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  • Effective: 3/29/2022
  1. Board Directive
    The Board adopts this policy to set standards of conduct and expectations of honorable and ethical behavior it expects of all employees. As with the Utah Public Officers’ and Employees’ Ethics Act (67-16), it is intended to promote the public interest and strengthen the faith and confidence of residents in the integrity of government. The intent is to avoid situations where a) someone may be falsely accused of unethical behavior, and where b) someone may do something unethical. Employees must avoid the appearance of impropriety to ensure and maintain public confidence. The Board delegates to the Administration the responsibility to implement the policy provisions below.
  2. Administrative Policy
    1. Ethical Behavior
      All employees including the Board of Education, Officers of the Board, district-level administration, school administration, and all staff and faculty employed by the District and/or its schools are expected to follow the Utah Public Officers’ and Employees’ Ethics Act (67-16), many provisions of which are summarized below. Employees are individually accountable for ethical behavior and, if found to be acting unethically, may receive job action up to and including termination of employment as determined appropriate.

      1. Conflict of Interest (see BP178 Purchasing Provisions, II-F for details; below is a summary.)
        1. All employees are expected to disengage and/or disqualify themselves when a transaction or activity arises where it may appear to a reasonable person that the employee may have a conflict of interest.
        2. A conflict of interest exists whenever any employee puts her/his interest or the interests of some other individual(s) or entity ahead of or in opposition to the interests of the School District.
        3. Employees must avoid all situations that create even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
      2. Improper Use of Position
        1. Employees should not use their position in the District for a purpose that is, or would to a reasonable person appear to be, primarily for the private benefit of the employee, rather than primarily for the benefit of the District.
        2. Employees should maintain proper relationships with those with whom they work in accordance with DP378 Employee Code of Conduct, DP358 Employee Discrimination and Harassment, and AS94 Student Discrimination and Harassment.
      3. Accept Gifts or Loans
        Employees should not ask for or receive, directly or indirectly, any compensation, gift, gratuity, item or activity of value, or promise thereof, for performing or for omitting or deferring the performance of any official duty; except that the following shall be allowed:

        1. Unsolicited flowers, plants, and floral arrangements;
        2. Unsolicited advertising or promotional items of nominal value, such as pens and notepads;
        3. Unsolicited tokens or awards of appreciation in the form of a plaque, trophy, desk item, wall memento, or similar item;
        4. Unsolicited food items given to a department when the contents are shared among employees and the public;
        5. Unsolicited items received for the purpose of evaluation or review provided the officer or employee has no personal beneficial interest in the eventual use or acquisition of the item by the District;
        6. Information material, publications, or subscriptions related to the recipient’s performance of official duties;
        7. Food and beverages consumed at hosted receptions where attendance is related to official duties;
        8. Meals, beverages, and lodging associated with retreats or other meetings where the official serves as a representative, designee or is otherwise assigned to another organization or entity from the District;
        9. Travel costs, lodging, and tuition costs associated with District-sanctioned training or education when not provided by a private entity under contract with the District;
        10. Admission to, and the cost of food and beverages consumed at events sponsored by or in conjunction with a civic, charitable, governmental, or community organization and other officials or employees of similar agencies are in attendance;
        11. Unsolicited gifts from dignitaries from another entity or other jurisdiction that are intended to be personal in nature; and
        12. Unsolicited gifts from vendors with an aggregate economic value of $50.00 or less from a single source in a calendar year received either directly or indirectly by the official or employee.
        13. Thank you gifts and recognitions of reasonable value, given to employees are acceptable when no reciprocation is expected or perceived.
      4. Disclosing Privileged Information
        Employees should not disclose or use any privileged or proprietary information gained by reason of his or her official position for the immediate or anticipated personal gain or benefit of the employee or any other person or entity; provided, that nothing shall prohibit the disclosure or use of information which is a matter of public knowledge, or which is available to the public on request.
      5. Nepotism (see DP303 Staff Selection - Licensed and DP307 Staff Selection, Promotion, and Salary Placement – Education Support Professionals for details; below is a summary).
        1. Supervisors may not hire or recommend for hire their own relatives
        2. Employees should not be supervised and evaluated by their own relatives
      6. Misuse of Public Resources
        Employees should work for the collection, protection, maintenance, and retention of all assets (including funds, property, and records) owned by or owed to the District and not act in any manner that prevents, obscures, devalues, or redirects any assets (including funds, property, and records) of the District away from the District for their personal gain or the gain of another individual or entity.
      7. Outside Employment
        Employees may engage in outside or secondary employment to their position within Jordan School District so long as the outside or secondary employment does not:

        1. Interfere with job performance for the District; or
        2. Conflict with the interests of the District; or
        3. Give reason for criticism or suspicion of conflicting interest or duties.
      8. Political Activity
        Employees are encouraged to engage in the political process but may not:

        1. Engage in political campaigning or solicitation of political contributions during their normal work hours; or
        2. Use District equipment or email for campaigning or political activity; or
        3. Create a benefit or a detriment for others based solely on their political opinions.
      9. Fair and Equal Treatment
        No employee shall grant any special consideration, treatment, or advantage to any citizen beyond that which is available to every other citizen in similar circumstances.
    2. Reporting Fraud and Abuse
      1. Improper Government Action means any action by a District employee that is undertaken in the performance of the employee’s official duties, whether or not the action is within the scope of the employee’s employment; and
        1. Is in violation of any federal, state, or local law or rule; or
        2. Is an abuse of authority; or
        3. Is of substantial and specific danger to the public health or safety; or
        4. Is a gross waste of public funds.
      2. Employees who become aware of improper governmental actions should raise the issue
        1. With their supervisor; or
        2. If they reasonably believe the improper governmental action involves her/his supervisor, the employee may raise the issue with any supervisor above his/her supervisor including the Superintendent; or
        3. If it is reasonably believed to be an emergency where damage to persons or property may result if action is not taken immediately, the employee may raise the issue directly with the department or individual who oversees the area; or
        4. Through the District’s Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Non-Compliance reporting telephone number or website.
      3. Upon making a report, employees should be prepared to provide as much detail as possible in order to expedite and assist the investigation.
      4. Although not required, employees are encouraged to provide their name, position, and contact information in order to allow those investigating the opportunity to ask follow-up questions and, as appropriate, to provide non-confidential results of the investigation.

  • Effective: 7/12/2011
  • Revision:

  1. Board Policy
    The Board recognizes that students who engage in extracurricular activities in the Jordan School District are representatives of the School District and engage in such extracurricular activities as a matter of privilege and not of right. The Board recognizes the need to address serious conduct that may impact ability of the student to act as a representative of the School District which takes place off school property and that is not during school hours, but which nevertheless impacts team spirit, team unity and the educational process of the school district.
  2. Administration Policy
    1. This Policy supersedes all local school policies, team codes and rules.
    2. Any student charged with any felony shall be suspended from participating in any school district sponsored extracurricular activities until the charge is resolved. If the charge results in acquittal or the charges are dropped, then the student shall be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities. However, any charge that results in a finding of guilty or entry of a plea of no contest, then the student shall be suspended from all extracurricular activities in the school district for 180 school days after entry of the finding, or the remainder of the school year, whichever is longer.
  3. Guidelines
    1. Student Discipline
      1. Students who are charged with any felony shall be suspended by the school principal from participating in any School District sponsored extracurricular activities as described in AS96 II. B above. Parents/Guardians must be notified of the activity suspension and be notified that the student may also be subject to further discipline pursuant to Policy AS67 NEG—Discipline of Students if or when such action becomes warranted.
    2. Employee Responsibilities
      1. School District employees who become aware of or reasonably believe that felony charges have been filed on a student shall immediately (by the next working day) report that information either to the building principal or the designee of the Superintendent of Schools. The principal shall promptly notify their immediate supervisor upon receiving a report of a felony charge.
      2. Principals who receive a report of a felony charge on a student shall, within twenty working days after receipt of such report, verify the accuracy of the report, apply the suspension as required and submit a report to the Superintendent’s designee which includes:
        (a) available details leading to the felony charge
        (b) the identity of the person/persons involved
        (c) action taken in response
      3. A review of the principal’s decision by the program specialist of Student Intervention Services may be requested by the parent/guardian of the charged student. The request must include written notification asking for the review as well as other pertinent documents submitted by the charged student’s family.

  • Effective: 5/8/2001
  • Revision: 7/25/2017
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2014

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes the need for a policy governing the use of the electronic information resources by employees as outlined in Utah State Code §53G-7-1002.  Responsibility is delegated to the District Administration for implementing the policy according to established administrative policy provisions.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Acceptable Use Policy shall be administered and implemented according to the terms and conditions outlined in the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Scope
      This policy references the use of electronic information resources made available to employees by Jordan School District.  These resources include, but are not limited to, voice mail, electronic mail, social media, the Internet, and other network files or accounts provided to employees.
    1. Terms and Conditions of This Policy
      1. Acceptable Network Use
        1. Employees will use the Internet and other electronic information resources in an appropriate manner, abiding by the rules and regulations described in this policy and in the Social Media Guidelines.
        2. Employees who formally publish school or District related information on the Internet must have proper approvals from the principal/supervisor and abide by District publishing guidelines and procedures (as per D212—District and School Web Sites) and in the Social Media Guidelines.
        3. Employees are expected to abide by generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  These rules include, but are not limited to, being polite, never sending or encouraging others to send abusive messages, and using inappropriate language.
      2. Unacceptable Network Use
        1. Employees may not intentionally transmit or receive material in violation of law or District policy.  This includes, but is not limited to, pornographic, indecent or sexually suggestive materials, weapons, controlled substances or alcohol, or incendiary devices.  An employee may not be in possession of or use pornographic material on school property. Users are prohibited from posting or sending content that contains threats or is hatefully or racially, ethically or otherwise objectionable.
        2. Employees may not participate in or promote any illegal or inappropriate activities, disruptive use of the network, or activities of any kind that do not conform to the rules, regulations, and policies of Jordan School District.
        3. Employees may not use the network for product advertisement or political lobbying.
        4. Employees are advised not to reveal personal information such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, passwords, credit card numbers or social security numbers.  Releasing personal information of others or that of organizations associated with the District is prohibited.
        5. Employees may not place others’ personal information (i.e. social security numbers, year of birth, etc.) received from the District’s electronic data resources on their own personally owned devices.
        6. Employees will not transfer theirs or others’ personal data except through the District’s secure file transfer system which at the current time is “MoveIT”.
        7. Employees may not intentionally harm or destroy District data, the network, or network performance.  This includes, but is not limited to, creation and introduction of computer viruses, unauthorized access to restricted systems or programs, or using the District network to illegally access other systems.
        8. JSD owned equipment should not be used by employees to store personal photos, videos, documents or other personal information.
      3. Reporting of Child Pornography by a Computer Technician
        1. In accordance with state law (Utah Code  76-10-1204.5), a “computer technician” or “technician” who in the course and scope of the individual’s employment with Jordan School District installs, maintains, troubleshoots, upgrades, or repairs computer hardware, software, personal computer networks, or peripheral equipment is required to do the following when child pornography is discovered on any of the previously stated devices or systems:
          1. Immediately secure the device(s) on which the child pornography was found by disconnecting the device from the JSD network.
          2. Take the device to a safe storage location so discovered images or other data related to any child pornographic image(s) will not be lost or overwritten.
          3. Make sure the individual to whom the device was assigned or any other individuals do not have access to the device except for individuals who are specifically authorized to have access after the device has been secured.
          4. Contact the Director of Information Systems and/or the Administrator of Human Resources.
          5. The Director of Information Systems and/or the Administrator of Human Resources will contact a state or local law enforcement agency, or the Cyber Tip Line at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and report the discovery of child pornography.
        2. A technician is required to follow this procedure if image(s) found are child pornography or if the technician reasonably believes discovered images are child pornography.
      4. Any Jordan School District employee who in the course and scope of the individual’s employment with Jordan School District discovers child pornography on a Jordan School District owned device is required to notify their principal/supervisor immediately.  The principal/supervisor should immediately notify the Director of Information Systems and/or the Administrator of Human Resources.
      5. Any and all mobile devices owned by Jordan School District, such as laptops and tablets, that connect to the Jordan School District secure Data network that may contain or transmit Protected Information (i.e. HIPAA and FERPA data or other student or employee related data) must be configured to encrypt such data on any internal hard drive.  Users must protect these devices from unauthorized use or access.
        1. HIPAA and FERPA data or other Jordan School District proprietary data should not be copied to or stored on external storage media such as external hard drives or thumb drives. However, if there is a legitimate District need to store Protected Information on external devices (i.e. removable drives, including flash/jump/thumb drives, etc.) those external storage media must have the Protected Information encrypted on those external devices.  Users must protect these external devices from unauthorized use or access.
        2. Jordan School District employees should call Information Systems if they need assistance or guidance for encrypting data on any Jordan School District device described in this section of the Network Acceptable Use policy.
      6. An employee shall not loan, sell, pawn or dispose of Jordan School District owned computer equipment whether or not that equipment is assigned to them, except for those employees whose job description or job assignment allows them to dispose of District owned computer equipment.
      7. Expectation of Privacy
        1. Employee files, disks, documents, etc., which have been used or created with District electronic information resources are not considered private.
        2.  Electronic mail transmissions are not private.
      8. Submission
        Employees will be required to submit an Employee Signature of Agreement Form each year or upon special request.  Signatures may be electronic or on paper.  Forms are available from local principals and department supervisors.
      9. Disciplinary Action
        1. An employee is required to comply with this policy regardless of whether the District has a completed Employee Signature of Agreement Form. The signature indicates that the employee has carefully read, understands, and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions regarding proper behavior and use of the network.  The signature on the Employee Signature of Agreement Form is legally binding.
        2. Employees who violate the terms and conditions of this policy may have their access to electronic information limited, suspended, or revoked and will be subject to disciplinary action, including the possibility of termination of employment and appropriate legal action as outlined in District policies DP316 NEG Orderly Termination Procedures – Licensed, DP316A Orderly Termination Procedures – Administrators, and DP316B Orderly Termination Procedures – Education Support Professionals.
      10. Service Disclaimer
        Jordan School District makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, for the electronic information resources it is providing.  The District will not be responsible for any damages an employee suffers while using these resources.  These damages may include, but are not limited to, loss of data as a result of delays, employee errors or omissions, or non-deliveries or service interruptions caused by a network system.  Use of information obtained by the network system is at the employee's own risk.  Jordan School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained through the electronic information resources.
      11. Employees agree to abide by this policy regardless of where or when they are using a Jordan School District owned device.

  • Effective: 6/9/1998
  • Revision: 10/27/2015

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that student participation in any extracurricular activity and/or student government is a privilege and not a matter of right.  The Board expects students who are allowed to participate in such activities to be role models.  The Board also requires employees to be role models.  All students and employees are prohibited from engaging in hazing as defined in this policy and as outlined in Utah Code §53G-8-209.  The Board authorizes the District Administration to establish policy for student and employee conduct related to school activities and to take such action when  policy is violated.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration shall take appropriate disciplinary action when students or employees engage in hazing.

    1. Definitions
      1. “Hazing” means intentional, knowing, or reckless acts of a demeaning or assaultive nature, whether or not consensual, or causing another to so act, in connection, affiliated with or sponsored by Jordan School District,  including but not limited to acts that involve;
        1. Endangering the mental or physical health or safety of another;
        2. Any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics, bruising, electric shocking, placing harmful substances on another’s body, or exposure to the elements;
        3. Any physical activity that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of another;
        4. Any activity that would subject any person to extreme mental stress such as sleep deprivation, extended isolation from social contact or conduct that subjects another to extreme embarrassment, shame or humiliation;
        5.  Use, possession or distribution of controlled substances, drugs, drug paraphernalia, tobacco or alcoholic beverages;
        6. Threatening comments or statements;
        7.  Cruelty to animals as provided by law;
        8.  Initiation, admission into, affiliation with, holding office in or as a condition for continued membership in any organization;
        9. Forcing others to engage in or be the subject of degrading pranks, games, stunts, practical jokes;
        10. Forcing students to ingest any substance;
        11. Forced personal servitude;
        12. Forcing students to wear outrageous, ridiculous or embarrassing articles of clothing;
        13. Coercing or promoting acts of vandalism, theft, assault, sexual acts or criminal activity;
        14. Coercing or promoting indecent exposure, gross or lewd behavior;
        15. Forcing any student to engage in illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, or immoral conduct.Definitions
    2. Policy Provisions
      1. It shall not be a defense that a person under 21 years of age, against whom the hazing was directed, cooperated, acquiesced, consented, and/or also engaged in hazing activity.
      2. Student Discipline
        1. Students who participate in hazing activity shall be suspended by the school principal to a parent conference and be subject to discipline pursuant to Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
        2. Students who illicitly use, possess, and/or distribute a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, tobacco or alcoholic beverages while engaging in hazing shall, in addition to the discipline here provided, be subject to discipline under Policy AS90—Drugs and Alcohol.
      3. Employee Responsibilities
        1. School District employees who are aware of, initiate, promote, and/or engage in hazing shall be subject to adverse employment action including either probation or termination of employment for cause under the appropriate District Orderly Termination policy:  DP 316 – Orderly Termination Procedure – Licensed; DP 316A – Orderly Termination Procedure – Administrators; DP 316B – Orderly Termination Procedures - Education Support Professionals.
        2. School District employees who reasonably believe that a violation of this policy has occurred shall immediately (by the next working day) report the alleged incident, either to the building principal or the designee of the Superintendent of Schools.
        3. Principals who receive a report of hazing shall, within ten (10) working days after receipt of such report, submit a report to the Superintendent’s designee which states:
          1. details of the alleged incident;
          2. the identity of persons believes to be involved;
          3. action taken in response.
        4. Employees who fail to give the notice to his/her immediate supervisor required under this policy have committed an unprofessional practice and shall be subject to adverse employment action, including probation or termination under the appropriate District Orderly Termination policy:  DP 316 – Orderly Termination Procedure – Licensed; DP 316A – Orderly Termination Procedure – Administrators; DP 316B – Orderly Termination Procedures - Education Support Professioinals.  (See Utah Code §53G-8-209 3C).
    3. District Activities
      1. The District and schools shall establish, and provide access to procedures and information regarding hazing, harassment, bullying and retaliation.  The information will be posted on the District website.
        1. The District and schools shall develop procedures allowing for anonymous reporting of hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation;
        2. Building administration is responsible for conducting investigations and responding to reports of hazing, harassment, bullying, and retaliation.
      2. In addition to the published procedures and notification above, each school shall follow established procedures and plans for:
        1. Involvement of parents or guardians of a perpetrator or victim of hazing, harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the process of responding to, and resolving conduct prohibited in this policy;
        2. Referring a victim of hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation to counseling following parental/guardian notice and consent;
        3. To the extent that it is appropriate, treating the perpetrator according to the provisions of District Policy AS67—Discipline of Students;
        4. Training school employees and students to recognize hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation.
    4. Actions Required When Prohibited Acts Are Reported
      1. Each reported complaint shall include:
        1. Name of complaining party
        2. Name of offender (if known)
        3. Date and location of incident
        4. Statement describing the incident(s), including name(s) of witness(es)\\
      2. Each reported violation shall be investigated by the School Administrator or this/her designee.  Formal disciplinary action is prohibited based solely on an anonymous report of hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation.
      3. Violations of the prohibitions noted previously may fall under District Policy AS67—Discipline of Students and the consequence(s) may include but are not limited to:
        1. Student suspension or removal from a school-sponsored team or activity, including school-sponsored transportation;
        2. Student referral, under District Policy AS67—Discipline of Students, or a lesser disciplinary action which may merit student suspension or expulsion from school;
        3. Employee suspension or termination for cause or lesser disciplinary action;
        4. Employee reassignment; or
        5. Other action against student or employee as applicable.
      4. Action to include when appropriate:
        1. Procedures for protecting the victim and other involved individuals from being subjected to:
          1. further hazing, harassment or bullying; and
          2. retaliation for reporting the hazing, harassment and bullying.
        2. Procedures for a fair and timely opportunity for the accused to explain the accusations and defend his/her actions prior to student or employee discipline.
        3. Reporting incidents of hazing, harassment, bullying and retaliation to the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee.
        4. Procedures for providing local employee discipline rights under Utah Code Section 53G-8-204 for employee discipline and District Policy AS67 —Discipline of Students prior to long-term (more than 10 days) student discipline.
    5. Training and Additional Consideration
      1. The training of school employees shall include training regarding hazing, harassment, bullying and retaliation.
      2. To the extent possible, programs or interventions designed to provide training and education regarding the prevention of hazing, harassment, bullying and retaliation should be implemented.
      3. Training should be extended to volunteer and paid coaches, and activity leaders for all extra-curricular activities.
        1. Participants, volunteers and adult supervisors of extra-curricular activities should be informed annually of this policy and the prohibited activities outlined in this policy.
        2. Participants, volunteers and adult supervisors shall be informed annually of the policy and the potential consequences for violation of the policy.
        3. The District Policy AS95—Conduct Related to School Activities will be reviewed by the District Leadership team comprised of parents, teachers, school administration, school staff and District Administrators.

Revision history:  2/14/12

2/25/2020: Board of Education approved the term “Education Support Professionals” to replace “Classified” to describe personnel not licensed as educators.

  • Effective: 5/24/1988
  • Revision: 9/8/2009
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board of Education recognizes that in the best interest of students, it may be necessary to detain student(s) after regular school hours under some circumstances.  The Board delegates to the District Administration the responsibility for establishing policy for detaining elementary students after school in compliance with Utah Code §53G-8-203.
  2. Administrative Policy
    In order to maintain open communication and cooperation between the home and school, each elementary principal will work with faculty members, parents and students to ensure that the parent (guardian) is contacted before a student is detained after regular school hours.

    1. This policy shall apply to all elementary students (grades kindergarten through six.)
    2. The parent or guardian of a student will be notified prior
      to the time 
      when the student is detained after school. (Contact
      with neighbors or siblings is not sufficient to meet this requirement.)
    3. Notification will be made by a licensed employee from the school, preferably the student's teacher.
    4. Notification will be documented in the school office with the
      following 
      information:

      1. Name of student to be detained
      2. Name of licensed employee making the notification
      3. Name of parent (guardian) receiving the notification
      4. Date and time of contact
      5. Reason for detaining the student
      6. Duration of detainment time
      7. Verification of safe transportation home
    5. An exception to the notification of parent (guardian) requirement will be made if detention is necessary for the student's health or safety.

  • Effective: 7/8/1986
  • Revision: 8/24/2021

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that the possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or other prohibited substances constitutes a hazard to students and is disruptive to the educational process.  The Board mandates, consistent with federal and state law, the development and implementation of programs that: 1) provide information about the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use, 2) coordinate efforts by schools and parents or guardians in preventing drug and alcohol use, 3) assist parents or guardians of students who use drugs or alcohol in seeking professional help from public and private educational and rehabilitative agencies, and 4) use restorative practices consistent with State Board Rule R277-613.
    The Board delegates to the Administration, responsibility for providing:  1) drug and alcohol use prevention programs, 2) disciplinary procedures and consequences for students who possess, use, or distribute illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or prohibited substances on school district property, during school hours, or at school functions, 3) support for students and families in drug and alcohol use identification and prevention efforts, and 4) use of appropriate restorative practices.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration recognizes the need to prevent the possession, use, and distribution of any substance listed in this policy on school district property, during school hours, and/or at any school-sponsored activity, including those held off school property.

    1. Illegal Substance Violations
      Substances defined as illegal, including violations under Utah Code §76-10-101 et. seq.,  §58-37-4 et. seq., or §32B-1-102 et. seq., (e.g.  illegal use of marijuana or any psychotoxic chemical, narcotics, opiates, alcoholic beverages, prescription medications containing controlled substances) are prohibited.

      1. Possessing (personal or property), using (consuming, inhaling, or injecting), or being under the influence of illegal substances
        1. First Violation
          1. ) A student possessing, using, or under the influence of illegal substances for the first time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
          2. ) The student shall be enrolled in the Jordan District online First Offender Drug or Alcohol course. The student may return to school after providing a certificate of course completion or the student has missed five (5) school days.
          3. ) Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to coordinate homework assignments with a designated school representative during the intervening time.
          4. ) If the online course is not completed, the student may be placed in a school-based alternative education program to complete the course.
        2. Second Violation
          1. ) A student possessing, using, or under the influence of illegal substances for the second time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
          2. ) At the meeting, the student shall be placed in a school or home-based alternative education program for ten (10) school days.
          3. ) In addition, the student who has a second violation must enroll in the District’s Substance Abuse and Family Education (S.A.F.E.) course and submit to a written assessment for potential substance dependence.
          4. ) The first session of the S.A.F.E. course must be attended prior to returning to school and the student may be placed in a school or home-based alternative education program if the course is not completed.
          5. ) A confirmation of the assessment appointment must be received by the administrator of Student Support Services before the student is readmitted to school.
          6. ) Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to coordinate homework assignments with a designated school representative during the intervening time.
        3. Third or Subsequent Violation
          A student possessing, using, or under the influence of illegal substances for the third time shall be suspended to a District Safe Schools Hearing pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
      2. Distributing (Selling, Sharing, or Delivering)
        1. First Violation
          1. ) A student distributing illegal substances for the first time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
          2. ) At the meeting, the student shall be placed in a school or home-based alternative education program for ten (10) school days.
          3. ) In addition, the student who has a distribution violation must enroll in the District’s Substance Abuse and Family Education (S.A.F.E.) course and submit to a written assessment for potential substance dependence.
          4. ) The first session of the S.A.F.E. course must be attended prior to returning to school and the student may be placed in a school or home-based alternative education program if the course is not completed.
          5. ) A confirmation of the assessment appointment must be received by the administrator of Student Support Services before the student is readmitted to school.
          6. ) Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to coordinate homework assignments with a designated school representative during the intervening time.
        2. Second or Subsequent Violation
          A student possessing, using, or distributing illegal substances following a first distribution violation shall be suspended to a District Safe Schools hearing pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
    2. Counterfeit Substances Violations
      Any substance that is falsely represented to be any legally or illegally manufactured controlled substance that a reasonable person would believe to be a legal or illegal controlled substance. This is to include but not limited to the drugs listed on the DEA Drug Fact Sheet and counterfeit substances as defined in Utah Code §58-37-2 Utah Controlled Substances Act.

      1. Possessing (Personal or Property)
        1. First Violation
          1. ) A student possessing counterfeit substances for the first time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
          2. ) At the meeting, this policy will be reviewed and written documentation of the violation will be placed in the student’s disciplinary file.
          3. ) The student shall be readmitted to school after the meeting.
        2. Second or Subsequent Violation
          1. ) A student possessing counterfeit substances for the second time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
          2. ) The student shall be enrolled in the Jordan District online First Offenders Drug or Alcohol course.
          3. ) The student may return to school after providing a certificate of course completion or the student has missed five (5) school days.
          4. ) Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to coordinate homework assignments with a designated school representative during the intervening time.
          5. ) If the online course is not completed, the student may be placed in a school-based alternative education program to complete the course.
      2. Distributing (Selling, Sharing, or Delivering)
        1. First Violation
          1. ) A student distributing counterfeit substances for the first time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
          2. ) At the meeting, this policy will be reviewed.
          3. ) Disciplinary consequences for distributing counterfeit substances will be a referral to the First Offenders Drug and Alcohol class.
        2. Second Violation
          1. ) A student distributing counterfeit substances for the second time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
          2. ) The student shall be enrolled in the Jordan District online First Offenders Drug or Alcohol course.
          3. ) The student may return to school after providing a certificate of course completion or the student has missed five (5) school days.
          4. ) Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to coordinate homework assignments with a designated school representative during the intervening time.
          5. ) If the online course is not completed, the student may be placed on a school-based alternative education program to complete the course
        3. Third or Subsequent Violation
          1. ) A student distributing counterfeit substances for the third time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
          2. ) At the meeting, the student shall be placed in a school or home-based alternative education program for ten (10) school days.
          3. ) In addition, the student who has a distribution violation must enroll in the District’s Substance Abuse and Family Education (S.A.F.E.) course and submit to a written assessment for potential substance dependence.
          4. ) The first session of the S.A.F.E. course must be attended prior to returning to school and the student may be placed in a school or home-based alternative education program if the course is not completed.
          5. ) A confirmation of the assessment appointment must be received by the administrator of Student Support Services before the student is readmitted to school.
          6. ) Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to coordinate homework assignments with a designated school representative during the intervening time.
    3. Medication Substance Violations
      Possession, use, influence, or distribution of prescription medications for which an individual has no prescription, including those with controlled substances listed in Utah Code §58-37-4, shall be administered according to the Illegal Substance Violations provisions of this policy.
      Possession, use, influence, or distribution of prescription medication for which an individual has a prescription or over-the-counter medication in excess of a 12-hour dose (or appropriate dosage amount for the school-sponsored activity) shall be administered as follows:

      1. First Violation
        1. A student possessing, using, under the influence, or distributing medication for the first time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
      2. Second or Subsequent Violation
        1. A student possessing, using, under the influence, or distributing medication for the second or subsequent time shall be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, pending a meeting with the school administrator and parent(s) or guardian(s).
        2. Additional interventions including (but not limited to) those listed under the Illegal Substance Violation provisions of this policy may be used.
    4. Tobacco/Nicotine Violation
      Illegal possession of tobacco, cigarettes or any oral device that is composed of a heating element, battery, or electronic circuit and marketed, manufactured, distributed, or sold as an e-cigarette, vapor sticks, e-pipe, or any other product name or descriptor, if the function of the product meets the definition of an electronic oral device. (Utah Code §76-10-1-101, 104, 105, 111).

      1. Tobacco, tobacco/nicotine products, e-cigarettes, and paraphernalia shall be confiscated.
      2. Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be contacted by the school administrator.
      3. Possessing (Personal Property), Using (Consuming, Inhaling, Influence), or Distributing (Selling, Sharing, or Delivering)
        1. A student using, possessing, or distributing tobacco/nicotine may be suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, and/or attend a tobacco cessation class online or in-person at the Jordan Family Education Center.
    5. Procedures
      1. Due process procedures outlined in policy AS67 Discipline of Students will be followed in the administration of this policy.
      2. All illegal activity covered by this policy will be reported to an appropriate law enforcement agency except as defined in Utah Code §53G-8-211. Jordan School District will enforce the disciplinary consequences outlined in this policy independent of any criminal charge or court action.
      3. Violations covered by this policy while off-campus but during regular school hours shall be subject to the provisions of this policy.
      4. Students found in possession of drug paraphernalia as defined in Utah Code §58-37a-3 will be subject to the Possession and Use of Illegal Substances section of this policy.
      5. During the time a student is on a school or home-based alternative education program, the student may not be a spectator or participant in any school-sponsored activity, including graduation exercises.
      6. If the designated days of school, home-based, or virtual alternative education cannot be completed by the end of the regular school year, the school, home-based, or virtual alternative education program shall be completed prior to attending a District school the following school year.
      7. Students placed on a home-based or virtual alternative education program (usually through a District Safe Schools Hearing), which may result in a multi-year placement, may not participate in any school-sponsored activity for the period of the placement.
      8. District personnel will assist with identifying appropriate agencies qualified to make written assessment of potential substance dependence for students who violate the provisions of this policy. These assessments will be at the expense of the parent(s) or guardian(s).
      9. Records will be maintained on all illegal substance violations by Student Support Services. A student with more than one violation in any thirty-six (36) month period will be considered a repeat offender even if the earlier violation(s) occurred in a prior school year, grade, level, or a different Jordan District school.
      10. Students violating this policy, may be suspended, placed on probation, leave, or removed from participation in leadership positions, candidacy for leadership positions, school organizations, academic teams and/or athletic teams.
      11. If an employee has reasonable cause to believe that a student has committed a prohibited act, he/she shall immediately report the violation to the school’s administrator (Utah Code §53G-8-502) who shall immediately report the violation to the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s). The violation may be reported to an appropriate law enforcement agency under Utah Code §53G-8-211. The identity of the educator who made the initial report may not be disclosed to the student or student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) (Utah Code §53G-8-503).
      12. When a violation of this policy constitutes a substantive health and/or safety concern for students or the school and after consultation and approval by the administrator in Student Support Services, the student may be suspended to a District Safe Schools Hearing.
      13. Students in a substance abuse treatment program that meets the licensing qualifications of the Utah State Department of Human Services may be awarded education credit as a part of the student’s Plan for College and Career Readiness (P.C.C.R.).
        1. One (1.0) elective credit may be earned for completion of an in-patient treatment program.
        2. Required and elective credit may also be earned during in-patient treatment through participation in an accredited educational program including virtual options.
        3. One (1.0) elective credit may be earned for participation in an approved aftercare program. A schedule of the aftercare program and verification of regular attendance must be submitted to the school.

Revision History: 1/27/09, 2/25/14, 5/24/16, 10/25/16, 9/25/18

  • Effective: 1/27/1976
  • Revision: 5/22/2018

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that student discipline is essential to further the educational process and provide an environment conducive to learning.  The Board authorizes the Administration to take appropriate action to preserve order among the students and staff and to protect school property.  Acts of violence, use or possession of a weapon or facsimile, criminal behavior, and gang activity in or about District schools, property, or activities shall be dealt with in accordance with District policy and the law. (See Utah Code §53G-8-202 )
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration shall take appropriate disciplinary action when students engage in activities which disrupt the educational environment, threaten or harm persons or property, or disrupt school activities.  This policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions.

    1. Student Code of Conduct
      1. The school administrator shall develop a student code of conduct in cooperation with faculty, parents, and students.  The school code of conduct shall be consistent with this policy and with Policy AA419 – Student Conduct and Dress.
      2. Each school's policies and student code of conduct shall be reviewed by the appropriate Administrator of Schools and placed on file at the District Office.  A copy of the school policies and student code of conduct, as amended each year, shall be distributed to students and/or parents prior to or during the first week of school each year.  Students enrolling after the beginning of the school year shall be provided a copy of the school policies and student code of conduct at the time of registration.  Teachers will be given a copy of the student code of conduct prior to the beginning of the school year.
      3. The student code of conduct shall be posted in a prominent location in the school.
    2. Dangerous or Disruptive Conduct
      The following conduct is defined as "dangerous or disruptive conduct" and is prohibited on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or while traveling in school-funded or school-dispatched vehicles.

      1. Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess, use or sell any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, firework, chemical weapon (i.e. mace, pepper spray), martial arts weapon or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use.
      2. Causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause damage to personal or real property, or causing or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause harm to a person through:
        1. Possession or distribution of drugs or alcoholic beverages.  (See Policy AS90 – Drugs and Alcohol)
        2. Harassment – repeatedly communicating to another individual, in a demeaning or disparaging manner, statements that contribute to a hostile learning environment of the student.
        3. Retaliation – means an act or communication intended as retribution against a person for reporting bullying or hazing, or to improperly influence the investigation of, or the response to, a report of bullying or hazing.
        4. Sexual harassment or fabrication of sexual harassment charges with malicious intent to defame character.
        5. Arson—the willful and malicious destruction of any part of a building or its contents or occupants by use of fire or explosive.
        6. Burglary—breaking, entering or remaining in a structure without authorization during the hours when the premises are closed to students.
        7. Theft/Larceny/Stealing—the intentional unlawful taking and/or carrying away of property belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
        8. Criminal Mischief—willful or malicious injury or damage in excess of $300 to public property or to real or personal property belonging to another.
        9. Battery—the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will.
        10. Assault—placing another person in fear or apprehension of a harmful or offensive touching, whether or not a touching is actually intended.
        11. Hazing—(See Policy AS95 – Conduct Related to School Activities)
        12. Vandalism—willfully defacing, cutting, marring, injuring, damaging, or losing school or staff property.  Student(s) may not participate in graduation exercises until the student or the student's parent(s)/guardian has paid for the damage or made appropriate restitution.
        13. Gang-related Activity—dangerous or disruptive activity, which may include but is not necessarily limited to the following:
          1. wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which evidence membership in a gang;
          2. using a name which is associated with or attributable to a gang; or
          3. designating turf or an area for gang activities, occupation, or ownership.
        14. Bullying—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.  Student assessment of the prevalence of bullying in schools shall take place.  In addition, schools must provide bullying training to new participants in school-sponsored athletic programs, both curricular and extracurricular, and training every three (3) years for ALL participants.  “Participants” means students, employees, and coaches.  Training curriculum outlines, schedules, and participant lists must be maintained by each school and provided to the Administrator of Schools upon request.
          1. physical bullying:  hitting and/or punching
          2. verbal bullying:  teasing or name calling
          3. non-verbal or emotional bullying:  intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and relational aggression
          4. cyber-bullying:  sending insulting, threatening or harassing messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging
        15. Involvement in any activity which violates federal, state or local law or regulation, disrupting normal school proceedings, or causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause other students to violate federal, state or local law or regulation or to disrupt school proceedings, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to do any of these.  These activities include, but are not limited to:  extortion, forgery, lewdness, and distributing obscene materials, including the sharing of pornography and “sexting.”
      3. Students with prior knowledge of dangerous or disruptive behavior have the duty to report such behavior to school administration.  Students that fail to report such behavior are subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions.  False reports of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, hazing, or retaliation are prohibited.
    3. Due Process Procedures and Disciplinary Action
      Due process is an administrative procedure followed when continued attendance of a student is in question.  Fairness and reasonableness in disciplinary actions are to be maintained in all proceedings.

      1. The following disciplinary actions shall be taken in response to any serious violation which threatens or does harm to school property, to persons associated with the school, or their property, that involves the possession, control, use, or threatened use of a real or look-alike weapon, explosive, noxious or flammable material, with intent to intimidate another person or to disrupt normal school activities, regardless of where it occurs (USC §53G-8-205 (1) (3)):
        1. Immediately suspend the student from school.
        2. As soon as possible following the incident, a local school administrator shall investigate and schedule a conference with the student and parent(s)/guardian.
        3. The school administration recommends a disciplinary sanction and interventions consistent with similarly situated students committing a similar violation of the code of conduct.  Should the disciplinary sanction include a removal from school for more than ten days, or a change of location, such sanction must be approved by the superintendent’s designee prior to imposing the sanction.
        4. The parent(s)/guardian shall be notified of the student's right to a due process hearing which shall be conducted according to the procedures outlined under item D. of this policy.
        5. The superintendent or the superintendent's designee shall review all one-year expulsions and prepare a report for the Board of Education annually.
      2. The following actions will be taken for other violations of this policy:
        1. Immediately remove the student from the scene of the violation.
        2. As soon as possible following the incident, a local school administrator shall investigate and document the charges and schedule a conference with the student involved.  At this conference, the student may be suspended pending the informal parent conference.
        3. If the issue cannot be immediately resolved, a local school administrator shall invite the parent(s)/guardian to an informal conference where information can be presented on behalf of the student.
          1. This informal conference shall take place at the first reasonable opportunity.  In most instances this conference should take place within three school days of the incident.
          2. At the informal conference, the charges shall be explained and supporting evidence reviewed.
        4. PARENTAL NOTIFICATION OF DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR
          If a student engages in disruptive behavior 1) three times not resulting in suspension, or 2) anytime a student is suspended, the parents shall be notified in person (or by certified mail).
          Following the informal conference and prior to suspending a student for repeated acts of disruptive behavior which are not of such a nature to warrant immediate removal, good faith efforts to implement a remedial discipline plan should be made. Should a disciplinary sanction be determined appropriate, alternatives to suspension should be considered before imposing a suspension from school attendance.  A local school administrator shall take appropriate disciplinary action which interventions and/or disciplinary sanctions may include one or more of the following:
        5. INTERVENTIONS
          Referral to:

          1. anger management/self-discipline classes;
          2. court/ law enforcement agency;
          3. school guidance specialist
          4. Jordan Family Education Center;
          5. First Offenders program; or
          6. Division of Family Services, Child Protective Services or other agency.
        6. SANCTIONS
          1. behavior contract;
          2. community or school service;
          3. inter-class timeout;
          4. in-school suspension;
          5. lunch/after-school detention;
          6. restitution for damage/harm;
          7. parent/guardian attending class with student (requires teacher permission).
        7. SUSPENSION
          1. Short-term suspension less than or equal to 10 days
            (a) One to two days suspension:  makeup homework shall be made available to students upon return to school.  Students will be given one week to complete the assignments and turn them in to the teacher.
            (b) Three to less than or equal to 10 days suspension:  parents can make arrangements for makeup work during the suspension period.
          2. Suspension to a District-level hearing (suspension from all school services and activities, including receiving homework).
          3. Students serving a suspension from school are prohibited from being on school property and participating in school-sponsored activities.
        8. CITATION FOR HABITUAL DISRUPTION
          If a student engages in disruptive behavior 1) six times not resulting in suspension, or 2) three times not resulting in suspension plus one time resulting in suspension, or 3) two times resulting in suspensions, the student will be issued a “Habitual Disruptive Student Behavior Citation” and shall be referred to the juvenile court for violation. Within five days after the day on which the citation is issued, the school administration shall provide documentation to the parent, of the efforts made by the school to attempt to resolve the students’ disruptive behavior.
      3. In accordance with state law, a local school administrator may suspend a student for up to 10 school days.  If a local school administrator recommends that the student be suspended for longer than 10 days, the administrator shall notify the parent(s)/guardian that they must request a District-level hearing to review the recommendation.
        1. If a District-level hearing is requested, the local school administrator shall promptly notify the District compliance officer.
        2. If requested, the hearing shall be conducted according to the procedures outlined under item D. of this policy.
        3. The parent(s)/guardian shall be notified of the right to appeal the decision of the District-level hearing to the Board of Education.
      4. A security or police officer may be invited to a due process hearing or any other phase of the student disciplinary action whenever a local school administrator or District administrator deems it necessary for safety.
      5. Students suspended to a District-level hearing shall be required to leave the school campus as soon as the local school administrator can transfer custody to the parent(s)/guardian or other authorized individual.
      6. Any student who has been expelled from a public school within a preceding 12-month period may be denied enrollment in Jordan School District.
      7. The policy for student disciplinary action and due process shall apply to students with disabilities only to the extent permissible under the law.
        1. Students with disabilities are subject to the one-year expulsion imposed for violations involving fire arms, explosives, and flammable materials (real, look-alike or pretended).
        2. Students with disabilities who are studying under an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may not be expelled or have their school placement changed without a hearing of the IEP  committee except for violations involving weapons, drugs or serious bodily injury (consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004).
    4. District-Level Hearings and Right of Appeal
      1. The parent(s)/guardian must contact the Student Intervention Office to schedule the hearing prior to the tenth day of the student suspension.
      2. The superintendent or the superintendent's designee shall appoint a District administrator to conduct the hearing.
      3. The District administrator shall schedule the hearing with the student and the parent(s)/guardian.
      4. The District administrator, with the assistance of one or two other designated staff members, shall conduct the hearing at the appointed time and place.  The District and the student may each be represented by a person of their choice. The school suspending the student shall be represented by an administrator and, when applicable, by a representative of the student's IEP team.
      5. At the hearing, each side may make statements and present evidence relevant to the issues.
      6. The hearing shall result in one of the following determinations:
        1. Any disciplinary action already imposed is rescinded and the student returned to school.
        2. The appropriateness of the school's disciplinary action is affirmed.
        3. The student is suspended for a total of 10 days and returned to school thereafter.
        4. The student is suspended from the current school for one or more semesters and may be transferred to another District school or to an alternative school assignment.
          1. Placement at a school other than the boundary school will be reviewed at the end of the school year or following one semester of suspension whichever comes first.
          2. A choice of two school assignments other than the current school shall be offered.
            (a) In the event the Superintendent of Schools is notified by the Juvenile Court that a student has violated Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons, the Superintendent shall notify the principal or a designee of such finding within five days.
            (b) In the event a student is transferred to another District school or an alternative school assignment because of acts constituting assault, possession of weapons, or gang behavior, the principal of the receiving school will be informed of the nature of the offense committed by the student.
            (c) All private information contained in a student file or maintained by the school district about a student shall be available for review only by the school district administrative personnel.  Notifications received from the Juvenile Court by the school district shall be forwarded to the principal of each school within five (5) days after receipt of such information. The principal may provide the information to school counselors who the principal deems to have a current need to know.  The principal may inform educators who will be teaching the student about any disciplinary action taken against such student for conduct that posed a significant risk to the safety or well-being of the student, other students, or other members of the school community.  The principal may inform educators who will be teaching the student about the student’s involvement in other dangerous or disruptive behavior, as defined in Section II B, C and D of this policy.
            (d) Any employee receiving information from the principal pursuant to this policy shall not disclose it to any other person.  Information regarding students may be disclosed only to persons authorized to receive it under the provisions of FERPA.  (See Policy AS61 – Student Records)
          3. Home instruction under Policy AS82 – Home and Hospital Instruction may also be offered as an alternative.
          4. The parent(s)/guardian shall select the student's school assignment from among the options offered.  If all options are declined, the Appeals Committee shall determine the student's school assignment.
          5. The student's school assignment cannot be appealed to the Board of Education.
        5. The student is suspended from all District schools for one or more semesters and transferred to home instruction as provided under Policy AS82 – Home and Hospital Instruction.
        6. The student is expelled from all District schools for up to one school year with no instruction provided by the District.
      7. The determination of the hearing shall be mailed to the student's parent(s)/guardian within five working days following the hearing.
      8. A record of all expelled students shall be kept and a notation of the expulsion attached to the individual student's grade transcript.
      9. In accordance with state law, if a student is suspended (or in the event of a Safe Schools violation, expelled) from a Jordan School District school for more than 10 school days, the parent(s)/guardian is responsible for undertaking an alternative education plan which will ensure that the student's education continues during the period of suspension or expulsion. Costs for educational services which are not provided by the District are the responsibility of the student's parent(s)/guardian.
    5. Appeals to the Board of Education
      1. The final determination, with the exception of the student's school assignment, may be appealed to the Board of Education.
      2. A written appeal must be submitted to the superintendent within 10 days of the day the determination of the hearing is mailed to the student.
      3. The Board shall review the determination, the evidence presented at the hearing, and documents submitted by the student's family. (An additional hearing shall not be held.)
      4. The Board may affirm the determination, amend the determination, or affirm the determination in part and amend in part.
      5. The Board's written decision shall be issued within 21 working days of receipt of the student's written appeal.

  • Effective: 5/14/1974
  • Revision: 10/26/2021
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2015

  1. Board Directive
    Jordan District schools are to provide a safe, positive, inclusive and healthy in-person or virtual educational environment where academic learning, personal development, and accomplishment can flourish.  Part of the educational process is learning self-discipline and appropriate behavior.  Therefore, it is the philosophy of the Jordan School District Board of Education to enforce all Utah laws related to conduct on school premises and school buses and to see that students are taught to preserve public property including all school facilities and equipment.
    The Board also recognizes that dress and appearance seriously affect the behavior of students attending school or school sponsored activities and may also impact health, sanitation and safety conditions.  Because experience has demonstrated that the learning atmosphere is improved when students both look and act appropriately, the Board hereby authorizes establishment of standards of student conduct, dress, and appearance.  The Board delegates to the Administration responsibility to see that each school adheres to the conduct, dress, and appearance standards established in the provisions of this policy in a consistent manner.  Further, all District and school staff members shall have a share of responsibility in seeing that these standards are implemented and enforced in classrooms, in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, at school activities, and other occasions as appropriate.  With the approval of district administration and the School Community Council, schools may make minor changes and/or adaptations to the dress and appearance standards in order to address local needs. Schools should seek input from various stakeholder groups.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration shall implement Board philosophy according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Definitions
      1. “Conduct” means the act, manner, or process in which a person behaves on a particular occasion or in a particular context.
      2. “Disruption” means any action, disturbance, problem, or reaction which materially or substantially interrupts an event, activity or process, or causes school personnel to lose the attention of the students, to modify or cease any instruction or school activity, or to deal with student confrontations or complaints.
      3. “School” means any building, property, space, learning environment, sponsored activity or place (in-person or virtual/online) under the direct or indirect control or influence of the District.
      4. “School sponsored activity” means (but not limited to) field trips, tours, performances, ceremonies, competitions, assemblies, events, clubs, camps, classes, games, dances, or travel that is produced, financed, arranged, supervised, or coordinated by school or district personnel.
      5. “School personnel” means the same as defined in DP300-Personnel Philosophy including authorized individuals engaged in a school sponsored activity or purpose by the school or district.
      6. “School administration” means the school principal, assistant principal, or designee responsible for the daily functioning and overall operation of a school.
    2. Student Conduct and Positive Behavioral Expectations
      1. Safe, civil, responsible, and respectful conduct is expected of all students at school or school sponsored activity. Significant or repeated disruptions may be disciplined according to the procedures established in Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
        1. Behavior at School
          Students are expected to contribute to a productive learning environment in a safe, civil, responsible, and respectful manner.
        2. Behavior at School Sponsored Activities
          As spectators or participants, students are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior, citizenship, and sportsmanship at all activities and to conduct themselves in a safe, civil, responsible, and respectful manner.
        3. Protection and Care of School Property
          Students are expected to use school devices, resources, equipment, and facilities in a safe, civil, responsible, and respectful manner so that school property is preserved and protected.
        4. Digital Citizenship
          Students are expected to use, possess, or care for any district/school owned electronic device or resource used for digital access, commerce, or communication in a safe, positive, courteous, and responsible manner in accordance with the standards established in AA445-Student Information Network Acceptable Use Policy.

          1. When authorized by school personnel, electronic devices or resources may be used at school or school sponsored activity.
          2. Any use of an electronic device or resource, whether personal or district/school owned,  that exploits personal information, disrupts the educational process, creates a hostile, threatening, humiliating, abusive environment (AS98-Bullying, Cyberbullying and Hazing), invades personal privacy or compromises the integrity of educational programs is strictly prohibited.
          3. Sharing, using, or communicating pornographic images, “sexting”, or other sexually suggestive materials, images, thoughts or phrases are strictly prohibited.
          4. The possession, use, or care of any electronic device or resource is a privilege that may be forfeited if it causes a disruption to the learning environment.
          5. At no time shall the District be responsible for preventing theft, loss or damage to personal electronic devices or resources brought to school or school sponsored activity.
        5. Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs or other Illegal Substances
          Use or possession (in any form) of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or any illegal substances at school or school sponsored activity is prohibited and is administered in accordance with Policy AS90 - Illegal Substances.
        6. Dangerous or Disruptive Conduct
          Students that engage in dangerous or disruptive conduct, including (but not limited to) use and/or possession of any weapon or reasonable facsimile of a weapon, committing arson, burglary, larceny, criminal mischief, battery or assault, or who engage in activities which violate federal, state or local laws, may be excluded from school. (See District Policy AS67- Discipline of Students ).
        7. Patriotism and Respect for the Flag
          The Flag of the United States of America shall be appropriately displayed at all schools in keeping with customary and accepted practices.  Students shall show proper respect for their country's emblem.  The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag shall be recited at the beginning of each day in each public school classroom, led by a student in the classroom as assigned by the classroom teacher on a rotating basis. At least once per year, students shall be instructed that participation in the Pledge is voluntary and not compulsory and it is acceptable for someone to choose not to participate in the pledge of allegiance. Students should show respect for any student who chooses not to participate. (§53G-10-304) Discourteous treatment of the flag or other national symbols may be cause for disciplinary action.
    3. School Dress and Appearance
      Appropriate dress and appearance avoids extremes, exemplifies personal cleanliness, promotes an effective learning environment free of unnecessary disruption(s) and increases school safety, security and sanitation factors. There are a variety of clothing styles which may be popular but are inappropriate for the school or school sponsored activity setting.
      Dress and appearance standards include (but are not limited to) the following:

      1. General Standards
        1. Any clothing, jewelry, accessory, footwear, personal item or appearance practice may be prohibited when it:
          1. Draws undue attention, distracts, disrupts, and/or interferes with the learning environment at school or school sponsored activity.
          2. Endangers or affects the health, safety and/or welfare of the individual or others.
          3. May cause damage or harm to individuals, school devices, resources, equipment or facilities.
          4. Limits the ability to identify the student.
          5. Appears as an attempt to challenge the intent and scope of policy or the authority of the school.
        2. Dress and appearance, including clothing, jewelry, accessory, footwear, personal item or appearance practice, shall be in a manner suitable to the day’s activities consistent with the standards of health, safety, and appropriate behavior. School personnel may require students to wear certain types of clothing for health, safety, security, or sanitation factors or in connection with classes, activities or circumstances.
        3. Clothing, appearance, jewelry, accessory, footwear, and/or personal items shall be free of writing, images, symbols or any other insignias that:
          1. Are lewd, obscene, vulgar, or profane.
          2. Advocate, represent or promote racism, discrimination, violence or hate in any form.
          3. Signify gang affiliation.
          4. Advocate, represent or promote tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or any illegal substance(s).
          5. Advocate, represent or promote criminal or illegal activities.
          6. Infringe on the rights of others.
          7. Are pornographic or sexually suggestive.
      2. Specific dress and appearance standards are found at Student Support Services online at https://studentsupport.jordandistrict.org/dresscode.
      3. School administration may authorize exceptions for health/medical issues, religious beliefs, or safety reasons.
      4. School dress and appearance enforcement should be reasonable and seek to minimize the loss of instructional time.
    4. Graduation
      The graduation commencement ceremony is a formal and dignified in-person school sponsored activity which has significant meaning for graduates, parents, families, staff, and the community. The commencement ceremony, from the opening of the processional to the completion of the recessional, honors the collective achievement of the graduating class.
      In order to maintain the dignity, decorum, propriety, and respect of the commencement ceremony, the following is expected of all participants:

      1. Conduct, dress and appearance is to adhere to the provisions in this policy and be appropriate for a ceremony of this nature.
      2. Graduates are expected to wear the prescribed cap and gown without decoration, additions, or alterations.
      3. Formal, semi-formal, or customary dress attire is appropriate for a commencement ceremony.
      4. Only school issued and approved tassels, sashes, pins, hoods, cowls, mantles, cords, insignias, or medals signifying achievement, honor, participation, membership, or recognition may be worn.

Virtual graduation commencement ceremonies or events are school sponsored activities. Student conduct, dress, and appearance standards are contained in II.A-C above and are under the direction of the school administration.

 

Revision history: 12/4/2004, 8/28/12, 3/26/13, 5/22/18

  • Effective: 5/24/1971
  • Revision: 8/23/1994
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes the need for school bus discipline in order to assure the safety and well-being of school bus passengers, drivers, and others. Therefore, the Board delegates to the District Administration responsibility for establishing policy for school bus discipline.  The privilege of riding the bus is conditional upon compliance with this policy.
  2. Administrative Policy
    School bus discipline shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. The school bus driver shall be responsible for maintaining discipline when traveling on a regular bus route, on a field trip or activity run, and while loading and unloading students.
      1. The school bus driver has authority to stop any student behavior which is disruptive, distracting, hazardous, in violation of policy, or in any way poses a threat to safety.
      2. When student passengers are accompanied by a supervising adult, the bus driver shall work through the adult to see that discipline is maintained. The supervising adult is responsible to assure proper student conduct on the school bus.
    2. In providing transportation services, the school bus driver shall adhere to the following:
      1. The driver shall travel prescribed routes except when emergency conditions necessitate a route change.
      2. The driver shall stop the bus to load and unload students only at authorized bus stops or as designated by field trip or travel plans.
      3. Eligibility for bus service shall be based on District and state guidelines.
      4. The driver may make seating assignments.
    3. In order to assure that school buses provide a clean, safe environment, the following regulations shall be observed:
      1. Students shall not be allowed on the bus unless the driver is present.
      2. Students shall not consume drinks or food items on the bus except when unusual circumstances warrant a special clearance from the driver.
      3. No illegal substances, hazardous materials, nuisance items, or animals shall be brought aboard the bus, except approved service animals as required by law.
      4. Bus doorways, steps, aisles, and driving compartments shall be kept free of students, equipment, personal items, etc.
      5. Incidents of vandalism shall be investigated and restitution sought for damages.
    4. The code of student conduct shall be posted in each school bus.
    5. Students who bring a weapon or facsimile of a weapon on the bus or who commit arson, burglary, larceny, criminal mischief, battery or assault, or engage in activities which violate federal, state or local laws, shall be disciplined in accordance with the procedures outlined in Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
    6. The following procedures shall be implemented when a rule of student conduct is broken which does not constitute prohibited behavior as outlined in Policy AS67—Discipline of Students:
      1. First Minor Offense:
        The driver shall give a verbal warning.
      2. Repeated Minor Offenses and Serious First Offenses:
        The driver shall issue a student ticket, providing copies for the parents and school administrator.
      3. Continuing Problems and Repeated Serious Offenses:
        The driver shall issue a "Second Offense" ticket, providing copies for the parents and school administrator. The school administrator shall implement disciplinary procedures.
    7. Disciplinary procedures for serious or repeated violations of the rules of student conduct:

      1. The school administrator shall hold a conference with the offending student.
      2. The school administrator shall notify parents of the school bus incident.
      3. The school administrator shall determine appropriate disciplinary action; i.e., reprimand, place on probation, conference with parents, etc.
      4. If the student's riding privileges are in question, a conference must be held with the student, parent, bus driver, and school administrator to determine appropriate corrective action.
      5. The student's due process rights are to be assured according to guidelines outlined in Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
    8. When student behavior poses an immediate threat to safety, the bus driver shall do the following:
      1. Stop the bus and identify the student(s) involved.
      2. Restore order.
        1. An offending student may not be ejected from the bus except at the regular bus stop or at the school.
        2. If order cannot be restored, the driver shall call for assistance from the Transportation Department or local police department.
      3. Corrective disciplinary measures shall be determined by the school administrator according to the procedures outlined in Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
    9. Information on Policy DA170 School Bus Discipline shall be made available to parents annually as part of the student registration materials.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 7/14/1998
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that good discipline and control must be maintained in schools to provide a wholesome educational environment.  The Board, therefore, delegates to the District Administration responsibility for establishing policy for staff responsibility in disciplining students.
  2. Administrative Policy
    In order to maintain a good learning environment, each school principal shall work cooperatively with faculty members, parents, and students to establish a student code of conduct which outlines behavior requirements consistent with District administrative policies.  Individual teachers will be responsible for maintaining good discipline and control in their classes and extracurricular assignments.  All staff members will assist in maintaining discipline in other areas of the building and school grounds.

    1. Teachers and other staff members will promote good rapport with students by demonstrating qualities of honesty, fairness, and consistency in their dealings.  Teachers are expected to help students develop and maintain respect for themselves, for others, and for school property.
    2. Teachers will maintain effective control of the instructional situation in order to provide optimum learning opportunities for all students.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to plan lessons carefully and engage in instructional activities which further student interest.
    3. Principals will work with faculty members to develop and implement teaching methods to alleviate potential discipline problems in the classroom.  Such preventive measures might include:
      1. Redirecting student interest and energy away from disruptive channels toward productive activity.
      2. Involving students in learning situations through participation in individual projects, small group activities, role playing, or discussions.
    4. In situations where student behavior becomes disruptive to the extent that it interferes with the learning and teaching process, the principal or teacher may submit students to reasonable punishment.
      1. Student disciplinary action must be consistent with established rules and regulations.
      2. No one may inflict cruel or irresponsible punishment upon a student or exercise other liberties prohibited by statutory law including any form of corporal punishment as defined under Utah Code §53G-8-301(1).
      3. Students requiring discipline are to be dealt with in a professional and objective manner, without undue emotional display.
    5. When student behavior becomes disruptive to the extent that immediate measures must be taken to avoid personal injury or abuse to themselves or others, teachers, acting in loco parentis, may restrain to control the student or students involved.
    6. Corrective disciplinary measures shall be implemented in accordance with Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
    7. Teachers will provide supervision in their classes and during assigned extracurricular assignments.
    8. Teachers have the responsibility to set and maintain high standards of behavior and act as role models to their students. (See Policy AS95 – Conduct Related to School Activities.)
    9. Teachers and other staff members have the responsibility to communicate with students and their parents in a professional manner.   Text messages to students must be of a professional, not personal nature.  The message content, and frequency will be used to determine if disciplinary action is taken by the District.