The Kaukauna Area School District recognizes and accepts its responsibility to create, foster, and maintain an orderly and safe class environment, conducive to teaching and to the learning processes. Every member of the school community is expected to cooperate in this central mission. Staff, including administrators and teachers, must use their training, experience, and authority to create schools and classes where effective learning is possible. Students are expected to come to school, and to every class, ready and willing to learn. Parents should be aware of their children’s activities, performance, and behavior in school, and are encouraged to cooperate with the school in supporting educational environments that optimize learning and teaching.
The district has legal duty to make its schools as free as possible of the dangers of violence, weapons, drugs, and other behavior harmful to the educational environment. This duty is enforced through the district’s policy on suspension and expulsion, which provides procedures by which students may be removed from the school community either temporarily, or in the case of expulsions, permanently.
The district also owes its students, as a group, the opportunity to attend school as free as reasonably possible from unnecessary and unwarranted distraction and disruption, particularly by those relatively few students who, for whatever reasons, are unwilling, unready, or unable to avail themselves of the opportunity for an education. Such behavior, while not necessarily so serious or pervasive to warrant suspension or expulsion, can be nearly as destructive to the educational environment. Such behavior warrants, at a minimum, that the student be removed temporarily from the class or activity (short term removal). Such removal serves multiple purposes of eliminating, or minimizing the disruption, or reinforcing the district’s commitment to an appropriate educational environment, and of allowing a respite period, for disciplinary or other reasons, short of suspension or expulsion.
In other circumstances, the student’s conduct, or the best interests of the student and the other members of the class, may warrant longer term removal from the class (long term removal). Long term removal may, but need not always be, for disciplinary purposes.
A staff member employed by the district may temporarily remove a pupil from the staff member’s class if the pupil violates the terms of this Code of Classroom Conduct. In addition, long term removal of a student will be possible if the principal or designee upholds a staff member’s recommendation that a student be removed from the class for a longer period. Removal from class under this Code does not prohibit the district from pursuing or implementing other disciplinary measures, including, but not limited to detentions, suspensions, and expulsions, for the conduct for which the student was removed.
For purpose of this Code, a “class” is any class, meeting or activity which students attend, or in which they participate while in school under the control or direction of the district. This may include, but not be limited to regular classes, special classes, testing sessions, field trips, resource room sessions, counseling groups, recess, lunch, study halls, media center, school assemblies, and labs, and school sanctioned programs off school property. Class may also include district sponsored extracurricular activities, either inside or outside of school hours. “Staff member” is defined as a person holding a license or permit issued by the state superintendent whose employment by the school district requires that he/she hold that license or permit. Additionally, a staff member may also include substitute teacher, proctor, monitor, group leader, and for purposes of this code, educational assistant functioning in supervision of students or adults employed by the district in coaching or advisory positions. “Student” is defined as any student enrolled in the district, exchange student, or student visitor to the district’s schools.
Reasons for Removal of a Student from Class
A student may be removed from class for conduct or behavior which (a) violates the district’s policies regarding suspension or expulsion (b) violates the behavioral rules and expectations set forth in the Student Handbook; (c) is disruptive, dangerous, or unruly; (d) which otherwise interferes with the ability of the staff member to teach effectively; or (e) which is incompatible with effective teaching and learning in the class.
Removal is a serious measure, and should not be imposed in an arbitrary, casual, or inconsistent manner. Behavioral expectations are always more constructive, and more likely to be followed, where their terms are communicated as clearly as possible to students and staff. However, it is neither possible nor necessary to specify every type of improper or inappropriate behavior, or every inappropriate circumstance, that would justify removal under this Code. A staff member’s primary responsibility is to maintain an appropriate educational environment for the class as a whole. Therefore, notwithstanding the provisions of this Code, in every circumstance the staff member should exercise his or her best judgment in deciding whether it is appropriate to remove a student temporarily from class.
Except as otherwise provided, a staff member may remove a student from class for the following conduct or behavior:
- Conduct covered by the district’s policies regarding suspension and expulsion (e.g., conduct rule violations, possessing a firearm, knowingly conveying a threat to destroy any school property by means of explosives). It should be noted that building administrators make decisions regarding suspension, and the district administrator makes recommendations to the Board of Education for expulsion. Thus, a staff member’s decision to remove a student from class for behavior covered by district policies regarding suspension and expulsion may, but does not necessarily, mean that the student will also be suspended or expelled.
- Disruptive, dangerous or unruly behavior. The following behavior, by way of example and without limitation, may be determined to be disruptive, dangerous or unruly:
- Inappropriate physical contact intended or likely to hurt, distract or annoy others such as hitting, biting, pushing, shoving, poking, pinching or grabbing.
- Inappropriate verbal conduct intended or likely to upset, distract or annoy others such as name calling, teasing or baiting.
- Behavior that may constitute sexual or other harassment.
- Repeated or extreme inappropriate verbal conduct likely to disrupt the educational environment, particularly when others are talking (e.g., lecture by teacher, response by other student, presentation by visitor) or during quiet study time.
- Throwing any object, particularly one likely to cause harm or damage such as books, pencils, scissors, etc.
- Inciting other students to act inappropriately or to disobey the teacher or school or class rules.
- Destroying the property of the school or another student.
- Loud, obnoxious or outrageous behavior.
- Conduct which otherwise interferes with the ability of the staff member to teach effectively. Students are required to cooperate with the staff member by listening attentively, obeying all instruction promptly and responding appropriately when called upon. A student’s non-compliance may, in turn, distract others either by setting a bad example or by diverting the class from the lesson to the student’s inappropriate behavior. By way of example and without limitation this behavior includes:
- Open defiance of the staff member, manifest in words, gestures or other overt behavior
- Open disrespect of the staff member, manifest in words, gestures or other overt behavior.
- Other behavior likely or intended to sabotage or undermine classroom instruction.
- Conduct which is incompatible with effective teaching and learning in the class. In some cases, a staff member may believe that a student should be removed from the class for the good of the student and in the best interests of the class as a whole. Such reasons may, but need not be disciplinary in nature, and include for purposes of illustration and without limitation irreconcilable personality differences or issues between students in the class.
Procedures to be followed for removing and placement of a student from class will be identified in the school handbook.