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Student Handbook » Student Conduct

Student Conduct

Student Conduct

Teaching appropriate student conduct is part of our school’s total educational program. Our goal is to maintain a safe, positive school environment where all students are treated with dignity and respect in a fair and consistent manner. School is an environment where individual differences are accepted and student achievement is our first priority. We encourage students to learn the skills of responsibility and self-management.

Common courtesy and acceptable standards of conduct are qualities taught at home. The school reinforces that training. We expect appropriate conduct to be displayed at school and at all school-sponsored activities. We expect students to take PRIDE in themselves, in their fellow students, in the Davis staff, and in the school building and grounds. We expect students to follow all school rules.

Extreme noise, running, pushing, shoving, “horseplay,” fighting, threatening, bullying or infringing on the rights of others is not acceptable on the Davis campus.

All student behavior expectations are based on the Social Learning Theory – the 3 B’s.

  • Be Safe.
  • Be Respectful.
  • Be Responsible.

Auditorium Expectations

Parents please help all of our students meet these expectations by being excellent role models of the following (Also, make sure younger children with you are following these expectations):

  • Move into the auditorium in a quiet, calm and orderly way.
  • Leave all food, drinks, gum or candy outside the auditorium. Throw them away before entering.
  • Leave all electronic devices (headphones, IPods, and cell phones, etc.) in your locker and/or car.
  • During a school assembly, as students enter, sit as a class taking up all seats and not changing your order. Stay in your seat and use a 6-inch voice. (Only someone 6 inches away from you can hear you.)
  • When a speaker steps to the front, face the front and demonstrate appropriate listening skills.
  • Keep boos or negative reactions to yourself.
  • Show appreciation of speaker or performance in an appropriate manner. Clap to show appreciation and applause. Save any yelling, howling or whistling for outside performances and in the gymnasium.
  • Remain seated until an adult that is in charge of the performance/assembly dismisses you.
  • Take care of any bathroom needs before you enter the auditorium.
  • Getting up and moving around during a performance is not proper auditorium etiquette.
  • If you are late, we request you wait for a break in the performance before you enter. Entering during a performance is disruptive (rude) to the audience and performers.

Before and After School

In the morning before the bell …

  • Students may come to the office to pay fees or deposit money in their lunch accounts.
  • Students should not be on campus before 7:00 a.m. Teachers are not available to students until 7:20 a.m.
  • Once students arrive on school grounds, they may not leave without signing out through the office.
  • Students should stay in Commons area until the first bell at 7:40 a.m.

After school...

  • School ends at 2:54 p.m.
  • After school, students are expected to leave school grounds by 3:10 p.m. unless they areparticipating in a school sponsored and adult supervised activity.
  • If you are in a supervised activity, your parents should be aware of the daily ending time so that they can be here 5 minutes early to pick you up.

Bullying, Discrimination, Intimidation

We have a zero-tolerance policy for acts of cruelty, harassment, excessive teasing, bullying, discrimination, violence, and intimidation. We believe that all students and adults, no matter their gender, race or religious preference have the right to be free from abuse of any kind. State and city laws also protect these rights. Therefore, disrespectful or profane language or language that uses racial, religious or sexual slurs directed towards anyone will not be tolerated. If a student thinks that language that uses racial, religious, or sexual slurs has been directed toward him/her, please report these concerns immediately to a teacher, counselor, or school administrator.

Cheating

A student caught cheating in any form will receive a “zero” for the assignment/quiz/test and a referral will be given. The second offense of cheating in the same class may result in an “F” for the grading period.

Dress and Appearance

Dress and appearance are matters of personal taste. However, we feel that the clothing worn by students should be appropriate for the classroom and all school situations. We request that students dress in clean, modest, school appropriate attire. 

  • Students cannot wear any clothing that advertises alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or other illegal substances/activities. Clothing may not display obscenities, vulgarities, inappropriate or offensive sayings, symbols, or gestures, sayings with double meanings, or sexually suggestive messages.
  • Our policy concerning midriff or crop tops is that NO SKIN can be showing in the midriff area. Shirts must be long enough to cover the top of the slacks/jeans/skirts.
  • Only wide strapped and appropriately fitting tank tops are allowed.
  • Revealing clothing such as backless, strapless, spaghetti straps, low-cut, sheer, see-through, etc., is not appropriate.
  • Pajamas or Sleepwear are not permitted as school attire at any time except for specified days for spirit week. Students will be asked to change if they wear pajamas to school.
  • Shorts and/or skirts must be at least fingertip length.
  • Any gang related clothing; gang signs, symbols on clothing, chains, notebooks, backpacks, hand gestures, etc., that suggests gang involvement are not allowed.
  • Sunglasses are not permitted…including at lunch.
  • Jackets/Coats should be left in lockers-do not wear to class.

*NOTE – P.E. Clothes need to meet these requirements also.

Hats should NEVER be worn in the building. Remove hats before entering the building. Hats will

be taken if this rule is violated.

Field Trips

Each team plans their field trips to complement the curriculum. Because of the shrinking district budget and increased costs of these learning activities, it may be necessary to charge students a fee that is sufficient to cover the cost of these educational field trips. If the cost is a problem, please visit with your student’s teacher in private. These experiences are an important part of the curriculum, and we do not want any student to miss out because he/she cannot afford to pay the fee.

Fighting

Davis Middle School has a no tolerance policy for fighting. It is illegal and dangerous. All students involved in fighting will have consequences that could include a police referral/citation (ticket).

Hall Passes

Students are expected to remain in class the entire class period. If it is necessary for students to be in the hall, they must have a hall pass. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a pass from a teacher or office personnel before entering the halls during class time. 6th grade students are to use the 6th grade hallway and doorway. 7th grade students are to use the 7th grade stairwell and hallway. 8th grade students are to use the 8th grade stairwell and hallway.

Insubordination & Disrespect

When any adult asks a student to do a school-related activity or behave according to school policy (whether in the classroom or outside of it), a student is expected to do what is asked. Students who refuse to comply with requests from school staff or direct obscene gestures or profane language toward a member of the staff will receive appropriate consequences.

Items Not Permitted at School

Electronic devices:  It is recommended that pagers, cell phones, laser pointers, IPods, MP3 players, electronic games, etc., be left at home. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. If students are found using any of the above during class, they will be taken and the privilege of having it at school could be revoked. The technology of today is a great tool but using it during class time to text, cheat, take pictures, etc. disrupts the learning process. Taking inappropriate pictures is never acceptable. Please help us maintain a positive culture at our school by insisting that your student use technology appropriately.

Selling things at school: Selling of candy or other items at school is not allowed.

Weapons: Weapons or items that could potentially harm, such as: chains (metal or plastic), pocket knives, guns, etc. are not allowed.

Backpacks, Athletic Bags, Coats

These articles must be left in lockers; they may not be taken to classrooms.

Bicycles, Skateboards, Roller Blades

The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Items such as scooters or skateboards must be able to fit into your locker. They should not be left randomly throughout the school, for example, the office, classrooms, hallways, etc. Students may ride bicycles, scooters, skateboards to school, but they must walk them on campus. Riding on campus is a safety hazard. Roller shoes and roller blades are not allowed on campus.

Library/Media Center

Ms. Eastman, Media Director, and Mrs. Wymer (Media Aide) are happy to help all students find books and information, and assist with technology resources. We like the Media Center to be full of students searching for books and researching information. All students are welcome here! The Media Center is open every day before school at 7:15 a.m. for students who need to do research or to complete an assignment. The Media Center is also open the last 15 minutes of lunches and closes at 3:30 p.m. daily. Computers are available for research or word processing. An Internet Use Agreement MUST be signed by the student and parent at registration in order to use the Internet.

Our Media Center does not believe in fining for overdue books. Because we check out books for 14 days, we feel that students have ample time to return them – a responsibility we want our students to assume. We do, however, charge for the replacement cost of a lost or damaged book. We will happily refund the money if the book is found and returned in good condition.

Lockers/Locks

  1. Students are to use only the assigned school locks on their hall lockers. PERSONAL LOCKS ARE NOT TO BE USED on hall lockers. (Personal locks are required for P.E. lockers.)
  2. Students are to keep their locker combinations confidential. They should never share the combination with friends.
  3. Students are to only use the locker that has been assigned to them. LOCKERS ARE NOT TO BE SHARED.
  4. Students are responsible for all of their personal belongings. The school is not responsible for personal belongings left in lockers. Valuable items should not be brought to school or left in lockers at any time.
  5. Defective lockers or difficulties with lockers must be reported to the office immediately.
  6. Decorating the INSIDE of lockers with non-permanent decorations to personalize them is permissible.
  7. Lockers are the property of the district and are subject to inspection by the administration or their designee at any time without notice or cause.

Lost & Found

Each year we have truckloads of items that we end up donating to charity. Please check the lost and found box regularly for any missing items. The box is located by the custodian’s office and Responsibility Room. The Lost and Found will be cleaned out and donated several times throughout the school year. Small items, (i.e., glasses, cell phones, keys, purses, wallets, I.D.’s, and jewelry, etc.) will be turned in to the office and displayed in the office window.

Profanity

Profanity and other inappropriate language is not acceptable. We expect that students will know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate language. If a student thinks that language using racial, religious, or sexual slurs has been directed toward him/her, please report these concerns immediately to a teacher, counselor, or school administrator. Students who use this language will receive consequences as deemed appropriate by the principal.

Public Display of Affection (PDA)

Public displays of affection, including but not limited to, holding hands, walking arm-in-arm, embracing, hugging, and/or kissing, is not acceptable behavior on school grounds, at school sponsored activities, at the bus stop or in any school vehicle.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as: unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior toward another person. Examples of these kinds of behavior are: touching, grabbing, or pinching; spreading sexual rumors, inappropriate sexual comments, gestures, name calling, etc. Some students would describe these as funny or “pranks,” but no one has the right to touch or make sexual comments or advances toward another person without her/his permission. All of these actions are serious violations of someone else’s rights and federal law protects these rights. If a student thinks he/she is a victim of sexual harassment, the student should report these concerns immediately to a teacher, counselor, or school administrator. This is a serious offense, and those who persist in this kind of activity can be subject to a parent conference, a police referral and possible school suspension.

Substitute Abuse

Substitute abuse is NOT PERMITTED and will result in a direct referral to the principal and will be considered a major misbehavior. Substitutes are adult guests in our school and should be treated with the utmost respect.

Telephone

Parents and students should make arrangements for transportation, going home with friends, etc., prior to coming to school. Cell phones are permitted for use before and after school and at lunchtime only.Students found using cell phones during class will have the cell phone confiscated and the privilege of having a cell phone at school could be revoked.  PARENTS: if you have a telephone number that requires long distance service, your student will not be able to contact you using any of the school telephones. 

Visitors

Parents are always welcome to visit the school. For safety purposes, parents are required to check in the office and obtain a visitor pass before going to other parts of the school. Parents should contact the office to make appointments to meet with the principal and/or teachers. Students should not bring other (guest) students to attend school with them. This is not allowed.