Student Code of Conduct

PBIS and the Student Code of Conduct 

Gainesville City School System utilizes a progressive discipline approach when dealing with student behaviors. The Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS) framework is implemented at all Gainesville City school buildings. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based framework that helps schools design effective environments and supports that, when implemented with fidelity, increase teaching and learning opportunities for all students.  

A student code of conduct is intended to teach students that there are consequences for violating behavior norms while under the supervision of educators. A student code of conduct, among other things, publishes a list of unacceptable student behaviors that interfere with the learning environment and the successful operation of the school day. A corresponding and progressive list of possible consequences is defined within a student code of conduct with the intent to promote a safe learning environment.  . 

Major offenses including, but not limited to, drug and weapon offenses can lead to schools being named as an Unsafe School according to the provisions of State Board of Education Rule 160-48-.16 Unsafe School Choice Option.  

Parents and police will be notified in every instance where the law is violated. 

Minor acts of misconduct are those that interfere with orderly school procedures, school functions, extracurricular programs, approved transportation, or the student’s learning process. Students may be disciplined by the professional staff member involved or may be referred directly to the administration.  Penalties for minor acts of misconduct include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •  Warning 
  •  Alternative seating
  •  Loss of free-choice activity
  • Time out in classroom
  •  Time out in another classroom
  • Isolation during lunch
  • Conference with parent/guardian, teacher and/or administrator
  • Practice of desired behavior
  • Development of an action plan or contract
  • Time out in the administrator’s office
  • One day in-school suspension (ISS)
  • Participation in the cleaning/repair of any damage caused to the school-related environment
  •  Detention 

  •  Any other disciplinary technique that positively promotes the student Code of Conduct and desired character trait(s)  

Intermediate acts of misconduct require administrative intervention. These acts include, but are not limited to, repeated, unrelated acts of minor misconduct and misbehaviors directed against persons or property, but which do not seriously endanger the health, safety or well-being of others. Consideration of necessary behavior support services should be given if not already provided. Penalties for intermediate acts of misconduct include but are not limited to the following:
 

  • Student participation in conference with parent/guardian, teacher, and/or administrator

  •  Restriction from school programs or other activities   

  • Time out in administrator’s office   

  • Up to three days out-of-school suspension  

  • Participation in the cleaning/repair of any damage caused to the school-related environment 

  • Financial restitution for the repair of any damage caused to the school-related environment 

  • Development of an action plan or contract

  • Detention

  • Change in Academic Setting 

  • Any other disciplinary technique that positively promotes the student code of conduct and desired character trait(s)  

Serious acts of misconduct require administrative intervention and may require use of outside agencies and/or law enforcement. These offenses include, but are not limited to, repeated misbehavior that is similar in nature, serious disruptions of the school environment, threats to health, safety, or well-being of others, or property. Because serious acts of misconduct may result in placement in a separate alternative educational program or expulsion, students have benefit of due process, such as the Disciplinary Tribunal, the procedural safeguards and other requirements identified in the 1997 Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Georgia Board of Education’s Special Education Rules. Penalties for serious acts of misconduct include, but are not limited to, the following:   

  • Restriction from school programs and/or other activities  

  • Out-of-school suspension for up to ten days   

  • Participation in the cleaning/repair of any damage caused to the school-related environment  

  • Financial restitution for the repair of any damage caused to the school-related environment

  • Change in Academic Setting 

  • Placement in a separate alternative educational program   

  • Expulsion