Code of Student Conduct
The Code of Student Conduct is designed to encourage students to accept responsibility for their actions, teach students to respect the rights of others, facilitate learning and promote the orderly operation of all Kansas City Public Schools. It is composed of various “classes” of misconduct, which will result in disciplinary action. A student who commits an act of misconduct which is not listed in the Code of Student Conduct, but which is nonetheless prejudicial to good order and discipline in the schools or which tends to impair the morale or good conduct of students, will be subject to the authority of the classroom teacher and/or principal.
Imposition of Disciplinary Consequences
For purposes of this Code of Student Conduct, elementary consequences apply to students in grades K-6 and secondary consequences apply to students in grades 7-12. District personnel will use their professional judgment in determining which disciplinary consequences for the listed offenses will be most effective in dealing with the student's misconduct, taking into account the following factors:
- The student’s age and maturity level;
- The nature and seriousness of the infraction;
- The student’s previous disciplinary record;
- The student’s attitude; and
- Other relevant factors.
The disciplinary consequences apply to all students, although special procedures must be followed with regard to disciplining students with disabilities.
The penalties listed under the “Consequences” section for each class of offenses are disciplinary options and need not be imposed in any certain order. Moreover, there is no requirement that all disciplinary options listed be exhausted before a student may be disciplined for second or subsequent offenses.
Scope of Authority
The provisions of this Code of Student Conduct apply in all situations in which students are involved, including:
- Activities on school property;
- Travel on school buses or in any vehicle when that vehicle is used to transport students for the district;
- Off-site school-sponsored activities;
- While walking to or from school, waiting for school-provided transportation or waiting for or riding on public transportation to and from school, if the student’s conduct is the result or cause of disruptive behavior on school grounds; and
- Acts or behavior, which occurs off school property and poses a threat to the safety of students and faculty or disrupts the learning environment.
- Acts or behavior, which occurs on any social media site and poses a threat to the safety of students and faculty or disrupts the learning environment.
Off-campus misconduct that is not school-related and adversely affects the educational climate will also be subject to school-related disciplinary consequences (i.e., long-term suspension and/or expulsion). In addition, the district will seek restitution in all instances where district property is damaged, destroyed or stolen.
Discipline infractions occurring at the end of the school year may result in disciplinary actions and/or consequences being administered at the beginning of the next school year.
Supervision of Students
All district personnel responsible for the care and supervision of students are authorized to hold every student strictly accountable for any disorderly conduct in school, on any property of the school, on any school bus going to or returning from school or in any vehicle when that vehicle is used to transport students for the district during school-sponsored activities or during intermission or recess period.
*Note: All discipline infractions and any interventions utilized must be documented in the student information system.
School personnel may use reasonable and prudent physical forces to restrain a student whose actions are reasonably believed to result in physical injury to any persons, including the student.
All students within the district will be held accountable for their actions on school property. The failure of a student and/or parents/guardians to read the Code of Student Conduct and sign the acknowledgment form will not prevent students from being held accountable for their behavior and receiving disciplinary consequences under the Code of Student Conduct.
Students' Responsibility for Items in Their Possession
Students are responsible for any contraband found in their possession. Contraband is defined as drugs, weapons, alcohol and/or other materials deemed illegal or unauthorized under Missouri and Federal law, School Board policy or the Code of Student Conduct. For purposes of the Code of Student Conduct, items are deemed to be within a student’s possession if the items are found in any of the following places:
- Student’s clothing (i.e., pockets, jackets, shoes, socks, hats, etc.);
- Student’s purse/book bag;
- Student’s desk;
- Student’s locker; and/or
- Student’s automobile located on district property.
It is each student’s responsibility to check his or her personal belongings for possible contraband before entering school property, any school bus going to or returning from school, or any vehicle when that vehicle is used to transport students for the district and school-sponsored activities.
A student may be required to surrender items prohibited at school. Confiscated items include iPods, mobile phones, laser pointers, etc.