• St. Bernard Parish School Board District-Wide Attendance Policy

    HABITUAL ABSENCES AND OR TARDINESS LAWS (R.S. 17:221 and R.S. 17:233)

    Every parent, tutor, or other person residing within the state of Louisiana, having charge of any child from that child’s seventh birthday until his eighteenth birthday, shall send such child to a public or private school, unless the child graduates from high school prior to his eighteenth birthday.  Any child below the age of seven who legally enrolls in school shall also be subject to the provisions of these statutes.

    The parent (legal guardian) of a student shall enforce the attendance of the student at the school to which the student is assigned.

    Any student who is a juvenile and who is habitually absent from school or is habitually tardy shall be reported by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance to the juvenile court of St. Bernard Parish as a truant child there to be dealt with in such manner as the court may determine such as being fined, performance of community service, and/or incarceration.

    A student shall be habitually absent or habitually tardy after the fifth (5th) unexcused absence or fifth (5th) unexcused occurrence of being tardy within any school semester and when either condition continues to exist after all reasonable efforts by any school personnel, truancy officer, or other law enforcement personnel have failed to correct the condition.  

    STUDENTS NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CREDIT (NE) FOR COURSE WORK DUE TO UNEXCUSED/EXCESSIVE ABSENTEEISM

    In order to be eligible to receive grades (credit)

                                    (1)          Elementary and middle schools cannot be absent more than 14 days per school year.

                                    (2)          High school students cannot be absent more than 7 days per semester.

    The only exceptions to the attendance regulation shall be extenuating circumstances that are verified by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance or the school principal/designee where indicated.  These exempted absences do not apply in determining whether a student meets the minimum minutes of instruction required to receive credit.  These extenuating circumstances which are listed in the Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators – Bulletin 741, Section 1103 (J-M) are as follows:

                                    (1)         Extended personal physical or emotional illness in which a student is absent as verified by a physician, nurse practitioner or dentist licensed in                                                  the state;

                                    (2)         Extended hospital stay in which a student is absent as verified by a physician, nurse practitioner or dentist licensed in the state;

                                    (3)         Extended recuperation from an accident in which a student is absent verified by a physician, dentist, or nurse practitioner licensed in the                                                          state;

                                    (4)         Extended contagious disease within a family in which a student is absent verified by a physician, nurse practitioner, or dentist licensed in                                                          the state;

                                    (5)          Observance of special and recognized holidays of the student’s own faith;

                                    (6)          Visitation with a parent who is a member of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard of a state and such parent has been                                                        called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting.  Excused absences in this                                                       situation shall not exceed five school days per school year; or

                                    (7)          Absences verified and approved by the school principal or designee as stated below:

                                                                    (a)          Prior school system-approved travel for education;

                                                                    (b)          Death in the immediate family (not to exceed one week); or

                                                                    (c)           Natural catastrophe and/or disease.

    Medical certificates signed by the attending physician must be presented within five (5) days after a student returns to school from the illness or accident.

    For any other extenuating circumstances, the student’s parents or legal guardian must make a formal appeal to the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance.

    Students who are verified as meeting extenuating circumstances, and therefore eligible to receive grades, shall not receive those grades if they are unable to complete makeup work or pass the course.

    Students participating in school-approved field trips or other instructional activities that necessitate their being away from school shall be considered to be present and shall be given the opportunity to make up work.

    ABSENCES  DUE TO SUSPENSIONS

    A pupil who is suspended shall be counted as absent for those days.  The pupil shall be assigned school work missed while he is suspended and shall receive credit for such work if it is completed satisfactorily and timely as determined by the principal or his designee. 

    PERFECT ATTENDANCE

    The Board recognizes those students who have attained perfect attendance during the course of the school year through the annual presentation of a Certificate of Perfect Attendance by the school.  Students are eligible to receive a Certificate of Perfect Attendance provided that tardiness and early dismissals do not exceed one‑half day.

    TRUANCY:  DUTY OF PARENT (LEGAL GUARDIAN)

    Every parent (legal guardian) having control of any child from age seven to 18 shall send such child to a public or private day school, and any child below the age of seven who is enrolled in school shall also be subject to this law. Every parent (legal guardian) shall assure the attendance of such child in regularly assigned classes during regular school hours established by the school. PENALTY‑- THE PARENT (LEGAL GUARDIAN) CAN BE CHARGED UP TO $15.00 PER DAY FOR EACH DAY THE CHILD DOESN’T ATTEND SCHOOL AND MAY BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM COMMUNITY SERVICE.

    Under the truancy laws, a parent (legal guardian) may be summoned to Court to answer a charge of contempt if:

    1. He fails to send his child to school as required by law. (Excessive absences without a valid reason are grounds for contempt.)
    2. He fails to attend a required conference before the child can reenter school after a school suspension. If a parent (legal guardian) is found in contempt, the penalties for truancy as stated above may be imposed by the Courts.

    Student Dress and Appearance

    PHILOSOPHY AND RATIONALE

    The St. Bernard Parish School Board has a responsibility to the community to provide the maximum opportunity for learning and to ensure a conducive environment in which students' potential can be achieved.  This can be done effectively only when the school's atmosphere for learning encourages positive values and attitudes.  A student's manner of dress reflects an attitude toward self, family, school, and community.  The St. Bernard Parish School Board recognizes that student dress can positively or negatively affect the atmosphere of learning and behavior in the school.  Thus, rules governing the dress and grooming of students are inseparable from those regulating academics and discipline.

    The St. Bernard Parish School Board requires that students appear at school fully clothed in the officially adopted school uniform and to be groomed in an appropriate manner consistent with the standards of the community.  The Board expects students in this school system to take pride in their individual grooming when attending school or school events.  Any article of clothing, accessories, hairstyles, or makeup determined by the principal to be directly or indirectly disruptive to the learning process or environment, destructive to school property or hazardous to the health and safety of the child, his/her classmates, or the teachers and staff will not be allowed.  Good grooming will be required from all students at all times.

    ST. BERNARD PARISH SCHOOL BOARD UNIFORM POLICY FOR STUDENTS

    The St. Bernard Parish School Board requires that all students adhere to its adopted school uniform.  This uniform was initially adopted on February 17, 1998, following the recommendations of a committee comprised of teachers, administrators, and a parent (legal guardian) representative from each school.  Please consult your child’s school for proper uniform color and for other questions regarding uniforms.

    Elementary Schools

    Uniform Pants

    • Boys: Khaki colored or navy (or dress shorts)
    • Girls: Khaki colored or navy (or dress shorts, skirts, or jumpers)

    Shirts

    • Boys: White Oxford
    • Girls: White Oxford or uniform broadcloth

    Alternate Shirts

    • Boys: WHote or school color collared polo/golf
    • White or school color collared polo/golf (school color polo/golf shirts purchased from or authroized by the school)

     

    High School and Middle Schools

    Uniform Pants

    • Boys: Khaki colored or navy 
    • Girls: Khaki colored or navy (or knee-length skirts or jumpers)

    Shirts

    • Boys: White Oxford
    • Girls: White Oxford or uniform broadcloth

    Alternate Shirts

    • Boys: WHote or school color collared polo/golf
    • White or school color collared polo/golf (school color polo/golf shirts purchased from or authroized by the school)

    ***   Any style Khaki or Navy colored is allowed as long as it is uniform pants. 

    All grade levels’ uniforms include the following:

    DRESS CODE GUIDELINES

    A student’s clothing must be the appropriate, standard school uniform as determined by the St. Bernard School Board and as interpreted by the principal. The principal will make the final determination regarding the acceptability of a student’s uniform dress, accessories, and appearance.

    Clothing:

    Pants and jumpers/skirts are to be dress, non-denim, uniform type, navy-colored or khaki colored. Pants are to be the appropriate size for the student, must fit properly at the waist, and may be neither too tight nor too baggy. Bell-bottom, cargo, corduroy, leggings, joggers or jean type pants are not allowed as part of the uniform. Pants are to be hemmed (shoe-top length) with no split seams or frayed edges.

    Shirts or blouses are to be white uniform type with or without school insignia or a school colored shirt must have school insignia. Shirt tails are to be tucked in and may not be worn outside the pants/skirt.  Uniform shirt collars must be visible when wearing a sweater or sweatshirt.  Only white or school colored undershirts may be worn beneath uniform shirts. Uniform jumpers, skirts, and shorts (elementary only) must be of modest length and fit with consideration for the age and size of the student. Jumpers and skirts must not be shorter than to the top of the knee. Clothing must be neat, clean, modest, properly worn, and be the correct size for the student. When purchasing uniform clothing, one should be mindful of the likelihood of student growth during the year. As uniforms are outgrown or become worn they should be replaced.

    School jackets, Sweatshirts, uniform sweatersJackets must be authorized by principal/designee and approved school colors. No hoods are allowed on student’s heads while on school grounds and/or on school buses. Hoods will be allowed to be worn only on cold or windy days as per the principal’s discretion. Only school issued or school authorized jackets may be worn in class. School sanctioned uniform sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets may be worn in school at any time (school color or white v-neck, vest, crew or cardigan styles). Except in extreme weather conditions or in special cases, as determined by the principal, non-uniform jackets and coats are not to be worn in the building.

    Belts: Required with clothing with belt loops and in the appropriate size. Only solid colors (black, white, navy, khaki, or brown) are permitted. Metal studs, eyelets, etc. and/or designs are not allowed on any belt. Oversized or large belt buckles are not allowed. Belt buckles may only be slightly larger than the width of the belt.

    Socks must be worn. Socks, Stockings, Knee-highs, and Tights must be a solid color - white, neutral, black, navy or brown must be worn at all times.

    Shoes: Closed-toed tennis, casual, or dress shoes of any color.  Sandals, backless shoes, platform shoes, slippers/house shoes, heelys, light up shoes, crocs and boots (above ankles) are not considered uniform wear.

    Student Identification Card: Student I.D. card must be worn at all times while on campus and/or while riding the school bus.

    Hair: Moderate hair styles only are permitted. Boys' natural hair length may not extend lower than the top of the shirt collar. No student may have a shaved design cut into the eyebrows or any shaved design cut and/or braided into the hair. Extreme hairstyles and un-natural hair colorings are not allowed. No student may wear a hair style that covers one or both eyes so as to impair vision and the learning process. Mustaches and beards are permitted at the high school level only, provided that it is neat, clean, well-groomed, and with no shaved designs * up to discretion of the administrator*

    AccessoriesHats, caps, bandanas, visors, hair curlers, gloves, and sunglasses (unless prescribed by a physician) may not be worn in the building during the regular school day. Excessive jewelry or jewelry that places students in danger of being accidentally injured may not be worn. Large earrings (hoops and/or those that hang very long) may not be worn as per the principal’s discretion. Body piercing (aside from earrings in the earlobe) is not allowed in school. Earrings for boys are prohibited at the elementary and middle school level. Boys at the high school level may wear one stud per ear and are not permitted to wear dangling or hoop earrings. Tattoos may not be visible at any time.

    Appearances: Students are expected to pay particular attention to the cleanliness and modesty of their persons as well as to the appropriateness of their dress. Extreme and distracting make-up may not be worn to school. Clothing must be neat, clean, and free of holes, tears and stains. Accessories, jackets, book bags, book covers, or any other item containing graffiti, or writing or symbols which may be perceived as vulgar, profane, satanic, gang-related, violent, tobacco, drug or alcohol-related are not to be worn or possessed. The only type of monogramming, emblems or insignia that may be worn are those officially adopted by the school and by the St. Bernard Parish Public School Board.

    Further rules and regulations concerning dress may be specified for special events (ball games, dances, graduation, etc.), activities (spirit days, field days, etc.) or field trips. The principal of the school will make that determination.

    IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, THE PRINCIPAL WILL MAKE THE FINAL DECISION AS TO WHETHER A STUDENT'S DRESS OR APPEARANCE IS ACCEPTABLE. This determination shall be based on the educational and disciplinary philosophy and rationale of the St. Bernard School Board.


    SBPSD Behavioral Expectations

    Be Respectful                Be Responsible              Be Positive         Be Safe

    Student academic success is dependent upon appropriate school and classroom behaviors. The Behavioral Response to Intervention (RTI) process is designed to help principals, teachers, parents, specialists, and paraprofessionals utilize data-based decisions to improve the educational outcomes for all students, especially with those students whose success is at risk due to behavioral challenges.  RTI is a tiered process that provides high-quality, research-based interventions that are correlated with student’s behavioral needs. Essential components include monitoring students’ behavioral progress and making data-driven decisions about student interventions based on a review of that progress.

    The primary behavioral support initiative of St. Bernard Parish Public Schools is district-wide Positive Behavior Interventions Support (PBIS). It is recommended that all faculty members, parents, and students familiarize themselves with their school-wide PBS plans and the district Guide to Student Conduct.

    However, as prescribed by Louisiana law (R.S. 17:416), every pupil is held to strict accountability for any inappropriate behaviors in school, on the playground of the school, or on any street, road, or school bus going to or returning from school and during intermission or recess.  Also, students will be disciplined for inappropriate behavior during any school-sponsored activities before, during, or after school hours.

    Inappropriate behaviors are grouped into three classes according to severity and/or frequency:  Class I, Class II, and Class III.  Each classification is followed by a series of interventions, one or more of which will be implemented by the teacher or the principal/designee.  Class I behaviors are most often handled directly by the classroom teacher, duty teacher, or substitute.  However, if interventions fail to result in improvement of student behavior or work habits, the student may be referred to the principal/designee.  Class II and Class III behaviors are referred to the principal/designee for appropriate intervention. 

    Whenever financial losses are incurred by a student for medical expenses or for replacement or repair of personal property as a result of the actions of another student, it is understood that the school can take no responsibility for payment or for collecting such payment.  The principal/designee will investigate such incidents to determine suitable disciplinary action, if any.  Any payment for personal damages must be arranged by the students involved.  Payment for damages to school property will be handled by the principal/designee with the student responsible for the damages prior to the student’s reentry to the school.

    A student while under suspension or expulsion may not enter any public school campus and shall not enjoy the privilege of participating in any school-sponsored activity.  Students who are suspended for theft of or damage to school property may not return to school until the property is replaced or until payment or written arrangements for payment to the satisfaction of school authorities is made.

    Tier I Behavioral Supports and Infractions

    Designed to develop and maintain school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions Support (PBIS) through the teaching of expectations to all students, implementing incentive programs, and providing Tier I interventions within the classroom to increase the occurrences of appropriate behavior and to create a supportive climate.

    Class I Infractions:

    • Disrupting the orderly conduct of any school activities
    • Exhibiting improper conduct during assemblies (e.g. booing, jeering, stamping feet, etc.…)
    • Spitting
    • Littering
    • Lying, cheating
    • Any intentional but not malicious act that causes injury, damage, or pain to another
    • Possessing or wearing make-up or “tattoos”
    • Failing to flush toilets or urinals
    • Failing to complete class work because of improper use of class time
    • Failing to return completed punish work when due
    • Failing to report for a teacher time out
    • Tardiness
    • Possessing any of the following unless permitted by a teacher: electronic games, radios, tape players, tape recorders, I-pods, cameras, walkie-talkies, chewing gum, toothpicks, rubber bands, permanent markers, white out, glass containers, balls, toys
    • Violating the school dress code
    • Failure to bring textbooks, materials, homework, or other required items to class
    • Taking pencils, pens, markers or crayons into restrooms
    • Entering the building or classroom without permission
    • Eating and drinking in class or other unauthorized areas without permission
    • Pedaling a bicycle on school property
    • Running in building, or inappropriate areas; using stairs unsafely
    • Any other serious offense not covered by any other of these codes
    • Misusing playground equipment
    • Climbing on toilets, urinals, basins, or trash receptacles
    • Playing/misbehaving in the restroom
    • Any other offense which the principal may reasonably judge to fall within this category
    • Chewing Gum
    • Inappropriate public display of affection
    • Horseplay
    • Abusive behavior or language directed toward another student
    • Failure to bring materials to class
    • Failure to return required forms/signed test/progress reports
    • Not participating in class, sleeping
    • Loitering and/or sitting in parked cars
    • Loitering in the school
    • Parking in prohibited areas
    • Graffiti and tags on book bags, books, book covers or clothing
    • Violation of classroom rules and regulations
    • Grooming in class
    • Fast food deliveries to students at lunch
    • Using lockers at the wrong time
    • Did not report for administrative detention
    • Disrespect for authority
    • Filing a false report against a student verbally and/or in writing that is known to be untrue at time submitted
    • The possession and/or distribution of any over-the-counter medicine whether prescribed or not without permission from school officials
    • Unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or students
    • Unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture by an adult or student through any use of technology, on or off school property
    • Any other offense which the principal may reasonably judge to fall within this category

    Possible Interventions:

    • Re-teach student expectation
    • Student conference
    • Seating change
    • Recover in room
    • Time out
    • Lunch detention
    • Written assignment
    • Detention
    • Lower conduct grade
    • Parent phone call
    • Refer to counselor
    • Parent conference
    • Verbal cue
    • Loss of privileges
    • Confiscation of item
    • Extra time spent on task
    • Office referral for further action by an administrator
    • Other intervention deemed appropriate by an administrator

    Tier II: Class II Behavioral Supports and Infractions

    Targets students who repeatedly display inappropriate behaviors and need strategic interventions and support to assist them in maintaining appropriate behavior. Interventions include Check-In/Check-Out, self-monitoring, and/or counseling.

    Class II Infractions:

    • Deliberate choice to break a rule or disobey a directive
    • Talking back, mocking, gesturing; any act which demonstrates a disregard for authority
    • Accusing an adult of an act that is unlawful and/or a violation of school policy not supported by evidence; false statements or representation about individuals that harm the reputation of the individuals
    • Vulgar verbal messages, words, or gestures that include swearing or name calling
    • Isolated incident that is unwelcome or comment that is hurtful, degrading, humiliating, or offensive to another person with a sexual, physical or racial component
    • Any intentional but not malicious act that causes injury, damage, or pain to another
    • The possession, use, purchase, intent to distribute, concealment, distribution or sale of tobacco products on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, or on school transportation vehicles
    • Behavior causing major disruption of instruction or any school activity and/or repeatedly violating any school rules in any area
    • Damage, destruction, or defacement of property belonging to the school or others
    • Writes or draws pictures, words, or images considered indecent or offensive (e.g., graffiti, letters, notes, posters, etc.)
    • Throws any object toward a person that is perceived to be harmful or with such force that it would cause harm or precipitate a fight or campus disturbance
    • A hostile confrontation with physical contact; instigating or participating in a fight
    • Breaking any law that pertains to the obstruction and flow of traffic and/or safety regulation(s)
    • Leaving the school campus and/or assigned classroom or location without permission and/or failure to return to school/class
    • Reporting late to school or class after the day/period begins without permission; missing school without a legitimate excuse for consecutive or sporadic days
    • Taking or obtaining the property of another without permission or knowledge of the owner without violence
    • Any other serious offense not covered by any of these codes
    • Aggressive action which may involve threats and/or unwanted physical contact; includes a situation where staff intervenes in a fight or other disruptive activity
    • Possesses pocket knife or blade cutter with a blade length < 2 ½”
    • The possession and/or distribution of any over-the-counter medicine whether prescribed or not without permission from school officials
    • Unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture
    • Unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior through any use of technology on or off school property
    • Initiating a warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause or discharging a fire extinguisher
    • To use, make, or reproduce another’s signature
    • Wagering money or property
    • Possession of sexual images in any form (e.g., computer images, books, magazines, phone images, etc.)
    • Use of pager, cellular telephone (texting, talking), camera, or video device or other communication devices without permission
    • Out of dress code or an ID violation
    • Cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise and may include plagiarism, fabrication, or deception
    • Unauthorized entering onto school property by an individual who has been given prior notice that entry onto or use of property has been denied; also one who remains once requested to leave.
    • Failure to serve detention, report to time out room, attend Saturday School, suspension, or other assigned consequences
    • Repeated intimidation or coercion of a sexual nature
    • Filing a false report against a student verbally and/or in writing that is known to be untrue at time submitted
    • Multiple Class I Offenses Related to a Single Incident
    • Any other offense which the principal may reasonably judge to fall within this category

    Possible Interventions:

    • Student conference
    • Parent-administrator telephone conference
    • Parent-administrator personal conference
    • Counselor/Social Worker referral
    • Discipline written assignment
    • After school detention
    • Saturday detention
    • Loss of classroom, playground,co-curricular or extra-curricular activities
    • In-school suspension
    • Check-In/Check-Out
    • Out of school suspension
    • Behavior Intervention Plan
    • Suspension off site
    • Other action deemed appropriate by administrator

    If the student is referred for any Class II behavior, the principal/designee may issue an official in or out-of-school suspension or suspension from the bus transportation.  On a third suspension, a student will be denied participating or attending any extra- curricular, co-curricular, club and athletic events for the remainder of the school year in addition to the ordinary consequences of the suspension.

    Tier III: Class III Behavioral Supports and Infractions

    Targets students with patterns of problem behaviors who require intensive, individualized interventions and support. Interventions may include group or individual assistance from counselors, school psychologists, or social workers; Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA); Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) and/or outside agency referrals.

    Class III Infractions:

    • Deliberate choice to break a rule or disobey a directive
    • Talking back, mocking, gesturing; any act which demonstrates a disregard for authority
    • Isolated incident that is an unwelcome act or comment that is hurtful, degrading humiliating or offensive with a sexual, physical, or racial component
    • Any intentional but not malicious act that causes injury, damage, or pain to another
    • The possession, use, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, intent to distribute, concealment, sale, or purchase of any drug, narcotic, controlled substance, or any paraphernalia linked to above on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, or on school
    • The possession, use, purchase, intent to distribute, concealment, distribution or sale of tobacco products on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, or on school transportation vehicles
    • The possession, use, purchase, intent to distribute, concealment, distribution or sale of alcohol products on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, or on school transportation vehicles
    • Behavior causing major disruption of instruction or any school activity and/or repeatedly violating any school rules in any area
    • Possessing weapon(s) designed to expel a projectile by action of an explosive
    • Possesses firearms, knives, or blades = 2 ½” which may be used to inflict bodily injury or damage to property (any instrument, look-alike weapon or object not prohibited by federal law that can place a person in reasonable fear or apprehension of serious harm)
    • Throws any object toward a person that is perceived to be harmful or with such force that it would cause harm or precipitate a fight or campus disturbance
    • Taking or obtaining the property of another without permission or knowledge of the owner without violence
    • Any other serious offense not covered by these codes
    • Discharge or use of weapon
    • Unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture
    • Unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior through any use of technology on or off school property
    • Initiating a warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, bomb threats, or discharging a fire extinguisher
    • Exposure of body parts such as genital/buttocks areas and female breasts in view of public
    • Engaging in behavior of a sexual nature including consensual sexual activity
    • Repeated serious intimidation or coercion of a sexual nature
    • Filing a false report against a student verbally and/or in writing that is known to be untrue at time submitted
    • 4th Suspension
    • Aggressive action which may involve threats and/or unwanted physical contact; includes a situation where staff intervenes in a fight or other disruptive activity
    • Multiple Class II Offenses Related to a Single Incident

    Possible Interventions:

    The principal/designee may recommend alternate placement for any Class III Behavior if, in his/her judgment, the circumstances were serious enough to warrant such action.

    A student while under suspension or alternate placement may not enter any public school campus and shall not enjoy the privilege of participating in any school-sponsored activity. 

    If the principal/designee does not recommend alternate placement, he/she can use the corrective interventions listed for Class II infractions.

    Statement on Placement at an Alternative Site

    The Board may opt to remove a pupil from the regular education setting if an offense committed by the pupil is serious enough to warrant such action or is in violation of state law.  Upon a recommendation for the placement of a pupil at the alternative school by the principal, the Superintendent or his/her designee shall conduct a hearing to determine the facts of the case and make a finding of whether the student is guilty of conduct warranting such placement, unless the parent/legal guardian opts to waive the right to a hearing and accepts placement at the alternative school.  Notification of the time, date, and place of the hearing shall be mailed to the parents/legal guardians, and, following the hearing, the parents/legal guardians shall be notified of the decision.  Until the hearing, the pupil shall attend classes at the alternative school.

    At the hearing, the principal, his/her designee, and/or teacher concerned may be represented by any person appointed by the Superintendent, and the principal, his/her designee, or teacher shall be permitted to attend and present any relevant information. 

    The parent/legal guardian of the pupil may request in writing that the Board review the findings of the Superintendent or designee at a time set by the Board. Such request must be made within five (5) days after the decision to require placement at the alternative school has been rendered.  After reviewing the findings of the Superintendent or designee, the Board may affirm, modify, or reverse the action of the Superintendent or designee.

    Students with disabilities shall be placed at the alternative site in accordance with applicable state or federal law and regulations.

    Students who are arrested or charged with felony violations of criminal law, or who would have been charged with a felony if an adult, may be removed from the traditional educational settings and placed at the alternative school by the Superintendent.


    District Policies Concerning Discipline

    CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

    St. Bernard Parish School Board does not allow corporal punishment by any school board employee.  For the purpose of this policy, corporal punishment is defined as striking, spanking, or paddling any student.  The Board also does not allow any nonemployee to engage in corporal punishment while on school property or at any school sponsored activity.

    Nothing contained herein shall be interpreted as prohibiting an employee from using physical force, reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances, to restrain students that become a threat to themselves or others, or to restrain students, individuals or adults from physical confrontations which may occur on school grounds or at school sponsored activities.     

    DETENTION

    A pupil who has neglected his lessons or disobeyed the rules of the school may be detained by the teacher or the principal provided the parents have been notified at least a day in advance.  The length of the detention shall be determined by the teacher or principal concerned and shall not extend later than 5:00 p.m.  A teacher shall remain in the classroom during the period of detention.

    For students who have been assigned to detention and who utilize bus transportation, their parents should have at least a day’s notification in order to make the necessary arrangements for after school transportation. Time out periods may be assigned during the lunch period in lieu of after school detention as long as the students have sufficient time to eat lunch.

    At the discretion of the teacher, detention periods may be used in worthwhile classroom work in such manner that the pupil may do the work by himself.  The practice of assigning lines is expressly prohibited.

    SCHOOL DISRUPTIONS

    The following procedures are recommended when school disorders occur.

    • Notify the Superintendent and the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
    • Call the Sheriff's office when it is deemed imperative.
    • The Principal shall conduct separate investigations for school disciplining.
    • The Principal or his/her designee shall be present at all interviews with law enforcement officers.
    • For law enforcement officers to interview students of any age, parental consent is not necessary.
    • If the law enforcement officers take a student or students from the school premises, the principal must immediately notify the parent or legal guardian.  Attempts to reach someone are to continue after school hours.  
    • It is the responsibility of the principals, assistant principals, teachers and all School Board employees to give information and become witnesses where necessary with regard to any incidents concerning school affairs.

    SEARCH AND SEIZURE

    The St. Bernard Parish School Board prohibits arbitrary and indiscriminate searches and seizures. The parish school systems of the state are the exclusive owners of all public school buildings and all desks and lockers within the building assigned to any student and any other area of any public school building or grounds set aside specifically for the personal use of the students. The principal or his/her designee, a public school teacher, or an administrator may, with reasonable belief that any student has in his possession or on public school property any illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons or stolen goods, conduct searches of a student's person, desk, or locker, and other school areas provided that any such action of the principal or his designee, the public school teacher, or an administrator shall not be malicious or willfully and deliberately intended to harass, embarrass or intimidate the student. The Board shall identify and defend all employees who follow this policy and subsequently are involved in litigation as a result of compliance.

    The following procedures should be followed when practicable:

    1. Before a compulsory search is initiated, the student should be afforded an opportunity to submit to a voluntary search.
    2. Whenever possible, teachers should have the principal, his designee and/or administrator present when conducting a search.
    3. Whenever legal action is intended, the office of the superintendent will be notified and the law enforcement agency of the parish must be called.
    4. If a safety factor is obvious and/or it is evident that delay of a search might permit the student to rid his person, locker or other area of suspected illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons or stolen goods, the administrator, his designee, teacher or other administrator may initiate the search.
    5. If a mass search of students' persons, desks, lockers, or of other school areas is to be conducted, the principal must notify the superintendent's office in advance of the search for a ruling on the reasonableness or probable cause. This provision may be waived at the discretion of the principal or his designee if the health and safety of a student or students justify immediate action.
    6. The principal or his designee must keep on record all searches, including the student’s name, date and time of the search, reason for the search, the persons conducting the search, and the disposition of each case.

    The St. Bernard Parish School Board also has the authority to conduct unannounced searches of students, lockers, automobiles, school employees, and any other person or object on Board property at during the school day and at school sponsored events.

    VANDALISM

    All citizens are urged by the Board to cooperate in reporting any incidents of vandalism to property belonging to the system and the name(s) of the person or persons believed to be responsible. Each employee of the parish shall report to the principal of the school every incident of vandalism of which he is aware and the names of those responsible.  The Superintendent is authorized to sign a criminal complaint and to press the charges against perpetrators of vandalism against school property, and is further authorized to delegate, as he sees fit, authority to sign such complaints and to press charges.


    Due Process, Procedures for Suspension and Alternate Placement Hearings

     

    DUE PROCESS

    Every student shall have the right to due process of law.  The student shall be advised by the principal or his/her designee of his misconduct and the regulation which has been violated. The student may then make a response to the accusation.  Should the offense call for a suspension or alternate placement, the parent or legal guardian shall be notified in writing by the principal.  Should the parent wish to appeal the decision of the principal, he/she has the right to file an appeal to the Superintendent within five days of receiving that written notice.   In the case of a suspension, the Superintendent/designee shall schedule a hearing at which he/she will hear all the facts concerning the matter and render a decision as to the appropriateness of the suspension.  Students are entitled to be represented at the hearing by anyone they choose.  The decision of the Superintendent/designee is final.  In the case of an alternate placement, should the Superintendent/designee accept the recommendation of the principal, the parent or legal guardian may, within five (5) days after the decision is rendered, request the School Board to review the findings of the Superintendent or designee at a time set by the School Board; otherwise, the decision of the Superintendent shall be final.

    SUSPENSION

    On any offense that warrants a suspension, the parent or guardian will be notified that the student is suspended. Suspensions may range from the in-school suspension to a multi-day suspension. The number of days a student may be suspended is left to the discretion of the principal or the disciplinarian, but may not exceed ten school days. The parent or guardian has the right to appeal any suspension to the Superintendent within five days of receiving the suspension letter. The appeal may be submitted by mail or made in person.

    The same procedure prevails for all other acts that warrant suspension of a student from school until the third suspension. On the third suspension of a student, a conference is set up by the principal and/or the disciplinarian with the parents or guardians of the student and a representative of the School Board office.  At the third suspension conference, the student and his parents will be notified that on the next suspension the student would be subject to a recommendation for alternate placement in the St. Bernard Parish school system.

    ALTERNATE PLACEMENT

    A student may be recommended for alternate placement upon committing any offense which the principal deems serious enough to warrant such action. Moreover, any student after being suspended on three occasions during the same school year, shall, on committing a fourth suspension, be recommended for alternate placement in the St. Bernard Parish school system.

    Students who are arrested or charged with felony violations of criminal law, or who would have been charged with a felony if an adult, may be removed from the traditional educational settings and placed at the alternative school by the Superintendent.

    When a student is recommended for alternate placement, the principal will notify the parent or guardian by phone and/or registered letter as to the offense and the reason(s) for such action. A copy of the recommended alternate placement letter shall also be sent to the Superintendent's office. The parent or guardian of a student facing an alternate placement may not withdraw the student from the school system in lieu of an alternate placement.

    The Superintendent/designee will notify the parent or guardian in writing of the date, time and place of the alternate placement hearing. The hearing will be conducted by the Superintendent /designee and will be concerned only with the facts pertaining to the last offense. After hearing all the facts concerning the alternate placement the Superintendent /designee will render a decision. The parent or guardian may, within five (5) days after the decision is rendered, request the School Board to review the findings of the Superintendent/ designee at a time set by the School Board; otherwise, the decision of the Superintendent shall be final.  If requested and after reviewing the findings of the Superintendent/designee, the School Board may affirm, modify, or reverse the action previously taken.  The parent/legal guardian may, within ten (10) days, appeal to the district court for the parish an adverse ruling of the School Board in upholding the action of the Superintendent.

    When an alternate placement recommendation is upheld by the superintendent or his designee, middle and high school students are required to attend C.F. Rowley Alternative School for a designated period of time. The students must successfully complete a behavioral program in order to return to their district school.  Students who successfully complete the C.F. Rowley Alternative School program and return to their district school will not have the alternate placement appear on their school records.  However, if a parent or student refuses the services of C.F. Rowley Alternative School or if a student is denied attendance, his or her expulsion will become a permanent part of his or her school record.  All students who are required to attend C.F. Rowley Alternative School must successfully complete the behavioral program before returning to any school in St. Bernard Parish.

    If a student withdraws for any reason from C.F. Rowley Alternative School and/or leaves St. Bernard Parish without successfully completing the program and returns to the parish, the student will automatically be enrolled at C.F. Rowley to complete the behavioral program in order to be eligible to return to their district school.


    The Continually Disruptive Student

    RATIONALE

    The identification of the continually disruptive student is based upon his/her behavior which is consistently disruptive of the classroom/school environment. In order to qualify for the above distinction (continually disruptive), the student must have exhibited habitually offensive behavior for which other methods of discipline (outlined in this policy) were ineffective. A student identified as continually disruptive should be considered for referral to the School Building Level Committee (SBLC) for consideration of a handicapping condition under Section 504 guidelines.

    The following suggested policy is designed to identify continually disruptive students, assess their needs and those of faculty and other students, and offer resolutions to identified problems, so as to facilitate a desired learning environment.

    By no means are the following suggestions offered as exclusive ideas for dealing with continual behavior problems that may arise within the classroom/school.

    POLICY ON CONTINUALLY DISRUPTIVE STUDENTS

    1. Define
      1. Habitual attention-getting behavior
      2. Poor self-concept
      3. Hypertension
      4. Insecurity
      5. Habitual offenses against school policies/classroom rules
      6. Failure to respond to other modes of discipline
    2. Identify the students
      1. Teacher recommendations
      2. Administration recommendations
      3. Student recommendation
      4. Parent recommendations
    3. Discover causes of behavior(s)
      1. Teacher interviews with students
      2. Counselor interviews with students
      3. Administration recommendations
      4. Parent recommendations
    4. Determine solutions

      1. Teacher brainstorming sessions about disruptive students
        1. A Standing committee to include at least 3 of the following: school psychologist, social worker, school nurse, assistant            principal, counselor, and two classroom teachers
        2. Formal weekly meetings (1 hour per meeting during the day)
        3. Names of students discussed
        4. Committe would undertake research concerning the student(s) and make recommendations at a follow-up meting
      2. Parent, student, teacher, counselor counseling sessions
      3. Group counseling session
        1. Group of students and teacher
        2. Group of students and counselor
      4. In-school suspension, if circumstances/staffing warrant
      5. Regular suspension/expulsion

       

    Disruptive Behavior

    The school may contact the student’s parent (legal guardian) to conduct a counseling session and establish a course of action to correct the problem.  IF THE PARENT (LEGAL GUARDIAN) REFUSES TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE, THE PRINCIPAL SHALL FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE COURT EXERCISING JUVENILE JURISDICTION, PURSUANT TO CHILDREN’S CODE ARTICLE 730(8) AND 731.


    Students with Disabilities and Students with Suspected Disabilities

    Students who have been identified as having a disability under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, and/or students who have been identified as those with a disability under Louisiana Bulletin 1508 will be disciplined using those guidelines set forth in Louisiana Bulletin 1706 which include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. After a student with a disability has been removed from his/her current placement for 10 school days within the same school year, upon a recommendation for removal for the 11th day or more, school personnel, the parent, and other relevant members of the student’s IEP or IAP team shall conduct a manifestation determination to determine whether the student’s conduct in question was caused by or had a direct and substantial relationship to the student’s disability.
    2. If it is determined at the manifestation determination meeting that the behavior was not a manifestation of the student’s disability, the student identified as having a disability shall be governed by the same disciplinary procedures as those students not identified as having a disability.
    3. As of July 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with regard to the disciplining of individuals who engage in the illegal use of drugs or in the use of alcohol.  Under the ADA, an individual who is currently engaged in the illegal use of drugs is not a “handicapped individual” under Section 504.  Therefore, school districts may take disciplinary action against a student who is identified as disabled under Section 504 who engages in the illegal use of drugs to the same extent that disciplinary action is taken against a non-disabled student.

    Transportation Expectations and Procedures

    BUS CONDUCT

    Riding a school bus is a privilege. Accordingly, the Superintendent shall set standards of conduct for students who ride the school buses in this district. All safety precautions as prescribed by the State Department of Education and State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education must be followed by all students riding buses. The bus driver, together with the principal, shall assume full responsibility for discipline of pupils riding buses. Any disciplinary problems shall be reported by the driver to the principal of the school involved. It is the duty of the driver, in cases of any infraction of rules by any student, to notify the principal of the school the student attends. If possible, this should be done in person. It is the responsibility of the principal to determine necessary punishment to students violating regulations.

    If the misconduct of a student is such that his removal from the bus becomes essential, the principal may suspend his privileges.

    A pupil damaging a school bus shall be subject to suspension from school. Any pupil suspended for damages to any school bus shall not be readmitted until payment in full has been made for such damage or until his re-admittance is directed by the Superintendent.

    At no time shall the bus operator assume authority for suspending bus privileges or taking disciplinary action or inflicting corporal punishment. If the conduct of a pupil is such that his removal from the bus becomes essential, the driver shall discharge the pupil at the pupil's regular stop or return to school if necessary. A student riding a school bus shall never be unloaded along the highway except at his designated stop, unless he is endangering the lives of other children on the bus.  Also, all students that must cross the street when either entering or leaving the bus must cross in front of the bus and must wait for the driver to signal them when it is safe to cross.

    TRANSPORTATION RULES

    The following rules are set forth in order to provide for the safety and well-being of passengers on the St. Bernard School Board buses. Failure to follow these rules or to follow the directions of the bus driver will result in disciplinary action by the school authority. The consequences for violating these rules will be the same as violating regular Class I, Class II, or Class III rules for that grade level. Additionally, if the misconduct of a student is such that his removal from the bus becomes essential, that principal may suspend his bus transportation. Moreover, if any student after being suspended from the bus on three occasions commits a fourth suspension, he may be suspended from bus transportation for the remainder of the school year. According to Louisiana state law, students are held accountable by the school for their behavior "in school, on the school playground, on the street or road while going to or returning from school."

    Rules to Follow While Waiting for and Boarding a School Bus

    1. Keep sidewalks clear for other pedestrians.
    2. Avoid fighting, horseplay, and indecent or profane language at bus stops. Keep down noise that might disturb others.
    3. Wait on the sidewalk, or if a sidewalk is not available, wait a few feet from the roadway.
    4. Be courteous and respectful to passers-by.
    5. Be careful of private property: flowers, grass, etc.
    6. Plan to be at the bus stop no earlier than five to 10 minutes before the designated time for bus arrival.
    7. Beware of drivers and pedestrians exhibiting erratic behavior.
    8. Stand in a single file. (Books or instruments do not save places.)
    9. Avoid pushing or shoving.
    10. Be careful when stepping on slick steps in rainy weather.
    11. Use handrails when boarding the bus.
    12. Locate your assigned seat and sit down.
    13. Don't talk to or accept rides from strangers.
    14. The designated bus stop time is an estimate.  The bus may arrive ten minutes before or after the designated time.

    Rules to Follow When Exiting a School Bus

    1. Remain in your assigned seat until the bus comes to a complete stop.
    2. Leave the bus only at the designated stop.
    3. Bring a written note from a parent which has been approved by the principal or his designee when riding a different bus or getting off at a different stop.
    4. Get off the bus promptly and orderly after it comes to a complete stop.
    5. Use a path at least ten feet in front of the bus when crossing the street or roadway, making sure that drivers see you.
    6. Do not cross behind the bus.
    7. Look in all directions before crossing the street.
    8. Obey the bus driver, all crossing guards, and traffic lights.
    9. Walk directly home via the shortest route after exiting the bus. Do not loiter or play around the bus.
    10. Walk across the street or roadway only if the traffic is stopped.
    11. Avoid trespassing on private property.
    12. Beware of drivers and pedestrians exhibiting unusual behavior.

    Rules to Follow While Riding a School Bus

    1. Act in a school bus as you should in the classroom.
    2. Remain properly seated in seats assigned by the bus driver.
    3. Do not fight, play, or participate in any activity that would disturb others.
    4. Always keep hands, arms, and all objects inside the bus.
    5. Report any emergency to the driver.
    6. Keep aisles clear of feet, books, and any objects that may obstruct the pathway or aisle.
    7. Avoid unnecessary, disturbing noises such as shouting out of the bus.
    8. Be courteous; use no profane language or gestures.
    9. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
    10. Keep the bus clean.
    11. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, or any other dangerous substance.
    12. Do not be destructive.
    13. Do not bring animals, glass items, skate boards, baseball bats, roller skates or any other items determined dangerous by the bus driver onto the bus.
    14. Do not throw objects in or out of the bus.
    15. Do not open the rear door of the bus.
    16. Obey and cooperate with the bus driver at all times.

    Rules to Follow If an Emergency Arises While on a School Bus

    1. Report any emergency to the school bus driver.
    2. In case of an accident, stay in your seat until the driver tells you what to do or until you are sure of what is the safest move to make. Don't panic or move without thinking.
    3. Don't touch emergency equipment or safety releases unless told to do so by the bus driver or bus patrol except in the case of an extreme emergency and you are the closest to the door.
    4. Remain calm and encourage others to do the same.
    5. Don't move injured persons unless absolutely necessary.
    6. Follow the emergency rules which the bus driver has stressed during emergency evacuation drills.