Falmouth High School believes that the maintenance of discipline is necessary in order that an effective educational program may be conducted. The ultimate goal of discipline shall be the development of self-direction in individual students. A policy is established that recognizes the rights and dignity of others and is based on humanitarian and democratic principles.
Discipline begins in the home with the responsibility of parents/guardians to develop a positive attitude toward study and behavior. No code established or action taken by school officials can be effective without parent/guardian acceptance of this primary responsibility. Discipline continues in the classroom with the relationship between the teacher and the student.
Our high school is unequivocally committed to the principle that disorderly and disruptive behavior shall not be permitted to interfere with the right of other students to pursue an education. While most discipline problems should be handled by the teacher, student and parent/guardian, the administration has the responsibility to support and maintain the enforcement of school discipline policies within the building.
All students are required to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that is in the best interest of the school and its students. Every reasonable effort will be made to keep students within the school’s sphere of influence, using suspension and/or expulsion only as a last resort. In this connection, students are reminded that:
- The exercise of any of a student’s rights ceases when it infringes on the rights of another individual or group.
- No student has the right to disrupt the educational process within a school.
- It should be understood that this is not a limiting document; not all possible violations have been identified and not all possible methods of resolutions have been listed.
- All students will have the right to due process procedures in matters of suspension, transfer, and expulsion.
- Corporal punishment: The School Committee stresses that any physical punishment of students is against state law. Use of reasonable physical force by school personnel is permissible to stop a confrontation endangering the welfare of a student or staff member and in cases of self-defense.
- To provide the student with a program that includes ample opportunity for a modification of his/her behavior.
- To provide a program that is progressive (moderate to most severe action).
- To provide consistency in the administration of disciplinary actions.
- To provide students, parents/guardians and school personnel with clearly stated advance knowledge of the courses of action to be followed in handling discipline matters.
- To provide a policy this is consistent with the principles of a democratic society.
All students are required to conduct themselves in the classroom in a manner conducive to learning. Teachers will give classroom management plans to students during the first week of a course. Students are expected to follow the classroom rules of each of their teachers. Students should pay special attention to each teacher’s rules regarding tardiness to class and classroom conduct. Any discipline infractions and consequences that apply to the classroom will be dealt with by administration after teachers have implemented disciplinary action of their own, contacted parents/guardians and documented with discipline referrals when student behavior shows no improvement. Students who are assigned a teacher or administrative detention are given 24-hour notice.