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CONSEQUENCES FOR SPECIAL ED. STUDENTS

Special education students are limited to a total of ten days home suspension during each school year, unless the suspensions are found by an IEP committee to not constitute a change in educational setting.  Once a special education student approaches or reaches 10 days suspension, an IEP meeting will be held.  At that time the IEP committee will determine future disciplinary actions for the student.

A NOTE ABOUT FIREARMS POSSESSION

Students found to be in possession of a firearm while at school or at any school related event, or at any time when the Student Behavior Handbook is in force, shall be expelled from the Albuquerque Public Schools for a minimum of one calendar year.  Students may not return from expulsion for firearms possession except at the beginning of a semester.  The district shall use the definition of firearm as defined in the federal criminal code.

Student Discipline Policy

Discipline Policy

Discipline is something done FOR a student, not TO him or her!
 
At Hayes we recognize that middle school is a time when students begin to take on more responsibilities and make increasingly important choices about their own behavior and academics.  We know that children need guidance and experience to make wise choices.  Students make mistakes, and we allow for that, encouraging them to LEARN from their mistakes.  
At Hayes, we follow a progressive discipline plan to ensure the safety of all students.  This means that discipline will be based on the severity and times the student has repeated the same offense. Communication between the teacher, parent, and administrator is vital, and every effort will be made to keep that process open.  Parents are notified of behavior referrals through phone calls, emails and/or copy of referral form sent home for signature.  This copy must be signed and returned to the office.  However, per district policy, the principal and assistant have the responsibility to weigh all factors involved and use discretion to deliver the ultimate decision concerning a disciplinary situation.  We also are aware that a firm, fair and consistent discipline plan helps support a positive learning environment.  The following behaviors will result in a referral and will be handled by administration:
Medium Behavior Offenses

  • Obscene language, materials, gestures or behavior
  • Attendance problems/ditching (on or off campus)
  • Continually disrespect or defiant behavior
  • Bullying (threatening, harassing, extorting)
  • Excessive horseplay
  • Throwing objects (e.g. rocks, sharp items, etc. that pose an extreme safety hazard)
  • Deceitful behavior (false accusations, forgery, plagiarism, lying, cheating, etc. – restitution will be arranged)
  • Unauthorized distribution/selling/buying of materials or information (principal’s approval)
  • Possession and or use of tobacco, cigarette lighters, matches, and look-a-likes.
  • Unauthorized calls: Dialing 911 from any school phone

Major Behavior Offenses

  • Fighting/Battery, regardless of who started the fight (employing hostile contact in which at least one party or both individuals have contributed to a situation by verbal action and/or bodily harm)        
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Threatening to use a weapon, explosive, etc. to cause harm or vandalize.
  • Knowingly making a false statement during an investigation or inquiry.
  • Pulling the Fire Alarm

CONSEQUENCES may include:

  • Verbal warning from administration
  • Behavior Contract
  • Lunch detention, campus clean up
  • Placement in TIPS (in-school suspension)

T.I.P.S=(Teamed Intervention to Promote Self Responsibility) While in TIPS, the student will complete their regular assigned class work in a small supervised learning environment with an adult.  Teachers are notified when a student is assigned to T.I.P.S.  Assignments and class work will be delivered to T.I.P.S. and teachers will check on the student’s progress. Also, they will reflect on ways to correct their behavior. If a student’s behavior is such that they disrupt the T.I.P.S. room or refuses to do their work, the parent will be contacted and the student’s T.I.P.S. will be completed at home.

  • Suspension away from school
  • Suspension awaiting district hearing

Severe Behavior Offenses:

  • Bomb threats
  • False alarms
  • Vandalism
  • Assault (physical or verbal)
  • Gang related activities (3 or more indicators – see below)
  • Possession, use, being under the influence, sale or distribution of a controlled substance (this includes look-alike items)
  • Weapon possession and/or use (includes but is not limited to a knife or gun)
  • Theft/Stealing
  • Arson

Please note:  If the offense results in violation of the law, APS Police and/or Albuquerque City Police will be contacted and a report of the situation will be made at which time the student and/or parent(s) may be dealing with the local authorities as well as with the school. Students could be transported to the Juvenile Detention Center if the violation warrants that action.

Also note:  A District hearing may result in a variety of outcomes.  These could include:

  • Placement at the District Alternative Middle School
  • Placement in a different type of alternative educational setting
  • Transfer to another APS Middle School
  • Home instruction
  • Expulsion

Husky Card

Every student receives a Husky Card to create uniformity in discipline amongst all students throughout every class.  Students are taught what behaviors are appropriate and inappropriate for the school setting.  The card helps create an environment that is conducive to quality learning.  The following behaviors, but not limited to can be documented on the Husky Card:

  • Repeatedly breaking classroom rules (specific rules violated will be indicated by teacher)
  • Disrupting a classroom
  • Violation of uniform/dress code
  • Possession of a lighter, or matches
  • Throwing objects (e.g. papers, erasers, etc. that are not an extreme safety hazard)
  • Running in classrooms, hallways, or sidewalks
  • Being in hallways during non-designated times
  • Horse playing
  • Displaying affection in public
  • Disrupting lunch room or assembly
  • Use of or bringing personal items from home (radios, CD players, I Pods, I Phones, toys, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, laser pointers, cologne/perfume, etc. Any type of text messaging, cellular phones that are on, and/or disrupting the educational process. Cell phones must be turned off, not used, and may not be visible during the school day. (First time a warning is given. The second time the student brings a personal item that is used or is distracting classroom instruction the item will be relinquished to the parent at the end of the day. Third time the student will receive a referral and parent or designated guardian must pick-up the item.)
  • Having food, drinks, candy, etc. in non-designated area (administrator will use discretion in issuing consequences)
  • Misbehavior for a substitute teacher
  • Failing to return contracts, parent letters, progress reports, etc. After reasonable reminders and chances have been given.

The student is responsible for bringing his/her Husky Card to every class. The student is required to display the Husky card on his/her desk while in class. The teacher records inappropriate behavior concerns, repeated missing assignments, tardiness and/or any violations of the school rules on the Husky Card.

The teachers and/or the administration will address the violation, which is noted on the Husky Card. The Husky Card is used for approximately a 4 ½ week period. When this time frame is over, if the student has a clean Husky Card they will receive a special activity, or treat for being a responsible student and behaving appropriately in class.  The Husky Card is a great communication tool between teachers, parents, and student. Please make sure to check your student’s Husky Card daily to monitor their progress.

CONCERNING GANG RELATED ACTIVITY

The first two times a school staff member observes what he/she perceives to be gang-related activity, an administrator will contact that parent and make note of the concern. On the third perceived exhibition of gang-related activity, the administrator again will contact the parent.  The administrator will use his/her discretion in determining the appropriate level of consequence. Blatant gang-related activity is considered a severe misbehavior and will not be tolerated.

Gang related activity can be intimidating to students, faculty, and staff and is disruptive to the educational process.  Although this list is not all-inclusive, examples of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviors are such things as gang graffiti on school or personal property, intimidation of others, gang fights and/or initiation rituals, wearing gang attire or “colors”. Since gang behavior, markers, and colors are variable and subject to rapid change, school administrators and staff must exercise judgment and their individual discretion based upon current circumstances in the community.  Gang related indicators that will be considered include (but are not exclusive to):

  • The student associates with admitted or known gang members or talks about the gang
  • The student wears attire consistent with gang dress,
  • The student displays gang logos, graffiti, and/or symbols on personal possessions
  • The student displays gang hand signs or signals to others