DALTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2021-2022 CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES
It is the purpose of the Board of Education to operate the schools in a manner that will provide an orderly process of education and that will provide for the welfare and safety of all students who attend our schools.
The schools’ primary goal is to educate, not to discipline; however, when the behavior of an individual student comes in conflict with the rights of others, corrective action may be necessary for the benefit of that individual and the school as a whole. Accordingly, students shall be governed by the policies, regulations, and rules set forth herein.
Such governing rules shall be published and disseminated to school personnel and students. Students will be asked to share this copy with parents. Additional copies will be available at each school and online.
The superintendent shall take appropriate action to assure the establishment and administration of procedures necessary to provide effectively for pupil control and discipline. Parents are encouraged to become familiar with the policies, regulations, and rules of this district and to be supportive of these in their daily communication with their children and other individuals of the community.
In accordance with O.C.G.A. § 20-2-735(e), Dalton Public Schools encourages parents to inform their children on the consequences, including potential criminal penalties of underage sexual conduct and crimes for which a minor can be tried as an adult.
THE DALTON BOARD OF EDUCATION
Matt Evans, Chairman
Palmer Griffin, Vice Chairman
Tulley Johnson, Treasurer
This code was last revised May 2021.
The Dalton Public School System endeavors to provide a safe and secure environment for all students, and takes precautions to ensure student safety. School officials may search any student if there is reasonable suspicion that he or she is in possession of an item that is illegal or against school rules. Student vehicles brought on campus; student book bags, school lockers, desks, and other school property are subject to inspection and search by school authorities at any time without further notice to students or parents. Students are required to cooperate if asked to open book bags, lockers, or any vehicle brought on campus. Metal detectors, alcohol sensor devices, and drug or weapon sniffing dogs may be used at school or at any school function, including activities which occur outside normal school hours or off the school campus at the discretion of school administrators. Parents and students should be aware that all of these options are available to school officials and may be used.
This Code of Conduct is effective during the following times and in the following places:
- At school or on school property at any time;
- Off school grounds at any school activity, function, or event and while traveling to and from such events;
- On buses or other vehicles provided for student transportation by the school system and at school bus
Students may also be disciplined for conduct off campus which could result in the student being criminally charged with a felony and which makes the student’s continued presence at school a potential danger to persons or property at the school which disrupts the educational process.
AUTHORITY OF PRINCIPAL:
The principal is the designated leader of the school and, through assistance from the staff, is responsible for the orderly operation of the school. The principal’s authority extends to include any student visiting the campus from another school. In cases of a student’s disruptive, disorderly, or dangerous conduct not covered in this brochure, the principal may undertake corrective measures which he or she feels to be in the best interest of the school and the student involved. Principals and teachers have the authority to remove a student from the classroom. The superintendent shall fully support that authority pursuant to Code Section 20-20-738.
Students who violate acceptable conduct on a school bus distract the driver and jeopardize the safety of all who ride the bus. Failure to respond to correction of the bus driver shall be reported to the school principal who shall determine the consequences. Offenses committed on the bus carry the same penalties as shown in this brochure. In addition to the penalties listed in this brochure, the student may lose his/her privilege to transportation.
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES
When it is necessary to impose discipline, school administrators and teachers will follow a progressive discipline process. The degree of discipline to be imposed by each school official will be in proportion to the severity of the behavior of a particular student and will take into account the student’s discipline history, the age of the student, and other relevant factors. Repeat offenses will subject the offender to a more severe disposition. Any student who repeatedly exhibits a pattern of behavior which interferes with the learning process of others will be identified as a chronic disciplinary problem student.
The Code of Conduct provides a systematic process of behavioral correction in which inappropriate behaviors are followed by consequences. Disciplinary actions are designed to teach students self-discipline and to help them substitute appropriate behaviors with those that are consistent with the character traits from Georgia’s Character Education Program.
The maximum punishments for an offense include long-term suspension or expulsion, including permanent expulsion, but those punishments will be determined only by a disciplinary tribunal as outlined in the Dalton Board of Education policies.
Parents or students may elect not to contest whether a student has violated the Code of Conduct or the appropriate discipline, and in such cases, an agreement may be negotiated which would include the parents or students waiving a right to a hearing before a disciplinary tribunal. Such an agreement and waiver must be approved by the school and the superintendent or his/her designee in accordance with local board policy.
When a student is suspended for 10 days or less, the principal or designee will inform the student of the offense for which the student is charged and allow the student to explain his or her behavior. If the student is suspended, school administrators will make reasonable efforts to contact the student’s parents.
School officials may involve law enforcement officials when evidence surrounding a situation necessitates their involvement or when there is a legal requirement that an incident be reported.
A Student Support Team at each school may be asked to function as hearings for any student who repeatedly commits offenses which could lead to a referral to the Disciplinary Tribunal. A Student Support Team may offer suggestions, recommendations, and/or provide resources that might prevent the need for the student to appear before the Disciplinary Tribunal. The student and parents will be requested to appear at such hearings.
School officials reserve the right to punish as appropriate any other behavior which is subversive to good order and discipline in the schools, or at school functions, even though such behavior may not be specified in the following written guidelines.
While suspension out of school is an unexcused absence, Dalton Public Schools expects teachers to provide assignments to students and/or parents upon request. Those assignments are to be accepted and graded as they are for students who are present.
The following disciplinary actions may be imposed for any violation of this Code of Conduct:
- Warning, Counseling and/or Hearing with a School Administrator or Counselor
- Loss of Privileges
- Isolation or Time Out within the guidelines established in State Board Rule 160-5.1-.35
- Temporary Removal from Class or Activity
- Notification of Parents
- Parent Conference
- Detention/Saturday School
- Suspension or Expulsion from the School Bus
- Short-term Suspension
- Referral to a Tribunal for Long-term Suspension or Expulsion
- Temporary Placement in the Dalton Public Schools Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
- Referral to Law Enforcement or Juvenile Court Officials: Georgia law requires that certain acts of
- misconduct be referred to the appropriate law enforcement officials. The School will refer any act of
- misconduct to law enforcement officials when school officials determine such referral to be necessary or
- Other Appropriate Remedial Actions in the discretion of school principals or administrators, consistent
- with Dalton Board of Education policy.
The Dalton Alternative Educational Program (DAEP) is a non-traditional learning environment that assists students in developing the academic and social skills necessary to be successful in the traditional learning environment. DAEP is operated by Dalton Public Schools for the benefit of our students and is located in the Annex building on the City Park School campus.
The Educational Program is designed to provide middle and high school students the opportunity to continue their education while serving long-term suspension from their home school (Hammond Creek Middle School, Dalton Junior High School, Dalton High School, or The Dalton Academy). Placement in the program is determined as appropriate by a Tribunal or Tribunal Waiver (waiving rights to a due process hearing). Each student will have his/her own work area with a computer. Academic course work will be accessed through an online curriculum with assistance from the teaching staff at DAEP in concert with their teachers from the home school. Counseling and social services will be provided by the home school.
OFFENSES WHICH WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
1. Alcohol and other drugs:
A. Purchase, sale, use, distribution, being under the influence of or possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, other
chemicals, tobacco, alcoholic beverages or other intoxicants, or the attempt to do any of the above. (Any item or
substance, which is represented to be a drug, chemical, tobacco, alcohol, or other intoxicant, will be treated as
B. Possession of medication in violation of school medication control procedures (See Page 6). (Possession of medical
marijuana (Low THC Oil) on school campus is such a violation.)
2. Possession or use of a weapon. A student shall not possess, use, handle, or transmit any object that reasonably can be
considered to be a weapon.
3. Possession and/or use of fireworks or other explosives.
4. Verbal assault:
A. Verbal assault, including threatening violence, of teachers, administrators, and other personnel.
B. Verbal assault of other students, including threatening violence or sexual harassment as defined pursuant to Title IX
of the Education Amendments of 1972.
C. Disrespectful conduct toward teachers, administrators, other school personnel, persons attending school related
functions, or other students, including the use of vulgar or profane language. Insubordination, disrespectful or
disorderly conduct, disobeying school rules, regulations or directives, disobeying orders of principals, teachers, or
other supervisory personnel.
5. Physical assault, battery, or physical violence.
A. Physical assault or battery of teachers, administrators, or other school personnel. Acts of physical violence against
teachers, school administrators, or employees will be dealt with in accordance with Georgia law. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-
751.6) A student who is alleged to have committed any act of physical violence (as defined below) against a teacher,
school bus driver, or other school official or employee will be referred to a Tribunal. The penalty for committing a
physical act of violence which causes physical harm against a school employee is expulsion for the remainder of the
student’s school years.
B. Physical assault or battery of other students, including sexual harassment, as defined pursuant to Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972.
6. Willful or malicious damage to real or personal property of the school or to personal property of any person legitimately
at school, including the marking, defacing, or destroying of property of the school or other students during school or off-
7. Illegal or disruptive activity on campus.
A. Theft, bribery, extortion, solicitation, fraud, or acceptance of a bribe.
B. Activating a fire alarm under false pretenses, bomb threats, or other similar offenses.
D. Any behavior, which causes, encourages, or advocates any illegal or disruptive activity or behavior of any kind.
E. Use of profane, vulgar, or obscene words or gestures; indecent exposure; possession of pornography.
F. Inappropriate displays of affection.
8. Inappropriate use of a Dalton Public Schools computer, and any act or omission, which violates the Dalton Public Schools
when accessing the Dalton Public Schools network
9. Misbehavior on school buses or other forms of transportation. Student behavior on school buses and in other vehicles
provided for transportation is covered by the same standards and code of conduct which govern classroom behavior.
Students who violate these standards of behavior or who fail to respond to correction by drivers shall be reported to the
10. Bullying, hazing, or harassment.
Harassment of any kind, or any behavior based upon a student’s race, national origin, sex, religion, or disability that is
unwelcome, unwanted, and/or uninvited by the recipient is prohibited, including verbal or non-verbal taunting,
physical contact, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, the use of racial, ethnic, religious, or sexual
slurs, and other unwelcome or offensive verbal or physical conduct. Georgia law mandates that upon a tribunal finding
that a student in grades 6 through 12 has committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year, the
student shall be assigned to an alternative school. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.4) Refer to No. 6 Bullying under “Definitions.”
11. Cheating on tests, assignments, or in any school-related activity.
12. Violation of attendance requirements
A. Failure to comply with compulsory attendance as required by O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1
B. Violation of attendance procedures such as unexcused absences, unexcused tardies, cutting class, or leaving class or
campus without permission. (See Dalton Public Schools Board Policy JBD on absences and excuses.)
13. Moving or non-moving traffic violations (example: speeding, racing, reckless driving, failure to display parking decal,
14. Any off campus behavior of a student which could result in the student being criminally charged with a felony and
which makes the student’s continued presence at school a potential danger to persons or property at the school, or
which disrupts the educational process.
15. Loitering: It is unlawful for any person to be or remain upon the premises of any school, or within any school safety
zone, of the Dalton Public Schools when that person does not have a legitimate reason to be present there. The
principal at each school has the authority to prohibit any such person from loitering at the school or within the school
safety zone. Any such person who fails or refuses to leave when asked to do so may be guilty of a misdemeanor.(O.C.G.A.
16. Electronic communication devices: Students of the Dalton Public School system may operate a cell phone (or any other
electronic communication or personal interactive data storage or wireless access device such as a tablet or
smartphone) at the discretion of school administration or personnel during instructional time as long as this type of
device is needed to enhance instruction, or at any other time designated by school administration or by school
17. Dishonesty, deceit, or the giving of false information to school officials, including falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting,
or erroneously reporting information regarding instances of alleged inappropriate behavior by school employees.
Any student (or parent or friend of a student) who has been the victim of an act of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct
by a teacher, administrator, or other school system employee is urged to make an oral report of the act to any teacher,
counselor, or administrator at his/her school.
18. Any gang-related activity that is reasonably likely to disrupt or adversely affect the educational climate or mission of
the school. Such activity may include, but is not limited to, wearing or display of clothing, articles, paraphernalia, graffiti,
symbols or gestures, assault, theft, extortion, hazing, or bullying.
19. Violation of the school dress code.
20. While on a school bus, a student must be prohibited from using devices that play audio (unless used with headphones),
mobile phones, pagers, lasers, flash cameras, or any other device that may impair the driver’s operation of the school
21. Willful and persistent violation of student codes of conduct.
ASSAULT: An attempt to commit injury to another person, or any act or statement that reasonably places another
person in fear of bodily harm. This may include verbal assault such as profanity, threatening, or abusive language.
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: When any person assaults another: (a) with the intent to murder, rape, or rob; or (b) with
a deadly weapon, or with any object which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to, or does, result in
serious bodily injury.
BATTERY: Intentionally making physical contact with another person in an insulting, offensive, or provoking manner,
or in a way that physically harms the other person.
AGGRAVATED BATTERY: The offense of aggravated battery consists of maliciously causing bodily harm to another
by depriving him or her of a member of his or her body, by rendering a member of his or her body useless, or by
seriously disfiguring his or her body, or member thereof.
BRIBERY: The gift, offer, or promise of something of value to another person in an inappropriate, wrongful, or
dishonest attempt to influence the person to whom the gift, offer, or promise is made.
BULLYING: An act that is:
1. Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent
present ability to do so;
2. Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily
3. Any intentional written, verbal, or physical/act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being
intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that:
A. Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16-5-23.1 or
visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code Section 16-5-23.1;
B. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;
C. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational
D. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
The term applies to acts which occur on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system. The term also applies to acts of cyberbullying which occur through the use of electronic communication, whether or not such electronic act originated on school property or with school equipment, if the electronic communication:
1. is directed specifically at students or school personnel;
2. is maliciously intended for the purpose of threatening the safety of those specified or
substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school; and,
3. creates a reasonable fear of harm to the students’ or school personnel’s person or property or
has a high lielihood of succeeding in that purpose
For purposes of this definition, electronic communication includes but is not limited to any transfer of signs, signals, writings, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic, or photo optical system
7. CHRONIC DISCIPLINARY PROBLEM STUDENT: A student who exhibits a pattern of behavior that interferes
with the learning process of other students and which appears likely to recur, or as otherwise provided by
law.(O.C.G.A. 20-2- 764)
8. DETENTION: A penalty assigned to students who violate the discipline code. Students are required to report to a
specified school location and to remain in that location with a designated teacher or school official for a specified
length of time. The student may be required to make up work missed, do assigned class work, or sit quietly while in
attendance before school, during school, after school, or on a Saturday.
9. DISCIPLINARY TRIBUNAL: A group of school officials appointed by the Board of Education to sit as fact-finder and
judge with respect to student disciplinary matters.
10. DRESS CODE:
The MINIMUM standard of dress for Dalton Public Schools Students shall be as follows:
- Any articles that may reasonably be considered to be a safety hazard or potential weapon are prohibited.
- Hair, including facial hair, shall be kept neat and clean. Hair which is painted or dyed unnatural colors and
- hairstyles that have a distracting appearance are prohibited.
- Jewelry, body art, or tattoos that have a distracting appearance or that communicate gang allegiance or
- affiliation are prohibited.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- The wearing of oversized coats (trench coats, overcoats, etc.) is prohibited IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING.
- Garments that expose the midriff, see-through or mesh clothing, halter or tank tops are prohibited.
- Inappropriate form-fitting clothing is prohibited.
- Students are prohibited from wearing hats, caps, hoods, combs or brushes in the hair, sunglasses (except
- prescription sunglasses with a doctor’s note on file), or bandannas inside school buildings
- Any type of apparel which has a reference (i.e. pictures, symbols, words, etc.) to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sex,
- obscene language, suicide, violence, vulgarity, gang symbols/affiliation, cult symbols/affiliation or ethnic,
- sexual, or religious disparagement is prohibited.
- Excessively or inappropriately tattered, torn, or cut garments are prohibited.
- Chains and dog collars are prohibited.
- Skirts, dresses, and shorts should be no shorter than three inches above the knee.
- Low-cut blouses, low-cut dresses, or low-cut shirts are not appropriate for school and are prohibited.
- Oversized clothing of any type, to include but not limited to wide leg and/or sagging pants, oversized shirts,
- or other garments is prohibited. Clothing must be size and age appropriate, neither too large nor too small.
- Pants must be size appropriate and worn at the waist. Sleepwear or pajama pants are prohibited.
- Proper undergarments should be worn at all times. Undergarments must not be visible.
11. DRUG: Chemicals, medications, or other substances intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or
prevention of disease in humans or other animals, or which is intended to effect the structure or any function of the
body of humans or other animals.
12. LONG-TERM SUSPENSION: Removal of a student from school for more than 10 days.
13. EXTORTION: Obtaining money, goods, or anything of value from another person by violence, threats, undue influence
or pressure, or misuse of authority.
14. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY: Any school-sponsored club, organization, athletic team, representative office or
position. Examples include but are not limited to: school band, school clubs, athletic teams or athletic events, student
government, class representative, activity committees or other committees, debate clubs and literary clubs, which are
not part of the Instructional Program. The school principal or designee shall determine any question about whether
or not this definition applies to an activity.
15. FIREWORKS: The term “fireworks” means any combustible or explosive composition, or any substance or
combination of substances or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion,
explosion, deflagration, or detonation, as well as articles containing any explosive or flammable compound and
tablets and other devices containing an explosive substance.
16. FRAUD: Willful misrepresentation of information which in fact causes another person to act in a way which causes
that other person to suffer injury, harm, or loss.
17. GAMBLING: Engaging in a game or contest in which the outcome is dependent upon chance, even though
accompanied by some skill, and in which a participant stands to win or lose something of value.
18. HAZING: The attempt to intimidate, harass, humiliate, embarrass, or ridicule another, especially with reference to
initiation into clubs, societies, or groups.
19. HEARING OFFICER: An individual appointed by the Board of Education to sit as fact-finder with respect to student
20. INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS: Engaging in athletic contests with other schools as approved by the Georgia High School
21. MEDICATION CONTROL PROCEDURES: Students are not allowed to have any type of medication on their person
unless approved by administration. Medication must be kept in the clinic/attendance office and administered by
designated staff, unless otherwise authorized by a physician. Medications must be in the original labeled container
(no baggies, foil, etc.). Parent/guardian must provide specific instructions, as well as the medication and related
equipment to the principal or school nurse. It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform the school
of any changes. New medication or new doses will not be given unless a new form is completed. All medication will
be taken directly to the clinic/office by the parent/guardian.
22. PHYSICAL VIOLENCE: Intentional physical contact with the person of a teacher, bus driver or other school official
that is either insulting or provoking, or which causes physical harm, unless the latter is in self-defense.
23. PORNOGRAPHY: Material in the form of photographs, videos, magazines, or other media, of a sexually explicit nature
or which, when taken as a whole, predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful, or morbid interests, and when
taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
24. SCHOOL SAFETY ZONE: The school safety zone is any real property or building owned by or leased to the Dalton
Public Schools or Dalton Board of Education and used for elementary or secondary education purposes; including the
Central Office in the Dalton City Hall, the Maintenance and Operations Building, The 101 Building, the Technology
Center. The drop-off and pick-up zone at each school is defined as that area of roadway or parking area designated at
each school where students exit and enter private vehicles.
25. SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually suggestive comments,
statements, jokes, teasing, other similar verbal or physical conduct, or any other conduct that may be defined as
sexual harassment under Title IX.
26. SUSPENSION: Removal of the student from classes and/or the school campus. During all suspensions the student
is excluded from all activities sponsored by Dalton Public Schools or its employees, both during and after school
hours. Students suspended out of school (OSS) are not allowed on any campus of Dalton Public Schools at any
time during the suspension. Students assigned to in-school suspension (ISS) are allowed on the campus of the in-
school suspension only during the hours the school is in session.
A. IN-HOUSE SUSPENSION: Removal of a student from classes and assignment of that student to a designated
supervisor until the problem is resolved.
B. IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION: Removal of a student from a regular school program and assignment of that student
to an alternative program away from peers.
C. SHORT-TERM SUSPENSION: Suspension for 10 or fewer school days.
D. LONG-TERM SUSPENSION: Suspension for more than 10 school days, but not beyond the current school
quarter or semester.
27. THEFT: The offense of taking or appropriating any property of another with the intention of depriving him/her of the
property, regardless of the manner in which the property is taken or appropriated.
28. TRUANCY: While subject to compulsory school attendance, being absent from school without justification for five
days in school year.
29. WAIVER: A waiver is an agreement not to contest whether a student has committed an infraction of the Code of
Conduct and the acceptance of consequences in lieu of a hearing before a disciplinary tribunal.
30. WEAPONS: The term weapon is defined as any object that is or may be used to inflict bodily injury or to place
another in fear for personal safety or well-being. Weapons may include, but are not limited to:
1. Any handgun, firearm, rifle, shotgun or similar weapon; any explosive compound or incendiary device; or, any other dangerous weapon as defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-11-121, including a rocket launcher, bazooka, recoilless rifle, mortar, or hand grenade.
2. Any hazardous object, including any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, razor blade, spring stick, knuckles, whether made from metal, thermoplastic, wood, or other similar material, blackjack, any bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any instrument of like kind, any nonlethal air gun, and any stun gun or taser. Such term shall not include any of these instruments used for classroom work authorized by the teacher.
Students who possess any weapon as described in paragraph one will be subject to a minimum of one calendar year expulsion in accordance with Dalton Board of Education Policy JCDAE – Weapons.
NOTE: A student who is provided with the privilege of representing Dalton Public Schools as a participant in extra-curricular activities must accept the added responsibility of maintaining a high standard of conduct at all times. Since such a student serves as a representative of the school system, he or she must strive to uphold the Dalton Public Schools’ Code of Conduct and Discipline Procedures as well as the guidelines set forth in the Dalton Public Schools’ Interscholastic/Extracurricular Activities Student Behavior and Conduct Expectations.
NOTICE: It is a criminal offense for any person to carry or to possess or to have under control any weapon within a school safety zone or a school building, school function or on school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school. O.C.G.A. §16-11-127.1
A fine of not more than $10,000; imprisonment for not less than two nor more than ten years, or both.
The Code of Conduct is based on the expectation that parents, guardians, teachers and school administrators will work together to improve and enhance student behavior and academic performance and will communicate freely their concerns about, and actions in response to, student behavior that detracts from the learning environment. School administrators recognize that two-way communication through personal contacts is extremely valuable; therefore, they provide information to parents, as well as ongoing opportunities for school personnel to hear parents’ concerns and comments.
Parents and students should contact the principal of the school if specific questions arise related to the Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct specifies within its standards of behavior various violations of the Code which may result in a school staff member’s request that a parent or guardian come to the school for a conference. Parents are encouraged to visit the schools regularly and are expected to be actively involved in the behavior support processes designed to promote positive choices and behavior.
Georgia law mandates that any time a teacher or principal identifies a student as a chronic disciplinary problem student, the principal shall notify by telephone call and by mail the student’s parent or guardian of the disciplinary problem, invite the parent or guardian to observe the student in a classroom situation, and request at least one parent or guardian to attend a conference to devise a disciplinary and behavioral correction plan.
Georgia law also states that before any chronic disciplinary problem student is permitted to return to school from a suspension or expulsion, the school shall request by telephone call and by mail at least one parent or guardian to schedule and attend a conference to devise a disciplinary and behavioral correction plan.
The law allows a local board of education to petition the juvenile court to require a parent to attend a school conference. If the court finds that the parent or guardian has willfully and unreasonably failed to attend a conference requested by the principal pursuant to the laws cited above, the court may order the parent or guardian to attend such a conference, order the parent or guardian to participate in such programs or such treatment as the court deems appropriate to improve the student’s behavior, or both. After notice and opportunity for hearing, the court may impose a fine, not to exceed $500.00, on a parent or guardian who willfully disobeys an order of the court under this law.
The following links provide printable versions of the district’s policies and guidelines for student conduct.
- Statement of Purpose
- Random Drug Testing
- Testing Process
- Refusal to Submit or Falsifying Results
- Parent/Guardian-Requested Drug Testing
The Dalton Board of Education recognizes the importance of protecting the health and safety of students from the use of illegal drugs, synthetic drugs and prescription drugs without a valid prescription. The purpose of this regulation is to help prevent substance abuse among students, to encourage treatment for students with substance abuse problems and to ensure that students have the opportunity to attend school and participate in activities in a fair, safe and healthy environment. The purposes of this regulation are:
- To educate students about the serious physical, mental and emotional harm caused by illegal drug use.
- To alert students with possible substance abuse problems to the potential harms that drug use poses for their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
- To prevent injury, illness and harm to students that may arise as a result of substance abuse.
- To offer all students school activities free of the effects of illegal drug use.
- To offer students the privilege of competition and participation in extracurricular activities as an incentive to stop using such substances.
Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege and carries with it the responsibility to adhere to high standards of conduct, including refraining from the use of illegal drugs, synthetic drugs and prescription drugs without a valid prescription. To assist students in making healthy and safe choices, the district will conduct random drug testing of students in grades 6-12 as a condition of participation in privileged activities. Privileged activities include all extracurricular activities, co-curricular activities and driving to school and parking in a district parking area.
Certain extracurricular activities have an academic component during the school day as well as an extracurricular component outside of school hours. This regulation applies only to the participation opportunities afforded students during the extracurricular component of the activity. Therefore, if a student violates this regulation, the consequences described below will apply only to the extracurricular component of the activity. The student’s grade will not be lowered because of the student’s suspension from participation in extracurricular activities. The student may be expected to complete alternative assignments during the suspension in order to maintain his or her grade.
Privileged activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- All school-sanctioned athletics, including cheerleading
- Band, choir and drama
- All co-curricular and extra-curricular academic teams
- National Honor Society, Student Council, Class Officers
- Any other clubs not listed above
- Parking by permit on school property
The consequences provided as part of this regulation are for positive tests from the random drug testing program. A student who uses or possesses illegal drugs or alcohol on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity will be subject to the consequences of the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Code of Conduct for Interscholastic/Extracurricular Activities.
- First Positive Test: Parent/Guardian notification and conference with school administration and mandatory referral to the district’s Student Assistance Program (SAP). The student must submit to follow-up drug testing for a minimum of 90 days and minimum of three drug tests and until a negative drug test result. All costs for follow-up testing must be paid by parent/guardian. Failure to complete follow-up drug testing will result in suspension from all privileged activities until required testing is complete. Additionally, the SAP provider must confirm that the student has met counseling requirements.
- Second Positive Test: The consequences include those for a first positive test in this regulation as well as those listed in the Student Code of Conduct for Interscholastic/Extracurricular Activities for a first alcohol/illegal drug offense and loss of permitted parking privileges for the semester in which the second positive test occurs plus one more semester.
- Third Positive Test: The consequences include those for a first positive test in this regulation as well as those listed in the Student Code of Conduct for Interscholastic/Extracurricular Activities for a second alcohol/illegal drug offense and loss of permitted parking privileges for the semester in which the third positive test occurs plus two additional semesters. Attendance at any school-sponsored activity (e.g. athletic events, dances, etc.) only by permission of school administration.
- Additional Positive Test(s): The consequences include those for a first positive test in this regulation, loss of participation in any privileged activities and ineligibility to attend any school-sponsored activity. These consequences may be revisited at the school administration’s discretion after the semester in which the positive test occurs and two additional semesters.
- Return to Random Pool: A student will return to the random pool for the remainder of the school year after mandatory follow-up drug testing requirements are met.
Notice and Consent for Random Selection Process
Each student who has signed a consent form will be assigned to the random pool for a 12-month period July 1 to June 30. Random drug testing may occur at any time during the school day or at a school-sponsored activity, including summer camps, clinics and activities. The schedule and number of tests administered shall be at the discretion of the district and school administration. The district student information services administrator will provide the drug screening company an updated list of all eligible students by GTID number each month to create the random pool. The drug screening company will randomly select and present to the student information system administrator the list of student GTIDs selected for testing and a list of student names will be prepared for the drug screening company for use on the day of testing. Students will be called for testing according to the list. District employees shall not have the authority to waive the testing of any student selected using the random selection process nor can it assign a student for inclusion on the list.
The testing method to be administered will be urinalysis and shall use a 10-panel screen. Testing will be conducted by a certified drug screening company contracted by the school district.
Sample collection will be conducted and supervised by the drug testing company following its secure testing protocols. The schools will provide an adequate space that ensures a secure environment that also ensures the privacy of the students participating in the test.
Verification of Sample
All non-negative initial drug screenings will be secured and submitted to a certified laboratory for verification of a positive result and the substance levels present in the sample.
Disclosure of Other Medications/Final Determination
A student with a non-negative result will attend a conference with school administration and parent/guardian to discuss the drug screening and to determine whether the student or parent/guardian can provide a verifiable, legitimate reason for the presence of the detected substance. If no such reason is determined, the school administration will review the student’s drug-testing history and make the appropriate determination for consequences pending the verification of a positive result.
The decision of the school administration is final and is not subject to appeal.
A student refuses to submit for drug testing when he or she fails to provide adequate urine for testing when notified of the need to do so or engages in conduct that clearly obstructs the testing process. A student who refuses to submit to testing or takes deliberate action to falsify results may still be disciplined under the district’s Student Code of Conduct and Student Code of Conduct for Interscholastic/Extracurricular Activities for being under the influence of illegal drugs, synthetic drugs or prescription medication without a valid prescription. A student who takes deliberate action to falsify results may also receive additional disciplinary consequences.
A parent/guardian whose student(s) would not otherwise qualify for inclusion in the pool of students eligible for random selection may opt-in to the drug-testing program at the beginning of each academic year or upon initial enrollment. The student’s test results and any consequences will be administered in the same manner as all other students subject to the random drug testing program.
A parent/guardian must pre-pay the school for drug-screenings. The student will be tested no more than three times during an academic year at parent/guardian request at the next available drug screening following each request. A student tested at parent/guardian request will not be included in the random drug pool.
- Declaración de Propósito
- Pruebas de Detección de Drogas al Azar
- El Proceso de las Pruebas
- La Abstención de Someterse o Falsificar los Resultados
- Prueba de Detección de Drogas Pedida Por los Padres/Tutores
La Mesa Directiva de Educación de Dalton reconoce la importancia de proteger la salud y la seguridad de los estudiantes del uso de drogas ilegales, drogas sintéticas y drogas de prescripción sin una receta válida. El propósito de esta regulación es ayudar a prevenir el abuso de sustancias entre estudiantes y motivar el tratamiento para los estudiantes con problemas de abuso de sustancias y asegurar que los estudiantes tengan la oportunidad de asistir a la escuela y participar en actividades en un ambiente justo, seguro y saludable.
Los propósitos de esta regulación son:
- Educar a los estudiantes sobre el serio daño físico, mental y emocional causado por el uso ilegal de drogas.
- Poner en alerta a los estudiantes con posibles problemas de abuso de sustancias sobre los daños potenciales que el uso de drogas presenta en su bienestar físico, mental, y emocional.
- Prevenir las heridas, la enfermedad, y el daño a los estudiantes que pueden surgir como resultado del abuso de sustancias.
- Ofrecer actividades libres de los efectos del uso ilegal de drogas a todos los estudiantes.
- Ofrecer a los estudiantes el privilegio de competir y participar en actividades extracurriculares como incentivo de abandonar el uso de tales sustancias.
La participación en actividades extracurriculares es un privilegio y lleva con si la responsabilidad de adherir a estándares altos de conducta, incluyendo abstenerse del uso de drogas ilegales, drogas sintéticas y drogas de prescripción sin una receta válida. Para ayudar a los estudiantes a tomar decisiones saludables y seguros, el distrito administrará pruebas de detección de drogas al azar a los estudiantes de los grados 6 a 12 como una condición para la participación en actividades privilegiadas. Las actividades privilegiadas incluirán todas las actividades extracurriculares, las actividades co-curriculares y manejar a la escuela y estacionarse en un área de estacionamiento del distrito escolar.
Ciertas actividades extracurriculares tienen un componente académico durante el día escolar y a la vez un componente extracurricular fuera de las horas escolares. Esta regulación se aplica solamente a las oportunidades presentadas a los estudiantes durante el componente extracurricular de la actividad. Por esto, si un estudiante viola esta regulación, las consecuencias descritas en la siguiente sección se aplicarán solamente al componente extracurricular de la actividad. La calificación del estudiante no será reducida por motivo de la suspensión de participar en actividades escolares. Se puede esperar que el estudiante haga tareas alternativas durante la suspensión para mantener su calificación.
Las actividades privilegiadas incluyen, pero no se limitan, a las siguientes:
- Todas las actividades atléticas patrocinadas por la escuela, incluyendo el grupo de porristas.
- Banda, coro y drama
- Todos los equipos académicos co-curriculares y extracurriculares.
- La Sociedad de Honor, el Consejo Estudiantil, y los Oficiales de Clases
- Cualquier otro club no mencionado en los puntos de arriba
- El estacionamiento con permiso en propiedad escolar
Las consecuencias proporcionadas como parte de esta regulación se aplican cuando los resultados del programa de pruebas de detección de drogas al azar son positivos. Un estudiante que usa o posee drogas ilegales en la propiedad escolar o en una actividad patrocinada por la escuela estará sujeto a las consecuencias del Código de Conducta Estudiantil y al Código de Conducta de Actividades Interescolares/Extracurriculares
Primera Prueba Positiva: Notificación a los padres/tutores y conferencia con administradores escolares y remisión obligatoria al Programa de Ayuda al Estudiante (SAP- por sus siglas en inglés) El estudiante debe someterse a otras pruebas de detección de drogas durante un período mínimo de 90 días y a un mínimo de tres pruebas de detección de drogas hasta que se obtenga un resultado negativo. Todos los costos de las pruebas siguientes deben ser pagadas por un padre de familia/tutor. El hecho de no seguir las pruebas de detección de drogas resultará en suspensión de todas las actividades privilegiadas hasta que las pruebas obligatorias se cumplan. Adicionalmente, el proveedor del SAP debe confirmar que el estudiante ha cumplido con los requisitos de consejería.
Segunda Prueba Positiva: Las consecuencias incluyen las de la primera prueba en esta regulación y también las que están detalladas en el Código de Conducta de Actividades Interescolares/Extracurriculares para la primera ofensa de uso de drogas ilegales/alcohol y la pérdida de privilegios de estacionamiento para el semestre en que ocurre la segunda prueba positiva y durante un semestre más.
Tercera Prueba Positiva: Las consecuencias incluyen las de la primera prueba en esta regulación y también las que están detalladas en el Código de Conducta de Actividades Interescolares/Extracurriculares para la segunda ofensa de uso de drogas ilegales/alcohol y la pérdida de privilegios de estacionamiento para el semestre en que ocurre la tercera prueba positiva y durante dos semestres más. La asistencia a cualquier actividad patrocinada por la escuela (ejemplos: eventos atléticos, bailes, etc..) solamente con permiso de administradores escolares.
Prueba(s) Positiva(s) Adicional(es): Las consecuencias incluyen las de la primera prueba en esta regulación, la pérdida de participación en cualquier actividad privilegiada y la inelegibilidad de asistir a cualquier actividad patrocinada por la escuela. Estas consecuencias pueden ser revisadas a la discreción de los administradores escolares después del semestre en que ocurrió la prueba positiva y dos semestres adicionales.
El Regreso a la Selección al Azar: Un estudiante regresará a la selección al azar para el resto del año escolar después de cumplir con las siguientes pruebas obligatorias.
Notificación y Consentimiento Para el Proceso de Selección al Azar
Cada estudiante que ha firmado una forma de consentimiento será asignado a un grupo al azar por un período de 12 meses, de julo 1 a junio 30. Las pruebas de detección de drogas al azar pueden ocurrir en cualquier momento durante el día escolar o en una actividad patrocinada por la escuela, incluyendo los campamentos, clínicas y actividades del verano. El horario y el número de pruebas serán administradas a la discreción del distrito y de los administradores escolares. El administrador de servicios de información estudiantil del distrito entregará una lista de todos los estudiantes elegibles identificados por su número de identificación GTID cada mes a la compañía de pruebas de detección de drogas para crear un grupo al azar. La compañía de pruebas de detección de drogas seleccionará al azar y presentará una lista de los números de GTID seleccionados para las pruebas de detección de drogas al administrador del sistema de información estudiantil y una lista de los nombres de estudiantes será preparada para uso de la compañía de pruebas de detección de drogas en el día de las pruebas. Los estudiantes serán llamados para las pruebas según la lista. Los empleados del distrito escolar no tendrán la autoridad de dar exención a las pruebas a ningún estudiante seleccionado y tampoco podrán asignar a un estudiante para ser incluido en la lista.
El Proceso de las Pruebas
El método de las pruebas administradas será un análisis de la orina y usará una detección de 10- paneles. Las pruebas serán administradas por una compañía contratada por el distrito escolar y certificada en pruebas de detección de drogas.
Colección de la Muestra
La colección de la muestra será manejada y supervisada por la compañía de pruebas de detección de drogas siguiendo sus protocolos seguros. Las escuelas proveerán un espacio adecuado que asegura un ambiente seguro y que también asegura la privacidad de los estudiantes que participan en las pruebas.
Verificación de la Muestra
Todas las detecciones no negativas serán apartadas y sometidas a un laboratorio certificado para la verificación del resultado positivo y los niveles de la sustancia presente en la muestra.
Revelación de Otros Medicamentos/Determinación Final
Un estudiante con un resultado no negativo asistirá a una conferencia con administradores escolares y con su padre/tutor para hablar de la prueba de detección de drogas y para determinar si el estudiante o padre/tutor puede proporcionar una razón legítima y verificable por la presencia de la sustancia detectada. Si ninguna razón es determinada, el administrador escolar repasará el expediente historial de pruebas de detección de drogas del estudiante y hará una determinación apropiada sobre las consecuencias pendiente la verificación del resultado positivo.
La decisión de los administradores escolares es final y no está sujeto a la apelación.
Un estudiante rehúsa someterse a la prueba de detección de drogas cuando él o ella no provee suficiente orina para la prueba cuando se le notifica o cuando su conducta claramente obstruye el proceso de las pruebas. Un estudiante rehúsa someterse a las pruebas o toma acciones intencionales de falsificar los resultados puede todavía ser disciplinado bajo el Código de Conducta Estudiantil y el Código de Conducta de Actividades Interescolares/Extracurriculares por estar bajo la influencia de drogas ilegales, drogas sintéticas o medicamentos de prescripción sin una receta válida. Un estudiante que toma acciones intencionales de falsificar los resultados puede también recibir consecuencias disciplinarias adicionales.
Un padre/tutor de un estudiante(s) que de otro modo no calificaría para ser incluido en el grupo de estudiantes elegibles para la selección al azar puede tomar la opción de incluirlo/la en el programa de pruebas de detección de drogas al comienzo del año escolar académico o al momento de inscribirse en la escuela. Los resultados del estudiante y cualquier consecuencia serán administrados de la misma manera que todos los otros estudiantes que están sujetos al programa de pruebas de detección de drogas al azar.
Un padre/tutor debe pagar de antemano el costo de las pruebas de detección de drogas. El estudiante será sometido a las pruebas un máximo de tres veces durante el año escolar académico a la petición del padre/tutor durante las próximas pruebas después de cada petición de un padre/tutor. Un estudiante que es sometido a una prueba a la petición del padre/tutor no será incluido en el grupo de selección al azar.