Section III. Disciplinary Responses
According to CMS Board Policy S-SUSP: “Consequences for violating the Code of Student Conduct should be progressive in nature. Principals and teachers are encouraged to use a full range of discipline responses to student misconduct, such as parental involvement, conferences, isolation or time-out for short periods of time, behavior improvement agreements, instruction in conflict resolution and anger management, peer mediation, individual or small group sessions with the school counselor, academic intervention, in-school suspension (ISS), detention before and/or after school or on Saturday, community service, exclusion from graduation ceremonies, exclusion from extracurricular activities, suspension from bus privileges, and disciplinary placement in an alternative school.”
The use of out-of-school-suspension (OSS) should be reserved as a consequence for student conduct where other documented options either have not been effective or, in the opinion of the principal, will not serve to protect other students and staff at the school or will not preserve an orderly school environment. A short-term suspension of 3 or more days may be appealed (see page 22). All documented discipline incidents remain on the student’s record. The Board directs that any short-term suspension of any student in the pre-kindergarten program, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade shall first be reviewed and approved by the Superintendent, or his designee, prior to being enforced against the student. The Superintendent’s decision shall be final and may not be appealed to the Board.
Also according to Policy S-SUSP: as principals decide what to recommend to the learning community superintendent as appropriate consequences for the most serious rule violations, they should base their recommendations “upon a review of thenature of the incident and student’s culpability in the incident, degree of danger presented by the student, intent, disciplinary and academic history, potential benefits to the student of alternatives to suspension, and other mitigating or aggravating factors. The principal must also consider and make a recommendation as to whether a reassignment to an alternative school program should be a condition of a suspension or a separate disciplinary option.”
The provisions of this code also apply when students are in the virtual learning environment.