Code of Classroom Conduct
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 as follows:
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 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 consequences 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.
The entire school staff maintain a safe learning environment for students in the classroom and school. Staff are open minded, consistent, communicative, and objective. The staff provide clear and reasonable expectations; establish positive and affirming relationships with students; set age-appropriate rules that reflect District policies and community standards; supply students and parents with feedback; and are encouraging and consistent when dealing with student behavior. Administrators maintain consistent enforcement of the school’s behavioral expectations, policies, rules and procedures.
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.
Following is the Code of Classroom Conduct (“Code”), which governs the standards of classroom conduct for all students and the procedures for removal from the classroom when these conduct standards are not met:
Reasons for Removing a Student from Class
Students may be removed from class for behavior that violates the Code, is dangerous, unruly or disruptive, or that interferes with the ability of the teacher to teach effectively. These two categories are endangering behavior and disruptive behavior.
- Endangering Behavior: A student may be removed from a class or other activity for conduct or behavior occurring in the classroom, which violates District policies. Since these behaviors and consequences are well defined in Board of Education policy (available in full on the KUSD website), they are not specifically identified in the Code of Classroom Conduct. Removal procedures identified in the Code will be followed whenever students are removed from class.
- Disruptive Behaviors: A student may be removed from the classroom if the student’s behavior has interfered with the teacher’s ability to effectively teach the class. Behavior which may be considered disruptive 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
- Being disrespectful to students or staff
Types of Removal from the Classroom
Any student may be temporarily removed from class under this Code. 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.
Removal of a student from the classroom is a serious measure, and is not to be imposed in an arbitrary, casual, or inconsistent manner.
Listed below are the two types of removal that may be imposed by KUSD:
- Short-term Removal:
- The teacher/staff member will remove the student from the class by following the school’s adopted procedure for sending a student to the designated area for redirection or disciplinary reasons.
- In some cases, the student will remain in a designated area for at least the duration of the class period or activity from which the student was removed. At the elementary level, where a class encompasses the entire school day, the teacher will designate the amount of time 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.
- Long-term Removal:
- In most cases, prior to the long-term 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 attempted by school staff. This does not apply to incidents referred to the Administrative Review Committee.
- Depending upon the infraction, the principal will implement one of the following long-term removal procedures: placing the student in an alternative class or instructional setting within the school; or referring the student to the Administrative Review Committee as outlined in Policy 5430 and Policy 5430AR.
Notification to Parent/Guardian
Building administrators/designees are responsible for notifying parents/guardians of the short-term and/or long-term removal of students from class. The method of notification shall be done by email and/or telephone. Notification shall be made as soon as practicable.
LEGAL REF.: Wisconsin Statutes Section: 120.13(1)(a) School Government Rules; Suspension; Expulsion
Updated: November 2021