Conduct & Discipline

Respectful Behavior at School

Quiet, orderly, and courteous behavior is expected at all times. At school, you should be respectful of others and expect the same in return. Behavior such as shouting, talking and laughing loudly, and running through the halls can be disturbing to people nearby. With 1900 of us here, the school needs some calm to operate effectively.

When visiting an office, remember that the school is a workplace. For routine visits, offices should be visited during your lunch period or before/after school. Only in special cases should you make a visit to an office during class time. During class time, you should be in class, while the staff uses this time to get their work done.

Announcing yourself by saying, “Hello” or “Excuse me,” or knocking before you enter gives the person you are visiting a chance to redirect their attention from what they are doing to you. If the person is on the phone or talking to another person, you should wait at a respectable distance until the conversation is over, or leave and come back after several minutes. We will show the same respect in assisting you once we finish helping the person with whom we are speaking.

In all things, using courteous words, such as, please, thank you, and you are welcome, demonstrates respect and good will. The better your interpersonal communication skills, the more pleasant and productive your interactions will be.

Students are expected to have consideration for the preservation of school grounds. Skateboarding on school property is prohibited. The playing of musical devices, MP3/4’s and other such entertainment devices in the classroom is prohibited. Cell phones must be turned off during class time.

Smoking and Tobacco

Students in all grades shall neither smoke nor use tobacco products on school property at any time. Violations will result in suspension from school.

Automobiles and Parking

Students are encouraged not to drive to school. Parking is very limited. Cars parked in unauthorized areas will be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense. For reasons of safety, any Senior who transports or rides with an underclassman off school property during school hours including lunch, without proper authorization, will be subject to the same disciplinary penalties (i.e., ISA) that the underclassmen have for being off campus.

Leaving School Grounds

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors may not leave the Yorktown campus during the school day. Seniors may go off campus during their lunch period if they have their parent’s or guardian’s permission and a school-issued ID. Failure to observe off- campus conduct regulations as outlined in the Off-Campus Permission Form may result in the revocation of this privilege, reassignment, and appropriate disciplinary measures.

Consequences

Consequences for misbehavior may result in the denial of privileges, referral to an Assistant Principal for conference, In-school Alternative (ISA), suspension, expulsion, or referral to law enforcement authorities. Any student receiving ISA or suspension will not be permitted to participate in extra-curricular activities. Incidents requiring immediate suspension and referral to law enforcement authorities include: the sale, possession, or use of controlled substances; assaulting a student or a member of the school staff; setting fires on school property; sounding false fire alarms; telephoning or e-mailing bomb threats; inappropriate use of technology; other activities which involve violations of the law. Students should refer to the Arlington Public Schools publication “Students Rights & Policy” for further information.

State Truancy and Compulsory Attendance Requirements

After a student has been absent for five days in the school year without indication of parental awareness and support of such absence, the Commonwealth of Virginia requires that action be taken. The Principal or his or her designee must make a reasonable effort to contact the parent and obtain an explanation for the student’s nonattendance. Continued nonattendance may result in court action.