Definition and State Law

McIntosh County Middle School fully supports The Georgia Bullying Law (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.4).

Read more about this law on the GaDOE website http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/Bullying-Prevention-Toolkit.aspx

McIntosh County Handbook

6. BULLYING/HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATION/VERBAL ABUSE - A student is not allowed to intimidate others by threatening force or injury to their person or property.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: Level II, III, or IV

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Level II Discipline

Level II discipline offenses are intermediate acts of misconduct which require administrative intervention. These acts include, but are not limited to, repeated, but unrelated, acts of minor misconduct and misbehavior directed against a person or property but which do not seriously endanger the health, safety, or well-being of others. Consideration of necessary behavior support services should be given if not already provided.

Students guilty of a Level II offense may receive any of the discipline management techniques appropriate for the situation as determined by the principal or designee, including, but not limited to the following:

1st Offense: 3 days ISS/OSS assigned New Century or E-20/20

2nd Offense; 4 days ISS/OSS assigned New Century or E-20/20

3rd Offense 5 days ISS/OSS RTI hearing required, assigned New Century or E-20/20

4th Offense * Goes to Level III

Level III Discipline

Level III discipline offenses are serious acts of misconduct including, but not limited to, repeated misbehavior that is similar in nature, serious disruptions of the school environment, threats to health, safety, or property and other acts of serious misconduct. These offenses must be reported to the administrative staff. Offenses that threaten the health, safety, or well-being of others may result in immediate suspension of the student from the school and/or school-sponsored activities for up to ten (10) school days pending disciplinary investigation of the allegations. Student and parent/guardian participation in a conference with the principal is an element of all discipline actions in this category, even if such a conference has previously occurred. Initiation of necessary behavior support services should be given if not already provided. Due process procedures required by federal and state law will be followed. These may include such procedures as the school disciplinary tribunal and/or procedural safeguards provided by the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Students guilty of a Level III offense may receive any of the discipline management techniques appropriate for the situation as determined by the principal or designee, including, but not limited to the following:

1st Offense: Five days In-School suspension (ISS)/(OSS) assigned New Century, E-20/20

2nd Offense: Up to 10 days In-school suspension (ISS)/(OSS) for second and subsequent offenses;

3rd Offense: DPS preventive program for a stay of up to 2 weeks. * Goes to Level IV

 

Level IV Discipline

Level IV discipline offenses are the most serious act of misconduct. These offenses must be immediately reported to the principal. These violations are so serious that they require the use of outside agencies and/or law enforcement. Such acts will also result in criminal penalties being imposed. Any misconduct that threatens the health, safety, or well-being of others will result in immediate suspension of the student from the school and/or school-sponsored activities for up to ten (10) school days, pending disciplinary investigation of the allegations. Student and parent/guardian participation in a conference with the principal is an element of all discipline actions in this category even if such a conference has previously occurred. Initiation of necessary behavior support services should be given if not already provided. Due process procedures required by federal and state law will be followed. These may include such procedures as the school disciplinary tribunal and/or procedural safeguards provided by the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Students guilty of a Level IV offense will receive any of the discipline management techniques appropriate for the situation as determined by the principal or designee, including, but not limited to the following:

1st Offense: Ten days Out-of School (OSS) with a referral for a disciplinary tribunal hearing; charges will be filed with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. DPS placement will apply for any offense that includes Drugs, Guns, and Assault on any employee.

2nd Offense: Placement in DPS for the grading period, semester or the remainder of the year.