Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will contribute to the best interest of the school and not infringe upon the rights of others; education cannot take place unless there is an atmosphere of order and discipline. Students are expected to behave appropriately during all school activities or functions (on or off school property) or while traveling to or from school or a school activity. The school administration can use any form of reasonable discipline including time-out, detentions, Community Service, In School Suspension, Out of School Suspensions, and Expulsions; the unique circumstances of each individual’s case will be considered before a decision regarding appropriate consequences is made (HSE administration will not employ corporal punishment). Hamilton Southeastern Schools has adopted a plan for the restraint and seclusion of students. The plan is available via the HSE website under Board Docs
SECTION 1: DETENTIONS
Detentions are assignments to supervised study areas before or after school hours. They serve as consequences for minor school infractions. A detention may be from one hour to three hours in length at the discretion of school officials. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Students will be given at least one day to make these arrangements. Detention times assigned by teachers or administrators will be served in an assigned room. Students assigned to the detention room will be expected to be there at 3:05 p.m. to serve the detention. Failure to successfully complete an assigned 1 hour or 2 hour detention may result in a Friday detention. Failure to successfully serve a Friday detention may result in additional detention time or a suspension.
Arriving late to detention will not be allowed and will count the same as if the student skipped detention. There will be no talking or sleeping. Students must bring and work with appropriate school materials. Failure to comply with any detention room policies will result in dismissal from detention and stronger disciplinary action. In the case of a school closing or cancellation, the detention will be rescheduled through the Dean’s office. Any other arrangement must be made with the staff member who originally assigned the detention.
SECTION 2: IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS)
- In an effort to keep students in the school learning environment, Fishers High School incorporates an In-School Suspension program for certain rule violations. A student may be placed in ISS for one (1) to three (3) days. Students assigned to the ISS program:
- Must report at the beginning of the school day (8:30 AM) to the Deans’ office.
- Will be responsible to collect assignments and bring all materials and books needed.
- Are excluded from participation in any extracurricular activity during the suspension period.
- An ISS placement counts as a suspension in reference to the habitual offender policy.
Students who are placed in ISS and choose to break the ISS rules will be dismissed from the program. This removal may result in an automatic multiple-day suspension from school.
R.E.S.T.O.R.E. (Restorative. Empathatic. Supportive. Trauma-Informed Care. Objective. Relationship-Building. Engaging.)
In order to promote a positive building culture, FHS utilizes our R.E.S.T.O.R.E. program, based on restorative practices. Our aim is to teach students the social skills necessary to take responsibility for their decisions / actions by having them engage in the self-reflection and reconciliation process. Our goal is to restore relationships that may be affected by harm done to others. This process may occur in an informal/verbal format. Students may also be asked to complete a RESTORE module in Canvas. Student’s responses will be assessed, and students may be asked to revisit answers, if necessary.
SECTION 3: COMMUNITY SERVICE
Fishers High School may offer the opportunity for students to participate in a community service program in lieu of serving an in or out of school suspension. The parent/guardian must agree and sign a community service contract for the student to qualify for participation in the program. For each day of suspension the student will complete four (4) hours of community service. The student will have one week to complete each four (4) hours of community service. Unsuccessful completion of community service may result in out-of-school suspension and placement in the OSS program. This will also result in disqualification from the community service program for the remainder of the school year. Participation in the community service program will count as a suspension in reference to the habitual offender policy.
SECTION 4: FRIDAY DETENTION
At the discretion of the school administration an assignment of Friday detention may be given in lieu of an In-School Suspension, suspension, or any other disciplinary action. Students assigned to Friday detention are to report to the designated area so that they can be given an assigned seat by 2:40 p.m. Students arriving late will not be admitted to Friday detention. Friday detention sessions will be held in a designated area and students will not be allowed access to any other area of the building. Dismissal for students will be at 5:40 p.m. Failure to report on time, violation of Friday detention regulations, or other inappropriate behavior that results in the failure to successfully complete Friday Detention may result in out of school suspension. Absences not verified by a physician will not be accepted. Other emergency situations (to be determined by the school administration), which could cause absence from Friday detention, must be taken care of by 2:30 p.m. the preceding day. The following regulations will be observed:
SECTION 5: SUSPENSION/EXPULSION
- Students are responsible for having appropriate materials for studying for the duration of the detention. There will be no excuse for not having enough materials to keep the student occupied. Students are responsible for bringing their school books, notebooks, pen or pencil, etc. Students will not be able to go to their lockers during Friday detention.
- Students may be required to complete work that will be assigned by the Friday detention personnel.
- If a session of Friday detention is canceled, because of inclement weather or anticipated inclement weather then the student is expected to attend the next regularly scheduled Friday detntion session.
- The last Saturday of the month may be scheduled as a possible detention time.
SECTION 6: PROBATION OF STUDENTS
- A student may be suspended or expelled from school for misconduct, substantial disobedience, sexual behavior on school grounds, or unlawful activity. Types of activities which may result in suspension or expulsion include, but are not limited to: disobedience of school authorities; fighting; use of profanity; abusive, rude or disrespectful language; gambling, theft, and habitual misconduct; vicious, immoral or illegal conduct; persistent violation of school rules; continuous and willful refusal to accomplish reasonable school tasks within the student's capability; truancy; forged passes; vandalism; possession, consumption, saale or use of alcoholic beverages, intoxicants, or controlled substances (or look alike substances); hazardous or unauthorized use of vehicle; possessing firearms or weapons; any activity that may reasonably be considered an interference w/ school purposes or an educational function.
- State Law now allows the principal to suspend a student for a maximum of up to ten days at any one time. The School Board has adopted a policy which authorizes administrative personnel to be allowed to use this option. The length of suspension will be determined by school authorities and will reflect the offense. Parents or guardians will have custody and responsibility for the student while under suspension. A suspended student may not appear on school property or attend a school sponsored activity.
- Any of the reasons for suspension can result in a request for expulsion. An expulsion is the denial of school attendance for more than (10) days and may be for up to two semesters. It can only be imposed by the superintendent of schools upon the recommendation of the principal.
- The “Due Process and Pupil Discipline” law in the Indiana Code is a process of dealing with students who exhibit behaviors that interfere with the normal school process. It is a protection for both the student and the school. The Board endorses these procedures and feels that they are a fair and equitable means of dealing with problems of a severe nature.
- In addition to items listed above, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in an unlawful activity on or off school grounds, if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function or the student’s removal is necessary to restore order and to protect persons or school property. This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria which take place during weekends, evenings, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions. The discipline imposed by the school on the student for such activity would be in addition to any other consequences that may arise as a result of police investigation.
Any student who has been involved in an infraction of school rules may be placed on behavioral probation by the school principal or their designee, in addition to, or in lieu of, other disciplinary action. Probation will be for a definite time period during which critical examination and evaluation of the student's progress should take place. During the probation period, the student may be denied the privilege of participation in or attendance at all extracurricular activities. If the student is further involved in an infraction of school rules during the probationary period, they will be subject to whatevver disciplinary action is set forth in the probationary agreement. The parent/guardian will be notified by the principal, or their designee, that the student is being placed on behavioral probation, including the length of the period, the terms of the probation, and the possible consequences of suspension/explusion if the student is found in further violation of school rules during probation.
SECTION 7: ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Electronic Devices – Students are required to have an electronic device that meets or exceeds HSE Schools BYOD guidelines. Teacher discretion may be used to restrict the use of electronic devices in the classroom for particular classroom activities. If school personnel have reasonable suspicion to believe a student has used an electronic device to violate a school rule or interfere with school purpose, that device may be confiscated and subject to reasonable search. Confiscated items (when released by school officials) must be picked up by parent or guardian. Cell phones are not to be used by students in the classroom unless explicitly stated otherwise by the teacher, substitute teacher, or administrator. Students using their cell phones inappropriately and/or against classroom procedures may be subject to progressive discipline. The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
SECTION 8: CLASSROOM RULES
Student behavior will be governed by the classroom teachers' regulations. Individual classroom rules are given to all students by the classroom teacher at the beginning of the school year (or new semester, if appropriate.) It is the student's responsibility to read the rules and to conduct themselves accordingly.
SECTION 9: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Academic dishonesty, such as but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, copying or photographing someone else’s work or assessments, distributing your own work or someone else’s work to other students, or allowing other students to copy or photograph your work, is considered a serious offense by the faculty and staff of Fishers High School. Any student who commits academic dishonesty for the first time may lose all credit for that assignment and parents will be notified by the teacher and/or a school official. A student committing academic dishonesty for a second time, in the same class, will be notified by the teacher, seen by the Dean, and may be withdrawn from that class with a failing grade (WF). Please refer to individual teacher syllabi for further clarification.
SECTION 10: TURNITIN.COM
Building policy requires ALL major papers be submitted to a turnitin.com drop box (typically in Canvas
). This electronic review service assists the instructor in identifying originality of thought. It is possible an instructor will require additional assignments (journal entries, drafts, creative writing, etc.) be submitted to a turnitin.com drop box at their discretion. Instruction on how to use the turnitin.com drop boxes in Canvas has been made accessible to all students, and students should understand it is their responsibility to ask their individual instructor any questions that may arise with the use of this service.
SECTION 11: STUDENT DRESS
The appearance and dress of any student is the primary responsibility of both the student and the parent. Fishers students are expected to maintain an appearance that is appropriate for school and conducive to the educational atmosphere. Whenever a school official considers a student’s appearance to be inappropriate for the educational environment, a conference will be held and the student will be asked to make a modification.
The following are examples of clothing or items that are considered to be inappropriate:
- Clothing and/or any adornment displaying messages or images not appropriate for school. Examples would be messages containing profanity; sexual innuendo; references to drugs, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or violence; or messages that incite hate towards other students or student groups
- Clothing that is designed to reveal bare midriffs, buttocks, torso, undergarments, or the lack of undergarments
- Brimmed hats or masks; hooded clothing must be worn with the hood down. (Note: personal protective equipment is acceptable)
- Heavy and/or long coats
- Strapless tops or spaghetti-straps
- Any item that might cause a concern for student safety
- Blankets and pillows
- Students are not permitted to carry signs, flags, or non-educational items that the school can reasonably forecast will substantially or materially disrupt the school environment.
Students who violate the dress code may face disciplinary action
SECTION 12: STUDENT PARKING & DRIVING
Application for parking lot facilities and driving privileges may be made by any student who finds it necessary to drive to and from school. All vehicles must be registered and have parking tags displayed. The privilege of driving on school property and the use of parking lot facilities will be withdrawn whenever a driver operates their car in a manner that is illegal and/or threatens the welfare of people and/or property. This includes violations while driving to and from school. The following regulations apply to all drivers and passengers. Failure to abide by these regulations may result in the withdrawal of driving and parking privileges on school property. Students who lose vehicle registration tags will be charged for a replacement.
SECTION 13: DRUG EDUCATION & RANDOM SCREENING POLICY
Random Drug Testing of Athletes
- All vehicles and operators must be properly licensed.
- Cars that are driven to school must be registered at the Dean’s office during the first week of school. The school permit should be displayed and affixed using the adhesive provided on the back of the sticker in the lower corner of the passenger windshield; parking tags should not be taped to the windshield. If more than one car is driven on a frequent basis, a registration form should be completed for each car.
- All students are expected to park in the designated parking spaces for students.
- Students must bring all items for the entire day from their car. Access to vehicles is not permitted during the day. An administrator must approve any exception. Students are to enter the building promptly upon arriving at school.
- Loitering in or near cars while on school property is prohibited. Drivers will not make their cars available to other people for purposes of loitering.
- Cars should be parked in designated parking areas, (within the designated space), upon arrival at school and should remain there until the driver’s dismissal time.
- When the school buses begin to leave the school at dismissal time, all traffic will stop and buses will be given the right-of-way.
- The school does not carry insurance which covers students’ automobiles. The school cannot assume liability for damage and/or theft.
- The speed limit on school grounds is 15 MPH.
- The privilege of bringing a student-operated motor vehicle onto school premises is hereby CONDITIONED on WRITTEN CONSENT by the student driver, the owner of the motor vehicle and the parent or guardian of the student to allow search of that motor vehicle when there is reasonable suspicion for a search of that motor vehicle. Refusal by a student, parent or guardian, or the motor vehicle owner to provide or allow access to a motor vehicle on school premises at the time of a request to search the motor vehicle, shall be cause for termination, without further hearing of the privilege of bringing a motor vehicle onto school premises. The principal or a member of the administrative staff may request that a law enforcement officer search a motor vehicle on school premises. The school will conduct routine inspections of student parking lots and of the exterior of student vehicles on school property. The interior of a student's vehicle may be inspected with or without the student's consent any time a school authority has reasonable grounds to initiate such search.
- Any prohibited item found in a student’s car is subject to the same consequences as student possession within the building.
- Automobile mechanical problems are not an excuse for tardiness or absence from school.
- Driving privileges may be denied as a disciplinary measure when deemed appropriate by school officials.
- Any student who wishes to drive to or from school or school related events must consent to participate in the Fishers High School Student Driver Drug and Alcohol Random Testing Program. Any student who refuses will not be permitted to drive. Student drivers will be subjected to a random chemical test to determine if the student has consumed or is under the influence of alcohol and/or other illegal drugs and substances as defined by Indiana law.
- Any senior wishing to park in the reserved senior parking must acquire a senior sticker from the Dean’s Office. This sticker must be displayed in the front passenger lower corner of the car in order to park in the limited parking spaces. The senior parking spaces will be designated and available first come, first served.
- Unauthorized or unregistered vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.
- Failure to properly register a vehicle or to properly park in designated parking spaces will result in progressive discipline.
When a student makes an attempt to be on an athletic team at Fishers High School they have declared themselves an athlete for that school year. Attempting to be on a team includes going through a tryout or attending a practice. Any student involved with Fishers High School athletics must have a “Random Drug Testing Form” completed, signed by the athlete and parent and/or guardian, and be on file in the Athletic Director’s Office. If an athlete is 18 years old they do not have to have a parent signature. When a student declares themselves an athlete their name will go into the drug testing pool for the random testing. Their name will remain in the testing pool until the end of the school year.
Student Athlete & Student Driver Drug & Alcohol Random Testing Policy
- A student athlete who has consumed alcohol or uses illegal drugs presents a real and substantial danger to their own health. Drugs or alcohol may mask the pain that an athlete may feel, thus causing the athlete to overexert their body. Drugs or alcohol may reduce one’s motor coordination, or alter one’s mood to the degree that participation in student athletics is unsafe for the individual athlete as well as those around them. Athletics and its related activities are an important aspect of life at Fishers High School yet safety must take precedence.
- Many students choose to drive to and from school and school related activities. Driving can be a hazardous activity and a driver who consumes alcohol or uses illegal drugs is more likely to be involved in an accident or mishap than a driver who does not.
- Fishers High School has a responsibility to its student athletes and student drivers to make efforts to ensure that they are drug and alcohol free and engage in their respective activities in a safe and responsible manner. Because illegal drug or alcohol use does not always manifest itself in observable ways, Fishers High School has instituted this policy of random testing for student athletes and student drivers. The purpose of this policy is to protect student athletes and drivers and those around them.
Any student who wishes to participate in athletics or drive to or from school or school related events must consent to participate in the Fishers High School Student Athlete and Student Driver Drug and Alcohol Random Testing Program. Any student who refuses will not be permitted to participate in such activities. Student athletes and drivers will be subjected to a random chemical test to determine if the student has consumed or is under the influence of alcohol and/or other illegal drugs and substances as defined by Indiana law.
The school administration will implement a procedure for the method of random selection of students involved in the program as well as procedures to be used in the collection and testing of samples.
Consequences of Positive Test Result
A student who tests positive for drug and/or alcohol use or refuses to submit to a chemical test when requested to do so will be subject to the following:
The student will be allowed to select one of the following two (2) options:
- Option 1: Immediate suspension of driving privileges for a period of six (6) weeks. Additionally, athletic consequences will be implemented in accordance to the FHS Athletic Rules and Penalties. During this six (6) week period the student must complete, at the student’s expense, a drug education program approved by the school administration. The student shall also be subject to additional unscheduled drug tests. If a student selects this option and does not complete the approved education within the specified timeframe or fails a drug test during the six (6) week period then the second option shall be imposed.
- Option 2: The student will not be permitted to drive to or from school or school related activities for a period of 365 days and athletic consequences will be implemented in accordance to the FHS Athletic Rules and Penalties.
If the student fails a second random test during their high school career, then the student will not be permitted to drive to or from school or school related activities for a period of 365 days. Additionally, athletic consequences will be implemented in accordance to the FHS Athletic Rules and Penalties
If a student fails a third random test during their high school career that student will permanently forfeit driving privileges for the remainder of their high school career; athletic consequences will be implemented in accordance to the FHS Athletic Rules and Penalties
A student who refuses to submit to a chemical test when required to do so shall be subject to consequences outlined above. If the student is unable to complete the chemical test, the student shall be required to return to the testing location within two (2) hours to provide the required specimen. If the student is still unable to complete the chemical test they shall be deemed as having refused to take the random drug test.
Altered Chemical Test
Any chemical test determined to be altered in any way may result in the same penalty as Refusal (see above).
If a student tests positive for drug and/or alcohol use the student and their parents will be notified in a timely manner.
Within twenty-four (24) hours of being informed of a positive test result, the student may present evidence to the test administrator that the positive test result was caused by the legitimate use of a prescription or non-prescription drug or an activity other than illegal drug or alcohol use. The test administrator shall determine whether such reasons would reasonably explain the positive test result. If the test administrator determines the results to have been caused by a legitimate activity, then the test results will be disregarded and any record of the positive result shall be expunged.
A student who receives a positive result will be permitted to retain an appropriately licensed laboratory to conduct an independent chemical analysis. This will be at the student’s expense. If such a request is made, the laboratory used by the school will forward the chemical specimen directly to the laboratory of the student’s choice. The student will be charged for the storage, handling and mailing of the chemical sample. The student will not be permitted access to the sample until it has been tested by the independent laboratory. If it is found that the student had access to the sample prior to it being tested by the independent laboratory then any result from that laboratory will be disregarded. The laboratory of the student’s choice shall employ the current and most accurate methods for detection of the drugs previously found to be in the specimen. If the laboratory records a negative result, the student’s record will reflect that result and the suspension imposed will be revoked. Any results obtained by the laboratory of the student’s choice must be in the possession of the school within seven (7) days of the initial test results or they shall be disregarded.
No employee, officer, or agent of the laboratory selected by the student shall in any way be associated with the student or any member of the student’s family. If such an association exists then any negative test results from that laboratory shall be disregarded.
Voluntary Drug Testing
Parents have the right to voluntarily enter their student into the random drug testing program. The student and parent will sign a form indicating they approve of the following conditions if their student has a positive drug test. The student must complete, at the student’s expense, a drug education program approved by the administration. The student must provide to school officials documentation of successful completion of the program.
SECTION 14: LEARNER'S PERMIT OR DRIVER'S LICENSE DENIAL/REVOCATION
Any student identified as a habitual truant, who is suspended from school for a second time during the school year, who withdraws from school for reasons other than financial hardships, or who is expelled from school will face the following consequences with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles:
SECTION 15: EMERGENCY DRILL REGULATIONS
- Any student identified as habitually truant will be denied a learner’s permit or driver’s license until the age of 18. The Principal, Assistant Principal, School Counselor, or Dean will conduct an annual review of the student’s attendance record in order to determine whether attendance has improved to the degree that the student may become eligible to be issued a license or permit.
- Any student withdrawing from school or quitting school for a reason other than financial hardship will be denied a driver’s license or learner’s permit until age 18. Financial hardship status will be determined at the exit interview.
- Any student suspended from school for a second time during the same school year will be denied a permit or license for 120 days or have the same revoked for 120 days.
- Any student expelled from school will be denied a permit or license (or have same revoked) for 120 days or until the end of the semester during which they return to school whichever is longer.
A student who deliberately sets a false alarm or telephones a false emergency will be subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to prosecution.
SECTION 16: DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
Public displays of affection other than holding hands, walking arm in arm, and brief hugs are not acceptable for school or school activities. Conferences will be held with students who do not abide by this expectation and suspensions can be applied to persistent violators.
SECTION 17: BULLYING
Bullying is prohibited
by HSE Schools. Students who commit any acts of bullying are subject to discipline including but not limited to suspension, expulsion, arrest, and/or prosecution.
“Bullying” is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically); physical acts committed; aggression; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student, creating for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
- places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to their person or property;
- has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
- has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
- has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.
Bullying does not
include, and should not be interpreted to impose any burden or sanction on, the following:
- participating in a religious event;
- acting in an emergency involving the protection of a person or property from an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or substantial danger;
- participating in an activity consisting of the exercise of a student's freedom of speech rights;
- participating in an activity conducted by a nonprofit or governmental entity that provides recreation, education, training, or other care under the supervision of one (1) or more adults;
- participating in an activity undertaken at the prior written direction of the student's parent; or engaging in interstate or international travel from a location outside Indiana to another location outside Indiana.
: The HSE Schools prohibits bullying in all forms. This policy may be applied regardless of the physical location in which the bullying behavior occurred, whenever the individual committing the bullying behavior and any of the intended targets of the bullying behavior are students attending a school within the school district and disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of others to a safe and peaceful learning environment. HSE Schools prohibits bullying through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through any computer, computer system, or computer network.
HSE Schools will provide training and/or instruction on anti-bullying prevention and policy to all students in grades 1 through 12, as well as staff, in accordance with Indiana law.
: Anyone who believes that a student has possibly been or is the victim of bullying is encouraged to immediately
report the situation to an appropriate staff member such as a teacher, school counselor, or administrator (including the school district lead administrator). All staff, volunteers, and contracted service providers who observe or receive a report of suspected bullying shall notify a designated school administrator in charge of receiving reports of suspected bullying within the same day. If a staff member does not know who to make a report to, they should report directly to the building principal or school district lead administrator. Bullying reports to the Department of Child Services and/or law enforcement must be made as required by law, such as when a staff member believes that a student is the victim of abuse or neglect. Any person who makes a report of bullying and requests to remain anonymous will not be personally identified as the reporter or complainant to extent permitted by law. HSE Schools will act appropriately to discipline staff members, volunteers, or contracted service providers who receive a report of bullying and do not initiate or conduct an investigation of a bullying incident and for persons who falsely report an incident of bullying. The school district will act appropriately to discipline students, staff members, visitors, or volunteers who make false reports of bullying.
: Once a report of suspected bullying is received by the designated school administrator, an expedited investigation shall follow. The investigation should be facilitated by the designated school administrator or other appropriate school staff. Information relating to the investigation will be gathered using means including, but not limited to: witness interviews, request for written witness statements, record identification and review, and an assessment of whether bullying occurred. The investigation will be initiated within one (1) school day of the report to the designated school administrator and will ordinarily be completed within ten (10) school days.
: If a report of suspected bullying is substantiated through an investigation, then the school district shall take appropriate intervention and responses as consistent with policy and procedure. HSE Schools will take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to stop the bullying, remedy the bullying, and prevent the bullying from recurring. Interventions and responses include, but are not limited to: separating the bully and the target; follow-up school counseling for the target; bullying education for the bully; and prompt disciplinary action against the bully. These steps should not penalize the target of the bullying. Disciplinary actions against the bully may include, but are not limited to suspension and expulsion. Also, if the acts of bullying rise to the level of serious criminal offense the matter may be referred to law enforcement. HSE Schools shall inform the parents of all students involved in alleged incidents, and, as appropriate, may discuss the availability of counseling and other intervention services.
: Parents are encouraged to be involved in the process of minimizing bullying. Parents should report suspected acts of bullying to an appropriate school official. In addition, parents of students suspected of bullying will be notified with a phone call or through other appropriate means of communication. Conversely, parents of students suspected of being the target of acts of bullying will also be notified with a phone call or through other means of appropriate communication. Parent notifications will occur in an expedited manner within two (2) school days after the designated school administrator receives the report of suspected bullying. Parents of students who are disciplined for acts of bullying will be involved in the disciplinary process consistent with the law and school district policy.
Reporting to IDOE:
Each school within the school district will record and report to the district lead administrator or their designee the frequency of bullying incidents in the following categories: verbal bullying, physical bullying, social/relational bullying, and electronic/written communication bullying (or a combination or two or more of the above categories). The corporation lead administrator or their designee shall report the number of bullying incidents by category for each school and the entire corporation for each school term to the Indiana Department of Education by July 1.
: IC 5-2-10.1-12, IC 20-20-8-8, IC 20-26-5-34.2, IC 20-30-5-5.5, IC 20-33-8-0.2, IC 20-33-8-13.5, IC 20-34-6-1, IC 21-39-2-2.1
SECTION 18: SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY & NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
Employees or students of Hamilton Southeastern Schools will not engage in any activity to harass an employee or student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature. The use of the term "employee" also includes non-employees and volunteers who are subject to the control of school authorities.
Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of a protected class including but not limited to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability in the programs or activities which it operates or the employment therein or admission thereto. The School strictly adheres to all non-discrimination and anti-harassment laws and does not tolerate acts of harassment.
A link to the district’s full non-discrimination & anti-harassment procedure can be found HERE
Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by any employee to a student, when made by any employee to another employee, when made by any student to an employee or when made by any student to another student* when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education.
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual.
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment.
- Denial of an employment or educational opportunity occurs directly because an employee or student refuses to submit to unwelcome requests for sexual favors made by a supervisor or teacher.
- Such conduct is engaged in by volunteers and/or non-employees over which the school corporation has some degree of control of their behavior while on school property.
*In the case of student-to-student concerns, initial concerns and complaints will be dealt with at the building level and treated as disciplinary problems until it is determined that there is a pattern of harassment that is sexual in nature.
Unwelcome Conduct of a Sexual Nature
Conduct of a sexual nature may include verbal or physical advances and/or comments regarding physical or personality characteristics of a sexual nature. Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when the allegedly harassed employee or student has indicated, by their conduct or verbal objection, that it is unwelcome. An employee or student who has initially welcomed such conduct by active participation must give specific notice to the alleged harasser that such conduct is no longer welcome in order for any such subsequent conduct to be deemed unwelcome.
Examples of Sexual Harassment
Sanctions for Misconduct
- Sexual harassment, may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Verbal harassment or abuse.
- Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications.
- Unwelcome touching.
- Pressure for sexual activity.
- Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, job, promotion, and/or salary increase.
A substantiated charge against an employee in the school corporation may subject such employee to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, reassignment, suspension, or discharge. A substantiated charge against a student in the school corporation will subject that student to disciplinary action including, suspension and/or expulsion consistent with the Student Conduct Code.
Any person who alleges sexual harassment by any employee or student in the school corporation will use the complaint procedure as outlined in policy J8.11.1.
Any person who knowingly files false charges against an employee or a student in an attempt to demean, harass, abuse or embarrass that individual, will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with school policy and the Student Conduct Code.
Legal Reference: 42 U.S.C. 2000
SECTION 19: SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY
IT IS A VIOLATION TO:
- Provide to another, possess, or be under the influence of any substance which is or contains tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, or stimulant, or any intoxicant, narcotic, depressant, hallucinogen or substance representing a drug (such as but not limited to spice, K2, synthetics, herbal incense, etc.) Beverages such as non-alcoholic beer will be treated as a look-alike substance representing a drug. It is also a violation of the disciplinary code of Hamilton Southeastern Schools to possess any of the above substances unless as a result of a valid prescription while on the school grounds at any time, or at any school-sponsored activity at any location including a school bus. It is also a violation of this code to sniff or inhale or otherwise ingest any other substance when that is not the intended use of the substance.
- Possess a raw material, instrument, device, or other object that they intends to use for
- introducing into their body a controlled substance,
- testing the strength, effectiveness or purity of a controlled substance, or
- enhancing the effect of a controlled substance, on school premises at any time, or at any school sponsored activity at any location including the school bus. Use, by a student, of medication prescribed by a medical doctor, a dentist, or other health care provider authorized by law to prescribe said medication for that student, if said use is in accordance with the directions provided by said health care provider, is not a violation of this rule. Aspirin/Tylenol will be given only if the appropriate parent permission form is on file. Any student, who is unsure if possession, use or providing another person with any particular substance would violate this rule, should contact the principal, assistant principal or the school nurse before possessing, using or providing said substance
- The intent to acquire or purchase illegal substances, drugs, or look-alike drugs.
In accordance with Public Law, Fishers High School will inform law enforcement agencies, in writing, when violations involving controlled substances (e.g. drugs) occur within the school environment.
Disciplinary Actions for Violation of the Substance Abuse Policy
At the request of parents, the principal will consider alternatives to expulsion for first time offenders only and under the following conditions:
- Parents who elect to enter their child into an approved drug/alcohol abuse program will do so at their own expense. (An approved program must be certified by the Division of Addiction Services, Indiana Department of Mental Health.)
- If the program is a residential program, the school corporation will readmit the student to classes upon completion of the program. If the program is one that remediate the student on evenings and/or weekends the student will be readmitted to school after the five (5) day suspension upon proof of enrollment in the program.
- Should the student not complete the requirements of their program, they will immediately be expelled for the duration of the original expulsion period proposed.
- Driving privileges may be denied as a disciplinary measure when deemed appropriate by school officials.
Students committing a second offense of possession and/or use of drugs/alcohol or students committing the providing and/or selling of drugs/alcohol will be expelled following due process procedures.
SECTION 20: REASONABLE SUSPICION
The administration shall have the authority to require a student to submit to a chemical test of the student’s breath or urine if the administration has reasonable suspicion the student, while at school, is using or under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or a controlled substance (as defined by Indiana law).
Reasonable suspicion may arise from the following:
- A student’s conduct, physical appearance and/or odor indicates the use of alcohol, marijuana, or a controlled substance.
- Possession of a vape, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, marijuana, or a controlled substance.
- Reliable information communicated to an administrator indicating a student is presently using, possessing, or under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or a controlled substance.
Failure to produce a test sample after a reasonable period of time, or the student’s willful refusal to submit to the chemical test, or a positive test result will allow the Administration to proceed with disciplinary action up to and including the recommendation for expulsion as outlined in the student handbook. (i.e. but not limited to chronic sleeping, erratic behavior). Additionally, a student possessing synthetic urine or any type of masking agent intended to alter a drug screen will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including the recommendation for expulsion.
SECTION 21: ITEMS PROHIBITED IN SCHOOL
Firearms, Look-alikes, or Destructive Devices on School Property
Firearms or resemblance to destructive devices are prohibited on school property. This does not apply to law enforcement officers performing their official duties.
Under Indiana law, a student bringing a firearm or destructive device to school or on school property or in possession of a firearm or destructive device on school property must be expelled from school for a period of at least one calendar year.
A firearm or destructive device is any weapon that is capable of, designed to, or that may readily be converted to expel a projectile by means of an explosion.
Deadly Weapons on School Property
Deadly weapons are prohibited on school property. This does not apply to law enforcement officers performing their official duties.
Under Indiana law, a student bringing a deadly weapon, other than a firearm, to school, or on school property or in possession of a deadly weapon on school property may be expelled for a period of not more than one calendar year.
A deadly weapon is any device, equipment, chemical substance, or other material that in the manner it is used, or could ordinarily be used, or is intended to be used, that is readily capable of causing serious bodily injury. Under Indiana law an animal can be a deadly weapon. Serious bodily injury creates a substantial risk of death, or causes serious permanent disfigurement, unconsciousness, extreme pain, permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ, or loss of a fetus.
Other Items Prohibited on School Property
A student may not possess any of the following, at any time on school property or at school related activities:
**Except as approved either by a teacher in connection with a class assignment, project, or demonstration or by the building principal, a student may not possess in a school building:
- Tobacco or tobacco products
- Alcoholic beverages or alcoholic containers
- Materials capable of making an explosive
- Incendiary devices, including lighters and matches
- Flammable liquids or gases
- Nicotine delivering devices or nicotine products (such as but not limited to electronic cigarettes, nicotine patches, vapor pens, etc.)
- Vape delivery devices and/or vape fluids
- Synthetic urine or any type of masking agent intended to alter a drug screen
SECTION 22: LOST/STOLEN OR CONFISCATED ITEMS
The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
- Knives, laser pointers or any other object that is readily capable of causing injury
- Look-alike firearms such as, but not limited to, Airsoft guns or BB guns
- Explosives, including all fireworks, model rocketry engines, smoke bombs, stink bombs and similar devices
Any item on school premises or brought to a school function that is considered inappropriate, misused, or prohibited may be confiscated by school personnel.
SECTION 23: CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES
Any inappropriate use of a chemical substance, including but not limited to, chemical spray, Mace, or pepper spray is prohibited on school property, at any school related function, and/or at any extracurricular activity. Students violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.
SECTION 24: STUDENT SAFETY
Students are not permitted to ride scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. to school. These items are not to be on school grounds at any time. Those students who ride a bicycle to school must keep it locked to the bicycle rack located by FH6.
SECTION 25: PROTECTING STUDENTS THROUGH COOPERATION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT
Hamilton Southeastern Schools is committed to protecting students from individuals not associated with the school corporation and recognizes its responsibility to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and the Office of Family and Children or its successor in function.
When such agencies request permission to interrogate a student at school, the principal must ensure that the agency has informed the parents, when appropriate, obtained the parents’ consent for minors after the parent and student have had meaningful consultation, and the student knowingly and voluntarily agrees to an interrogation.
Whenever it has been determined that an agency has a legitimate purpose in interrogating a student on school premises, the principal’s representative will be present throughout the proceedings. The principal will also verify that the student has been informed of their right to refuse to answer questions, to be informed that anything they say may be used against them in court, to consult with their parent, and be advised by legal counsel.
No student will be released to an agency, other than a law enforcement agency or child protection agency without proper warrant or written parental permission, except in the event of an emergency or for the protection of life or property as determined by the principal.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools is notified by local law enforcement agencies when a student enrolled at Hamilton Southeastern Schools is arrested or detained for allegations of delinquency which would be a crime if committed by an adult. If a student is suspend and/or expelled for activity which would be a crime if committed by an adult, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, may notify the appropriate law enforcement agencies if merited. The following information, when applicable, will be given in writing to a designated juvenile officer within the appropriate law enforcement agency:
SECTION 26: STUDENT SEARCHES
- Name, age, address, and gender of the student;
- The nature of the offense, or activity allegedly committed and to circumstances immediately surrounding it, including the time, location and property involved;
- A description of the method of apprehension; and
- Any instruments of physical force used.
- However, notwithstanding the above, the results of random drug tests administered by Hamilton Southeastern Schools will be held in the very strictest confidence and will not be shared with law enforcement agencies.
- The Superintendent or their designee will prepare guidelines to promote understanding and cooperation between staff members and students and these agencies.
The principal or another member of the administrative staff, acting under the direction of the principal, may search the person of a student during the school day if the principal has reasonable grounds for a search of that student. The School Board authorizes the use of hand held magnetometers when such use is authorized by law.
SECTION 27: PHOTOGRAPH/RECORDING OF STUDENTS & PERSONNEL
Students may not use any device to photograph or record (including audio or video) the activities of other students or district personnel while on school property or a school-sponsored activity unless expressly authorized in advance by the building principal or designee, and with the consent of the individual(s) being recorded. Students who violate this expectation may face appropriate disciplinary consequences.
SECTION 28: INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT
Any conduct that causes a disruption within the school environment is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:
Attempt or Conspire
- Intentionally or recklessly injuring another person except for self-defense or reasonable action taken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect some other person
- Intentionally or recklessly damaging property belonging to someone else
- Using threats or other conduct or statements intended to intimidate another for any purpose
- Using obscenity, profanity or inappropriate language (verbal, written, or electronic communications)
- Falsifying school related documents (i.e. phone calls, permission slips, passes, etc.)
- Engaging in pranks that could result in harm to another person or to property belonging to someone else
- Using, being under the influence of or being otherwise impaired by alcohol, drugs or any controlled substance
- Disseminating maliciously false, sexually suggestive, or defamatory statements about any student or staff member or immediate family
- Violating any state or federal law
- Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, and wrongfully using or distributing test material to others
- Surreptitiously photographing or recording anyone, or distributing captured content that violates school policies and/or causes harm.
- Engaging in bullying, “cyber” bullying or hazing on school grounds immediately before or during school hours; immediately after school hours or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off grounds at a school activity, function or event; traveling to or from school or school activity, function or event; or using school property or equipment provided by the school
- “Sexting” - The use of a portable communication device to contain or transmit inappropriate and sexual content. Engaging in “sexting” may lead to school and legal consequences
- Occupying school property intending to wrongfully deprive others from entering, leaving, or using it
- Taking or using someone else’s property without that person’s permission
- Intentionally disrupting or interfering with a school activity
- Engaging in sexual behavior
- Substantially disobeying the directions of teachers, coaches or administrators having supervision of the student if the disobedience constitutes and interferes with school purposes or a school activity
- Without good grounds, accusing another student or a staff member of sexual harassment or of violating a school rule or state or federal law
- Interfering with or obstructing an investigation by school officials of a violation of this policy
- Not reporting to school officials a plan or scheme to violate this policy
- Images or language that create a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or marginalized group; this includes racist, sexist, and homophobic comments.
- Violating a rule that the student’s building principal establishes and the Board of School Trustees approves
- Entering an area that is off limits, or not being in your assigned area
- Being in a bathroom stall with another student
- Selling food or other items outside of official, school-approved fundraisers
– A student may not attempt to engage, assist others in engaging, or conspire with or encourage others to engage in any conduct described above.
Violators will be subject to reasonable disciplinary action and may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
SECTION 29: STUDENT EXPRESSION
One of the basic purposes of education is to prepare students for responsible self-expression. Students have a right to free expression as long as they do not substantially interrupt the educational process.
- Students have the right to free expression of ideas and to participate in the publication of such ideas.
- Students have the right to express their opinions as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others through personal attacks or obscenities.
The educational policies and procedures governing student publications shall be followed. Faculty advisors will monitor style, grammar, format, and appropriateness of materials. Students will be directed by faculty advisor and/or building principal to judge literary value, news worthiness, propriety, and to recognize and edit material considered obscene, libelous, slanderous, or apt to incite students to commit unlawful acts, violate school regulations, or to disrupt school operations. Student journalists are responsible for determining the content of their publications. They are subject to state law and the policies of the Board. Procedures for distribution of all publications shall be cleared with the principal.
Student Protests, Demonstrations, and Strikes
Students who individually or with others willfully disrupt the routine and daily schedule of the school or a school-sponsored event by encouraging an individual or group to violate an existing school policy, regulation, or administrative decision will be subject to disciplinary action as appropriate.
SECTION 30: SECRET SOCIETIES/GANG ACTIVITY
Gangs which initiate, advocate, or promote activities which threaten the safety or well-being of persons or properties on school grounds that disrupt the school environment are prohibited. The use of hand signals, graffiti, or the presence of any apparel, jewelry accessory, or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attribute indicates or implies membership or affiliation with such a group, presents a clear and present danger. This is contrary to the school environment and educational objectives and creates an atmosphere where unlawful acts or violations of school regulations may occur.
Incidents involving initiations, hazing, intimidation, and/or related activities of such groups which are likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to students are prohibited.
The Superintendent will establish procedures and regulations to ensure that any student wearing, carrying, or displaying gang paraphernalia, or exhibiting behavior or gestures which symbolize gang membership or causing and/or participating in activities which intimidate or affect the attendance of another student will be subject to disciplinary action.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools prohibits criminal organizations and criminal organization activity.
Per Indiana Code,"Criminal Organization" means a formal or informal group with at least three members that specifically either:
(1) promotes, sponsors, or assists in; or participates in;
(2) requires as a condition of membership or continued membership; or
(3) has as one of its goals;
the commission of a felony or an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult or the offense of battery.
For more details, HSE’s Criminal Organization Policy is available via the HSE website under Board Docs
SECTION 31: DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
A student who causes damage to or loss of any school property will be required to reimburse the school for such damage or loss. Appropriate disciplinary action may be imposed as well. Damaged or lost instructional articles may be replaced by the student responsible for them. The individual school price list will be used in establishing replacement fees based on the list price and depreciation schedule.
SECTION 32: STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS
Student identification cards are necessary to conduct business in all areas of the school. Students are required to have a valid identification card with them at all times and present that card to any staff member upon request. Failure to present an identification card on request may result in disciplinary action. Identification cards may also be required for extracurricular events. Cards which are altered, lost, or damaged must be replaced. Original identification cards will be free to students. Replacements must be purchased by students.
SECTION 33: STUDENT PASSES
Students in the hall during a class period must have a signed pass from an authorized individual classroom teacher, secretary, etc. Students may not go outside the building unless that pass is written by or approved by an administrator. Students who forge a hall pass, possess a forged hall pass, are out of assigned area or enter a restricted area without permission will face disciplinary consequences.