Temecula Middle School

School Behavior Code

TMS Behavior Code - Courtesy, Respect, Responsibility

SUSPENSION/EXPULSION PURSUANT TO EDUCATION CODE 48900*

According to Education Code 48900, a student may be suspended and/or expelled for the following offenses:

(a)  (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.

       (2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.

(b)   Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished a firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous objects.

(c)   Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of a controlled substance.

(d)   Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotioated to sell a controlled substance or otherwise furnished to a person.

(e)    Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.

( f )   Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.

( g)   Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.

( h)   Possessed or used tobacco, or products containing tobacco or nicotine products.

( i )   Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.

( j )   Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell drug paraphernalia.

( k )  Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school

        officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

( l )   Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

(m)   Possessed an imitation firearm.

( n )  Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or committed a sexual battery.

( o )   Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding

         for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or

         both.

( p )   Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.

( q )   Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing.

( r )   Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in

         subdivisions (f) and (g) of Section 32261, directed speciffically toward a pupil or school personnel.

.2      committed sexual harassment

.3      caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of, hate violence

.4     engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation, directed against school district personnel or pupils...disrupting classwork,

        creating substantial disorder, and invading the rights of either school personnel or pupils by creating an intimidating or

        hostile educational environment.

.7    terroristic threats against school officials or school property, or both

 

- Since many of the rules relating to student conduct involve violation of civil law, the school may be required to report these violations to the local law enforcement agency. See California Education Code for further information.

 

Below are examples of inappropriate behavior that will result in disciplinary action and/or discipline points. These include any illegal action as outlined in the California Education Code.  Consequences may include: Conference with an administrator, lunch/after-school duty/detention, on-campus suspension (OCS), suspension and expulsion. Please note, these are examples-the list is not complete.

 
  • Bullying
  • Horseplay (pushing, play fighting, etc.)
  • Harassment (verbal, physical, sexual)
  • Defiant behavior or disrespect toward an adult
  • Disruption of school activities
  • Class disruption
  • Throwing of any object, food or liquid
  • Repeated violation of classroom/school rules
  • Tardies/Truancy from class or school
  •  (Leaving class without permission/written pass)
  • Hitting, kicking, or other aggression
  • Possession of weapons, dangerous object, laser
  • pointer, fireworks, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of imitation firearm
  • Theft or possesion of stolen property
  • Dress code violations
  • Chewing of gum/seeds on campus
  • Eating in class or undesignated areas/times
  • Electronic devices out on campus
  • Littering
  • PDA (Public Display of Affection)
  • Possession of Sharpies/permanent markers
  • Racial slurs
  • Profanity
  • Destruction of property/graffiti
  • Threats to any person
  • Selling candy or other unauthorizes items
  • Cell phone usage 

 

DEFINITION OF CONSEQUENCES

 

Conference – A school administrator will meet with the student to discuss incident/appropriate behavior.

Lunch Duty/Detention – Students will eat lunch in a designated area and then be assigned to clean the lunch area and pick up trash around the campus. If a student fails to show up for detention, they will receive additional days.

Gum Club – Students will eat in a designated area, and under supervision, will scrape gum around campus during lunch. If a student fails to show up for Gum Club, they will receive additional days.

After School Detention – A student may be detained in the office or assigned Campus Beautification (working with the custodian). An administrator will assign the duration of detention.

OCS – (On Campus Suspension) The student is removed from classes for the day but remains on campus in an extremely structured and monitored environment. This consequence is in lieu of off-campus suspension. Students may also be sent to OCS for a particular class period. While in OCS, students will copy a behavior essay, do Campus Beautification and complete school assignments.

Suspension – The student is not allowed on campus for a specified number of days. During this time, the student may not attend school functions or be on any campus in the district.

Expulsion – The most severe form of discipline, expulsions are utilized in extreme cases. During an expulsion, students are prohibited from attending school for a specified time and may not enroll in any other district school. During this time, the student may not attend school functions or be on any campus in the district.

 

DISCIPLINE POINT SYSTEM

 

In order to ensure a safe, orderly learning environment, Temecula Middle School will follow a program of Assertive Discipline. Failure to comply with rules and regulations will result in students earning discipline points. All students will begin the year with 0 discipline points. In addition to incidences of disruption and disrespectful behavior, violations of school rules such as dress code, tardies and cell phone use may result in discipline points. Detentions and Gum Club will cause a student to earn one (1) discipline point; OCS, two (2) discipline points; and Suspension, three (3) discipline points. If a student earns two (2) discipline points within 30 days of a school-sponsored event, he/she may be excluded from that activity.  Note:  Chronic tardiness to school may result in additional discipline points.

*SIXTH AND SEVENTH GRADE END-OF-YEAR ACTIVITY CRITERIA

To participate in end-of-year activities, 6th & 7th graders must meet the following behavioral and academic criteria:

Behavioral Criteria

  • Must have fewer than 12 discipline points.

Academic Criteria

  • Must earn a cumulative 2.0 (or higher) grade point average as determined by the first semester report card and grades on the second semester cut-off date (TBD).

*EIGHTH GRADE END-OF-YEAR ACTIVITY CRITERIA

To participate in end-of-year activities, 8th graders must meet the following behavioral and academic criteria:

Behavioral Criteria

  • Must have fewer than 12 discipline points to participate in the end-of-year daytime/trip activity.
  • Must have fewer than 14 discipline points to participate in the end-of-year reward activity.
  • Must have fewer than 20 discipline points to participate in the Recognition Assembly.

Academic Criteria

  • Must earn a cumulative 2.0 (or higher) grade point average as determined by the first semester report card and grades on the second semester cut-off date (TBD).
  • For the Recognition Assembly, FINAL (and 1st Semester) grades determine academic eligibility.

*School administrators reserve the right to alter any consequences when they deem the situation is best solved in a different manner.