Code of Civility

 

 

 

Code of Civility

Student/parent handbook

A Blueprint for Living and Learning

 

 

Youngstown academy of excellence

 

1408 Rigby Street, Youngstown, OH 44506

 

 

 

 

2015-2016

 

 

Introduction

The faculty and staff at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence are dedicated to providing the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s students with the skills necessary to reason, communicate, and live with dignity in a civil society. Central to this mission is the creation of a school community characterized by caring, discipline, order, and respect.

 

The Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s Code of Civility/Student-Parent Handbook has been designed to guide the efforts of teachers and staff in creating a safe, orderly environment and to reinforce the primary mission of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence: rigorous academic learning. The Code, which states clearly all school-wide rules governing student behavior as well as the consequences for breaking the rules, will serve as a contract among parents, students, and staff.

 

The Code of Civility identifies ten character virtues that will be at the center of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s character education curriculum and that will be cultivated with care and consistency at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence. In addition, it describes the ways in which appropriate choices will be encouraged as well as the roles and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers, and faculty.

 

Establishing a policy that promotes character education and discipline is an ongoing process. Alone, this Code will not ensure Youngstown Academy of Excellence discipline, nor will it develop an individual’s character. As part of a comprehensive effort supported by all members of the school community, however, it will guide the process. Faculty and staff will work continuously to achieve as much consistency as possible with regard to disciplinary matters, and they will be prepared to revise and adapt disciplinary procedures as necessary.

 

Embracing the principles outlined herein is a first and vital step toward creating the type of environment in which all children can thrive. It will not only minimize physical harm and disruption among students, it will help establish among all members of the school community the habits that characterize a civil society. This is our Code, a blueprint for living and learning.

 

Keys to Success

Staff, students, and parents at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will work together to help each student reach his or her full potential in academic achievement and moral maturity. Toward this end, staff will make every effort to keep students focused on the following ten character virtues, our Keys to Success in School, the workplace, and society at large.

Ñ  Responsibility: to fulfill one’s obligations in a timely manner

To do one’s part thoughtfully and promptly as a member of a family, Youngstown Academy of Excellence, and community is a character virtue worth cultivating. Teach students to fulfill obligations and duties even when it is difficult to do so. Responsibility entails order—putting things back where they belong—and stewardship—taking care of personal property and common spaces. It also includes doing one’s work, including homework, neatly, completely, and in a timely fashion. Responsibility for common spaces means that vandalism, graffiti, or littering will not be tolerated at Youngstown Academy of Excellence.

 

Personal accountability is central to responsibility. In The Book of Virtues, William Bennett notes that “responsible persons are mature people who have taken charge of themselves and their conduct, who own their actions and own up to them—who answer for them.”

 

In teaching responsibility, faculty and staff at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will emphasize the importance of punctuality and personal accountability. By holding students accountable, staff will underscore a powerful twofold lesson: students’ claims and actions matter, and their words and deeds—whether intentional or unintentional—have consequences.

 

Ñ  Perseverance: to demonstrate “stick-to-it-ness”

“Slow and steady wins the race” is the moral of Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare. Of course, like other virtues, perseverance must be linked with worthy goals. Someone who persists in a pointless endeavor—or even worse a misguided or harmful one—achieves little, but knowing what should be done, without having the perseverance to accomplish it, will similarly result in failure. Thus developing the habit of perseverance is an important goal and one that is not always easy for students as well as for many adults.

 

Laziness or distractions sometimes get the better of all of us, and for young people, the allure of television, video games, and popular music is especially strong. Such distractions too often consume valuable time that might otherwise be devoted to schoolwork. Perseverance helps students resist inappropriate diversions and stick to worthwhile tasks.

 

The faculty and staff at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will guide students in practicing perseverance on worthwhile tasks—most prominently schoolwork and learning proper behavior. Students will be taught to start tasks promptly and enthusiastically and to finish them with attention to detail and pride in the final product. Hard work and constancy will be emphasized, and special attention will be paid to the gradual improvements that result from quiet and steady efforts from day to day. As students get older they will develop the judgment to decide when to apply perseverance in other areas of life. Rarely do we fail for lack of knowledge about when to practice perseverance, far more often we fail for lacking the strength to persevere.

 

Ñ  Respect: to treat others and oneself with courtesy and care

By teaching respect for others, faculty and staff at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will help students learn what it means to care for all persons as individuals, regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic background, or disability. In the early grades, courtesy and sharing will be emphasized, and good manners will be taught. Courtesy denotes respect for others, and it is practiced by being polite toward everyone and considering seriously the views of others.

 

In the later grades, staff will state explicitly that there is no place for vulgar or mean-spirited language in the school community. Instead, students will learn to communicate and debate constructively, to look people in the eyes when speaking to them, and to greet everyone with a smile or a warm handshake. Students will be required to demonstrate respect by walking quietly in the halls, without pushing, shoving, or hitting others. Ultimately, practicing respect for others will enable students to avoid negative behaviors such as name calling, teasing, and blaming.

 

By teaching respect for oneself, teachers and staff will help students learn what it means to care for one’s physical self (e.g., personal hygiene); respecting oneself also means taking care to develop one’s character and drawing satisfaction from meeting high ethical standards. Students who value themselves physically and ethically are more likely to make positive choices that promote good health and strong character.

 

Showing respect helps to support healthy relationships and obedience to rightful authority. When everyone demonstrates respect for themselves and others, a safe, clean, and welcoming school environment is the result.

 

Ñ  Kindness: to care for others by offering help and showing gratitude

At the Youngstown Academy of Excellence, students will learn to be kind to one another: to include rather than exclude children on the playground, to cheer someone who is sad, and to treat others the way they would like to be treated. Perhaps the greatest challenge in practicing kindness consistently is to grant forgiveness. Grudges and ill will destroy the bonds of trust in our friendships and communities, and they will not be allowed to flourish at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence. To be kind means to be willing to apologize for our own mistakes and to forgive the mistakes of others. Students will learn that kindness can prevent personal conflicts and forgiveness can resolve them.

 

Ñ  Truth: to be sincere in character, words, and deeds

To live by the truth—to be sincere in character—means to seek objective understanding, to recognize falsehood, to learn from mistakes, and to seek wisdom. At the Youngstown Academy of Excellence, students will learn to lead lives of integrity by telling and seeking the truth. Students will be encouraged to practice honesty—sincerity in words and deeds—by saying what they mean, meaning what they say, keeping their promises to others, and setting realistic goals for themselves. Honesty also includes never manipulating others for personal benefit. Intellectual honesty will be fostered by teaching thoughtful reflection—the ability to think logically, consider reliable evidence, and make informed judgments rather than hasty conclusions based on opinion, impulse, or prejudice. Cheating and lying will not be tolerated at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence.

 

Ñ  Citizenship: to fulfill one’s responsibilities to country and community, including respecting and honoring the laws

Citizenship at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will help to develop school spirit and promote responsibility to the community. Citizenship also includes patriotism—loyalty to our country and its democratic principles—an ideal essential to the flourishing of our society. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate patriotism by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with respect, recognizing national heroes and their contributions, understanding our political institutions and current affairs, and developing a deep appreciation for our civic and cultural traditions.

 

Ñ  Courage: to act bravely and honorably when there is risk involved

At the Youngstown Academy of Excellence, students will learn that taking physical or social risks for things that are worthwhile is courageous and honorable. For example, students will learn that it takes courage to tell the truth, to accept the consequences of inappropriate behavior, and to participate in games in which they may not excel. At the same time, students will learn to be prudent and avoid risks that are reckless or potentially harmful. Careful distinctions will be drawn between rational and irrational fears to help students overcome the latter and deal with the former.

 

Ñ  Self-discipline: to manage one’s time and energies wisely  

Students at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will learn that there is a time for work and a time for play, and that they may not always get what they want in the time or place that they want it. Faculty and staff will cultivate patience as part of the development of self-discipline, which is important both as a virtue in itself and as a virtue that helps us in carrying out other virtues. For example, sometimes it takes self-discipline to demonstrate perseverance. The individual who possesses self-discipline has developed the ability to manage his or her temper, appetites and urges, habits of work, and habits that show consideration of others. Students will be taught that being self-indulgent or demonstrating a lack of self-control can have negative consequences for themselves and others.

 

Ñ  Fairness: to use the concept of equality in making sound decisions

At the Youngstown Academy of Excellence, students will learn to “play by the rules,” not for the rules’ sake alone but because to do so is fair and just. Prior to beginning a game or activity, for example, students may ensure fairness by establishing an agreement among all participants concerning the rules. Students will be taught to value what is just and to discern what is not.

 

Ñ  True friendship: to select and to be true friends

Faculty and staff at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will help students distinguish between three types of relationships often described as friendships: friendships based on pleasure (i.e. “fun”); friendships based on usefulness (for example, in business); and friendships based on virtue (e.g., those which—in addition to being fun and perhaps useful—are also built on shared goals, with the individuals committed to each other’s welfare). A true friend is defined as someone who will always try, for your sake; to do what he or she believes is good for you.

 

Students will be encouraged to develop true friendships, the most rewarding type, with those who share sound values and live by them. They will learn that the characteristics of true friendship include loyalty and dependability, and that true friends demonstrate other virtues such as a good sense of humor, intellectual curiosity, and kindness.   Students will be taught that deception, manipulation, and insensitivity are not signs of a true friendship.

Roles and Responsibilities

Each member of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence community has a role to play in creating a safe, orderly environment that is conducive to learning. The various roles and the responsibilities that accompany each are outlined on the following pages.

 

Classroom Teachers and Instructional Assistants

The classroom teacher at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence is the center of the school’s character education and discipline policy. Teachers will continually emphasize to both students and parents the importance of the Keys to Success. The Keys will be established as rules for each classroom, and students will be encouraged to live by the ten character virtues; teachers will underscore expectations for student behavior by relating student actions to the Keys to Success. In this way, teachers will focus on teaching and encouraging appropriate conduct, rather than just trying to “control” behavior.

 

Three basic principles of classroom management and discipline will be implemented by all teachers.

  • At the beginning of the school year, students will be taught how to behave responsibly in each type of classroom activity, and these lessons will be reinforced throughout the year as necessary.
  • Teachers will strive to interact frequently with each student when the student is behaving appropriately.
  • When misbehavior occurs, teachers will calmly and consistently implement mild classroom “consequences,” corrective actions taken in response to inappropriate behavior, using such instances as teaching opportunities. The focus of interaction with each student will continue to be primarily positive, with a ratio of at least four positive interactions to every one correction.

 

Though these principles will serve as useful guides, each teacher, student, and situation is unique. Teachers will use professional discretion to select the specific procedures that fit individual student needs and particular situations.

 

Teachers will work in collaboration with other staff to solve problems that are chronic or severe. Techniques that may be used by teachers in dealing with minor behavior problems as well as procedures for responding to chronic misbehavior are described under “Encouraging Appropriate Conduct.”

 

 

Head of school

The role of the Head of School/Principal with regard to discipline is to guide staff and students in their efforts to ensure student success—the central mission of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence.

 

The Head of School will have a thorough working knowledge of the Code of Civility, and when necessary will assist staff in implementing classroom and school-wide management procedures. Working with the school’s Head of School will provide training and continued support to teachers as they strive to teach students to follow the Keys to Success and Youngstown Academy of Excellence rules.

 

The Head of School will assist staff in responding to severe misbehavior, such as insubordination and physically dangerous and/or illegal acts, as well as any chronic or recurring problems. In certain cases, the HoS will initiate time-out periods, parent conferences, in-school suspensions, out-of-school suspensions, or other severe consequences. The Head of School may also contact the appropriate law enforcement authorities, depending on the nature of the infraction. If the Head of School is unavailable to assist with a crisis situation, the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s secretary will direct referrals to one of the Behavior Intervention Specialist or another assigned staff member.

 

The Head of School will serve on the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s Leadership Team, described in detail on the following page, and will be responsible for ensuring that the Team meets on a regular basis. In addition, the Head of School will assist teachers with the implementation of their classroom management plans, if needed.

 

 

Support Staff

The Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s staff includes a Head of School, a Behavior Intervention Specialist, a Title I Coordinator, Curriculum Implementation Specialist and/or Instructional Coach(es), a Special Education Teacher, a Nurse, and other support personnel to assist with instruction and help meet students’ special needs.

 

As members of the Leadership Team, the Behavior Intervention Specialist, Curriculum Implementation Specialist, and/or Instructional Coach(es) will play an important role in evaluating the efficacy of current disciplinary procedures and assisting staff in dealing with chronic misbehavior.

 

A nurse will be available to faculty, staff, and students for consultation on such matters as personal hygiene, nutrition, substance abuse, depression, child abuse, or neglect. The nurse will also provide medical care for students who are ill or injured. When the nurse is not on Youngstown Academy of Excellence grounds, staff will assist students in need and will determine whether parents should be contacted and the student sent home.

 

The Youngstown Academy of Excellence has the services of a full-time Special Education Teacher(s) to address the needs of students with physical or emotional disabilities. The district Special Services Manager, will work in conjunction with the Head of School to oversee the development of Individual Education Plans (IEPs), the special education referral process, and staff development related to students with special needs.

 

The Youngstown Academy of Excellence will contract with local providers for speech, language, and psychological services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other related services as identified by students’ IEPs.

 

 

Behavior Intervention Specialist

 

The Behavior Intervention Specialist is responsible for facilitating the Positive Behavior Intervention Services (PBIS) program. The BIS develops positive interventions to help correct student behavior. Teacher Coach: Observe, debrief and coach teachers on best practices PBS and classroom management, including feedback. Student Coach: Attend PT conference of students concern; and in-class coaching to students to facilitate success for implementation of intervention plans.

 

Curriculum Implementation Specialist

The Curriculum Implementation Specialist attains the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s objectives for high student achievement through the accurate implementation of the district School Design. They steadfastly and passionately articulate the school’s mission.

 

Other Staff

All staff, including playground supervisors, bus drivers, secretaries, and custodians, have an equal part to play in teaching the ten character virtues at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence. The Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s guidelines for promoting a safe and orderly environment require that all students and staff exhibit mutual respect and cooperation. Through positive interactions with students, staff members will encourage the practice of good character. Each staff member will be knowledgeable of the Keys to Success, Youngstown Academy of Excellence rules, and school-wide policies and procedures, and each will be prepared to implement the disciplinary procedures outlined in the Code.

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team will be composed of the Head of School, Curriculum Implementation Specialist, Instructional Coach(es), all lead teachers, a representative from special education or student support services, and other personnel as needed.

 

The Leadership Team will:

  • Review and assess student achievement in all areas of the curriculum (academic and character) on a weekly basis
  • Coordinate the dissemination of information to parents regarding student discipline and character education
  • Review records of exclusionary timeouts from reinforcement and referrals to the Head of School’s office, and make appropriate recommendations regarding staff development and/or changes in policy
  • Gather input from staff and parents regarding current Youngstown Academy of Excellence policies so appropriate actions may be taken
  • Refer individual students with repeated office referrals, chronic truancies, grade decline, or problems of substance abuse to the Intervention Planning Team (described on the following page)
  • Conduct a formal year-end review of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s discipline policies and procedures. This process will include a review of all suggestions made during the year, a review of all office referrals and all exclusionary timeouts from reinforcement, and a staff review of all common area problems. As part of the year-end review, staff will form various committees focused on each of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s common areas (e.g., playground or hallways). Each committee will review the policy for its specific area and present any suggested changes to the entire staff for feedback. Policies will be rewritten as necessary, based on staff feedback.
  • Review the Keys to Success and the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s disciplinary policies with staff at the beginning of each New Year to ensure that students will be taught (or re-taught) the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s rules, and that the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s expectations for conduct and character development are understood in all classrooms and common areas.

 

Intervention Assistance Team (IAT)

Even after establishing a positive classroom environment with clear behavioral expectations, one or more students may still behave inappropriately. In such cases, the teacher may wish to explore additional behavioral or academic interventions that may help the student(s) be more responsible. The Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) may be convened to assist in this effort.

 

The IAT will include the teacher dealing with the problem, the Head of School, Instructional Coach(es), Curriculum Implementation Specialist, at least two other teachers, and in some cases other staff members who work with the student. The IAT will help develop creative approaches to discipline problems, targeting the specific needs of individual students.

 

To convene an Intervention Assistance Team, the teacher should contact the HoS or Program Facilitator. The IAT will meet within three days. Meetings will follow a prescribed format and will be limited to 25 minutes in length.

 

Students

Students at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will take pride in their efforts to follow the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s motto, “Be responsible. Do your best, and help the rest.” Throughout the day, students will practice the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s Keys to Success, cultivating the virtues embodied therein.   In the classroom, students will follow the teacher’s rules for group instruction, which will be articulated for each activity.

 

Parents

As partners of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence, parents will be encouraged to participate fully in the education of their children. The support and cooperation of parents are vital to helping each student reach his or her full potential. First and foremost, parents will be expected to support the academic learning of their children by maintaining high expectations for both the students and the Youngstown Academy of Excellence. The major role of parents with regard to discipline and character education at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence is to demonstrate consistent interest in the children’s progress at Youngstown Academy of Excellence and support for the children’s best efforts. Parental support provides an enormous incentive for children to strive for excellence. Parents will be kept informed of students’ efforts through conferences, monthly progress reports, report cards, phone calls, and notes.

 

Parents may be asked to help teach their child specific skills, such as remembering homework, learning to be more independent or managing anger in a mature way. If parents are asked to assist staff, specific information will be provided on ways to help the student.

 

If there is a severe or recurring problem, parents will be asked to help staff teach the student an alternative set of behaviors. In such cases, it is important to recognize that teaching a student to behave appropriately as a contributing member of the school community will enable him or her to succeed in middle school and high school. By working together, parents and staff can help the student acquire the skills that will increase opportunities for success throughout life. Failure to comply with the specifics of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s plan for teaching appropriate behavior may result in the student’s expulsion.

 

Parents who have concerns about their child’s adjustment to the Youngstown Academy of Excellence or any aspect of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s program and policies will be asked to discuss their concerns first with their child’s teacher. Every teacher at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will be prepared to work with parents and will respond to parental concerns appropriately and expeditiously. The Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s leadership team will also be available if there are issues that exceed the scope of a parent-teacher conference.

 

The Code of Civility Student/Parent Handbook will be sent home with students each fall, or when revisions take place. Students and parents will be asked to discuss the Code together and to sign a form indicating that they understand and agree to the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s rules and expectations. The Code will thus serve as a contract among students, parents, and Youngstown Academy of Excellence staff. Parents will be involved at the most fundamental level in their children’s character development. The Head of School will make appointments to discuss the Code of Civility with any parents who do not return signed copies of the form indicating their approval of the Code.

 

 

Encouraging Appropriate Conduct

At the Youngstown Academy of Excellence, students will be encouraged to make appropriate choices regarding their personal conduct. Following are the chief means by which faculty and staff will ensure order and support the development of good character at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence.

 

Acknowledging Appropriate Conduct

Positive Interactions and Positive Feedback

Daily interactions between staff and students provide the best opportunities for encouraging appropriate behavior and promoting the development of good habits. Staff at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will strive to interact with students in a friendly, supportive manner at all times. Staff will attempt to interact with each student four times more frequently when the student is engaged in appropriate behavior than when the student is behaving inappropriately.

 

Positive interactions will include greeting students, talking to students, making eye contact, smiling, and overtly praising students when such accolades are deserved. When praising students, staff will attempt to provide them with specific information about which behaviors are contributing to success. For example, a staff member might say, “Alicia, you have been very responsible in remembering to bring your homework on the day it is due.”

 

Classroom Positive Management Systems

Each classroom teacher will create and define his/her own Positive Classroom Management system. All classrooms at Youngstown Academy of Excellence will follow some type of classroom management system that begins on the first day of Youngstown Academy of Excellence and continues throughout the school year. Rules, consequences, procedures, etc. will be discussed and implemented to ensure the highest quality of success for each student at Youngstown Academy of Excellence.

 

Class-wide Goal of the Month

Each class at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will be encouraged to identify a specific goal toward which it will strive during each month, using the Keys to Success as a guide. As students identify class-wide goals, teachers will help them understand how their objectives relate to school-wide goals. For example, if a class chooses to focus on timely homework completion as its goal of the month, teachers will discuss how that relates to the school-wide goal of always trying one’s best. Once the class has determined its monthly objective, teachers will plan to conduct a weekly lesson on how to achieve the goal, including such exercises as role playing, positive practice, related read-aloud stories, writing assignments, or art projects. Students will collectively explore ways to reach their goal, practicing problem solving, planning, and establishing benchmarks for achievement.

 

At the end of each month, each class will evaluate its progress through discussion or a simple evaluation procedure established by the students. During this process, students may decide to continue striving toward their goal or shift their focus to a new objective. Upon achieving its goal of the month, the class will be presented with a certificate documenting its accomplishments.

 

Attendance Policy

 

Attendance is one of the most important parts of a good educational experience. Students are required to attend all classes every day. Many important lessons are learned through active participation in the classroom and other school activities, which cannot be replaced by individual study.

 

No student shall be permitted to leave school prior to the normal time of dismissal or to be absent when regular school is in session. The only time a student may be out of school is if prior arrangements have been made and the student is excused by the principal or principal’s designee.

 

Attendance shall be reported and recorded each day and during each class. If a student is absent, the parent/guardian/family member shall call the school as soon as possible to report that the student is absent from school and must send a note indicating the reason for the absence with the student upon his/her return to school. (Family member is defined as legally responsible member of the student’s family). If a parent/family member desires to have a student excused from school during the regular school day, a note from the parent/guardian/family member is required prior to the absence. All absences, regardless of reason, shall be recorded on the student’s permanent attendance record.

 

School administrators have the obligation to enforce Ohio law which requires daily attendance by each school-age child.

 

  • Student Absences May Affect Grades

 

Anytime a student misses school he/she misses the teacher actually teaching the lesson. Those students who are present in class have an advantage over those students who are absent. Students with excused absences will be allowed to make up all assignments missed while absent. Students with unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up homework assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.

 

Family Responsibilities

Ohio Law requires families to send their children to school. A report to local authorities of failure to send the child to school and/or educational neglect by the parent can result in legal proceedings being brought against the family by the district. Consequences of such legal action may be limited supervision of the child by a court services officer, court ordered counseling or a review of child custody.

 

Tardiness to School

Building procedures will be defined requiring students to produce acceptable excuses or be accompanied by a parent or guardian when coming to school late. Any student arriving late to school is to report to the school office before going to class.

 

Truancy

A student is truant when he/she is required by law to attend school and is not enrolled or attending school on a daily basis. No student shall be considered truant while subject to out-of-school suspension or expulsion, as the result of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Habitually Truant

A student will be considered “habitually truant” under state law if the student is absent without a legitimate excuse for five (5) or more consecutive school days, for seven (7) school days in one (1) month, or twelve (12) or more school days in one (1) school year. 105 consecutive hours of absenteeism will result in an automatic withdrawal from school.

 

Chronically Truant

A student will be considered “chronically truant” under state law if the student is absent without a legitimate excuse for seven (7) or more consecutive school days, for ten (10) or more consecutive days in one (1) month, or fifteen (15) or more days in one (1) school year.

If a student is “habitually” or “chronically” truant and the student’s parent(s), guardian(s), for family member(s) have failed to cause the student’s attendance to improve, it is possible that a complaint could be filed with Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center.

 

The principal may also take any of the following intervention actions:

  • Assign the student to a truancy intervention program
  • Provide counseling for that student
  • Request or require the student’s parent to attend a parent involvement program
  • Request or require a parent to attend a truancy prevention mediation program

 

Excused Absence

 

An excused absence is one which has been classified excused by the building administration under one of the eight reasons outline in this section of the Attendance Policy set forth by Youngstown Academy of Excellence.

  1. Illness of the student
  2. Illness in the immediately family
  3. Death in the family
  4. Observance of a religious holiday
  5. Quarantine for contagious disease
  6. Other absences approved in advance by the principal
  7. Other absences approved in advance by the principal to participate in an outside school-related activity
  8. Emergency set of circumstances that, in the judgment of the principal, constitutes good and sufficient cause of absence from school.
  9. Unexcused Absence

 

An absence will be classified unexcused if it does not fit one of the schools eight stated reasons for excused absences or the proper attendance procedure is not followed by the student of parent/guardian/family member. A student is unexcused when he/she:

  • Leaves school during school hours without permission
  • Does not attend class
  • Fails to comply with building attendance procedures

 

Lateness

Late students who arrive at school should go to the Main Office to sign, before proceeding to their classroom. Excessive lateness will not be tolerated. Students who are late will be issued a detention upon arrival for the first 3 incidents per quarter. Every 3 incidences of lateness per quarter. A mandatory family meeting with the Head of School will also be scheduled.

Early Dismissal Policy

Unless a parent or guardian has contacted the school in advance and provided a written note to the school explaining the situation, and the school has granted permission, no student will be dismissed early from school. In addition, the parent or guardian must sign the student out with the Main Office before removing the student from school grounds. Students will not be dismissed unless the parent or guardian has physically come to the Main Office.

In order to minimize disruptions to class, we ask that notification regarding early dismissals be made as far in advance as possible, but no later than 10:00 AM of the day of the early dismissal. In order to minimize disruptions, students cannot be dismissed in the middle of a class period. The school will record students who are dismissed from school for more than two full class periods as absent.

The school will record students who are dismissed from school for up to two full class periods as present but dismissed early. Students who repeatedly miss the same classes as a result of early dismissals may be required to make up missed class time in the S.T.A.R. room during PBS times or scheduled Saturday school days. A mandatory family meeting with the Head of School will also be scheduled for students who are being taken out of school for early dismissal.

Anti- Harassment, Anti- Intimidation or Anti-Bullying

 

It is the policy of Youngstown Academy of Excellence that any form of bulling behavior, whether in the classroom, on Youngstown Academy of Excellence property, to and from Youngstown Academy of Excellence or at Youngstown Academy of Excellence-sponsored events, is expressly forbidden.

 

Students who have been determined to have engaged in prohibited behaviors are subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion from Youngstown Academy of Excellence. The school’s commitment to addressing such prohibited behaviors, however, involves a multifaceted approach, which includes education and the promotion of a school atmosphere in which harassment, intimidation or bullying will not be tolerated by students, faculty or Youngstown Academy of Excellence personnel.

 

Definition of Terms

 

Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any intentional written, verbal graphic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibited toward other particular student more than once and the behavior both:

  • Cause mental or physical harm to the other students; and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidation, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student.
  • Harassment, intimidation or bulling also means electronically transmitted acts i.e., internet, cell phone, personal digital assistance (PDA) or wireless hand-held device that a student has exhibited towards another particular student more than once and the behavior caused mental or physical harm to the other student or is sufficiently severe, persistent that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student/Youngstown Academy of Excellence personnel.
  • “Harassment/bullying” means the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by threats, intimidation or abuse, including cyberbullying as defined in Education Law §11(8), that (a) has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being; or (b) reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety; (c) reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause physical injury or emotional harm to a student; or (d) occurs off school property and creates or would foreseeably create a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment, where it is foreseeable that the conduct, threats, intimidation or abuse might reach school property. For purposes of this definition, the term “threats, intimidation or abuse” shall include verbal and non-verbal actions. (Education Law §11[7]) Acts of harassment and bullying that are prohibited include those acts based on a person’s actual or perceived membership in the following groups including, but not limited to: (a) race (b) color (c) weight (d) national origin (e) ethnic group (f) religion (g) religious practice (h) disability
  • “Cyberbullying” means harassment/bullying, as defined above, through any form of electronic communication.
  • Sexual Harassment: Students may not engage in sexual harassment. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s right to a fair and equal educational opportunity; submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting such student; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment. Conduct is deemed to be sexual harassment when it consists of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is not dependent upon the alleged harasser’s intention. This applies to both in-person and written/graphic (electronic or otherwise) harassment.

 

Teacher and Other School Staff

 

Teachers and other Youngstown Academy of Excellence staff, who witness acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying, as defined above, shall promptly notify the building principal and or his/her designee of the event observed, and shall promptly file a written, incident report concerning the events witnessed. Teachers and other Youngstown Academy of Excellence staff who receive student or parent reports of suspected harassment, intimidation, and bullying shall promptly notify the building principal and/or his/her designee of such report(s). If the report is formal, written complaints, such complaint shall be forwarded promptly (no later than the next school day) to the building principal or his/her designee. If the report is an informal complaint by a student that is received by a teacher or other professional employee, he or she shall prepare a written report of the informal complaint which shall be promptly forwarded (no later than the next school day) to the building principal or his/her designee.

 

Terms defined:

 

“At Youngstown Academy of Excellence” means in a classroom, elsewhere on Youngstown Academy of Excellence premises, on a Youngstown Academy of Excellence bus, or other Youngstown Academy of Excellence-related vehicle, or at a Youngstown Academy of Excellence-sponsored activity or event whether it is held on Youngstown Academy of Excellence premises or elsewhere.

 

“Physical Assault” means intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or violence.

 

“Expulsion” is defined as the removal of the right and obligation of a pupil to attend the Youngstown Academy of Excellence under the conditions set by the Charter Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s Board of Trustees. A student who brings a dangerous weapon to Youngstown Academy of Excellence or uses an implement in Youngstown Academy of Excellence in any way that makes another student, staff member, or Youngstown Academy of Excellence volunteer feel threatened will be subject to an expulsion hearing before the Board of Directors. An expelled student will not be permitted on Youngstown Academy of Excellence grounds or at any Youngstown Academy of Excellence-related functions for the duration of his or her expulsion. If the expulsion is for a limited time, such as one year, the expelled student may choose to attend another Youngstown Academy of Excellence during this period.     Students under the age of fourteen may be expelled for the duration of the existing Youngstown Academy of Excellence year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tables on the following pages outline the specific procedures that will be applied in response to severe misbehavior. Each of the consequences listed for the various offenses will be imposed

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones, iPods/Mp3 players, personal computers, computer games, and laser pointers, may not be displayed or used in the classroom during school hours. Students who bring these items to school do so at their own risk. YAE is not responsible for any loss, damage or theft of electronic devices once a student is on YAE campus grounds.

 

If a student brings an electronic device to the school, they must give it to their homeroom teacher, administrator or main office staff to be kept locked up for the school day. A student who gives their phone to staff will be able to get it back at the end of the school day. If a student has an electronic device that is seen or heard on them the following actions will occur.

 

1st offense – the student will have their device confiscated, in order to receive the electronic device back a parent must contact the school. Once the parent has spoken with the teacher or administrator, the device will be given back to the student.

 

2nd offense – a parent must contact the school, meet with the HOS or BIS in order to get the device back.

 

3rd offense – The device will be kept by the school for 30 days or the end of the quarter whichever is longer. If a parent would like to get the device back earlier than the specified period they must pay a fee of $10 in order to receive the device back.

 

4th offense and beyond – The electronic device will be confiscated and kept by the school for the remainder of the school year. If parents would like to request the device back before the end of the school-year, they will need to pay an additional $10 added on to the fees that have accumulated for receiving the device back on prior occasions.

 

A student found using any electronic device for pornography or “sexting” will be in violation of Youngstown Academy of Excellence policy and may be subject to legal, as well as school discipline. Students may not use a music player or iPod, with or without headphones, during school hours. Students may not wear headphones on their heads or around their necks during school hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standards of Conduct for Students Transported by School Bus

Because of the school district’s continuing efforts to provide safe transportation for all students, whether for a field trip, athletic function, similar activity, or to and from home, students are expected to abide by the following standards of school bus behavior, in addition to the Code of Student Conduct:

  1. Obey the bus driver at all times.
  2. Stand off the roadway while waiting for the bus.
  3. Be at the bus stop five minutes prior to a scheduled stop time.
  4. Cross the roadway several steps in front of the bus.
  5. Ride only on the assigned bus.
  6. Board and depart at the assigned bus stop.
  7. Act appropriately while waiting for the bus.
  8. Give your proper name when requested by the bus operator or monitor.
  9. Remain seated at all times when the bus is moving.
  10. Refrain from bringing food, drinks, gum, and tobacco on the bus.
  11. Refrain from bringing reptiles, bugs, animals, or marine life (dead or alive) on the bus.
  12. Refrain from bringing instruments, which would interfere with seating and safety of others on the bus if there is not an empty seat to place them.
  13. Refrain from displaying signs from the bus or using profane language or gestures.
  14. Refrain from acts of vandalism.
  15. Refrain from throwing any objects from the windows of the bus.
  16. Refrain from any conduct or behavior that interferes with the orderly, safe, and expeditious transportation of yourself or other bus riders.

Video cameras have been installed on many buses. Students may be filmed at any time during their ride. The tapes may be utilized to determine violations of the Code of Student Civility. Violations of these standards, the Code of Student Civility or any action or behavior by a student(s) to substantially distract the driver and causes or has the potential to cause a safety hazard on a moving bus may be the basis for suspension from bus/school and/or expulsion from bus riding privileges.

  • The 1st offense of Bus Misconduct will result in suspension from the bus for 1 day
  • Repeated bus misconduct or bus misconduct that endangers others will result in a 3 day bus suspension
  • Habitual bus misconduct, 5 or more times or behavior resulting in injury, will result in a 5 -10 day bus suspension and possible loss of bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year.

 

2014-2015 Dress Code Permitted Clothing Items

 

Youngstown Academy of Excellence has an enforced dress code. All students at Youngstown Academy of Excellence are required to be in dress code daily. The purpose of a dress code is to place emphasis on education thus eliminating the distractions created by the extremes in dress. School administrators may use discretion to determine clothing that is inappropriate or that may create a health or safety risk. If a student is out of dress code a parent will be contacted and encouraged to bring the child appropriate clothing items. It is expected that parents cooperate with YAE in order to maintain a smoothly functioning educational system. If a child is habitually out of dress code more severe consequences will occur. Please see the list of acceptable and unacceptable clothing items that follows.

 

Dress Code Guidelines For All YAE Students

 

  • Sagging pants are not permitted
  • Shirts will be encouraged to be tucked in throughout the day
  • Students may not dye their hair an un-natural hair color or wear extensions or weave that is an un-natural color
  • All clothing should be clean and have no holes or unhygienic substances on them
  • Athletic shorts and sweatpants are not permitted
  • No hoods are permitted to be worn
  • Jackets and coats should not be worn in the classroom, if a student is cold they may wear an acceptable sweater or fleece

 

Footwear

  • Any color dress, casual or athletic shoe
  • Heels should not exceed 1 inch
  • No roller shoes
  • Shoes must cover all toes, no flip-flops or open sandals.

Girls Tops

 

  • Blouses ( Blue, Black, Grey, Yellow or White with no stripes or designs)
  • Polo’s ( Blue, Black, Grey, Yellow or White with no stripes or designs)
  • Turtlenecks ( Blue, Black, Grey, Yellow or White with no stripes or designs)
  • Ties may be worn with dress shirts
  • Sweaters or fleece must be a solid color (blue, white, yellow or grey)

 

Girls Bottoms

 

    • Pants – (khaki, beige, blue, black all solid colors no stripes or designs)
    • Skirts must be knee length when standing (khaki, beige, blue, black all solid colors no stripes or designs)
    • Shorts/capris – must be no more than 2 inches above the knee when standing (khaki, beige, blue, black all solid colors no stripes or designs)
    • Dresses – must be knee length when standing (khaki, beige, blue, black all solid colors no stripes or designs)
  • No denim pants are permitted
  • No yoga pants, tights, leggings are permitted without a skirt that is no more than 2 inches above the knee.

 

 

Boys Tops

  • Polo’s ( Blue, Yellow or White with no stripes or designs)
  • Turtlenecks ( Blue, Yellow or White with no stripes or designs)
  • Oxford button ups short or long sleeve – ( Blue, Yellow or White with no stripes or designs)
  • Sweaters or fleece must be a solid color (blue, white, yellow or grey)
  • Ties may be worn with dress shirts

 

Boys Bottoms

 

  • Pants – (khaki, beige, blue, black all solid colors no stripes or designs)
  • Shorts – must be knee length when standing (khaki, beige, blue, black all solid colors no stripes or designs)

 

Disciplinary Infractions and Consequences for Misbehavior

Offenses that violate the student Code of Civility will be broken down into different levels for the severity of the behavior. The higher the level of the offense, the harsher the consequence will be for the offense. Levels and consequences are listed below

Disciplinary Actions and Procedures

 

Level 1 offense disciplinary actions                            

  • teacher or staff member witnessing action completely document infraction
  • 1st offense – the teacher gives verbal warning to student
  • 1st offense – the teacher gives potential parent contact
  • 2nd offense – the teacher conducts a mandatory parent contact
  • classroom disciplinary approach imposed by witness to action
  • any other stipulation or consequence unique to the offense

 

Level 2 offense disciplinary actions                          

  • teacher or staff member witnessing action must completely document infraction
  • mandatory parent contact by witnessing teacher or staff member
  • classroom disciplinary approach enforced
  • mandatory loss of PBS activity
  • possible written referral to administration – resulting in supervised study, after-school detention, S.T.A.R., or out of school suspension depending on severity.
  • any other condition or consequence unique to the offense

 

Level 3 offense disciplinary actions

  • teacher or staff member witnessing action documents infraction
  • mandatory parent contact by witnessing staff member
  • mandatory written referral to administration with prior infraction documentation (please do not email documentation)
  • mandatory parent contact by administrator for student to be picked up for the day
  • 1-2 day S.T.A.R. room (depending on the severity of the infraction.
  • In addition to 1-2 day after-school detention.
  • 1 day out of school suspension if severe infraction with mandatory parent conference for readmission – student may not return to school until the parent accompanies student back to school for a conference with administration – witnessing staff member(s) should be present at parent conference if possible
  • possible creation and implementation of behavior contract
  • any other stipulation or consequence unique to the offense

 

Level 4 offense disciplinary actions

  • teacher or staff member witnessing action completely documents infraction
  • mandatory parent contact by administrator
  • possible behavior contract
  • long term suspension – 3- 10 days
  • parent may be given option for voluntary withdrawal of student
  • possible for student records to be sent to board for expulsion
  • possible police department contact
  • mandatory removal from classes or building for the remainder of the school day

 

For an offense to be referred to administration for disciplinary action, the referring teacher or staff member must visually see or hear the infraction(s) occur, and document the activity. A confession by the offender will also suffice as justifiable evidence for the infraction. If the infraction is recorded on camera it also will serve as justifiable evidence. If none of these actions occur, an administrator may gather conclusive evidence from neutral students who witnessed the alleged act. If this occurs the alleged offender will receive the appropriate consequences that apply to the infraction. If no evidence or conclusive proof can be gathered no consequences or actions will be taken against the alleged offender.

 

List of Infractions

Cell Phone use or disruption – Level 1 – see electronic device policy

Continuous cell phone use or disruption 3 – 5 times – level 2 – see electronic device policy

Habitual cell phone use or disruption 6 or more times – level 3 –see electronic device policy

 

Talking, Disturbing class – level 1

Continuous Disruption 3 – 5 times – level 2

Habitual disruption 6 or more times –level 3 – creation of behavioral contract

 

Failure to attend detention – level 2

Refusal to do task requested in detention – level 2

 

Excessive tardiness to class – level 2

Habitual tardiness to class 5 or more times – level 3

 

Insubordination – level 1

Continuous Insubordination 3 to 5 times – level 2

Habitual Insubordination 6 or more times – level 3 – creation of behavior contract

 

Dress Code Violations – level 1 – call home to change into appropriate uniform

Continuous Dress Code violation 3 to 5 times – level 2 – call home to change into appropriate uniform

Habitual Dress code violations 6 or more times – level 3 – creation of behavior contract

 

Refusal to do classwork – level 1

Continuous refusal to do class work 3- 5 times – level 2

Habitual refusal to do work – 6 or more times – level 3 creation of behavior contract – possible retention

 

Cheating/Plagiarism – level 1 – assignment must be redone or grade of 0 will be given for assignment

Continuous cheating Plagiarism 3 or more times – level 2 – grade of 0 will be given for assignment

 

Fighting – level 3

Continuous fighting 2 times – level 3

Habitual fighting 3 or more times – level 4

 

Profanity towards staff – level 3

Repeated profanity toward staff 2- 4 times – level 4

 

Profanity – level 1

Continuous Profanity 3 -5 times –level 2

Habitual profanity – level 3 –possible creation and implementation of behavior contract

 

Vandalism – level 2

Continuous Vandalism 2-4 times – level 3

Habitual Vandalism 5 or more times– level 4

 

Setting off Fire Alarm – level 3

Bomb Threat – level 4

 

Theft under $5 – $25 value- level 2

Theft $26 – $80 value –level 3

Habitual theft of $5 – $80 value results in points going up one level

Theft – $80 – $499 – level 4 – possible police contact

Theft $500 and above – level 4 – mandatory police contact

 

Assault causing injury –level 3

Repeated assault causing injury – level 4

 

Assault with a weapon or foreign object – level 3 – possible police contact

Repeated assault with a weapon or foreign object – level 4 – possible police contact

 

Violent act – pushing, slapping, horseplay – level 2

Continuous Violence acts 3-5 times– pushing, slapping, and horseplay –level 3

Habitual Violence acts– pushing slapping, horse play 6 or more times–level 4 implementation of behavior contract

 

Bus Misconduct – level 2 – possible bus suspension

Continuous Bus Misconduct 2-4 offenses– level 3 – bus suspension

Habitual bus Misconduct more than 5 offenses– level 4 – long term bus suspension loss of bus privileges for the year

 

Public Displays of Affection kissing/sexual acts – level 3 – mandatory parent contact

Continuous public displays of affection 2- 3 times – level 3

Habitual public displays of affection 4 or more times – level 4

 

Drug, tobacco, or alcohol use/possession – level 3 – possible police contact

Continuous drug, tobacco, or alcohol use or possession – level 4 – possible police contact

 

Skipping class –level 1

Continuous skipping class 3- 5 times– level 2

Habitual skipping class 6 or more times – level 3

 

Loitering in restricted school areas – level 2

Trespassing – Level 3

Leaving school grounds without permission – level 3

Continuously leaving school grounds without permission 2 or more times – level 3

 

Destruction of property – Level 2

Repeated destruction of Property – level 3

 

Tobacco or cigarette possession/use on school grounds – level 3

Repeated tobacco or cigarette possession on school grounds – level 4

 

Alcohol possession or use on school grounds – level 3

Repeated alcohol use or possession on school grounds – level 4

 

Illegal drug possession/use on school grounds – level 4

 

Sexual Harassment – level 3

Repeated sexual harassment –level 4

Sexual battery or assault – level 4

 

Possession of a fire arm – level 4

 

Along with the above list, the following is a list of student level 1 and 2 infractions that may lead disciplinary consequences per the school’s Code of Civility. Infractions include, but are not limited to issues relating to the following:

  1. Needing a Non-Verbal Teacher Redirection B. Tapping /drumming C. Turning around in class
  2. Playing with one’s hair and/or distracting oneself E. Leaning on desk/slouching/dozing
  3. Calling out G. Not tracking/paying attention H. Gum and/or food in hallways/class
  4. Side comment or talking J. Tapping desk/chair of another student    K. Head down/ dozing off L. Overly loud/ disruptive in hallway           M. Forgot Class Materials  N. Throwing rocks O. Tardy to school               P. Tardy to class       Q. Dress code violation  R. Shirt color/type                       S. Dressing down T. Pants type     U. Belt missing/sagging                V. Skirt length/color        W. Flip flops     X. Buttons undone            Y. Sweater color/pattern                 Z. Hat/hood on AA. Headband/Hair Accessory size/distraction            BB. Jewelry size/distraction  CC. Dressed Down Improperly           DD. Repeated behavior committed after correction         EE.“Talking back”/arguing after warning/violation       FF. Disrespect- rolling eyes        GG. Disrespect- sucking teeth          HH. General Disrespect                              II. Disrespecting school property          JJ. Passing note (with or without inappropriate language)   KK. Dramatic disruption LL. Lying to a staff MM. Name calling- no profanity         NN. Cursing (including or excluding hate language)                                   OO. Horse playing or play fighting in class, school, on school-related transportation, or during a school-sponsored activity PP. Inappropriate phone-use QQ. Other behaviors deemed inappropriate by YAE staff

 

Students are expected to always respond respectfully to the authority and direction of school staff and consequences will be issued when disrespect is evident. Behaviors that are considered disrespectful include but are not limited to: rolling of the eyes, smacking lips or sucking teeth, making inappropriate remarks or sounds in response to a request, walking away from a staff member before a conversation is over, talking back to a staff member, or questioning a staff person’s action or authority. These sorts of disrespectful responses will almost always increase the severity of a consequence.

Definition of terms

Cheating/Plagiarism: Using another person’s work and calling it your own. Using notes or other methods, without the teacher’s knowledge to complete a test or assignment.

Classroom Disruption: Saying or doing something that keeps the teacher from teaching or other students from learning.

Disorderly Conduct: Saying or doing something that upsets the normal school day or any school activity.

Disrespect: Saying or doing something that puts down, annoys, insults, or embarrasses a person or a group of people (including racial slurs).

Dress Code Violation: Wearing anything that does not follow the dress code.

Failure to Report for Detention: Failing to show up for detention.

False and/or Misleading Information: Knowingly not being truthful.

Insubordination: Refusing to follow the directions of any of the school staff. Breaking school rules, classroom rules, or behavior contracts.

School Bus Misconduct or School Approved Transportation: Saying or doing something that upsets the order and procedures to be followed on the bus or interferes with the safety of others.

Profanity, Obscene, or Abusive Language/Materials: Using words, gestures, pictures, or objects that are not acceptable at school.

Tardiness: Being late for school or class too often (more than once a week).

Unauthorized Absence from School or Class: Being absent from school or class without a written excuse from a parent or a doctor.

Destruction of Property/Vandalism: Breaking or destroying things that belong to the school or to another person.

Fighting: Hitting, punching, aggressive contact with intent to harm another using physical contact.

Forgery: Writing a note with the intent of misleading a staff member. Signing or allowing others to sign your parent’s name to a school paper.

Gambling: Betting on games or activities for money or other valuables.

Insubordination/Open Defiance: Strongly refusing to follow school rules or directions from the school staff.

Intimidation/Threats: Making threats to hurt others or their property.

Stealing/Theft: Taking something that is not yours without permission.

Unauthorized Assembly, Publications, etc.: Holding meetings or passing out materials to other students, without permission, that upset the normal school day or any school activity.

Bullying: Showing repeated behavior toward another person that causes that person to be afraid on school property or off school grounds. This may include, but is not limited to, pushing, shoving, name calling with curse words and verbal cruelty. Showing repeated aggressive, intimidating behavior that is directed towards another person on school property or off school grounds. This may include, but is not limited to, racial or religious slurs/insults, verbal threats, battery, fighting, extortion, intentional destruction/damage of property, and false accusations that jeopardize the reputation of another student.

Gang Related: The possession, use or displaying of items associated with gang activity that include, but is not limited to, clothing and accessories, gang related insignias, writings, signs or symbols that promote gang affiliation and/or involvement. Conduct or behavior that tends to promote gang activity, provoke violence, or seriously disrupt the orderly operation of the school program, any school activity or transportation services, including but not limited to the possession, use or displaying of gang paraphernalia, jewelry, tattoos, clothing or other insignias and writings that promote gang affiliation/involvement/the use of gang related signs or symbols or any other gang associated behavior

Harassment: Harassment means to engage in a course of action directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress and/or creates an unpleasant or hostile situation by uninvited and unwelcomed verbal or physical contact. Any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal, or physical conduct that places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property, has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits and has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school including any course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress in such a person and serves no legitimate reason.

Battery: Attacking another student with the intent to do bodily harm.

Breaking and Entering: Unlawfully and forcefully breaking into school, school personnel property or student property.

Extortion: Making threats to hurt others in order to take something from them.

Firecrackers/Fireworks: Having or using fireworks or firecrackers on school property or at a school activity.

Illegal Organizations: Belonging to or being a part of secret groups or clubs while at school.

Possession of Contraband Material: Having, using, or giving to others things not allowed at school such as: radios, matches, lighters, or any other contraband items. The parent/guardian will make arrangements to pick up the object from the school, if applicable. At no time shall Orange County Public Schools be responsible for theft, loss or damage to contraband items brought onto its property.

Trespassing: Entering or staying on school property or at a school activity after being told to leave by the school staff.

Violation of Curfew: Breaking of curfew rules during a school-sponsored activity.

Possession of Other Instruments or Objects: Having possession of any instrument or object other than a firearm, but not threatening or intimidating with the instrument or object.

Other Major Infractions (Major infractions that do not fit within the other definitions): Mooning or sexually harassing someone with any slur, innuendo, or other verbal or physical conduct reflecting on an individual’s gender which has the purpose of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. .

Arson: Setting a fire or trying to set fire to school property or the property of others.

Threats to Employees, Volunteers or Students: Making any direct threat, by word or act, to do violence or harm to a school employee, volunteer or student which creates a fear that the threat could be carried out.

Battery of Employees, Volunteers, or Students: Intentionally touching or striking of a school employee, volunteer, or student against his or her will or intentionally causing bodily harm to an individual. In severe cases, the battery of a student may be the basis for expulsion.

Bomb Threats/Explosions: Threatening an explosion on school property or at a school function. Having, preparing, or setting off explosives (including fireworks) on school property, or at a school function.

Smoking (and Other Use of Tobacco Products): Having, using, selling, or giving to other students tobacco products at school or at a school activity.

Alcohol: Having, using, sharing or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

Drugs/Possession/Use: Having, using, sharing or being under the influence of illegal drugs or any other substance that can change your mood or behavior. Possession or using anything represented or thought to be an illegal drug. Giving, buying or selling any drug or contraband substance, or selling or giving anything represented to be of said nature

False Fire Alarm: Pulling a fire alarm falsely or reporting a fire when there is no fire.

Firearms: Having, using or carrying any firearm (working or not working, loaded or unloaded), including but not limited to zip gun, pistol, revolver, rifle, or shot gun and/or destructive devices.

Inciting, Leading, or Participating in Any Act Which Substantially Disrupts the Orderly Conduct of a School or School Function: Starting, encouraging, or participating in any disruption, (including gang-related activities or incidents with multiple participants) disturbance or other act that: interferes with the education process; results in significant damage or destruction to public or private property (including electronic communication devices); causes personal injury to participants and others; or otherwise poses a threat to the health, safety, and/or welfare of students, staff, or others. This may also include any false accusation made by a student that jeopardizes the professional reputation, employment, or professional certification of any district employee.

Larceny/Theft Over $300: Taking, carrying, leading, or riding away with property from the possession or constructive possession of another person or attempting to do it. Included are pocket picking, purse snatching, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle, theft from a machine or device which is operated or activated by the use of a coin or token and all other types. .

Robbery: Taking or attempting to take anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody or care of another person by force or threat of force or violence and/or putting the victim in fear of larceny.

Sexual Battery: Doing or attempting to do any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against the person’s will.

Sexual Harassment: Making any slur, innuendo, or other verbal or physical conduct reflecting on an individual’s gender which has the purpose of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or school performance or participation; or otherwise affects an individual’s educational opportunities.

Sexual Offense: Committing any willful and/or deliberate act, behavior, or conduct intended to result in sexual gratification or furthering acts lewd or lascivious in nature; any unsolicited sexual proposal or offensive touching of another person; or any act of indecent exposure, including streaking.

Violation of Early Re-entry Plan: Committing any act or series of acts that violates or has the practical effect of violating a re-entry plan from expulsion.

Motor Vehicle Theft: Using, taking, or attempting taking of a motor vehicle without permission. Taking a car, truck, motorcycle, golf cart, or anything that is self-propelled or motorized.

Vandalism Over $1000: Purposely destroying, damaging, or defacing public or private property including act of defacing with graffiti, keying, or scratching a car or trashing a room resulting in damages over $1000.

Other: Any other intentional or wanton act which significantly harms or poses a realistic threat of serious harm to oneself or another person and/or which is clearly beyond the bounds of acceptable and tolerable student conduct in the community. This may include hate crimes, hazing, bullying, harassment or the possession of drug paraphernalia.

Other Serious Misconduct: Behavior not specifically described above which substantially disrupts the orderly conduct of a school, school function, extracurricular/co-curricular activity, or transportation services which threatens the health/safety of others. This may include, but is not limited to, providing false/misleading information to staff members, profanity, bullying, racial slurs, or language intended or reasonably calculated to insult and/or incite another person, “mooning”, repeated dress code violations misuse of electronic items, substantially distracting a bus driver which causes or could cause a safety hazard or the activation of a fire alarm without reasonable cause which, in the discretion of the HOS, was not the result of a reckless or malicious act.

Other Weapons: Possessing, using, or controlling any instrument or object, other than a firearm, which could be used to inflict harm on another person, or to intimidate any person. Included in this category are objects such as BB guns or pellet guns, air soft guns, paintball guns and replicas of any gun or weapon, knives of any kind (including pocket knives), chains, pipes, razor blades, ice picks, other pointed instruments, nunchakas, brass knuckles, explosives, Chinese stars, billy clubs, tear gas guns, or electrical/chemical weapons or devices. Also included is anything represented to be a firearm if used in an intimidating manner toward another person.

Repeated Misconduct of a More Serious Nature: Saying or doing something that upsets the normal school day or school-sponsored activity more than one time or repeating a Level II infraction. Repeated misconduct that tends to substantially disrupt the orderly conduct of a school, school function, or extracurricular/co-curricular program or activity. Recommendations for expulsion relative to repeated misconduct must be based on documented referrals and a variety of intervention strategies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A       Always follow directions the 1st time given

R        Ready to learn

M       My body to myself

O       Our community is orderly and clean

R        Right ways are used to get attention

 

ARMOR

 

The A.R.M.O.R. acronym is a school wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system that is based on the principles that are stated in the acronym. Students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and ARMOR pledge daily before beginning their day. It is expected that students conduct themselves abiding by these principles in school daily.

 

ARMOR UP

 

ARMOR UP is a class vs. class competition in which students get ARMOR points for doing positive things. Each class is assigned a class name and given a mascot that is derived from an Ohio University. The class takes on the mascots name and school colors as their own class name and class colors. The ARMOR points can be gained for attendance, conduct, school spirit and other acts that exemplify the principles of ARMOR. ARMOR points are kept on a running scoreboard throughout the school year. Each week the team with the most points will receive a free dress down day and or other prizes. The winner for each quarter will receive free dress down days for a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I CARRY MY SHIELD OF ARMOR

WITH ME EVERY DAY.

I’M AT ATTENTION, READY TO LEARN,

MY BODY BELONGS TO ME.

I’M ORGANIZED, RESPECTFUL AND

VERY PROUD TO BE.

ARMOR! ARMOR!

ARMOR…A PART OF ME!

 

 

 

Responsibilities in Common Areas

The Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s common areas include the playground, hallways, rest rooms, and the multipurpose room. Because students from every grade and class will be using these areas under the supervision of various faculty and staff, it is important to establish rules and expectations that are commonly understood and consistently applied. With such rules in place, staff can focus on encouraging good character among students rather than correcting misbehavior.

 

Staff will continuously encourage appropriate behavior in the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s common areas through positive and friendly interactions with students. Verbal praise will be used to recognize students who exercise courtesy, safety, and respect. The HoS will visit classrooms or use the intercom to compliment good behavior in the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s common areas. In addition, small rewards will be granted for especially good conduct; for example, two or three times a year, the entire student body will be allowed an extra ten-minute recess at the end of the day as a reward for consistently good conduct on the playground. Or, when students demonstrate appropriate behavior during lunches over a long period, the HoS or teacher may provide a special treat.

 

Following are the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s goals for student conduct in each of the common areas.

Playground: Students will play safely in all games and on all equipment, showing consideration and respect for others.

Hallways: The hallways of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will be a safe and quiet environment where people interact with courtesy and respect.

Restrooms: The restrooms at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will be clean and safe.

Meals: Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence will be enjoyed in a safe, clean, and friendly environment where people interact with courtesy, manners, and respect.

Assemblies: Students will demonstrate respectful behavior during assemblies by listening, participating, and following directions.

Before and After School: Students will arrive at and depart from the Youngstown Academy of Excellence in a safe and orderly manner.

 

YOUNGSTOWN ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE/PARENT/STUDENT COMPACT

 

The success of Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s Code of Civility depends on the support of each member of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence community. Working together, faculty and staff, parents, and students can promote academic achievement and good character, and ensure the success of students at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence and throughout life.

On behalf of the administration, management, faculty, and staff of the Youngstown Academy of Excellence, I pledge to fulfill the responsibilities and uphold the expectations outlined in the Code of Civility.

 

The Youngstown Academy of Excellence is dedicated to ensuring that communication between the Youngstown Academy of Excellence and parents is continual, on-going, and uniform.

 

 

 

Lawrence Z. Reeves, HOS/Principal

 

Your signature in the appropriate space below will indicate your commitment to helping fulfill the Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s primary mission—rigorous academic learning.

 

As the parent of ______________________ ________________, I am stating that I have read the student code of civility and agree to the statements and agreements listed below.

Attendance

  • I will ensure that my child comes to school every day on time to begin school at 9:00 AM.
  • I understand after 7 unexcused absences that my child’s attendance patterns will be reported to the Mahoning County JJC.
  • I understand that if my child is absent more than 10 days of the school year, he or she will be in jeopardy to repeat his or her current grade.
  • I understand that my child is expected to make up all work missed from both excused and unexcused absences.
  • I understand that the school day ends at 4:10 PM, but my child may be required to stay until 5:30 PM if he or she has earned detention.
  • I agree to make alternative transportation plans if my child is not dismissed until 5:30 PM
  • I understand that my child will not be permitted to enter the building before 8:30 AM.
  • I understand that if my child is a car rider, I must be at he school to get him or her no later than 4:30. Failure to do so could result in a meeting with the HoS.

 

Code of Civility

  • I agree to promote and support the rules of behavior as outlined in the YAE Code of Civility, and accept responsibility as a partner in my child’s learning.
  • I understand that my child will be required to serve a Detention, or STAR room if he or she commits a detention-level infraction.
  • I understand that it is my child’s responsibility to notify me if he or she earns a Detention.
  • I understand that my child may be suspended, receive time in the STAR room or receive another detention if he or she misses or refuses to serve a Detention.
  • I understand that while my child is in school, he/she is not permitted to use, or carry with him/her, cell phones, iPods, music players, video game players, or other electronic devices.  My child will have the opportunity to drop off electronic devices in the morning before school starts and pick them up again at the end of the day.
  • I understand that the school will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items, including electronic devices.

 

Promotion Policies

  • I understand that my child needs to pass all core academic classes in order to be promoted to the next grade.
  • I understand that my child will be automatically retained if he or she fails 2 or more core academic classes.
  • I understand that my child will be that if my student misses more than 10 days of school, he or she will be in jeopardy of retention.
  • I understand that no other factor including age, size or behavior will be a determining factor in a YAE student being retained. I understand that the sole determining factor will be academic performance and preparedness for the next grade level.
  • I will ensure that my child attends after school tutoring, summer school or Saturday school if required by the school, if he or she is in danger of failing the state exam in Math or English Language Arts, if he or she is failing one or more classes as of the first progress report, or if he or she is failing one or more classes for the year on any subsequent progress report or report card.

 

Student Dress Policy

  • I will ensure that my child comes to school in the school uniform, according to the guidelines listed in the Student and Family Handbook.
  • I understand that if my child comes to school out of uniform, he or she may not be permitted to attend class, may need to wait for the appropriate dress to be brought in from home, and/or may receive school consequences for needing to borrow school uniform items.

 

Family Support

  • I agree to make sure the school has updated phone numbers for parents, guardians and designated emergency contacts, so that the school can reach someone who can deal with any issues that may arise at school relating to the child’s health, behavior or change in circumstances. I agree that if there is a change in my contact information I will notify the school immediately.
  • I agree to support my child’s academic work by communicating regularly with my child’s teachers and administrators, by scheduling appointments to talk with them as needed, and by attending all Family-Teacher Conferences. I agree to pick up my child’s report card at the Family-Teacher Conferences.
  • I agree not to send soda pop, candy or gum to school with my child since students are not allowed to have these at school.
  • I agree to respond to phone calls from any school staff member promptly.
  • I agree to bring up any concerns or issues with the school in a timely, solutions-oriented way.

 

I have read the Code of Civility and support the rules and expectations outlined herein.

 

 

 

Parent Name: ______________________________________ Date: ____/____/_____

 

Signed: ______________________________________ Date: ____/____/_____

 

 

As a student at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence, I pledge:

 

To be responsible                                                         to show courage

To persevere                                                                 to exercise self-discipline

To respect myself and others                                        to be fair

To be kind                                                                    to value true friends

To tell and seek the truth                                                          to be a good citizen

To accept and learn from the

Consequences of inappropriate behavior

 

A      Always follow directions the 1st time given

R     Ready to learn

M     My body to myself

O     Our community is orderly and clean

R     Right ways are used to get attention

I CARRY MY SHIELD OF ARMOR

WITH ME EVERY DAY.

I’M AT ATTENTION, READY TO LEARN,

MY BODY BELONGS TO ME.

I’M ORGANIZED, RESPECTFUL AND

VERY PROUD TO BE.

ARMOR! ARMOR!

ARMOR…A PART OF ME!

 

 

Student Name________________________________ _Date      /           /

 

Signed: _____________________________________ Date:                  /           /