Explanations of Terms

  • Explanations of Terms

    Alternative Education:  Alternative education students (placed for disciplinary reasons) may not participate in or attend any school sponsored event on CV school grounds.

    Bullying:  A student is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students.  CV does not accept bullying.  CV’s rules against bullying are:  1)  We will not bully others; 2) We will try to help students who are bullied; 3) We will make a point to include students who are left out; 4) When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home. 

    Counseling/Therapy: Referral for counseling does not make the child immune to disciplinary action by the school.

    Detention: Teachers may assign students “teacher detentions” with a one (1) day notice to the students. An administrator can only assign administrative detentions.

    Disruption of the Educational Process:  Any disruption of the school day by a student may lead to disciplinary action as outlined in the discipline code.

    Employee Harassment: Harassment of the person or property of school employees, on or off school property, will not be tolerated and shall be dealt with according to the school discipline code.

    Expulsion: Expulsion requires the action of the school board after a formal hearing is conducted. Expelled students under the age of 17 must have an educational plan provided by the parents.

    Hearings: See article on this page.

    In-School Suspension: Students removed from class by the principal are assigned to in-school suspension. Students are responsible for their school work during the time in suspension. Failure to serve extended day suspension for any reason not approved by an administrator will result in out-of-school suspension. If in-school suspension exceeds three (3) school days, an informal hearing will be offered. In-school suspensions may normally not exceed 15 school days for the entire year. Anytime beyond the 15 days shall be an out-of-school suspension or a recommendation for assignment to an alternative education program.

    Internet Use:  Behavior on the Internet is monitored at school and governed by board policy, which can be accessed on the CV web site at www.cvsd.k12.pa.us or by calling the district office at 397-2421.

    Parent Contact:  Parents shall be notified in writing when their child is assigned detention, in-school suspension, or out of school suspension. Elementary principals will send written notice to parents if their child’s behavior is becoming a major problem and does not respond to routine disciplinary action.

    Performance Contracts: A performance contract is a signed agreement between the student and the school specifying expected student behavior during an agreed upon period of time. Parents may be a part of that contract.

    Removal from the Scene:  When it is in the interest of the student and/or the school, a student may be removed from a disruptive situation. Parents may be contacted to come for their child until a full investigation of the matter may be completed.

    Repeated Infractions: If misbehavior at any level on the Discipline Code (pp 30-31) continues despite efforts to stop it, the infraction may be classified at the next level and appropriate discipline applied.

    Restitution of Damaged/Stolen Property: Students are expected to make full restitution for property they’ve damaged or stolen.

    Social Probation: A student placed on social probation will be prohibited for a defined period of time from the following school-related activities:

    1. Participation in or attendance at extracurricular activities (including extracurricular field trips and special events such as athletics, dances, club meetings, and other social events).
    2. Driving to/from any school property.
    3. After school non-academic use of facilities.

    Student Assistance Program (SAP): A team of professional staff persons is available  to deal with mental health and drug and alcohol related problems. (see page 42)

    Suspension: A student may be suspended by the principal for three (3) days without a hearing or up to ten (10) days with an opportunity for an informal hearing (see HEARING on page 28). Students shall make up missed work. During any suspension, a student is restricted from attending or participating in all school activities both during and after school.  

    Use of Grades: Lowering a student’s grade as a disciplinary option is not acceptable unless assigned work is not completed or the offense is cheating. In any event, the lower grade would apply only to the specific incident and not to the total grade.

    Violations Occurring Outside the School’s Jurisdiction: The district has no responsibility to take disciplinary action against a student for infractions committed outside school unless that action presents a threat to the health/safety of the student body. In these cases, appropriate action within school policy shall be taken. Students who commit violations outside the school may be subject to the district’s extracurricular/social code (page 39).