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Suspension and Expulsion from School

The Board of Education may, by a majority vote, expel any student from school for violation of the rules and regulations approved by the Board or when the presence of the student is detrimental to the best interests of the school. The superintendent or principal may suspend a student temporarily (from one to ten days). Notice of suspension shall be in writing, issued immediately by the administrator and copies of the action sent to the superintendent, president of the school board, and to the parents. When a student has been suspended, he/she may be re-admitted by the administrator who suspended him/her. When expelled by the Board, a student may be readmitted only by the Board or in the manner prescribed by it.

A suspension may be in school or out-of-school. Both types of suspensions will be treated as excused absences. If a student is suspended, it will also cause that student to be ineligible for extracurricular activities including practices for the period of suspension. In the event of a second case of suspension, the student may be refused re-entry to school until a conference between the student, parent(s), and the principal has been held, if the principal so desires.

Alcohol and Drugs

Students are prohibited from distributing, dispensing, manufacturing, possessing, using, or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or looka-like substances; and possessing or using tobacco, tobacco products or look-a-like substances. Violation of this policy may result in suspension, expulsion, and subjection to the extracurricular good conduct policy.

Dangerous Weapons

Any student who brings a firearm to school, grounds/vehicles, or to a school activity shall be suspended immediately and recommended for expulsion from school for one year unless the superintendent elects to recommend modification of the penalty on a case-by-case basis.

Students shall not possess toy weapons on school property or at school except with the knowledge and permission of the building principal and then only for school or educational purposes. Violation of this policy shall result in confiscation of the “weapon” and detention or suspension, depending upon the student’s disciplinary history.

Any student who threatens another person on school property or at a school event with a dangerous weapon or an object that resembles a dangerous weapon, including but not limited to a toy pistol or rifle, squirt gun, cap gun, rubber knife, or plastic grenade or who displays any object in such a manner as to reasonably place another person in fear for his or her safety shall be subject to discipline by the principal or superintendent including possible suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

Student Lockers

Student lockers are the property of the school district. Students shall use the lockers assigned to them by the school district for storing their school materials and personal belongings necessary for attendance at school. It shall be the responsibility of students to keep their assigned lockers clean and undamaged.

To ensure students are properly maintaining the assigned lockers, the principal of the building may periodically inspect all or a random selection of lockers. Either the student or another individual will be present during the inspection of their lockers. Student lockers may also be searched, at any time and without advance notice, in compliance with board policy regulating search and seizure.

Search and Seizure

School district property is held in public trust by the board. School district authorities may, without a search warrant, search students, student lockers, personal effects, desks, work areas or student vehicles or protected student areas based on a reasonable suspicion that a school district policy, rule, regulation or law has been violated. The search shall be in a manner reasonable in scope to maintain order and discipline in the schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students, employees and visitors to the school district facilities. The furnishing of a locker, desk or other facility or space owned by the school and provided as a courtesy to a student, even if the student provides the lock for it, shall not create a protected student area and shall not give rise to an expectation of privacy with respect to the locker, desk, or other facility.

School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials discovered in the search. Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to, nonprescription controlled substances, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, apparatus used for controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons and stolen property.

Such items are not to be possessed by a student while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district. Possession of such items will be grounds for disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion and may be reported to local law enforcement officials. The board believes that illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials may cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors on the school district premises or property within the jurisdiction of the school district.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty occurs when a student uses or attempts to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam / quiz; or submits as his or her own work essays, reports, drawings, or other products prepared by another person; or knowingly assists another student in such acts. Such behavior is unacceptable to the school district and students found guilty of academic dishonesty may receive no credit for the work involved. 

Removal From Class

Teachers may send students from class when the continued presence of the student interferes with the ability of other students to learn. This disruption could be for excessive talking, insubordination, as well as other reasons. Upon being sent from class, a student should go directly to the principal’s office. The student will meet with the principal. If the student is removed from the same class a second time, the principal will contact the parents by telephone. Any removal thereafter may result in losing the opportunity to attend the class for the remainder of the semester.

Detention

Teachers may assign detention in their room with one day’s notice for inappropriate behavior in class. In order to require a detention, a teacher must contact parents. If a student does not attend detention, the teacher will inform the principal and the opportunity to serve detention will be given. If a student still refuses to serve detention, suspension will begin until the student serves the detention. Lunch detentions may also be assigned at the principal’s discretion.

After School Homework Assistance

Students who do not complete assigned work, or who have difficulty completing work for a variety of reasons (illness, lack of understanding, absences) may be referred to an after school assistance program. This program will last 1 1/2 hours (3:15- 4:45 PM). When referred the student will stay until the work listed on the referral sheet is completed or until the program ends at 4:45 PM. The student will attend this assistance program until the work for which he/she was referred is complete. A student may also attend this program for a longer period of time as a result of a Building Assistance Team intervention or a classroom intervention.

Fighting and Swearing

Few things are as disruptive to the educational process and environment as fighting and/or the use of profanity. These actions will not be condoned at school and may result in the student’s suspension from school.

Dress Policy

The general appearance of students reflects the character of our school and our community. It says a lot about who we are.

Students are expected to wear clothing that is neat and acceptable in appearance.

  1. Headwear for both males and females is not to be worn in the building between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM except for medical reasons, religious exceptions and in the form of a stocking hat on the way to recess.
  2. Clothing that promotes or depicts tobacco, alcohol, drugs, inappropriate language, or other offensive messages will not be allowed.
  3. Shoes must be worn in the building at all times.

The following student attire is deemed inappropriate for school:

  1. Exposed undergarments
  2. Clothing that is unusually tight fitting
  3. Short skirts and short shorts
  4. Clothing that reveals cleavage or one’s backside
  5. Clothing that does not cover the midriff
  6. Clothing that calls undue attention to an individual and may disrupt the educational climate

Infractions of this policy will result in progressive discipline that begins with being asked to change into clothing that meets the student dress standards. Continued infractions may result in detentions and suspensions. The intent for this policy is for students to understand that school is a workplace, and what is appropriate outside the workplace may not be appropriate at work.

Respect For Property

Students who damage or vandalize school property or the property of others will be responsible for replacing the damaged property. Other consequences may also apply based on other policies contained in this handbook.

Students who lose items at school or suspect they have been stolen should report this to the office and fill out a theft report as soon as possible. Students should refrain from bringing valuable items or large amounts of money to school and lock their PE and hallway lockers if such items are brought to school.

Harassment

It is the policy of the Gilbert Community Schools to maintain learning and working environment that is free from harassment.

It shall be a violation of this policy for students to harass other students or staff through conduct of a sexual nature or conduct designed to reduce the dignity of that individual with respect to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other form of harassment.

School employees shall be responsible for promoting understanding and acceptance of, and assuring compliance with, state and federal laws and board policy and procedures governing harassment within the school setting.

Students who believe they have suffered harassment shall report such matters in a timely manner to a teacher, a counselor, or a building administrator.

Violations of this policy or procedure will be cause for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.