Classroom Code of Conduct | Kenosha Unified School District

Classroom Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct Responsibilities

Creating and maintaining a safe, positive, and productive learning environment is the responsibility of everyone involved with our children’s learning. Responsibility to establish and maintain this learning environment is shared by parents/caretakers, students, staff, and the District/community. What follows are elements of the KUSD Code of Conduct.

  • Parents/Caregivers
    Parents/caregivers have a responsibility to send their children to school prepared to learn. They set expectations and establish boundaries for their children including a respect for staff, self, other students, and school property. They are knowledgeable and supportive of the expectations of the school and work as partners with the school and staff. When dealing with a behavioral problem involving their child, parents/caregivers are open-minded and know the expectations of the school. They cooperate with the school in providing information, including a telephone number where the school can contact them at all times.

  • Students
    Students take responsibility for their own actions, know rules and expectations, cooperate with the school staff, and treat other students with respect. Students have good behavior in and out of the classroom and accept punishment for their actions. Students respect the learning environment of other students. Additionally, students arrive on time to class, follow directions, respect teachers’ homework requirements, and establish at-home study time.

  • Staff
    The entire school staff maintains a safe learning environment for students in the classroom and school. Staff is open minded, consistent, communicative, and objective. The staff provides clear and reasonable expectations; establishes positive and affirming relationships with students; sets age appropriate rules that reflect District policies and community standards; supplies students and parents with feedback; and is encouraging and consistent when dealing with student behavior. Administrators maintain consistent enforcement of the school’s behavioral policies, rules and procedures. 

  • District
    The District sets policy and defines expectations that are enforceable; supports each school; provides the tools, resources and funding to support school staff; and obtains feedback to refine policies and expectations. Furthermore, the District provides resources to ensure that educational programs make a difference in the lives of “hard-to-serve” students.

Reasons for Removing a Student from Class

Two categories of behavior warrant either short-term or long-term student removal from class. These two categories are: “zero tolerance” behaviors and repeatedly disruptive classroom behaviors. 

  • Zero Tolerance Behaviors: A student may be removed from a class or other activity by the teacher and/or building administrator for conduct or behavior occurring in the classroom, which violates the District’s “zero tolerance” policies. Such behaviors are identified in District policy as behaviors for which students will be suspended from one to five days and for which expulsion will be considered. Since these behaviors and consequences are well defined in Board of Education policy, they are not specifically identified in the Code of Classroom Conduct. However, removal from class is specified for most if not all offenses, and removal procedures identified in the Code will be followed whenever students are removed from class for suspendable behaviors. 

  • Disruptive Classroom Behavior:  A student may be removed from the classroom by the teacher if it has been documented by the teacher that the student’s behavior has repeatedly interfered with the teacher’s ability to teach the class. Behavior which may be considered as disruptive to the learning environment includes, but is not limited to:

    • Use of profanity
    • Inappropriate physical contact which hurts, distracts or annoys others, such as tapping, kicking, throwing things, hitting, biting, pushing, shoving, poking, pinching or grabbing
    • Inappropriate verbal conduct which upsets, distracts or annoys others, such as name calling, teasing, “baiting,” or casting racial slurs
    • Inappropriate verbal conduct that disrupts the educational environment including interrupting or disrespectful comments to the staff or other students
    • Inciting other students to act inappropriately or to disobey the teacher or class rules
    • Destroying the property of the school or of another student
    • Loud, obnoxious or outrageous behavior
    • Disrespecting the authority of the teacher

Procedures for Removing a Student from the Classroom

Removal of a student from the classroom is a serious measure, and is not to be imposed in an arbitrary, casual, or inconsistent manner. Prior to the removal of a student from the classroom, customary intervention/corrective procedures, such as teacher consultation with principal and/or counselor, student conference, parent contact, and other measures to address the student’s behavior will have been prescribed by the staff member. It is anticipated that in most situations where long term removal from a classroom is being considered, that the school staffing committee will have prescribed a plan to address the student’s behavior. 

Any student may be temporarily removed from class under this Code by a teacher of that class. A “class” is any class, meeting or activity which students attend and includes classes, resource room sessions, labs, library time, assemblies, study halls, field trips, and recess. A “teacher” is a certified instructor, long-term substitute teacher, or educational assistant who is employed by KUSD to supervise students independently or under the direction of a certified teacher.

Listed below are the procedures for removing a student from a class. When a teacher or other staff member has determined that a student has violated the Code of Classroom Conduct:

  • First Time Removal for Violation of the Code of Classroom Conduct
    1. The teacher/staff member will remove the student from the class by following the school’s adopted procedure for sending a student to the office for disciplinary reasons.
    2. In most cases, the student will remain in a designated area for at least the duration of the class or activity from which the student was removed. At the elementary level, the teacher will designate the amount of time during the school day that the student is to be removed from class. Each building administrator shall designate a room, office, or other appropriate class, program or educational setting where the student shall remain during the period of removal from the classroom.
    3. Within 24 hours or sooner, the teacher/staff member shall complete and submit to the principal/designee a referral form indicating the reason for the removal of the student from the classroom.
    4. Within 24 hours of receipt of the referral or sooner, the building administrator/designee shall inform the student’s parents/guardians that the student was removed from class. Such notice may be by mail or telephone.
    5. The principal shall arrange a parent/guardian conference if either the parent or teacher/staff member so requests or if the principal so decides. The conference should include the principal, the parent/guardian of the student, the student, and the teacher/staff member. Support personnel may be included. At the conference, the referring teacher/staff member will report prior corrective procedures including parent/guardian conferences or contact, student conferences, and anecdotal notations of misconduct. 
    6. Where it has been determined that the student will be given the opportunity to return to the class, the teacher/staff member and student will list the expectations for behavior in the class on the referral form. This may include suggestions for modifying behavior and the assistance of a counselor or other support personnel. Both the teacher and student will complete and sign the referral form and return it to the principal/designee.
  • Second Time Removal for Violation of the Code of Classroom Conduct
    1. If, after being returned to the class, the student continues to exhibit undesirable behavior, the student will be removed from the class and a second referral form will be sent to the principal/designee who will notify the parent/guardian within 24 hours and arrange a meeting with the student, teacher and parent/guardian. The referral should set forth as clearly and completely as possible:
      1. the basis for the removal request;
      2. the alternatives, approaches, and other steps considered or taken to avoid the need for a long-term removal;
      3. the impact, positive and negative, on the removed student; and
      4. the impact, positive and negative on the rest of the class. The original plan for behavior improvement will be reviewed, and a decision will be made as to whether the student should be returned to the classroom with a revised plan or considered for long term removal from the class.
    2. While a conference is pending, the administrator may not return the student to the regular classroom. A reasonable amount of time will be given for parent compliance with the request for the conference. If the parent is non-compliant, the administrator designee will proceed with a conference with the student and teacher. At the conference, the student is entitled to written or oral notice of the reasons for the removal, an explanation of the basis for the removal, and an opportunity to respond to the reasons for the removal.
  • Long-term Removal from the Class for Violation of the Code of Classroom Conduct
    1. Following the conference, if it is determined that the student is to be removed on a long-term basis from the class, the administrator shall order the placement of the student according to one of the following steps:
      1. place the student in an alternative education program;
      2. place the student in another class in the school, or in another appropriate place in the school;
      3. place the student in another instructional setting;
      4. modify the student’s schedule in compliance with Wisconsin statute requirements;
      5. refer the student to the Administrative Review Committee for expulsion consideration with a placement consideration to be held in abeyance pending recommendations of this committee and/or from an expulsion hearing. In any event, except in the case of expulsion, a student in long-term removal must continue to receive an educational program and services comparable to, though not necessarily identical with, those of the class from which he/she was removed. Such a program need not be in the precise academic subject of the student’s former class.

    Long-term removal from a specific classroom is an administrative decision not subject to a formal right of appeal. However, the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student, and/or the student, shall have the right to meet with the building administrator and/or the teacher who made the request for removal. At the meeting, the building administrator shall inform the parent(s)/guardian(s) and student of the basis for the removal, the alternatives considered, and the basis for any decision. However, nothing in this Code shall prevent the building administrator from implementing a removal to another class, placement or setting prior to any meeting, and notwithstanding the objection of the parent(s)/guardian(s) or student.

The Superintendent of Schools/designee may permit schools to develop discipline plans and systems that include variations from the above rules as long as the school procedures address and promote extensive parent/guardian communication and comply with the District’s behavior policies.

Created: 1999