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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Student Conduct Violations

The conduct described violates Highline Public Schools’ expectation of student behavior while at school, on a school bus, on a field trip, or at any school-related activity. Students may be disciplined for engaging in this conduct, up to and including suspension and expulsion.Students may also be disciplined, including suspension or expulsion, for engaging in prohibited conduct online, while using social media, or while away from school if the conduct disrupts the learning atmosphere, educational programs, or school activities, or infringes on the rights of others.

Academic Cheating/Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty

Using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author, artist, or creator, without authorization, and representing that author's work as one's own, by not crediting the original author; copying another student’s assignments or tests; lying about your own academic work to a teacher, administrator, or other school official. 

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Alcohol & Drugs

Use or Possession – Students may not be under the influence of or possess drugs, alcohol, other illegal substances, or paraphernalia on school property, on school transportation, or on school trips. Students may be required to have a drug/alcohol assessment and follow treatment recommendations.

Sale or Distribution – Sale and/or distribution or possession with intent to sell/distribute illegal chemical substances, including alcoholic beverages, drug paraphernalia, medications/stimulants/depressants, or mood-altering compounds. Students may be required to have a drug/alcohol assessment and follow treatment recommendations.

"Other drugs” includes e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and all other items generally considered to be drugs, either legal or illegal, unless the student has an approved medications at school form on file.

Students are not permitted to use or possess electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers on school property, on school transportation, or on school trips.

Use or Possession

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses

  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response      
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion      

Sale or Distribution

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses

  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response      
In-School Suspension      
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion X X X

Arson/Reckless Burning

Intentionally or recklessly setting fire to a building or property.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion X X X

Assault/Threat of

The use of excessive physical force or threatening the use of physical force against a specific person or group of people, including use of a weapon or other instrument for the purpose of inflicting injury.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion   X X

Cyberbullying

Any action taken in violation of the district’s Acceptable Use Policy or any other district policy prohibiting harassing, intimidating, or bullying behaviors, including, but not limited to:

  • Using technology such as computers, cellular phones, handheld devices, smartphones, etc. owned by the district or used on the district’s grounds, or at a district-sponsored event to harass, bully, or intimidate any student, staff member, or district volunteer.
  • Communicating downloaded vulgar or obscene materials to others.
Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion      

Defacing or Destroying Property

Intentional damage to school district property or to property of others, including, but not limited to, school district employees, visitors, or students.  Deliberate abuse and/or misuse of school equipment, supplies, or facilities, including failure to follow safety rules established for laboratory instructional areas.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Discrimination Harassment

Harassment, discrimination, disturbing, tormenting, or pestering an individual(s) on the basis of race or religion by words, in writing, by gestures, or actions.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Nondiscrimination Procedure

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Disruptive Behavior

Conduct that materially and substantially interferes with the educational process.  Based on the standard set in Tinker v. Des Moines, a “material and substantial disruption” of the school day is more than a minor disruption and must have an impact on more than just the student involved.  If an Administrator believes that a material and substantial disruption may occur because of an incident that belief must be based on past experience, not simply a worry that a disruption may occur.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Explosives

Possession or use of explosive substances that could cause injury or damage are prohibited on school property unless written authorization from the district is received in advance and the explosive is part of an instructional lesson.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion X X X

Extortion/Blackmail

The wrongful taking of a person’s money or property with his/her consent but by the use of threat or violence.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion X X X

False Alarm

Setting off an alarm with a reckless or willful disregard to the fact that the alarm is not necessary.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Falsification/Forgery of Documents

The forging of parental or guardian signatures on any letter to the school or on any school document. (When informed by the home, the school will accept the signature of an 18-year-old student to certify his own document.)  

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Fighting

Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical injury in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to another person.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion      

Gang-Related Behavior

It is the policy of Highline Public Schools that students who participate in gang-related behavior or activities will be subject to intervention and may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. The type of dress, apparel, activities, acts, behavior, or manner of grooming displayed, reflected, or participated in by students shall not:

  • Lead school officials to reasonably believe that such behavior, apparel, activities, acts, or other attributes are gang related and would disrupt or interfere with the school environment or activity and/or educational objectives;
  • Present a physical safety hazard to self, students, and/or employees;
  • Create an atmosphere in which a student, staff member, or other person’s well-being is hindered by undue pressure, behavior, intimidation, overt gesture, or threat of violence; or
  • Imply gang membership or affiliation by written communication, tattoos, drawing, painting design/ emblem upon any school or personal property or one’s person.
Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion X X X

Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying

Highline Public Schools is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers, and patrons, free from harassment, discrimination, intimidation, or bullying. “Harassment, discrimination, intimidation, or bullying” means any intentionally written message or image - including those that are electronically transmitted - verbal, or physical act, including, but not limited to, one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

  • Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
  • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational or working environment; or
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Policy

Procedure

For Administrators Threat Assessment Process

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Inappropriate Contact

Students playing or roughhousing and accidentally touching, pushing, shoving, or kicking another student in a non-sexual manner.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Inappropriate Language

Using profane, foul, violent, or hateful language. 

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Inciting Aggression

Causing others to fight or behave aggressively; “egging on” students who are fighting or acting aggressively.  Includes failure to disperse from a fight or failing to report a fight.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Interference with Authority

Interfering with school personnel by force or violence, or threat of force or violence.  Physically preventing a school authority from completing their responsibilities.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Lewd Behavior

Indecent liberties or obscene acts or expressions of or involving sexual activities. This may also include the possession or display of sexual or obscene images while on school grounds. 

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Misuse of Technology

Internet access abuse, unauthorized use, sharing passwords.  Tampering with electronic hardware, data files, or software or unauthorized access to, or use of, such technology.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Negligent/Reckless Driving

Driving in an unsafe manner on or adjacent to school grounds.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Obscene or Disruptive Material

Publishing or distributing on school grounds libelous, profane, obscene, or disruptive materials.  Intentionally accessing and/or downloading vulgar or obscene materials.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Possession of Stolen Property

Knowingly possessing the property of another without permission.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Refusal to Cooperate

Refusal to comply with basic instructions of school district personnel.  To be used when a student has refused instructions multiple times or is exhibiting repeated/continued behavior.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is not casual conversations or compliments of a socially accepted nature. It refers to behavior that is unwelcome, offensive, interfering with effectiveness, or creating uneasiness in the educational and work environment. For the purpose of this definition, sexual harassment may include conduct or communication that involves students to adult, student to student, male to female, female to male, male to male, and female to female. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome and/or inappropriate sexual advances; and/or requests for sexual favors; and/or sexually motivated physical contact; and/or verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.

Policy

Procedure

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Theft

Taking the property of another without permission.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Threat to a School (including bomb threats)

To be used when a student makes a school-wide threat, rather than threatening a specific person or group of people. 

For Administrators Threat Assessment Process

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Tobacco Products

A student shall not carry or smoke any kind of pipe, cigar, cigarette, e-cigarette, vaporizer, or any other smoking equipment or material, nor shall students be in possession of or use, chew or snuff tobacco products at school or school-sponsored events/activities, or while a passenger in district vehicles, or on school property.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension      
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Toy Guns and Toy Weapons

Possessing a toy gun or other toy weapon not appearing to be a real gun or weapon; or appearing to be a real gun or weapon, but not used or displayed with malice.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Truancy

Failure to attend school, without an excused absence, for at least seven days in one month or 10 in a year.  Students may be referred to Juvenile Court for truancy issues. 

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension      
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Unauthorized Gatherings

The assembly or meeting of students on or adjacent to school property without permission of school authorities.

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Unsafe Activity

Activities that are likely to cause harm to self or others. 

Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response X X X
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
     
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
     
Expulsion      

Weapons

The Board of Directors of Highline Public Schools No. 401 declares its intent not to tolerate possession of dangerous weapons by students on school district property or at school district-sponsored events. Student possession of a dangerous weapon on school district property or at school district-sponsored events creates a danger to students and staff and is disruptive to the operation of schools.  It is not a violation of the behavior code if the student’s sole purpose of bringing or possessing the weapon or firearm at school is to report the item to a school authority.

  1. Any elementary or secondary school student who is determined to have carried a firearm onto, or to have possessed a firearm on, public elementary or secondary school premises, public school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public schools, shall be expelled from school for not less than one year The superintendent of the school district may modify the expulsion of a student on a case-by-case basis. (RCW 28A.600.420)  A firearm, or gun, is defined as a weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be fired by an explosive such as gunpowder.
  2. Students who possess a dangerous weapon or who carry, exhibit, display, or draw any dangerous weapon, look-alike weapon, any toy that looks like a weapon, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm in a manner, which, under the circumstances, manifests an intent to intimidate another or warrants alarm for the safety of others shall be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion.
  3. Possession includes, but is not limited to, having dangerous weapons on school district property or at a school district-sponsored event located:
    1. In a space assigned to a student such as a locker or desk; or
    2. On the student’s person or property (on the student’s body, in his/her clothing, backpack, or automobile); or
    3. Under the student’s control or accessible or available, such as hidden by the student.
  4. A dangerous weapon includes, but is not limited to:
    1. A firearm; or
    2. A slung shot, sand club, dirk, chains, or metal knuckles; or
    3. Any knife or cutting or stabbing instrument that is carried, exhibited, displayed, or drawn in a manner and at a time and place that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or warrants alarm for the safety of other persons; or
    4. Any device commonly known as “nu-chu-ka sticks” consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic, or similar substance connected with wire, rope, or other means; or
    5. Any device, commonly known as “throwing stars,” which are multi-pointed, metal objects designed to embed upon impact; or
    6. Explosives of any type; or
    7. Anything used as a weapon.  Possessing and using with malice (in a threatening manner) objects that appear to be capable of causing bodily harm such that a person believes his or her safety is in danger, including toys that appear to be weapons regardless of size.
Matrix of Disciplinary Responses
  Elementary Middle High
Classroom Response      
School Response X X X
In-School Suspension X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Short-term Suspension
X X X
Out-of-School Suspension
Long-term Suspension
  X X
Expulsion X X X