Jordan District Policies

BULLYING/HARASSMENT:

Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students. Bullying can include any of the following: Physical bullying–hitting and/or punching, Verbal bullying–teasing or name calling, Non-verbal or emotional bullying–intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and relational aggression, and Cyber-bullying–sending insulting, threatening or harassing messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging.

CLOSED CAMPUS:

All middle schools in the district operate under a “closed campus” policy. Students are to remain on campus throughout the school day unless they have been properly checked out of school according to procedures outlined by each school.

DANGEROUS OR DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT:

Students who engage in dangerous or disruptive conduct, including bringing any weapon or facsimile of a weapon to school, committing arson, burglary, larceny, criminal mischief, battery or assault, or who engage in activities which violate federal, state or local laws, shall be suspended to a district hearing (see Policy AS67 – Student Discipline). Senate Bill 33, passed by the Utah State Legislature, enables a school to suspend or expel a student from a public school for “frequent or flagrant willful disobedience, defiance of proper authority, or disruptive behavior, including the use of foul, profane, vulgar, or abusive language.”

DRESS CODE-SCHOOL DRESS, GROOMING AND APPEARANCE-JSD POLICY AA419:

Students shall dress in a manner that shows respect for the educational environment and is befitting the day’s activities. Students’ clothing and jewelry must not present a health or safety hazard or distraction, which would disrupt the educational mission. Disruption is defined as reactions by other individuals to the clothing or adornment, which causes the teacher/administrator to lose the attention of the students, to modify or cease instructional activities, or to deal with student confrontations or complaints.

1.     Students shall not wear clothes that are torn (no skin showing), cut off, or immodest, e.g., short shorts, mini skirts, bare midriffs, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, or similar clothing. Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs, and cleavage at all times. Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when seated. SJMS requires shirts WITH sleeves and sheer (see-through) shirts MUST be worn WITH a shirt with sleeves underneath. Leggings (including yoga, exercise, and compression pants), tights, or “jeggings” MUST be worn WITH skirts, shorts or shirts that reach mid-thigh.

2.     Items that disrupt the educational mission shall not be allowed. Personal items such as clothing, paraphernalia, jewelry, backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias, which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive.

3.     Items which bear advertising, promotions and likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs or which are contrary to the educational mission, shall not be allowed.

4.     All students shall maintain their hair, mustaches, sideburns, and beards in a clean, well-groomed manner. Hair, which is so conspicuous, extreme, odd in color or style that it draws undue attention, disrupts, or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.

5.     All students shall wear clean clothing. Clothing, jewelry, accessories and piercings which are so conspicuous, extreme, or odd that they may draw undue attention, disrupt, or tend to disrupt, interfere with or pose a health or safety issue to the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.

6.     Students shall comply with the laws that govern wearing military uniforms and insignias (Title 10, USC §771-772, and Army Regulation 670-1 §29-4).

7.     Hats of any kind are not allowed within the building except as part of an approved activity, or for religious, or medical purposes.

8.     School officials may require students to wear certain types of clothing for health or safety reasons in connection with certain specialized activities.

9.     Gang-related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities. School officials will determine what constitutes “gang” clothing, colors, and paraphernalia after consultation with law enforcement agencies as needed. (SJMS includes bandanas in “gang” clothing.)

10.   Shoes shall be worn at all times that ensure personal safety and hygiene.

COSTUME REGULATIONS (School Policy)

  • The School Dress Code and the Student Code of Conduct still applies even though costumes are allowed on special activity days (Spirit Week activities and Halloween only).
  • Students must come to school already dressed for the day.
  • Inappropriately dressed students will be sent to the office to call home for a change of clothing.
  • Costumes should not be revealing. No bare shoulders, bare midriffs, bare legs above the knee.
  • No cross-dressing or costumes degrading racial, ethnic, or religious groups.
  • Leotards and tights are not to be worn alone.
  • No masks of any kind.
  • Full-face make up is not allowed.
  • Hats in the building will be acceptable on “hat day” only. Hats are acceptable if they are part of the costume and can be removed for class and are not a problem in the halls.
  • Costumes for Spirit Week activities and Halloween should not impair the students’ ability to function in class, move through the halls, eat lunch, or cross the street.
  • Props or costume parts should not obstruct other students or be a distraction in class.
  • Remove any sharp edges or points from costumes or props before coming to school.
  • No weapons or facsimile of weapons are allowed.
  • Makeup and colored hair for Spirit Week activities and Halloween are fine as long as they are applied at home. No colored sprays will be allowed in the school. Colored hair is not appropriate at other times.
  • Shoes must be worn all day; no slippers unless specifically stated during Spirit Week.
  • Colored hair and face paint is not appropriate for other “holidays” (Valentine´s Day, St. Patrick´s Day, game days, etc.).

DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY:

The administration recognizes that the possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or other prohibited substances constitute a hazard to students and is disruptive to the educational process. The following substances are prohibited at school:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal psycho toxic chemicals (inhalants)
  • Tobacco products
  • Prescriptions medications in excess of an 8-hour dosage
  • Over-the-counter medications in excess of an 8-hour dosage

The possession, use, resorting, or distribution, by students of any substance listed above is prohibited on school district property, during school hours, and at any school-sponsored extracurricular program or activity including those held off school property. Violations will result in the strict applications of Jordan School District´s Drug and Alcohol Policy AS90. The school principal can provide a complete copy of this policy.

District Policy Violation 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense >District Policy Violation 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
Subsistence Distribution: (Share or sell)
Illegal drugs and substances, alcohol, and prescription medications
45 days suspension, home-based alternative education program and assessment, parent conference, police notification 180 days suspension, home-based alternative education program and assessment, parent conference, police notification Substance Possession, Use, or Resorting Over-the-counter medications in excess of 8 hr dosage Administrative warning, Suspension to Parent conference 10 day suspension, home-based alternative education program or
early intervention class
45 day suspension, home-based alternative education program and assessment
Substance Distribution: (Share or sell) Over-the-counter medications Suspension to Parent Conference 45 days home-based alternative education program and assessment Substance Possession or Use: Tobacco Possible suspension, parent phone contact, possible police Involvement, tobacco citation Possible suspension, parent phone contact, possible police Involvement, tobacco citation Possible suspension, parent phone contact, possible police Involvement, tobacco citation
Substance Possession, Use, or Resorting: Illegal drugs and psychotoxic substances, alcohol 10 days suspension or early drug and alcohol intervention, parent conference, police notification 45 days suspension, home-based alternative education program and assessment, parent conference, police notification 180 days suspension, home-based alternative education program and assessment, parent conference, police notification Weapons, Weapon Facsimile, Flammable Material, Arson, Explosives,
Fireworks
Suspension to District Hearing, parent contact, possible police citation
Substance Possession, Use, or Resorting: Prescription medications Suspension to parent conference 10 day suspension, home-based alternative education program or early intervention class 45 day suspension, home-based alternative education program and assessment

GANG RELATED ACTIVITY:

Student involvement in gang-related activity may include but is not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which evidence membership in a gang.
  • Use of a name which is associated with or attributable to a gang.
  • Designating turf or an area for gang activities or occupation or ownership.
  • Any combination of the above.

FEE WAIVERS (Policy AA408):

The state requires that schools receive documentation of fee waiver eligibility. Information and application forms can be obtained at the school office.

LOCKERS:

Lockers are school property and are issued to students for storage of school books and school equipment. Students are responsible for keeping their lockers neat and clean both inside and out. Students must not in any way deface or mutilate their lockers or anyone else´s locker. Each student is assigned their own locker and should not share lockers or give others their combination. Students who violate these regulations will lose locker privileges. We reserve the right to search any or all lockers. Illegal items found in lockers may be confiscated and the students to whom the lockers are assigned may be prosecuted. The school is not responsible for stolen items.

NON-DISCRIMINATION:

It is the policy of the Jordan District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in any educational program.

REPORT CARDS:

Students will have the responsibility of taking their own report cards home for the first, second and third terms. Only the fourth term report card will be mailed to the parents. Also please note there will be a mid term report which your son/daughter should bring home each quarter. Education requires a partnership between the home and the school. For the partnership to work, everyone must know what is happening – good or bad. Sometimes students are asked to be the messenger. More often, students are merely asked to be honest and provide their parents with progress reports, attendance information, and report cards. One requires a little effort, the other, a little integrity.

SUSPENSION TO A DISTRICT HEARING:

Jordan School District students and employees are entitled to a learning/working environment which is free from unlawful and violent acts. Therefore, the Jordan District Board of Education shall not tolerate acts of violence, use or possession of flammable materials, fireworks, use or possessions of weapons (real or facsimile), criminal behavior or harmful gang activity in schools, on school property, or at or around school activities. Students whose actions pose a threat to the health and/or safety of a student or staff member shall be suspended and/or suspended to a district level appeal hearing (Board Policy AS67).

TRANSPORTATION

Bussing Violation 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense Bussing Violation 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
Disruptive Behavior Warning, bus ticket, parent contact Warning, bus ticket, parent contact, probation Bus suspension, bus ticket, parent contact Exiting out of the emergency exit when no emergency exists 10 day bus suspension and parent conference, possible police citation 20 day bus suspension and parent conference, possible police citation Loss of riding privileges
Lewd Conduct: Mooning, pantsinng 1-5 day suspension, parent conference, bus ticket, possible police citation 5 day suspension, parent conference, bus ticket, possible police citation District hearing, parent conference, bus ticket, possible police citation Vandalism to the bus Restitution, possible bus suspension, parent conference, possible police citation Restitution, possible bus suspension, parent conference, possible police citation Loss of riding privileges
Throwing object out window Warning, bus ticket, parent contact, 1-5 day suspension, possible police citation 5 day bus suspension, parent conference, bus ticket, possible police citation 10 day bus suspension, parent conference, bus ticket possible police citation

VISITOR POLICY:

Because of the crowded conditions in the middle schools throughout the district, it has become necessary to disallow student visitors in the school. The only exception would be students/adults invited into the building as part of the regular instructional process. These approved visitors must check in at the front office to receive their visitor badge. Badges must be worn in a visible location at all times and must be returned at the end of the day.