Student Online Behavior Expectations, Consequences, and Due Process
School is different this year, with students learning remotely outside of the controlled school environment. However, our behavioral expectations for online learning are the same as if students were on campus. We are committed to promoting positive student behavior by offering a broad range of supports, interventions, and consequences to address problem behaviors.
While students are learning remotely, our virtual classrooms, online meetings, and work spaces are extensions of our school environment. Students are expected to follow:
- Policy 4309 Student Behavior – Code of Student Conduct
- Policy 3225/4312/7320: Technology Responsible Use
- 2020-21 Student Handbook
Please pay particular attention to the Rules for Use of Technological Resources in Policy 3225/4312/7320: Technology Responsible Use, including:
- Individual users of the school system’s technological resources are responsible for their behavior and communications when using those resources. Responsible use of school system technological resources is use that is ethical, respectful, academically honest, and supportive of student learning. Each user has the responsibility to respect others in the school community and on the Internet. Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. General student and employee behavior standards, including those prescribed in applicable board policies, the Code of Student Conduct, and other regulations and school rules, apply to use of the Internet and other school technological resources. (Section A.)
- No user of technological resources, including a person sending or receiving electronic communications, may engage in creating, intentionally viewing, accessing, downloading, storing, printing, or transmitting images, graphics (including still or moving pictures), sound files, text files, documents, messages, or other material that is obscene, defamatory, profane, pornographic, harassing, abusive, or considered to be harmful to minors. (Section B.4.)
- Users are prohibited from engaging in unauthorized or unlawful activities, such as “hacking” or using the computer network to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized or unlawful access to other computers, computer systems, or accounts. (Section B.11.)
We have provided our teachers and staff with guidance around managing online settings, including addressing inappropriate behavior. Through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), we are taking a proactive approach by offering a broad range of supports and interventions to address issues with student behavior.
When school administrators determine that non-disciplinary options are insufficient for maintaining a safe and orderly environment, they may consider disciplinary consequences to address inappropriate student behavior in the remote learning setting. Disciplinary options are defined as consequences that involve “exclusion from instruction and other normal school activities” or a “loss of privileges,” which could include in-school suspension (ISS) or out-of-school suspension (OSS).
Under state and federal law, principals must ensure that an incident is thoroughly investigated before excluding a student from school based on an alleged disciplinary infraction. The student should be appropriately questioned, the student must be provided an opportunity to respond, and the student’s guardian must be notified. Learn more about Student Due Process.
We request your help in highlighting for students the importance of these online behavior expectations and the serious consequences for violating school board policies. Together, we can ensure that every student has a safe and supportive environment to learn and grow.