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Philosophy of Student Discipline :

Westlake HS is committed to providing a safe and orderly academic environment for all students. When the active image of a school is collectively understood and accepted as an epicenter of order and learning, teachers are able to teach and students are able to learn more readily. Education provides a means of human development and adjustment. Subsequently, Westlake’s discipline policy provides alternatives to immediate out of school suspension and progressive disciplinary steps where appropriate. 
Expectations
Students at Westlake are expected to behave appropriately at all times. The Westlake HS faculty, staff, and community will not tolerate violence and chronically disruptive behavior. Fulton County School Resource Officers will be called in all cases of violence and charges will be placed against the offenders whenever possible.

All Westlake HS students are expected to:

• Make a daily commitment to academic achievement and social responsibility
• Avoid relationships or activities that have the potential to become an obstacle in your academic and social development
• Come to school on time everyday, alert and willing to work effectively
• Consistently exemplify school preparedness, self-discipline and governance, respectfulness, focus, courteousness, inquisitiveness, and cooperation with peers and school personnel

Disciplinary Cycle:

The Westlake HS discipline cycle was designed with respect to the Fulton Schools discipline code for high schools. It is designed to ensure that firm; fair, consistent, and equitable discipline is the norm at Westlake. A progression of possible consequences is listed for each violation of the code. Teachers will handle minor infractions as part of their normal classroom management procedures. However, for any violation of the WHS discipline code, administrators will apply one or more of consequences. Those offenses not reflected in the WHS discipline cycle will be administered with respect to Fulton Schools discipline code for high schools.
Parents and students are responsible for become familiar with the Westlake HS discipline code and cycle.

DEFINITIONS OF PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES

TEACHER DETENTION

If a teacher assigns a student detention, he or she must report for detention on time. Students who are late or who do not report for detention will be referred to the office for administrative disciplinary consequences (i.e., SS, ISS, or OSS).  Student should not bring prohibited materials, which include headphones, radios, pagers, cards, and any non-academic items to detention.  After school, the parent must provide transportation.

IN-SCHOOL-SUSPENSION

Students who are assigned In-School-Suspension (ISS) will report to the ISS room at 8:40 a.m.  Students must work throughout the day on school work/assignments.  Students remain in the ISS room the entire school day.  Students will receive lunch while in ISS and are not permitted to leave during the lunch hour.  Students may bring lunch from home to eat during the ISS lunch period; however, no kitchen services will be provided (i.e. refrigerators and microwaves).

OUT-OF-SCHOOL-SUSPENSION

Students assigned Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) is prohibited from coming on Westlake HS campus. Likewise, students who are assigned OSS are not to attend any school functions hosted at Westlake HS, or any other Fulton County property.  Students who return to school during their suspension will be charged with criminal trespassing and subject to further disciplinary actions.  Students are responsible for obtaining make-up work from teachers upon completion of the suspension term, as well as for completing the work and turning it in.  Students may request work during suspension, through the Main Office, request must allow 48hour notice.

Rule 1. Disruption and Interference with School

A student shall not:

a. Occupy any school building, gymnasium, school grounds, properties or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use, or where the effect thereof is to deprive others of its use;

b. Block the entrance or exit of any school building or property or corridor or room thereof so as to deprive others of access thereto;

c. Prevent or attempt to prevent the convening or continued functioning of any school, class, activity or lawful meeting or assembly on the school campus;

d. Prevent a student from attending class or school activity;

e. Except under the direct instruction of the principal, block normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a school campus or adjacent grounds;

f. Continuously and intentionally make noise or act in any other manner so as to interfere seriously with the school employee's ability to perform his/her duties;

g. Use, display, or activation of a pocket pager, cellular telephone or other personal electronic communication device on school property, except for middle and high school students who may use such devices on school grounds before or after the regular school day.  Elementary students are prohibited from possessing cellular telephones at any time.  No such devices may be used at any time on school system operated vehicles, or during an emergency drill or evacuation.  These limits on the use of personal communication devices do not apply to students whose special needs require the use of such a device to enhance speech or hearing.  Student who are found with such devices in the “on” position, in use, or displayed except as permitted above, shall have the device confiscated by the school administrator.  The school administrator should contact the parents to notify them that they have ten business days in which to produce proof of purchase or lease.  All items that are not claimed by a parent through presentation of proof of purchase or lease are to be delivered directly to the office of campus police. The student's first violation of this rule will result in in-school suspension.  Subsequent violations may result in out-of-school suspension and/or other appropriate disciplinary action."

h. In any other manner, by the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, false statements, or any other disorderly conduct, intentionally cause the substantial disruption of any lawful mission, process or function of the school, engage in any such conduct for the purpose of causing the substantial disruption or obstruction of any such lawful mission, process or function, or pose a substantial threat to the health, safety and/or welfare of students, staff or others;

i. Refuse to identify himself/herself upon request of any teacher, principal, Superintendent, school bus driver or other authorized school personnel;

j. Threaten to plant a bomb or falsely inform others that a bomb or other explosive has been planted (a) on school grounds; (b) off school grounds at a school function, activity or event; or (c) on any school vehicle or other school property; or

k. Urge, encourage or counsel other students to violate any of the preceding paragraphs of this rule.

Rule 2. Damage, Alteration, or Theft of School Property

A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to school property; alter or attempt to alter school property; set fire to or attempt to set fire to school property; steal or attempt to steal school property; or possess or distribute school property without appropriate school/school system authorization.

Rule 3. Damage, Alteration, or Theft of Private Property

A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to private property; alter or attempt to alter private property; set fire to or attempt to set fire to private property; steal or attempt to steal private property or possess or distribute private property without appropriate authorization: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) under the jurisdiction of school district transportation.

Rule 4. (Physical or Verbal) Assault or Battery or Abusive Language to a School Employee

A student shall not (i) cause or attempt to cause physical injury, threaten bodily harm, intentionally make physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to a school employee; or (ii) use in such employee's presence opprobrious or abusive words, or obscene language, pictures or gestures tending to cause a breach of the peace: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, function or event; or (c) en route to and from school or school-sponsored activity.

Rule 5. (Physical or Verbal) Assault or Battery or Abusive Language by a Student to any Person

A student shall not (i) cause or attempt to cause physical injury, threaten bodily harm, intentionally make physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature, or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person; or (ii) use opprobrious or abusive words, or obscene language, pictures or gestures tending to cause a breach of the peace: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) en route to and from school or school-sponsored activity. At the discretion of the local school administration, the student and the parent may be offered the opportunity to attend a violence prevention program in lieu of a portion of any suspension period.

Rule 6. Harassment or Acts of Bigotry

A student shall not insult, intimidate, or harass any person by committing any act of bigotry (directed toward another person's race, ethnic heritage, national origin, religion, age, sex, or disability) that, under the circumstances, would tend to cause substantial disruption of the educational setting or school activity. Prohibited acts of bigotry include verbal harassment, such as racial, sexual, or ethnic slurs, derogatory comments, insults, and jokes; physical harassment, such as offensive touching; and visual harassment, such as racially, sexually, or ethnically offensive posters, graffiti, drawings, clothing, or gestures that, under the circumstances, would tend to cause substantial disruption of the educational setting or school activity. Such acts of bigotry and harassment are prohibited: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; or (c) en route to and from school or a school-sponsored activity.

Rule 7. Sexual Harassment

A student shall not harass another person through unwelcome conduct or communication of a sexual nature. Prohibited acts of sexual harassment include verbal harassment, such as sexual jokes or comments about an individual or his/her physical characteristics; physical harassment such as unwanted touching; visual harassment such as the display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; or requests or demands for sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; or (c) en route to and from school or school-sponsored activity.

Rule 8. Weapons and Dangerous Instruments

A student shall not possess, display, transmit or threateningly use a knife, razor, razor blade, ice pick, nunchakus, explosive, machete, brass knuckles, pistol, rifle, shotgun, BB/pellet gun, stun-gun, incendiary device, self-defense sprays such as mace or pepper gas, or other object that reasonably can be considered a weapon: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) en route to and from school or school-sponsored activity. (See also Part II, Procedural Rule 8.)

Rule 9. Alcohol and Other Drugs/Psychoactive Substances

Use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is illegal, wrong and harmful; therefore, a student shall not possess, sell, attempt to sell or transmit any narcotic, hallucinogen, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, drug analog or designer drug, alcoholic beverage, prescription drug, steroid, illegal drug, drug paraphernalia or psychoactive substance of any kind or abuse any substance that may have a mind-altering or intoxicating effect: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) en route to and from school or school-sponsored activities. A student shall not possess, sell, attempt to sell or transmit any substance under the pretense that it is, in fact, a narcotic, hallucinogen, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, drug analog, alcoholic beverage or psychoactive substance of any kind. Personal use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription or directive from a licensed physician by the patient for whom it was prescribed shall not be considered a violation of this rule. Appropriate use or simple possession of personal hygiene products or other household products that have a regular school use shall not be considered a violation of this rule. However, use or distribution for use of any such substances for intoxicating or mind-altering purposes will constitute a violation of this rule. First offenders for possession or use only must be offered the opportunity to attend an approved substance prevention education program in lieu of a portion of the suspension period.

Rule 10. Disregard of School Rules; State, Federal and/or Local Laws; Directions or Commands

A student shall not fail to comply with school rules; state, federal and/or local laws; or reasonable directions or commands of teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, school assistants, administrators, school bus drivers or other authorized school personnel when: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) en route to and from school or school-sponsored activity.

Rule 11. Unexcused Absences

A student shall not be tardy or absent from a school in which he/she is enrolled without bringing a satisfactory excuse signed by his/her parent or guardian within three days giving the reason for the absence or tardiness (see Policy/Procedure JBD). A student shall not be absent from any class or other required school function during required school hours except with written permission of the teacher, principal or other duly authorized school official. A student shall not leave the school campus or other required school functions during required school hours without permission of the school administration. No student shall encourage, urge or counsel other students to violate this rule.

Rule 12. Dress and Grooming

Students in the school system are expected to dress and groom themselves in such a way as to reflect neatness, cleanliness and safety. All students shall dress appropriately so as not to disrupt or interfere with the educational program or the orderly operation of the school. Extremes in dress and grooming will not be permitted. Examples are: lack of cleanliness in person or dress; shoelessness; "short-short" clothing; bare midriffs; "tank tops"; "see-through" clothing or apparel which designates gangs or similar organizations or any dress that is disruptive to the educational process. Designated dress involving school activities approved by the principal shall be acceptable. The principal or other duly authorized school official shall determine whether any particular mode of dress or grooming results in a violation of the spirit and/or the intent of this rule.

Rule 13. Tobacco Use

A student shall not possess, use, handle or transmit cigarettes, lighters, matches, or related tobacco products of any kind, including cigarette wrapping paper or containers for such products: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) under the jurisdiction of school district transportation. First offenders will be required to attend a tobacco use program provided by the local school in addition to any other disciplinary action deemed appropriate.

Rule 14. Gambling

A student shall not gamble or solicit others to gamble: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) under the jurisdiction of school district transportation. Gambling includes betting on any game or event, shooting dice, matching or other games of chance for money and/or things of value.

Participating in a raffle or bingo game sponsored by a school-related support group such as a PTA or booster club will not violate this rule when the student is accompanied by his or her parent or guardian or by another parent who has permission in writing from the student's parent or guardian to supervise that student at the fund raiser.

Rule 15. Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Offenses

A student shall not perform an act of lewd exposure or lewd caress or indecent fondling/touching of the student's own body or the body of another person, or any act of sexual intercourse: (a) on the school grounds at any time;(b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) under the jurisdiction of school district transportation.

Rule 16. Bullying

A student shall not willfully attempt or threaten to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so or shall not intentionally exhibit a display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) en route to and from school or school-sponsored activities.

Except as otherwise required by law, any student in grades six through 12 who commits the offense of bullying for the third time during a school year shall be assigned to an alternative school program in addition to any other disciplinary action deemed appropriate. For students in grades K through five, disciplinary action should be taken as deemed appropriate.

See Rule 18, below, for specific rules relating to acts of bullying while on the school bus.

Rule 17. Disrespectful Conduct Toward Employees, Students and/or Others

A student shall not exhibit disrespectful, rude or discourteous behavior or language toward an employee, student or other person: (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or (c) under the jurisdiction of school system transportation.

Rule 18. School Bus Disciplinary Rules

a. Students shall be prohibited from using items during the operation of a school bus in a manner which might interfere with the school bus communications equipment or the school bus driver's operation of the bus. These items include but are not limited to cell phones; pagers; audible radios; tape or compact disc players without headphones; mirrors; lasers, or flash cameras.

b. If a student is found to have engaged in bullying or in physical assault or battery of another person on the school bus, a meeting shall be scheduled involving the parent or guardian of the student and appropriate school district officials to form a school bus behavior contract for the student. Such contract shall provide for progressive age-appropriate discipline, penalties, and restrictions for student misconduct on the bus. Contract provisions may include but shall not be limited to assigned seating, ongoing parental involvement, and suspension from riding the bus.

This paragraph does not in any way limit or restrict the school system's ability to take additional action, including imposing disciplinary sanctions through and including permanent expulsion from the school system, as a result of the student's behavior.

See "Bus Conduct Disciplinary Procedures" in the Code of Conduct and Discipline Handbook.


Rule 19. Off-Campus Misconduct

Students shall be disciplined for engaging in off-campus conduct that affects the safety and
welfare of the school, staff, and/or students or that has a direct effect on the discipline or
educational environment of the school. Off-campus misconduct for which a student shall be
disciplined includes, but is not limited to, any off-campus conduct that 1) is prohibited by the
Georgia or United States criminal codes; 2) is punishable as a felony or would be punishable
as a felony if committed by an adult; and 3) is conduct for which a student has been arrested,
indicted, adjudicated to have committed, or convicted. [OCGA § 20-2-751.5(c)]

Rule 20. Encouraging Violations of Code of Conduct

Students shall not incite, urge, encourage, advise, or counsel other students to violate any
Rule of this Code of Conduct. [OCGA § 20-2-751.5(a)(11)]

 

Dress Code:

Everyone at Westlake High School is expected to dress and be groomed in accordance with acceptable community standards of cleanliness, good taste and appropriateness.  The established standard has been set to discourage clothing that may be a distraction to the learning environment and possible safety of students.  It is not our intent to prevent self-expression or exercise unreasonable control over students; however, current trends seem to favor certain modes of dress which are inappropriate for school, causes distractions to the learning environment and which sometimes puts the students in situations not best suited for them.

Dress standards are as follows:

• Clothing that is low-cut, transparent, revealing, form fitting, or that has holes that reveal undergarments or inappropriate body parts are unacceptable. No undergarment should be visible at any times. No depiction of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weapons, gangs, or derogatory or sexually suggestive words may not be on, or a part of, any clothing or accessory

• Shirts/Dresses

o Blouses and dresses must cover the areas of the stomach, side or back
o NO Oversized T shirts  i.e. Tall –Tees, Tees to the knee
o Shoulders must be covered at all times (no Tank Tops)
o NO Exposed cleavage
o Undergarments should not be visible at any time
o NO wearing of clothing which is unduly revealing, which includes exposing chest, midriff, back, or undergarments.

• Pants/Shorts/Skirts

o NO Excessively large pants or shorts
o Undergarments should not be visible at any time (i.e. student’s pants must not sag to show undergarments)
o Shorts should be knee length

• Skirts

o Knee length
o No slits/splits that are too revealing
o Undergarments should not be visible at any time

• Shoes
o NO House Slippers or any shoes of the same resemblance

• Head

o NO Hats (Male and Female)
o NO Athletic Headbands (Male and Female)
o NO Sunglasses
o NO Stocking Caps (Male and Female)
o NO Hoods (Male and Female)

Dress Code Infractions Consequences:

• Step 1: Dress code violations clothing

• Step 2: Dress code violations clothing, administrative call home and 2 days ISS

• Step 3: Dress code violations clothing and call home and 3days ISS

• Step 4: Dress code violations clothing, call home, and 2 days OSS

• Step 5:  Dress code violations clothing, call home, and 3 day OSS