Behavior Management Plan

Taylor County Middle School Behavior Management Plan

 

I. The Taylor County Middle School Behavior Management Plan has been developed and approved by the SBDM Council to improve and maintain a positive and safe learning environment. All students, parents/guardians, teachers/staff members, and principals/administrators of our learning community should treat each other with respect. 

 

II. EXPECTATIONS

 

As a student, I should expect: 

 

1. To come to school to learn.

2. To have a safe environment. (examples: no backpacks in the classroom, no hoods on head, no earbuds in the ears in the hallway)

3. To be treated according to all school and district rules and policies.

 

Classroom expectations:

 

1. Be in the classroom and seated when the tardy bell rings.
2. Come to class prepared with all materials needed for class.
3. Follow the teacher’s instructions and procedures in a respectful manner.
4. Complete tasks to the best of your abilities and ask questions when you need help.
5. Be a team player and treat classmates, teachers, and visitors to the class with respect.
6. Be courteous and remain seated until the teacher dismisses the class.

7. Refrain from intentionally damaging/destroying school building or property.

 

III. Hall Pass Procedures (10/10 Rule)


Class time is valuable and students should use time between classes wisely. However, there will be times when students need to be out of class for various reasons. Students may be excused from the classroom with a hall pass issued by the teacher. We ask that teachers and students honor the 10/10 rule. Hall passes may be issued AFTER the first 10 minutes of class and BEFORE the last 10 minutes of class. Hall passes should be issued to one student at a time.

 

IV. TCMS Tardy Code


Tardies are classified in twocategories:


School Tardy:


1. A school tardy occurs as a result of being late to school in the morning (after 8:05) or from leaving school before school is dismissed (3:05).
2. A school tardy is recorded by the school attendance clerk and reported to STATE officials for attendance purposes.
3. This type of tardy affects student attendance and may result or contribute to truancy. Court appearances will be determined by state law.
4. Students who are persistently tardy will be subject to loss of school privileges that include school activities and field trips.
5. * Loss of privilege to be determined by the principal.


Classroom Tardy:


1. A classroom tardy occurs when a student is late entering a class after the tardy bell has rung.
2. Parents will be notified upon the 3rd tardy to class by the classroom teacher.
3. Teachers will track individual classroom tardies and will refer the student for disciplinary action for the 4th and subsequent tardies.
4. Entering a classroom without prior permission more than 10 minutes into class will be considered SKIPPING. Skipping class is an offense immediately reported for disciplinary action.

 

V. TCMS Dress Code

 

We should all have pride in the way we dress. We also believe in promoting school spirit with our attire. Anything that interferes with the learning of other students is not allowed. The dress code will be checked by early morning duty staff and by 1st period teachers during morning attendance. The following guidelines are to be followed:


Pants/Slacks/Jeans/Skirts/Shorts:


1. Styles shall not be disruptive/distracting to the educational process in any manner as determined by the TCMS administration.

2. No vulgarity or suggestive messages on the shirts pertaining to alcohol, tobacco, sex, drugs, gender, gang activity, ethnicity, violence, knives, guns, and/or weapons of any kind are allowed.

3. No pajamas or pajama-like attire.
4. All attire must be worn at the waist and fit properly (no sagging).

5. All attire length must be at or below fingertip length.

6. No holes in attire that may be deemed inappropriate.

 

Shirts/Sweaters/Sweatshirts/Blouses:


1. Styles shall not be disruptive/distracting to the educational process in any manner as determined by the TCMS administration.
2. No vulgarity or suggestive messages on the shirts pertaining to alcohol, tobacco, sex, drugs, gender, gang activity, ethnicity, violence, knives, guns, and/or weapons of any kind are allowed.

3. The hood may not be on (over the head) in the building.
4. No pajamas or pajama-like attire.
5. No bellies, backs, or cleavage/chest showing.

6. While sleeveless shirts are acceptable, spaghetti straps, shirts with cut out sides or tank tops are NOT acceptable. 


Belts:


1. No chains, spiked, or metal objects that can possibly be used as a weapon are to be worn as a belt. (These items will be turned in to the office and must be picked up by the parent.)
2. If pants are not fitted properly at the waist, the student must wear a belt.

 

Footwear:


1. Students can wear tennis shoes, sandals, open heel clogs, loafers, boots, dress shoes, or flip flops.
2. No house shoes or slippers.

 

 

Jackets/Coats, Outerwear:


1. Styles shall not be disruptive/distracting to the educational process in any manner as determined by the TCMS administration
2. No vulgarity or suggestive messages on the jackets pertaining to alcohol, tobacco, sex, drugs, gender, gang activity, ethnicity, violence, knives, guns, and/or weapons of any kind.


Headwear/Hair:


1. Hair Styles shall not be disruptive/distracting to the educational process in any manner as determined by the TCMS administration.
2. No costume hats or wigs.
3. No bandanas or hoods.


Jewelry/Makeup/Accessories/Etc.:


1. No leather collars/wristbands or dog collars.
2. No spiked items.
3. No chains connected to belts or wallets.
4. No pocket knives.


Note: The Principal will make final decisions regarding dress and must approve
any exception to the dress code policy. All exceptions must be pre-approved.

 

Taylor County Middle School Behavior Management Plan

 

VII. DISCIPLINARY RESPONSES TO STUDENT BEHAVIOR

 

Due process shall be given at each level.

Level I Classroom

Level II Admin.

Level III Admin./SR Officer

Description:

Description:

Description:

Behaviors which impede orderly classroom procedures, or interferes with orderly operation of the school.

More frequent or severe behaviors which impede orderly classroom
procedures, or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.

Behaviors that are directed against persons or property, but do not seriously endanger the health or safety of others.

Behaviors which result in violence to another person or property, or pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

Procedures:

Procedures:

Procedures:

Teacher/Staff intervention and redirection. Event and resolution are maintained by teacher either formally or informally.

 

*Before a referral to admin., teacher must make parent contact.(only level l)

 

 

Administrator investigates behavior event and interviews necessary participants. Parent conference may be held. Event and resolution are documented and maintained by administrative staff. Teacher is informed of administrative actions.

Administrator investigates behavior event interviewing all necessary participants. Parents are notified.The school resource officers will be involved in all criminal matters and will notify appropriate agencies. Notice will be made to the Board of Education. Event and resolution are documented and maintained by administrative staff. Teacher is informed of administrative actions.

Event Examples:

Event Examples: (and continuation of previous level behaviors)

Event Examples: (and continuation of previous level behaviors)

Tardy to class

*Refer to Tardy section.

Dress code violation

Failure to complete classwork

Disruptive behavior

Failure to follow staff instructions

Inappropriate display of affection

Verbal abuse

Acceptable Use Policy technology violation

*Refer to Acceptable Use Policy

Electronic device violation per classroom expectation

Profanity or vulgarity

Threats or intimidation

Lying

 

Failure to follow school-wide safety measures

 

Bullying/Cyberbullying

Hazing

Harassment

Disrespectful behavior

Disruptive behavior

Failure to follow staff instructions

Recording an act of violence/bullying

Instigating/promoting an act of violence

Acceptable Use Policy technology violation

*Refer to Acceptable Use Policy

Cheating

Gambling

Skipping class

Inappropriate behavior

False reporting/Falsification of note or signature

Fighting 1st offense

Vandalism (less than $100)

Theft/Stealing (less than $100)

Inappropriate sexual behavior

Failure to comply with previous consequences

Threatening staff

False fire alarm

Tobacco violation

Vaping violation

Obscene/Pornographic material including technology

 

Fighting 2nd offense and over

Assault

Terroristic threatening:

    Bomb threat

    Arson

    False fire alarm

Vandalism (over $100)

Theft/Stealing (over $100)

Possession of stolen property (over $100)

Dangerous instruments/fireworks/

ammunition possession/use

Deadly weapons possession use including look-alike weapons

Drugs/Alcohol/

Other intoxicating substances possession/use including look-alike substances

Extortion

Consequences:

Consequences:

Consequences:

Parent contact 

Verbal redirection
Behavior contract Privileges withheld
Special seating 

Warning 

Conference with student

Time out area 

Conference with parent/guardian

 

 

Option to use any previous level 

Warning

Parent contact 

Temporary removal from class 

Conference with parent/guardian

Counseling

Schedule change 

Restricted activity

Referral to outside agency

Lunch isolation

Detention/Extended detention

Modified day

Peer counseling 

Restitution

Suspension in-school

Suspension out of-school

Alternative school

Referral to law enforcement
 

 

 

Option to use any previous level 

Alternative school

Expulsion
Referral to law enforcement

 

 

Behavior Definitions

Behavior

Definition

Acceptable Use Policy technology violation

Inappropriate use of district or school technological resources, including district network systems and use of district/school equipment. (Per Acceptable Use Policy)

Arson 

Starting or attempting to start a fire in a school building.

Assault

Physical attack of one person or a group of persons on another with the intent to injure. Physical sexual abuse of any kind is also considered assault. Victims of assault have the right to self defense.

Bullying

Cheating

A student acting deceptively or dishonestly; including a student copying another’s work and using it as his/her own (plagiarism); tampering with official school records.

Cyberbullying

Bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. 

Dangerous instruments, fireworks or ammunition, possession of 

Dangerous instruments include any instrument, article, or substance, including parts of the human body, readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury. Dangerous instruments shall include pocket knives, b.b. guns, hunting knives of all types.  (Per KRS 500.080[3].) 

Deadly weapons, possession of 

The possession of any weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious physical injury, may be discharged; any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife; billy, nightstick, or club; blackjack or slapjack; nunchaku karate sticks; shuriken or death star; or artificial knuckles made from metal, plastic, or other similar hard material. (Per KRS 500.080[4].)

Deadly weapons, possession of look-alike or toy 

Any look-alike, toy, or facsimile of a deadly weapon as defined above.

Disrespectful behavior

Any behavior which interferes with the learning process or is otherwise inappropriate in a school setting.

Disruptive behavior

Causing an interruption in a class or activity. The disruption may include sustained loud talk, yelling, screaming, making noise with materials, horseplay or roughhousing, and/or sustained out-of-seat behavior.

 

 

 

 

Behavior

Definition

Dress code violation

Inappropriately dressing in a manner that may result in a distraction or disruption of a safe environment. Attire that suggests involvement in gang activity or any apparel that is suggestive, obscene, lewd, shows vulgar language or symbols; shows symbols or language relating to or promoting sex, drugs, tobacco, weapons, violence, or alcohol on clothing.  School administration maintains final discretion on determining dress code violations. 

*See Dress Code section.

Drugs, alcohol, other intoxicating substances, or paraphernalia/possession of 

Possession/use of any form of drugs, alcohol, other intoxicating substances, or look-alike substances with intent to use, distribute, or sell.

Extortion

Obtaining or attempting to obtain property from an unwilling person by intimidation or physical force.

Failure to Attend Detention 

Failure to report to or be present in an assigned classroom/area during the time a student is assigned to serve detention.

Failure to follow directions or rules 

Failure to complete assignments, including state-mandated assessment tests, and to follow other school or classroom regulations.

Failure to follow staff instructions

Refusing to comply with reasonable requests by school personnel or refusal to obey classroom and school rules, in a manner more severe than disrespect. The defiance may be verbal, symbolic, or physical; confronting with resistance or challenging the authority of school officials; failing to comply with a reasonable request by school officials constitutes insubordination or unwillingness to submit to the authority of school officials.

False fire alarm 

Sounding a school fire alarm or alerting the fire department or any school employee when there is no fire.

False reporting/falsifying note 

Intentionally reporting false information to a school official or signing parent or staff note.

Fighting

Students who willfully engage in the use of physical force, except if done in self-defense as solely determined by the administration.

Gambling

Any game of chance for the express purpose of exchanging money or property.

Harassment

Intimidation by threats of or actual physical violence; the creation, by whatever means, of a climate of hostility or intimidation, or the use of language, conduct, or symbols in such manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred, contempt, or prejudice or to have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual. 

Hazing

An act that injures degrades or disgraces another student or other person.

Inappropriate Display of Affection

Engaging in inappropriate, consensual (as defined by school) verbal and/or physical gestures/contact, of a sexual nature to another student/adult.

Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

Exhibiting intimate physical contact in school or at any school related activity, on-site or off-site. This sexual contact can be consensual or unwanted.

 

Behavior

Definition

Leaving School/Campus

Leaving the school building and/or campus without permission during regular school hours.

 

Obscene/pornographic material

Possessing or accessing any material, whether written, printed or electronic, that depicts nudity or depicts or describes sexual conduct and, when taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic or other value.

Profanity or vulgarity 

The use of words or gestures generally considered socially unacceptable.

Skipping Class 

Failure to attend any regularly scheduled class or assigned school activity without valid excuse. 

Tardy

Failure to be in the classroom before the tardy bell rings without a reasonable excuse. 

Terroristic threatening

Making a statement of intention to commit a crime likely to cause death, physical injury or substantial property loss. This includes, but is not limited to, making, or being involved in making, a threat that a bomb or chemical, biological or nuclear weapon has been placed in or is about to explode in a school building, on school grounds, in a school bus, at a bus stop, or at any school sponsored activity.

Theft, stealing or possession of stolen property

Taking or possessing property belonging to the school or another person.

Threat or intimidation

The act of threatening force or violence, scaring, or insulting another person.

Threatening Staff

Using verbal messages or physical actions toward a staff person or school representative that implies the threat of serious physical injury.

Tobacco violation 

Possession/use of any form of tobacco with intent to use, distribute, or sell.

Vandalism 

Destruction or defacing of public or personal property, including computer hardware or software.

Vaping substances/paraphernalia

Possession/use of any form of vaping device or substance with intent to use, distribute, or sell.

Verbal Abuse

Using abusive and demeaning language: words that attack or injure an individual, words that cause one to believe an untrue statement, or words that speak falsely of an individual. This can include talking back, name calling, and/or creating socially rude interactions.

Violation of Personal Electronic/

Telecommunication Device

Inappropriate use of personal devices, such as but not limited to cellular phones, digital picture/video cameras and/or phones and other personal electronic devices as described in board policy.

*Refer to Acceptable Use policy.