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A. Level 1 Violations

1. Excessive excused tardies to school/early releases (excluding medically documented and school-sponsored events)

2. Excessive unexcused tardies to school or early releases (more than 3 times)

3. Unexcused/excessive tardies to class (more than 3 times) or class cutting (See

Policy on Regularity of Attendance, #6.200)

4. Possession of cellular phones

5. Possession of objects such as laser pointers (non-use)

6. Failure to wear district-adopted school uniform or violation of the school’s dress code

7. Misconduct-level 1 (other Level 1 incidents not specifically listed, such as running in the hall or throwing a pencil)
Intervention Strategies and Disciplinary Measures

a. Classroom and school-wide intervention strategies

b. Confiscation and/or loss of privileges.

c. Detention

d. In school suspension

e. Overnight suspension/parent or guardian conference in lieu of suspension


B. Level 2 Violations

1. Continuing to engage in Level 1 violations

2. Leaving campus without permission

3. Defiance of school personnel’s authority, disrespect, insubordination, or refusing punishment

4. Gambling

5. Misuse of locker/storage privilege

6. Obscene material, behavior, language, gestures, pictures, writings, or propositions

7. Immoral, indecent and/or offensive material, behavior, language, gestures, pictures, writings, or propositions

8. Profanity, provocative and/or abusive language directed at a student

9. Theft ($500 or less)

10. Possession/use of matches, lighters, or fireworks

11. Unauthorized parking/reckless driving on or near campus

12. False accusations against a student

13. Giving false ID

14. Cheating/plagiarism or forgery

15. Posting/distributing unauthorized materials

16. False fire alarm

17. Possession/use of tobacco product (student must be issued a citation)

18. Possession/use of over-the-counter medications (e.g., aspirin, cough medicine) without school approval (See Policy on Medicines, # 6.405)

19. Misconduct-level 2 (other Level 2 incidents not specifically listed, such as shoving a student in line—no injury, or throwing a football in the hall—no injury)


Intervention Strategies and Disciplinary Measures

a. Classroom and school-wide intervention strategies

b. Confiscation and/or loss of privileges.

c. Detention/Saturday school

d. In school suspension

e. Overnight suspension/parent or guardian conference in lieu of suspension

f. 1-3 day suspension (Sessions that focus on ending the student’s negative or harassing behavior may replace suspension.)
C. Level 3 Violations

1. Continuing to engage in Level 2 violations

2. Trespass or loitering

3. Fighting (minor injury and non gang-related)

4. Participation in activities related to non-school sponsored/non-sanctioned organizations

5. Unauthorized or inappropriate use of the internet, computers, or computer software

6. Disruptive behavior (other level 3 incidents not specifically listed, such as throwing a chair or a food fight)
Intervention Strategies and Disciplinary Measures

a. School- and district-wide intervention strategies

b. Confiscation and/or loss of privileges.

c. Detention/Saturday school

d. In school suspension

e. Overnight suspension/parent or guardian conference in lieu of suspension

f. 1-5 day suspension
D. Level 4 Violations

1. Continuing to engage in Level 3 violations

2. Arson

3. Hazing/initiation: non-school sponsored/non-sanctioned organizations, societies, clubs, or teams

4. Breaking and entering/burglary, theft over $500, or motor vehicle theft

5. Vandalism/graffiti

6. Possession of drug paraphernalia

7. Under the influence of an unauthorized substance at school (no actual possession or use at school) – Mandatory referral to Alcohol and Drug Counseling

8. Possession of electronic pagers or beepers (excluding cell phones)

9. Possession/use of alcohol

10. Assault/battery against a student (resulting in minor injury)

11. Threats against a student (non serious)

12. Refusal to produce an object identified by metal detectors

13. Profanity, provocative and/or abusive language directed at school personnel

14. Bullying, intimidation and harassment, including bullying or harassment based on sex, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation (also includes indecent exposure)

15. Extortion

16. Distribution of over-the-counter medications (e.g., aspirin, cough medicine) –

See Policy on Medicines 6.405

17. Felony per juvenile court, where the student’s continued presence in school poses a danger to person or property or disrupts the educational process

18. Disruptive behavior with prior unsuccessful interventions

19. Elementary students engaging in activities implying gang affiliation/membership including gang fights, gestures, actions, signals, literature, colors, drawings, signs, communication, possessing/distributing gang information, participating in gang recruitment, solicitation, or hazing/initiation activities, coordinating/ordering gang activities at school, gang-related threats, intimidation, and extortion, and other gang activity or acts that imply gang affiliation or membership – Mandatory referral to Gang Prevention Counseling
Intervention Strategies and Disciplinary Measures

a. School- and district-wide strategies (adjustment transfer and remand/alternative placement)

b. Generally, 3-5 day suspension for cases involving elementary students

c. Generally, 5-10 day suspension or an expulsion for cases involving middle and high school students


D. Level 5 Violations (Board-Mandated Violations)

1. Fighting (serious injury, weapon used or gang-related)

2. Aggravated assault (resulting in serious injury)

3. Assault/battery against designated visitors

4. Possession of a dangerous weapon (including a bowie knife, hawk bill knife, ice pick, dagger, a switchblade, or a weapon of like kind)

5. False imprisonment or kidnapping

6. Sexual battery

7. Serious threats against a student

8. Threats (serious and non-serious), assault (excluding battery) or false accusations

Against school personnel

9. Middle/high school students engaging in activities implying gang affiliation/membership including gang fights, gestures, actions, signals, literature, colors, drawings, signs, jewelry, apparel, manner of grooming, writings, gang graffiti, verbal or nonverbal communication, possessing/distributing gang information, participating in gang recruitment, solicitation, or hazing/initiation activities, coordinating/ordering gang activities at school, gang-related threats, intimidation, and extortion, and other gang activity or acts that imply gang affiliation or membership – Mandatory referral to Gang Prevention Counseling

10. Other major incidents and behaviors which have high potential for causing serious injury and/or death (e.g., throwing bricks at an occupied school bus)


Intervention Strategies and Disciplinary Measures

a. School- and district-wide strategies (adjustment transfer and remand/alternative placement)

b. Expulsion (11-180 days) State-Mandated Zero Tolerance Violations

11. Battery against school personnel

12. Possession/sale/distribution of illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription drugs

13. Possession/concealment/use/sale/distribution of explosive devices and firearms (assembled or unassembled parts), except toy guns – real/look alike

14. Making a threat, including a false report, to use a bomb, dynamite, any other deadly explosive or destructive device including chemical weapons on school property or at a school sponsored event.
Intervention Strategies and Disciplinary Measures

c. School wide strategies and district-wide strategies (adjustment transfer and remand/alternative placement)

d. Mandatory expulsion for one calendar year. The Superintendent may modify the expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
CELL PHONES, PAGERS, RADIOS, SOUND EQUIPMENT, VIDEO GAMES ETC.
A student will be required to surrender items prohibited at school and/or relevant to his or her misconduct. Confiscated items include beepers, telephone pagers, laser pointers, cellular phones, laptops, iPods, MP3 players, etc.. Confiscated items will be returned to the student’s parent/guardian within 72 hours during a conference with a teacher or administrator. The district does not take responsibility for confiscated items and will not compensate the owner for any confiscated items lost, stolen, or damaged while in the custody of the district.
If a cell phone/electronic device is confiscated, the teacher will retrieve it and turn it in to the Student Support Center.
All confiscated items may be picked up by a parent or guardian ONLY from 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM in the Student Support Center. If a student refuses to relinquish the item when instructed to do so, the student will receive a 5-day home suspension.
Fire Alarm

Our goal at Booker T. Washington High School is to provide an excellent learning environment for our students. To achieve this goal a variety of measures are in place for the safety of our young warriors. Fire alarms play an integral part of the safety of our school. Fires have affected the lives of thousands in the mid-south in recent years. Therefore, false fire alarm pulls at Booker T. Washington High School is a zero tolerance offense. Any student who pulls a fire alarm without just cause will be subjected to the following:




  • 10 day suspension or expulsion from school

  • Arrest and transportation to juvenile criminal authorities

  • Possible felony charge

  • Monetary fine imposed by the Memphis Fire Department

The administrative reviews each incident carefully – “It was an accident” is not acceptable. Every student will be dealt with accordingly.


Students who are 8 years of age or older and expelled for a Level 4 or Level 5 violation will be assigned to an alternative program, based on space availability. The principal shall consult with SCS Office of Security when determining whether the Shelby County Sheriff’s office, Memphis Police Department or other investigatory agencies should be contacted regarding violations of the Code of Conduct.
The principal shall report to SCS Office of Security and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Dept. any documentable or suspected incident involving illegal drugs, firearms, explosives, or other weapons as outlined in TCA 39-17-1307, 39-17-1309, or of title 39, chapter 17, part 4. Similarly, school personnel shall report any reasonable suspicion involving illegal drugs, firearms, explosives, or other dangerous weapons outlined in these law to the principal, or, if the principal is not available, to the principal's designee. School personnel may report such incidents to the Sheriff’s office only if neither the principal nor the designee is available.
Gang Prevention, Intervention and Enforcement

(Board Policy No. 6030)
DEFINITIONS

Gang – A formal or informal ongoing organization, association, or group consisting of three or

more persons that has as one of its activities the commission of criminal or delinquent acts; and has two or more members who, individually or collectively, engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal or delinquent gang activity.
POLICY STATEMENT

Gang-related activities are prohibited at schools, school activities, and school sponsored events.

Gang-related activities are activities implying gang affiliation or membership.

They include:

Gestures/Signals

Possessing or distributing gang information

Actions

Participating in gang recruitment or solicitation



Participating in gang initiation/hazing activities

Literature

Verbal or nonverbal communications

Clothing apparel or colors

Writings including graffiti

Manner of grooming

Gang-related threats, intimidation, and extortion

Signs


Coordinating and ordering gang-activities at school

Drawings


Gang fights

Jewelry
Any other gang activity or acts that imply gang affiliation or membership


Students in grades K-5 found engaging in gang-related activity shall generally receive a 3-5 day middle and high school students shall be expelled for a period between 11 and 180 days. Students shall also receive mandatory gang prevention counseling and may receive an adjustment transfer and/or remand/alternative placement.
Decisions regarding expulsion may be appealed in accordance with board policy.
Shelby County Board of Education - Graduation Requirements

Click to view the current graduation requirements for the Shelby County Unified School District.

Ready Core Curriculum Requirements
• English 4 units

• Mathematics 4 units

• Science 3 units

• Social Studies 3 units

• Wellness 1 unit

• Physical Education 0.5 unit

• Personal Finance 0.5 unit

• Electives 3 units

• Foreign Language 2 units

• Fine Arts 1 unit



Total 22 units

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