Code of Conduct
All learners at Changemaker High School are expected to abide by a code of conduct that will allow us all to learn together, work together, and build/rebuild together. Proper conduct reinforced by both a traditional discipline process and a Restorative Justice process will ensure the creation of a safe and productive, college-going environment. The creation of this environment is the joint responsibility of students, staff, parents, and community.
The goal of the code of conduct is to teach students to take responsibility for their actions in a way that contributes to academic achievement and school success, and to support a learning community where students and staff are responsible and respectful.
The best approach to creating this safe, productive, college-going environment is to prevent misconduct before it occurs and using effective intervention after it occurs. Changemaker High School will implement a Restorative Justice process to prevent misconduct by having school staff build positive relationships with and between students, engaging them actively in their lives and learning. When misconduct does occur, the Traditional Discipline and Restorative Justice processes should be reasonable, timely, fair, age-appropriate, and should match the severity of the student’s misconduct. Paired with meaningful instruction, the two processes offer students an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and contribute to the school community, and are more likely to result in re-engaging the student in learning.
Changemaker High School is committed to building a learning community characterized by respect, trust, and personal responsibility. All members of Changemaker High School’s learning community are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct. All persons will align their words and actions to the three key principles. Those individuals who choose to disregard and infringe on the agreed upon key principles will be engaged in a Restorative Justice Process (explained in Student Handbook) to correct the inflicted harm and to restore a sense of community and safety. This process will be the joint responsibility of students, staff, parents, and community.
Traditional Discipline Framework
If students choose to opt out of the Restorative Justice Process or do not redirect their behaviors after being engaged in the Restorative Justice Process, they will thereby have chosen to go through the Traditional Discipline Process as described in the Student Handbook.
Due Process will be assured so that the student is aware of his/her violation, is given the opportunity to respond and is treated with the principles of fairness and justice. If the violation is severe, specific written notification of rights and procedures will be promptly provided to the student and the parents.
Changemaker High School prohibits behaviors that create a clear danger to self or others. Students who choose to engage in these types of behaviors will be placed on immediate suspension with possible recommendation for expulsion. Suspended students returning to the school will engage in a Restorative Justice process to reenter into the learning community.
Changemaker High School prohibits behaviors that violate the emotional, physical or psychological safety and / or learning of others. Students who choose to engage in these types of behaviors will be placed on immediate suspension or an in-school alternative.
Bullying and Harassment
Bullying by student or groups of students against another student with the intent to harass, put-down, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm is prohibited – repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communication transmitted, cyber-bullying, and/or physical acts committed, or any such intimidating behavior will result in serious disciplinary action.
Students or parents that suspect that repeated acts of bullying are taking place should report the matter to the Academic Director or designated school official. School personnel will investigate all reports of bullying and take appropriate action.
Note that some communities tolerate an atmosphere of inequity that creates disrespect toward young women and limits the development of young men. Changemaker High School does not condone or promote any environment that creates inequity between the learners of our community. Changemaker High School is committed to upholding the rights of all students and staff with respect to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, and/or disability.
Sexual Harassment is unwanted, unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is any act or comment, which is of a sexual nature that makes another person feel uncomfortable.
Sexual Harassment may take many forms. Here are a few examples:
• Displaying gender-offensive items, photos, posters, etc.
• Inappropriate gestures, touching or groping
• Sexual remarks, suggestions, or spreading rumors
• Pressure for unwanted activities or encounters
• Offensive jokes, language, teasing, whistles, or catcalls
Schools are required by law to maintain an environment free from sexual harassment. Changemaker High School learning community in its entirety is committed to maintain this standard for the safety and well – being of all members.
Academic dishonesty occurs when students obtain or assist others in obtaining credit for work that is not their own. The following are considered acts of Academic Dishonesty:
• CHEATING – Cheating includes the actual giving or receiving of an unauthorized aid or assistance or the actual giving or receiving of unfair advantages on any form of academic work.
• PLAGIARISM – Plagiarism includes the copy of the language, structure, idea and/or thought of another and representing it as one’s own original work.
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