One goal of Floyd Central High School is to provide the safest and most positive learning environment possible for its students. Appropriate student behavior is an integral part of an effective school climate.
Part of the role and purpose of American education is teaching students to work with each other, and in doing so, treat each other with civil courtesy.
Uncivil conduct toward students, staff members and other persons is not acceptable and will be subject to disciplinary measures which may include suspension and/or expulsion.
Uncivil conduct includes bullying, harassment, lewd, vulgar, indecent or offensive speech, name-calling, threats, racial or sexual epithets, and other expressions intended to arouse anger or hostility.
If corporal punishment is necessary, it may be administered by the principal or counselor preferably with the teacher present or by the teacher in the presence of the principal, counselor, or another teacher, and never in the presence of other students. The principal shall report to the Superintendent, in writing, any case of corporal punishment. Corporal punishment is not practiced at Floyd Central High School.
The demerit system is but a part of a larger program that addresses the need for appropriate student behavior in school. Using the school corporation's Student Guide policy, parental and teacher guidance, counseling services, and administrative conferences, Floyd Central will offer every appropriate opportunity for students to succeed in school and make a contribution to a positive school climate. The demerit system is subject to changing circumstances throughout the year.
Staff members may assign demerits for infractions of school rules. The school reserves the right to increase demerits or assign additional punishments for offenses.
Disruptive behavior or Inappropriate behavior 1 or 2
Failure to follow teacher/authority directive 1 Day SAL
Food or drink outside cafeteria 2
Not completing homework 1 or 2
Insubordination 2-6 or suspension
Profanity 2-6 or suspension
Cheating or falsification 3-6 or suspension
Inappropriate attire 4
Actions that endanger others 2-6 or suspension
Pass violation 2
Damage to property 2-6 or suspension
Theft 3-6 or suspension
Motor vehicle violation 3 or loss of driving privilege
Leaving campus 4 or suspension
Failure to bring materials to class 1 or 2
Level 1: 8 demerits-students will be notified and a letter will be sent home notifying parents that a conference will be required at 12 demerits.
Level 2: 12 demerits-a mandatory conference will be scheduled with parents before the student is returned to classes. A student will be placed on a demerit contract at this time.
Level 3: 16 demerits-the student will be suspended in school for one day and hall pass privileges will be revoked.
Level 4: 20 demerits - student will receive the punishment stated in demerit contract.
After 30 demerits another series of meetings will take place to address the student's inability to conform to appropriate school behavior. Student, parents, and school officials will meet to discuss appropriate disciplinary action including withdrawal from school, expulsion proceedings, probationary status, or other action deemed appropriate under these circumstances by school authorities.
Students who exceed 40 demerits will be subject to expulsion for the remainder of the school year.
Students may appeal to have demerits reduced by demonstrating meritorious behavior. Staff members who assigned demerits would agree to permit the student to perform some kind of school or community service. The purpose of this would be to develop positive attitudes and behaviors. Demerits would be reduced on the student's record for accounting purposes only. Merits may be limited by a principal.
Student Conduct At Events on and off Schools Grounds at Other Times When not at School.
• The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation has adopted a School Safety Policy governing students who commit, attempt to commit, or threaten aggressive acts toward persons (students, employees or visitors) or property. This Policy applies when a student is on a school bus, on school grounds, off school grounds at a school activity, function or event and while traveling to and from school or a school activity, function or event. This Policy may also apply when a student’s conduct is unlawful and may reasonably be considered to be interference with school purposes or an educational function, when such conduct occurs during weekends, holidays, school recesses, or during the summer when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions. Students who commit these acts will be suspended and may be expelled for up to one (1) school year or one (1) calendar year, as set out in Article II, below. • Students are required to observe school rules and regulations and to be subject to the authority of school officials at school events, whether on or off school grounds. Students are required to be courteous and obedient in response to all reasonable orders from school personnel whether on or off school grounds.
A student may be suspended or expelled for failing to comply and/or truthfully respond to questions from a staff member regarding school-related matters including potential violations of student conduct rules or state or federal law.
Student/senior pranks of any kind are prohibited throughout the year. Such actions are subject to disciplinary action, including suspension, removal from school events including commencement ceremonies, and/or possible expulsion from school.
Behavior modification, constructive intervention, and attitude adjustment are phrases applicable to measures taken to deal with classroom conflicts or student behaviors which interfere with the education process. School staff members use a Student Development Referral form to document teacher, counselor, and administrator steps taken in contending with unproductive student behavior. The goal is to help students learn effective coping skills, thus positively dealing with their problems as they realize personal growth and a deepened educational experience. Student referrals are maintained in student files for parental information and future counseling sessions. All referrals are disposed of when the student graduates.
A teacher may exclude a student from participation in any educational function under that teacher’s charge and supervision for a period not to exceed five school days when a student interferes with the educational function of which the teacher is then in charge.
Permanent Removal From Class
A student may be permanently removed from class and receive an “F” on his or her transcript for committing one of the following actions:
Becoming incorrigible toward the instructor of a class.
Refusing to complete work for a class.
Violating safety rules of a class.
Committing an act of violence or theft in a class.
Student violence directed towards staff or other students will not be tolerated. Threats made to anyone about personal safety or property may result in suspension and/or expulsion from school. All conflicts must be reported to school officials. Violations of the safety policy will be reported to legal authorities and the student may be arrested. Verbal abuse and offensive language directed towards others is an offense subject to suspension or expulsion. Intimidation and threats directed toward public school employees may be considered a felony under Indiana Code (I.C. 35-45-2-1). Students who accumulate 2 safety violations within his or her high school career may be required to attend counseling that addresses anger management. This counseling will be paid for by the parent or guardian. If a student has 3 safety violations within a high school career, he or she could be expelled from FCHS.
Fighting will result in automatic and immediate suspension of ten days or less. Students must attend workshops on conflict resolution.
Use or possession of drugs or alcohol is explained in "Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy Manual” appended to this handbook. Students are subject to testing for alcohol consumption if they are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol while at school.
Infractions such as violence, insubordination, and destruction of property will be dealt with accordingly and may result in suspension and/or expulsion from school.
Forging of school official's signatures or school documents will result in a one day or longer suspension.
Inappropriate language, either written or verbal, may result in demerits and/or suspension.
Pranks of any kind are disruptive and subject the student to possible suspension or expulsion.
Any student who falsified school records, including progress reports, report cards or passes is subject to disciplinary action.
A teacher may exclude a student from participation in any educational function under that teacher's charge and supervision for a period not to exceed one school day when a student interferes with the educational function of which the teacher is then in charge.
After being assigned three times to Suspension Alternative Lab (SAL) or after a total of seven days, students may no longer have SAL as an alternative. Any further infractions will result in options more severe than SAL.
A principal may deny a student the right to attend school or to take part in any school function for a period of up to ten school days in the following instances:
The principal shall provide notice and hold an informal hearing with the student prior to the suspension, except where the circumstances or the nature of the misconduct requires immediate removal. In such a situation, the notice and informal hearing shall follow as soon as reasonably possible after the suspension. Students who are suspended from school may not make up work missed during the suspension. A principal may remove a student from athletic activities, noncredit school activities, or school-provided transportation for disciplinary reasons, and such removal does not constitute a suspension or expulsion. Any student suspended out of school for two or more days may be assigned to community corrections for community service as part of the disciplinary action. Law enforcement is notified on all suspensions and a student may be arrested and formally charged.
A student may be permanently removed from class and receive an "F" on his or her transcript for committing one of the following actions:
An expulsion is a denial of the right of a student to take part in any school function for any period greater than ten school days.
An expulsion is a denial of the right of a student to take part in any school function for ten days or less, if the days involved constitute the balance of a then-current school year.
An expulsion is any other disciplinary action which automatically prevents the student from completing, within the normal time; his/her overall course of study in any school in the school corporation.
During the second semester of any school year, a principal may request that an expulsion remain in effect through the following summer session and/or the first semester of the following school year.
An expulsion for a full school year may be for fewer than the total number of student days in a full school year when such expulsion results in loss of school credit for two school semesters, or for two school semesters and a summer session.
The expulsion process offers the opportunity for the student procedural due process hearing.
Students leaving Floyd Central for an alternative school assignment forfeit the right to participate in and attend school activities as a non-traditional student.
(See New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated Schools student guide for student rights and responsibilities, enforcement of rules and regulations, and due process procedures in section 8 of this handbook.)
Indiana law prohibits the issuance of an operator's license, or permit and invalidates any existing license or permit, if a person less than 18 years of age or under has:
An expulsion from school.
Students under the age of sixteen maybe denied the right to drive at sixteen if declared a truant by the school for excessive absences from the school.
An exclusion from school due to misconduct.
Indiana state law requires schools to notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles when a student is suspended out of school a second time. The BMV will then suspend the student's driver's license for 120 days if the student is under the age of 18.
All out-of-school suspensions are routinely reported to law enforcement agencies, including the probation office and law enforcement. These infractions include, but are not limited to, thefts, fighting, chronic truancy, drug and alcohol violations, tobacco violations and threats or acts of intimidation.