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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

Good discipline is basic to the ability of the schools to offer a productive and conducive learning environment. Students are to follow all school rules, expectations, and processes while on TMS campus. School officials are responsible for the best interest of all students in the school. Discipline should have the qualities of understanding, consistency, fairness, and firmness. Students have a responsibility to know and obey the rules and regulations of the school, conducting themselves in a manner appropriate to good citizenship. Violation of school rules or safety regulations and evidence of unbecoming conduct is considered unacceptable by school officials will result in disciplinary action.

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.
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.

Definitions and Exceptions