Rules of Conduct

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BUS CONDUCT
It shall be the policy of the Camden City Board of Education to establish acceptable student conduct on vehicles provided by the school district. The bus represents an integral part of the school system and, as such, the same standards of conduct that apply to a school also apply to a school bus.

In keeping with the New Jersey Statutes, Chapter 18A:25-2 and 18A:37-2, the following procedures shall be in effect for students deemed unmanageable:
  • First offense - The student will be reported to the administration. A letter and a telephone call to the student's parents will inform them of the problem as well as to what procedure will be followed if a second or third offense occurs during the school year.
  • Second offense - The student will be excluded from the bus for a period of five (5) school days and his parents shall be responsible for providing transportation to and from school during that period.
  • Third offense - The student will be excluded from the bus for a period of thirty (30) days and his parents shall be responsible for providing transportation to and from school during that period.
  • The penalty for bus conduct violations shall apply to the bus route, to and from the destination on which the infraction occurred.
  • Any acts of vandalism will be reported to the administration. The administration will determine the action to be taken depending on the severity of the offense.
  • Absenteeism from school during this period will be considered truancy in accordance with school policy on attendance.
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CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
The students, staff and community take great pride in the appearance of their schools. Everyone must make the effort to keep the building neat and clean. State law provides that students who deface or vandalize school property will be held responsible for the cost of damages. Parents may also be held liable for damage. Defacing school property will result in disciplinary action.

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CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Inform the Guidance Office in writing if you change your address or telephone number.

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CHEATING
Students are required to observe ethical procedures in their studies. Any cheating or copying on tests or quizzes will result in disciplinary action and reduction in grades. Premeditated cheating, such as plagiarism, writing on desks, cheating sheets, open hooks, etc., will result in an administrative detention. Spontaneous cheating such as looking on someone's paper, talking daring a test or quiz, etc., will result in a detention assigned by the classroom teacher.

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CUTTING CLASS
In addition to the provisions in the Board-adopted attendance policy, those students who miss a class without proper authorization, that is cut class, will be assigned an Administrative Detention for each class missed, up to two classes. Any student cutting three or more classes will receive in-School Suspension for a minimum of three days.

No student is allowed to attend club meetings, guidance interviews, etc., without having prior permission from the particular teacher whose class will be missed.

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DETENTION
  • TEACHER DETENTION
    Detention period is a time when the student is assigned to stay after school for any infractions of school rules.

    Students should fully understand that any teacher in the building has the authority to correct misconduct at any time. Therefore, any teacher can assign a detention to a student whether or not that student is in any of his or her classes. A student who fails to report to a Teacher Detention will be referred by the teacher to an administrator who will assign the student 3 days administrative detention per each day assigned by the teacher.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION
    Administrative Detention will be held each day after school, except Friday. Students must report to the Principal's Conference Room or other designated room by 2:50 p.m.. Students should bring schoolwork to the detention. Students who fail to report to Administrative Detention or fail to bring schoolwork are subject to further disciplinary actions.
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EMERGENCY CLOSING
School closing, delayed starting times, or early dismissals will be announced on local radio and television. The school district's code number is 614.

If no report is heard, it can be assumed that school will be in session as normal. Please do not call the school. Telephone lines must be kept open for emergencies.

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FIELD TRIPS Any student who is to take part in a field trip must have a parent permission form signed and submitted by the due date.

While on the field trip, students are required to follow the directions given by the chaperone, to behave in a manner acceptable to the adult community, and to participate in those activities authorized for that particular trip. While on a field trip, any student who violates any existing school regulation will be subject to disciplinary action.

FIELD TRIP ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Field trips are valuable supplemental activities, which can augment the effectiveness of classroom instruction significantly. It should also be noted that participation in such activities is a privilege. Since the effectiveness of any trip as well as the safety of all participants is dependent upon good behavior and safety precautions, students must demonstrate their awareness of proper conduct, self-discipline and personal responsibility. Groups on district-approved trips represent not only themselves, but also the school and community. Therefore, if students demonstrate unacceptable behavior, they will be subject to disciplinary action.

Field trip participation will be contingent upon final approval by administration.

Appeals maybe made to the principal who will render a decision within 48 hours in the event that a field trip is a required part of the course, an alternate assignment will be made with no penalty assented for the student's non-attendance on the trip

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FIGHTING
Any student or students found to be involved in a fight, assault, battery, or any other action that jeopardizes the safety and well being of another individual(s), will be suspended from school. The parent/guardian will be notified to pick up their child and a conference will be scheduled. Police may be notified and a court complaint may be signed on the student for disorderly conduct. School counseling/mediation involving both students will be conducted prior to their return to classes.

VIOLENCE
Physical violence against another pupil or a staff member is unacceptable conduct and will result in the disciplinary sanctions included in policies and an approved school procedure on suspension and discipline/punishment. Disruptive behavior that is characterized by verbal or physical violence, even though not directed toward another person, should be reported by the classroom teacher to principal, so that possible program adjustments may be identified.

The school district defines fighting as bodily harm or any type of injury regarding physical altercations or fisticuffs between students. Students involved will be removed from school for safety. The disciplinary action for fighting will be applied unless it is clearly evident that an unprovoked assault had taken place.

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FIRE DRILLS
Fire drills are required by Law at regular intervals. Students must follow orders and leave the building quickly and quietly. Ringing of unauthorized fire alarms is against the Law and will result in disciplinary action taken and criminal charges being filed. Students must adhere to teacher instructions.

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GAMBLING
Possession and use of playing cards and dice for money are prohibited.

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HALL CONDUCT
  • Keep halls open to traffic by walking to the right. Do not block traffic by standing in groups.
  • Pass through corridors quietly. Be considerate of others in the halls and classrooms.
  • Discard trash in the containers provided. Keep the school clean by picking up papers from the floors.
  • Do not take food from the cafeteria, beverages, water bottles or pacifiers into the halls or classes anytime during the day. Disciplinary action will be taken.
  • Personal property such as book bags, coats or gym clothes left in the hallway will be confiscated.
  • No running is permitted.
  • No excessive display of affection.
  • No overly boisterous noises.
  • No foul, profane, or obscene language.
  • No horseplay.
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INITIATIONS
Initiation of any student on or off school property, whether conducted by school or non-school organizations, is prohibited. As such, persons involved will be subject to disciplinary action.

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LOCKERS
A locker is issued to each student at the beginning of the year. The school is not responsible for items stolen from lockers including those in the gymnasium. Do not tamper with another locker or give your combination to someone else. Students should not switch or share their assigned locker with other students.

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LOST AND FOUND
Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the Main Office where they can be claimed by the owner.

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MULTIPURPOSE ROOM
Your fellow students would appreciate your adhering to the following rules:
  • Depositing all lunch litter in wastebaskets.
  • Returning all trays and utensils to the dishwashing area as you are finished eating.
  • Leaving the table and floor around your place in a clean condition for others.
  • Students nay not leave school to purchase food or have food delivered to the school.
No food, snacks and/or beverages are to be eaten in the halls, classrooms etc. All food and beverages must be consumed in the Multi-Purpose Room only. Failure to follow these rules will result in disciplinary action, at the discretion of the school administrator.

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PASSING BETWEEN CLASSES
Students are required to be in their scheduled class at the designated time. We allow 2 minutes passing time between classes. No loitering is allowed at this time. Any student entering the class late is subject to disciplinary action by the classroom teacher.

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PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cellular phones and other hand-held electronic devices are prohibited in the building and will be confiscated and returned to a parent/guardian at the end of the school year. Continued refusal to abide by the rule will result in further disciplinary action.

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POSTERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
There are several bulletin boards throughout the school. Any announcements placed on these boards must he approved by the administration before being put on display. Announcements to be read over the P. A. must also have prior approval, It should be understood that all signs posted should be taken down by the student immediately after the activity has taken place.

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STEALING
Stealing is a serious offense, which may necessitate the offender being turned over to police authorities. Every effort will be made to apprehend the guilty persons. Your cooperation is requested in this matter. In order to protect yourself, keep your locker locked at all times. Do not leave rings, watches or other valuables unattended. Book bags brought to Dr. Charles E Brimm Medical Arts High School and taken home are subject to state laws concerning search and seizure where reasonable suspicion is evident.

Students should report all losses immediately to the teacher involved and/or the school authorities. Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School is not responsible for the loss of personal property. The school, however, will do all in its power to recover the item stolen and punish the guilty person.

Any students who violate this provision will receive five days Out-of-School Suspension.

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STUDENT AUTOMOBILES
Students driving cars to school must park them in the side parking lot of the building only. Each car must be registered with the Main Office, Students must observe the posted speed limits. Students are not allowed to go to their cars in between classes or during lunch. Failure to comply with these rates will result in disciplinary action.

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STUDENT EXPECTATIONS AT ASSEMBLIES/PROGRAMS
  • Students are expected to know the rules and follow them.
  • Students are expected to go to the Multi-Purpose Room directly from class with their teacher. They are not allowed to stop at lockers, lavatories, fountains, etc., on the way.
  • No loitering (stopping or standing) in the hallways or aisles is allowed.
  • Students are expected to be courteous. No eating or drinking of any kind is allowed.
  • Students are expected to be attentive. No talking, shouting, or whistling is allowed. Students must stay seated. No standing is allowed during the performance.
  • Students are expected to be respectful and appreciative. No booing, hissing, or throwing objects of any kind are allowed.
  • Students are expected to sit up straight in their seat. No feet or knees on the backs of seats are allowed.
Try to be patient if an assembly program or performer is not particularly interesting to you personally. The assemblies have been planned to give all students a chance to see and hear different programs, which are both entertaining and educational.

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STUDENT HALLWAY PASSPORT
Any student who leaves an assigned class for any reason must have his/her Hallway Passport signed by the teacher of that class. The passport (in the back of the handbook) must state the student's name, time of departure, origin of departure, destination, date and teacher's signature. It is the student's responsibility to secure a pass. All passes are to be shown automatically to the teachers on duty and Security Officers, not just when asked. Any student found in the ball without a legal passport, or found abusing a pass, will be subject to disciplinary action.

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SUSPENSIONS
Suspensions are imposed for continued violation of school rules or for serious offenses. During the period of suspension, students are not to be on school grounds or at any extracurricular activities. In order to be readmitted after a suspension, a parental conference/contact is required.

Serious violations of school regulations, which create a dangerous or unsafe condition for other pupils, shall cause a pupil to be suspended upon the first offense.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION
Any student who is assigned to In-School Suspension will be removed from the regular school environment. The student is required to complete all assignments.

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TELEPHONES
The office telephones are business phones and not for pupil use. Parents should not call the student at school except in cases of real emergency.

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VANDALISM
The Board believes that pupils should respect property and take pride in the schools of this district. Whenever a pupil has been found to have done willful and malicious damage to property of the Board, the principal shall notify the superintendent. The Board will hold the pupil or his/her parents/guardians liable for the damage caused by him/her.

Accordingly, when vandalism is discovered, the administration is directed to take such steps as may be necessary.

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VISITORS
Visitors must report to the Main Office upon entering the school, where a visitor's pass may be granted by the principal. Visiting of classroom teachers is not permitted during classroom hours, and students are not to bring visitors into the school with them during the school day. Under no circumstances will students be permitted to bring babies or infants to the school. Individuals not complying with these regulations will he requested to leave the school grounds immediately or be considered trespassing, in which case a complaint will be signed.

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