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Use or possession of controlled substances [including look alike drugs] tobacco, chemicals, inhalants, drug paraphernalia, and prescription drugs not legally prescribed for the user /possessor. Included are chemicals not put to safe or normal use or are used in violation of Iowa Law.


Sale, possession, or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or of any beverage mixed or “spiked” with an alcoholic beverage. For purposes of this section the term “alcoholic beverage” shall be defined as any beverage with any alcoholic content.


Vulgar, obscene, lewd or lascivious behavior—either oral or written.


Possession, use, or display of—gang, racist, sexist, illegal substance, occult, or related paraphernalia and/or activities related to such on school grounds.


Harassment stemming from: racial, ethnic, gender, perceived differences, or disability. *See p. 37-38


Leaving the school building or classroom without permission. *See truancy.


The sale of goods/services on school grounds without permission of the administration.


Lying to staff


Public display of affection.

18.   Swearing—directed at a teacher [response to teacher action]---3 days OSS. *See below

Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, Saturday school assignment, suspension, probation, behavior contract referral to law enforcement authorities and expulsion.  Discipline can also include prohibition from participating in extracurricular activities, including athletics.  The discipline imposed is based upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident and the student's record.

In all cases, school districts do not need to “prove beyond a reasonable doubt”, that a student violated a school rule or policy. School districts need only prove it is more likely than not a student has violated a school rule or policy.

Student Suspension

The Iowa Code gives the Board of Directors the power to suspend students and the authority to confer this power on members of the professional staff.  The Principal of each school building may temporarily suspend a student for a period not to exceed three days for disciplinary reasons by following the due process procedures.  The minimal due process procedures include the right of students to:

1.Be given oral and/or written note of the charges.

2.Be given the opportunity to admit or deny such charges.

3.Be given an explanation of the evidence against the student if he/she denies the charge(s).

4.Be given an opportunity to explain the situation.

The Superintendent may extend the suspension upon the Principal's request, for a total of no more than ten days.  The building Principal will do re-admission of the student after short-term suspension.  Re-admission after extended suspension may occur following a hearing conducted by the Superintendent.  The informal hearing shall be attended by the Superintendent, Principal, student, parents, and any other persons deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or requested by the parents or the student.  Parents and students should be aware that under certain circumstances school officials are obligated to inform law enforcement authorities of certain types of student misbehavior.  In addition, legal action may be instituted against the student. *[See OSS]

Rules For In-School Suspension-------- ISS

1.  The student will be in the suspension room when the 8:30 a.m. bell rings on the day of suspension.

2.  The student will be responsible to work on school assignments or actively engaged in reading during ISS time.

3.  The student shall use the entire time in the suspension room, studying or copying from the dictionary.

4.  The student is not to leave the suspension room at anytime during the hour between 8:25 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. without permission.

**Failure to follow the above rules may result in further in-school or out-of school suspension.

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