District Discipline Supervisors:
Mrs. Kim Britton, Elementary
Dr. Brock English, Secondary
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.
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.
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.
Any of the following offenses can merit out-of-school suspension at the discretion of the principal, or principal designee, without going through any steps of the discipline plan:
A. A shocking or dangerous behavior which may cause physical or emotional harm to the student or others such as
B. Fighting, physical altercation
C. Weapons or other materials punishable by law
E. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia
F. Gang related dress or activity
G. Destruction of school materials and property
H. Inappropriate clothing
I. Sexual Harassment
1. Defiance or intentional disobedience of teacher or staff Step 1-10
2. Profanity or vulgarity (to include acts, gestures, or symbols Directed at another) Step 4-10
3. Possession or use of tobacco or tobacco related products at school Step 7-10
4. Use, sale, or possession of drugs, look-alike drugs, or alcohol on school grounds or at school functions; intoxication Step 7-10
5. Defacing or otherwise injuring school or personal property (to include writing on walls, inside or outside) Step 4-10 + restitution
6. Physical Altercation, Struggle, Assault Step 6-7
7. Fighting at school, on the way to or from school, or at school Step 7-10
8. Use or possession of dangerous objects Step 7-10
9. Use or possession of weapons or look-alike Step 7-10
10. Use or possession of fireworks, explosive devices or odorous devices Step 7-10
11. Disruptive behavior at school or other school activities Step 4-10
12. Skipping detention Step 6-8
13. Stealing or possession of stolen property (plus retention) Steps 5-10
14. Cutting Classes Steps 1-10
15. Truancy (unauthorized absence) Step 4-1016. Leaving campus without authorization Step 4-10
17. Unauthorized fund raising, including sale of candy or gum Step 5-7
18. Possession of radios, walkmans, beepers, telephones, recorders, laser pointers, televisions, tapes, compact disk (parent pickup) Step 1-7
19. Gambling or possessions of gambling devices Step 1-7
20. Harassment, intimidation, or threatening of students Step 1-10
21. Refusal to identify oneself properly at any school or school district activity Step 1-7
22. Disruptive behavior on the bus or at the bus stop (Note #7) Step 1-10
23. Gang or cult activity Step 1-10
24. Forgery Step 1-10
25. Other misbehavior as determined by the school officials Step 1-10
26. Possession or wearing of caps, sun glasses, disruptive accessories, or offensive clothing. Only parents may pick up banned items. Step 1-7
27. Possession of inappropriate photos or printed materials on weapon making, pornography, violence, hatred, etc. Step 1-10
28. Sexual misconduct or improper touching Step 7-10
29. Bullying Step 7-10
30. Misconduct towards a teacher Step 7-10
31. Misuse of Technology Step 1-10
1. Incentive is provided for the student to improve his/her behavior through provisions of a probationary period that allows a student to remove
himself/herself from the disciplinary ladder by improved conduct.
2. A parent/guardian conference with an administrator is required before a student can return to school after an out-of-school suspension.
3. A student may enter the discipline ladder at any step, depending upon the nature of the offense.
4. Failure to complete the step consequence as designated can result in escalation to the next step in the ladder.
5. Referral to the office during the probationary period prescribed in the discipline step will result in escalation to at least the next step. Students referred for
a repeat violation may escalate more than one step.
6. In all cases of OSS or ISS, the student will lose all privileges during the time he/she is suspended. Loss of privileges means that during the time stated
the student cannot participate or attend assemblies or any school function designated as an extra-curricular activity, including athletic events, dances,
plays, extra-curricular program, field trips, school-sponsored activities, etc. This would include the entire 24 hour period of the suspension.
7. Loss of school bus riding privileges for five days may be added to any step if the misbehavior occurred on a school bus or at the bus stop.
8. In all disciplinary matters, a student will be accorded due process under the district policy governing student rights.
9. Self-defense is the use of appropriate, reasonable force to defend or remove oneself or another person against the assault of an aggressor when there is
no reasonable avenue of escape or means of avoidance.
10. The administrator may issue a warning with or without probation.
11. Counseling may be added to any step.
12. Tobacco use or tobacco possession will be reported to law enforcement officials.
13. The superintendent, or designee, shall have authority to transfer to an alternative education program any student who has been arrested, arraigned for
or convicted of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to a serious crime, as defined in this section, which occurred off of school property or away from
school related functions. A serious crime, for the purposes of this section, is an illegal act which indicates the capacity and willingness of the student to
injure students and employees with bodily harm, or to threaten to cause bodily harm, or to place students and employees in danger of bodily harm.
The superintendent, or designee, will evaluate the circumstances of the serious crime to determine whether (1) the acts of the student indicates a
present and possible danger to the health, safety, and welfare of one or more students or employees, and (2) whether the more restrictive, security
oriented environment of alternative education program would serve the educational interests of the student while preserving the safety of students and
employees. The Board shall review the student’s placement in any alternative program at the next following regular meeting. Serious crimes shall
include, without limitation, and as examples only: a) Assault with a deadly weapon.
a) Aggravated assault
c) Sexual battery, stalking, or other sexual crime
d) Armed or strong-armed robbery (or attempted)
e) Sale or distribution of a controlled substance