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Discipline Policy

All members of the Hoover Middle School Community are expected to create a positive, safe, orderly, and effective learning environment, free from distractions. Students are expected to be responsible for their own actions and behaviors, and act in a manner that supports our HAWKS values (Honor, Achievement, Work, Knowledge, and Success).

Bullying

Any student, including bystanders, with concerns should fill out a report in the office. Bullying reports will be investigated.

Discipline

The accountability cards located in the Agenda are used to document positive behaviors and behaviors resulting in consequences.

This handbook supplements the APS Student Behavior Handbook which is available to all families. Acceptable standards of behavior are expected at all times. Discipline will be administered fairly and firmly when any individual's action interferes with the learning process. Students are reminded that any teacher or staff member in the school is expected to correct unruly individuals. If a student is endangered by peers or by his/her own actions, Interventions and consequences will be determined.

Expected Behavior

Behaviors that support these HAWKS values include:

  • Be at school daily, ready to learn
  • Be respectful of yourself and others
  • Be on time to class
  • Be prepared to be productive in class by having all necessary materials daily
  • Complete and turn in work on time
  • Finish make up work in the allowed time
  • Dress appropriately
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself at all times
  • Limit public affection to hand holding
  • Respect school and private property
  • Share the responsibility of keeping your school clean
  • Follow school rules

 

Serious Behavior Problems

There are also behaviors that are severe and disruptive to the educational process. These behaviors can jeopardize the safety of others and interfere with the ability of others to learn, and they will not be tolerated on the Hoover campus. These behaviors include:

 

  • Fighting
  • Defiance of school personnel/authorities
  • Cheating/forgery, including plagiarism
  • Use of profane or abusive language directed at others
  • Gang-related activity
  • Possession of weapons or other items that may cause/are intended to cause injury/death
  • Use or possession of drugs/alcohol/tobacco/contraband
  • Vandalism/destruction of school property
  • Truancy/ditching school
  • Intimidation/making threats/promoting or instigating a fight/endangering other students
  • Sexual harassment
  • Bullying
  • Theft

 

Consequences for these behaviors may include, but are not limited to, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, a disciplinary hearing, and/or a report to APS police or APD.

Disability Harassment

Our school prohibits harassment of any kind, including harassment based on an individual's disability. The following are examples of circumstances that may constitute disability harassment:

  • Several students continually remark out loud to other students during class that a student with dyslexia is "retarded" or "deaf and dumb" and does not belong in the class.
  • A student repeatedly places classroom furniture or other objects on the path of classmates who use wheelchairs impeding the classmates' mobility.
  • Habitually subjecting a student to inappropriate physical restraint because of conduct related to his/her disability.
  • Repeatedly denying a student with a disability access to lunch, field trips, assemblies, and extracurricular activities as punishment for taking time off from school for required services related to a student's disability.
  • Repeatedly belittling and criticizing a student for using accommodations in class.
  • Taunting and belittling a student with mental retardation by mocking and intimidating.

School personnel who become aware of disability-related harassment shall promptly and effectively act to end the harassment. Students should report any concerns related to disability harassment to a school administrator.