WEAPONS IN SCHOOLS
Purpose: To establish the basic structure for the board's prohibition of student possession of weapons.
It is the policy of the Board of School Commissioners to ensure the safety and welfare of all its students and employees. The board shall be diligent and faithful in its support of officials in their application of existing laws and school regulations to individuals carrying weapons and dangerous objects. In particular, any student who possesses a firearm on any school property, or at any school-sponsored activity, function or event whether on or off school grounds will be expelled for no less than one calendar year and referred to local law enforcement.
A student may not possess, handle, use or give to someone else any knife, razor, ice pick, explosive, loaded cane, sword cane, machete, pistol, rifle, shotgun, pellet gun or any other object capable of inflicting injury, bodily harm or death.
A definition of weapons and procedures for dealing with the subject are found in the Discipline Code.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND DRUG ABUSE
Purpose: To establish the basic structure for the board's prohibition of student drug and alcohol use.
Students enrolled in Richland County School District One schools may not consume, possess, distribute or be under the influence of any legally defined alcoholic beverage, narcotic, hallucinogenic drug or any other controlled or illegal substance in any school building, school bus, or at any school sponsored activity, on or off campus.
This policy is not intended to prohibit the use by a student of prescription medications at school, as specified in existing board policy.
HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BULLYING POLICY
Purpose: To establish the basic structure for maintaining a safe, positive environment for students and staff that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying.
The board prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying of a student by students, staff and third parties that interfere with or disrupt a student's ability to learn and the school's responsibility to educate its students in a safe and orderly environment whether in a classroom, on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, at an official school bus stop, at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises or at another program or function where the school is responsible for the student.
For purposes of this policy, harassment, intimidation or bullying is defined as a gesture, electronic communication or a written, verbal, physical or sexual act reasonably perceived to have the effect of either of the following.
- harming a student physically or emotionally or damaging a student's property or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage
- insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school
- demonstrates motivation by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability or by any other distinguishing characteristic
Any student who feels he/she has been subjected to harassment, intimidation or bullying is encouraged to file a complaint in accordance with procedures established by the superintendent. Complaints will be investigated promptly, thoroughly and confidentially. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal or his/her designee. Reports by students or employees may be made anonymously.
The district prohibits retaliation or reprisal in any form against a student or employee who has filed a complaint or report of harassment, intimidation or bullying. The district also prohibits any person from falsely accusing another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying.
The board expects students to conduct themselves in an orderly, courteous, dignified and respectful manner. Students and employees have a responsibility to know and respect the policies, rules and regulations of the school and district. Any student or employee who is found to have engaged in the prohibited actions as outlined in this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion in the case of a student or termination in the case of an employee. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials. The district will take all other appropriate steps to correct or rectify the situation.
Students, parents/legal guardians, teachers and staff members should be aware that the district may take disciplinary actions for conduct initiated and/or created off-campus involving the inappropriate use of the Internet, electronic communication, or web-based resources if such conduct poses a threat or substantially interferes with or disrupts the work and discipline of the schools, including discipline for student harassment and bullying.
The superintendent will be responsible for ensuring notice of this policy is provided to students, staff, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and members of the community including its applicability to all areas of the school environment as outlined in this policy.
The superintendent will also ensure that a process is established for discussing the district policy with students.
Purpose: To establish the basic structure for tobacco-free schools.
The board believes that tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke (environmental tobacco smoke) are hazardous to the health of human beings, especially children. Therefore, the board affirms that one of the best methods of instruction is one that is provided within 100% tobacco-free environment.
The goal of this policy is to provide a 100% tobacco-free, smoke-free environment for all students, staff and visitors within all district facilities, vehicles and grounds and at all district-sponsored events by doing the following:
- exhibiting healthy behaviors for all students, staff, visitors and the entire community
- utilizing proven and effective science-based tobacco use prevention curricula
- providing access to cessation counseling or referral services for all students
Prohibit the use and/or possession of all tobacco products or paraphernalia including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and snuff by all students.
Ensure that tobacco use prevention programs, as recommended by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and the South Carolina Department of Education, are an integral part of district substance abuse prevention efforts.
Provide and/or refer to cessation services for students.
The district will enforce this policy by determining appropriate disciplinary actions for students in violation, such as the following:
- parent/legal guardian/administrator conferences
- mandatory enrollment in a tobacco prevention education and/or smoking cessation program
- community service
- in-school suspension
- out-of-school suspension
- suspension from extracurricular activities
- The Superintendent shall outline provisions to further enforce this policy as defined in the above goal.
Education and Assistance
The district will be responsible for utilizing proven and effective tobacco use prevention curricula to educate all students and providing assistance and/or making appropriate cessation referrals.