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Handbook includes disciplinary guidelines

March 13, 2011

The 2010-11 Washington County Public Schools Handbook and Guide includes two pages of charts that feature disciplinary guidelines for violations of school regulations.

The charts list a range of disciplinary actions for several student offenses in elementary, middle and high schools.

Offenses listed include cheating, alcohol-related offenses, bullying, cutting class, drug-related offenses, bomb threats, disrespect, fighting, firearms, inhalants, physical attacks on students or teachers, sexual activity, sexual assault, tobacco-related offenses, vandalism and several others.

The handbook can be found online at www.wcps.k12.md.us/parents_community.

Some examples of violations and the range of disciplinary actions that can be handed down are:

Firearms: For middle- and high-schoolers, expulsion to notifying law enforcement. For elementary students, the minimum action is a five-day suspension and the maximum action ranges from expulsion to notifying law enforcement.

Other guns, including BB guns, pellet guns, water guns and objects that look like a firearm: For middle- and high-schoolers, the minimum action ranges from an extended suspension to notifying law enforcement and the maximum action ranges from expulsion to notifying law enforcement. For elementary students, the minimum action ranges from parent contact to notifying law enforcement and the maximum action ranges from expulsion to notifying law enforcement.

Other weapons: For high-schoolers, the minimum action ranges from a five-day suspension to notifying law enforcement and the maximum action ranges from expulsion to notifying law enforcement. For middle-schoolers, the minimum range is in-school suspension to notifying law enforcement and the maximum action is expulsion to notifying law enforcement. For elementary students, the minimum action is parent contact and the maximum action ranges from expulsion to notifying law enforcement.

• Physically attacking a student: For middle and high school students, the minimum action is in-school suspension and the maximum action ranges from expulsion to notifying law enforcement. For elementary students, the minimum action is a verbal warning and the maximum action is expulsion.

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