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Discipline Policy

SCHOOLWIDE DISCIPLINE

STUDENT BEHAVIOR
Students are expected to behave appropriately in order to guarantee an excellent learning environment for all students. Behaviors subject to disciplinary action include but are not limited to:
  • Arson – Intentionally setting fire, or attempting to set fire, or intentionally engaging in conduct which may reasonable be foreseen to set fire to property of another, participating in, or encouraging another person to participate in such conduct.
  • Assault – Attempt to cause physical injury intentionally or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to a person or group of persons. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.
  • Automobile Misuse – Inappropriate use of an automobile on school property or during school events.
  • Battery – Unlawful and offensive hitting or touching of another person, a person’s clothes, or anything attached or held by him/her. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.
  • Bus Misbehavior – refusal to obey bus rules, and/or any action which creates a safety hazard or distracts the attention of the driver.
  • Campus Disruption – Participating in or causing a disturbance at school or school-related activities, e.g., riots, gang fights, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or similar disturbances. This offense will result in an expulsion referral
  • Computer Misconduct – Any unauthorized, unacceptable or inappropriate use of computer activities, computer access, computer software, or any computer equipment; and/or any activity that affects or disrupts the school’s or the district’s computer hardware, software, or computer systems.
  • Defiance of School Personnel/Insubordination – Refusing to comply with the reasonable request of any staff member.
  • Discrimination – Discrimination is defined as a failure to treat all persons equally where no reasonable distinction can be found between those favored and those not favored.
  • Disorderly Conduct, Profanity, and Obscene Behavior – Conduct and/or behavior which is disruptive to the school environment such as vulgar, abusive or coarse language, or behavior offensive to decency.
  • Dress Code Violation
  • Drugs/Alcoholic Beverages – Any student who is found to have used, possessed and/or distributed a controlled and/or illicit substance or any substance represented as such will be referred for expulsion.
  • Explosive Devices or Poison Gas – Possession, use, or sale of explosive devices, inflammable materials, or poison gas, including but not limited to bombs, dynamite, fireworks, firecrackers, or any substance prepared chemically that explodes or is capable of explosion, or emits a poison gas, or a collection of parts from which an explosive device may be readily constructed. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.
  • Extortion – Solicitation of money, information, or something of value from another person in return for protection, or in connection with a threat to inflict harm, or through intimidation. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.
  • Forgery – Writing and using the signature or initials of another person for an illegal or unauthorized purpose.
  • Gambling – Participating in games of chance for the purpose of exchanging money and/or other valuables.
  • Gang Activity – Wearing any clothing or carrying any symbol on school district property that denotes membership in or an affiliation with a gang, or engaging in activity that encourages participation in a gang, or facilitates illegal acts of a gang.
  • Habitual Disregard of School Rules – Repeated occurrences of not following school rules regardless of efforts to correct such behavior.
  • Harassment – Verbal, visual or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that adversely affects, or has the purpose or logical consequence of interfering with a student’s educational program or creates an intimidation, hostile, or offensive school atmosphere.
  • Hazing – An activity in which a person intentionally or recklessly endangers the physical health of another person for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with a student organization, academic association, or athletic team of a school.
  • Illegal Conduct – Behavior that violates the statues and/or ordinates of the State of Nevada or any political subdivision of the State of Nevada.
  • Immoral Conduct – Behavior which the administration determines is not in conformity with the accepted principles of right and wrong and which is contrary to the moral standards of the community. Students who participate in immoral conduct as it pertains to sexual behavior between individuals shall be recommended for expulsion.
  • Insubordination – refusing to follow the directive any staff member.
  • Racially Derogatory Remarks – Use of abusive and/or inappropriate word or phrase directed toward an individual’s race or heritage is considered harassment and/or verbal assault.
  • Robbery – Illegally taking property by using force or the threat of force. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.
  • Spray Propellants – All liquid, gaseous, or solid substances intended to produce temporary physical discomfort through being vaporized or other wise dispersed into the air, including but not limited to: Tear gas, Mace, Capstun, Pepper Spray, etc. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.
  • Theft – Taking property that does not belong to the taker.
  • Tobacco – Use of tobacco on any school campus or at any school sponsored activity or event is prohibited.
  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism, Destruction, or Defacement of Property – Willfully and maliciously destroying, defacing, or mutilating the property of another, or intentionally engaging in conduct which could reasonably result in destruction or damage to the property of another.
  • Weapons – Any student who is found to possess, use, transmit, or conceal any operable or inoperable weapon will be referred for expulsion. Weapons are defined as firearms, knives, explosives, inflammable materials, or other items that may cause bodily injury or death. BB and pellet guns, pocket knives, and fireworks are weapons. The Gun Free Schools Act and the NRS 392.466 specify expulsion requirements based on the type of weapons and/or circumstances surrounding the infraction.

CORRECTIVE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Discipline is the combination of a mental attitude and a system of personal self-control that results in a standard of behavior demonstrated by appropriate conduct in all situations. In education it is a process which strengthens, molds, and corrects student behavior through a system of essential rules and when necessary, just and constructive consequences.

The following is a list of interventions and discipline used to alter student behavior at Las Vegas High School:
  • Informal Conference – School official talks with the student and attempts to reach an agreement regarding the student’s behavior.
  • Conference – Formal conference is held between the student and one or more school officials. During this conference, the student must agree to correct his/her behavior or additional disciplinary measures may be considered.
  • Required Parent Conference (RPC) – A Notice of Required Parent Conference is to be used by deans, assistant principals, and principals when a student-parent conference is required. The school office is to schedule the conference as soon as possible.
  • In-School Procedures – School officials implement disciplinary procedures intended to correct inappropriate behavior while allowing the student to remain in school. Such in-house procedures may include telephone contact to parents, teacher assigned discipline, loss of classroom credit for scholastic dishonesty, detention, bus citation including revocation of bus-riding privileges, removal from extracurricular activities.
  • Suspension – Suspension is defined as the temporary removal of a student from school for the period of time necessary to (1) seek problem resolution, or (2) ensure that the student’s presence at the school does not constitute a danger to himself/herself or others, or (3) accomplish stringent disciplinary actions such as behavior program placement or expulsion. Students on suspension status are not allowed on a school campus or at any school sponsored activity for any reason without the express prior permission of the school principal.
  • Correctional Education Program – Students expelled for serious offenses are subject to arrest and referral to the Clark County Juvenile Justice Services for adjudication. The court may act to place students under its jurisdiction. In doing so, the student is enrolled in a school district education program.
  • Behavior Program Referral – A behavior program provides instruction for school age students in grades 6 through 12 who have had behavior problems in a comprehensive school. Placement duration upon positive student performance in this more restrictive program with the opportunity to return to the referring school. Such interim placement generally last for 4 to 9 weeks.
  • Expulsion (limited) – Long-term termination of enrollment in the regular schools in the Clark County School District, with the potential that a student may return to a regular school campus, other than the campus from which the student was expelled, under the provisions of a trail enrollment, following a successful period of Continuation School placement.
  • Expulsion (permanent) – Total termination of enrollment in the regular schools in the Clark County School District, with potential future enrollment only in an alternative education program.
  • Expulsion (Habitual Disciplinary Problem) – Pursuant to NRS 392.466(3), a student who is expelled from any CCSD school for habitual discipline as defined by NRS 382.4665, and as set forth in the CCSD Behavior Guidelines for Secondary Student, may not return to ANY CCSD school for the period of at least 18 weeks, but must instead continue education not provided by the district through programs such as home schooling or private schooling.
  • Student/Parent Drug Intervention Program Referral – when the behavior problem area is related to alcohol/substance use or possession, the student and the parent will be required to attend the drug awareness program which involves attendance in sessions totaling approximately eight (8) hours of instruction.