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 Rule 5 – Verbal Assault, Physical Assault, Disrespectful Conduct of Students

In accordance with O.C.G.A. §20-2-752, the following conduct of students displayed during school hours or at school related functions is prohibited and shall be punished in a manner that the Muscogee County School District deems appropriate to the age of the student:

a. Verbal assault of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel;

b. Physical assault or battery of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel;

c. Disrespectful conduct toward teachers, administrators, and other school personnel;

d. Verbal assault of other students;

e. Physical assault or battery of other students;

f. Disrespectful conduct toward other students;

g. Verbal assault of, physical assault or battery of, and disrespectful conduct toward persons attending school-related functions; and,

h. Making of Terroristic Threats: Terroristic threats include (but are not limited to) threats to commit violence, threats to release dangerous instrumentalities or hazardous substances, and threats to cause harm that are likely to cause terror or evacuations (i.e. bomb threats, threats to bring weapons to school, threats to injure others by violent means, etc.).


Any student alleged to have committed an act of physical violence against a teacher, bus driver, or other school official shall be suspended pending the hearing by the disciplinary hearing officer, panel, or tribunal. O.C.G.A. § 20-2-751.6

 A student found by a disciplinary hearing officer, panel, or tribunal to have intentionally made physical contact which causes physical harm to (unless such physical contacts or harms were in self-defense) a teacher, school bus driver, school official, or school employee, that student shall be expelled from the public school system for the remainder of the student's eligibility to attend public school. The local school board, at its discretion, may permit the student to attend an alternative education program for the period of the student's expulsion. O.C.G.A. § 20-2-751.6. 

Any student who is found by the disciplinary tribunal to have committed an act of intentional (non self-defense) physical violence which causes physical harm to a teacher, school bus driver, or school official shall be referred to juvenile court with a request for a petition alleging delinquent behavior. O.C.G.A. § 20-2-751.6.

If the student who commits an act of physical violence is in kindergarten through eighth grade, the school board at its discretion and on recommendation of the disciplinary hearing tribunal committee, may permit such a student to re-enroll in the regular public school program for grades nine through twelve. O.C.G.A. § 20-2-751.6. 

 

Bus Conduct (Policy JCDAD)

 Under the laws of our State, the Muscogee County School District has the authority to make reasonable regulations governing bus conduct. The walking distance to schools shall be one and one-half miles. The walking distance to a bus stop shall not exceed one-half mile. To provide for a safe and comfortable trip to and from school, students are required to observe the following rules:

All Muscogee County rules and policies apply to student behavior at the bus stop, school activities, and en route to and from school.

 1. The driver is in full charge of bus and students and will initially work with parents to resolve minor incidents.

2. If problems arise, parents are not to confront the bus driver at the bus stop. Make an appointment with the Transportation Department at (706) 748-2876 to discuss the matter.

3. The driver has the right to assign students to certain seats to promote order on the bus. ALL STUDENTS WILL REMAIN SEATED WHILE BUS IS IN MOTION.6

4. Parents are responsible for getting their children to and from the bus stop. Buses run on schedule and CANNOT WAIT for passengers.

5. Misbehavior at the bus stop could result in refusal of transportation by the principal.

6. Keep your bus pass with you at all times in case the driver needs to check your eligibility.

7. Drivers will only let students off at their designated stop.

8. Students are expected to sit three to a seat. A standing load of 20% over the seated capacity is permitted, per state mandate.

9. Do not use profane or vulgar language while waiting for the bus.

10. Stand off the roadway while awaiting the bus.

11. Keep arms and head inside windows.

12. Be quiet and orderly on the bus; talk in low tones; ABSOLUTE SILENCE is required at railroad crossings.

13. Tobacco, drugs, and alcohol are prohibited.

14. No eating or drinking allowed on the bus.

15. Objectionable or dangerous objects are not permitted on the bus.

16. Fighting or physical play is prohibited. Fighting at the bus stop or on the bus could result in refusal of transportation by the principal.

17. No knives or other weapons allowed on the bus.

18. When crossing the street is necessary, students will immediately cross in front of the bus in full view of the driver.

19. Students may transport band instrument(s) on the bus, if space is available.

20. Riding the bus is a privilege. Do not abuse it.

21. Some buses will be monitored by surveillance cameras.

22. Students shall be prohibited from using any electronic devices during the operation of a school bus, including but not limited to, cell phones, pagers, audible radios, tape or compact disc players, MP3, or any other electronic device that might interfere with the school bus communication equipment or the school bus driver's operation of the school bus.

23. Students shall be prohibited from using mirrors, lasers, cameras, or any other lights or reflective devices that might interfere with the school bus driver's operation of the school bus.


Punishment for violation of any of the above rules may result in your student being removed from the bus utilizing the following progressive plan. Any student found guilty of student endangerment may result in automatic removal from the bus. Riding the bus is a privilege not a right. Do not abuse your privilege. 

First Offense – Parent conference for the development of a Student Bus Behavior contract and one day suspension from the bus.

Second Offense – Parent conference for the development of a Student Bus Behavior contract and a three (3) school days suspension from the bus based on discretion of the Principal.

Third Offense – Parent conference to modify the contract and expulsion from the bus for offenses that lead to a tribunal hearing; otherwise, a five (5) school days suspension from the bus.

Fourth Offense – Parent conference to modify contract and expulsion from the bus for seven (7) school days.

Fifth Offense - Expulsion from the bus for ten (10) school days.

Sixth Offense – Principal has the discretion to expel the student from the bus for the remainder of the semester. 


Students shall be prohibited from acts of physical violence as defined by Code Section 20-2-751.6, bullying as defined by subsection (1) of Code Section 20-2-751.4, physical assault or battery of other persons on the school bus, verbal assault of other persons on the school bus, disrespectful conduct toward the school bus driver or other persons on the school bus, and other unruly behavior. 

If a student is found to have engaged in physical acts of violence as defined by Code Section 20-2-751.6, the student shall be subject to the penalties set forth in that Code Section.

A meeting of the parent or guardian of the student and appropriate school district officials must be held to form a School Bus Behavior contract. The contract shall provide for age-appropriate discipline, penalties, and restrictions for student misconduct on the bus. Provisions may include, but are not limited to, assigned seating, ongoing parental involvement, and suspension from the bus. 

These provisions regarding use of a bus behavior contract are not to be construed to limit the instances when other code of conduct violation may require use of a Student Bus Behavior contract.

Students who fail to respond to the direction of the bus driver shall be reported to the school principal who may deny the student bus transportation. Any bus driver who feels that the principal's failure to deny bus transportation to a student will imperil other students in the driver's charge may appeal through his supervisor and ultimately to the school board, by notice given to the superintendent or designee, such notice shall be given reasonably after the principal's failure to act.

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