As teachers within Pepper Drive School perform many functions, supervision of the children's behavior within the classroom and out on the playground is a duty of extreme importance. We, as parents and educators, realize that in order for children to learn and to enjoy their school days, they must function in a safe and secure environment. We hope that behavioral problems can be solved by good communication between parent, teacher and child. We encourage you to talk to the teacher first. Working together is what we believe to be the key to a successful, developmental education program.
GENERAL SCHOOL RULES
1. Students should be on time for class and prepared to learn. Students arriving late to school must obtain an admittance slip from the office.
2. A written excuse must be brought upon the day of return following an absence if the absence line was not called.
3. Pepper Drive is a closed campus. Students are not allowed to walk home or go to local restaurants for lunch unless formally checked out of school by an approved adult.
4. Students are expected to be good citizens and good neighbors at all times. Students shall not participate in bullying behaviors toward other students at anytime. Respect for adults, property, and each other is taught and reinforced continuously at Pepper Drive School.
5. All games and activities are to cease when the bell rings. Students should then line up for class.
6. All food eaten at school is to be eaten on the patio. No food may be taken on the playground. Gum is not allowed on the school grounds. Candy is not allowed to be eaten at school except at lunch time.
7. Skateboards, roller-skates, roller blades, radios, CD players, beepers, headsets, and toys are not to be brought to school.
8. Students should never be in a classroom without an adult present.
Parents are responsible for their children's dress. However, in the interest of health and safety standards, all students are expected to be clean and neatly groomed in appearance, and dressed appropriately at all times.
1. All pupils are to wear proper footwear, which cover and protect their feet. Sandals should have a back strap.
2. Clothing should be neat, clean, properly fitted and tailored in such a way so as not to disrupt or interfere with the educational process at school.
3. Current fashion, using good taste, will be considered acceptable dress. It is hoped that our students, with their parent’s guidance, will use good judgment with regard to their dress and grooming.
4. Sagging pants, bare midriffs, exposed underwear or clothes advertising drugs, alcohol, tobacco or that are sexually suggestive are not appropriate at school and are not allowed.
5. Extremes in hair colors strongly discouraged. Piercings are not allowed.
6. Students are not allowed to wear hats at school except for full brim styles for sun protection during outdoor activities. 7. After an investigation, instances determined to be bullying will result in a suspension.
SUSPENSION POLICY AND PROCEDURE
Following are grounds for suspension:
1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
2. Possessed, sold or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil at school, or at a school activity. Police shall be notified prior to suspension involving a deadly weapon.
3. Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, arranged to sell, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance.
4. Unlawfully sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
5. Committed robbery or extortion.
6. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
7. Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property.
8. Possessed or used tobacco on school premises.
9. Committed an obscene act, or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
10. Unlawfully possessed, offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
11. Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of administrators, teachers or supervisors, school officials or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
12. Sexually harassed another to the extent that the harassment is considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact on the individual's academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. This shall not apply to pupils in preschool, kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive. 13. Bully offenses will result in suspension and can be sent to an Administrative Review Hearing for further disciplinary action.