JFC-R Standards of Student Conduct

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The following are standards of student conduct established by the School Board for all students under its jurisdiction. Consequences shall be determined on the basis of the facts presented in each instance of misconduct in the reasonable discretion of the Board, its designated committees and other appropriate school officials.


1.         Student Dress


            A student’s dress and appearance shall not be such that it causes disruption, distracts others from the educational process or creates a health or safety problem. Students must comply with specific building dress regulations and of which students will be given prior notice.


2.         Unexcused Absence or Tardiness


            Students shall not be absent from or report late to class or school without appropriate parental permission, school permission or an otherwise valid excuse.


3.         Disruptive Conduct


            Students shall not engage in conduct that is or is intended to be disruptive of any school activity, function or process of the school or is dangerous to the health or safety of students or others.


4.         Profane, Obscene or Abusive Language


            Students shall not use language, a gesture, or engage in conduct that is vulgar, profane, and obscene or disrupts the teaching and learning environment.


5.         Threats or Intimidation


            Students shall not make any verbal or physical threat of bodily injury or use of force directed toward another person for the purpose of extortion or for any other reason.


6.         Assault and Battery


            A student shall not assault or commit battery upon another person.  Voluntary fighting resulting in physical injury to another person shall be considered assault and battery.


            Physical Assault includes any physical confrontation that may result in no injury, minor injury, or serious injury that includes, but may not be limited to, kicking, shoving, pushing, hitting and fighting.


            Battery is the unlawful application of force to the person of another.



7.         Bullying


A student, either individually or as a part of a group, shall not harass or bully others.  Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, physical intimidation, taunting, name-calling, and insults and any combination of prohibited activities.  Prohibited conduct includes verbal conduct consisting of comments regarding the race, gender, religion, physical abilities or characteristics or associates of the targeted person.


8.         Gambling


            A student shall not bet money or other things of value, or knowingly play or participate in any game involving such a bet, on school property or during any school related activity.


9.         Use and/or Possession of Alcohol, Tobacco, Anabolic Steroids, and Other Drugs


            A student shall not possess, use, and/or distribute alcohol, tobacco and/or tobacco products, or other drugs on school property, on school buses, or during school activities, on or off school property. This includes, but may not be limited to, smokeless tobacco, anabolic steroids, look-alike drugs, drug paraphernalia, and any prescription or non-prescription drug not possessed in accordance with Policy JHCD.


            A student shall not possess, procure or purchase or attempt to possess, procure, or purchase, or be under the influence of (legal intoxication not required), or use or consume or attempt to use or consume, any of the restricted substances listed in this regulation or what is represented by or to the student to be any of the restricted substances listed in this regulation or what the student believes is any of the restricted substances in this regulation.


            This regulation incorporates Policy JFCF.


            Restricted Substances include alcoholic drinks, marijuana, narcotic drugs, hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, and anything else covered by the Drug Control Act referenced below, as well as any abusable glue, paint and similar materials, anabolic steroids and both prescription and non-prescription drugs if they are not taken according to the prescription or directions on the package, and includes anything that a student represents to be a restricted substance or which a student believes is a restricted substance.


In addition to any other consequences which may result, a student who is a member of a school athletic team will be ineligible for two school years to compete in interscholastic athletic competition if the school principal and the division superintendent determine that the student used anabolic steroids during the training period immediately preceding or during the sport season of the athletic team, unless such steroid was prescribed by a licensed physician for a medical condition.


10.       Distribution or Sale of Illegal Drugs or Possession or Distribution with Intent to Sell

            Students shall not manufacture, give, sell, distribute or possess with intent to give, sell or distribute marijuana or other controlled substance as defined in the Drug Control Act, Chapter 15.1 of Title 54 of the Code of Virginia.


11.       Vandalism


            Students shall not willfully or maliciously damage or deface any school building or other property owned or under the control of the School Board. In addition, students shall not willfully or maliciously damage or deface property belonging to or under the control of any other person at school, on a school bus or at school-sponsored events.


12.       Defiance of the Authority of School Personnel


            Students shall comply with any oral or written instructions made by school personnel within the scope of their authority as provided by board policies and regulations.


13.       Possession or Use of Weapons or Other Dangerous Articles


            Students shall not have in their possession any type of unauthorized firearm or other article which may be used as a weapon, regardless of whether it is commonly accepted as such. This regulation incorporates Policy JFCD.


14.       Theft


            A student shall not intentionally take the personal property of another person without consent under duress, threat or otherwise.


15.       Behavior on School Bus


            Students shall not behave in a disruptive manner or otherwise violate these Standards of Conduct while waiting for a school bus, while on a school bus or after being discharged from a school bus.


16.       Cheating


            Students shall not cheat, plagiarize or knowingly make false statements with respect to any assigned school work or tests.


17.       Trespass


            The student shall not trespass on school property or use school facilities without proper authority or permission, or during a period of suspension or expulsion.


18.       Gang Activity


            A student shall not engage in gang activities as defined in Policy JFCE, incorporated by reference.




19.       Harassment


A student shall not harass another student or any school employee, volunteer, student teacher or any other person present in school facilities or at school functions in violation of Policy JFHA/GBA Sexual Harassment/Harassment Based on Race, National Origin, Disability and Religion.


20.       Possession of Beepers, Cellular Telephones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDA), or Similar Devices


            Students may possess a beeper, cellular telephone, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) or other communications device on school property, including school buses, provided that the device must remain off and out of sight during instructional time.  If a student possesses such a device other than as permitted in this policy, in addition to other disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed, the device may be confiscated from the student and returned only to the student’s parent. 


21.       Reports of Conviction or Adjudication of Delinquency Pursuant to § 16.1-305.1


            Students convicted or adjudicated delinquent of an offense listed in the Code of Virginia, 1950 as amended, § 16.1-305.1, may be suspended or expelled.


22.       Laser Pointers


            Students shall not have in their possession laser pointers.


23.       Acceptable Use of the Internet


            Students shall abide by the Buena Vista School Division’s Acceptable Computer Use Policy and Regulation.


24.      Felony Charges


Students charged with any offense, wherever committed, that would be a felony if committed by an adult may be disciplined and/or required to participate in prevention/ intervention activities.


25.       Bomb Threats


Students shall not engage in any illegal conduct involving firebombs, explosive or incendiary materials or devices or hoax explosive devices or chemical bombs as defined in the Code of Virginia.  Moreover, students shall not make any threats or false threats to bomb school personnel or school property.



26.             Hazing


                Students shall not engage in hazing.


Hazing means to recklessly or intentionally endanger the health or safety of a student or students or to inflict bodily harm on a student or students in connection with or for the

purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in a club, organization, association, fraternity, sorority, or student body regardless of whether the student or students so endangered or injured participated voluntarily in the relevant activity. 


The principal of any school at which hazing which causes bodily injury occurs shall report the hazing to the local Commonwealth Attorney.  Hazing, as defined above, is a Class 1 misdemeanor which may be punished by confinement in jail for up to 12 months and a fine of up to $2,500, or both, in addition to any disciplinary consequences which may be imposed under this policy. In addition, any person receiving bodily injury by hazing has a right to sue, civilly, the person or persons guilty thereof, whether adults or infants.  See Va. Code 18.2-56.


27.       Other Conduct


In addition to these specific standards, students shall not engage in any conduct which materially and substantially disrupts the ongoing educational process or which is

otherwise a violation of federal, state or local law.




The following corrective actions are among those available to the school administration for violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Each offense shall be considered fully in determining reasonable corrective actions.


1.         Counseling

2.         Admonition

3.         Reprimand

4.         Loss of privileges, including access to the School Division’s computer system

5.         Parental conferences

6.         Tasks or restrictions assigned by the principal or his designee

7.         Detention after school or before school

8.         Suspension from school-sponsored activities or events prior to, during, or after the regular school day

9.         In-school suspension

10.       Out-of-school suspension

11.       Referral to an alternative education program

12.       Notify legal authority where appropriate

13.       Recommendation for expulsion

14.       Mandatory expulsion for bringing a firearm onto school property or to a school-sponsored activity or use or possession of a controlled substance, imitation controlled substance or marijuana, as defined in Chapter 34 of Title 54.1 and §18.2-247 of the Code of Virginia on school property or at a school sponsored activity

15.       Evaluation for alcohol or drug abuse

16.       Participation in a drug, alcohol or violence intervention, prevention or treatment program





Legal Refs.:          Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§ 18.2-56, 18.2-83, 18.2-85, 18.2-87.1, 18.2-308, 18.2-308.1, 18.2-308.7, 18.2-433.1, 22.1-70.2, 22.1-78, 22.1-202, 22.1-253.13:7.C.3, 22.1-276.3, 22.1-277, 22.1-277.07:1, 22.1-277.2, 22.1-279.1.


Student Conduct Policy Guidelines 2005 Update, Virginia Board of Education, September 21, 2005.


Cross Ref.:            CLA                                        Reporting Acts of Violence and Substance Abuse

                                ECAB                                     Vandalism

                                GAB/IIBEA                             Acceptable Computer System Use

                                GAB-R/IIBEA-R    Acceptable Computer System Use Regulation

                                IEA                                          Pledge of Allegiance

JFC                                         Student Conduct

                                JFCD                                      Weapons in School

                                JFCE                                      Gang Activity or Association

                                JFCF                                      Drugs in School

JFHA/GBA                             Sexual Harassment/Harassment Based on Race, National Origin, Disability and Religion

                                JGA                                        Corporal Punishment

                                JGD/JGE                               Student Suspension/Expulsion

                                JGDA                                     Disciplining Students with Disabilities

JGDB                                     Discipline of Students with Disabilities for Infliction of Serious Bodily Injury

                                JHCD                                     Administering Medicines to Students

                                JFN                                         Student Fees, Fines and Charges