Student Conduct and Discipline Policy
High standards of conduct and an understanding of what constitutes acceptable behavior are critically important to students fulfilling CSCP’s mission. In support of CECP’s mission the Department of Student Accountability exists to foster a culture that encourages students to be:
Self-motivated, self-disciplined, and self-directed,
Focused on their academic achievement,
Rewarded for their adherence to CEC policies and discipline code,
Treated with natural and intentional consequences that are structured and enforced if school policies are broken, and
Actively involved in developing a school culture that creates a community of excellence and achievement.
CECP’s behavior expectations involve structure and clear expectations in the classroom supported by rewards and consequences at the classroom level. Students who fail to meet classroom expectations and are undeterred by classroom consequences will be subject to school level disciplinary action and possible expulsion, based upon the nature, severity, and/or repetition of student behaviors.
The Conduct and Discipline Code will not infringe upon constitutionally protected rights. CECP will enforce the provisions of the Code so that students and their parents understand that unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated and will be dealt with appropriately.
Proper student behavior is supported by cooperation between home and school. Students, parents, teachers, and CECP Leadership all play a vital role in assuring that the school fosters a sound educational environment including a positive attitude towards self-discipline and socially acceptable behavior.
Students of CECP are expected to obey the following expectations. The Leadership Team has adopted these expectations to address most possible behavioral situations for students of all grade levels. Situations not specifically defined will be addressed by the most appropriate category.
Students are required to attend class and be on time.
Please refer to CECP Attendance Policy for further information.
Conduct at School
Students will move in an orderly manner while in the hallways and not congregate or roam in “Off Limit” areas. “Off Limit” areas are marked by fences and/or warning signs. Students will maintain appropriate behavior in class, in cafeteria, in hallways, and during assemblies.
Conduct on a School Bus
All school rules remain in effect while on a bus. Please refer to CECP Transportation Procedures and Safety for further information. Behavior and safety issues on buses will be referred directly to the Dean of Students or another member of the Leadership Team.
Students will not plagiarize or cheat. They will produce their own work and cite sources appropriately.
Respect for Property
Students are responsible for personal property brought to school.
Students will keep their personal property secure.
Students will show respect for school property and the property of others.
Respect for Persons
Students will show courtesy to one another and to school staff.
Students will refrain from causing or threatening harm or personal injury to others on or off school property.
Students will further refrain from creating disturbances, harassing others, or instigating mistreatment of others.
Skateboards, rollerblades, bikes, and similar items may not be used on campus at any time.
Students will refrain from using profane or abusive language.
Dress and Personal Appearance
Basic standards for dress and personal appearance are clean, neat, and college/career appropriate. Please refer to the CECP Dress Code for further information.
Students will not engage in any criminal behavior. Charges will be filed or report made to law enforcement officials. This may lead to immediate dismissal (Level 2 offense).
Public Displays of Affection
Permissible displays of affection are holding hands or hug and release.
Inappropriate physical displays of affection are prohibited on school premises.
Following Instructions / Accepting Staff Decisions
Staff members make decisions based on students’ best interest.
Students are expected to follow directions quickly.
Disobeying a person in authority will constitute defiance and will not be tolerated.
Questions about a staff decision can be brought to a member of the CECP Leadership Team.
Welfare and Safety
Students will not possess instruments where the actual or intended use of the object may be detrimental to the welfare or safety of any other individuals. There is a 'zero tolerance' rule for any drug or alcohol offenses. Immediate dismissal may occur if student is found to be in violation (Level 2 offense).
Students will not possess, use, buy, sell, or trade alcohol, tobacco/nicotine products, drugs, or other controlled substances as well as materials or devices for which the actual or intended purpose is for the containment or use of such products, including (but not limited to) pipes, vape pens, e-cigarettes, cigarettes, and lighters on school property or at school events. Students may not come to school or school sponsored activities or events or be on school vehicles while showing signs of having used any prohibited substance.
Students will not engage in behavior or adopt a dress style or personal appearance suggestive of gang affiliation or membership.
A student choosing to miss one or more class periods on a day that he or she is in attendance at school will be considered “skipping” class. This is not considered an absence from school. It will be treated as defiance and a disruption of the learning environment. Students intentionally missing a class period may receive immediate level 1 or level 2 consequences. Teachers are not required to accept late work from a class period that was skipped.
Electronics and Technology
Student use of personal and school technology (including personal phones, tablets, and laptops; school computers; and any utilization of the school network) will follow the CECP Student Electronics and Technology policy. Violations may result in a device being confiscated and possible level 1 or level 2 consequences.
There are recommended consequences for certain behaviors that do not comply with school expectations. Repeated misbehavior will result in more serious consequences. The Dean of Students is provided latitude in assigning consequences. Consequences will be determined by the Leadership Team after meeting with all affected parties, this will include input from the student being assigned consequences.
A parent/guardian will receive notice of student discipline problems that requires a level 2 consequence. Records shall be maintained at the school for any infraction. These records will be part of each student’s individual file.
Within each Level, consequences may include detention, probation, suspension, and expulsion. These consequences are defined as follows:
Detention may be served before school, during lunch, or after school. Detention time will be used at the discretion of the Dean of Students which may include writing essays, completing reflections, community service, or completing specific school assignments.
This will be a suspension from attending a specific class. The student will be allowed to reenter the class only after a meeting including the student, parent/guardian, teacher, and the Dean of Students. Depending on the results of the meeting, the probation may become permanent for the remainder of the semester.
Suspensions shall last from one to ten days in length. If the suspension is an out of school suspension (OSS), the student will not be allowed on campus for the duration of their suspension. The student will only be allowed to return to school after a meeting including the student, parent/guardian, and the Dean of Students. Suspensions may become recommendations for expulsion. A manifestation hearing must be held prior to a suspension that would result in more than 10 days total for a school year for a student with a disability.
The Dean of Students, along with the Head of School, make a recommendation to the CEC Governing Board. The decision to expel a student is made solely by the Governing Board. Until the board makes their decision the student is considered suspended out of school. Prior to considering an expulsion for a student with a disability, a manifestation hearing must be held.
Level One Consequences:
Staff may write a referral for any student in the building. Staff may write a referral whether or not a student is sent to the office. Staff may write referrals for any actions they see that affect the learning environment. This can include any behavior that is listed in the Student Expectations section or anything that a staff member feels is inappropriate. Action is recorded in Infinite Campus.
Verbal reprimand/redirect by staff or teacher
Relocation in the classroom
Other classroom consequences
Consequences for non-classroom incidents
Teachers will communicate referrals to the parent within 24 hours for incidents occurring in the classroom
After the third staff or teacher written referral by the same teacher, there will be a required meeting with the Dean of Students. This could result in the student being removed entirely from the class and/ or a Student Behavioral Contract as well as any other disciplinary measures deemed appropriate by the CECP Leadership Team.
Level Two Consequences:
The Dean of Students must give student consequences for each visit to his office. All visits to the Dean of Students resulting in Level 2 consequences require a phone call to the parent or guardian. Consequences can include one or more of the following:
Conference with parent/guardian
Loss of off-campus privileges
Billing for damages to property
Probation from class
In-school suspension (ISS)
Out-of-school suspension (OSS)
Remedial discipline plan
Recommendation to Governing Board for expulsion
Student Search and Seizure:
CECP reserves the right to search any student based on reasonable suspicion as described in the Colorado School Violence Prevention and Student Discipline Manual (Suthers, 2009). Schools may search a person, their possessions (backpack, purse, etc.), and any vehicles on campus. Searches may result in confiscation of student property. This would include anything illegal, in violation of Student Conduct Policy, or is disruptive of the learning environment. A determination will be made whether the item is to be held for a prescribed period of time, destroyed, or turned over to law enforcement.