Code of Conduct

Draper Park Vikings will have COURAGE. 
C – Concept Mastery – Vikings will demonstrate mastery of a concept learned.

O – Outstanding Work Ethic – Vikings will work hard, persevere, and give their best effort to accomplish a task.

U – Understanding and Empathy – Vikings will be attuned to the emotions, perceptions, and difficulties of others.

R – Respect and Responsibility – Vikings will be considerate, trustworthy, dutiful, and respectful with regard to property, self, and others.

A – Accountable for Time and Place – Vikings will be in the assigned place at the assigned time.

G – Give Back – Vikings will be generous with their time and resources and give back to their school and community.

E – Engage – Vikings will be involved in their school and active participants in their learning.
 
Behavior that is satisfactory to local, state and federal laws or to generally accepted standards of dress, behavior, decency, honesty, and courtesy will be encouraged at school. Before disciplinary action is taken, each situation is thoroughly investigated. School rules and procedures will be enforced in a consistent, firm and fair manner according to the Canyons School District and DPMS policies. All Utah State educational codes and laws and Canyons District policies and procedures are followed and all student and parental due process rights are observed.
 
ATTENDANCE – Regular attendance is crucial to success in school. Utah State law (Public law 53-24-1) requires regular attendance and that every parent or guardian of a minor (ages 6 to 18) shall send their student to school. The responsibility for regular attendance is shared between the student, parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators. Parents/guardians of an absent student should call the Attendance Office at 801-826-6910 or email them at angela.robinson@canyonsdistrict.org. If no call or email is received, the Attendance Office may contact parents at home or work to verify the absence. Parents may also access their student’s daily attendance through Skyward on the Canyons District website.

The attendance office at DPMS uses four codes when students are absent from school.
1.              (E) means excused and are authorized by state law or district policy. These include: verified illness, medical appointments, bereavement, court appearances, emergencies, pre-approved educational leave, school activities, and special family or religious events.
2.              (G) means parent consent denoting that a parent/guardian has given permission for the students to be absent from school for any reason.
3.              (A) means parents have not confirmed the absence with the attendance office.
4.              (VT) means verified truant, the absence was verified and the parent and school agree the student-missed school without permission

BUS TRANSPORTATION – The District Transportation Office has carefully surveyed the boundaries and has identified, by house number, both those who qualify and those who do not qualify for transportation serves. By state regulation, students must board the bus at the regular bus stop. Students are expected to follow all bus safety rules while riding to and from school. All students are expected to follow the instructions of the bus driver. Misbehavior on the bus or at a bus stop may result in suspension from riding the bus to and from school and during field trips.
CHEATING AND PLAGARISM – Any type of cheating robs a student from a true learning experience. Cheating may include borrowing someone else’s work, copying and pasting without citing the source (plagiarism) will result in classroom level or school level consequences.

CHECK-IN – Students checking in prior to 7:50 will report directly to their first period class. Students arriving after 7:50 will need to check in with the Attendance Office, even if they arrive during a class break.

CHECK-OUT – If it becomes necessary for a student to leave school for any reason during the school day, they must sign out through the Attendance Office. A parent or designated person listed on Skyward MUST come in to the Attendance Office and sign the student out. (Students will NOT be allowed to check out with a note or call from a parent.) Students will not, under any circumstances, be released to anyone other than those listed on the student’s emergency card.

CITIZENSHIP – Please see attached rubric.

CLOSED CAMPUS – Draper Park Middle School has a “closed campus” which means that students must remain on campus during lunch and throughout the entire school day. If a student wishes to leave the campus an adult that is listed on Skyward must sign them out. The adult must come into the attendance office and sign them out.  Students who choose to leave campus will be truant.

COMPUTER LABS – District Policy IJNDA Student use of electronic information resources must be in support of education and research and must be consistent with the educational objectives of Canyons School District. While access to all materials on a worldwide network cannot be controlled, Internet access in Canyons School District is filtered and monitored on an ongoing basis. In addition, DPMS does not allow students to be in computer labs unattended nor is food drink allowed in the computer labs.  Computer use must be congruent with the district’s mission to maintain a safe, appropriate and wholesome environment at school.

DISRESPECT AND INSUBORDINATION – The refusal to follow a reasonable directive by a teacher, administrator, and/or other school personnel is considered insubordination and is prohibited. This behavior is grounds for a referral and/or suspension.

DRESS AND GROOMING STANDARDS – Students are expected to maintain the dress and grooming standards as established by Canyons School District Board of Education policy. POLICY—JIC— STUDENT CONDUCT AND DRESShttp://policy.canyonsdistrict.org
General Guidelines:
1.              Clothing shall be of modest design.
2.              Appearance must not disrupt classroom activity and/or hinder other students’ participation in class.
3.              Clothing and hairstyles must conform to reasonable standards of personal hygiene and safety.
4.              Hats of any kind are not to be worn inside or outside of the building during school unless expressly allowed as part of a school sponsored activity, i.e., spirit days.
5.              Tank tops are not to be worn (the shirt must be at least 3” wide on the shoulder).
6.              Bare midriffs are not to show.
7.              Short skirts and shorts are not to be worn in school (“short” is defined as no more than 3” above the knee cap). Exception:  Short skirts may be worn if non-transparent appropriate clothing is worn underneath i.e. Leggings that meet length requirement.
8.              Shirts on females should not allow visible cleavage.
9.              Outer clothing should never reveal underwear. Boy’s pants must fit on the hips. No sagging pants.
10.           Open-sided shirts are not permitted.
11.           Clothing shall not be worn that displays obscene or suggestive words, pictures or advertises any substance a student cannot legally possess. Shirts or clothing depicting disrespect towards any race, religion, culture or gender are prohibited. No clothing depicting criminal activity, violence, or weapons will be allowed.
12.           Chains and/or clothing with metal spikes are not to be worn.
13.           Gang-related dress, including bandanas, is strictly forbidden.
14.           Hair styles/colors must not be distracting (distractions will be determined by the faculty/administration).
15.           Pajama bottoms and slippers will not be allowed.
16.           Shoes or sandals must be worn at all times.
17.           Dress at school sponsored after-school activities and field trips must conform to the standards of the dress code.
 
ELECTRONIC DEVICES –Electronic devices may be allowed in classrooms according to teacher’s discretion. Administration will support well-reasoned classroom policies
 
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES – You will be instructed by your teachers regarding emergency procedures and evacuation plans. Students are required to follow the outlined procedures when we have a drill or the emergency alarm is sounded.

FEE WAIVERS – Fee waiver forms are provided on-line and in the Main Office. Whether on a fee waiver or not, everyone has the opportunity to participate in class and school sponsored activities.

FALSE EMERGENCIES – Threatened violence or disruption, telephone bomb threats, telephone 911 calls, etc. are considered false emergencies and are prohibited. These types of actions may involve police intervention and possible suspension.

FIGHTING, THREATENING, INTIMIDATING, ASSAULT, AND BATTERY – Students are expected to get along with one another and settle differences and disputes in ways other than fighting. Fighting, threatening, intimidating, assault and battery types of behaviors (including snowball throwing) at school or at school- related activities are prohibited.

HALL BEHAVIOR AND PASSES – While in the halls, students will behave with courtesy and respect. Students will not carry opened drinks or food in the halls. Food or drinks will be confiscated if found. Students must have a hall pass during class time if they are to be out of class. It is the student’s responsibility to be in the right place at the right time and to observe school time and bell schedules.

HAZING AND BULLYING – Draper Park is committed to providing a safe and orderly environment for all students. Hazing and bullying activities are abusive and illegal behaviors that harm victims and negatively impact the school environment. All hazing or bullying activities will receive appropriate consequences.

HOMEWORK REQUESTS DUE TO ABSENCE – Parents may request homework when a student is absent for three or more consecutive days, by calling the Attendance Office. Parents may also check Skyward and the school website for class assignments at any time. For procedures on legitimate make-up work and late work, please refer to the school wide disclosure statement.

ITEMS DISCOURAGED AT SCHOOL – Items that are disruptive to the school environment and are easily lost or stolen are discouraged at school. These include electronic devices, skateboards, and all types of toys. If these items are at school, they should be stored in lockers and not be seen. They are not allowed in the classrooms. If they are out and/or being used, they will be confiscated and turned over to an administrator. Students are discouraged from bringing items of value to school, such as expensive electronics or large amounts of money, etc.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items, even if they are stored in hall or gym lockers.

SALE OF ITEMS AT SCHOOL– The sale of items at school by students is strictly prohibited.  Students shall not “set up shop” and make sale transactions of any sort while at school.

ITEMS PROHIBITED AT SCHOOL – Many items are absolutely prohibited at school for any reason. These include laser pointers, any type of weapon, knives, fireworks or flammable materials, guns, and any look-alikes. If a student brings one of these items to school, they will be suspended, and possibly sent to a district hearing.

LOCKERS –Students are accountable for the locker that has been assigned to them. Students will be liable for any damage that is done to their locker. Students must keep all locker combinations confidential.  Lockers are school property and school officials reserve the right to search student lockers at any time for periodic inspections as well as for suspicion of inappropriate items.  Illegal items found in school lockers will be confiscated and offending students will be prosecuted. The school and district are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Writing or drawing on lockers is not allowed.  Permanent decorations may not be attached to lockers in any fashion. Students may request a locker change from a top locker to a bottom locker and vice versa.  These requests will be handled on an individual basis as needed.

LOITERING – After school, any student unless under the direct supervision of a teacher or administrator needs to leave the building immediately. Trespassing charges may be filed if students are noncompliant.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL – Medication may only be administered to a student by school personnel if these guidelines are followed:

The student’s physician, dentist, nurse practitioner or physician assistant has provided a signed statement describing the method, amount, and time schedule for administration and a statement that administration of medication by school employees during the periods when the student is under the supervision of school personnel is medically necessary. The “Request for Medication” forms are available in the office. Students may have one eight-hour dosage of medication in their possession at school. No form of medication may be shared with or distributed to other students.

NON-DISCRIMINATION – It is the policy of Canyons School District and Draper Park Middle School not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability in any educational program or activity.

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION – Public displays of affection are inappropriate for a middle school environment and are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to hand holding, kissing, hugging, snuggling, etc.

SCHOOL PROPERTY, AND EQUIPMENT – The “R” in COURAGE stands for respect and responsibility. This applies to all school property. Students are expected to show respect and responsibility for school property. When students are found not respecting property an appropriate consequence will be enforced. The destruction or defacement of school or personal property at school is considered vandalism and is prohibited. All acts of vandalism will be investigated and appropriate action taken.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT – Sexual harassment is defined as being disturbed persistently by someone because of one’s gender. The government agencies responsible for enforcing laws against sexual harassment agree that certain behavior is unlawful. These behaviors can vary from an annoying glance to an attempted or actual physical assault. Such behavior includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It is considered harassment when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive school environment. Any sexual harassment behaviors are prohibited for students and employees.

SICK ROOM – If a student does not feel well enough to go to class, they should report to the attendance office with a note from their teacher and call a parent to come pick them up. While students are waiting for a parent to check them out they may wait in the sick room. If a parent is not able to check the student out, the parent may request that the student be given 15 minutes in the sickroom before they are sent back to class.

STUDENT SAFETY – Students should exercise caution at all times inside and outside the building to protect themselves and others from injury and accidents. Students should refrain from pushing, shoving, throwing things, etc. that are unsafe in the school setting. All injuries and accidents must be reported to the Attendance Office.

SUSPENSION – A student who is suspended from school is counted present on attendance records and cannot be penalized academically for non-attendance during days of suspension.  Suspended students are not allowed on any Canyons District school grounds during the period of the suspension.  A school administrator will involve the student and parent in the entire process.

TARDY POLICY – Please refer to the school-wide citizenship rubric and classroom policies.
 
TEXTBOOKS – The Utah State Department of Education Textbook Adoption Committee has approved all textbooks used at Draper Park Middle School. The Canyons District’s Literature Selection Committee has evaluated supplementary literature. Students will take care of their textbooks and return them without damage. Fines will be assessed for lost or damaged books.

THEFT – Stealing any school or personal property is illegal. All thefts will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken. Consequences will be appropriate and according to Canyons School District policy.

TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS – Draper Park Middle School follows Canyons School District Policy JICH.

TRESPASSING AND VISITORS – All visitors to Draper Park Middle School are required to check in at the Main Office. Student guests, such as out of town visitors, friends, or relatives are not allowed at school during the regular school day, including lunchtime. Any visitor to the building must be cleared in the Main Office and wear a “Visitor’s Pass.”

VULGAR OR PROFANE LANGUAGE, PICTURES, AND GESTURES – Any vulgar or profane language, pictures, and gestures or associated actions are inappropriate for any school environment and are forbidden. The teacher and/or administrator will take appropriate disciplinary action in the event students engage in this type of behavior.

WEAPONS – Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess, use or sell any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, firework, chemical weapon, martial arts weapon, dangerous item, or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or dangerous substance of any kind, or any replica, likeness, or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use is against District and school policy. Procedures for violating the policy will be enforced.  Criminal charges may be pressed and/or school related consequences will be enforced.

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