Souderton Area School District Student Discipline

The Souderton Area School Board believes that responsible student conduct is an essential part of the educational process and that all those involved in the schools - students, parents, teachers, and administrators - desire a learning environment free from disruptive influences.

The Board further believes that a discipline code, established in accord with the school laws of Pennsylvania and guidelines established by the Department of Education, will aid in maintaining that environment.

Finally, the Board believes that a discipline code must be fairly and consistently administered, encourage responsibility and self-discipline, differentiate between minor and serious offenses, and provide for responses that are appropriate to the misbehavior.

The Discipline Code which is on the last page, organizes student misbehavior into four categories from minor to major, depending upon the effect of the misbehavior on the learning climate of the school and on the health or safety of others in the school.

  1. Minor misbehavior on the part of the student which impedes orderly classroom procedure or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.
  2. Misbehavior of a frequency or seriousness that tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school.
  3. Acts, whether on or off school property, including but not limited to attendance at school-sponsored events, extracurricular activities, field trips, transportation to and from school, and the like, directed against persons or property but the conduct does not seriously endanger or pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others in the school.
  4. Acts, whether on or off school property, including but not limited to attendance at school-sponsored events, extracurricular activities, field trips, transportation to and from school, and the like, which result in violence to another's person or property or which pose a direct threat to the safety of others in the school.

The second column presents examples of misbehavior at each level. These examples are not all-inclusive but serve to describe the type of misbehavior at a particular level. Acts of misbehavior not listed as examples will be placed in the appropriate category and handled accordingly.

The third column of the disciplinary structure contains procedures for handling misbehavior at each level, while the fourth column presents disciplinary responses to the misbehavior by the teachers, principals, or other school authorities. The disciplinary responses also are not all-inclusive, and it is expected that the maturity of the student, the degree or the severity of the misbehavior, and the facts or circumstances surrounding the misbehavior will be taken into consideration as the disciplinary response is determined. In some instances of misbehavior, however, disciplinary responses are mandatory because of the seriousness of the offenses.

The Discipline Code will be used in conjunction with existing policies of the Souderton Area School District such as Student Dress, Student Smoking, Drug Use, Interrogations and Investigation, and Suspensions and Expulsions. The provisions of the Discipline Code will be modified, when required by State and Federal Special Education Regulations, for those students who are classified as exception.