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OCPS Code of Conduct per 4
Transcript of OCPS Code of Conduct per 4
Code of Student Conduct
Student disciplinary infractions and the responses to them are divided into four levels. Each level represents progressively more serious infractions and responses to them become progressively more severe.
Disciplinary Response Code Overview
If a student is required by law to attend school, the school will not suspend the student for unexcused absences or truancy. However, if a student arrives at school and then leaves campus, has temporary absences from classes, or fails to attend specific classes, the school can take disciplinary action. Florida Statutes requires the superintendent to report to the Dept of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles the name, date of birth, sex, and social security number of all students (age 14-18) who accumulate 15 unexcused absences in any 90 day calendar period. These students could lose their driver's licenses. In addition, parents of habitually truant students are subject to actions taken through the judicial system.
According to state law, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and/or alcohol by students on school grounds or at any school activity is prohibited.
Possession of Illicit Substances:
OCPS prohibits any student or visitor (except law enforcement officers are defined in Florida Statutes) from bringing a firearm or weapon on school grounds. This includes, but it not limited to, possessing or carrying a firearm or weapon on his/her persons, in a vehicle, container, or other conveyance.
Possession of Firearms or Weapons on OCPS Property
All Orange County School Board (OCSB) parking areas and lockers are the property of the school system. School authorities have the right to inspect any student parked vehicle and/or lockers in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of students. This includes use of drug and gunpowder sniffing K-9 dogs. Each student who uses OCSB property to park a vehicle or uses a school locker must sign an OCSB Student Parking and/or Student Locker Application and Consent to Search and Waiver of Liability form acknowledging and agreeing to the conditions as a prerequisite to, and in consideration for, the issuance of a student parking decal and/or a student locker. Individual student parked vehicles and/or locker searches will be conducted if school personnel have reasonable suspicion of a violation of the law or of the Code of Student Conduct. Routine locker clean-ups are not considered searches.
Student Parking & Student Locker Search
The school district has recognized the need to respect the rights of individuals while protecting the health, safety, and welfare of all students and school employees. Toward this end, the school district has developed operational guidelines for electronic scanning utilizing hand-held metal detectors and "hands-on" physical searches in schools as a means of helping to create and to maintain a safe educational environment in Orange County.
Search of Individual
A student may possess a cell phone on school property, at after school activities, and at school-related functions, provided that during school hours and on a school bus, the cell phone remains off and is concealed. Violations of this policy may result in confiscation of the cell phone and/or other disciplinary actions.
If confiscated, the parent/guardian will make arrangements to pick up the cell phone from the school.
At no time shall OCPS be responsible for theft, loss, or damage to cell phones or other electronic devices brought onto its property.
Cell Phone Policy for Students
In accordance with Florida Statute Section 1006.12, titled "Policy on Zero Tolerance for Crime and Victimization," the intent of the school board is to promote a safe and supportive learning environment in schools, to protect students and staff from conduct that poses a serious threat to school safety, and to encourage schools to use alternatives to expulsion or referral to law enforcement agencies. The Zero Tolerance Policy is not intended to be rigorously applied to petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors. The Zero Tolerance Policy must apply equally to all students regardless of their economic status, race, or disability.
Zero Tolerance for School-Related Violent Crime
Level I offenses are minor acts of misconduct that interfere with the orderly operation of the classroom, a school function, extracurricular/co-curricular program or approved transportation.
The school district employee involved should intervene in the misconduct. If further action is necessary, the school district employee should refer the student to the school administrator for disciplinary action. After hearing the student's explanation, consulting with staff members and doing any other investigation necessary, the administrator will decide on disciplinary action.
Level I - Discipline Response Code
failure to report for detention
false and/or misleading information
misconduct on school bus
profane, obscene, or abusive language/materials
unauthorized absence from school or class
Parental contact recommended
Counseling and direction
Special work assignment
Withdrawal of privileges
Return of property, payment for same, or restitution for damages
Detention (parental contact mandatory)
Referral to intervention program
Warning of referral to Level II
Confiscation of unauthorized materials/objects/contraband
Available Disciplinary Responses