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Student Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct Board Policy

District Discipline Supervisors:
Mrs. Kim Britton, Elementary
Dr. Brock English, Secondary

Student Discipline

Teachers are encouraged to handle discipline within their classroom. Rule violations which result in referral of the student to the office will be handled according to the Tupelo Middle School discipline program. A copy of the discipline ladder can be found on the TPSD
website: TPSD Discipline Policy JD E4

Possession or transfer of drugs, drug look-alikes, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, or weapons and threatening or assaulting faculty will result in suspension until a disciplinary hearing can be held. The school administrator will suspend a student pending a hearing if he/she deems it necessary.

Any student who starts a disturbance or who participates in a disturbance will be suspended from school and the case reviewed to determine if more serious punishment is appropriate. We (school officials) are obligated by state law to notify, in writing, the parent, guardian or custodian, the youth court, and local law enforcement of any expulsion of a student for criminal activity as defined in Section 37-11-92.

Additionally, we are obligated to notify, by affidavit, the youth court and local law enforcement agencies of the occurrence of any
crime committed by a student or students upon another student or students upon school property or during any school-related activity, regardless of location, and the identity of the student or
students committing this crime.


Substitute Teachers

Courtesy to a substitute teacher is one of the most vital ways to build good school-community relations. A student who demonstrates an unwillingness to cooperate with a substitute teacher and disturbs a substitute teacher’s classroom will be subject to disciplinary action.



A student’s behavior during an assembly should be refined and courteous. Students are expected to enter and exit an assembly in a quiet and orderly manner. Whether guests are present or not, each student is personally responsible for the impression made by the school as a whole. Students are encouraged to be attentive during an assembly, applaud courteously, and respect all participants. A student behaving in an unacceptable manner will be subject to disciplinary action.

Alternative Placement Procedure
The Tupelo Public School District places students in an alternative school setting under special circumstances or as a disciplinary consequence. Please refer to TPSD Board Policy JD – Student Discipline  or  TPSD Board Policy JD-Exhibit 4 for additional information.

Sexual Harassment
Employees and students in academic institutions are protected from sexual harassment by Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination and sexual harassment in educational institutions that receive federal assistance. Complaints of violation of this policy may be made to the appropriate administrative officer or the Title IX Coordinator without fear or reprisal. The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment. All
forms of sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment are prohibited in the District.
The Tupelo Public School District’s Title IX Coordinator is Mr. Scott Williams who can be
reached at 662-840-8856.
TPSD Board Policy JB.

Security Cameras

TPSD Board Policy EBB Safety Program: Use of Video Security Cameras

In support of the establishment and maintenance of an educational environment that is safe and orderly, conducive to student learning and supportive of teachers, administrators,and staff in creating a climate of mutual respect, the use of video security cameras is
authorized on district-owned property.Placement of video security cameras will provide for monitoring of activity in hallways,
classrooms, and common areas such as auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums, stairways,parking lots and school grounds. Video security cameras will not be used in restrooms and changing areas such as dressing rooms or locker rooms where there is a“reasonable expectation of privacy.” Video security cameras and systems may also be placed on/in district owned school buses and other district owned vehicles. Placement of video security cameras in either district leased/rented space or on contracted buses is authorized based on prior written agreement with the owner of the leased/rented space or the contracted bus vendor. TPSD Board policy EBB

Threats of Violence

The Tupelo Public school District will not tolerate threats of violence against any school or facility of the District, or against any individual student or employee of the District. The State of Mississippi enacted the Mississippi Terroristic Threats of Law which makes it a felony.Students who are guilty of making a terroristic threat are subject to appropriate disciplinary action as specified in TPSD
School Board Policy JCB
. MS Senate Bill 2141




Tobacco, Vapes, CBD

Possession or use of tobacco, nicotine, CBD's  (cannabidiois) in any form, substances used as smoking material, or related products (matches, lighters, vape devices and/or cartridges,etc.) and the solicitation of such products are prohibited. Violators my be prosecuted pursuant to local and state law in addition to the consequences stated  in the TPSD Code of Conduct.




School detention consists of thirty minutes before and after school. After school detention begins at five minutes after the school dismissal ell and concludes after thirty minutes. Morning detention begins thirty-five minutes prior to the beginning of the school day bell and concludes five minutes prior to the first block period. A student will be counted as absent if the student is not present to sign roll. In the event a student is absent, the student will serve the assigned detention upon immediate return to school. A student will be allowed twenty-four (24) hours to make transportation arrangements once detention has been assigned to the student. A student who reports late to detention will not be admitted. If a student attends school and fails to report to detention, consequences will be assigned according to the school discipline ladder.
Alternative School Placement Procedure
The Tupelo Public School District places students in an alternative school setting under special circumstances. Examples are: If a student fights, he/she will be placed at the alternative school for a minimum of forty-five days. If a student is drinking alcoholic beverages or has alcohol in his possession, he/she will be placed at the alternative school for a minimum of ninety days. If a student has drugs in his/her possession or is under the influence of drugs, he/she will be placed at the alternative school for a minimum of one hundred eighty days or possibly expelled.

Definitions and Exceptions