Code of Conduct

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CODE OF CONDUCT PROCEDURES

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The Middleton Cross Plains Area School (MCPASD) is a place of education where each child has the right to learn and grow in a supportive environment among people who are caring and cooperative. MCPASD is committed to working with our students and staff to create a system of accountability that sets clear limits and supports a respectful, school-wide learning community.

The code has been guided by the following philosophy:

All members of the learning community (students, staff, parents, and community) are essential to creating and maintaining a positive learning environment.

  • The school environment must be physically, socially, and emotionally safe for everyone.

  • The code of conduct is a framework to facilitate teaching and learning by establishing clear expectations and appropriate consequences.

  • Desired behaviors should be communicated, taught, and modeled continually throughout the school year at all levels.

  • Systematic communication and reflection, based on data and observations, on an individual and collective basis are vital to the successful implementation of the code of conduct.

  • Conflicts will be handled with respect for the rights of all involved.

The code of conduct that follows assists both students and teachers/staff in creating a safe community which fosters personal growth both behaviorally and academically.

Consistent with these philosophies, the district may utilize restorative practices as a response to behavior which impacts the community. Restorative practices are designed to resolve behavioral concerns within the community. They are further designed to allow interested victims to meet offenders in a safe and structured setting. Offenders are held directly accountable for their behavior and encouraged to return and positively contribute to the community.

Parents/guardians are valued members of our learning communities and are critical resources in helping students learn to resolve code of conduct violations and behave in a manner that creates the safe learning environment for all. We will encourage and support parents/guardians in playing an active role in this process.

CODE OF CONDUCT – LEVEL 1

Least Serious Infractions (may be handled by classroom teacher / staff)

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR  - May Include / Not Limited To:

  • Cheating
  • Derogatory comments
  • Destruction of property / belongings
  • Disrespect
  • Dress code violations
  • Failure to identify self
  • Horseplay/unruly behavior
  • Insubordination
  • Profanity
  • Tardiness
  • Taunting
  • Use of communication device during school day
  • Use of non-sanctioned electronic devices
  • Violation of internet and other technology use agreement

     POSSIBLE INTERVENTION / CONSEQUENCES
     (May include documentation)

  • Educate / conference with student of appropriate behavior
  • Provide restorative circle / conference
  • Discuss behaviors and reach agreement for future behaviors
  • Mediation
  • Monitor and provide feedback on behaviors
  • Restitution
  • Involve parents / care givers to assist in modifying behaviors
  • Consult student services staff
  • Behavior contracts
  • Temporary removal
  • Detention / loss of privileges
  • Reflective activity

CODE OF CONDUCT – LEVEL II

More Serious and/ or Chronic Infractions (likely referred to building administration)

STUDENT BEHAVIOR  -
May Include / Not Limited To:

  • Profanity directed at staff
  • Cheating / plagiarism
  • Theft
  • Harassment / bullying / extortion
  • Vandalism
  • Repeated / significant dress code violation
  • Chronic / severe insubordination
  • Leaving classroom without permission
  • Disruptive use of communication device / electronic device
  • Pornography / obscene materials
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Truancy
  • Possession of pyrotechnic (e.g. lighter, fireworks)
  • Possession of tobacco
  • Gang related expression, communication and activity
  • Fighting / battery
  • Lying / obstructing
  • Gambling
  • Possession of non-dangerous knife which is not used in a threatening manner
  • Repeated violations of level I school rules

   POSSIBLE INTERVENTION / CONSEQUENCES
   (Must include documentation)

  • All interventions listed under Level I
  • Suspension (in or out of school)
  • Involvement of Student Services and functional behavioral analysis
  • Involvement of outside agencies
  • Involvement of police
  • Short term removal from setting
  • Long term removal from setting

*  A functional behavioral analysis (FBA )is mandatory when there are three or more violations of Level II or higher within a semester.The FBA may lead to the creation of a behavior intervention plan (BIP).

 

CODE OF CONDUCT – LEVEL III

Most Serious Offenses which Jeopardize Health / Safety of Others

STUDENT BEHAVIOR  - May Include / Not Limited To:

  • Weapons (including look-alikes)
  • Sexual assault
  • Distribution of controlled substance* (including look-alikes)
  • Possession/use of controlled substance(s)*, or other drug paraphernalia
  • Arson
  • Unauthorized access and/or destruction of electronic data
  • Significant property destruction
  • Physical assault
  • Bomb threats
  • Intentional false fire alarm
  • “Felony” theft
  • Serious threats/significant harassment
  • Repeated violations of Level II school rules  

* Controlled substances include alcohol, drugs or any other mind-altering substances (e.g. salvia, spice, etc.)

INTERVENTION / CONSEQUENCES
(Must include documentation)
Mandatory

  • Suspension  *
  • Police involvement  *
  • Student services involvement

May also include:

  • All interventions in Levels I and II
  • Pre-expulsion agreement
  • Expulsion

*  Optional at elementary level

Note:  Wisconsin statute 120.13 requires expulsion for at least one year for possession of a firearm while at school or under school supervision.