District Code of Conduct

SECTION 1: EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

  • In accordance with the United States Constitution and applicable federal and state laws and regulations, no student shall be suspended, excluded, or otherwise disciplined on account of race, color, national origin, ethnic city, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, genetics, homelessness or active military status.

SECTION 2: ELIMINATING GAPS IN INEQUITIES

  • 2.1 For students identified as eligible for special education services, additional supports may be provided through their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and such students shall retain all rights afforded to them under state and federal special education laws at all times.

    2.2 To provide a culturally and linguistically responsive education with the supports needed to ensure equitable access to opportunities that promote language acquisition, bilingualism, literacy and lifelong learning, all written and oral notice is required by this code shall be in English and in the primary language spoken in the home. All notices shall be made in simple and commonly understood words to the extent possible. Other means of communication will be used as appropriate. Student shall not interpret for parents, guardians, caretakers, or Randolph Public School District (RPS) staff.

SECTION 3: APPROACHES TO PROMOTE SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS

  • There are a variety of approaches to promote safe and supportive schools. Tiered interventions are provided by departments across RPS. RPS follows the academic achievement framework model of services. Additionally, schools may choose to adopt proven school-wide positive and preventative approaches, such as Massachusetts tiered system of support MTSS and PBIS positive behavioral interventions and supports.

SECTION 4: PROMOTING POSITIVE STUDENT BEHAVIOR

  • Each school is expected to promote a positive school culture and climate that provides students with a supportive environment to grow both socially and academically. Schools are expected to take a proactive role in nurturing students' social-emotional development and behavior by providing them with a range of positive behavioral supports.

    Effective social emotional learning helps students develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness, including: self-awareness, self-regulation and establishing positive supports. Such skills help prevent negative behaviors and the disciplinary consequences that result when students do not comply with behavioral standards.

    School staff members are also responsible for addressing inappropriate student behaviors which disrupt learning.

    Administrators, teachers, counselors and other school staff are expected to engage all students in intervention and prevention strategies that address a student's behavioral issues and discuss these strategies with the student and his/her parent(s).

SECTION 5: SUSPENSION

  • The Randolph Public Schools adheres to the regulations regarding student discipline and access to education that are embodied in Chapter 222 of the Acts of 2012, and made effective July 1, 2014.

    RPS Policies and Procedures Regarding Student Discipline

    • Require the use of discretion and professional judgment;
    • Respect the rights of students and families to due process, including the right to notice, opportunity to be heard before consequences are imposed, and fairness, including consideration of the unique circumstances presented;
    • Consider the use of alternatives to suspension; and
    • Allow students the opportunity to make academic progress during time of suspension.

    5.1 Eligibility to Participate in School Activities and Events
    Extra-curricular activities and events are an important part of the educational experience for our students, but participation in these activities is a privilege, not a right. The variety of clubs, activities and events is extensive, and students are encouraged to become involved in one or more of these opportunities.

    Participation in clubs and activities at Randolph Public Schools and attending school-sponsored, school-related events is a privilege afforded to students who remain in good standing. To participate in school activities, events and clubs, students are expected to maintain good attendance and demonstrate good behavior and citizenship during school and at school-sponsored events. Eligibility for participation in activities, events, clubs, awards, scholarships and honorary positions at Randolph Public Schools is limited to students who are currently enrolled in and attending Randolph Public Schools in good standing. Students not meeting these expectations may be excluded at the discretion of the Principal or his/her designee. A student’s removal from extracurricular activities and attendance at school sponsored events is not subject to the procedural requirements of M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H¾ (Principal’s Hearing). The removal is not a suspension for the purpose of counting the school days that a student is suspended. Parents will be notified when a student is removed or excluded from extracurricular activities.


    5.2 Suspensions
    The Randolph Public Schools adheres to the Student Discipline Laws and Regulations as set forth in M.G.L. ch. 71, §§37H, 37H½ and 37H¾ and 603 CMR 53.00 et seq.  

    5.3 In-School Suspension Procedures
    A student may be removed from regular classroom activities, but not from the school premises, for up to ten (10) consecutive school days or up to ten (10) school days cumulatively for multiple infractions during the school year. Students who are placed in in-school suspension shall have the opportunity to earn credits, make up assignments, tests, papers, and other schoolwork as needed to make academic progress during the in-school suspension.

    A student who is unable to consistently adhere to acceptable classroom standards in a particular class may be removed from the class permanently and assigned to a different class at the discretion of the principal and/or his/her designee.

    Notice of In-School Suspension
    The principal or his/her designee shall inform the student of the disciplinary offense charged and the basis for the charge, and provide the student with an opportunity to dispute the charges and explain the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident. If the principal or his/her designee determines that the student committed the disciplinary offense, the principal or his/her designee shall inform the student of the length of the student's in-school suspension. If the in-school suspension exceeds ten (10) days, cumulatively or consecutively, in a school year, the student shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the Superintendent/designee or Superintendent/designee’s designee.

    On the same day as the in-school suspension decision, the principal or his/her designee shall make reasonable efforts to notify the parent orally of the disciplinary offense, the reasons for concluding that the student committed the infraction, and the length of the in-school suspension.

    On the day of the suspension, the principal or his/her designee shall send written notice (by hand-delivery, certified mail, first class mail or email) to the student and parent including the reason and the length of the in-school suspension, and inviting the parent to a meeting if the meeting has not already occurred. The notice shall be in English and the primary language of the home if another language is identified in the home language survey, or by other means, as appropriate.

    Parent Meeting
    The principal or his designee shall also invite the parent to a meeting to discuss the student's academic performance and behavior, strategies for student engagement, and possible responses to the behavior. Such meeting shall be scheduled on the day of the suspension if possible, and if not, as soon thereafter as possible. If the principal or his/her designee is unable to reach the parent after making and documenting at least (2) attempts to do so, such attempts shall constitute reasonable efforts for purposes of orally informing the parent of the in-school suspension.

    No Right to Appeal
    The decision of the Principal or his/her designee is the final decision for in-school suspensions not exceeding ten (10) days, consecutively or cumulatively during a school year

    5.4  Out-Of-School Suspension Procedures Under M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H¾


    Due Process Procedures for Out-Of-School Suspensions

    There are two types of out-of-school suspensions, Short-Term Suspensions and Long-Term Suspensions under M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H¾. The principal or his/her designee shall determine the extent of the rights to be afforded the student at a disciplinary hearing based on the anticipated consequences for the disciplinary offense. If the consequence may be long-term suspension from school, the principal or his/her designee shall afford the student, additional rights as described below, in addition to those rights afforded to students who may face a short-term suspension from school. All students facing out-of-school suspension shall have the right to oral and written notice, as described below.

    Notice for Any Out-Of-School Suspension
    Prior to suspending a student, the Principal or his/her designee will provide the student and the parent oral and written notice of the possible suspension, an opportunity for the student to have a hearing and the opportunity of the Parent(s) to participate in the hearing. The notice will be in English and in the primary language of the home if other than English as identified in the home language survey, or by other means of communication where appropriate.

    The notice will set forth in plain language:

    1. The disciplinary offence
    2. The basis for the charge
    3. The potential consequences, including the potential length of the student’s suspension
    4. The opportunity for the student to have a hearing with the principal or his designee concerning the proposed suspension, including the opportunity to dispute the charges and to present the student's explanation of the alleged incident, and for the parent to attend the hearing 
    5. The date, time, and location of the hearing
    6. The right of the student and the student's parent to interpreter services at the hearing if needed to participate
    7. If the student may be placed on long-term suspension following the hearing with the principal
    8. The rights set forth in 603 CMR 53.08(3)(b); and 
    9. The right to appeal the principal's decision to the Superintendent/ designee.

    The principal or his/her designee shall make reasonable efforts to notify the parent orally of the opportunity to attend the hearing. Prior to conducting a hearing without the parent present, the principal or his/her designee will document reasonable efforts to include the parent. The principal or his/her designee is presumed to have made reasonable efforts if the principal or his/her designee has sent written notice and has documented at least two (2) attempts to contact the parent in the manner specified by the parent for emergency notification. 

    Written notice to the parent may be made by hand delivery, first-class mail, certified mail, email to an address provided by the parent for school communications, or any other method of delivery agreed to by the principal and parent

    Emergency Removal of Student
    Under certain emergency circumstances, it may not be practical for the principal or his/her designee to provide prior oral and written notice before removing a student from school. The principal or his/her designee may remove a student from school temporarily when a student is charged with a disciplinary offense and the continued presence of the student poses a danger to persons or property, or materially and substantially disrupts the order of the school, and, in the principal's (or his/her designee’s) judgment, there is no alternative available to alleviate the danger or disruption. The principal or his/her designee will immediately notify the Superintendent/designee in writing of the removal and the reason for it, and describe the danger presented by the student. The temporary removal shall not exceed two (2) school days following the day of the emergency removal, during which time the principal shall:

    1. Make immediate and reasonable efforts to orally notify the student and the student's parent of the emergency removal, the reason for the need for emergency removal, the disciplinary offense, the basis for the charge, the potential consequences, including potential length of suspension, the opportunity for a hearing including the date/time/location of the hearing, the right to interpreter services, and other rights permitted for students who may be placed on long-term suspension as set forth in 603 CMR. 53.08(3)(b)
    2. Provide written notice to the student and parent, including the information described in 603 CMR 53.06(2) 
    3. Provide the student an opportunity for a hearing with the principal or his/her designee that complies with 603 CMR 53.08(2) or 53.08(3), as applicable, and the parent an opportunity to attend the hearing, before the expiration of the two (2) school days, unless an extension of time for hearing is otherwise agreed to by the principal, student, and parent.
    4. Render a decision orally on the same day as the hearing, and in writing no later than the following school day, which meets the requirements of 603 CMR 53.08(2)(c) and 53.08(2)(d) or 603 CMR 53.08(3)(c) and 53.08(3)(d), as applicable. 

    A principal will not remove a student from school on an emergency basis for a disciplinary offense until adequate provisions have been made for the student’s safety and transportation.

    Short-Term Suspension Procedures Under M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H¾
    A Short-Term Suspension is the removal of a student from the school premises and regular classroom activities for ten (10) consecutive school days or less. The principal, or his/her designee, may, in his or her discretion, allow a student to serve a short- term suspension in school. Any student facing a potential short-term suspension is entitled to a hearing with the Principal or his/her designee with the following process:

    Principal Hearing - Short-Term Suspension

      1. The purpose of the hearing with the principal or his/her designee is to hear and consider information regarding the alleged incident for which the student may be suspended, provide the student an opportunity to dispute the charges and explain the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident, determine if the student committed the disciplinary offense, and if so, the consequences for the infraction. At a minimum, the principal or his/her designee shall discuss the disciplinary offense, the basis for the charge, and any other pertinent information. The student also shall have an opportunity to present information, including mitigating facts that the principal or his/her designee should consider in determining whether other remedies and consequences may be appropriate as alternatives to suspension. The principal or his/her designee shall provide the parent, if present, an opportunity to discuss the student's conduct and offer information, including mitigating circumstances, that the principal should consider in determining consequences for the student. 
      2. Based on the available information, including mitigating circumstances, the principal or his/her designee shall determine whether the student committed the disciplinary offense, and, if so, what remedy or consequence will be imposed. 
      3. The principal or his/her designee shall notify the student and parent of the determination and the reasons for it, and, if the student is suspended, the type and duration of suspension and the opportunity to make up assignments and such other school work as needed to make academic progress during the period of removal, as provided in 603 CMR 53.13(1). The determination shall be in writing and may be in the form of an update to the original written notice. 

     

    • If the student is in a public preschool program or in grades K through 3, the principal shall send a copy of the written determination to the Superintendent/designee and explain the reasons for imposing an out-of-school suspension, before the short- term suspension takes effect. 

     

    No Right to Appeal
    The decision of the Principal or his/her designee is the final decision for short-term out-of-school suspensions not exceeding ten (10) days, consecutively or cumulatively during a school year.

    Long-Term Suspension Procedures Under M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H¾
    A Long-Term Suspension is the removal of a student from the school premises and regular classroom activities for more than ten (10) consecutive school days, or for more than ten (10) school days cumulatively for multiple disciplinary offenses in any school year. The principal or his/her designee, may, in his or her discretion, may allow a student to serve a long-term suspension in school. Except for students who are charged with a disciplinary offense set forth in M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H, or in M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H½, no student may be placed on long-term suspension for one or more disciplinary offenses for more than ninety (90) school days in a school year beginning with the first day that the student is removed from school. No long-term suspension under M.G.L, Ch. 71, § 37H¾ shall extend beyond the end of the school year in which such suspension is imposed. Any student facing a potential long-term suspension is entitled to a hearing with the Principal or his/her designee with the following process 

    Principal Hearing - Long-Term Suspension
    The purpose of the hearing with the principal or his/her designee is to hear and consider information regarding the alleged incident for which the student may be suspended, provide the student an opportunity to dispute the charges and explain the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident, determine if the student committed the disciplinary offense, and if so, the consequences for the infraction. At a minimum, the principal or his/her designee shall discuss the disciplinary offense, the basis for the charge, and any other pertinent information. The student also shall have an opportunity to present information, including mitigating facts, that the principal should consider in determining whether other remedies and consequences may be appropriate as alternatives to suspension. The principal or his/her designee shall provide the parent, if present, an opportunity to discuss the student's conduct and offer information, including mitigating circumstances, that the principal should consider in determining consequences for the student.

    In addition to the rights afforded a student in a short-term suspension hearing, the student shall have the following additional rights

    In advance of the hearing, the opportunity to review the student's record and the documents upon which the principal may rely in making a determination to suspend the student or not; 

    the right to be represented by counsel or a lay person of the student's choice, at the student's/parent's expense;

    the right to produce witnesses on his or her behalf and to present the student's explanation of the alleged incident, but the student may not be compelled to do so;

    the right to cross-examine witnesses presented by the school district;

    The right to request that the hearing be recorded by the principal, and to receive a copy of the audio recording upon request. If the student or parent requests an audio recording, the principal shall inform all participants before the hearing that an audio record will be made and a copy will be provided to the student and parent upon request.

    The principal or his/her designee shall provide the parent, if present, an opportunity to discuss the student's conduct and offer information, including mitigating circumstances, that the principal should consider in determining consequences for the student.

    Based on the evidence, the principal or his/her designee shall determine whether the student committed the disciplinary offense, and, if so, after considering mitigating circumstances and alternatives to suspension, what remedy or consequence will be imposed, in place of or in addition to a long-term suspension. The principal or his/her designee shall send the written determination to the student and parent by hand-delivery, certified mail, first-class mail, email to an address provided by the parent for school communications, or any other method of delivery agreed to by the principal and the parent. If the principal or his/her designee decides to suspend the student, the written determination shall:

    1. Identify the disciplinary offense, the date on which the hearing took place, and the participants at the hearing;
    2. Set out the key facts and conclusions reached by the principal
    3. Identify the length and effective date of the suspension, as well as a date of return to school;
    4. Include notice of the student's opportunity to receive education services to make academic progress during the period of removal from school;
    5. Inform the student of the right to appeal the principal's decision to the Superintendent/designee or designee, but only if the principal has imposed a long-term suspension. Notice of the right of appeal shall be in English and the primary language of the home if other than English as determined by the home language survey, or other means of communication where appropriate, and shall include the following information stated in plain language:
      1. the process for appealing the decision, including that the student or parent must file a written notice of appeal with the Superintendent/designee within five (5) calendar days of the effective date of the long-term suspension; provided that within the five (5) calendar days, the student or parent may request and receive from the Superintendent/designee an extension of time for filing the written notice for up to seven (7) additional calendar days; and that the long-term suspension will remain in effect unless and until the Superintendent/designee decides to reverse the principal’s determination on appeal.

     

    • If the student is in a public preschool program or in grades K through 3, the principal shall send a copy of the written determination to the Superintendent/designee and explain the reasons for imposing an out-of-school suspension, before the suspension takes effect.

     


    Superintendent/designee's Appeal Hearing Under M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H¾

    1. A student who is placed on long-term suspension following a hearing with the principal shall have the right to appeal the principal's decision to the Superintendent/designee.
    2. The student or parent shall file a notice of appeal with the Superintendent/designee within five (5) calendar days of the effective date of the long-term suspension; provided that within the five (5) calendar days, the student or parent may request and receive from the Superintendent/designee an extension of time for filing the written notice for up to seven (7) additional calendar days. If the appeal is not timely filed, the Superintendent/designee may deny the appeal, or may allow the appeal in his or her discretion, for good cause.
    3. The Superintendent/designee shall hold the hearing within three (3) school days of the student's request, unless the student or parent requests an extension of up to seven (7) additional calendar days, in which case the Superintendent/designee shall grant the extension.
    4. The Superintendent/designee shall make a good faith effort to include the parent in the hearing. The Superintendent/designee shall be presumed to have made a good faith effort if he or she has made efforts to find a day and time for the hearing that would allow the parent and Superintendent/designee to participate. The Superintendent/designee shall send written notice to the parent of the date, time, and location of the hearing. 
    5. The Superintendent/designee shall conduct a hearing to determine whether the student committed the disciplinary offense of which the student is accused, and if so, what the consequence shall be. The Superintendent/designee shall arrange for an audio recording of the hearing, a copy of which shall be provided to the student or parent upon request. The Superintendent/designee shall inform all participants before the hearing that an audio record will be made of the hearing and a copy will be provided to the student and parent upon request. 
    6. The student shall have all the rights afforded the student at the principal's hearing for long-term suspension. 
    7. The Superintendent/designee shall issue a written decision within five (5) calendar days of the hearing which meets the requirements of 603 CMR 53.08(3)(c)1 through 5. If the Superintendent/designee determines that the student committed the disciplinary offense, the Superintendent/designee may impose the same or a lesser consequence than the principal, but shall not impose a suspension greater than that imposed by the principal's decision. 
    8. The decision of the Superintendent/designee shall be the final decision of the school district, with regard to the suspension. 

    A parent conference (re-entry meeting) with the Principal or his/her designee is strongly encouraged before students who are suspended return to school. This conference will be used to promote the engagement of the parents or guardians in discussions of the student’s misconduct and to assist the student in re-engaging with the school community.

    5.5 Exclusion/Expulsion Under M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H
    In accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H, a student may be excluded or expelled from school under the following circumstances:

    1. Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun, a knife, or their facsimile, or anything used in the commission of assault and battery; or a controlled substance as defined in Chapter 94 C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.
    2. Any student who assaults a principal, assistant principal, teacher, teacher’s aide, or other educational staff on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.
    3. Any student who is charged with a violation of either paragraph (a) or (b) shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing; provided, however, that the student may have representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at a hearing before the principal. After said hearing, a principal may, in his/her discretion, decide to suspend rather than expel a student who has been determined by the principal to have violated either paragraph (a) or (b).
    4. Any student who has been expelled from a school district pursuant to these provisions (suspension for more than 90 school days) shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent. The expelled student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student has the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent. The subject matter of the appeal shall not be limited solely to a factual determination of whether the student has violated any provisions of this section
    5. If the student moves to another district during the period of suspension or expulsion, the new district of residence shall either admit the student to its schools or provide educational services to the student in an education service plan.
    6. Any student who is suspended or expelled pursuant to this section shall have the opportunity to earn credits, as applicable, make up assignments, tests, papers, and other school work as needed to make academic progress during the period of his or her removal.
    7. Any student who is suspended or expelled pursuant to this statute for more than ten (10) consecutive days shall have the opportunity to receive education services and made academic progress toward meeting state and local requirements, through the school-wide education service plan.

    5.6  Felony Complaint or Conviction under M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H½

    Pursuant to M.G.L. Ch. 71, § 37H½, the following procedures shall be implemented for students charged with or convicted of a felony

    1. Upon the issuance of a criminal complaint charging a student with a felony or upon the issuance of a felony delinquency complaint against a student, the principal or designee of a school in which the student is enrolled may suspend such student for a period of time determined appropriate by said principal or designee if said principal or designee determines that the student’s continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of this right to appeal and the reasons for such suspension taking effect. Upon expulsion of such student, no school or school district shall be required to provide educational services to the student shall also receive written notification of this right to appeal and the process for appealing such suspension; provided however, that such suspension shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the Superintendent/designee.
    2. The student shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the Superintendent. The student shall notify the Superintendent in writing of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the suspension. The Superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student’s parent or guardian within three calendar days of the student’s request for an appeal. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to counsel. The Superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or designee including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The Superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town, or regional school district with regard to the suspension.
    3. Upon a student being convicted of a felony or upon an adjudication or admission in court of guilt with respect to such felony or felony delinquency, the principal or designee of a school in which the student is enrolled may expel said student if such principal or designee determines that the student’s continued presence in school would have a detrimental effect of the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and reasons for such expulsion prior to such expulsion taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such expulsion; provided, however, that the expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the Superintendent/designee.
    4. The student shall have the right to appeal the expulsion to the Superintendent. The   student shall notify the Superintendent, in writing, of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the expulsion. The Superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student’s parent or guardian within three calendar days of the expulsion. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The Superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or designee, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The Superintendent/designee shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town, or regional school district with regard to the expulsion
    5. Any student who is suspended or expelled pursuant to this section shall have the opportunity to earn credits, as applicable, make up assignments, tests, papers, and other school work as needed to make academic progress during the period of his or her removal.
    6. Any student who is suspended or expelled pursuant to this statute for more than ten (10) consecutive days shall have the opportunity to receive education services and make academic progress toward meeting state and local requirements, through the school-wide education service plan.

     

    5.7  Education Services and Academic Progress Under M.G.L. Ch. 71, §§ 37H, 37H½ and 37H¾
    Any student who is serving an in-school suspension, short-term suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion shall have the opportunity to earn credits, as applicable, make up assignments, tests, papers, and other school work as needed to make academic progress during the period of his or her removal from the classroom or school. The principal shall inform the student and parent of this opportunity in writing when such suspension or expulsion is imposed.

    Any student who is expelled or suspended from school for more than ten (10) consecutive days, whether in school or out of school, shall have an opportunity to receive education services and make academic progress toward meeting state and local requirements, through the school-wide education service plan.

    The principal shall notify the parent and student of the opportunity to receive education services at the time the student is expelled or placed on long-term suspension. Notice shall be provided in English and in the primary language spoken in the student's home if other than English as determined by the home language survey, or other means of communication where appropriate. The notice shall include a list of the specific education services that are available to the student and contact information for a school district staff member who can provide more detailed information. 

    5.8  Code of Procedures Provisions for Students with Disabilities

    Procedures for Suspension(s) Not Exceeding 10 School Days

    • Any student with a disability may be suspended for up to ten (10) school days during a school year. Disciplinary decisions are the same as for students without disabilities and in accordance with the due process procedures in this handbook. 
    • The school provides additional procedural safeguards for students with disabilities prior to any suspension beyond 10 consecutive days or more than 10 cumulative days (if there is a pattern of suspension) in any school year

    Procedures for Suspension(s) Exceeding 10 School Days

    • If a child is suspended for more than 10 school days in a school year, this removal is considered a “change of placement”. A change of placement invokes certain procedural protections under federal special education law and Section 504
    • Prior to any removal that constitutes a change of placement, the school may convene a team meeting to develop a plan for conducting a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) that will be used as the basis for developing specific strategies to address your child’s problematic behavior.
    • Prior to any removal that constitutes a change in placement, the school must inform you that the law requires the school district to consider whether or not the behavior that forms the basis of the disciplinary action is related to a child’s disability. This consideration is called a “manifestation determination”. Parents have a right to participate in this process. All relevant information will be considered including the IEP or Section 504 Plan, teacher observations, and evaluations reports.
    • At a manifestation determination meeting, the team will consider:
    • Did the student’s disability cause or have a direct and substantial relationship to the conduct in question? 
    • Was the conduct a direct result of the district’s failure to implement the IEP?
    • If the manifestation determination decision is that the disciplinary action was related to the disability, then the child may not be removed from the current educational placement (unless under the special circumstances or parents agree). The Team will review the IEP or Section 504 Plan and any behavioral intervention plans and may amend those plans as appropriate. The Team will complete a functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention plan if it has not already done so. 
    • If the manifestation determination decision is that the disciplinary action was not related to the disability, then the school may suspend or otherwise discipline the child according to the school’s code of conduct.  The Team may, as appropriate, complete a functional behavioral assessment and behavioral intervention services and modification, to address the behavior so that it does not recur. For students with IEPs, during the period of time of removal from school that exceeds 10 school days, the school district must provide educational services that allow the child to continue to make educational progress. For students with Section 504 Plans, there is no automatic right to receive educational services beyond the 10th school day of suspension under federal law, however, state law does provide all students with the rights to receive educational services during periods of suspensions lasting longer than ten days.

    Special Circumstances for Exclusion
    Special circumstances exist if a child: possesses, uses, sells or solicits illegal drugs on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event; carries a weapon to school or a school-sponsored event; or inflicts serious bodily harm upon another person at school or a school-sponsored event. Under these circumstances, the principal may place the child in an interim alternate educational setting (IAES) for up to 45 school days. The child may remain in this IAES for a period of time not to exceed 45 school days. Thereafter, the child will return to the previously agreed-upon placement unless a hearing officer has ordered another placement, or you and the school agree to another placement. For students with Section 504 Plans, there is no automatic right to receive educational services beyond the 10th school day of suspension under federal law, however, state law does provide all students with the rights to receive educational services during periods of suspensions lasting longer than ten days.

    School personnel will provide Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Special Education) or Notice of Parent and Student Rights Under Section 504 for students with disabilities prior to any suspension exceeding 10 school days in one school year. These notices will provide an explanation of the process should there be disagreement regarding the manifestation determination or any placement decision. Parent, guardian and/or student may petition Bureau of Special Education Appeals for a hearing or the Office for Civil Rights (Section 504).


    Procedural Requirements Applied to Students Not Yet Determined to Be Eligible for Special Education or a 504 Plan
    If, prior to the disciplinary action, a district had knowledge that the student may be a student with a disability, then the district makes all protections available to the student until and unless the student is subsequently determined not to be eligible. The district may be considered to have prior knowledge if: 

    The parent had expressed concern in writing; or 

    The parent had requested an evaluation; or specific concerns about a pattern of behavior demonstrated by the student. The district may not be considered to have had prior knowledge if the parent has not consented to evaluation of the student or has refused special education services, or if an evaluation of the student has resulted in a determination of ineligibility. 

    If the district had no reason to consider the student disabled, and the parent requests an evaluation subsequent to the disciplinary action, the district must have procedures consistent with federal requirements to conduct an expedited evaluation to determine eligibility 

    If the student is found eligible for an IEP or 504 Plan, then one receives all procedural protections subsequent to the finding of eligibility

SECTION 6: STUDENT SAFETY

  • In order to ensure Randolph Public School District students’ safety, all school doors remain locked during the school day. Parents are welcome to enter through the front doors after ringing a bell for entry. All visitors, including parents, should sign in at the front office so that school staff are aware of who is in the building.

    Schools will not allow anyone other than a child’s custodial parents/guardians to take the child away from school. If you want a relative, friend or care provider to pick up your child at school, you must give written permission or call the school. If you call, the principal must verify that it was the parent/guardian making the call. The individual must show identification before the school releases the student.

    6.1 When a Child Isn’t Picked Up at School
    When a child isn’t picked up at school, the principal will try to reach the parent or emergency contact person. If the principal can’t reach a family member or responsible adult by 3:30 p.m., s/he may alternatively contact the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) to take custody of the child. When a student is repeatedly not picked up at school, the principal will file a 51A and/or notify the police.

    6.2 SAFETY TRANSFERS
    It is sometimes necessary to change a student’s school assignment to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for that student. Under the federal Every Student Succeed Act:

    ~Students who are victims of a violent criminal offense while on school property or at school-sponsored activities, are eligible for a safety transfer to another school
    ~Students attending a school designated as “persistently dangerous” by the Mass. Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education may transfer to a safe school. 

    To request a safety transfer, the parent/guardian must complete and sign a “Safety Transfer Request Form”, which is available at the Family Resource Center.

    6.3 CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
    If school staff have reasonable cause to believe that a student is being abused or neglected, they are required by law (M.G.L. Chapter 119, Section 51A) and the Randolph Public School District to report it to the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF). All reports are strictly confidential. DCF maintains a 24-hour Hotline, 1-800-792-5200.

    6.4 Child Protection/Restraining Order
    In certain cases, parents, guardians or other persons are restrained, by law, from interacting with a child. In such case, an official restraining order is issued by the appropriate court. If a restraining order exists prohibiting someone from interacting with your child, the school MUST have a copy of it. Verbal reporting of such an order is not sufficient for the school to comply with the order and its timelines. Should a restraining order be extended or cancelled, the school must have a copy of these documents as well.

    6.5 Criminal Offender Reporting (CORI)/FingerPrinting
    Randolph Public Schools requires a criminal offender record information (CORI) from the Massachusetts Criminal History Board (CHSB) and fingerprint-based background check for present and future employees and volunteers, including parent/guardian volunteers in any school program, who have direct contact with children. (Massachusetts General Law, Ch. 71, 38R).

    6.6 GANG ACTIVITY
    The goal of the Randolph Public School District is to keep all schools and students free from the threat or harmful influence of any gang. Gang is defined as any group, secret society, organization or association that advocates drug use, violence, ethnic intimidation or disruptive or illegal behavior. The principal or his/her designee shall maintain supervision of school premises to deter intimidation of students and confrontations between members of different gangs.

    The Superintendent/designee shall establish open lines of communication with local law enforcement agencies so as to share information and provide mutual support in this effort within appropriate legal guidelines. The Superintendent/designee shall provide in-service training to help staff members identify gangs and gang symbols, recognize early manifestations of disruptive activities and respond appropriately. Staff members shall be informed about conflict management techniques and alerted to intervention measures and community resources which may help students.

    6.7 GANG SYMBOLS
    The Randolph Public School District finds that gang symbols are inherently disruptive to the educational process, and therefore prohibits the presence on school property or at any school-related events or activities of any insignia, apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook or other school supply or manner of grooming which by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute denotes membership in gangs. The Randolph Public School District further prohibits any demonstration of gang membership through the use of hand gestures, graffiti or printed materials. 

    Gang-like activity of any sort is prohibited in school and on school property or at any school event or school related activity. Activities such as demarcation with gang graffiti, signs, symbols and colors, in print, over the internet or exhibited on clothing and/or by individuals physically, are prohibited. Further, no student shall commit any act that furthers gangs or gang-related activities. Participation in such activities or in gang-related physical and/or verbal initiation or coercion will result in disciplinary action and referral to police and other law enforcement authorities as appropriate. 

    6.8 GANG PREVENTION EDUCATION
    The Randolph Public School District realizes that students may become involved in gangs without understanding the consequences of such membership. Early intervention is a key component of efforts to break the cycle of such memberships. Therefore, gang violence prevention information shall be made available in the elementary, middle and high schools as appropriate. If a student has a question about the acceptability of any particular symbol or activity, they are advised to consult with the principal or his/her designee.

    6.9 MARIJUANA on SCHOOL PROPERTY or at SCHOOL FUNCTIONS.
    It is illegal to possess or smoke marijuana or tetrhydrocannabinal (THC) in public areas and on school grounds.  It is disruptive to the school community and its use on school grounds and/or at school functions is strictly prohibited.  If a student is found with marijuana on school property or at school functions, his or her parent/guardian will be notified, and the student may be suspended or even expelled consistent with M.G.L. c. 71, § 37H. 

    Prior to student reentry to school following a possession-related suspension or expulsion, a meeting with the parent/guardian will be scheduled with the school principal or designee to determine appropriate student support and safety measures.  In all cases of possession, selling, or distribution of drugs or alcohol on school property, the drug guidelines of the Randolph Public School District will be implemented along with a referral for counseling and/or a substance abuse program. (All medically prescribed use of marijuana must go through the nurse as all other prescribed medications.)

    6.10  VANDALISM AND GRAFFITI
    Vandalism and graffiti on school property will not be tolerated.  Students who commit the acts of vandalism or graffiti may be immediately prosecuted pursuant to state law and the city ordinance.  All staff and students are required to report all acts of vandalism and graffiti on school property, buildings, vehicles, and any other damage.  The town ordinance mandates restitution and parental responsibility.  

    6.11 FALSE FIRE ALARMS and FALSE BOMB REPORT
    Massachusetts law states that the penalty for conviction of the sounding of a false alarm of fire shall be a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than one year.  

    Under Massachusetts General Law Ch. 269, s.14, making a bomb threat can result in a $1,000 - $50,000 fine and/or be further punishable by law. Any student involved in making a false threat will be subject to student discipline and will be referred to law enforcement for further action as appropriate.  Anyone with information involving these incidents should report it to the school office.

    6.12 SEARCHES OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
    To safeguard the property and lives of our students, staff and administration, to help prevent the possession, sale and use of illegal drugs on the school premises, and to support the school’s prohibition of possessing weapons on the school premises, the Randolph Public Schools reserves the right to search the person and/or property of students and visitors. Therefore, any person entering the premises of our school will be deemed to have conceded to a reasonable search of their person and effects. School administrators and officials may conduct reasonable searches on the school property of lockers, desks, vehicles and personal belongings such as purses, book bags, wallets and satchels for these purposes.

    Cell Phone and Electronic Devices Search
    The search of cell phones or electronic devices for pictures, text messages, video, audio, uploaded and downloaded online materials, pertinent to a specific investigation regarding a violation of Randolph Public Schools policy or procedure is permissible if the search is reasonable in its inception and justified in its scope. Acceptable searches may include, but are not limited to:

    • Video and pictures of assaults and fighting 
    • Evidence of harassment/intimidation/bullying
    • Graffiti/destruction of property
    • Possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances, illegal drugs, or alcohol
    • Identification of ownership of stolen or lost devices

    If a search of an electronic device is found to contain evidence pertinent to an investigation, the school administration has the sole discretion to hold on to the device, contact the police, or give the device to law enforcement officials

    6.13 Notification to the Police and other authorities
    School officials will take disciplinary action for misconduct at school or school related events as set forth above.  In addition, where the misconduct involves suspected criminal activity, school administrators will notify the SRO (school resource officer) as appropriate.

SECTION 7: HAZING

  • It is the policy of the Randolph Public Schools to promote and maintain an educational environment that is free from any form of hazing practices. Hazing is against the law and will not be tolerated by the Randolph Public Schools.

    Chapter 269 of the General Laws of Massachusetts includes the following three sections relative to the prohibition of hazing:

    SECTION 17. Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing as defined herein shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

    The term "hazing" as used in this section and in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such person or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.

    Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.

    SECTION 18. Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section seventeen and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to oneself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.


    SECTION 19. Each institution of secondary education and each public and private institution of post-secondary education shall issue to every student group, student team or student organization which is part of such institution or is recognized by the institution or permitted by the institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the institution to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team or student organization, a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen; provided, however, that an institution's compliance with this section's requirements that an institution issue copies of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the institution's recognition or endorsement of said unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations.


    Each such group, team or organization shall distribute a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to each of its members, plebes, pledges or applicants for membership. It shall be the duty of each such group, team or organization, acting through its designated officer, to deliver annually, to the institution an attested acknowledgement stating that such group, team or organization has received a copy of this section and said sections seventeen and eighteen, that each of its members, plebes, pledges, or applicants has received a copy of sections seventeen and eighteen, and that such group, team or organization understands and agrees to comply with the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.

    Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post-secondary education shall, at least annually, before or at the start of enrollment, deliver to each person who enrolls as a full-time student in such institution a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.

    Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post-secondary education shall file, at least annually, a report with the board of higher education and in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education, certifying that such institution has complied with its responsibility to inform student groups, teams or organizations and to notify each full time student enrolled by it of the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen and also certifying that said institution has adopted a disciplinary policy with regard to the organizers and participants of hazing, and that such policy has been set forth with appropriate emphasis in the student handbook or similar means of communicating the institution's policies to its students. The board of higher education and, in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports and shall forthwith report to the attorney general any such institution which fails to make such report.

SECTION 8: CIVIL RIGHTS & PROHIBITING HARASSMENT, BULLYING, DISCRIMINATION & HATE CRIMES

  • Under federal and state law, all students have the right to an education that is free from discrimination. All school programs and activities are open to students without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or pregnancy related condition. All school procedures and policies are applied in such a way that students are treated equally and fairly.

    8.1 CIVIL RIGHTS AND HARASSMENT
    It is the policy of the Randolph Public Schools to promote and maintain an educational environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.   Discrimination is defined as treating persons differently or interfering with or preventing them from enjoying the advantages or privileges afforded to others because of their membership in a protected class, including race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy or pregnancy related condition.  Harassment is defined as unwanted or unwelcome verbalisms or behaviors with overtones related to a person's race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy or pregnancy related condition that have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s performance or creating an intimidating or hostile learning environment.  Disciplinary measures in response to civil rights/harassment cases may include, but not be limited to office referral, parental conference/notification, notification of SRO, detention, suspension and/or exclusion, depending on the severity of the case.   The Randolph Public Schools’ Nondiscrimination Policy (School Committee Policy AC) is available online at 

    https://z2policy.ctspublish.com/masc/browse/randolphset/randolph/AC/z2Code_AC
    or by contacting your school office.  The Randolph Public Schools’ Harassment Policy (School Committee Policy JBA) is available online at 
    https://z2policy.ctspublish.com/masc/browse/randolphset/randolph/JBA 
    or by contacting your school office.  

    The Randolph School District will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of discrimination and/or harassment. The principal of each building will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging discrimination or harassment. Retaliation against a student, because a student has filed a discrimination and/or harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. A student who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with the Code of Conduct and Massachusetts’ law.  For additional information regarding the District’s Discrimination and Harassment grievance procedures, please refer to the Randolph Public Schools’ Administrative Procedures Relative to its Nondiscrimination Policy (School Committee Policy AC-R) available at https://z2policy.ctspublish.com/masc/browse/randolphset/randolph/AC-R or by contacting your school office.  

    The Randolph School Committee has designated its Director of Special Education & Pupil Services as the District’s Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator for students, vested with the authority and responsibility of processing all complaints of harassment and discrimination.   Any student who feels that one has been harassed or discriminated against because of one’s race, color, sex, disability, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy or pregnancy related condition should contact:

    Alpha Sanford
    District Equity and Title IX Coordinator
    Office of Special Education & Student Services
    70 Memorial Parkway
    Randolph, MA 02368
    (781) 961-6237

    If the student prefers, one may file the complaint with any teacher, counselor or the building principal who will then bring the complaint to the attention of the Equity Officer/Title IX Coordinator.

    If a complainant is not satisfied with the results of the investigation and the action taken, a formal complaint may be filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109, (617) 289-0111.

    8.2 SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND TITLE IX COMPLAINTS
    It is the policy of the Randolph Public Schools to promote and maintain an educational environment, which is free from discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment, whether by another student, by staff or other person(s) associated with the school community, is against the law and will not be tolerated by the District.

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. The definition includes unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity it also includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  Sexual harassment includes conduct by an employee conditioning an educational benefit or service upon a person’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct, often called quid pro quo harassment and, sexual assault as defined by federal law.   Sexual violence, as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) uses the term, refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student’s age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent).  Sex discrimination includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity in a school’s education program or activity.

    The following are some examples of conduct, which if unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment, depending on the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the conduct and its pervasiveness:

    • Unwelcome sexual advances—whether they involve physical touching or not;
    • Sexual epithets, jokes, written or oral references to sexual conduct, gossip regarding one’s sex life; comment on an individual’s body, comment about an individual’s sexual activity, deficiencies, or process;
    • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons;
    • Unwelcome leering, whistling, brushing against the body, sexual gestures, suggestive or insulting comments;
    • Inquiries into one’s sexual experiences; and,
    • Discussion of one’s sexual activities.

    The legal definition of sexual harassment is broad and in addition to the above examples, other sexually oriented conduct, whether it is intended or not, that is unwelcome and has the effect of creating an environment that is hostile, offensive, intimidating, to male, female, or gender non-conforming students or employees may also constitute sexual harassment.

    Please note: Because sexual harassment is a violation of Massachusetts General Law, building administrators may refer certain cases to the SRO and/or to the District Attorney's office.  In other instances, where the conduct at issue results in suspected abuse or neglect, the conduct shall be reported to the Department of Children and Families through filing of a report under M.G.L. c. 119, § 51A. 

    Process

    1. Students who believe that they have been subjected to sexual harassment should report the incidents to any teacher, counselor, administrator or other school staff member promptly. The student will be offered supportive  measures, as appropriate, to support the student during the course of the investigation. The incidents will be investigated, and appropriate remedial action will be taken as appropriate. 
    2. If a student is not satisfied with the results of the investigation action taken, the student may file a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, (617)-289-0111.  
    3. The Randolph Public Schools announces that any retaliatory action of any kind taken by a student or an employee or other person against any student as a result of that person’s seeking redress under these procedures is prohibited and illegal and shall be regarded as a separate and distinct complaint under this procedure.

    Title IX Complaints 
    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students can be a form of discrimination prohibited by Title IX. In order to give rise to a complaint under Title IX, sexual harassment must be sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it adversely affects a student's education or creates a hostile or abusive educational environment. 

    Students and employees who believe they have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment by anyone associated with the school community should notify the District’s designated Title IX Coordinator or any other school staff member.  A formal Title IX complaint may be filed by the alleged by the victim or any other party.  Any person filing a complaint is encouraged to do so within a short time after the occurrence giving rise to the complaint, to assure a prompt investigation and fair resolution.  
    Under the Title IX regulations, school districts are required to follow a specific process in investigating Title IX Complaints, making findings, issuing a decision, taking appropriate responsive action, and hearing appeals thereof.  For specific information regarding the District’s obligations in responding to complaints of sexual harassment or sexual violence made pursuant to Title IX, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or your school office for applicable Title IX grievance procedures in addition to those general grievance procedures set forth in Policy AC-R  https://z2policy.ctspublish.com/masc/browse/randolphset/randolph/AC-R.   

    Complaint Officer
    Any person who wishes to report sexual harassment or sexual violence, should contact:

    Alpha Sanford
    District Equity and Title IX Coordinator
    Office of Special Education & Student Services
    70 Memorial Parkway
    Randolph, MA 02368
    (781) 961-6237

    Reports may also be made the building-based designee as follows:

    JFK Elementary School: Steadman Graves/Dean
    Young Elementary School: Kelley Breen /Assistant Principal
    Donovan Elementary School: Erin Finn/ Assistant Principal
    Lyons Elementary School: Benjamin Rogers/Assistant Principal
    Randolph Community Middle School: Jamaal Rodney Bonnet / Dean
    Randolph High School: Julie Burke /Dean

    8.3 BULLYING
    “Bullying” is the repeated use by one or more students or by a member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that:

    • Causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or dam- age to the victim’s property;
    • Places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to him/ herself, or of damage to his/her property;
    • Creates a hostile environment at school for the victim;
    • Infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or
    • Materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school

    “Cyber-bullying” means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a:

    • Wire
    • Radio
    • Electromagnetic
    • Photo-electronic or photo-optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications

    Cyber-bullying shall also include the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or knowingly impersonates another person as author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in the definition of bullying.

    Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in the definition of bullying.

    Bullying and cyber-bullying may occur in and out of school, during and after school hours, at home and in locations outside of the home. When bullying and cyber- bullying are alleged, the full cooperation and assistance of parents and families are expected.

    Hostile Environment, as defined in M.G.L. c.71, s.370, is a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of a student’s education. 

    Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying. 

    Target is a student against whom bullying, cyber-bullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated. Vulnerable Students: students who have actual or perceived differentiating characteristics including race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic status, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, pregnant or parenting status, sexual orientation, mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have 1 or more of these characteristics. 

    8.4 BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION PLAN
    All Randolph Public School District schools shall create bullying prevention plans. The bullying prevention and intervention plan shall be reviewed and updated at least biennially.

    The principal is responsible for the implementation and oversight of the bullying prevention and implementation plan within his or her school.

    8.5 VICTIM ASSISTANCE
    The Randolph Public School District shall provide counseling or referral to appropriate services, including guidance, academic intervention, and protection to students, both victims and perpetrators, affected by bullying, as necessary.

    8.6 TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT
    Annual training shall be provided for school employees and volunteers who have significant contact with students in preventing, identifying, responding to and reporting incidents of bullying.

    Age-appropriate, evidence-based instruction on bullying prevention shall be incorporated into the curriculum for all K–12 students.

    8.7 PUBLICATION AND NOTICE
    Annual written notice of the relevant sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan shall be provided to students and their parents/guardians, in age-appropriate terms. Annual written notice of the bullying prevention and intervention plan shall be provided to all school staff. The faculty and staff at each school shall be trained annually on the bullying prevention and intervention plan applicable to the school.

    Relevant sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan relating to the duties of faculty and staff shall be included in the school employee handbook.

    8.8  REPORTING OBLIGATIONS
    Reporting by Staff: A member of school staff, including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional, shall immediately report any instance of bullying or retaliation s/he has witnessed or become aware of to the school principal or designee.

    Reporting by Students, Parent/Guardians, and Others: The district expects students, parents/guardians, and others who witness or become aware of an instance of bullying or retaliation involving a student to report it to the school principal or designee. An individual may make an anonymous report of bullying or retaliation, however, no disciplinary action may be taken against a student solely on the basis of an anonymous report. A student who knowingly makes a false accusation of bullying or retaliation may be subject to disciplinary action.

    Reporting to Parents/Guardians:
    The principal or designee will promptly notify the parents or guardian of the target and aggressor about the results of the investigation and, if bullying or retaliation is found, what action is being taken to prevent further acts of bullying or retaliation. 

    Any parent or guardian wishing to file a claim/concern or seeking assistance outside of the district may do so with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Problem Resolution System. The parent or guardian can send an email to compliance@doe.mass.edu, call 781 338-2700, or find additional information at http://www.doe.mass.edu/prs

    Reporting to Local Law Enforcement: Subject to state regulations, at any point after receipt of a report of bullying or retaliation, or during or after an investigation, if the school principal or designee has a reasonable basis to believe that the incident may involve criminal conduct, the school principal or designee will notify the local law enforcement agency. In addition, if an incident of bullying or retaliation occurs on school grounds and involves a former student under the age of 21 who is no longer enrolled in a local school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school, the Superintendent/designee of the Randolph Public School District or designee will notify local law enforcement if s/he believes that criminal charges may be pursued.

    Reporting to Administrator of Another School District or School: If an incident of bullying or retaliation involves students from more than one school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school and the Randolph Public School District is the first to be informed of the bullying or retaliation, then the Superintendent/designee of the Randolph Public School District or designee must, consistent with state and federal law, promptly notify the appropriate administrator of the other school district or school so that both may take appropriate action.

    8.9 BULLYING INVESTIGATION
    The school principal or designee shall investigate promptly a report of bullying or retaliation, giving consideration to all circumstances at hand, including the nature of the allegations and the ages of the students involved. The following are general guidelines for responding to a report of bullying or retaliation. The guidelines will be adapted as necessary to respond appropriately to the complaint.

    Pre-Investigation: Even before fully investigating allegations of bullying or retaliation, school personnel will consider whether there is a need to take immediate steps to support the alleged target and/or protect the alleged target from further potential incidents of concern. In taking any such action, however, the rights of both the alleged target and alleged aggressor must be considered.

    Written Statement of the Complaint: The investigator will seek to determine the basis of the complaint. Gathering information from the complainant, including such matters as: what specifically happened, who committed the alleged acts, who was present or may have information about the events, when the events occurred (date, time of day) and where the events occurred. It is helpful to have these facts in writing. If age appropriate, the complainant may be asked to put the complaint in writing and to sign and date it. If the complainant cannot or chooses not to write a complaint, the investigator will record the allegations, read them to the complainant to confirm accuracy, and ask the complainant to sign the document. If the complainant cannot or chooses not to sign, the investigator may sign and date the document her/himself.

    Interviews: Once the allegations of the complainant are established, the investigator will gather other evidence, which often involves interviews of the alleged aggressor and/or other witnesses. If appropriate, the investigator should remind the alleged aggressor and witnesses that retaliation against persons whom they believe might have reported the incidents or cooperated with the investigation is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.

    Confidentiality: The confidentiality of the complainant and the other witnesses will be maintained to the extent practicable given the school’s obligation to investigate and address the matter.

    8.10 BULLYING DETERMINATION
    School personnel must weigh all of the evidence objectively to determine whether the alleged events occurred and, if they did, whether the events constitute bullying or retaliation. The determination must be based upon all of the facts and circumstances and the perspective of a reasonable person. When applied to children, the “reasonable person” standard is generally “that of a reasonable person of like age, intelligence, and experience under like circumstances.” See Ellison v. Brady, 924 F.2d 872 (9th Cir. 1991). 

    If bullying or retaliation is substantiated, the school will take steps reasonable calculated to prevent recurrence and ensure that the target is not restricted in participating in school or benefiting from school activities. As with the investigation, the response will be individually tailored to all of the circumstances, including the nature of the conduct and the age of the students involved. In addition to taking disciplinary action, the following are examples of steps that may be taken with students to prevent the recurrence of bullying or retaliation:

    • Developing a Personalized Action Plan and directives for future conduct, including providing the target with a process for reporting any concerns about future conduct immediately. It is critical to involve the student in creating an action plan that involves are porting process that works for that particular student;
    • Meeting with parents and guardians to encourage parental support and to reinforce the anti-bullying curricula and social skills building activities at home;
    • Providing individualized skill-building sessions based on the school’s and district’s antibullying curricula;
    • Providing relevant educational activities for individual students or groups of students, in conjunction with guidance counselors and other appropriate school personnel.
    • Implementing a range of academic and nonacademic positive behavioral supports to help students understand pro-social ways to achieve goals;
    • Adapting behavioral plans to include a focus on developing specific social skills;
    • Making a referral for evaluation;
    • Engaging adult supervision on school premises.

    8.11 Disciplinary Action/Closure of Complaint 
    Students and staff who engage in bullying will be subject to discipline. In addition, if the principal or designee determines that a student knowingly made a false accusation of bullying or retaliation, that student may be subject to disciplinary action. Decisions regarding discipline will be subject to any procedural requirements set forth in district procedure or required by law. 

    If school staff determines that bullying or retaliation has occurred, the principal or designee will inform the parents of the target and student aggressor. In addition, the principal or designee will inform the parent of the target about what action is being taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation. Specific information about disciplinary action taken generally will not be released to the target’s parents or guardians – unless it involves a “stay away” or other directive that the target must be aware of in order to report violations. 

    If appropriate, within a reasonable time period following closure of the complaint, the administrative staff or designee will contact the target to determine whether there has been any recurrence of the prohibited contact. The district will retain a record of the complaint, containing the name of the complainant, the date of the complaint, investigator, school, a brief statement of the nature of the complaint, the outcome of the investigation, and the action taken.

    8.12 HATE CRIMES AND OTHER BIAS-MOTIVATED CONDUCT
    The Randolph Public Schools does not tolerate acts of hate or other bias-motivated conduct, and at all times works to promote an educational environment that is inclusive and supportive of all students.

    Hate Crimes are crimes that are motivated by the offender’s bias towards the victim because the victim is a member of a protected group.  Under Massachusetts Law, there are three elements of hate crimes:  1) an underlying criminal offense – the offender committed an assault or battery upon the victim or damaged the victim’s property; 2) offender’s intent – the offender acted with the intent to intimidate the victim; and, 3) victim’s protected characteristic – the offender targeted the victim because of the victim’s rate, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or other protected characteristic.

    Other bias-motivated conduct can include engaging in threats, intimidation or coercion in an attempt to interfere with the victim’s civil rights and in a manner motivated by bias against the victim because of the victim’s membership in a protected group.  

    The Randolph Public Schools will respond to hate crimes and other bias-motivated conduct in a manner consistent with its Bullying, Nondiscrimination, and Harassment Policies, Code of Conduct, and applicable state and federal law.  Referral to the SRO/Randolph Police Department will be made as appropriate. 

SECTION 9: DRESS CODE

  • The Randolph Public School District strives to educate and prepare our students for a successful life.  Our dress code strives to uphold these ideals.  Developing the habit of dressing appropriately for school helps to prepare students for life after high school.  Students should be dressed in a manner that does not interfere with their health, safety and welfare and that is not distracting to the educational process. 

    The responsibility for the dress and appearance of the students will rest with individual students and parents/guardians.

    They have the right to determine how the student will dress providing that attire is not destructive to school property, complies with requirements for health and safety, and does not cause disorder or disruption. The administration is authorized to take action in instances where individual dress does not meet the stated requirements.

    This does not mean that student, faculty, or parent groups may not recommend appropriate dress for school or special occasions.  It means that students will not be prevented from attending school or a school function, or otherwise be discriminated against, so long as their dress and appearance meet the requirements set forth above.

    9.1 Return of Confiscated Property
    Students may have confiscated items returned by serving a detention and having a parent or guardian meet with an Administrator.  Students are to sign in during their detention/s, list the reason for the detention, once the detention is served the student will receive a receipt of confirmation.  Otherwise, confiscated items will be returned to the student at the end of the academic quarter.

    All confiscated and found items including cell phones, IPODs and electronic games that are not claimed by June 30th will be discarded or donated.

SECTION 10: DISCIPLINE INFRACTIONS

  • This Code of Conduct is based on a system of progressive discipline. The administrator has the discretion, which he/she shall exercise, to issue a lesser penalty based on mitigating circumstances or to significantly increase penalties in the cases of second and third offenses or based on the severity of the specific conduct at issue. In determining the severity of the penalty or suspension, the appropriate administrator may consider all relevant facts, including but not limited to: 1) previous disciplinary record, 2) severity of disruption to the educational process, 3) degree of danger to self and/or others, 4) the degree to which the student is willing to change his/her inappropriate behavior.

    The following section describes the progression of many offenses and possible consequences and is not exhaustive. 

    Kindergarten - Grade 5 
    Level 1 : Handled by classroom teachers 
    Uncooperative, non-compliant behavior 

    Infractions 

    • Bringing prohibited equipment or items to school without authorization 
    • Failing to adhere to the school dress code 
    • Behaving in a manner which disrupts the educational process 
    • Engaging in verbally rude or disrespectful behaviors or gestures 
    • Misuse of school materials 
    • Refusal to complete classwork 
    • Lying to, giving false information to, cheating and/or misleading school personnel 
    • Misusing property belonging to others 
    • Engaging in or causing disruptive behavior on/around school property or on a school bus

    Range of Possible Interventions 

    • Parent outreach 
    • Intervention by counseling staff 
    • Collaborative problem solving 
    • Positive reinforcement approaches 
    • Logical consequences 
    • Individual/group counseling 
    • Mediation 
    • Mentoring program 
    • Conflict resolution 
    • Development of individual behavior contract 
    • Short-term behavioral - progress report 
    • Referral to RMTSS 
    • Community service

    Range of Possible Discipline Responses to be Used in Addition to Interventions 

    • Redirection by school staff 
    • Student/teacher conference 
    • Reprimand by appropriate school administrator 
    • Parent conference 
    • Detention 
    • Removal from Extracurricular Activities 
    • In-school disciplinary action

    Kindergarten - Grade 5 
    Level 2 : To be handled by admin and or support staff
    Uncooperative, non-compliant behavior 

    Infractions 

    • Failing to be in one's assigned place on school premises (Wandering)
    • Persistent, repeated level 1 offence
    • Leaving class or assigned area without permission 
    • Violating the Department's Internet Use Procedure 
    • Unauthorized use of   electronic technology 
    • Shoving, pushing, or engaging in a minor altercation or similar physical confrontational behavior towards students or school personnel, or throwing an object, or spitting at another person 
    • Taking or knowingly possessing property belonging to another without authorization and without force and/or intimidating behavior 
    • Using profane, obscene, vulgar or lewd language, gestures, or behavior 

    Range of Possible Interventions 

    • Parent outreach 
    • Intervention by counseling staff/admin 
    • Collaborative problem solving 
    • Positive reinforcement  approaches 
    • Logical consequences 
    • Individual/group counseling 
    • Mediation 
    • Mentoring program 
    • Conflict resolution 
    • Development of individual behavior contract 
    • Short-term behavioral - progress report 
    • Referral to RMTSS 
    • Community service

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used 

    • Redirection by school staff 
    • Student/teacher conference 
    • Reprimand by appropriate school administrator  
    • Parent conference 
    • Detention 
    • Removal from Extracurricular Activities 
    • In-school disciplinary action 
    • Emergency Removal from class
    • Suspension from school bus

    Kindergarten - Grade 5 
    Level 3 : To be handled by admin and support personnel 
    Aggressive or Violent Behavior 

    Infractions 

    • Defying or disobeying the lawful authority or directive of school personnel or school safety agents in a way that substantially disrupts the educational process 
    • Using slurs/ vulgar language based upon actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, national origin, citizenship/ immigration status, weight, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or disability 
    • Bringing unauthorized persons to school or allowing unauthorized visitors to enter school in violation of written school rules 
    • Attempting to take, taking or knowingly possessing property belonging to another without authorization and with force. 
    • Engaging in inappropriate or unwanted physical contact or touching someone in a private part of the body 
    • Engaging in gang-related behavior 
    • Engaging in vandalism, graffiti, or other intentional damage to school property or property belonging to staff, students, or others 
    • Posting or distributing, displaying, or sharing literature or material containing a threat of violence, injury or harm, or depicting violent actions against or obscene, vulgar or lewd pictures of students or staff 
    • Engaging in physically aggressive behavior other than minor altercations which creates a substantial risk of or results in injury in school, on the school bus, or at school-sponsored events 
    • Engaging in an act of coercion or threatening or instigating violence, injury or harm to another or others 
    • Engaging in harassing, intimidating and/or bullying behavior, including cyber bullying. 
    • Making sexually suggestive comments, innuendoes, propositions or similar remarks, or engaging in nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature  
    • Possessing, using, or distributing controlled substances, alcohol or prescription medications without appropriate authorization.
    • Falsely activating a fire alarm or other disaster alarm such as making a bomb threat 
    • Starting a fire 
    • Creating a substantial risk and/or causing a serious injury by recklessly engaging in behavior, and/or using an object that appears capable of causing physical injury 
    • Inciting or causing a riot 
    • Possessing, selling, or using a weapon to threaten, attempt to inflict, or inflict injury upon school personnel, students, or others 
    • Using force against or inflicting or attempting to inflict serious injury against school personnel or safety agents 
    • Unauthorized use of electronic devices used to record or tape others 
    • Engaging in physical sexual aggression/compelling or forcing another to engage in sexual activity 
    • Intentional, target and purposeful spitting
    • Smoking and/or use of electronic cigarettes or possession of matches or lighters 
    • Persistent / repeated level 2 offenses

    Range of Possible Interventions

    • Parent outreach 
    • Intervention by counseling staff 
    • Collaborative problem solving 
    • Positive reinforcement approaches 
    • Logical consequences 
    • Individual/group counseling 
    • Mediation 
    • Mentoring program 
    • Conflict resolution 
    • Development of individual behavior contract 
    • Short-term behavioral - progress report 
    • Referral to RMTSS 
    • Community service 
    • Functional Behavioral Assessment 

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used 

    • Redirection by school staff 
    • Student/teacher conference 
    • Reprimand by appropriate school administrator  
    • Parent/Guardian   conference 
    • Detention 
    • Suspension from school bus 
    • Removal from Extracurricular Activities 
    • In-school disciplinary action (removal from class or In-School Suspension) 
    • Emergency Removal 
    • Out-of-School Short- Term Suspension  
    • Out-of-School Long-Term Suspension 
    • Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion under MGL c. 71, §§ 37H and 37H½ as appropriate  
    • Referral to SRO as appropriate 
    • Referral for psychiatric emergency services

     


    Grade 6 – Grade 8 
    Level 1
    Uncooperative, non-compliant behavior

    Infractions

    • Unexcused absence from school
    • Being late for school or class
    • Violation of the school’s dress code
    • Using school computers, telephones or other electronic equipment or devices without appropriate permission

    Interventions

    • Parent Outreach
    • Intervention by counseling staff
    • PBIS reinforcement 
    • Parent outreach
    • Logical consequences
    • Individual/group counseling
    • Mediation
    • Mentoring program
    • Conflict resolution
    • Development of
    • individual behavior contract
    • Short-term behavioral - progress report
    • Referral to RMTSS
    • Community service
    • Proximity
    • Changing Seats
    • Positive Peer Models
    • Brain Breaks
    • Functional Behavioral
    • Assessment

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used

    • Student/teacher conference
    • Immediate communication to parent/guardian by student or staff
    • Reprimand by appropriate school administrator (e.g., assistant principal, principal)
    • Parent/Guardian conference
    • Detention
    • Exclusion from extracurricular activities
    • In-school disciplinary action (removal from class or In-School Suspension)


    Grade 6 – Grade 8 
    Level 2
    Disorderly and Disruptive Behavior

    Infractions

    • Minor illegal activity (ex: smoking tobacco, use of electronic cigarettes, gambling) Inappropriate use of electronic technology student/student (e.g., minor unauthorized audio/video recording)
    • Using profane, obscene, vulgar, or lewd language, gestures, or behavior
    • Lying to, giving false information to, and/or misleading school personnel (misrepresenting self/intentions)
    • Engaging in or causing disruptive behavior on the school bus
    • Cutting or Leaving class without permission of supervising school personnel

    Interventions

    • Parent Outreach
    • Intervention by counseling staff
    • PBIS reinforcement 
    • Parent outreach
    • Logical consequences
    • Individual/group counseling
    • Mediation
    • Mentoring program
    • Conflict resolution
    • Development of individual behavior contract
    • Short-term behavioral - progress report
    • Referral to RMTSS
    • Community service
    • Functional Behavioral Assessment
    • Community Services

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used

    • Student/teacher conference
    • Immediate communication to parent/guardian by student or staff
    • Reprimand by appropriate school administrator (e.g., assistant principal, principal)
    • Parent/Guardian conference
    • Detention
    • Saturday School (as available)
    • Suspension from school bus
    • Removal from extracurricular activities
    • In-school disciplinary action (removal from class or In-School Suspension)
    • Emergency Removal
    • Out-of-School Short-Term Suspension

    Grade 6 – Grade 8 
    Level 3
    Aggressive or Violent Behavior

    Infractions

    • Shoving, pushing, or engaging in a minor altercation or similar physical confrontational behavior toward school personnel.
    • Engaging in gang-related behavior (e.g., wearing or displaying gang apparel and/or accessories, writing graffiti**, making gestures or signs)
    • Engaging in vandalism, graffiti or other intentional damage to school property or property belonging to staff, students or others.
      ***If there is substantial damage to property requiring extensive repair, the superintendent may impose a fee to the families to cover the cost of repair and may impose disciplinary infraction.
    • Engaging in a pattern of persistent Level 1& 2 behavior in the same school year, higher level disciplinary actions may be applied.
    • Violating the School’s Internet Use Procedures.
    • Posting or distributing libelous material or literature (including posting such material on the Internet)
    • Engaging in scholastic dishonesty which includes but is not limited to:
    • Cheating (e.g., copying from another's test paper; using material during a test which is not authorized by the person giving the test; collaborating with another student during the test without authorization; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting, in whole or part, the contents of an un-administered test; substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one's self to take a test; bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered; or securing copies of the test or answers to the test in advance of the test).
    • Plagiarizing (appropriating another's work and using it as one's own for credit without the required citation and attribution, e.g., copying written work from the Internet, or any other source).
    • Tampering with, changing or altering a record or document of a school by any method, including, but not limited to, computer access or other electronic means.

    Interventions

    • Parent Outreach
    • Intervention by counseling staff
    • PBIS reinforcement 
    • Parent outreach
    • Logical consequences
    • Individual/group
    • Counseling
    • Mediation
    • Mentoring program
    • Conflict resolution
    • Development of
    • Individual behavior contract
    • Short-term behavioral - progress report
    • Referral to RMTSS
    • Community service
    • Functional Behavioral
    • Assessment
    • Community Services
    • Referral to the appropriate counseling services
      • - Substance abuse
      • - Sexual violence
      • - Youth relationship abuse
      • - Bias-based, bullying, intimidation or harassment
    • Functional Behavioral Assessment {FBA) / Behavioral
    • Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP)

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used

    • Student/teacher conference
    • Immediate communication to parent/guardian by student or staff
    • Reprimand by appropriate school administrator (e.g., assistant principal, principal)
    • Parent/Guardian conference
    • Detention
    • Saturday School (as available)
    • Removal from Extracurricular Activities
    • In-school disciplinary action (removal from class, In-School Suspension)
    • Emergency Removal
    • Out-of-School Short-Term Suspension (repeated Level 3 offenses)
    • Out-of-School Long-Term Suspension (repeated Level 3 offenses)
    • Referral to SRO as appropriate

     


    Grade 6 – Grade 8 
    Level 4
    Aggressive or Injurious/Harmful Behavior

    Infractions

    • Engaging in harassing, intimidating and/or bullying behavior, including using electronic communication to engage in such behavior (cyberbullying) based on an individual's actual or perceived race, weight, religion, religious practices, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or disability; such behavior includes, but is not limited to:
      • physical violence; stalking;
      • verbal, written, or physical conduct that threatens another with harm;
      • seeking to coerce or compel a student or staff member to do something; hazing; taunting; exclusion from peer groups designed to humiliate or isolate;
      • using derogatory language or making derogatory jokes or name calling to humiliate or harass.
    • Creating a substantial risk or causing a serious injury by either recklessly engaging in behavior, and/or using an object that appears capable of causing physical injury (e.g. lighter, belt buckle, umbrella, or laser pointer)
    • Using controlled substances or prescription medication without appropriate authorization, or using illegal drugs, synthetic hallucinogens, and/or alcohol.
    • Taking or attempting to take property belonging to another or belonging to the school without authorization, without using force or intimidating behavior.

    Interventions

    • Parent Outreach
    • Intervention by counseling staff
    • PBIS reinforcement 
    • Parent outreach
    • Logical consequences
    • Individual/group counseling
    • Mediation
    • Mentoring program
    • Conflict resolution
    • Development of individual behavior contract
    • Short-term behavioral - progress report
    • Referral to RMTSS
    • Community service
    • Functional Behavioral Assessment
    • Community Services
    • Referral to the appropriate counseling services
      • - substance abuse
      • - sexual violence
      • - youth relationship abuse bias-based, bullying, intimidation or harassment
    • Functional Behavioral Assessment {FBA) l
    • Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP)

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used

    • Student/teacher conference
    • Immediate communication to parent/Guardian  by student or staff
    • Reprimand by appropriate school administrator (e.g., assistant principal, principal)
    • Parent/Guardian conference
    • Detention
    • Saturday School (as available)
    • Removal from Extracurricular Activities
    • In-school disciplinary action (removal from class or In-School Suspension)
    • Emergency Removal
    • Out-of-School Short-Term Suspension
    • Out-of-School Long-Term Suspension 
    • Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion under MGL c. 71, §§ 37H and 37H½ as appropriate 
    • Referral to SRO as appropriate


     

    Grade 6 – Grade 8 
    Level 5
    Seriously Dangerous or Violent Behavior

    Infractions

    • Serious Illegal Activity - Possessing or using controlled substances or prescription medications without appropriate authorization, or using illegal drugs, synthetic hallucinogens, and/or alcohol.
    • Falsely activating a fire alarm or other disaster alarm
    • Making a bomb threat inciting/ causing a riot
      ***Possessing, using or selling a firearm or any weapon or threatening or instigating violence, injury or harm to another or others
    • Starting a fire
    • Threatening to use or using force to take or attempt to take property belonging to another.
    • Using force against, or inflicting or attempting to inflict serious injury against school personnel or school safety agents (School will refer to SRO for prosecution as appropriate)
    • Using extreme force against or inflicting or attempting to inflict serious injury upon students or others
    • Planning, instigating, or participating with another or others, in an incident of group violence
    • Engaging in threatening, dangerous or violent behavior that is gang-related
    • Engaging in physical sexual aggression/compelling or forcing another to engage in sexual activity
    • Selling or distributing illegal drugs or controlled substances and/or alcohol
    • Using any weapon, other than a firearm, to threaten or to attempt to inflict injury upon school personnel, students, or others

     Interventions

    • Supports for students Transitioning from Suspension
    • Re-entry meeting with parent/guardian
    • Schools are expected to provide support services to students returning   from suspension to maximize their ability to meet social and academic standards within the school community.
    • Support services may include any of the range of guidance interventions or a combination of services as best meets the needs of the individual student

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used

    • Removal from Extracurricular Activities
    • In-School Suspension
    • Emergency Removal
    • Out-of-School Short-Term Suspension
    • Out-of-School Long-Term Suspension
    • Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion under MGL c. 71, §§ 37H and 37H½ as appropriate 
    • Referral to SRO as appropriate

    Grade 9 – Grade 12
    Level 1
    Uncooperative, non-compliant behavior

    Infractions

    • Unexcused absence from school
    • Cutting classes (reporting to school and failing to attend one or more programmed classes)
    • Being late for school or class
    • Failing to be in one's assigned place on school premises
    • Behaving in a manner which disrupts the educational process (e.g., making excessive noise in a classroom, library or hallway)
    • Engaging in verbally rude or disrespectful behavior
    • Wearing clothing, headgear (e.g., caps or hats), or other items that are unsafe or disruptive to the educational process
    • Posting or distributing material on school premises without administrative permission
    • Failing to wear proper identification
    • Disruption, defying or disobeying the lawful authority or directive of school personnel or school safety agents in a way that substantially disrupts the educational process.
    • Gambling
    • Using profane, obscene, vulgar, or lewd language, gestures, or behavior
    • Lying to, giving false information to, and/or misleading school personnel
    • Misusing property belonging to others
    • Engaging in or causing disruptive behavior on the school bus
    • Inappropriate use of electronic technology (e.g., unauthorized audio/video recording
    • Leaving class or school premises without permission of supervising school personnel
    • Shoving, pushing, or engaging in a minor altercation or similar physical

    Interventions

    • Parent Outreach
    • Intervention by counseling staff
    • PBIS reinforcement 
    • Parent outreach
    • Logical consequences
    • Individual/group counseling
    • Mediation
    • Mentoring program
    • Conflict resolution
    • Development of Individual behavior contract
    • Short-term behavioral progress report
    • Referral to RMTSS
    • Community service
    • Proximity
    • Changing Seats
    • Positive Peer Models
    • Brain Breaks
    • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used

    • Student/teacher conference
    • Immediate communication to parent/Guardian by student or staff
    • Reprimand by appropriate school administrator (e.g., assistant principal, principal)
    • Parent/Guardian conference
    • Detention
    • Saturday School (as available)
    • Removal from Extracurricular Activities
    • Suspension from school bus
    • In-school disciplinary action (removal from class or In-School Suspension)
    • Emergency Removal
    • Out-of-School Short-Term Suspension


    Grade 9 – Grade 12 
    Level 2
    Disorderly and Disruptive Behavior

    Infractions

    • Defying or disobeying the lawful authority or directive of school personnel or school safety agents in a way that substantially disrupts the educational process, using profane, obscene, vulgar, or lewd language, gestures, or behavior towards school personnel
    • Entering or attempting to enter a school building without authorization or through an unauthorized entrance
    • Using slurs based upon actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, weight, religion, gender, gender
    • Shoving, pushing, or engaging in a minor altercation or similar physical confrontational behavior towards students or school personnel 
    • Bringing unauthorized persons to counseling services school or allowing unauthorized visitors in school
    • Engaging in vandalism, graffiti or other intentional damage to school property or property belonging to staff, students or others
    • Violating the School’s Internet Use Procedure.
    • Engaging in scholastic dishonesty which includes but is not limited to:
      • Cheating (e.g., copying from another's test paper; using material during a test which is not authorized by the person giving the test: collaboration with or part, the contents of an un-administered test; substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one's self to take a test; bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered; or securing copies of the test or answers to the test in advance of the  test)
      • Plagiarizing (appropriating another’s work and using it as one's own for credit without the required citation and attribution, e.g., copying written work from the Internet, or any other source)
    • Posting or distributing libelous material or literature (including posting such material on the Internet)
      Engaging in a pattern of persistent Level 1 behavior in the same school year

    Interventions

    • Parent Outreach
    • Intervention by counseling staff
    • PBIS reinforcement 
    • Parent outreach
    • Logical consequences
    • Individual/group counseling
    • Mediation
    • Mentoring program
    • Conflict resolution
    • Development of Individual Behavior Contract
    • Short-term behavioral- progress report
    • Referral to RMTSS
    • Community service
    • Proximity
    • Changing Seats
    • Positive Peer Models
    • Brain Breaks
    • Functional Behavioral  Assessment (FBA)

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used

    • Student/teacher conference
    • Immediate communication to parent/Guardian by student or staff
    • Reprimand by appropriate school administrator (e.g., assistant principal, principal)
    • Parent/Guardian conference
    • Detention
    • Saturday School (as available)
    • Removal from Extracurricular Activities
    • In-school disciplinary action (removal from class or In-School Suspension)
    • Emergency Removal
    • Out-of-School Short-Term Suspension
    • Out-of-School Long-Term Suspensions (repeated Level 2 offenses)


    Grade 9 – Grade 12 
    Level 3
    Aggressive or Violent Behavior

    Infractions

    • Lying to, giving false information to, and/or misleading school personnel
    • Engaging in sexual conduct on school premises or at school - related functions)
    • Making sexually suggestive comments, innuendoes, propositions or similar remarks, or engaging in nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature (e.g., touching, patting, pinching, lewd or indecent public behavior, or sending or posting sexually suggestive messages or images)
    • Posting, distributing, displaying, or sharing literature or material containing a threat of violence, injury or harm, or depicting violent actions against or obscene, vulgar or lewd pictures of students or staff, including posting such material on the Internet
    • Engaging in an act of coercion or threatening or instigating violence, injury or harm to another or others
    • Engaging in or causing disruptive behavior on the school bus which creates a substantial risk of or results in injury
    • Engaging in harassing, intimidating and/or bullying behavior, including using electronic communication to engage in such behavior (cyber - bullying); such behavior includes, but is not limited to: physical violence; stalking; verbal, written, or physical conduct that threatens another with harm; seeking to coerce or compel a student or staff member to do m something; hazing; taunting; exclusion from peer groups designed to humiliate or isolate; using m derogatory language or making derogatory jokes or name calling to humiliate or harass.
    • Engaging in harassing, intimidating and/or bullying behavior, including using electronic communication to engage in such behavior (cyber - bullying) based on an individual's actual or perceived race, weight, religion, religious practices, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or disability; such behavior includes, but is not limited to: physical violence; stalking; verbal, written, or physical conduct that threatens another with harm; seeking to coerce or compel a student or staff member to do something; hazing; taunting; exclusion from peer groups designed to humiliate or isolate; using derogatory language n or making derogatory jokes or name calling to humiliate or harass.
    • Possessing controlled substances or prescription medications without appropriate authorization, illegal drugs, synthetic hallucinogens, drug paraphernalia, and/or alcohol
    • Falsely activating a fire alarm or other disaster alarm
    • Making a bomb threat
    • Taking or attempting to take property belonging to another or belonging to the school without authorization, without using force or intimidating behavior.
    • Creating a substantial risk of serious injury by either recklessly engaging in behavior, and/or using an object that appears capable no causing physical Injury (e.g., lighter, belt buckle, umbrella, or laser pointer)
    • Causing a serious injury by either recklessly engaging in behavior, and/or using an object that appears capable of causing physical injury (e.g., lighter, belt buckle, umbrella, or laser pointer)
    • Inciting/causing a riot
    • Possessing or selling any weapon 
    • Using controlled substances or prescription medication without appropriate authorization, or using illegal drugs, synthetic hallucinogens, and/or alcohol
    • Starting a fire
    • Using force against, or inflicting or attempting to inflict serious injury against school personnel or school safety agents
    • Engaging in physical sexual aggression/compelling or forcing another to engage in sexual activity
    • Selling or distributing illegal drugs or controlled substances and/or alcohol
    • Using any weapon, other than a firearm, to threaten or to attempt to inflict injury upon school personnel, students, or others

    Interventions

    • Supports for students Transitioning from Suspension
    • Re-entry meeting with parent/guardian
    • Schools are expected to provide support services to students returning   from suspension to maximize their ability to meet social and academic standards within the school community.
    • Support services may include any of the range of guidance interventions or a combination of services as best meets the needs of the individual student

    Range of Possible Disciplinary Responses to be Used

    • Removal from Extracurricular Activities
    • Emergency Removal
    • In-School Suspension
    • Out-of-School Short-Term Suspension
    • Out-of-School Long-Term Suspension 
    • Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion under MGL c. 71, §§ 37H and 37H½ as appropriate
    • Referral to SRO as appropriate