Piedmont City School District
Code of Student Conduct
Philosophy of Discipline 3 Knowledge of Rules of Conduct 3
Equal Education Opportunity Statement 3 Jurisdiction of Board 3 Role of
Home, Student, School, and Personnel 4
Student Grievance Procedure Disciplinary
Methods / Procedures Seclusion and Restraint Policy Classification of
Violations and Sanctions Explanations of Violations
Bullying / Cyber bullying
No Fight Policy
Authority of Teachers
Free Speech / Expression
Search and Seizure Policy Vehicles on Campus Attendance
Tardiness / Checkouts
Visitors to School
Acceptable Use Policy for Technology Electronic Device Misuse
Required Use and Internet Safety Policy Anti-Harassment Policy
Harassment Complaint Form Harassment Witness Form
Student Transportation / Bus Rules It’s The Law
PHILOSOPHY OF DISCIPLINE
The Piedmont City Board of Education believes that its schools
should create an environment that is conducive to learning, free from
unnecessary distractions and disturbances, and supportive of the
effective functions of students, personnel, and the school. Furthermore,
the Board believes the school should foster a friendly, purpose-driven
atmosphere in which students and school personnel work cooperatively
toward mutual goals.
As students progress in our public schools, it is expected that
age and greater maturity should result in assuming greater
responsibility for their actions. It is recognized that differences in
age and maturity require different types or degrees of disciplinary
action. The procedures identified in this document shall apply to all
students in grades K-12. Each school within the Piedmont City School
District (PCSD) will also establish specific age-appropriate guidelines
for their respective student bodies in their school handbooks.
This Code of Student Conduct is designed to accomplish the following:
Describe the roles of the home, student, and school in guiding student conduct.
Identify student responsibilities and rights.
Identify classifications of violations and describe procedures for disciplinary action.
Explain due process procedures.
Provide staff, students, and parents a guide for expected student conduct in the PCSD
KNOWLEDGE AND OBSERVATION OF RULES OF CONDUCT
To abide by laws, Board of Education policies, and individual school rules and policies
regarding rules of conduct
To document receipt of the Code of Student Conduct
To be informed of laws, Board of Education policies, and individual school rules and policies
regarding rules of conduct
To be informed of specific grounds of violations of the Code of Student Conduct
EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
The Piedmont City Schools does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs
and activities and provides equal access to designated youth groups. The
following person(s) has been designated to address inquiries regarding
the non- discrimination policies:
Mike Hayes, Title IX Coordinator, 502 Hood Street West,
Piedmont, AL 36272, 256-447-8831 Debra Ledbetter, 504 Coordinator, 504
Hood Street, Piedmont, AL 36272, 256-447-7483 Revonda Pruitt, Title II
Coordinator, 506 Hood Street, Piedmont, AL 36272, 256-447-9481
For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Students enrolled in Piedmont City Schools are subject to the
policies of the Piedmont City Board of Education and to the rules and
regulations of the schools. Furthermore, the authority of school
officials to manage student conduct off school campus and outside normal
school hours is well established in the law. When students are engaged
in school-sponsored activities, the authority of school officials is the
same as for activities that take place during school. This authority
applies to all school-sponsored activities on school property or at
other venues used by the school or school organization including but not
limited to the following: field trips, athletic events, club and
organization meetings, school-sponsored social events, school groups
representing the school system in educational events, school related
transportation by school bus or private automobile, and all activities
where appropriate school personnel have jurisdiction over students.
Similarly, all school
regulations and prohibitions shall apply to automobiles driven
or parked on school property or at establishments used for school
activities. Jurisdictional control over the student shall also be
extended to the immediate vicinity of the school when the conduct of the
student is detrimental to school property or to the health, safety, and
welfare of school personnel and students.
The school may exercise jurisdiction to discipline students for
off-campus conduct unrelated to school activities under appropriate
circumstances. Disciplinary actions may be imposed for serious
misconduct away from campus whether or not school is in session when
such conduct occurs if, after investigation by school officials, such
off-campus activities may be reasonably deemed to threaten the ability
of the district to maintain a safe, orderly, and disciplined educational
environment. This policy is not limited to school-related events only.
ROLE OF THE HOME, STUDENT, SCHOOL, AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL
In order for schools to operate safely and efficiently, there
must be a cooperative relationship among students, parents/guardians,
and educators. The following expectations should guide the cooperative
relationship amongst these groups.
Parents or Guardians should:
maintain regular communications with the school authorities concerning their child's progress
ensure that their child is in daily attendance and promptly report and explain any absences
and/or tardiness in writing
provide their child with the resources needed to complete class work
assist their child in being healthy, neat, clean, and appropriately dressed
bring to the attention of school authorities any problem or condition which affects their child
or other children of the school
discuss report cards and work assignments with their child
discuss penalties and consequences of violation of school rules with their child
maintain up-to-date home, work, and emergency telephone numbers at the school
attend all classes daily and be punctual in attendance
be prepared in class with appropriate working materials
be responsible for their work
be respectful to all individuals and respect their property
refrain from profane language, obscene gestures, or inflammatory statements
conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner
be healthy, clean, neat, and appropriately dressed
abide by the rules and guidelines of the school and teachers
seek changes in an acceptable manner
encourage effective guidance procedures
maintain an atmosphere conducive to good behavior
provide a flexible curriculum to meet the needs of all students
maintain effective discipline based upon fair and impartial treatment of all students
encourage the school staff, parents / guardians, and students to use the services of
engage in regular parental communication with the school
encourage parent involvement in affairs of the school
involve students and parents in the development of rules and regulations
involve the entire community in the improvement of the quality of life
School Personnel should:
be regular and punctual in attendance
perform their duties efficiently and effectively
respect other individuals and their property
refrain from the use of profanity or inflammatory statements
conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner
be healthy, clean, neat, and appropriately dressed
adhere to the policies prescribed by the Board of Education and to the rules and regulations
established by the school
participate in activities designed to promote professional development
utilize a variety of disciplinary and guidance methods which may include the following:
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STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS
Individual student rights involve responsibilities that must be
viewed in relation to the health, safety, and welfare of the majority
of students within each school. The Principal assumes administrative
responsibility and provides instructional leadership under the
supervision of the Superintendent and in accordance with established
policies of the Board of Education. The faculty and staff assist in the
safe and orderly operation of the school and assure the rights of
All students are entitled to, and shall receive, due process in all discipline matters.
The degree of due process afforded shall be dependent upon the gravity
of the offense a student is alleged to have committed and the severity
of the contemplated punishment.
Disciplinary authority must be exercised with fairness. Before
being punished for violation of Board policies or school regulations, a
student shall have the right of the following minimum due process
The student shall be given oral or written notice of the charges against him/her.
The evidence against the student shall be explained to him/her.
The student shall be given the opportunity to present his or her own version of the facts
concerning the charges.
The local school administration shall ensure that all
disciplinary actions are administered in accordance with the minimum due
process requirements noted above. The school administration shall
maintain a written record of all disciplinary actions, and of the
procedures followed in determining such action, in accordance with Board
policy. A record of all required written notices and disciplinary
procedures shall be maintained by the school administration in such form
as may be required by the Superintendent.
In the event the parent or guardian believes the school
Principal's decision violates Board policy, the parent or guardian may
appeal the decision to the Superintendent or his designee for a
determination of whether the disciplinary action is in accordance with
Board policy. All such requests must be in writing, and must be received
by the Superintendent within three days of the date on which the
Principal's written decision is received by the parent. The
Superintendent may make such determination on the basis of the written
record, or may conduct interviews of the parties involved or such other
investigation, as the Superintendent deems appropriate. The
Superintendent will issue a written decision to the parent/guardian and
the school Principal within a reasonable time.
STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
The purpose of this procedure is to provide an orderly and
systematic method whereby students can resolve differences that might
develop between them and professional employees of the Board of
Education in an equitable and expeditious manner.
Grievance - Grievance shall mean a claim submitted
by a student or group of students of a violation of human or
citizenship rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, federal
or state law, a misinterpretation of the Board of Education policy by
professional staff members, a misapplication of administrative rules and
regulations by professional staff members.
Student - Student shall mean any person currently
enrolled in a school operated under the authority of the Piedmont City
Board of Education.
Days - Days shall mean school days exclusive of Saturday, Sunday, or official holidays, as established by the school calendar.
Parties in Interest - Any persons involved in the processing of a grievance.
Most grievances can be resolved informally and at the immediate
level of supervision. The parent or guardian of a student shall have
the right to request review of the disciplinary action by the school
Principal. The Board of Education advises the public that the
proper channeling of complaints involving instruction, discipline,
personnel, or learning material is as follows:
Superintendent of Schools
Board of Education
With this objective in mind, simple and honest communication is
encouraged between students, teachers, and/or administrators. Parents
or guardians should feel free to communicate with teachers and
Principals at any point in the procedure. A student who feels he/she has
a grievance should present the matter orally to his or her teacher if
the teacher is in a position to resolve the grievance. If the teacher is
not in a position to resolve the grievance, the matter should be
presented to the Assistant Principal. If not resolved by the Assistant
Principal, the grievance should be presented to the Principal. The
Principal shall attempt to resolve the grievance within five (5) days
from the time presented and advise the grievant of the decision within
two (2) days thereafter. If the grievance is resolved, or if no further
action is needed, the matter is closed.
If the grievance is not resolved through the informal
procedure, a student and/or his or her parent/guardian may present a
formal grievance. The grievance must be filed in writing at each level
and the grievant shall indicate with this filing at each level that will
accompany or represent him in any meetings or hearings that might be
conducted. All meetings and hearings shall be conducted at a specified
time, which does not interfere with the student's scheduled classes or
activities. All decisions at each level shall be recorded in writing and
filed for future reference.
Level 1 - Principal
Representation--The grievant must present the grievance, but
may be accompanied by a parent or guardian, a fellow student, or a
faculty member of the student's choice.
The aggrieved party shall file the grievance in writing with
the Principal and the aggrieved party shall sign the grievance. The
Principal shall set a time to discuss the grievance that is mutually
convenient for the parties-in-interest and shall seek an amicable
solution to the problem. Within 5 days after receipt of the grievance,
the Principal shall hear the grievance and within 2 days after hearing
the grievance shall notify the aggrieved party in writing of the final
decision. If the Principal does not resolve the grievance to the
satisfaction of the aggrieved at level one, the grievant may appeal
within 10 days to the Superintendent.
Level 2 - Superintendent
Representation--The grievant must present the grievance
initially, but may be represented by anyone of his choosing, except for
legal counsel unless previously agreed upon by the Superintendent.
Within 10 days after receipt of the decision at level one, the
aggrieved party and/or his parent or guardian may appeal to the
Superintendent. The Superintendent shall, within a 10-day period
following the appeal do one or more of the following, as he may deem
Review written decisions at level one together with any and all other documentary evidence that may be submitted.
Conduct a hearing with all persons whom he may choose to invite including, however, the Principal parties.
Designate such person or person as he deem appropriate to
investigate the grievance and to offer recommendations prior to making
his final decision.
After the Superintendent initiates one or more of the options
listed above, he shall within 7 days make a final decision on the appeal
and notify the grievant in writing of this decision. A copy of such
written notification shall be provided to the Principal.
Level 3 - Board of Education
Representation--The grievant and his or her parent or guardian
must be present, but he may be represented by anyone of his choosing,
including legal counsel.
Within 10 days after the receipt of the decision at level two,
the aggrieved party or his parent or guardian may appeal to the Board of
Education. The Board shall conduct a hearing at the next regular
scheduled meeting of the Board. The hearing may be an open or closed
session as requested by the grievant and his parent or guardian and all
parties-in-interest shall be permitted to attend. The Board shall reach a
decision concerning the grievance within 10 days after the hearing and
shall convey the decision to the grievant and his parent or guardian
within 2 days after reaching the decision.
DISCIPLINARY METHODS AND PROCEDURES
The following disciplinary methods and procedures shall be
implemented in accordance with Board policy and an applicable degree of
due process shall be followed in each instance. This listing of
disciplinary methods is not all-inclusive, and is not meant to suggest
that the Board disapproves other reasonable disciplinary actions.
Parent/teacher conferences are a vital part of a child’s
education. Teachers and parent/guardian should schedule at least one
conference each year. No conference is to take place during a teacher’s
instructional time. All parents are urged to request and attend other
conferences as needed. Appointments may be made through the office.
Parent conferences may be scheduled to discuss a student’s disciplinary
Disciplinary probation is a period of time specified by the
Superintendent, Principal, or his or her designee, during which a
student must correct his or her behavior while abiding by all other
school regulations. The staff members involved in the action will assist
in monitoring the student's adjustment to the school environment.
DISCIPLINARY WORK ASSIGNMENT
The Principal, or his or her designee, has the authority to
assign supervised activities related to the upkeep and maintenance of
school facilities for a reasonable and specified period of time. Work
assignments shall not interfere with any student's regular class
schedule. A parent or guardian will be notified prior to the student's
placement in a work assignment and will be responsible for
The Board authorizes the Principal to use a reasonable period
of time after school as discipline for student misconduct. Such
detention shall be properly supervised in a designated room (detention
hall). The parent/guardian must be notified of misconduct and must
arrange proper transportation before the student is sent to after-school
In-school suspension (ISS) is a structured disciplinary action
in which a student is isolated or removed from regular classroom
activities but not dismissed from the school setting. The Principal, or
his or her designee, has the authority to assign students to the ISS
program for a reasonable and specified period of time consistent with
Board policy. Students assigned to the ISS program will be counted
present to school and will be allowed to continue or make up their
academic work in accordance with Board policy. Students assigned to ISS
may be required to perform written work assignments as directed by the
ISS supervisor. Students may continue to participate in extracurricular
activities with approval of the Principal.
Bus students must comply with county bus rules. Rule violations
may lead to suspension from the bus. No student will be allowed to ride
the bus unless his or her residence is on that bus route. The
Principal, or his or her designee, has the authority to deny a student
the privilege of riding a bus. This denial, based on the misconduct of
the student, will be for a reasonable and specified period of time. A
parent or guardian will be notified prior to suspension from the bus and
will be responsible for providing transportation in such cases.
The Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent the right
to establish a Saturday morning school detention program for discipline
of student misconduct under the supervision of a Principal or
designee. Saturday School will be scheduled by the administration as needed.
Piedmont City Schools does not utilize corporal punishment administered by school personnel.
Home referral is the temporary removal of a student from
classes until a parent / guardian can meet with the Principal or
designee. The student may return to class upon completion of the
conference. Failure to comply with home referral may result in more
serious disciplinary actions.
Suspension is the temporary removal of a student from the
school environment for violation of school rules and regulations. The
Principal, or his or her designee, has the authority to suspend a
student from school. All suspensions will be in accordance with
prescribed Board policy. A student recommended for suspension will be
made aware of the charges and given an opportunity to respond. Any time
an action warrants suspension, a reasonable effort will be made to
contact a parent or guardian by telephone or written notice delivered by
the student or U.S. mail. The student is responsible for notifying his
or her parent / guardian of all written communications from the school.
Failure to do so may result in further disciplinary action. Further,
students may not participate in extracurricular or other school
activities while suspended.
The Superintendent, or his designee, for disciplinary reasons
may assign students to the Alternative School. The school Principal has
the responsibility to recommend consideration of Alternative School
placement to the Superintendent. A student may be suspended by the
Principal in accordance with Board policy pending a hearing before the
Superintendent or his designee regarding Alternative School placement.
If a recommendation for Alternative School placement is made, the
Principal shall notify, in writing, with a copy to the Superintendent,
the student and parent or legal guardian of the suspension or other
disciplinary action taken, the additional action recommended, and the
cause(s) for such action and recommendation. Students are assigned to
the Alternative School for a specified length of time, which is subject
to increase dependent upon the student's successful compliance with the
Alternative School program, including regular attendance and acceptable
behavior and work performance. Failure and/or unwillingness to comply
with requirements of the Alternative School program may result in a
recommendation for expulsion from Piedmont City Schools. If a student
withdraws from Piedmont City Schools during a pending Alternative School
recommendation or assignment, the pending matter must be addressed and
appropriate Alternative School time must be served upon the student’s
return to the school system. During assignment to Alternative School,
students are not permitted to be present on the regular school campus or
at school-sponsored activities.
Students with disabilities may be assigned to the Alternative
School upon the action and recommendation of the appropriate committee
and the Special Education/ Section 504 Coordinator, in accordance with
the Procedures for Handling Misbehavior of Students with Disabilities
mandated by the Board.
Expulsion is defined as the removal of a student from school in
the Piedmont City School System for violation of school rules or
regulations. In the case of offenses warranting such action, the
Principal has the responsibility to recommend student expulsion to the
Superintendent in accordance with Board policy. The board is ultimately
responsible for determining expulsion, pending due process (see p. 6-8)
or expulsion procedures followed by the administrative staff. The
hearing relative to expulsion and preliminary steps shall comply with
due process. If a student is recommended for expulsion, the local school
Principal shall notify, in writing, with a copy to the Superintendent,
the student and parent or legal guardian of the action taken and the
additional action recommended and the cause(s) for such action and
recommendation. Upon receipt of such recommendation, the
Superintendent shall promptly notify in writing the student and
parent or guardian of the time and place for the hearing and the
process to be followed in considering the recommendation for expulsion.
The hearing relative to expulsion, as well as all preliminary steps
concerning the hearing and recommendation, shall fully comply with
applicable due process criteria. The board hereby advises
parents/guardians of their responsibility for the conduct of their
children based on Legislative Act No 93-672 and Legislative Act 94-782,
which amend Section 16-28-12 of the CODE OF ALABAMA. These Acts have
important implications for parents and students of the school district.
Applicable sections of the CODE OF ALABAMA now read as follows:
Universal Citation: AL Code § 16-28-12 (2018)
Person in loco parentis responsible for child's school attendance and
behavior; noncompliance; local boards to promulgate written behavior
policy, contents, annual distribution, receipt to be documented; school
officials required to report noncompliance; failure to report suspected
violation; district attorneys vigorously to enforce provisions.
Each parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of any
child required to attend school or receive regular instruction by a
private tutor who fails to have the child enrolled in school or who
fails to send the child to school, or have him or her instructed by a
private tutor during the time the child is required to attend a public
school, private school, church school, denominational school, or
parochial school, or be instructed by a private tutor, or fails to
require the child to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails to
compel the child to properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil in
any public school in accordance with the written policy on school
behavior adopted by the local board of education pursuant to this
section and documented by the appropriate school official which conduct
may result in the suspension of the pupil, shall be guilty of a
misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than one
hundred dollars ($100) and may also be sentenced to hard labor for the
county for not more than 90 days. The absence of a child without the
consent of the principal teacher of the public school he or she attends
or should attend, or of the tutor who instructs or should instruct the
child, shall be prima facie evidence of the violation of this section.
(b) Each local public board of education shall adopt a written policy
for its standards on school behavior. Each local public school
superintendent shall provide at the commencement of each academic year a
copy of the written policy on school behavior to each parent, guardian,
or other person having care or control of a child who is enrolled.
Included in the written policy shall be a copy of this section. The
signature of the student and the parent, guardian, or other person
having control or custody of the child shall document receipt of the
(c) Any parent, guardian, or other person having control or
custody of any child enrolled in public school who fails to require the
child to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails to compel the
child to properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil in accordance
with the written policy on school behavior adopted by the local board of
education and documented by the appropriate school official which
conduct may result in the suspension of the pupil, shall be reported by
the principal to the superintendent of education of the school system in
which the suspected violation occurred. The superintendent of education
or his or her designee shall report suspected violations to the
district attorney within 10 days. Any principal or superintendent of
education or his or her designee intentionally failing to report a
suspected violation shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. The
district attorney shall vigorously enforce this section to ensure proper
conduct and required attendance by any child enrolled in public school.
Code 1927, §305; Code 1940, T. 52, §302; Acts 1993, No. 93-672, p.
1213, §1; Acts 1994, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 94-782, p. 70, §1.)
NOTIFICATION OF LEGAL AUTHORITIES
In situations where notification or involvement of legal
authorities is warranted and/or is required by law, school officials are
authorized and encouraged to contact law enforcement officials for
assistance. Incidents involving violations of Board policy concerning
trespassing, drugs, alcohol, firearms and/or other deadly weapons,
physical violence, property damage, and the like may require
intervention by law enforcement officials, up to and including arrest
and/or immediate removal of the
student from the school environment.
SECLUSION AND RESTRAINT
This policy shall apply to treatment of all students attending Piedmont City Schools in accordance Alabama Administrative Code 290-3-1-,02 (1) (f) and guidance from the Alabama State Department of Education.
Prohibition on the Use of Seclusion
Piedmont City Schools prohibits the use of seclusion, which
is defined as a procedure that isolates and confines the student in a
separate, locked area until he or she is no longer an immediate danger
to himself, herself, or others. Prohibited seclusion does NOT include
the following, and therefore may be allowed as necessary:
Situations in which a staff member trained in the use of
de-escalation techniques or restraint is physically present in the same
unlocked room as the student
In-school suspension or detention
A student-requested break in a different location in the room or in a separate room
Time-Out is a behavioral intervention in which the student is temporarily removed from the
learning activity. Time-out is appropriately used when:
heated or cooled.
the age of the child.
monitors the student.
Prohibited Forms of Restraint
Chemical Restraint- any
medication that is used to control violent physical behavior or
restrict the student’s freedom of movement that is not a prescribed
treatment for the student’s medical or psychiatric condition.
Mechanical Restraint- the use of any
device or material attached to or adjacent to a student’s body that is
intended to restrict the normal freedom of movement and which cannot be
easily removed by the student. However, prohibited mechanical restraint
DOES NOT INCLUDE (therefore it is allowed) an adaptive or protective
device recommended by a physician or therapist when used as recommended
by the physician or therapist to promote normative body positioning and
physical functioning, and/or to prevent self-injurious behavior. In
addition, mechanical restraint does not include seatbelts and other
safety equipment when used to secure students during transportation.
Prone Restraint or any method (face down, face up,
or on your side) of physical restraint in which physical pressure is
applied to the student’s body in a manner that restricts the flow of the
air to the student’s lungs.
Limitations on the Use of Physical Restraint
Physical Restraint is defined as direct physical
contact from an adult that prevents or significantly restricts a
student’s movement. Physical restraint is prohibited except in those
situations in which the student is in immediate danger to himself or
others and the student is not responsive to less intensive behavioral
interventions including verbal directives or other de-escalation
techniques. Physical Restraint does not include the following (therefore
may be allowed):
Providing guidance to a location
Providing limited physical contact as reasonably needed to prevent imminent destruction to
school or another person’s property.
Restraint should never be used as a form of discipline or punishment.
Procedures for Use of Physical Restraint
Applicable faculty and staff shall participate in training on
the utilization of physical restraint and appropriate policies.
Personnel participating in, or supervising the use of, physical
restraint shall submit documentation of each incident. When physical
restraint is utilized, school officials shall notify parents within a
reasonable time not to exceed one school day following the use of the
School personnel involved in each incident of physical
restraint, together with other personnel as appropriate, shall
participate in a debriefing session for the purpose of planning to
prevent or reduce reoccurrence of the use of restraint. Documentation of
physical restraint and / or isolation shall be submitted for review to
the Superintendent or designee at the Central Office on a monthly basis.
Any prohibited use of seclusion or chemical, mechanical, or physical
restraint shall be promptly reported to the Superintendent.
On at least an annual basis, the Superintendent or designee
shall provide a summary report to the Board regarding the documented use
of physical restraint, as well as any prohibited use of seclusion or
chemical, mechanical or physical restraint. Reports shall also be made
to the Alabama Department of Education in such format and in such
frequency as required by law or regulation.
Authority of School Personnel
Nothing in this policy shall be constructed to interfere with,
eliminate, restrict, or modify the authority or right of the Piedmont
City Schools, its schools, programs, officials, or personnel:
To utilize time-out (as herein defined) or any other classroom
management technique or approach, including a student’s removal from the
classroom, not specifically addressed in this policy
To take action and use reasonable force as permitted under the Code of Alabama (2018) 16- 1-14
To implement rules and procedures governing discipline under the Code of Alabama (2018) 16-28-12:
To take reasonable action to diffuse or break up a student fight or altercation
To take reasonable action to obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object on a
student’s person or within control of a student
To use discretion in the use of physical restraint to protect students or others from imminent
harm or bodily injury
Nothing in this policy shall be constructed to create a
criminal offense or private cause of action against the Piedmont City
Board of Education, its members, schools, programs, agents or employees.
Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Personnel
In some instances in which a student is an immediate danger to
himself or herself or others, school personnel must determine when it is
necessary to seek assistance from the law enforcement and / or
emergency medical personnel. Nothing in this policy shall be construed
to interfere with the duties of law enforcement or emergency medical
personnel. Parents shall be notified when students are removed from the
school or program setting by emergency medical or law enforcement
CLASSIFICATION OF VIOLATIONS AND SANCTIONS
The Piedmont City Board of Education feels that it is
fundamental that an orderly school has clearly defined behaviors to
which students must conform. Violations are grouped into three classes
ranging from least to most severe. Non-conformity to these behaviors
becomes violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Administrators and
appropriate school personnel shall investigate, verify, and take the
necessary action to resolve student misconduct. After determining a
violation and the classification of the violation, the Principal or his
or her designee will implement the appropriate sanction.
Violations apply to student conduct on a school campus, at
school related events, or while being transported to or from school or
school-related events. Below is a listing of each class of violations
sanctions for the Piedmont City School district.
Class I Violations
1.01 Distraction of other students
1.02 Intimidation of a student
1.03 Unauthorized organizations
1.05 Non-direct use of profane language or obscene manifestation
1.06 Non-conformity to dress code
1.07 Disruption on a school bus
1.08 Inappropriate public display of affection
1.09 Failure to follow directive / disobedience
1.10 Unauthorized absence from class or school / skipping
1.11 Refusal to complete class assignments
1.12 Unauthorized use of school or personal property
1.13 Littering on school property
1.14 Any other violation the Principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category after
Class I Sanctions
Conference with the student
Temporary withdrawal of privilege(s)
Other sanctions as approved by the local board of education
Class II Violations
2.01 Refusal to follow directive from a local board of education employee / defiance
2.02 Vandalism/property damage
2.03 Theft of property up to $100 in value
2.05 Knowingly in possession of stolen property
2.06 Threats / extortion / bullying
2.08 Direct use of profane language or obscene manifestations (verbal, written, gesture directed
towards another person)
2.09 Unauthorized absence from school for a day or more
2.10 Written or verbal proposition to engage in sexual acts
2.11 Inappropriate or unwelcome touching of another person
2.12 Possession and/or use of matches or lighters
2.13 Unauthorized use of electronic communication device
2.14 Cheating / plagiarism
2.15 Intentionally providing false information to a local board of education employee
2.16 Failure to complete alternative assigned punishment
2.17 Internet violations
2.18 Disruptive conflict that does not become physical
2.19 4th repeated Class I violation
2.20 Any other violation which the Principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category after
Class II Sanctions
Extended In-school suspension, not to exceed 20 days
Alternative education program
Referral to outside agency, including the Criminal Justice System
Restitution of money/damage to property
Any sanction(s) included in Class I and other sanctions as approved by the local board of
Class III Violations
3.02 Robbery (forcible)
3.03 Theft of property over $100 in value
3.04 Burglary of school property
3.05 Criminal mischief
3.06 Bomb / Terroristic threat
3.07 Sexual offense / harassment
3.09 Inciting or participating in major student disorder
3.10 Unjustified activation of fire alarm system or fire extinguisher
3.11 Assault on another person
3.12 Possession of a weapon (other than firearm)
3.13 Preparing, possession, transfer, and/or igniting explosive device
3.14 Possession, use, or transfer of illegal drugs / paraphernalia or alcoholic beverage(s)
3.15 Accessing / changing information in school computer / school program to cause harm to
3.16 Crimes defined under the laws of the city, State of Alabama or the United States
3.17 Threats toward staff
3.18 Profanity / Defiance / Severe disrespect toward school personnel
3.19 Possession of pornographic material
3.20 Possession of a firearm
3.21 Possession of tobacco products or any component / type of electronic "vaping" device
3.22 Any other offense that the Principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category after
investigation and consideration of extenuating circumstances
Class III Sanctions
Any sanction(s) included in Classes I and II and other sanction(s) as approved by the local board of education
BULLYING AND CYBER-BULLYING
Bullying is defined as a pattern of behavior intended to cause
distress in one or more students, including physical or verbal
harassment or threatening behavior towards others. Cyber-bullying
includes these same actions through the use of technology. Such
intimidation is not permitted in the Piedmont City School District and
may be considered illegal. Students involved in bullying / cyber-
bullying may be suspended, referred to law enforcement, and/or
recommended for expulsion.
Any student feeling that they are the victim of bullying or
cyber-bullying, or know of someone in the Piedmont City School District,
who is a victim, should report such incidents to the counselor and / or
administration immediately. Any parent, guardian, or family member of a
victim or bystander should also report such incidents to the counselor
and/or administration immediately.
Anyone with information regarding bullying and/or cyber-bullying may report incidents anonymously.
NO FIGHT POLICY
The Piedmont City Board of Education is committed to providing a
safe and orderly environment that is conducive to teaching and
learning. It is the policy of this school system that fighting in school
buildings, on school grounds, at any school-sponsored event, or on a
school-owned vehicle will not be tolerated. A fight is defined as “any
physical conflict between two or more individuals”. A student under
attack should detach himself or herself from the situation to seek an
adult to help if possible. Disciplinary consequences may be different
for an aggressor than for a victim. The Principal or designee may impose
sanctions according to any investigation into the fight.
School officials may file a complaint or petition with Calhoun
County Juvenile Court against all students involved in repeat incidents
of fighting. A list of witnesses should be included with to the
complaint / petition. Students involved in a bona fide fight will not be
allowed to stay on school premises. Parents will be required to pick up
those students involved in the fight at the Principal’s office. If
necessary, law enforcement may be utilized at the Principal’s
GROOMING AND DRESS CODE
The Piedmont City Board of Education is committed to providing a
safe and orderly environment that is conducive to teaching and learning
and free from unnecessary distraction. No student may dress or appear
in a manner that is considered disruptive of the teaching-learning
process. Personal appearance and / or attire that interferes with the
instructional program, creates a health hazard, or is deemed a
disturbance is not acceptable. The administration has the discretion to
determine when clothing or appearance is inappropriate. School
administration reserves the right to develop additional policies to
address age-appropriate dress codes.
The following clothing items are prohibited:
Clothing or paraphernalia may not be racist, sexist, immoral, clearly indecent, vulgar, gang
affiliated, or compromise safety.
Clothing or paraphernalia that advertises or displays any product or service not permitted to
minors by law. Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry,
hair style, accessory, or body adornment that contain any
advertisements, symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that:
o Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons
o Are sexual in nature
o Denote membership in gangs which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive
behavior by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or other attribute o Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd or legally libelous
o Threaten the safety or welfare of any person
o Promote any activity prohibited by the PCS Code of Student Conduct
Pajamas or house shoes
Sunglasses, hoods, hats, hair styles, or other head coverings that hide a student’s identity
Inappropriately sheer, tight, torn, ripped, or low cut clothing that bares or exposes parts of the
body including the stomach, buttocks, back, breasts, upper thighs, or undergarments.
Clothing that distracts or disrupts others from the educational process.
Student clothing must adhere to the following guidelines:
Shirt hems must fall below the beltline.
Shirt straps must be worn on the shoulder and be at least 3’’ in width from front to back.
Shorts, skirts, and any holes/rips/tears in clothing must be mid-thigh level or longer when
Sagging is not allowed.
In accordance with health and safety regulations, footwear must be worn at all times.
Students who violate this policy will be subject to
disciplinary action. It will be left to the discretion of the
administration or a designee to determine when clothing, appearance, or
items brought to school are inappropriate for the educational setting.
AUTHORITY OF TEACHERS
All students are subject to the authority of all teachers in
the classroom, halls, and any other place on campus while participating
in any school function, during, before, and after school. This extends
to weekend events held on school campuses. An assault or a threat
directed toward any staff member is grounds for expulsion and legal
PENALTIES FOR CHEATING
A student caught cheating by either giving or receiving
information will receive a zero on the assignment. Incidents of cheating
/ plagiarism will be reported to the Principal and may receive
additional disciplinary sanctions after investigation.
Any threat by an individual, group, or organization that, if
carried out, would pose potential danger to the safety of students,
staff, faculty and / or administration will be regarded as a serious
matter and treated accordingly. The Piedmont City Board of Education
will not tolerate terroristic threats. Any student found guilty of a
terroristic threat shall be subject to expulsion.
RESTITUTION OF DAMAGES
The Board authorizes the Superintendent and his or her
designees to investigate the restitution or repayment of loss or
destruction of property belonging to the Piedmont City School System,
employees, or students as a result of student misconduct. Restitution
may be in the form of disciplinary work assignment, financial
compensation, criminal charges or other legal action against the student
RIGHTS OF FREE SPEECH AND SELF-EXPRESSION
Citizens in our democracy are guaranteed freedom of speech and self-expression under the 1st and 14th Amendments
of the United States Constitution. Student rights in the school setting
must be balanced against the school's legitimate interest in
maintaining a safe and orderly environment, requiring socially
appropriate behavior, and ensuring that all students are protected from
real or perceived threats, harassment, and similar harm.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE POLICY
PRIVACY AND PROPERTY RIGHTS
Federal and state laws provide persons with a reasonable
expectation of privacy in addition to freedom from unreasonable search
and seizure of property. Such guarantees are not unlimited and must be
balanced by the school's responsibility to protect the health, safety,
and welfare of all students. Law enforcement agencies are permitted to
make periodic visits to all schools to detect the presence of illegal
drugs or weapons and may use any lawful means at their disposal to
detect the presence of such substances. The visits will be unannounced
to anyone except the Superintendent and Principal.
The Board of Education fully recognizes the implications of
constitutional law in the area of student privacy. Tangible property
items as student desks, lockers, school-issued computers, computer bags,
and related property are and remain the property of the Board of
Education. The Board of Education is charged with the maintenance of
such property items and thus, authorizes inspection for any
maintenance-related reasons and other reasons related to the routine
operations of the school and classroom.
With respect to opening student lockers or desks for other
reasons, the following shall be considered applicable throughout the
School District. Desks, lockers and other equipment that belong to the
Board, although assigned to particular students for use, may be entered
and searched by school officials whenever said school officials have
reasonable belief that some substance or other material is contained
therein which is illegal, harmful, significantly disruptive, or
dangerous to the overall discipline of the school. School officials may
impound items that are specifically prohibited by law, by Board policy,
or by local school regulation. In such cases, students shall be given a
receipt for said impounded items. Such prohibited items shall include,
but shall not be limited to the following:
drugs of any sort
pornographic or obscene materials
tobacco products / electronic “vaping” devices / components
any other object, controlled substance, or materials that would be a violation or evidence of a
violation of federal or state law, of Board Policy, or of the local school regulation.
Interrogation of Students
Any law enforcement authority on school property during regular
school hours, without the knowledge of the school’s Principal or his
designee, shall not interrogate a student enrolled in the school
district. All interrogations and interviews shall be conducted in a
private setting and an official school representative shall be present.
School officials may allow private interviews with students by police
officers in appropriate situations with the Principal’s approval.
Reasonable effort shall be made to contact a parent or guardian and / or
to have a parent or guardian present. In those instances when a parent /
guardian cannot be contacted or is not present within a reasonable
period of time, school officials may allow interviews by law enforcement
officials to proceed in the absence of the parent / guardian. If the
student is to be removed from the school by police officers, a
reasonable effort shall be made to contact the parent / guardian. Questioning
or interviewing of students conducted by school officials DOES NOT
require parental contact or consent, even if such questioning occurs in
the presence or vicinity of law enforcement officials, or if the
information obtained by school officials is later shared with law
Search of a Student's Person / Personal Effects
The Board of Education authorizes teachers and administrative
personnel who have reasonable belief that a student is in possession of
weapons, illegal drugs, or other items harmful to the student or to the
welfare of the student body are allowed to search the person or personal
property of said student. Reasonable belief of
a violation may be based upon information from such sources as school
personnel, reliable students, law enforcement officers, visual evidence,
or any other reasonable source. Any search of students or their
personal effects will take place under the following conditions:
Any such action shall not deliberately be intended to embarrass, harass, or intimidate the student(s).
Any such action shall be with the knowledge and under the supervision of the school Principal or designee.
A teacher or administrator of the same sex as the student to be searched shall do any search of a student’s person privately.
Unless extenuating circumstances prevent, at least one witness
who is an administrator or teacher, also of the same sex as said
student, shall be present throughout the search.
A written record of the search shall be maintained in the
office of the school Principal. Student(s) shall be given a receipt for
all confiscated items.
VEHICLES ON CAMPUS
Students in the Piedmont City School System may be permitted to
drive private vehicles to school under the following conditions:
Students must possess and present a valid driver's license,
current vehicle registration, and have purchased a decal that is
Students are expected to park in designated areas and exit the
vehicles immediately. Sitting in vehicles parked on school campus at any
time is strictly prohibited.
Students are required to carry liability insurance in accordance with state law. Proof of liability insurance is required.
Students must sign an agreement / acknowledgement with consent to abide by all parking / vehicle operation rules.
The student driver shall abide by all Alabama traffic laws,
safety regulations, and school system rules regarding vehicles. The
administration retains the right to revoke driving or parking privileges
if the student is operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner, or deems
that the continued operation of the vehicle would be a safety hazard to
others, or discovers any other violation of this policy. The student
driver will obey all common rules of safety, courtesy, and consideration
of others. The student also understands and agrees that the vehicle is
subject to inspection and search by school officials in accordance with
law and the Search and Seizure policy of the Board of Education. Neither
Piedmont High School nor the Board of Education assumes any liability
for any vehicle on its property. The owner / operator of the vehicle
drives and parks on Piedmont City School District property at his or her
Bicycles and Motorcycles
All bicycles or motorcycles are to be parked in places
designated by the Principal immediately upon arriving at school. The
school does not assume responsibility for these vehicles while on
campus. Helmets are required to be worn for all motorcycle and bicycle
riders. Riding skateboards, roller-skating, and roller-blading is
prohibited on campus.
Every child between the ages of 6 and 17 years is required to
attend a public school, private school, church school, or to be
instructed by a competent private tutor for the entire length of the
school term in every scholastic year. The parent, legal custodian, or
guardian of a child who is 6 years of age may opt out of enrolling their
child in school at the age of 6 years but must notify the local school
board of education in writing that the child will not be enrolled until
he or she is seven years of age. Except that, prior to attaining his or
her 16th birthday, a child attending a church
school as defined in AL Code (2018) Section 16-28-1 is exempt from the
requirements of this section provided such child complies with
enrollment and reporting procedures specified in AL Code (2018) Section
16-28-7. Admission to public school shall be considered on an individual
basis with the application of the parents, legal custodian, or guardian
of the child to the local board of education at the beginning of each
school year under such rules and regulations as the board may prescribe.
Alabama law states that parents/guardians having control over
school age children are responsible for the children’s regular
attendance and proper conduct. School administrators are required by
Alabama State Law to enforce compulsory school attendance laws.
According to Piedmont Board of Education Policy, all students are
expected to attend school on a regular basis. Students who miss more
than 50% of the school day are counted as absent for the entire day. If
attendance is kept on a class-by-class basis, the student must be
present more than 50% of the period to be counted as present.
Alabama Law requires parents / guardians to explain the
reason(s) for school absences of students under their control or
supervision. The parent / guardian must submit a written explanation
within 3 school days of a student’s return to school. Students must
bring an excuse to the office from a parent, guardian, medical
practitioner, or court official when they return to school after an
absence. The Principal or designee will determine if the excuse
presented is excused or unexcused using standardized criteria:
Excused absences recognized by the State of Alabama include:
Death in the immediate family
Inclement weather, which would be dangerous to the safety and health of the child, as
determined by the Principal
Specific emergency conditions as determined by the school
Permission of the Principal upon reasonable request of the parent/guardian
The school will accept 3 parent excuses per semester (5 for
students in grades K – 3). If the child is out 2 consecutive days, it
may be counted as one occurrence and covered by a parent excuse. If the
student is out 3 or more consecutive days, he or she must present a
doctor’s excuse. A student’s absence from school to accompany their
parents / guardians on a trip is not an excused absence except as
determined in advance by the Principal. The Principal shall make final
determinations on a case-by-case basis.
A student visiting a health care practitioner during normal
school hours should obtain an official excuse from the practitioner. The
excuse should state the date and time that the student was seen in the
office and also the date and time that the student is deemed able to
return to school. Doctor’s excuses are required for consecutive absences
of 3 or more.
Students who do not present a valid excuse by the third day of
returning to school will be considered unexcused for the preceding
absence(s). Students may not be allowed to make up work for unexcused
Students who miss all or part of a school day while attending
school-approved events will be counted as present. School-approved
events are those approved by the Superintendent and Principal in which
the student has permission to participate.
It is the student’s responsibility after absences to work with
their teachers for make up work, tests, and activities that the student
has missed after returning to school. If absent on or the day before a
regularly scheduled test, the student shall take the test at the
teacher’s earliest convenience when he or she returns to school. The
period for makeup work may be lengthened in cases involving extended
absences that are validated and excused. If a student is totally
disabled, the work will be sent home upon request. Missed tests should
be made up at a time designated by the teacher.
At the elementary level, a student is tardy anytime after the morning tardy bell rings until one hour after school starts.
At the middle and high school levels, a student is tardy if he
or she is not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings. A tardy is
anytime before the end of first period. A written excuse must accompany
all tardiness. A student with an unexcused tardy may not receive credit
for the work that has been missed. If tardy, no student is to be
admitted to class without a tardy slip from the office or counselor’s
Each student submits a registration card in the Principal’s
office each year that includes emergency contacts and persons permitted
to check the student out of school. If a parent or guardian has sole
custody, a statement from the court to this effect must be on file. If a
child’s situation changes, it is the responsibility of the parent to
come to the Principal’s office to change the registration card. Only the
person(s) designated on the checkout list may check a student out of
school. No other persons will be allowed to check out the student unless
the parent has contacted the Principal. All students must have an
active emergency phone number on file in the office of their respective
Parents are not allowed to go to the classroom to pick up
students. When a student is checked out of school an approved
individual, he or she must sign the student out in the office. A school
official must speak with a parent / guardian before a student is allowed
to check out of school. After signing out in the office, the student
must leave campus immediately. If the student returns to school after a
checkout on that same day, he or she must sign in at the office upon
returning. No student may leave campus without permission. This includes
students who arrive on campus before school begins.
CHECKING OUT DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER WARNINGS
If a parent decides to check out his or her student during an
inclement weather event, the parent will be asked to sign a disclaimer
form in the school office, which contains the following information:
Severe weather is a very serious consideration for both the
parent and the student. Although the school system considers remaining
in the school under our Inclement Weather Plan as the safest option for
the well-being of your child; we recognize the rights of a parent /
guardian to properly check out a student.
For the purposes of this section, truancy is
defined as the act of staying out of school without an excusable
reason. In an effort to comply with state law, the following steps will
1st Truancy (first unexcused absence)
The school attendance clerk shall notify the parent/guardian that the student was truant, and
the date of the truancy.
Parent/guardian also shall be provided a copy of Alabama’s compulsory school attendance
laws and advised to the penalties, which can be applied, and
the procedures that shall be followed in the event that other unexcused
5th Truancy (fifth unexcused absence)
The parent/guardian shall attend a conference with the Principal and/or attendance officer to
discuss the truancy of their child, and/or participate in the early warning program provided by
the juvenile court. Attendance at this conference shall be mandatory.
Failure to attend the school conference and/or to appear at the
early warning program shall result in the filing of a
complaint/petition against the parent under Code of Alabama (2018),
16-28-12 (failure to cooperate), or truancy against the child, whichever is appropriate.
7th Truancy (seventh unexcused absence)
1. After the seventh unexcused absence, a complaint / petition will be filed against the
child and / or parent / guardian within 10 school days.
Child Under Probation
The juvenile probation officer should notify the school
attendance officer of students under probation supervision by the
juvenile court as consistent with Code of Alabama (2018), 12-15-100
and 105. When a child under probation is truant, the school attendance
officer will immediately notify the juvenile probation officer.
A student will be counted perfect in attendance if he or she is
not absent from any class, not tardy to any class, or does not check
out of school at any time before the end of the school day unless
leaving class or campus on school-related business.
WITHDRAWAL AND LOSS OF DRIVER’S PERMIT
Alabama law states that students 16 or over who accumulate more
than 10 consecutive, or 15 cumulative, unexcused absences during a
semester may be withdrawn. The Alabama Department of Public Safety will
be notified for the purpose of denying this person a driver’s license or
learner’s permit if under 20 years of age. Also see Drop-out/Driver’s
License (Act 94-820); AL Code (2018) 16-28-40.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
Parents and others with business with school officials or
personnel are encouraged to visit the school. However, the protection of
the students and the need to avoid disruption of the proper atmosphere
for teaching / learning activities necessitates regulations concerning
such visits. No person shall trespass or loiter in any school building
or on any school grounds under the jurisdiction of the Piedmont City
Board of Education. All persons shall, upon entering a school building
of the Piedmont City School District, report immediately to the office
of the Principal and request a visitor’s pass. Any person who fails to
comply with the provisions of the visitors’ policy shall be in violation
of the rules regulations of the Piedmont City Board of Education and
the law of the State of Alabama and shall be punished as provided by
Public School Laws for the State of Alabama
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance on the
acceptable use of computers, networks, the Internet, electronic mail,
and related telecommunications equipment in the Piedmont City School
system. The Piedmont City School (hereafter referred to as “PCS”) system
has purchased technology resources to serve many Users of the community. The term User refers
to person (i.e., student, teacher, employee, parent, etc.) who uses the
technology resources of the PCS. PCS has provided technology resources
(i.e., computers, networks, the Internet electronic mail, software, etc)
for the following purposes:
To provide our students and faculty the resources to achieve program related goals/objectives
To provide a communication link between PCS and the community
To perform functions related to conducting business by PCS
Technology resources are an important part of our school
system, and may enhance the educational experience for our students and
assist employees in performance of the day-to-day operations of the
school system. Employees and students of PCS may be allowed to use the
school system’s electronic mail system. The use of computers, networks,
the Internet and electronic mail is a privilege that is granted to
users. Failure to use technology resources in an appropriate manner will
subject users to appropriate disciplinary action. In addition to any
disciplinary action, which may be imposed for violation of this policy, a
user may also have their access to PCS technology resources suspended
It is the policy of PCS that students will be allowed to access
the Internet or use electronic mail (if requested by a teacher) only
after receiving the written approval of their parent or legal guardian.
The Internet is a very powerful information tool that provides
tremendous educational opportunities; however, it also can provide
information that is considered inappropriate for a K- 12 educational
environment. While PCS requires students to adhere to the standards
contained in this policy, parents and guardians are ultimately
responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children
should follow when using media and information sources, including the
Internet. PCS supports and respects each family’s right to decide
whether or not to allow their child access to the Internet and
electronic mail. Students and parents must agree to abide by this
acceptable use policy before they will be allowed to access PCS
technology resources. Failure to use PCS technology resources in an
appropriate manner will subject the student to appropriate disciplinary
action as prescribed by the PCS Code of Student Conduct. In addition to
established punishment under the PCS Code of Student Conduct, a student
may also have computer, network, Internet, and electronic mail
privileges suspended or revoked.
PCS employees may also be allowed access to technology
resources in conjunction with their job duties and responsibilities. PCS
employees may also be asked to supervise students using technology
resources. Each employee shall maintain responsibility for the
technology resources under his or her supervision and control. Each User,
including each employee, must agree to abide by this acceptable use
policy before accessing any technology resources of PCS. Failure to use
PCS technology resources in an appropriate manner as prescribed by Board
policy, federal, state, and local law, will subject the User to
appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination. In
addition, PCS may suspend or terminate access to PCS technology
resources at its sole discretion.
School Board Limitation of Liability
PCS makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, that the functions or the 23
services provided by the school system will be error-free or
without defect. The school system will not be responsible for any damage
Users may suffer, including but not limited
to loss of data or interruption of service. The school system is not
responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through
or stored on the equipment. All communications and information stored on
computers owned by the school system shall be considered the property
of the school system and may be retrieved, monitored, deleted,
destroyed, modified, or used by PCS for any purpose at its sole
discretion. PCS will not be responsible for financial obligations or any
other damages incurred through the use of its technology resources.
Copyright and Plagiarism
Existing copyright law will be followed in using materials
accessed through the Internet. Teachers will instruct students to
respect copyright and to request permission to use
materials when appropriate.
Plagiarism is not acceptable. Teachers will instruct students in appropriate research
and citation practices.
Acceptable and Unacceptable Use(s)
The following uses of the PCS are considered acceptable:
Employees will use the technology resources only for purposes directly related to that
person’s job duties. Students may only use technology resources for purposes directly
related to the student’s educational program.
Users utilizing electronic mail through PCS will check their electronic mail frequently and
delete unwanted messages promptly.
Employees will only be allowed to subscribe to discussion groups, chat rooms, and/or
mail lists that are relevant to their job duties and
responsibilities. Students may be allowed to subscribe to discussion
groups, chat rooms or mail lists relevant to the student’s educational
program. Any student asking for subscription to one of these services
must submit a written request to the User’s teacher and receive the school Principal’s approval.
The following uses of the PCS technology resources are considered unacceptable:
Student Users who have electronic mail established with an organization other than PCS will not access that mail from within PCS.
Student Users will not be allowed to use any external Instant Messaging service (e.g.- AOL)
Users will not post personal contact information about
themselves or others anywhere on the Internet except for educational
purposes. Personal contact information includes home address, home
telephone, school address or telephone number, work address or telephone
numbers, e-mail addresses, etc.
Student Users will not agree to meet with someone they have met online without their parent’s approval and participation
Students Users will immediately
notify teachers, parents, or other school employees if they receive
unsolicited e-mail, or e-mail from anyone that threatens, harasses, or
makes the Users feel uncomfortable in any way.
Users may not use technology resources for
commercial purposes, defined as offering or providing goods or services
or purchasing goods or services for personal use. Purchases made for
official purposes must be accomplished through the purchasing methods
established by school board policy.
Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized
access, (i.e., “hacking”) to PCS computers or networks or go beyond
their authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through
another person’s account or access another person’s files. These actions
are illegal even if for browsing. Users may not utilize PCS technology resources to attempt
to gain unauthorized access to a computer or network owned by other persons or
Users will not attempt to disrupt computer system performance or destroy data by
intentionally spreading computer viruses or by any other means. Users will not access any system or configuration file without specific permission from the Superintendent or his designee.
Users will not use PCS’s computer system to engage
in or arrange to engage in illegal acts that could violate federal,
state or local law or Board of Education policies and procedures, (i.e.,
arranging for the purchase of alcohol, drugs, engaging in gang
activity, or threatening or harassing another person). Additionally, any
action that is associated with a violation of the PCS Code of Student
Conduct is considered inappropriate use of the school computer system.
Inappropriate Internet Sites
In general, purposely visiting an inappropriate Internet site
is the equivalent to bring the same inappropriate material to school in
the form of a book, magazine, videotape, audiotape, or other media, and
is subject to the same disciplinary actions as listed in the PCS Code of
Student Conduct. Any employee or other User Who accesses or visits inappropriate sites will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Inappropriate Internet sites are sites that a reasonable person
would conclude are inappropriate for a school environment. Specific
inflammatory, threatening, or use profane or disrespectful language.
Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public
messages, private messages, material posted in Web pages, and any media
accessed, viewed, created or stored on PCS technology resources.
Users will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, threatening, or disrespectful language.
Users will not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or a danger of disruption.
Users will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
Users will not harass another person. Harassment is defined as persistently acting in a
manner that distress or annoys another person. If a User tells another person to stop
sending messages to them, he or she must stop.
Users will not post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
All technology resources of PCS are to be used for educational
and job related purposes. Communications and activities conducted by
using PCS technology resources are not private, and Users do
not have any right to privacy when using these resources. School
administrators may, and will, at their sole discretion, review
communications; activities and date created on, contained on, or
accessed through PCS technology resources.
Users are hereby notified that monitoring software
will be used that records what sites have been visited and from which
computer the sites were accessed or viewed. PCS will utilize said
software to monitor its technology resources to ensure compliance with
federal, state and local law, PCS policy, and PCS’s educational
Users are hereby notified that filtering software will be utilized to prevent access to 25
inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web.
Users are hereby notified that all electronic mail will be subject to PCS monitoring and
that all messages may be reviewed by appropriate system
employees at their discretion for compliance with system policy,
federal, state, or local law or PCS educational objectives.
Users will not post private information about another person.
ELECTRONIC DEVICE MISUSE
Students shall not record, photograph or video other students
or school employees on school property, on a school bus or at
school-sponsored activities without their knowledge and consent, except
for activities considered to be in the public arena (e.g. sporting
events, public meetings, academic competitions or public performances).
School social events, activities sponsored by student clubs, team
building retreats, and activities that take place during the school day
are not considered to be in the public arena.
Students shall not e-mail, text, or post to the Internet or
social media, or otherwise electronically transmit images of other
individuals taken at school without their expressed consent.
Recording, photographing, or making video of others is strictly
prohibited in locker rooms, dressing rooms, health offices and
restrooms, where individuals have every expectation of privacy.
Students must have permission from their teacher to make phone
calls. In the event that a student becomes ill during the school day,
the parents will be notified and expected to respond accordingly.
It shall be left to each school to develop policies for personal electronic device usage for their campus.
STUDENT REQUIRED USE AND INTERNET SAFETY POLICY (RUP)
PURPOSE: Piedmont City Schools provides all students’ access to
the Internet, network resources as well as laptop computers at
designated graded levels, as a means to promote achievement and provide
diverse opportunities during the educational experience. This policy
provides guidelines and information about the limitations that the
school imposes on use of these resources. In addition to this policy,
the use of any school computer, including laptop computers, also
requires students to abide by the PCS Technology Use Guidelines as
stated in this Code of Student Conduct. Additional rules may be added as
necessary and will become a part of this policy.
TERMS OF THE REQUIRED USE AND INTERNET SAFETY POLICY
Specifically, the student will adhere to these guidelines each time the Internet is used at home and school:
Will make available for inspection by an administrator or
teacher upon request any messages or files sent or received at any
Internet location. Files stored and information accessed, downloaded or
transferred on district-owned technology are not private.
Will use appropriate language in all communications avoiding
profanity, obscenity and offensive or inflammatory speech. Cyber
bullying, such as personal attacks and/or threats on/against anyone made
while using district owned technology to access the Internet or local
school networks, is to be reported to responsible school personnel.
Rules of netiquette should be followed conducting oneself in a
responsible, ethical and polite manner.
Will follow copyright laws and should only download/import
music or other files to a district owned technology that he/she is
authorized or legally permitted to reproduce, or for which he/she has
Will never reveal identifying information, files or communications to others through email or post to the Internet.
Will not attempt access to networks and other technologies
beyond the point of authorized access. This includes attempts to use
another person’s account and/or password.
Will not share passwords or attempt to discover passwords.
Sharing a password could cause the primary user to become liable if
problems arise with its use and subject to disciplinary action.
Will not download and/or install any potentially harmful
programs, files, or games from the Internet or other sources onto any
district owned technology. This includes the intentional introduction of
computer viruses and other malicious software.
Will not tamper with computer hardware or software, engage in
unauthorized entry into computers, vandalize or destroy the
computer/computer files. Damage to computers may result in felony
Will not attempt to override, bypass or otherwise change the Internet filtering software or other network configurations.
Will use technology for school-related purposes only during the
instructional day while refraining from use related to commercial,
political or other private purposes.
Will not make use of materials or attempt to locate materials
that are unacceptable in a school setting. This includes, but is not
limited to pornographic, obscene, graphically violent, or vulgar images,
sounds, music, language, video or other materials. The criteria for
acceptability is demonstrated in the types of material made available to
students by administrators, teachers, and the school media center.
Specifically, all district owned technologies should be free at all
times of any pornographic, obscene, graphically violent, or vulgar
images, sounds, music, language, video or other materials (files).
Will not connect any personal technologies such as laptops and
workstations, wireless access points and routers, printers, etc. to
district owned and maintained local, wide or metro area network.
Connection of personal devices such as iPods, smart phones, PDAs and
printers are permitted but not supported by PCS technical staff. Home
internet use and cost is the responsibility of the student both in cost
Will keep laptop secure and damage free. Each laptop is issued
with a protective book bag style case. Use of provided laptop bags is
required at all times. Follow these general guidelines:
• Do not loan your laptop or charger and cords.
• Do not leave the laptop in vehicle.
• Do not leave your laptop unattended.
• Do not eat or drink while using the laptop or have food or drinks in close proximity to the laptop.
• Do not allow pets near your laptop.
• Do not place the
laptop in floor or in sitting area such as couches or chairs. • Do not
leave the laptop near table or desk edges.
• Do not stack objects on top of your laptop.
• Do not leave the laptop outside or use near water such as a pool.
• Do not check the laptop as luggage at the airport.
Will back up data and other important files regularly. PCS will
at times maintenance the laptops by imaging. All files not backed up to
server storage space or other storage media will be deleted during
these processes. Students are ultimately responsible for backing up all
personal files on their own storage media.
By signing this policy you agree to abide by the conditions
listed above and assume responsibility for the care and proper use of
PCS technology, including personally backing up personal data. PCS is
not responsible for any loss resulting from delays, non-deliveries,
missed deliveries, lost data, or service interruptions caused by user
errors, omissions or reasons beyond the district’s control. Information
obtained via the Internet and other sources using PCS
technologies is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or quality. I
understand that should I fail to honor all the terms of this Policy,
future Internet and other electronic media accessibility may be denied.
Furthermore, I may be subject to disciplinary action outlined in the PCS
Code of Student Conduct and my laptop computer may be recalled. By
signing below, I give permission for the school to allow my son or
daughter to have access to the Internet under the conditions set forth
STUDENT LAPTOP USAGE FEE PROVISION
The Piedmont City School District will implement a self-insured
program. The required usage fee covers limited damages and minor
repairs to the Apple MacBook laptop computers provided to the students
of Piedmont City Schools. The usage fee cost is $50.00 per year. This
amount is due when the computer is assigned to the student. A payment
plan may be established if needed. If a student withdraws, a pro-rated
refund may be issued upon written request, provided the laptop is in
good operational order. All funds collected will be used for the
maintenance and repair of student laptops.
Willful and deliberate damage to a computer will result in a
cost to the parent/guardian for the full amount of repair; or the
complete replacement of the MacBook. ALL damage incidents must be
investigated by the administration. The usage fee will NOT warranty
repairs from issues resulting from:
• Damage as a result of the violation of the RUP (i.e., involving food, drink, or other liquid on or near the laptop)
• Damage as a result of negligence (i.e., the laptop is placed in an unsafe location or position)
• Damage caused by misuse/improper handling (i.e., the laptop is dropped)
• Damage caused by a pet
• Damage resulting in a broken screen. The $50.00 insurance fee will be
deducted from actual cost of the screen. Subsequent broken screens will
be charged at full cost
• Damage caused by a service performed by anyone other than a representative of Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider
Leaving the laptop or a charger unattended will void all
insurance coverage of either item. The student is responsible for the
replacement of the charger and/or computer in the event of theft.
FAMILY CONTRACT FOR DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
• I will tell my parents or another
responsible adult immediately if I receive an inappropriate message or
come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
• I will not respond to any inappropriate messages.
• I will not do anything online that hurts other people, or is against the law.
• I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software.
• I will remember that I need to balance technology use with other activities.
• My parents and I will set up rules for making online purchases – if
permitted. I will help my parents understand how to have fun and use
resources online as we learn together about the Internet, computers, and
APPLE MACBOOK PROPER CARE GUIDELINES
This is your computer – take good care of it.
1. MacBook Temperature Zone
Your MacBook works best at room temperature. It should be stored in places with a temperature range of 50 to 95 degrees.
2. Initial Start up
Be sure to fully charge your laptop when you plug it in for the first time.
3. Standard Maintenance
proper maintenance of the laptop’s lithium-based battery, it's important
to keep the current moving through it occasionally. However, Apple does
not recommend leaving it plugged in all the time.
4. Optimal Setting
Listed below are some power-saving tips:
Brightness: Dim the screen to the lowest comfortable level to achieve maximum battery life.
Bluetooth Wireless: Bluetooth may be turned off to maximize the battery life.
Applications and peripherals: Disconnect peripherals and quit applications when not in
use. Eject CDs and DVDs if not currently accessing them.
5. MacBook Care, Use, and Safety Information
carrying your MacBook, you must use two hands, and the screen must be
closed. Remove all small objects from its carry case before placing it
Important: The MacBook power-adapter port contains a magnet
that can erase data on a credit card, iPod, or electronic device. To
preserve your data, keep magnetically sensitive items away from the
power-adapter port. When cleaning your MacBook, shut it down and detach
the power adapter. Use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the
computer's exterior and screen. Avoid getting moisture in any openings.
Do not spray any type of liquid directly on the computer.
The term harassment as used in this
policy means a continuous pattern of intentional behavior that takes
place on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored
function including, but not limited to, written, electronic, verbal, or
physical acts that are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any
characteristic of a student, or by the association of a student with an
individual who has a particular characteristic, if the characteristic
falls into one of the categories of personal characteristics set forth
below. To constitute harassment, a pattern of behavior may do any of the
Place a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.
Have the effect of substantially interfering with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of a student.
Have the effect of substantially disrupting or interfering with the orderly operation of the school.
Have the effect of creating a hostile environment in the
school, on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored
Have the effect of being sufficiently severe, persistent, or
pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive
educational environment for a student.
The term violence as used in this
policy means the infliction of physical force by a student with the
intent to cause injury to another student or damage to the property of
The term threat of violence as used
in this policy means an expression of intention to inflict injury or
damage that is made by a student and directed to another student.
The term intimidation as used in this
policy means a threat or other action that is intended to cause fear or
apprehension in a student, especially for the purpose of coercing or
deterring the student from participating in or taking advantage of any
school program, benefit, activity, or opportunity for which the student
is or would be eligible.
The term hostile environment as used
in this policy means the perception by an affected student or victim
that the conduct of another student constitutes a threat of violence or
harassment, and that the conduct is objectively severe or pervasive
enough that a reasonable person would agree that the conduct constitutes
harassment, threat of assault, or assault.
The term student as used in this policy means a student who is enrolled in the Piedmont City School System.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT REPORTING
Any student who believes that he or she has been or is being
subjected to any form of sexual harassment shall immediately report the
matter to a teacher, the school counselor, Principal, or Superintendent.
Any student who suspects that another student is being sexually
harassed shall immediately report the matter to a teacher, the school
counselor, Principal, or Superintendent. Pursuant to AL Code (2018)
Section 26-14-3, school personnel are required by law to report
suspected child abuse and/or neglect to constituted authorities. For
confidentiality purposes, a student’s request to make his or her report
to someone of the same sex will be granted.
Harassment, Violence, and Threats of Violence Prohibited
The Piedmont City School District is committed to providing a
safe and supportive learning environment in which all members of the
school community are treated with respect. Harassment, violence, and
threats of violence constitute unacceptable behavior that will not be
tolerated. No student shall engage in, or be willfully
subjected to, harassment, violence, threats of violence, or intimidation
by any other student. Violence, threats of violence, harassment, and
intimidation are prohibited and will be subject to disciplinary
consequences and sanctions if the perpetrator of such action is found to
have based the prohibited action on one or more of the following
personal characteristics of the victim of such conduct:
• The student’s race and / or color • The student’s gender
• The student’s religion
• The student’s national origin
• The student’s disability
• The student’s marital status
• The student’s sexual orientation • The student’s gender identity
Description of Behavior Expected of Students
Students are expected to treat other students with courtesy,
respect, and dignity and to comply with the Piedmont City Schools Code
of Student Conduct. Students are expected and required to:
comply with the requirements of law, policy, regulation, and rules prohibiting harassment, violence, or intimidation
refrain from inflicting or threatening to inflict violence, injury, or damage to the person or property of another student; and
refrain from placing another student in fear of being subjected
to violence, injury, or damage when such actions or threats are
reasonably perceived as being motivated by any personal characteristic
of the student that is identified in this policy.
Consequences for Violations
A series of graduated consequences for any violation of this
policy will be those outlined in the PCS Code of Student Conduct or any
rule or standard adopted under authority of this policy. Punishment
shall conform to applicable federal and state disability,
anti-discrimination, and education laws and school discipline policies.
Reporting, Investigation, and Complaint Resolution Procedures
Complaints alleging violations of this policy shall be
submitted on Board approved complaint forms available at the Principal
and / or counselor’s office and are also available on our school
system’s website. The complaint must be signed by the student alleging
the violation or by the student’s parent or legal guardian before being
delivered to the Principal or the Principal’s designee either by mail or
personal delivery. An education employee acting on behalf of an
affected student or his or her parent or guardian cannot write the
complaint. At the request of the complaining student or the student’s
parent or legal guardian, incidental or minor violations of this policy
may be presented and resolved informally.
Upon receipt of the complaint, the Principal or the Principal’s
designee will, in their sole discretion, determine if the complaint
alleges a serious violation of this policy. If the Principal or the
Principal’s designee determines that the complaint alleges a serious
violation, the Principal or the Principal’s designee will undertake a
thorough and complete investigation of the complaint. The investigation
will entail the gathering of relevant facts and evidence and will be
conducted in a reasonably prompt time period taking into account the
circumstances of the complaint. If the investigation establishes a
violation, appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on the
offending student(s). The Principal or the school system may also impose
other measures that are reasonably calculated to prevent a recurrence
of the violation(s).
Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any student who has
reported a violation of this policy or sought relief provided by this
policy are prohibited and are themselves a violation of this policy.
Any confirmed acts of reprisal or retaliation will be subject
to disciplinary sanctions that may include any sanction, penalty, or
consequence that is available to school officials under the PCS Code of
Student Conduct. A student who personally, or through his or her
parents, deliberately, recklessly, and falsely accuses another student
of a violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions
as outlined in the PCS Code of Student Conduct.
Parents or guardians can also make referrals to law enforcement and other agencies, even if insufficient to warrant a charge.
If a threat of suicide is reported, the Principal or the
Principal’s designee will inform the student’s parent or guardian of the
Promulgation of Policy and Related Procedures, Rules, and Forms
This policy and any procedures, rules, and forms developed and
approved to implement this policy will be published, disseminated, and
made available to students, parents and legal guardians, and employees
by such means and methods as are customarily used for such purposes.
Exhibit “A” - Harassment Complaint Form
Exhibit “B” – Harassment Witness Statement Form
Appendix A - Harassment Complaint Form
This report MUST be completed to file a complaint relating to an incident of alleged harassment. (For the purpose of this form, harassment also includes violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by another student.) This form should be submitted to the Principal or the Principal’s designee either by mail or personal delivery.
COMPLAINANT’S NAME (Last, First, Middle) SEX
VICTIM’S NAME (Last, First, Middle) SEX
ACCUSED’S NAME (Last, First, Middle) SEX
SITE WHERE INCIDENT OCCURRED
(i.e., locker room, playground, cafeteria, classroom, etc.)
Date of Incident
Describe the incident:
Describe the location where the incident took place:
List all witness names and grades:
I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.
_________________________________________ Signature of Complainant Date
_________________________________________ Name of Person Receiving Harassment Complaint Form
If you fear a student is in IMMEDIATE danger, please contact the police immediately!
Appendix B – Harassment Witness Statement Form
This report MUST be completed when there is a witness to an incident of alleged harassment.
(For the purpose of this form, harassment also includes violence, threats of violence, or
intimidation by another student.) This form should be submitted to the Principal or the Principal’s designee either by mail or personal delivery.
WITNESS’ NAME (Last, First) WITNESS’ TITLE
(ex: Parent, Student, Teacher)
VICTIM’S NAME (Last, First)
ACCUSED’D NAME (Last, First)
SCHOOL SITE WHERE INCIDENT OCCURRED
(i.e., locker room, playground, cafeteria, classroom, etc.)
Describe the incident witnessed:
Describe the location where the incident took place:
List any other witness’ names and grades:
List evidence of harassment (i.e., letters, pictures, etc.)
Attach all listed evidence, if possible:
I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.
_________________________________________ ____________________________ Signature of Witness Date
Name of Person Receiving Harassment Date Complaint Form
SCHOOL TELEPHONE NUMBER
DATE OF INCIDENT
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The Board accepts that discipline is an integral part of the
educational process. Based upon this understanding, disabled students
will be expected to follow the discipline policy established by the
Board of Education as outlined in this publication to the fullest extent
appropriate under the law.
Misbehavior by disabled students in the regular classroom will
be brought to the attention of the student's primary special education
teacher. Repeated misbehavior or violations of rules should be addressed
by the appropriate committee for consideration of an appropriate
Prior to extended suspensions, extended ISS assignments for
cumulative violations, expulsions, or extended Alternative School
assignments of disabled students for disciplinary violations, a
determination must be made by the appropriate committee, including the
Special Education or Section 504 Coordinator, or his or her designee,
regarding whether the misbehavior is a manifestation of the student’s
Suspensions of 5 days or more or repeated short suspensions
should result in a review of the student’s educational plan by the
appropriate committee. Suspensions (or other removals from class) of 10
days or repeated suspensions having a cumulative total of 10 days could
result in a “change of placement” and require a review of the student’s
educational plan within 10 business days by the appropriate committee.
Alternative School assignments of disabled students may be made upon the
action and recommendation of the appropriate committee and the Special
Education / Section 504 Coordinator.
Immediate suspension or removal from the school environment of a
disabled student is justified, however, when the student's presence at
school would threaten his or her own safety and well- being or that of
others, endanger school property, or seriously disrupt the orderly
educational process. Principals are given immediate authority to have
law enforcement agencies remove uncooperative students under these
criteria and as otherwise required by Board disciplinary policy and
state and federal law. If immediate removal is necessary, the parent or
guardian and the Special Education or Section 504 Coordinator will be
promptly notified and an appropriate meeting conducted to address the
student's misbehavior as indicated above.
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION - BUS RULES
Calhoun and Cleburne Board of Education shall provide
transportation to eligible students of the Piedmont City School
District. The transportation program shall be operated in accordance
with provisions of the Code of Alabama and State Board of Education
rules and regulations. The primary consideration of the transportation
program shall be the safety and welfare of students. The Board of
Education shall be responsible for the child until he or she is
delivered to the home bus stop. If the child requires supervision at
home, it shall be the parents’ responsibility to ensure that a
responsible adult is present. The bus driver or other school official
will not be responsible to ensure that an adult is present. Policies
pertaining to student safety and the transportation program are as
Who May Ride the Bus?
Only regularly enrolled students of the Piedmont City School
District or other authorized Board of Education employees shall be
permitted to ride a bus on a regularly scheduled route. Preschool and
post school individuals are prohibited from riding a bus on a regular
route or on special trips except as a chaperone.
Loading and Unloading
Students should be at the designated stop when the bus arrives.
Students shall only board and unload from the bus at designated stops as determined
by the driver and transportation supervisor.
Students must have a note from home or school office, signed by the Principal or
designee, to ride any bus other than the assigned bus or to get off at any stop other
than the usual stop.
Students shall not open or unload from the emergency door except in an emergency.
Unsupervised students may not sit on a bus while the bus is parked at school.
Students should find a seat promptly after boarding the bus.
Once seated, they should remain in that seat until the bus comes to a full stop. No
standing or moving around will be allowed while the bus is in motion. The driver may assign seats.
Students should never shout or making loud noises that may distract the driver.
Students shall be silent when the bus approaches a railroad crossing and remain so
until the crossing is completed.
Bringing Articles Aboard the Bus
Students shall not bring any article on the bus that cannot be
held in the lap. Overly large should be transported in parent vehicles.
Students shall not bring any object that may obstruct the view of the driver from the bus such as balloons or posters.
Students are considered "in school" when they board the bus.
All written Board of Education Policies contained in the Code of Student
Conduct and school Handbook apply while on the bus.
The bus driver will report misbehavior of a continuing or serious nature to the Principal.
The Principal of the school being served by a bus has the authority to withhold bus
service from a student for poor conduct on the bus. 36
The following are common violations of bus behavior which are strictly prohibited:
Putting any part of the body out of the window
Playing (rough-housing), scuffling, or fighting
Eating or drinking while being transported
Throwing articles of any kind out of windows
Shooting rubber bands on the bus
Any other activity which driver determines is an obstacle to the safe transportation of
IT'S THE LAW
Student and Parental Notification of Civil Liabilities and Criminal Penalties
The following laws and administrative procedures have been
approved by the Legislature of the State of Alabama and/or the Alabama
State Board of Education. In cases where laws and administrative
procedures have been revised or new laws / procedures have been
approved, the Piedmont City Board of Education will follow the most
current laws and procedures.
Parental Responsibility for Child’s Attendance and Conduct (Act 94-782), AL Code (2018) 16-28-12
parent/guardian or other person having control or custody of a child
required to attend school who fails require the child to enroll and
regularly attend school or fails to compel the child to properly conduct
himself/herself in accordance with the written policy on school
behavior adopted by the local board of education shall be guilty of a
Causing Delinquency of a Child (Act 75-1205) AL Code (2018) 12-15-111(3)
Anyone who contributes to the delinquency of a child under this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Teacher Assault (Act 94-794) AL Code (2018) 13A-6-21(5)
A person commits the crime of assault in the second degree
(Class C felony) if, with intent to cause physical injury to a teacher
or to an employee of a public educational institution during or as a
result of the performance of his or her duty, he or she causes physical
injury to any person.
Drug Dealing (Act 94-783), AL Code (2018) 6-5-72
A person who unlawfully sells, furnishes, or gives a controlled
substance to a minor may be liable for injury or damage suffered by a
third person caused by or resulting from the use of the substance by the
minor, if the sale, furnishing, or giving of the controlled substance
is the proximate cause of the injury or damage.
Drugs, Alcohol, Weapons, Physical Harm, or Threatened Physical Harm
(Act 94-784), AL Code (2018) 16-1-24.1 (see also 16-1-24)
school Principal shall notify appropriate law enforcement officials
when a person violates local board of education policies concerning
drugs, alcohol, weapons, and physical harm to a person or threatened
physical harm to a person. If any criminal charge is warranted, the
Principal is authorized to sign the appropriate warrant. If that person
is a student, the local school system shall immediately suspend that
person from attending regular classes and schedule a hearing within five
(5) school days. If a person is found to have violated a local board of
education policy concerning drugs, alcohol, weapons, physical harm to a
person or threatened physical harm to a person, the person may not be
readmitted to the public schools until criminal charges, if any, have
been disposed of by appropriate authorities and the person has satisfied
all other requirements imposed by the local board of education as a
condition for readmission.
Deadly Weapons in Schools (Act 94-817), AL Code (2018) 13A-11-72(c)
No person shall knowingly with intent to do bodily harm carry
or possess a deadly weapon on the premises of a public school.
Possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to do bodily harm on the
premises of a public school or school bus is a Class C felony.
Firearms in School (Act 95-756), AL Code (2018) 16-1-24.3
All local boards of education must implement a policy requiring
expulsion for a period of one year of all students determined to have
brought or have in their possession a firearm in a school building, on
school grounds, on school buses, or at school-sponsored functions.
Notwithstanding, the foregoing, city and county boards of education and
Superintendent of education may modify the expulsion
requirement on a case-by-case basis. In case of a violation, the
Principal shall notify law enforcement officials and the parents of the
Vandalism (Act 94-817), AL Code (2018) 6-5-380
The parents, guardian, or other person having control of any
minor under the age of 18 with whom the minor is living and who have
custody of the minor shall be liable for the actual damages sustained to
school property, plus the court costs, caused by any intentional,
willful or malicious act of the minor.
Pistol/ Loss of Driver's License (Act 94-820) AL Code (2018) 16-28-40
Any person over the age of 14 convicted of the crime of
possession of a pistol on the premises of a public school, or a public
school bus, shall be denied issuance of a driver's permit or license to
operate a motor vehicle for 180 days from the date the person is
eligible and applies for a permit or license. If a person over age 14
possesses a driver's license on the date of conviction, the license will
be suspended for 180 days.
Drop-Out/Driver's License (Act 94-820) AL Code (2018) 16-28-40
The Department of Public Safety shall deny a driver's license
or learner's permit to any person under 19 who is not enrolled or has
not received a diploma or certificate of graduation. Exceptions are
students who: are enrolled in a secondary school, are participating in
an approved job training program, are gainfully employed, are a parent
of a minor or unborn child, or are the sole source of transportation for
Hazing Prohibited (Act 81-824) AL Code (2018) 16-1-23
Any person, who commits the offense of hazing in connection
with initiation or affiliation with an organization, to include any
person who encourages, aids or assists, shall be guilty of a
ADMINISTRATIVE CODE REGULATIONS (Alabama State Board of Education)
Drug inspections --Students are advised that law
enforcement agencies make periodic, unannounced visits to local schools
for the purpose of detecting the presence of illegal drugs.
Tobacco prohibited -- Use of tobacco products on
school property is prohibited. This mandate is inclusive of students,
school personnel, parents, and visitors. School property is inclusive of
athletic fields and facilities. Non-compliance with this policy could
result in the loss of federal funding.
False Alarms -- False setting or misuse of the
fire alarm or fire alarm system and/or false reporting of the threat of
incendiary or explosive devices may be considered grounds for expulsion
from school. The school may file a complaint in adult court or a
petition in Juvenile Court in accordance with fire marshal regulations
or city or state laws. False setting of a fire alarm and bomb threats
are now considered felonies in the State of Alabama. Setting a fire or
bringing an explosive device into the building or on the school grounds
is also grounds for expulsion from school.