Student ContractDiscipline CodeCell Phones and Other Electronic DevicesInternet Acceptable Use PolicyTelephone UseProgress Reports, Interims and Report CardsUniform Policy

STUDENT CONTRACT

 Brewington Academy is an alternative education program which may be offered to students in place of expulsion from school without services. Students are able to continue their academic course of study and receive interventions for behavior problems. The success of the program requires commitment from both the parent and the student.

This contract is an agreement between the student, parent and school which outlines what is required of the student in order to attend and complete the academy program. Through the alternative education program, students are expected to commit to academic success, to earn the trust and confidence of staff, and to return to the regular school program. Students must complete the alternative school program before they can earn a recommendation to return to their regular school.

Conditions for Attending Brewington Academy

Compliance with the conditions listed below are required in order for the student to complete the alternative program.

  1. Students must attend school daily and on time.
  2. Students must adhere to the uniform policy guidelines.
  3. Students must comply with school rules, bus regulations and the discipline policy at school and on the school bus.
  4. Parents/guardians must attend all academic and discipline conferences scheduled at the school and be available to pick up the student when requested by an administrator.
  5. Students are not eligible to attend or participate in any extracurricular activities within Sumter School District. ( Category IV contract violation, expulsion offense )
  6. Students must accumulate no more than 5 disciple points while at the academy during a school year. ( 6 or more points, Category IV contract violation, expulsion offense )

Authority to discipline and terminate students from the alternative education programs is given to the Principal on site in collaboration with the Chief Student Support Services Officer.

 

Completing the academy program and recommendation to return to regular school

  1. Minimum of 90 days, one semester, in the academy program.
  2. Attendance, student must not be truant.
  3. Grades, student must pass 75% of his or her HS classes, 80% MS .

4. Behavior, student must not accumulate more than 5 discipline points.

BREWINGTON STUDENT DISCIPLINE CODE

 1. It is the opinion of the school board that acceptable student behavior including the following criteria is to be expected from all students:

  •  respect to peers faculty and staff exhibited through actions and speech.
  •  pride in personal and school property exhibited by taking care of the physical building and respecting the property rights of others.
  •  desire and effort toward educational achievement is to be a priority as exhibited by following teacher/staff direction reporting to class promptly and consistently and be prepared to work without interfering with instruction.
  •  obedience to all laws, discipline codes, rules and community norms.

2. The Board believes that all students should receive fair and consistent discipline when school rules are violated. Therefore this definitive code on student discipline was developed with the assistance of parents, students and administrators from Sumter School District.

3. This code will be in effect at bus stops on school buses at school and at all school sponsored activities both on and off campus.

NOTE: To help clarify some problems that might occur with students who are on their way to and from school or involved in school sponsored activities the following will be observed. The school’s jurisdiction may extend within sight and sound of the school building or beyond if the student’s outside conduct reaches into the school and is detrimental to the good order and best interest of the school.

4. Copies of this code or a summary thereof will be transmitted at the beginning of the school to parents/guardians of each student attending schools in the District.

5. School faculty and staff, bus drivers and students will be trained in this discipline system each year. Students in grades 3-12 will complete a test of understanding and teachers in grades Pre-K 3 will document instruction/understanding of discipline code concepts. This code lists the schedule of offenses who handles them and the actions required.

The following is an outline of the Offense Categories I – IV, Points earned for each offense incident and possible administrative actions.

Category I Offenses

Bus Violation Cat. I

Detention Violation

Eating/Drinking in Class

Excessive Noise

Inappropriate Language (Toward Students)

Inappropriate Materials

Littering

Other Minor Infractions

Unauthorized Device

Violation of Class Rules

Category I Actions* .5 points each offense

 1st – 3rd offense: Administrative Detention

 4th – 6th offense: In-School Suspension 1-3 Days and

 7th – 8th offense: 1day out-of-school suspension and

 9th offense: Recommendation for expulsion and out-of-school suspension pending hearing

 Category II Offenses

Aiding Others

Cheating/Lying

Confrontation/Altercation

Cutting Activity

Cutting Class

Cutting School

Dishonesty

Disrupting Class

Dress Code Violation

Driving Violation

Failure to Comply with Disciplinary Action

Gambling

Reckless Play

Inappropriate Affection

Leaving Class

Loitering

Obscene Gesture (Toward a Student)

Off Limits

Other Minor

Phone Violation

Profanity (Toward a Student)

Refusal to Obey

Excessive Tardy

Theft

Threat (Toward a Student)

Throwing Objects

Tobacco

Vandalism

Bus Violations (Cat. II)

Category II Actions*– 1 point each offense

 1st – 3rd offenses: 1 – 3 days in-school-suspension

 4th – 5th offenses: 1 – 3 class days out-of-school suspension

 6th offense: Recommendation for expulsion and OSSP

 In addition to the actions above, administrators may add or substitute the following actions:

 1st offense: warning/parent conference

 2nd offense: 1 day bus suspension

 3nd offense: 3 days bus suspension

 4rd offense: 5 days bus suspension

 5th offense: 7 days bus suspension

 6th offense: 10 days bus suspension

 7th offense: recommendation for permanent bus suspension

 Category III Offenses

Bite/Pinch/Spit

Bullying* (Refer to Policy JICFAA)

Computer Violation

Contraband

Forgery

Cyberbullying*

Fighting

Fireworks

Gang Activity

Harassment (See Policy JICFAA)

Hit/Kick/Push

Inappropriate Physical Contact

Intimidation*

Larceny/Theft

Leaving School

Loitering

Major Disruption

Obscene Gesture (Toward an Adult)

Other Minor Infractions

Profanity (Toward an Adult)

Property Misuse

Refusal to Pbey/Defiant

Simple Assault (Toward a Student)

Trespassing

Vandalism

Category III Actions*– 3 points each offense

 1st Offense: 1 – 5 class days out-of-school suspension

2nd Offense: Recommendation for Expulsion and OSSP

 Category IV Offenses

Aggravated Assault

Alcohol/Liquor Law Violation

Arson

Bomb Threat

Bribery

Burglary

Computer Violation

Contraband

Contract Violation

Disturbing School

Drug Distribution

Drug Possession

Drug Usage

Embezzlement

Extortion

Fire Alarm

Fireworks

Forced Sexual Offense

Fraud

Gang Activity

Harassment (See Policy JICFAA)

Indecent Exposure

Intimidation (See Policy JICFAA)

Kidnap/Abduction

Non-Forcible Sex Act

Other Offenses (Serious) (Criminal)

Pornography (Severe)

Robbery

Sexual Harassment

Sex Violation

Simple Assault (Toward an Adult)

Threat (Toward an Adult)

Vehicle Theft

Weapons (Refer to Policy JICI)

Category IV Actions*– (Pre-K-12)

Offenses in this category require a suspension and an administrative hearing that may result in expulsion from school. Decisions will be based upon the maturity level and age of the student.

 1st Offense: Recommendation for expulsion and OSSP

 

Special Education Students: Notify District Psychologist

 See Discipline for Special Education Students Addendum

 See Administrative Actions Addendum

 


ADDENDUM

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS CATEGORIES I-IV

1. Administrator must give rudimentary hearing, which may include

(a) Oral notice of charges to student

(b) Explanation of evidence against student and

(c) Student given opportunity to tell his/her version

2. Required notification to parents/guardians, if applicable

3. Required payment of damages, if applicable

4. Possible referral to guidance counselor or counseling program required

for required for Category II offenses

5. Possible referral to outside agency

6. Possible referral to law enforcement agency

7. Student to make up classwork missed while on suspension in

accordance with District’s make-up policy

8. Required conference with parent when student’s behavior results in

suspension

9. The hearing officer will conduct hearings in accordance with state law

and compliance with board policies (JKE and AR-JKE-R).

10. Alcohol or drug related offenses: See procedures for:

NOTE: Investigation (JICH and AR-JICH-R) Guidelines for Drug/

Alcohol Related offenses as provided by the S.A.V.E. Program.


TRANSPORTATION ADDENDUM:

It is absolutely necessary for students to follow rules on buses in order to help ensure safety for all riders.

The bus office telephone number is 499-3422. The preceding student discipline code applies to student behavior at school and on school buses or at bus stops. In addition to discipline procedures outlined in the code, principals may add or substitute the following sanctions:

1. ISS

2. 1 day bus suspension

3. Three class days suspension from buses.

5. Five class days suspension from buses.

4. Seven class days suspension from buses.

5. Ten class days suspension from buses.

6. Recommendation to the hearing officer for permanent bus suspension.

 NOTE: Parent notification is required for a bus suspension.


DISCIPLINE FOR SPECIAL SERVICES STUDENTS:

All students are expected to adhere to the discipline policy approved by the Board of Trustees. Students with disabilities are also under the same regulations, with the exceptions as described in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA’04). This is the federal law that governs the placement and service of students with disabilities in the schools.

It is recognized that local educational agencies must be able to discipline all children, including children with disabilities. IDEA’04 specifically addresses discipline in the regulations of this law.

As previously, whenever a school district believes that a child’s educational program or placement needs to be reviewed and/or revised, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and placement may be amended following normal IDEA procedures. It is through this process disciplinary and behavioral concerns may be addressed.

As a student develops behavioral problems resulting in discipline referrals, the IEP team may convene to conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) followed by a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP). This process represents an attempt to address the behaviors of the student with the disability before they become serious enough to lead to an expulsion recommendation.

Should there be an expulsion recommendation, the IEP team will review the IEP, and any accompanying FBA’s and/or BIP’s. If changes need to be accomplished, the IEP will be amended. If the IEP team finds the IEP to be appropriate, the behaviors for which the student is being recommended for expulsion are examined in relation to the disability of the student. If the team finds there is no relationship between the behavior and the disability, regular district disciplinary procedures are continued. If there is a relationship between the behaviors and the disability, the IEP team determines what changes are required to be made on the IEP to further address the behaviors..

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES

The Board believes that the possession of electronic devices by students during the school day may have an adverse effect on classroom instruction. Electronic communications devices are defined as telecommunications devices, to include mobile telephones that emit an audible signal, vibrate, display a message or otherwise summon or deliver a communication to the possessor.

Therefore, any student who is in possession of an electronic communications device as outlined in the district’s policy and the guidelines as noted below is subject to discipline as provided under the district’s code of student conduct.

Guidelines for electronic communications devices offenses

Possession of electronic communications devices including beepers, cell phones, digital phones and laser lights (Category III) (Code 330)

● 1st offense – School personnel will confiscate the cell phone and immediately turn it in to an administrator to be kept in a locked, secure place. The phone will be returned to the parent/legal guardian (no exception) pending a parent conference. The conference may be held as soon as the next school day. The student will receive a discipline referral. It will be written on the referral and verbally told to the parent/legal guardian that any cell phone taken a second time will be confiscated and returned one year from the date of confiscation. The discipline for the first offense will be temporary removal from class and/or in-school suspension.

● 2nd offense – School personnel will confiscate the cell phone and immediately turn it in to an administrator to be kept in a locked, secure place. The student will receive a discipline referral with a written explanation on the referral and a verbal explanation to parent/legal guardian reminding him/her that because it is the second offense, the phone will be returned one year from the date of confiscation. The phone will be kept at the school in a secure location by the principal or assistant principal with the student’s name and second offense on a label on the phone. Neither school nor district personnel will be responsible if the phone is lost or damaged. The discipline for the second offense will be temporary removal from class and/or in-school suspension.

NOTE: If a student’s behavior and actions result in a “refusal to surrender unauthorized items” to any school administrator or staff person, a Category II consequence will apply and be handled accordingly. The consequence will be an out-of-school suspension.

Cell Phones

1st offense – School personnel will confiscate the cell phone and immediately turn it in to an administrator to be kept in a locked, secure place. The phone will be returned to the parent/legal guardian (no exception) pending a parent conference. The conference may be held as soon as the next school day. The student will receive a discipline referral. It will be written on the referral and verbally told to the parent/legal guardian that any cell phone taken a second time will be confiscated and returned one year from the date of confiscation. The discipline for the first offense will be temporary removal from class and/or In School Suspension.

2nd offense – School personnel will confiscate the cell phone and immediately turn it in to an administrator to be kept in a locked, secure place. The student will receive a discipline referral with a written explanation on the referral and a verbal explanation to the parent/legal guardian reminding him/her that because it is the second offense, the phone will be returned one year from the date of confiscation. The phone will be kept at the school in a secure location by the principal or assistant principal with the student’s name and second offense on a label on the phone. Neither school nor district personnel will be responsible if phone is lost or damaged. The discipline for the second offense will be temporary removal from class and/or In School Suspension.

NOTE: If a student’s behavior and actions result in a “refusal to surrender unauthorized items” to any school administrator or staff person, a Category II consequence will apply and be handled accordingly. The consequence will be an out-of-school suspension.

STUDENT INTERNET USE ASSURANCE AGREEMENT

All students must sign and abide by the following the Internet Use Agreement before being permitted to use the computer. Should any student commit any violation, access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and/or appropriate legal action taken. The agreement is as follows:

A. ACCEPTABLE USEThe use of the Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of Sumter School District. Use for commercial activities is not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

B. PRIVILEGES-The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of that privilege. Each student who is licensed will receive training from a staff member pertaining to the proper use of the network. The staff will deem what is inappropriate use. Their decision is final.

C. GENERAL USE RULES WHEN CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET — I WILL:

1. show my Internet license and ask permission of school staff member before using the computer terminal.

2. sign in and out when I use the computer.

3. not attempt to download or save files to the computer hard drive or the floppy disk drive without pre-approval by staff member.

4. not insert a floppy disk into the drive without pre-approval by a staff member.

5. obtain permission from the staff member before printing pages off the Internet computer.

6. be the only student at a terminal.

7. use the Internet session for legitimate educational purposes, and not for computer games, frivolous/obscene messages, sex, drugs, or alcohol, etc.

8. not set or reset passwords.

9. strictly observe time limits.

10. not make changes to the settings in the computers, CD-ROMs, or any attached equipment.

11. notify a staff member immediately of any security violation or problem.

12. not use private e-mail except for an approved assignment that is supervised by a staff member. Students at schools which permit student access to the e-mail module of the District Google account may access use Google e-mail, electronic filing, and class pages in accordance with published Google guidelines provided:

a. parents have approved such access form

b. students have completed Google orientation at their school, and

c. students have signed on with Google at their school’s website.

13. not use chat lines.

14. follow the copyright regulations.

D. VANDALISM-Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user or other network (school or internet). The uploading or creation of computer viruses is also considered to be vandalism.

1. Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges.

2. Students will be responsible for payment of any damages to any hardware or software.

3. Destroy data of another user or other network (school, Internet, or Google account).

TELEPHONES

The telephones in the school offices are for school business use only. Students will not be called to the office to receive calls except in eases of emergency. Students are not allowed to use the phone except in cases of emergency with the approval of an office staff member.

STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS

Report cards are mailed home every nine weeks. At mid-term of each nine-week marking period, Interim Reports are mailed home (which indicates the student’s current academic progress). Parents are encouraged to review the Interim Report with their children and consult with the teachers. Conferences may be scheduled by calling the school at (803) 495-8069.

REPORT CARD & INTERIM DATES 2017-2018

Interims

  • September 20
  • December 1
  • February 21
  • May 7

Report Cards

  • November 2
  • January 29
  • April 10
  • June 7

BREWINGTON ACADEMY UNIFORM POLICY AND GUIDELINES (Revised 6/2014)

The uniform policy at Brewington Academy is non-negotiable. All students at Brewington are required to wear uniforms each day beginning with the first day of attendance.

Brewington Academy adheres to the Dress Code Policy of Sumter School District. The administration at Brewington Academy reserves the right to determine whether a student’s attire is appropriate for school.

The Brewington Academy Uniform will consist of:

Ø Tan or khaki pants and skirts (proper size) with no more than four (4) pockets – Two in the front and two in the back.

o Pants and skirts must be worn at the waist – No sagging allowed

o Long pants ONLY – Shorts, Cargo pants, Capri pants, and pants made like “blue jeans” are not permitted

o Solid tan, brown, black or white belt (proper waist size) must be worn with pants and skirts with belt loops

o Belts must be buckled and visible and not have large/elaborate belt buckles or studs

o Skirts must be knee length or longer

o Pants and skirts must be free of patches and drawings

Ø White collar shirt

o Shirts must be free of patches and drawings (with the exception of a small emblem).

o Shirts are to be tucked into pants or skirts at all times, belts must be visible

o Undershirts or thermals must be white without pictures or writing (White ONLY)

o Clingy, transparent or low cut shirts are not permissible

Ø Shoes with closed toes and closed heels no steel toes or boots allowed

o Shoes must be solid white, black, or black and white with no accessories

o Shoe laces must be white or black

o Shoes with shoelaces must be fully laced and tied

o Flip-flops, slides, bedroom shoes, house shoes and sandals are not allowed

o Socks must be black or white

Ø Jewelry: No jewelry, including earrings, tongue rings or watches. No gold or silver grills.

Ø Hair accessories such as barrettes, scrunchies, etc. can only be black or white

Ø Sweaters or fleeces can be worn in classrooms. Sweaters and fleeces must be solid black, white, or gray, with no markings. The sweaters and fleeces must remain open at all times. Pullovers and oversized shirts are not allowed. The uniform shirt must be visible. Overcoats and outerwear cannot be worn in classrooms. They must be placed in the student’s locker.

Students are not allowed to wear overcoats, hats, headscarves, du rags, or hoods in the building. This includes classrooms, hallways, and the cafeteria. Headwear will be confiscated if worn in the building or a classroom.

Other Prohibited Items

Anything deemed inappropriate by the administrator is not allowed. Inappropriate and unacceptable items will be confiscated by the administration.

Uniform Enforcement

If a student does not follow the uniform policy, the following will occur:

  • Student will be separated from the school population;
  • Parent will be contacted to pick the student up or bring the proper uniform for the student;
  • Student may receive a referral for the dress code violation