school year.
 
Misue of Technology/Internet:

Definition: Misuse of technology includes the inappropriate use of computer equipment that does not support education and research information that is consistent withthe curriculum of Cheney School District. (Examples are, but not limited to: Gaming, inappropriate website visits, unauthorized social networking sites, unauthorized downloads, personal emails, etc.)
  • First Offense - Verbal warning. (Depending on severity of Offense)
  • Second Offense - ISI (1-3 days) or Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Loss of computer privileges for a period of time. May warrant compensation/restitution for damages.
  • Third Offense - Long-term Suspension (10+ days). Loss of computer privileges for the remainder of the school year. May warrant compensation/restitution for damages.
 
Obscene or Disruptive Material:

Definition: Publishing, possessing, or distributing on school grounds tasteless, obscene, or disruptive materials, such as pornographic images, inappropriate books, and magazines.
  • First Offense - ISI (1-3 days). Counselor notification.
  • Second Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Counselor notification. Parent conference required.
  • Third Offense - Long-term Suspension (10+ days). Counselor notification. Parent conference required.
 
Skateboards/Bikes/Roller Blades:

Definition: Use of public propterty for recreational purposes, whitout written permission is prohibited as it poses a clear danger to the safety of students and staff
  • First Offense - Warning
  • Second Offense - SS or ISI (1 day). counselor notification.
  • Third Offense - Short-term Suspension. Counselor notification. Equipment will be confiscated and must be picked up by parent.
 
Tardy To Class:

Definition: Late arrival to class or school. Tardiness will be recored by he teachers. A student is considered absent when she/he is not physically in the class room ten (10) minutes after the start of a class period. Therefore, a tardy occurs within the first ten (10) minutes of class. Additional teacher expectations related to tardiness must be written in classroom policies.
  • First Offense - Warning by the teacher, teacher notifies the parent.
  • Second Offense - SS or ISI (1 day). Counselor notification.
  • Third Offense - ISI (1-3 days). counselor notification.
 
Theft:

Definition: Taking or being in possession of school or other's property without owner's permission. *The value of the stolen item(s) may constitute more severe consequences.
  • First Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Compensation/restitution. Police notification.
  • Second Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Compensation/restitution. Police notification.
  • Third Offense - Long-term Suspension/Expulsion (10+ days). Compensation/restitution. Police notification.
 
Tabacco and Related Products:

Definition: Possession/use of tobacco or other related products on school grounds or at school sanctioned or sponsored activites.
  • First Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Activites Coordinator, Counselor and Police notification.
  • Second Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Activites Coordinator, Counselor and Police notification. Mandatory 8 hours of substance abuse education.
  • Third Offense - Long-term suspension (10+ days). Activites Coordinator, Counselor, and Police notification. Mandatory additional 8 hours of substance abuse education.
 
Truancy:

Definition: The student is absent from school without permission, or is absent from class without the teacher's permission. Students who leave class or the school without prior permission being given to the office by a parent or guardian will be considered truant. The BECCA Bill will be enforced as it pertained to unexcused absences.
  • First Offense - SS or ISI (1 day). Counselor notification.
  • Second Offense - ISI (1-3 days). Counselor notification.
  • Third Offense - Short-term suspension (1-10 days). Counselor notification.
 
Vandalism/Property Damage:

Definition: Destruction or defacing school or someone else's personal property.
  • First Offense - Short-term suspenion (1-10 days). Compensation/restitution. Police notification.
  • Second Offense - Long-term suspension (10+ days). Compensation/restitution. Police notification.
  • Third Offense - Expulsion
 
Vehicle Misuse:

Definition: Inappropriate use of vehicle (including parking).
  • First Offense - Warning (depends on the severity of the situation).
  • Second Offense - SS or ISI (1 day). Possible loss of parking privileges for a period of time. Police notification.
  • Third Offense - Short-term suspension (1-10 days). Loss of parking privileges for the remainder of the school year.
 
Vulgar/Abusive Language or Gestures

Definition: Student usage of vulgarity or cursing toward or in reference to or in the presence of a teacher, adult or other student is not permitted. This includes verbal, written or gesture usage.
  • First Offense - ISI (1 day). Counselor notification.
  • Second Offense - ISI (1-3 days). Counselor notification.
  • Third Offense - Short-term Suspension (1-10 days). Counselor notification.
 
Weapons:

Definition: Possession or use of a dangerous object or weapon (on person, in student's clothing, in student's locker or in student's vehicle). Possession of a gun or firearm includes look-alikes.
  • First Offense - Emergency expulsion for one calendar year. Police notification. Student will be arrested.
 
**Please see Regulation of Dangerous Weapons on School Premises.

Senior Discipline

All students are subject to disciplinary consequences for their actions as outlined in the Student Handbook. However, seniors may also lose the privilege of participating in the Cheney High School Commencement Ceremony for behavior that is deemed as inappropriate by administration.