DESCRIPTIONS OF OFFICE MANAGED BEHAVIORS
AIDING IN OFFENSE: Assistance or participation in a behavioral infraction.
BOMB THREATS: The making of a verbal, written, or electronic threat against the school, district, or its students or staff.
Per Board Policy: Weapons, Violence, and School Safety, students must refrain from threats to commit violence against persons or property. Students who choose to violate this policy shall be subject to severe disciplinary consequences, including suspension, notification to Law Enforcement, and/or recommendation for expulsion, based upon the facts of the investigation.
BULLYING/HARASSMENT: The bullying/harassment of students, as described by the definitions below:
FILE: ACAA, JICK, JFA and Maine Statute 6554
Bullying/Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to, a written, oral, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof directed at a student or students that:
- Has, or a reasonable person would expect it to have, the effect of:
- Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property; or
- Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to the student’s property;
- Interferes with the rights of a student by:
- Creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment for the student; or
- Interfering with the student’s academic performance or ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school; or
- Is based on:
- A student’s actual or perceived characteristics (including race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, physical or mental disability), or any other personal distinguishing characteristics (socioeconomic status, age, physical appearance, weight, or family status) and that has the effect described above in (1) or (2); or
- A student’s association with a person with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other distinguishing characteristics and that has the effect described above in (1) or (2).
Cyberbullying: Bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including, but not limited to, a transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted by the use of any electronic device, including, but not limited to, a computer, telephone, cellular telephone, text messaging device, and personal digital assistant.
Harassment: Intimidation, ridicule, and hostility based upon an individual’s race, gender, color, ancestry or national origin, marital status, age, handicap, sexual orientation, religion, or other personal characteristics.
At Mt. Ararat Middle School, we do not tolerate bullying/harassment—or retaliation for reports of bullying/harassment—in any form. Students and/or parents are asked to notify a teacher, school counselor, or administrator of reported or suspected bullying/harassment. From this initial contact, the following protocol will be put into action:
- School Counselors will meet with the alleged target to gather facts regarding the incident(s). If bullying/harassment is suspected, School Counselors will forward the information to Administration for further review.
- Administrators will notify parents/legal guardians of the alleged target/offender that an investigation into a potential bullying/harassment situation is occurring.
- Administrators will conduct an investigation, which will include interviews with the alleged target, alleged offender, and any potential witnesses.
- Based on the findings of the investigation, the Administration will determine whether or not the bullying/harassment is substantiated.
- Administration will meet with alleged target/offender to discuss the findings of the investigation and, if applicable, to determine supports for the target and consequences for the offender.
- Administration will notify parents/legal guardians of the alleged target/offender regarding the findings of the investigation.
- Administration will keep a record of the investigation on file in the main office for the duration of the student’s tenure at Mt. Ararat Middle School.
- The Superintendent will be provided with a record of the investigation and its findings.
Interventions and consequences for cases of substantiated bullying/harassment are unique to the particular situation but may include mediation, referral to school counselor, changes to educational program, participation in a restorative initiative, alternate learning environment, suspension, or recommendation for expulsion.
BUS MISCONDUCT: Failure to follow transportation protocols.
In order to help assure safe transportation, all students are responsible for behaving appropriately. It is essential that students do not become a distraction to the driver or interfere in any way with the safety of others riding on the bus. Riding the bus is a privilege, which can be revoked.
Please comply with the following behavioral expectations for the bus:
- Follow the directions of the driver at all times.
- Sit properly in the seat, face forward, and keep hands/feet out of the aisle.
- Maintain an appropriate noise level.
- Use good language.
- Respect bus property.
- Do not eat food, drink, or chew gum on busses.
- Keep laptops in their cases at all times while riding on the bus.
- Respect the driver and other riders.
- Do not yell out of bus windows.
- Do not stick arms, hands, or head out of bus windows.
- Cameras/recording devices may not be used on the bus.
For more information on transportation protocols and expectations, please see Board Policy: Student Conduct While Riding on School-Provided Transportation, linked above.
COMPUTER MISUSE—CRIMINAL: Use of the school-issued laptop for criminal or illegal activity.
FILE: IGDB, IJNDB, IJNDB-R
DRUG, TOBACCO, ALCOHOL: POSSESSION/USE: The possession or use of banned/illegal substances, including, but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, controlled substances, illegal drugs, intoxicants, imitation controlled substances, or paraphernalia.
FILE: JFCG, JFCI
Per Board Policy:
Initial Disciplinary Procedure: Students found in possession of alcohol, controlled substances, illegal drugs, intoxicants, imitation controlled substances, or paraphernalia or showing the effects of alcohol or other drugs on school grounds or at school-sponsored functions shall be suspended by the principal or the principal’s designee for a minimum of one (1) school day to a maximum of ten (10) school days.
Further Disciplinary Action: (A) Further suspension: Failure to comply with the course of action deemed appropriate for the student. (B) Expulsion: Expulsion may be recommended (1) when the safety and well-being of the school/community are threatened; (2) for any second offense of the Substance Abuse Policy; (3) for selling or furnishing alcohol or other drugs in school or at a school function.
Referral to Appropriate Law Enforcement Agency: Violations of state and federal laws with respect to use, possession, furnishing or selling alcohol or other drugs in any case will be referred to law enforcement officials. Law enforcement decisions are beyond the scope of the school substance abuse policy.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW ADMINISTRATOR REQUEST (DEFIANCE): Refusal to follow a specific administrative request (e.g. to leave a classroom, to go to the office, to remain in a specific location, etc.).
FIGHTING: Mutual combat between two (or more) individuals OR a physical attack perpetuated by one (or more) individual(s) against another.
Per Board Policy: Weapons, Violence, and School Safety, students must refrain from violent or threatening behavior including fighting and assault and/or battery. Students who choose to violate this policy shall be subject to severe disciplinary consequences, including suspension, notification to Law Enforcement, and/or recommendation for expulsion, based upon the facts of the investigation.
HAZING: Any action or situation, which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a student enrolled in a public school or school personnel.
Per Board Policy: Hazing activities of any type, either on or off school property, by any student, staff member, group or organization affiliated with M.S.A.D. No. 75, are inconsistent with the educational process and shall be prohibited at all times. Administrators, faculty members, students, and all other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate measures.
INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE/GESTURES: PEER: Use of vulgar, obscene, biased, or threatening language/gestures directed towards a classmate.
INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE/GESTURES: STAFF: Use of vulgar, obscene, biased, or threatening language/gestures directed towards a member of the school faculty or staff.
LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS: Leaving the school building or grounds without permission.
MISSED OFFICE DETENTION: Missing of an assigned/scheduled office detention.
REMOVAL FROM OFFICE DETENTION: Failure to abide by the office’s rules for detention, warranting a removal from detention to the main office.
Rules for Office Detention:
- Students will be given at least 24 hours notice prior to an assigned detention.
- Students must arrive on time and with materials to designated detention location.
- Students may opt to work quietly, read, draw, or sit.
- Students may not use electronic devices, including laptops, cell phones, or gaming devices, during detention.
- Students may not leave detention until dismissal.
- Students may ride the school late-bus (with permission) or be picked up by a parent, following detention.
- If an emergency situation necessitates rescheduling, students must let an administrator know prior to the scheduled detention.
VANDALISM: Willful destruction of student, staff, or building property.
WEAPONS: The use or possession of items commonly used as weapons or designed to inflict bodily harm and/or to threaten, intimidate, coerce, or harass another person OR use of any object, although not necessarily designed to be a weapon, to inflict bodily harm and/or threaten, intimidate, coerce, or harass another person.
Per Board Policy: Weapons, Violence, and School Safety: Students must refrain from the use or possession of items commonly used as weapons and from the use of any object being utilized as a weapon. Students who choose to violate this policy shall be subject to severe disciplinary consequences, including suspension, notification to Law Enforcement, and/or recommendation for expulsion, based upon the facts of the investigation.