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Violations of Student Code of Conduct

Each classroom teacher has the authority to manage disruptions by imposing in-class disciplinary actions. Teachers will make a personal telephone call to the parent/guardian when feasible, and/or by scheduling conferences with the Parent/Guardian and other school staff. When the action taken by the teacher or other staff is ineffective, or the student’s behavior substantially disrupts the class, the student will be referred to the principal or his/her designee (O.C.G.A. 20-2-738).

In accordance with state law and State Board of Education Rule 160-4-8-15, progressive disciplinary measures will be used in assessing and addressing student behavioral needs. Failure to bring supplies, books, and/ or required materials and equipment to class is not cause for disciplinary referrals. Parents and guardians of students who consistently exhibit poor work habits or are not prepared for instruction should be notified by the teacher. Defiance of a teacher in regard to these areas may be cause for a disciplinary referral.

Violations of the Student Code of Conduct are grouped into three levels. Before determining the classification of a violation, the principal or his/her designee will consult with the involved student(s) and school personnel. Once the classification of the violation is determined by the principal or his/her designee in his/her discretion, the disciplinary procedures will be implemented

Middle And High School Consequences
  1. Level 1 Offenses: Disciplinary Actions
    1. In-school conference and parent/guardian contacted when warranted. 
    2. Special circumstances may warrant disciplinary action as outlined under subsequent offenses.
      1. In-school disciplinary action such as probation, detention, corporal punishment, in-school suspension, suspension at the discretion of the principal or his/her designee, or suspension from bus transportation for up to ten school days for bus related offenses. 
      2. Special circumstances may warrant a recommendation for an alternative educational program apart from the normal school setting.
  2. Level 2 Offenses: Disciplinary Actions
    1. First Offense - In-school suspension and/or suspension from the bus for ten days or longer for bus related offenses. 
    2. Special circumstances may warrant disciplinary action as outlined under subsequent offenses.
      1. This may include long-term suspension and/or recommendation for an alternative educational program. 
      2. The third documented offense of bullying in a school year, at a minimum shall result in the student being allowed to apply to the alternative school program.
  3. Level 3 Offenses: Disciplinary Actions
    1. The disciplinary actions for these offenses will be out of school suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion by the principal as authorized in the procedures previously stated and/or suspension from bus transportation for up to the remainder of the semester or year for bus related offenses. 
    2. The third documented offense of bullying in a school year, at a minimum shall result in the student being assigned to an alternative school or other alternative education program.
    3. The principal shall suspend the student whose expulsion is recommended during the interim between the time the recommendation is made and the date of the disciplinary hearing, but such interim suspension shall not be for a period exceeding ten (10) days.
      1. At the hearing, the hearing officer will determine whether or not a violation of the policy has occurred and whether or not the student should be expelled or some other appropriate punishment be imposed. If, after the hearing, the hearing officer determines not to expel the student or impose some other punishment, which includes the interim suspension, the interim suspension shall be considered void.
      2. The student shall be shown as present and the days absent will not show on the record.The student will be allowed to make up all work missed.
      3. If the hearing officer finds a student guilty of a drug or alcohol offense, the student and his/her parent or legal guardian must satisfactorily complete a substance abuse program approved by the Bulloch County Board of Education and must submit written documentation of the completion or of continuing satisfactory involvement in said program to the principal of his/her school within ninety (90) days after the date of the disciplinary hearing.

 

Disciplinary Expulsion Protocol for Grades 6-12

Bulloch County Schools is committed to providing a quality education to all students in a safe and positive learning environment.  We strive to ensure the best possible educational environment for all learners. Students who commit a violation of the following Level 3 offenses may result in expulsion from Bulloch County Schools for a minimum of 180 school days without an option to apply to the alternative school program.  The following list of offenses will be enforced with a standard of No Tolerance. A substantiated violation of any of the items listed below, based on the severity of the incident, could result in permanent expulsion. Based on the severity of the violation, other offenses not listed below, may also be subject to punishment up to and including permanent expulsion from Bulloch County Schools.

  1. Terroristic threats against students and/or personnel of Bulloch County Schools.
  2. Violation of the drug and alcohol policy as defined in the Code of Conduct.
  3. Fighting that results in substantial injury and/or requires medical attention.
  4. Possession and/or use of any type of weapon, or the use of other objects as a weapon, with the intent to do harm.
  5. Committing a sexual offense as defined in the Code of Conduct.
  6. Assaults against any staff member and/or the intended misuse of electronic devices such as inappropriate internet use which defames the reputation of a staff member, use of racist remarks and/or sexually provocative language that interferes with the safe operation of a class, a school, and/or a school system.

The previous list of offenses will be enforced with a standard of sero tolerance.  A substantiated violation of any of the items listed above, based on the severity of the incident, could result in permanent expulsion.  Based on the severity of the violation, other offenses not listed above, may also be subject to punishment up to and including permanent expulsion from Bulloch County Schools.

Weapons, Dangerous Instruments, Fireworks, or Explosive Compounds

Federal and state laws require one calendar year of expulsion for the possession of a firearm on a school campus, at a school function, or within any school safety zone. 

  1. No person shall possess, handle, carry, or have under his control any weapon or explosive compounds to include fireworks of any kind.  
    1. The term “weapon” means and includes the following: any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed   or intended to propel a missile of any kind; or any Dirk, Bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, or any other knife having a blade of two or more inches; razor blades, straight edge razors, spring sticks, metal knucks, blackjack; or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in a way to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nunchuck, nunchaku, shuriken or fighting chain, throwing star or oriental dart; explosive compound; bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon or articles (baseball bats, hockey sticks, or other sports equipment if possessed by competitors for legitimate athletic purposes are not included if they are  in possession of a student at a time and place which is appropriate or related to the use of these items for athletic purposes by a student) or any weapon of like kind. 
    2. The law requires that a violation of this code of conduct be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency and notification of the district attorney.
Possession

Possession shall be strictly defined as having a substance or object on one's person including, but not limited to holding a substance or object in one's hand for any length of time, including even a few seconds.  Possession shall also mean having a substance or object under one's control, for example, in one's pocket, book bag, purse, auto, locker, etc.

Disciplinary Offenses

After the Incident Type, Definition, and Examples for each offense is found Level of the offense (1, 2, or 3) and the Description. The level of classification is governed by the severity of each act.

2019-2020 Bulloch County Schools Student Code of Conduct

The rules in the Code are designed to notify students (grades K-12) as to the types of behaviors that are not acceptable. Nevertheless, every specific variation of the prohibited code of conduct may not have been included.  Consequently, students should expect to be disciplined for misconduct that is obviously inappropriate.  A specific violation need not be written for every conceivable variation of behavior that directly affects the orderly mission of the school.

Incident type, Definition, & Examples Level Description
(01) Alcohol
Violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, beverages or substances represented as alcohol. Students under the or consumption of intoxicating alcoholic influence of alcohol may be included if it results in disciplinary action 
*Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 Unintentional possession of alcohol
  2 Under the influence of alcohol without possession
  3 Violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages or substances represented as alcohol
(02) Arson
Unlawful and intentional damage or attempted damage to any real or personal property by fire or incendiary devices. (Note: Possession of fireworks or incendiary devices must be reported as "Possession of Unapproved Items". Use of such items should be reported as Arson.)
*Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 Attempt to commit arson or use of matches, lighters or incendiary devices at school; includes but not limited to the use of fireworks.
Includes but is not limited to trashcan fires without damage to school property.
  3 Intentional damage as a result of arson- related activity or the use of an incendiary device.
Includes but not limited to setting fires to school property.
(03) Battery
Intentional touching or striking of another person to intentionally cause bodily harm. (Note: The key difference between battery and fighting is that fighting involves mutual participation.)
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 Intentional physical attack with the intent to cause bodily harm resulting in no bodily injuries. 
Includes but not limited to pushing, hitting, kicking, shoving, pinching, slapping, and other intentional physical confrontations
  2 Intentional physical attack with the intent to cause bodily harm resulting in mild or moderate bodily injuries.
Includes but not limited to pushing, hitting, kicking, shoving, pinching, slapping, and other physical confrontations that result in mild or moderate injuries
  3 Intentional physical attack with the intent to cause bodily harm resulting in severe injuries or any physical attack on school personnel; Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on battery three or more times during the same school.
Includes but not limited to choking, pushing, hitting, kicking, shoving, pinching, slapping, and other physical confrontations resulting in severe injuries; Includes any physical attack on school personnel; includes incidents serious enough to warrant calling the police or security.
(04) Breaking & Entering – Burglary
Unlawful or unauthorized forceful entry into a school building or vehicle (with or without intent to commit theft). (Note: The key difference between Trespassing and Breaking & Entering-Burglary is that Trespassing does not include forceful entry into the school building.)
*Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 N/A
  3 Unlawful or unauthorized forceful entry into a school building or vehicle (with or without intent to commit theft)
(05) Computer Trespass
Use of a school computer for anything other than instructional purposes or unauthorized use of a computer or computer network with the intention of deleting, obstructing, interrupting, altering, damaging, or in any way causing the malfunction of the computer, network, program(s) or data
1 N/A
  2 Unauthorized use of school computers for anything other than instructional purposes.
Includes but not limited to computer misuse, using computer to view or send inappropriate material, and violation of school computer use policy.
  3 Unauthorized use of a computer or computer network with the intention of deleting, obstructing, interrupting, altering, damaging, obtaining confidential information or in any way causing the malfunction of the computer, network, program(s) or data; includes disclosure of a number, code, password, or other means of access to school computers or the school system computer network without proper authorization.
Includes but not limited to hacking.
(06) Disorderly Conduct
Any act that substantially disrupts the orderly conduct of a school function, substantially disrupts the orderly learning environment, or poses a threat to the health, safety, and/or welfare of students, staff or others. (Includes disruptive behaviors on school buses)
1 Creating or contributing to a moderate disturbance that substantially disrupts the normal operation of the school environment but doesn't pose a threat to the health or safety of others.
Includes but not limited to general bus misbehavior, spitting on property or persons, encouraging disruptive behavior.
  2
Creating or contributing to a severe disturbance that substantially disrupts the normal operation of the school environment but doesn't pose a threat to the health or safety of others; may represent a repeat action.
Includes but not limited to general bus misbehavior, spitting on property or persons, encouraging disruptive behavior.
  3 Creating or contributing to a severe disturbance that substantially disrupts the school environment or poses a threat to the health and safety of others. Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on disorderly conduct three or more times during the same school year.
Includes but not limited to disruptive behavior on school bus, misbehavior during a fire drill or other safety exercise.
(07) Drugs, Except Alcohol and Tobacco
Unlawful use, cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance, or equipment or devices used for preparing or using drugs or narcotics; or any medication prescribed to a student or purchased over- the-counter and not brought to the office upon arrival to school.
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 Unintentional possession of prescribed or over the counter medication. 
Does not include the possession of narcotics or any illegal drugs.
Does not include auto-injectable epinephrine as properly administered pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-776
  2 Any medication prescribed to a student or purchased over-the-counter and not brought to the office upon arrival to school.
Does not include auto-injectable epinephrine as properly administered pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-776
  3 Unlawful use, cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance, or equipment or devices used for preparing or using drugs or narcotics.
Does not include auto-injectable epinephrine as properly administered pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-776.
(08) Fighting
Mutual participation in a fight involving physical violence where there is no one main offender and intent to harm (Note: The key difference between fighting and battery is that fighting involves mutual participation.)
1 A physical confrontation between two or more students with the intent to harm resulting in no bodily injuries
  2 A physical confrontation between two or more students with the intent to harm resulting in mild or moderate bodily injuries.
Mild or moderate Injuries may include but are not limited to scratches, bloody noses, bruises, black eyes, and other marks on the body.
  3 A physical confrontation between two or more students with the intent to harm resulting in severe bodily injuries. Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on fighting three or more times during the same school year. 
Repeated physical confrontations resulting in severe injuries that require medical attention.
(09) Homicide
Killing of one human being by another
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 N/A
  3 Killing of a human being.
Includes but is not limited to shooting, stabbing, choking, bludgeoning, etc.
(10) Kidnapping
The unlawful and forceful abduction, transportation, and/or detention of a person against his/her will
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 N/A
  3 The unlawful and forceful abduction, transportation, and/or detention of a person against his/her will.
(11) Larceny/Theft
The unlawful taking of property belonging to another person or entity (e.g., school) without threat, violence or bodily harm. (Note: The key difference between larceny/theft and robbery is that the threat of physical harm or actual physical harm is involved in a robbery.)
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 The unlawful taking of property belonging to another person or entity that does not belong to the student with a value between $25 and $100.
Includes but not limited to theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, and theft by deception.
  2 The unlawful taking of property belonging to another person or entity that does not belong to the student with a value between $100 and $250.
Includes but not limited to theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, and theft by deception.
  3 The unlawful taking of property belonging to another person or entity that does not belong to the student with a value exceeding $250. Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on larceny/theft three or more times during the same school year.
Includes but not limited to theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, and theft by deception.
(12) Motor Vehicle Theft
Theft or attempted theft of any motor vehicle
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 N/A
  3 Theft or attempted theft of any motor vehicle.
Includes but not limited to cars, trucks, ATVs, golf carts, etc.

(13) Robbery
The taking of, or attempting to take anything of value that is owned by another person or organization under confrontational circumstances by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear. (Note: The key difference between robbery and larceny/theft is that the threat of physical harm or actual physical harm is involved in a robbery)

* Mandatory report to law enforcement

1 N/A
  2 Robbery without the use of a weapon.
Taking something by force or threat of force.
  3 Taking something by force or threat of force.
Weapons may include but are not limited to guns, knives, clubs, razor blades, etc.
(14) Sexual Battery
Oral, anal, or vaginal penetration against the person's will or where the victim did not or is incapable of giving consent; touching of private body parts of another person either through human contact or using an object forcibly or against the person's will or where the victim did not or is incapable of giving consent
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 N/A
  3 Oral, anal, or vaginal penetration against the person's will or where the victim did not or is incapable of giving consent; touching of private body parts of another person either through human contact or using an object forcibly or against the person's will or where the victim did not or is incapable of giving consent.
Includes but is not limited to rape, fondling, child molestation, indecent liberties and sodomy.
(15) Sexual Harassment
Non-physical and unwelcome sexual advances, lewd gestures or verbal conduct or communication of a sexual nature; requests for sexual favors; gender-based harassment that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment
1 Comments that perpetuate gender stereotypes or suggestive jokes that are not directed towards specific individuals.
Includes but not limited to insensitive or sexually suggestive comments or jokes.
  2 Comments that perpetuate gender stereotypes, suggestive jokes or lewd gestures that are directed towards specific individuals or group of individuals.
Includes but not limited to insensitive or sexually suggestive comments or jokes; leering.
  3 Physical or non-physical sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on sexual harassment three or more times during the same school year.
(16) Sex Offenses
Unlawful sexual behavior, sexual contact without force or threat of force, or possession of sexually explicit images; can be consensual
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 Inappropriate sexually-based physical contact including but not limited to public groping, inappropriate bodily contact, or any other sexual contact not covered in levels 2 or 3.
Public groping or inappropriate bodily contact
  2 Inappropriate sexually-based behavior including but not limited to sexting, lewd behavior, possession of pornographic materials; simulated sex acts.
Sexting; lewd behavior, possession of pornographic materials; simulated sex acts.
  3 Engaging in sexual activities on school grounds or during school activities.
Oral, anal or vaginal penetration; pimping; prostitution; indecent exposure of private body parts.
(17) Threat/Intimidation/Terroristic Threat
Any threat through written or verbal language or act which creates a fear of harm and/or conveys a serious expression of intent to harm or violence without displaying a weapon and without subjecting the victim to actual physical attack
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 Physical, verbal or electronic threat which creates fear of harm without displaying a weapon or subjecting victims to physical attack.
Physical, verbal or electronic threats.
  3 Terroristic threat. School-wide physical, verbal or electronic threat which creates fear of harm without displaying a weapon or subjecting victims to physical attack; Note: Students that display a pattern of behavior that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive so as to have the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education, threatening the educational environment, or causing substantial physical harm, threat of harm or visibly bodily harm may be coded as bullying.
Includes but not limited to bomb threats or unauthorized pulling of the fire alarm.
(18) Tobacco
Possession, use, distribution, or sale of tobacco products on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, and on transportation to and from school
1 Unintentional possession of tobacco products on school property
  2 Use of or knowledgeable possession of tobacco products.
Intentional use or possession of tobacco products on school property.
  3 Distribution and/or selling of tobacco products; Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on tobacco three or more times during the same school year.
Distribution and/or selling of tobacco products on school property.
(19) Trespassing
Entering or remaining on a public school campus or school board facility without authorization or invitation and with no lawful purpose for entry. (Note: The key difference between Trespassing and Breaking & Entering-Burglary is that Trespassing does not include forceful entry into the school building.)
1 N/A
  2 Entering or remaining on school grounds or facilities without authorization and with no lawful purpose.
  3 Entering or remaining on school grounds or facilities without authorization and with no lawful purpose. Refusing to leave school grounds after a request from school personnel; Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on trespassing three or more times during the same school year.
(20) Vandalism
The willful and/or malicious destruction, damage, or defacement of public or private property without consent
1 N/A
  2 Participating in the minor destruction, damage or defacement of school property or private property without permission.
  3 Participation in the willful/malicious destruction, damage or defacement of school property or private property without permission; Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on vandalism three or more times during the same school year.
(22a) Weapons – Knife, Blade Less than 2 inches 
The possession, use, or intention of a knife with a blade less than 2 inches in length 
1 Unintentional possession of a knife or knife- like item on school property without the intent to harm or intimidate
  2 Intentional possession of a knife or knife-like item on school property without the intent to harm or intimidate
  3 Intentional possession, use or intention to use a knife or knife-like item on school property with the intent to harm or intimidate
(22b) Weapons – Knife, 
Blade 2 inches or more
 
The possession, use, or intention of a knife with a blade 2 inches or more
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 Unintentional possession of a knife or knife- like item on school property without the intent to harm or intimidate
  2 Intentional possession of a knife or knife-like item on school property without the intent to harm or intimidate
  3 Intentional possession, use or intention to use a knife or knife-like item on school property with the intent to harm or intimidate
(23) Weapons – Other
The possession, use, or intention to use any instrument or object that is used or intended to be used in a manner that may inflict bodily harm (does not include knives or firearms)
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 Unintentional possession of a weapon, other than a knife or firearm, or simile of a weapon that could produce bodily harm or fear of harm.
Includes but is not limited to razor blades, straight-edge razors, brass knuckles, blackjacks, bats, clubs, nun chucks, throwing stars, stun guns, tasers, etc.
  3 Intentional possession and use of any weapon, other than a knife or firearm, in a manner that could produce bodily harm or fear of harm.
Includes but is not limited to razor blades, straight-edge razors, brass knuckles, blackjacks, bats, clubs, nun chucks, throwing stars, stun guns, tasers, etc.
(24) Other Incident for a State-Reported Discipline Action
Any other discipline incident for which a student is administered corporal punishment, detention, in-school or out-of- school suspension, expelled, suspended for riding the bus, assigned to an alternative school, referred to court or juvenile system authorities, or removed from class at the teacher's request (pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2- 738)
1 Any other discipline incident for which a student is administered corporal punishment, detention, in-school or out-of-school suspension, expelled, suspended for riding the bus, assigned to an alternative school, referred to court or juvenile system authorities, or removed from class at the teacher's request (pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2- 738)
  2 violating local school policies not listed among the state incident types.
Includes but is not limited to parking violations, etc.
  3 N/A
(25) Weapons – Handgun
Possession of a firearm that has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand; and any combination of parts from which a firearm described above can be assembled. NOTE: This definition does not apply to items such as toy guns, cap guns, bb guns and pellet gun [Pursuant to Gun-Free Schools Act - Public Law 107-110, Section 4141]
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 N/A
  3 Intentional or unintentional possession or use of a handgun in a manner that could produce bodily harm or fear of harm.
Includes but is not limited to pistols or revolvers.
(26) Weapons – Rifle/Shotgun
The term ''rifle'' means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of an explosive to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger. The term ''shotgun'' means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of an explosive to fire through a smooth bore either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each single pull of the trigger. [Pursuant to Gun-Free Schools Act - Public Law 107-110, Section 4141]
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 N/A
  3 Intentional or unintentional possession or use of a rifle or shotgun in a manner that could produce bodily harm or fear of harm.
Includes but is not limited to rifles and shotguns.
(27) Serious Bodily Injury
The term “serious bodily injury” means bodily injury that involves a substantial risk of death, protracted and obvious disfigurement; or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty.
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 N/A
  3 Infliction of "bodily harm" that dismembers, disfigures, causes permanent loss of a limb or function of an organ and causes substantial risk of death.
Any behavior that dismembers, disfigures, causes permanent loss of a limb or function of an organ and causes substantial risk of death.
(28) Other Firearms
Firearms other than handguns, rifles, or shotguns as defined in 18 USC 921. Includes any weapon (including started gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of any explosive; the frame or receiver of any weapon described above; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; any destructive device, which includes any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas (i.e. bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge more than 4 ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than ¼ ounce, mine, or similar device); any weapon which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than ½ inch in diameter; any combination or parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described above, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. (NOTE: This does not include toy guns, cap guns, bb guns, pellet guns, or Class-C common fireworks). [Pursuant to Gun-Free Schools Act - Public Law 107-110, Section 4141]
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 N/A
  3
Intentional or unintentional possession or use of any firearms other than a rifle, shotgun, or handguns (including starter pistols) and any other destructive device which includes explosives.
Includes any weapon (including started gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of any explosive; the frame or receiver of any weapon described above; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; any destructive device, which includes any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas (i.e. bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge more than 4 ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than ¼ ounce, mine, or similar device); any weapon which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than ½ inch in diameter; any combination or parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described above, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. (NOTE: This does not include toy guns, cap guns, bb guns, pellet guns, or Class-C common fireworks). [Pursuant to Gun-Free Schools Act - Public Law 107-110, Section 4141]
(29) Bullying
A pattern of behavior, which may include written, verbal, physical acts, or through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology occurring on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive so as to have the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education, threatening the educational environment, or causing substantial physical harm or visibly bodily harm
1 First Offense of bullying as defined in Georgia Code Section 20-2-751.4.
Includes but is not limited to a pattern of unwanted teasing, threats, name-calling, intimidation, harassment, humiliation, hazing, physical attacks, extortion, social exclusion, coercion, spreading of rumors or falsehoods, gossip, stalking, or using any type of electronic means to harass or intimidate.
  2 Second incident of bullying as defined in Georgia Code Section 20-2-751.4.
Includes but is not limited to a pattern of unwanted teasing, threats, name-calling, intimidation, harassment, humiliation, hazing, physical attacks, extortion, social exclusion, coercion, spreading of rumors or falsehoods, gossip, stalking, or the use of electronic equipment on school property or using school equipment to harass or intimidate.
  3
Repeated acts, as defined in Georgia Code Section 20-2-751.4, occurring on school property or school possession that is a willful attempt or threat to inflict injury, or apparent means to do so, any display of force that puts victim at fear of harm, any written, verbal or physical act that threatens, harasses, or intimidates; causes another person physical harm; interferes with a student's education; so severe and pervasive intimidated or threatens educational environment.
Includes but is not limited to a pattern of unwanted teasing, threats, name-calling, intimidation, harassment, humiliation, hazing, physical attacks, extortion, social exclusion, coercion, spreading of rumors or falsehoods, gossip, stalking, or the use of electronic equipment on school property or using school equipment to harass or intimidate.
(30) Other - Attendance Related
Repeated or excessive unexcused absences or tardiness; including failure to report to class, skipping class, leaving school without authorization, or failure to comply with disciplinary sanctions
1 Repeated or excessive unexcused absences or tardiness; including failure to report to class, skipping class, leaving school without authorization, or failure to comply with disciplinary sanctions.
Repeated or excessive unexcused absences or tardiness; including failure to report to class, skipping class, leaving school without authorization, or failure to comply with disciplinary sanctions.
  2 N/A
  3 N/A
(31) Other - Dress Code Violation
Violation of school dress code that includes standards for appropriate school attire
1 Non-invasive and non-suggestive clothing, jewelry, book bags or other articles of personal appearance.
Pursuant to local dress codes, dress code violations for Level 1 may Include but are not limited to bare feet; trousers, slacks, shorts worn below waist level; no belt; clothing that is excessively baggy or tight; skirts or shorts that are shorter than mid-thigh; sunglasses worn inside the building; hats, caps, hoods, sweatbands and bandanas or other headwear worn inside school building.
  2 Invasive or suggestive clothing, jewelry, book bags or other articles of personal appearance.
Pursuant to local dress codes, dress code violations for Level 2 may include but are not limited to depiction of profanity, vulgarity, obscenity or violence; promote the use or abuse of tobacco, alcohol or drugs; creates a threat to the health and safety of other students; creates a significant risk of disruption to the school environment; clothing worn in such a manner so as to reveal underwear, cleavage or bare skin; spaghetti straps, strapless tops, halter tops, see-through or mesh garments or other clothing that is physically revealing, provocative or contains sexually suggestive comments.
  3 Invasive or suggestive clothing, jewelry, book bags or other articles of personal appearance. Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school dress code policy three or more times during the same school year.
Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school dress code policy three or more times during the same school year.
(32) Academic Dishonesty
Receiving or providing unauthorized assistance on classroom projects, assignments or exams
1 Intentional receiving or providing unauthorized assistance on classroom projects, assessments and assignments.
May include but is not limited to failure to cite sources.
  2 Intentional plagiarism or cheating on a minor classroom assignment or project.
Includes but is not limited to intentional dishonesty on minor classroom projects, assignments, homework, etc.
  3 Intentional plagiarism or cheating on a major exam, statewide assessment or project or the falsification of school records (including forgery).
Includes but is not limited to cheating on major exams, statewide assessments or other state mandated academic work; Includes the falsification of school records; forgery; Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on academic dishonesty three or more times during the same school year.
(33) Other - Student Incivility
Insubordination or disrespect to staff members or other students; includes but is not limited to refusal to follow school staff member instructions, use of vulgar or inappropriate language, and misrepresentation of the truth
1 Failure to comply with instructions or the inadvertent use of inappropriate language.
May include but is not limited to general disrespect for school staff or students; profanity; failure to follow instructions.
  2 Blatant insubordination or the use of inappropriate language directed towards school staff or peers; intentional misrepresentation of the truth.
Profanity or obscene language directed towards school staff; issuing false reports on other students; insubordination.
  3 Blatant and repeated insubordination or intentional misrepresentation of the truth; Level 3 should be used for students who display a pattern of violating the school policy related to student incivility.
Issuing false reports on school staff; Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on student incivility three or more times during the same school year.
(34) Other - Possession of
Unapproved Items

The use or possession of any unauthorized item disruptive to the school environment. (Note: The use of fireworks or incendiary devices must be coded as Arson.)
1 The possession of any unauthorized item. Does not include the possession of fireworks, matches, toy weapons, or other items that can be construed as dangerous.
Includes but is not limited to possession of toys, mobile devices, gadgets, personal items, gum, candy, etc; includes possession of pepper spray. NOTE: Includes vaping devices.
  2 The use of any unauthorized item (i.e. toys, mobile devices, or gadgets). Does not include the possession of fireworks, matches, toy weapons, or other items that can be construed as dangerous.
Includes but is not limited to use of toys, mobile devices, gadgets, personal items, etc; includes the use of pepper spray without injury. NOTE: Includes vaping devices.
  3 The use or possession of unauthorized items including but not limited to toy guns or other items that can be construed as dangerous or harmful to the learning environment; Includes the possession of matches, lighters, incendiary devices or fireworks. The use of matches, lighters, incendiary devices or fireworks should be coded as Arson; Level 3 should be used for students who display a pattern of violating the school policy related to unapproved.
Includes but are not limited to matches, lighters, or the possession of fireworks, bullets, stink bombs, CO2 cartridges; includes the use of pepper spray with injury. NOTE: Includes vaping devices.
(35) Gang-Related
Any group of three or more students with a common name or common identifying signs, symbols, tattoos, graffiti, or attire which engage in criminal gang activity (O.C.G.A. § 16-15-3)
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
1 N/A
  2 Wearing or possessing gang-related apparel; communicating either verbally or non- verbally to convey membership or affiliation with a gang.
Possession or wearing of gang-related clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, or using colors to convey gang membership or affiliation; gestures, handshakes, slogans, drawings, etc. to convey gang membership or affiliation; committing any other illegal act or other violation of school policies in connection with gang- related activity.
  3 The solicitation of others for gang- membership, the defacing of school or personal property with gang-related symbols or slogans, threatening or intimidating on behalf of a gang, the requirement or payment for protection or insurance through a gang.
Level 3 should be used for students who display a pattern of violating the school policy.
Soliciting students for gang membership; tagging or defacing school or personal property with symbols or slogans intended to convey or promote membership or affiliation in any gang; requiring payment for protection, insurance, otherwise intimidating or threatening any person related to gang activity; inciting other students to intimidate or to act with physical violence upon any other person related to gang activity.
NOTE: Determination of gang activity must be verified by law enforcement and communicated in writing via their report.
(36) Repeated Offenses
Collection of offenses not previously assigned a state reportable action that occurs on a single or across multiple school days that leads to a state reportable disciplinary action.
1 Collection of minor incidents
  2 Collection of moderate incidents
  3 Collection of severe incidents