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Student Discipline Policy and Expulsion Criteria

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Student Discipline Policy and Expulsion Criteria

Princeton Charter School stresses respect for others and for the rights of others, among them the right to a school and classroom environment which facilitates learning. Students who by their disruptive behavior consistently deprive others of this right will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension and expulsion from the school.

Suspension and Expulsion

The PCS Board of Trustees has the right to suspend or expel a student pursuant to the following criteria, as approved by the Commissioner of Education in chartering this school, and upon the recommendation of the Head of School in consultation with the student's teachers: 1) physical assault upon another student, member of the staff, or board member; 2) carrying a weapon; 3) possession or consumption of alcohol, a controlled dangerous substance, or drug paraphernalia on school premises, or being under the influence of such substances on school premises; 4) conduct constituting a danger to the physical well-being of other students; 5) continued and willful disobedience or open defiance of any authority figure employed by the school; 6) expropriation of another student's or a staff member's personal property, whether by theft, through force, or by intimidation; 7) habitual use of profanity or obscenities; and 8) willfully causing damage to school property. No student shall be suspended or expelled unless the conduct for which he/she is to be disciplined is related to school activities and/or attendance and occurred on school property, including school buses. Disciplinary actions will have no bearing on the student's academic standing, except in cases of academic dishonesty.

These general guidelines for suspension and expulsion will be reviewed and modified, as appropriate, by the Princeton Charter School Trustees together with the school administration.

Codes of Conduct

Princeton Charter School intends to provide an orderly environment conducive to learning and based on principles of student involvement and participation, personal responsibility, respect for others, and good citizenship. Ongoing disruptive behavior on the part of one student is an infringement on the rights of other students.

Disciplinary Policy

Clear communication and clearly defined limits promote acceptable behavior. To this end, the administration, staff, and student representatives of Princeton Charter School will develop guidelines for student conduct on school property with the attendant regulations and procedures which constitute the school's disciplinary policy. In all cases these guidelines will be appropriate to the age level and maturity of the child, will be commensurate with the nature of the violation, will respect all children's rights, and will hold them accountable for their behavior. Treatment of students will be consistent without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, socioeconomic status, or status as classified. A parent committee will review these guidelines, whereupon the board may ratify them and the school will publish them in a special student conduct handbook, with which parents and students will be asked to acquaint themselves. (Provisions shall be made for informing parents/guardians whose primary language is not English.) It will be the responsibility of each classroom teacher to make sure that students know, from the beginning of school, what the particular rules and regulations of that classroom are and to interact with pupils in a manner that encourages self-discipline.

 




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