Student Behavior and Discipline

Student Behavior and Discipline

The following section contains general information about student behavior and discipline. School District 96 has established rules and guidelines governing student conduct. These rules encourage positive, constructive, and responsible student behavior and foster an environment conducive to learning. General rules and guidelines are made available to students and parents annually.

General Expectations for Student Conduct
Student conduct in District 96 schools is governed by two general principles: any conduct that is disruptive of the educational process is prohibited and any conduct that infringes upon the rights of others is prohibited. High standards of courtesy, decency, expression, honesty, morality, and wholesome relationships with others shall be maintained.

Consideration for the rights and privileges of others, cooperation with all personnel in the school community, and respect for oneself and others are basic principles guiding the District’s expectations for student behavior. Misconduct at school or school-sponsored events will not be tolerated. Students will be expected to conduct themselves in keeping with their level of maturity and the behavioral expectations established by the District. Parents share responsibility for their child’s conduct and, when appropriate, will be asked to cooperate with school officials in disciplining their child.

Due Process and Student Discipline
While no school may deprive a student of rights without due process of law, when a student commits an act of gross disobedience or misconduct, the right to an education may be temporarily forfeited. Due process is afforded to students in order that they may present a defense, to explain the circumstances of the alleged improper actions, or to attempt to prove their innocence.

Search of Lockers and Personal Belongings. A student's locker is school property that school personnel may open and inspect at any time, for any reason. The District can inspect the contents of a backpack, jacket pocket, purse, or other closed container that he or she may store in the locker if there is reasonable suspicion to believe the search will reveal contraband or prohibited items or the evidence of misconduct.

Search of Vehicles on School Property. By electing to avail themselves of the convenience of a school parking lot, visitors are effectively agreeing in advance to any search of their vehicles parked on that lot.

Notification Regarding Student Accounts or Profiles on Social Networking Websites. The District may not request or require a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student'a account or profile on a social networking website. The District may conduct an investigation or require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific information about activity on the student's account or on a social networking website that violates a school disciplinary rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, the student may be required to share the content or activity that is reportedly on the student's account or social networking website in order to make a factual determination.

Corporal Punishment
Board policy prohibits the use of corporal punishment; however, trained staff are permitted to employ momentary periods of physical restriction by direct person-to-person contact accomplished with limited force and designed to prevent a student from completing an act that would result in potential physical harm to himself, herself, or another, or damage to property; or remove a disruptive student who is unwilling to leave the area voluntarily. Administration will be immediately notified even if momentary physical restriction is utilized.

Behavioral and Disciplinary Interventions and Consequences
Behavioral and disciplinary interventions and consequences are expected to be appropriate to the nature, frequency, and severity of the offense. When determining the response for a specific act of misconduct, school personnel will consider the nature of the act; the student’s previous history; his or her age and maturation; any mitigating circumstances; the impact of the student's conduct on the safety of the school, other students, and members of the school community; the impact of the student's conduct on the learning of others; the disruption of the school environment or operations; and the impact of the student's actions on the welfare of the school community. Behavioral and disciplinary interventions and consequences may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Disciplinary responses to student misconduct may include but are not limited to the following:
Conferences between the student and a school administrator
Loss of recess
Loss of privileges such a participation in extracurricular activities, including graduation
Peer mediation
Removal from class and referral to the office
Parent contact by telephone, e-mail, or formal letter
Mandatory referral to counselor or social worker
Assignment of additional duties, responsibilities, or tasks
Restriction to a specified area of the building
Changes or adjustment of class schedule
Confiscation of unauthorized or dangerous materials
Financial restitution for damages
Restriction, suspension, or denial of privileges and/or services
Parent-student conference with the appropriate administrator
Assignment of a detention outside of normal school hours
Parent notification and in-school suspension
Parent notification and out-of-school suspension
Parent notification and recommendation for expulsion
Notification to local law enforcement authorities and initiation of legal action

The building principal is authorized to determine the appropriate behavioral or disciplinary intervention or consequence for any act of student misconduct.

Categories of Gross Misconduct
Gross misconduct or disobedience includes any behavior whereby a student engages in any activity, on or off campus, that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function. Students committing serious acts considered to be gross misconduct or disobedience are subject to disciplinary action that may result in suspension or expulsion.

Examples of acts of gross misconduct or disobedience are listed in two categories; however, administrative authority to act immediately and in the best interest of the school or students shall not be limited by these lists, should a first offense be considered serious enough to pose a threat to any person or property.

Category 1. Category 1 addresses student acts of gross misconduct or disobedience that interfere with the learning opportunities of other students or disrupt or interfere with the school environment or operations.

Examples of misconduct included within Category 1 are:
Loitering in the school building or on campus
Truancy all day, from class(es), study hall, or lunch period
Use of profane or obscene language
Failure to be in assigned areas
Unauthorized use of school equipment
Posting of signs and other materials without authorization
Use of food outside designated eating areas
Littering on school property
Disregard of parking regulations and rules for the proper use of bicycles and bicycle helmets
Aiding or abetting anyone in the violation of a school rule
Rudeness, disobedience, or disrespect to a teacher, principal, or other staff member
Violation of other rules or regulations governing student conduct within the individual schools in the District
Any other behavior that interferes with or disrupts class or school discipline, educational processes, or school and school-related activities

Category 2. Category 2 addresses student acts of gross misconduct or disobedience that threaten the safety of students, staff, or the school community; interfere with the learning opportunities of other students; or disrupt or interfere with the school environment or operations. Certain actions are clearly in violation of expected standards of student behavior and are listed specifically as being subject to more significant behavioral and disciplinary interventions. These actions may result in the suspension or expulsion of the student from school:
Fighting or deliberately causing injury to another person
Physically assaulting a member of the faculty or staff
Intimidation of–or attempt to intimidate–school personnel or other students
Intentional damage or defacing of school property
Intentional damage or defacing of personal property belonging to a teacher, principal, or other staff member
Possession of dangerous substances, objects, weapons, or facsimiles thereof
Stealing or theft of any kind
Use, distribution, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol
Use, distribution, possession of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia–including, but not limited to, electronic cigarettes, vaping devices, juuling devices, look-alikes, or being under the influence of same
Improper use of over-the-counter and/or prescription drugs or medications, inhalants, or other substances
Use or possession of smoking materials, including, but not limited to, electronic cigarettes, vaping devices, juuling devices
Forgery or misuse of any document or note
Harassment of another student, teacher, principal, or other member of the staff on the basis of sex, national origin, religion, ethnicity, language, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability
Any other behavior that interferes with or disrupts class or school discipline, educational processes, or school and school-related activities
Repeated incidents of misbehavior, including repeated refusal to comply with school rules
Misuse of District technology or violation of the computer network policy
Threats of destruction or violence against schools, students, or personnel (Class 4 felony)
Cyberbullying and sexting

Detentions for Student Misconduct
In accordance with state law, teachers have the right to temporarily exclude a student from class. The consequence of such an action may be the assignment of a detention. A detention is defined as a requirement that a student will be in supervised attendance before, during, or after school for a specified time as a consequence of a behavior problem or a failure to meet a typical responsibility. Parents will be contacted by phone or written notice prior to any student serving an official detention.

Suspension and Expulsion for Student Misconduct
In-school suspension may be considered for any student committing an act of gross misconduct and/or disobedience. Out-of-school suspension and/or expulsion may be considered for any student who poses a continuing danger to persons or property or is an ongoing threat of disruption to the educational process or both. The building principal has the authority to suspend a student. Suspensions may be either in school or out of school(or a combination of these), but out-of-school suspensions shall not exceed ten (10) consecutive school days for a single incident. Only the Board of Education has the authority to expel a student from school.

Typical Procedures for Disciplinary Referrals
When a student violates expectations for student conduct in the District, a teacher or administrator shall promptly prepare a written report of what took place. Once the disciplinary report has been filed with the principal or the principal’s designee, a determination shall be made whether the conduct warrants a consequence including, but not limited to, consideration of a detention, suspension, and/or expulsion. Parents will be contacted via phone, email, or written notice.

A student will not be able to make up class assignments or attendance obligations in the case of expulsion and/or truancies that are unexcused absences.

Students who receive numerous or significant disciplinary referrals during the 8th-grade school year may be excluded from participation in graduation activities.

General Procedures for Disciplinary Appeals
Building administrators are responsible for maintaining an orderly and disciplined environment conducive to learning. In the case in which a parent disagrees with a principal’s decision regarding a behavioral or disciplinary intervention, the parent shall contact the principal to schedule a conference to discuss the incident. If, after this conference, the parent remains dissatisfied with the behavioral or disciplinary intervention or consequence, the parent may contact the superintendent to discuss the incident.

Specific Procedures for Out-of-School Suspensions
Out-of-school suspensions procedures include the following:
1. A conference during which the charges will be explained and the student will be given an opportunity to respond to the charges before he or she may be suspended.

2. A student can be immediately suspended when the student's presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the educational process. In such cases, the notice and conference shall follow as soon as practicable.


3. The principal will send parents a written notice of the suspension which includes the following information:
a. Notice to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of their child's right to a review of the suspension;
b. Information about an opportunity to make up work missed during the suspension for equivalent academic credit;
c. Detail of the specific act of gross disobedience or misconduct resulting in the decision to suspend and the specific duration of the suspension, including actual dates of suspension.
d. For a suspension of 5 or more school days, a statement of what, if any, appropriate and available support services will be provided to the student during the length of his or her suspension. Interventions provided prior to the suspension will also be shared.

Upon request of the parents, a review of the suspension shall be conducted by the Board or a hearing officer appointed by the Board. At the review, the student's parents may appear and discuss the suspension with the Board or its hearing officer and may be represented by counsel. The student and his or her parents may offer evidence and otherwise present reasons the student should not have been suspended. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer's report, the Board shall take such action as it finds appropriate.

Before a student may be expelled, the student and his or her parents shall be provided a written request to appear at a hearing to determine whether the student should be expelled. The request shall be sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested. The request shall:
a. Include the time, date, and place for the hearing
b. Briefly describe what will happen during the hearing
c. Detail the specific act of gross disobedience or misconduct resulting in the decision to recommend expulsion
d. State that the School Code allows the School Board to expel a student for a definite period of time not to exceed 2 calendar years, as determined on a case-by-case basis
e. Ask that the student or parents or attorney inform the Superintendent or Board Attorney if the student will be represented by an attorney and, if so, provide the attorney's name and contact information

The hearing shall be conducted by a hearing officer appointed by the Board. He or she shall report to the Board the evidence presented at the hearing and the Board shall take such final action as it finds appropriate. During the expulsion hearing, the hearing officer shall hear evidence concerning whether the student is guilty of the gross disobedience or misconduct as charged. The student and his or her parents may be represented by counsel, offer evidence, present witnesses, cross-examine witnesses who testified, and otherwise present reasons the student should not be expelled. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer's report, the Board shall decide the issue of guilt and take such action as it finds appropriate.

Re-Engagement of Returning Students
The District will maintain a process to facilitate the re-engagement of students who are returning from an out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or an alternative school setting. The goal of re-engagement shall be to support the student's ability to be successful in school following a period of exclusionary discipline and shall include the opportunity for students who have been suspended to complete or make up work for equivalent academic credit.

The student or parent is encouraged to provide evidence that the student has contacted an agency or professional individual regarding the advisability or need for counseling. Resources can be obtained from the building principal or by talking with the social worker, counselor, or school psychologist assigned to the child's school.

Guidelines Covering Other Forms of Student Misconduct
Parents should consult with the building principal if they have questions about expectations for student behavior when dealing with bicycles, bicycle helmets, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, lunchrooms, playgrounds, cheating, harassment, or dress.

Bicycles and Bicycle Helmets. For the safety of all, bicycles should be stored in racks until school is dismissed. All students are expected to wear bicycle helmets. Rollerblading or riding bicycles, skateboards, or scooters on the playground during school hours is not permitted. Any student who does not follow these expectations may be subject to discipline, including–but not limited to–loss of privilege of riding a bicycle to school.

Lunchrooms and Playgrounds. Lunch time is an enjoyable break from the routines of the school day. For this to be a relaxing and social experience, all students should cooperate and share responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the lunchroom facilities. When in the lunchroom students should do the following:
1.  Enter and leave the lunchroom in an orderly manner.
2.  Walk in the lunchroom at all times.
3.  Sit at, and be dismissed from, the table to which they are assigned.
4.  Remain seated until they are dismissed.
5.  Refrain from disruptive acts, including throwing food and horseplay.
6.  Speak at a low level; do not shout.
7.  Collect and dispose of refuse as directed.
8.  Assist with cleaning the lunchroom area as requested by a supervising adult.
9.  Leave the lunchroom only when given permission by the adult in charge.
10. Do not take food outside the lunchroom area without permission from staff.
11. Respectfully obey all direction from the lunchroom supervisor.

The playground supervisors may prohibit any activity they decide is dangerous, but, in general, when on the playground or school grounds students should do the following:
1.  Remain in designated areas of the playground until dismissed. 
2.  Never leave the playground or enter adjoining yards.
3.  Never fight, whether in earnest or in play.
4.  Never throw things that may cause injury (dirt, sand, stones, etc.).
5.  Play away from windows, doors, flagpoles, and bicycle racks.
6.  Never throw snow or ice anywhere on school grounds.
7.  Obey all directions given by the playground supervisors.

Honor Code and Definition of Cheating. It is the District’s responsibility to deal with cheating when it occurs at school. Cheating occurs when a student attempts to pass, as his or her own, work that is not the student’s. Students may violate the spirit of the honor code in ways that are not specifically listed in this Handbook. Some examples of cheating include–but are not limited to–any of the following actions by a student:
1. Taking a test and receiving help of any kind from others or from hidden answer sheets, notes, or devices. This includes copying or receiving answers from others, seeing a copy of the test beforehand, checking answers with another student, or giving help to another.
2.  Lending or borrowing homework or class work unless the teacher has indicated that the students may work together.
3.  Plagiarizing work, including copying out of books or other sources without crediting. Copied work must be cited as such.
4.  Intentionally misgrading either his or her own or another’s work.
5.  Passing off homework or a project as his or her own when a family member actually did the work. The work should be the student’s.
6.  Speaking aloud to oneself or directly to someone other than the teacher during a test or quiz.

After considering other factors that may be relevant to the situation, the consequences for any of the above or similar actions shall be as follows:  The student will be asked to complete the work in an honest manner so that his or her knowledge may be accurately assessed. Subsequent disciplinary measures will be taken at the administrator's discretion.

Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment Prohibited. No person, including a District employee or agent, or student, shall harass, intimidate, or bully a student on the basis of actual or perceived: race; color; national origin; military status; unfavorable discharge from military service; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender-related identity or expression; ancestry; age; religion; physical or mental disability; order of protection status; status of being homeless; actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy; association with a person or group with one or more of these perceived characteristics; or any other distinguishing characteristic. The District will not tolerate harassing or intimidating conduct, or bullying, whether verbal, physical, sexual, visual, or electronic, that places a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property; causes a substantially detrimental effect on a student's physical or mental health; substantially interferes with the student's academic performance; or substantially interferes with the student's or students' ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. Any person, including a district employee or agent, or student, engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and/or engages in other verbal or physical conduct, including sexual violence, of a sexual or sex-based nature, which denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; that makes such conduct a condition of a student's academic status; or has the purpose or effect of:
a. Substantially interfering with a student's educational environment;
b. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
c. Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or
d. Making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student. 
Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person's alleged sexual activities.

Students are encouraged to report claims or incidences of bullying, intimidation, harassment, sexual harassment, or any other prohibited conduct to their Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, or to a Complaint Manager under the Board of Education's Uniform Grievance Procedure described in Board Policy 2:260.

Standards for Student Dress. Students who are appropriately and comfortably dressed are able to focus on schoolwork more effectively. The following guidelines will be enforced by building administrators. Cooperation by parents is appreciated.
1.  Dress or appearance that provokes or distracts other students or otherwise causes a disruption to the educational process is prohibited.
2.  Shoes must be worn at all times.
3.  Clothing, jewelry, or accessories may not have writing or pictures that advertise or advocate alcohol, drugs, tobacco, obscenity, violence, or gang activity.
4.  Pants must be worn at the waistline.
5.  Hats are allowed on designated hat days only.
6.  Half shirts, cropped tops, spaghetti straps, and underwear or sleepwear worn as outerwear are not acceptable.
7.  Undergarments may not be visible.
8.  With the exception of appropriate jewelry, no chains should be worn.

Students who are in violation of the policy and rules of student dress code will be asked to comply with the rules by either changing to other attire that is available at school, or by having parents bring different clothes from home. In the event there is noncompliance to the above regulations, a student may receive disciplinary action.

Student Involvement in Gangs. Student involvement in gangs or gang-related activities–including the display of gang symbols or gang paraphernalia on school grounds or wearing of clothing in ways that indicate gang affiliation or membership while in school, on school grounds, or at school-sponsored events–is strictly prohibited. Any student who violates these guidelines shall be subject to possible suspension or expulsion and notification to law enforcement authorities in accordance with the District's student discipline policy.

Bullying Prevention and Policy
Bullying includes cyber-bullying and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following: 
1. Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property;
2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health; 
3. Substantially interfering with the student's academic performance;
4. Substantially interfering with the student's or students' ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or priveleges provided by a school.

The District has adopted a Bullying Prevention Plan which includes a set of administrative procedures to guide our response to bullying.

A system for responding to students who bully others takes into account that bullying behavior occurs on a continuum ranging from an isolated incident to chronic and persistent behavior. The Bullying Prevention Plan Policy is based on a progressive response, with the severity and duration of the bullying behavior determining the level of response required. Levels I and II are applied sequentially; Level III may be applied after Level II, or Level III may be applied independently to any bullying situation that is considered serious when first brought to the attention of staff. For more information or copies of the Bullying Prevention Plan Policy, parents/guardians should contact their building principal. See the District Bullying Prevention Plan Policy

 A report of bullying may be made orally or in writing to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, a Complaint Manager or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the District named officials or any staff member. The District named officials and all staff members are available for help with a bully or to make a report about bullying. Anonymous reports are also accepted.

Nondiscrimination Coordinator:
Dr. Beth Dalton 1050 Ivy Hall Lane Buffalo Grove, IL 60089, 847-459-4260, [email protected]

Complaint Manager(s):
Jennifer Smith, Principal, Willow Grove Early Learning Center, [email protected], 847-541-3660
Meghan Bird, Principal, Country Meadows Elementary School, [email protected], 847-353-8600
Robert Hanrahan, Principal, Ivy Hall Elementary School, [email protected], 847-459-0022
Vail Kieser, Principal, Kildeer Countryside Elementary School, [email protected], 847-634-3243
Christine Pfaff, Principal, Prairie Elementary School, [email protected], 847-634-3144
Jessica Barnes, Principal, Twin Groves Middle School, [email protected], 847-821-8946
Greg Grana, Principal, Woodlawn Middle School, [email protected], 847-353-8500

Consequences for Not Wearing a Face Covering

An individual's refusal to wear a face covering may subject the individual to disciplinary action.

Face-covering designs and images must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.