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School Discipline Plan

 

 

Philosophy

The Department of Education is committed to:  Ensuring that every student is highly engaged in a rigorous, creative and innovative academic curriculum, highly engaged in their learning environment and highly engaged in powerful applied learning practices aligned to college and careers;  Ensuring our students’ perspectives and aspirations are highly valued in the classroom, school, and community, and influencing the design of educational programs, learning experiences, and school structures. (HIDOE Implementation Plan 2017-2020)

 

In order to provide an environment conducive to teaching and learning, teachers, students, and parents must work together in a positive and supporting atmosphere.  This atmosphere cannot exist without a safe and orderly campus. To ensure safety and order, Moanalua Middle School operates under a progressive discipline system based on state laws, Department of Education policies and school level rules.  This system is encoded in the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 19.

 

All MMS students and staff are responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe and orderly campus to provide risk-free learning environments where all students can be nurtured and supported to achieve to their greatest potential.

 

We believe that the best discipline is self-discipline, one that comes from within the child, rather than one that is imposed. We believe that discipline should be preventive rather than simply punitive.  This self-discipline works effectively with an established and maintained school discipline plan.

 

HAR Chapter 19: Student Misconduct, Discipline, School Searches and Seizures, Reporting Offenses, Police Interviews and Arrests and Restitution for Vandalism is to support a positive and proactive approach to addressing student behavioral issues.  The purpose of school-administered discipline is to: (1) Promote and maintain a safe and secure educational environment; (2) Teach and acknowledge acceptable standards of behavior which are beneficial to the educational process and self-development; (3) Deter students from acts which interfere with the purpose of education or which are self-destructive, self-defeating or anti-social; and (4) Maintain proper student conduct to ensure that educational activities and responsibilities remain uninterrupted.

 

Upon entering school, every student receives a Chapter 19 booklet.  Please read the booklet carefully. The school office can provide additional copies.  All schools have disciplinary problems. It is how effectively these problems are dealt with that determines the level of safety and order and thus the quality of education students can receive.  


The following is a guideline for Acceptable Standards of Behavior while attending Moanalua Middle School.

 

MMS STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

General Behavior as an MMS Student

  • Once on campus, students are to remain on campus until dismissal.
  • When on campus, students will be in proper uniform policy attire and shall be visibly wearing their own non-defaced/ non-damaged MMS student ID.
  • When on campus, students shall walk at all times.  Use the walkways and avoid walking in the planters or grassy areas.
  • Follow all classroom rules posted.
  • Follow starting of class and/or dismissal procedures as practiced with teacher and classmates.
  • Must have a planner pass or call slip pass indicating destination when out of class during instructional time.
  • Public Display of Affection (PDA) is prohibited.
  • Absolutely no gum chewing on campus.
  • No loitering in: restrooms, administration building, or any area deemed off-limits.
  • Personal belongings are the responsibility of the individual student.  Do not leave personal items unattended.
  • All cell phones shut off and put away, unless directed for use by MMS Staff.
  • Follow all “TRIBES” agreements and CORE ETHICAL VALUES.

Restrooms

  • Preferably use the restroom before or after school, and during break and lunch time.
  • Use restrooms only for intended purposes. Playing or loitering in the restrooms is not allowed and will be cause for disciplinary action.
  • Keep the restrooms clean, do not litter, and be respectful of the privacy of others.

Break Time

Rules:

  • Remain in the assigned areas at all times.  Stay away from off-limits areas.
  • If going to a class during break and/or lunch, you should have a pass from that teacher you are reporting to.
  • Practice safety and fair play at all times and avoid rough contact sports and games.
  • Report all accidents to the yard duty teachers and/or security staff.
  • Do not throw objects of any kind.
  • When whistle is blown stop all play and activity and be ready to be excused back to class.

Lunch Time

Cafeteria rules:

  • Walk, not run, to the cafeteria.
  • Form single file lines at the outside doors.
  • Have their school I.D. badges on them in order to purchase lunch.
  • Be respectful to others; student monitors, cashiers, cafeteria staff.
  • No cutting, shouting, acting in a rowdy manner.
  • Exit through the center doors into the cafeteria.
  • Find a seat anywhere in the cafeteria
  • Consume all food in the cafeteria, including desserts.  Students who are not eating may not be allowed in the cafeteria.
  • Use proper eating and table manners: don’t drop food on the tables or the floor.
  • Carry their own trays to the disposal area.  Check around table for any personal belongings and litter that may have been left behind.
  • Students must exit through the dish washing room.
  • NEVER TOSS, THROW, PLAY with or use food for any other purpose, than to eat.

After School

  • Vacate the school campus as soon as school is dismissed unless authorized to attend other school activities such as Complete Childcare and/or after school tutoring, credit recovery, detention, clubs, meetings, practices, performances, etc.
  • Students attending an after school program outside of Complete Childcare will meet at designated meeting area.

 

The following is a guideline of possible general consequences of misconduct for violations of Chapter 19 Class Offenses and general school rules.

 

The following prohibited conduct applies to all students in the public school system, on campus, or other department of education premises, on department of education transportation, or during a department of education sponsored activity or event on or off school property.


(a) Any student who possesses a firearm shall be dismissed from school for not less than one (1) calendar year period.  (The Federal Gun Free School Act of 1994 and Hawaii State Act 148).

(b)  Any student who possesses, sells, or uses a dangerous weapon, switchblade knife or any improperly used knife, intoxicating substance(s) or illicit drug(s) while attending school may be excluded from attending school for up to ninety-two (92) days.


At Moanalua Middle School, we will abide by Chapter 19 to support all teachers, students, faculty and staff.  Below you will find a list of class offenses (A,B,C,D), and possible consequences.

Class A Offenses

(Prohibited by State Law)

Possible Consequences

(More than one consequence may be issued)

  • Assault;
  • Burglary;
  • Dangerous instrument, or substance; possession or use of;
  • Dangerous weapons; possession, or use of;
  • Drug paraphernalia; possession, use or sale of;
  • Extortion;
  • Fighting;
  • Firearms; possession or use of;
  • Homicide;
  • Illicit drugs; possession, use, or safe of;
  • Intoxicating substances; possession, use, or sale of;
  • Property damage or vandalism;
  • Robbery
  • Sexual offenses; or
  • Terroristic threatening
  • Suspension of one to ten school days;
  • Suspension of eleven or more school days;
  • Dismissal -  1 year;
  • Interim alternative education setting;
  • Referral to alternative education programs;
  • Disciplinary transfer;
  • Crises removal;
  • In-school suspension;
  • Loss of privileges;
  • Restitution;
  • Campus Beautification;
  • Multiple Days of Detention;
    • (i.e., Lunch/Wednesday After School/Saturday School)
  • The following are used for all offenses:
    • Correction and conference with student
    • Parent and/or Parent/Teacher conference
    • Manifestation Determination, (Special Needs students cumulatively suspended for 10+ days)
  • For Class A violations, HPD may be called, resulting in possible arrest.  Administration reserves the option of suspending a student up to 10 days or more, depending on the severity of the violation.

Class B Offenses

(Prohibited by State Law)

Possible Consequences

(May be more than one consequence)

  • Bullying;
  • Cyberbullying;
  • Disorderly conduct;
  • False alarm;
  • Forgery;
  • Gambling;
  • Harassment;
  • Hazing;
  • Inappropriate or Questionable Uses, or Both of Internet Materials or Equipment, or Both;
  • Theft; or
  • Trespassing.
  • Suspension of one to ten school days;
  • Suspension of eleven or more school days;
  • Dismissal -  1 year;
  • Interim alternative education setting;
  • Referral to alternative education programs;
  • Disciplinary transfer;
  • Crises removal;
  • In-school suspension;
  • Loss of privileges;
  • Restitution;
  • Campus Beautification;
  • Multiple Days of Detention;
  • (i.e., Lunch/Wednesday After School/Saturday School)
  • The following are used for all offenses:
  • Correction and conference with student
  • Parent and/or Parent/Teacher conference
  • Manifestation Determination, (Special Needs students cumulatively suspended for 10+ days)
  • For Class B violations, HPD may be called, resulting in possible arrest.  Administration reserves the option of suspending a student up to 10 days or more, depending on the severity of the violation.

Class C Offenses

(Prohibited by School)

Possible Consequences

(May be more than one consequence)

  • Abusive language;
  • Class cutting;
  • Insubordination;
  • Laser pen/pointer;  possession or use of;
  • Leaving campus without consent;
  • Smoking or use of tobacco;
  • Electronic Smoking Devices; possession, use or sale of (i.e. eCigs);
  • Truancy;
  • Multiple violations of same and/or similar Class D offense; as determined; case-by-case may result in a higher consequence. (i.e. Class C: Insubordination)
  • Suspension of one to ten school days;
  • Interim alternative education setting;
  • Crises removal;
  • In-school suspension;
  • Loss of privileges;
  • Restitution;
  • Campus Beautification;
  • Multiple Days of Detention
    • (i.e., Lunch/Wednesday After School/Saturday School)
  • The following are used for all offenses:
    • Correction and conference with student
    • Parent and/or Parent/Teacher conference
    • Manifestation Determination, (Special Needs students cumulatively suspended for 10+ days)

For Class D Offenses and/or Minor offenses prohibited by school rules: Prior to submitting a Referral Form (on same/similar behavior), please follow these steps:

  1. First offense: Warning by teacher
  2. Second offense: Notification to parent by teacher
  3. Three or more offenses: Written referral to administration

Class D Offenses

(Prohibited by School)

Possible Consequences

(May be more than one consequence)

  • *Contraband; possession or use of;
  • Defiance/Disrespect/Non-compliance;
  • Disruption (student engages in low-intensity inappropriate disruption);
  • Inappropriate language;
  • Physical Contact;
  • Property misuse (student engages in low-intensity misuse of property);
  • Academic Dishonesty (Lying/Cheating/Plagiarism);
  • Dress Code Violation;
  • Tardy; or
  • Other school rules:
    • Gum Chewing
    • ID Cards
    • Technology Use
 
 

Note: Any other conduct as may be prescribed and prohibited by school rules.  Individual school rules shall be published or made available for inspection at the school office and shall inform students, school staff, and parents of the prohibited conduct under Class A through D.

  • The following are used for all offenses:
    • Correction and conference with student
    • Parent and/or Parent/Teacher conference
  • Campus Beautification;
  • Multiple Days of Detention;
    • (i.e., Lunch/Wednesday After School/Saturday School)
  • Student reflection sheet(s)








Note: Per Chapter 19, no disciplinary action amounting to serious discipline shall be imposed for violation of any individual school rule as a class D offense.  However, in the event of repeated violations for the same and/or similar offense, will result in progressively more serious consequences.

*Contraband means a property, other than which is unlawful to produce or possess, which, as defined by school rules, is prohibited on school premises or which has in the past led to bodily injury or disruption of school operations.  Moanalua Middle recognizes, but are not limited to the following items:


  • Cell Phone & Personal Electronics (iPods, Radios, Electronic games & devices), chains, water pistols, water balloons, sprays, dyes, gels of any kind, sharp objects, firecrackers, poppers, gum, matches, lighters, scooters, slam books and letter books, laser lights/laser key chains, permanent markers, skateboards, skates, liquid whiteout, any item that may disrupt classes/campus or that may lead to injury.

Confiscated items will be returned to parents after the student completes detention.  Spray paint and permanent markers, which are illegal for students to possess, and gang related attire will not be returned.  


Students may be issued detention and/or suspension consequences for committing any Chapter 19 violations.  Repeated offenses will result in progressively more serious consequences. Each student will receive a detailed explanation of Chapter 19 guidelines and the resulting consequences.  Any questions should be directed to the administration.


For a full list of offenses along with definition please refer to the Chapter 19 Booklet.


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Updated: 8/2018