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DISCIPLINE
 
At Gettys Middle School, our student’s safety and their learning are very important
to us. Our staff works extremely hard to create a positive school climate and we
expect the best behavior and character from all students. Following are behaviors
that will not be tolerated at Gettys Middle School and possible school-wide actions:
Drugs or Weapons
o   Ten Day Out-of-School Suspension
o   Recommendation for Expulsion
o   District Hearing
o   Criminal Charges with School Resource Officer-Incident Report
Fighting (exchanging of physical blows or any intentional aggressive contact)
o   Five Day Out-of-School Suspension
o   Required Conflict Resolution/Anger Management Guidance Intervention
o   Criminal Charges with School Resource Officer: Disturbing School or Assault
Disruptive Behavior or Aggressive Horseplay (to include instigating, bumping, or
any aggressive act except for fighting with physical blows)
o   Three Day Out-of-School Suspension
o   Required Conflict Resolution/Anger Management Guidance Intervention
Criminal Charges possibly filed with SRO: Disturbing School
Profanity Towards Any Staff or Adult  
o   One or Two or Three Day Out-of-School Suspension: Administrator Discretion
o   Required Anger Management Guidance Intervention Sessions
o   Criminal Charges possibly filed with SRO: Disturbing School/Threat Staff
 
Verbal Confrontation (or disruptive verbal fight)
o   One or Two Day Out-of-School Suspension
o   Required Conflict Resolution/Anger Management Guidance Intervention
o   Criminal Charges possibly filed with SRO: Disturbing School
Tobacco
o   Two Day Out-of-School Suspension (first offense)
o   Three Day Out-of-School Suspension (second offense)
o   Required SKIP Intervention Sessions for treatment and Contract (2nd offense)
o   Fine and Penalty with SRO: Possession of Tobacco-Minor effective 8/16/06
Leaving Campus Without Permission (Cutting class and leaving school grounds)
o   Five Day Out-of-School Suspension and Behavior Contract with SDPC
o   Required Guidance Intervention Sessions
o   Required Community Service Hours
 
The following is a brief listing of South Carolina laws that address school safety and
will be reported to the school resource officer:           
 
Disturbing Schools (Sect.16-17-420): it is unlawful to interfere or disturb any student
or teacher. Fighting, trespassing and use of offensive language to staff members may
be included within this provision.
Carrying Weapons (Sect. 16-23-430): it is unlawful to possess a knife, blackjack,
metal pipe, firearm or weapon, which may be used to inflict injury.
Threatening life or bodily harm (Sect.16-3-1040) It is unlawful for any person to
deliver or convey to a teacher or principal any communication that contains a threat
to take the life or inflict bodily harm.
Drug offenses-(Sect. 44-53-445) It is unlawful to distribute, sell, purchase, or
possess a controlled substance within one-half mile radius of school.
 
DISORDERLY CONDUCT – LEVEL I 
1. Disorderly conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by student(s) which
tend to impede
orderly classroom procedures or instructional activities, orderly
operation of the school, or the
frequency or seriousness of which disturb classroom
or school.
 
2.    Acts of disorderly conduct may include, but are not limited to:
a.    School or classroom tardiness
b.    Cheating on examinations or classroom assignments
c.    Lying
d.    Acting in a manner so as to interfere with the instructional process
e.    Abusive language between or among students
f.     Failure to complete or carry out directions
g.    Use of forged notes or excuses
h.    Cutting class
i.      Truancy
j.      Other disorderly acts as determined by the administration
 
3. The staff may apply sanctions in cases of disorderly conduct which may include,
but are not limited to:
Verbal reprimand
Withdrawal of privileges
Detention
In-School suspension
Out-of-School suspension
Expulsion for the remainder of the school year
 
B.   DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR – LEVEL II
1.  Disruptive conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by student(s) which
are directed against persons or property, and the consequences of which tend to
endanger the health or safety of themselves or others in the school. Some instances
of disruptive conduct may overlap certain criminal offenses, justifying
both
administrative sanctions and court proceedings.
 
2. Acts of disruptive conduct may include, but are not limited to
a.  Use of an intoxicant
b.  Fighting
c.  Vandalism (minor)
d.  Stealing
e.  Threats against others, including, but not limited to, display or use of facsimile, toy, or look alike weapons, possession of a facsimile, toy or look alike weapon
f.  Trespass
g.  Abusive language to staff
h.  Refusal to obey school personnel or agents (such as any teacher, assistant or any GMS staff) whose responsibilities include supervision of students
i.  First offense possession or use of unauthorized substances, as defined by law or local school board policy
j.  Illegally occupying or blocking in any way school property with the intent to deprive others of its use
k.  Unlawful assembly
l.  Disrupting lawful assembly
m. Inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
n.  Unauthorized possession of a telecommunication device, including pagers, cellular phones, etc.
o.  Repeat offenses of conduct classified as disorderly conduct under this policy
p.  Any other acts as determined by the administration
 
3. The administration may apply sanctions in cases of disruptive conduct which may
include, but
are not limited to:
Temporary removal from class
Transfer to alternative education program;
In-school suspension
Out-of-school suspension
Referral to outside agency
Expulsion
Restitution
 
 
CRIMINAL CONDUCT – LEVEL III
1.    Criminal conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by students which
result in violence to oneself or another’s person or property or which pose a direct
and serious threat to the safety of oneself or others in the school. These activities
usually require administrative actions, which result in the immediate removal of
the student from the school, the invention of law enforcement authorities, and/or
action by the board.
Administrators are required to notify law enforcement whenever a student has
engaged in one of the acts specified herein and where administrator has reason to
believe that the student’s conduct poses a direct and serious threat or harm.
2.    Acts of criminal conduct may include, but are not limited to:
a.    Assault and battery
b.    Extortion
c.    Bomb threat
d.    Possession, use, or transfer of a weapon, including but not limited to: firearm,
incendiary or explosive devise, ammunition of any kind, knife of any blade
length, blackjack, brass knuckles, or any other item used to inflict, or with the
intent to inflict, physical harm; (Any student who realizes that he or she has
accidentally brought a weapon such as a knife onto school grounds should go
immediately to a teacher or administrator and turn the item in. Students who
delay turning over an item will be sanctioned.
e.    Sexual offenses
f.     Vandalism (major)
g.    Theft, possession, or sale of stolen property
h.    Arson
i.     Subsequent offense, possession or use and furnishing, selling or possession 
   of unauthorized substances as defined by law or board policy
j.     Furnishing or selling unauthorized substances
k.    Repeat offenses of conduct classified as disruptive conduct under this policy
 
3. The administration may apply sanctions in cases of criminal conduct which may
include, but are 
not limited to:
a.    Out-of-school suspension
b.    Transfer to alternative education programs
c.    Referral to outside agency
d.    Expulsion for the remainder of the school year
e.    Expulsion for one calendar year
f.     Permanent expulsion
g.    Restitution
 
If you are having a problem, one of the first things you should do is ask an adult for
help. Another positive step you should take to address your concern will be to explain
your problem in writing and give this paper or report to your grade level office or to
one of your teachers or counselors so they can find someone to help you with your
problem. You should also remember to explain the situation to your parents so they
can contact the school if necessary.
 
The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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