300.0 — CODE
OF STUDENT CONDUCT
300.1 - Dress
The Sarasota County School District
has established procedural guidelines for student dress, in accordance with
School Board Policy 5.37. The principal’s decision on the appropriateness of
dress will be final. Refusal to comply with the school’s dress code policy is
an infraction under this code.
a RIGHT to:
a RESPONSIBILITY to:
- Wear appropriate clothes or the school uniform,
as long as those clothes or the way the clothes are worn are appropriate for
the school, adhere to the school dress code, are not dangerous to health or
safety, and do not disrupt the learning environment.
- Learn without being offended or distracted by the way
other students are dressed.
300.2 — Electronic Devices
- Comply with the school dress code.
- Come to school fully clothed and wear clothes which
are not dangerous to health or safety, do not disrupt the learning process, and
stay within the school dress code.
- Dress in a way not offensive to others at school or at
school-sponsored events, including, but not limited to:
- no exposed underwear
- no saggy/baggy/ripped pants
- no pajamas or slippers
- no clothing of an ethnic or racially offensive nature
- Not wear items or markings which are offensive,
suggestive, indecent, or associated with gangs; as identified by the Florida
Gang Intent Act of 1990.
- Not wear items which encourage the use of drugs,
tobacco, alcohol, violence, weapons, or support discrimination on the basis of
color, disability, national origin, marital status, race, religion, gender or
- A student may possess an electronic device at school
such as a tablet, smart phone, laptop or other device that receives, sends or
stores digital data, provided that the student is using the device for
educational purposes and has permission from a staff member at the school. The school board is not responsible for preventing theft, loss, damage or vandalism to electronic devices brought on to its property. Refer to Sarasota County School Board Policy 5.38.
- Students may not use electronic devices on school
property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view websites that
are otherwise blocked to students at school. In special circumstances, with
permission from a supervising school district employee, a student may use an
electronic device for communication.
- Students may not possess any electronic device during
testing even if the device is turned off or the student does not use it.
Violation of this rule will result in the student’s test being invalidated.
- If an electronic device disrupts a class by ringing or
vibrating, the student possessing the device will be subject to disciplinary
action. Any student who uses an electronic device to threaten or intimidate
another student or district staff member through email, social network posting
or other electronic message also will be subject to disciplinary action as
determined by school administration.
- Electronic devices used in violation of school rules
will be confiscated and returned to the student’s parent or guardian.
an integral part of a student’s educational experience and must be used in a
way that is consistent with the goals of Sarasota County Schools. Technology
includes, but is not limited to, computers, smart phone, other electronic
devices, software, e-mail, the Internet, other network resources, cell phones
and cameras. Student use of technology is a privilege; students are responsible
for using technology appropriately. This includes the use of school district
equipment away from school grounds.
are inappropriate and/or illegal uses of technology:
- Photographing or using photographs of individuals
without their knowledge or consent.
- Accessing or distributing offensive, inflammatory
pornographic or obscene images, language or materials, including screen savers,
backdrops, and/or pictures on school district-owned technology or on any other
electronic device brought to school.
- Transmission of any material in violation of federal,
state, or local law, or School Board policy, regulation, or Code of Student
Conduct. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted material;
threatening, obscene, or pornographic material; vandalizing data, test
questions and/or answers; student work products; trade secrets; and computer
viruses, “worms” or “trojans”.
- Utilizing technology for commercial activities unless
explicitly permitted by the School Board.
- Downloading and/or printing music, games, videos or
inappropriate files during school hours.
- Modifying the school district’s original pre-set
software or hardware, including, but not limited to: loading software
applications not authorized by the school district; changing the computer name;
changing or removing operating system and extensions; altering
security/filtering software; altering the pre-loaded operating system or
application; or taking apart the computer for access to internal parts,
accessing or altering password.
- Using e-mail, instant messaging, web pages, or other
technology operations to threaten, disrupt, or interfere withthe safety and
welfare of the school community.
- Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to
the district’s network, computer servers, or data files.
- Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to
non-district networks, computer servers, or data files utilizing district
- Using profanity, obscenity, other language which may
be offensive to another user, or reposting and copying personal communications
without the author’s prior consent, when using computer network access.
- Attempting to log on to the district’s network using
another person’s identity.
- Bypassing or attempting to bypass the district’s filtering
- Using computers, networks, and online
telecommunication systems unrelated to students’ educational systems. This
includes the prohibition of plagiarism, reproduction of state- or teacher-made
tests, textbooks, teaching materials, non-authored text, cheating and theft of
- Accessing or distributing offensive, obscene,
inflammatory, or pornographic material.
- Using network access to destroy information that
belongs to others.
- Copying software or other copyright-protected
materials in violation of copyright laws.
- Using the network for any illegal activity or private
business purposes or accessing inappropriate Internet sites.
- “Hacking” into the school’s computer systems or
unauthorized modification of computer settings. These acts will be considered
vandalism and disruption of a school function and will be treated as such.
- Using technology to threaten, harass or bully other
students or staff.
- Using a computer, video, camera or program in any
manner other than for appropriate educational purposes.
Violations will result in serious disciplinary actions, which may
include an arrest if any criminal law is broken. Examples of such violations
would be computer hacking or trespass, harassment, or threats via computer or
300.4 — Student Search and
Seizure: F.S. §1006.09 (9)
School personnel may search students
reasonably suspected of being in possession of contraband or other prohibited
items while on school district property or wherever students are under the
official supervision of district employees, such as on field trips, at
extracurricular activities, or while being transported to and from such places
either by school bus, by approved drivers, or by other means of conveyance.
Pledge of Allegiance
- School personnel may conduct a search of
a student, a student’s possessions, a student’s locker, or any other storage
area on school property without a warrant when school personnel have reasonable
suspicion that illegal, prohibited or harmful items or substances, or stolen
property, may be concealed on a student’s person or in a storage area.
- School personnel are encouraged to attempt
to obtain consent from a student to search for illegal, prohibited, harmful
items or substances, or stolen property, but may proceed with a search without
a student’s consent, upon reasonable suspicion of a prohibited or
illegally-possessed substance or object.
- School personnel have the authority to search a
student’s backpack, purse, or wallet, upon reasonable suspicion, if the student
refuses to reveal the contents inside.
- School lockers are the property of the
district and are subject to periodic searches without prior notice and without
reasonable suspicion of a violation of the law.
- Parking a vehicle on school district property is a
privilege which may be extended to students. All students desiring to park a
vehicle on school district property shall be required to sign a consent form
allowing the vehicle, upon reasonable suspicion, to be searched by the
principal or his or her designee. Refusal of a student to cooperate in the
request to search his or her vehicle shall result in the revocation of the
student’s parking permit for two (2) years from the date of refusal.
Florida law requires that the Pledge of Allegiance must be recited
at the beginning of the day in every Florida public elementary, middle and high
school. The law also grants students the right not to participate in reciting the pledge. Upon written request by a parent/guardian, a student must be excused from reciting the pledge, including being excused from standing and placing the right hand over his or her heart.
NOTE: Any reference to “bullying” in
this handbook includes cyberbullying (via computer, tablet, smart phone or any
other electronic device), whether or not specifically stated.
It is the policy of the Sarasota County School District that all of its
students and school employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure
and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The district will not
tolerate bullying and harassment of any type. Bullying means systematically and
chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more
students or employees. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written,
verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or
dehumanizing gesture, by a student or adult, that is severe or pervasive enough
to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause
discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s
school performance or participation; and may involve but is not limited to
teasing; social exclusion; threat; intimidation; stalking; physical violence;
theft; sexual, religious, or racial harassment; public humiliation; or
destruction of property. Harassment means any threatening, insulting or
dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or
physical conduct directed against a student or school employee that places a
student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or
damage to his/her property; has the effect of substantially interfering with a
student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits; or has the
effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.
harassment also encompass retaliation against a student or school employee by
another student or school employee for asserting or alleging an act of bullying
or harassment. Reporting an act of bullying or harassment that is not made in
good faith is considered retaliation. Perpetuation of conduct listed in the
definition of bullying or harassment by an individual or group with intent to
demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause emotional or physical harm to a student
or school employee by incitement or coercion; accessing or knowingly and
willingly causing or providing access to data or computer software through a
computer, computer system, or computer network within the scope of the District
school system; or acting in a manner that has an effect substantially similar
to the effect of bullying or harassment.
as defined in §784.048(1)(d) Fla. Stat., means to engage in a course of conduct
to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by
or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication directed at a
specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and
serving no legitimate purpose.
constitutes bullying and harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited. The
District upholds that bullying or harassment of any student or school employee
is prohibited as follows:
- during any education program or activity conducted by
a public K-12 educational institution;
- during any school-related or school-sponsored program
- on a school bus of a public K-12 educational
- through the use of data or computer software that is
accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network of a public
K-12 education institution.
bullying or harassment shall be reported to the school’s administration. The
principal or designee will investigate all reports of bullying that have been
deemed a violation of the policy pursuant to the steps outlined in School Board
of ten (10) school days shall be the limit for the initial filing of incidents
and completion of the investigative procedural steps. The highest level of
confidentiality possible will be upheld regarding the submission of a complaint
or a report of bullying and/or harassment and the investigative procedures that
follow. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit
acts of bullying or harassment may range from positive behavioral interventions
up to and including suspension or expulsion, as outlined in the Code of
Student Conduct. The Sarasota School District Bullying and Harassment
Policy 2.70 will be publicized at the beginning of each school year for staff,
parents and students.
300.7 — Gangs
essential that schools be safe and orderly to provide environments that foster
learning and high academic achievement. In order to promote an orderly learning
environment in our schools while preparing students for later success in the
world of work, the School Board of Sarasota County has taken a proactive
approach and has established procedural guidelines concerning youth gang
activity. These guidelines are to address problems associated with youth gangs
through proactive education and disciplinary action, when necessary. Sarasota
County Schools’ policy 5.371 addresses the definition of gang members as well
as these disciplinary actions. Any student who is associated with a gang and/or
participates in gang activity as outlined by this policy is subject to
immediate disciplinary action. This includes, but is not limited to, gang
dress, gang symbols/signs and gang tattoos. If a parent is concerned about a
student’s possible involvement in gang activity, he or she should contact a
school counselor, school administrator or School Resource Officer or Deputy.
300.8 — Discrimination
Students have a RIGHT to:
Students have a RESPONSIBILITY
- Attend school in an environment where all students and
adults are treated equally, without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.
- Attend school in an environment free from discrimination,
bullying and/or sexual harassment.
Discipline Policies and Procedures
- Treat others fairly and with respect.
- Conduct themselves and their activities in such a
manner that they treat others equally with regard to race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.
- Report occurrences of discrimination, as described
above, to appropriate school personnel.
the Code of Student Conduct occur in varying degrees of severity. These
behaviors are aligned with the district’s discipline policy, from least severe
(Level 1) to most severe (Level 4). The range of consequences for offenses
appears in the chart following this section.
Rules Violations Incidents
school grounds without permission
display of affection
to comply with class/school rules
rules on the school bus
disruptive to school
items, non-criminal, and unauthorized use of medication
sale/distribution of materials
aggression (not involving law enforcement)
bullying, harassing, intimidating
of school property/minor vandalism
theft (under $300)
Rules Violations and Other Serious Incidents
of a document or signature
Local law enforcement authorities
shall be notified when any crime or delinquent act is committed on school
property or school-sponsored transportation, or during a school-sponsored
All Level Three offenses will result
in out-of-school suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.
assault on a student/person
assault on school district employee
battery on a student/person (non-school district employee)
criminal act against a person
aggression (involving law enforcement)
false accusations against staff members
more than $300
more than $1,000 (includes materials/labor)
of tobacco products/electronic cigarettes
possession or use of prescription medications
use, storage of drugs or imitation drugs represented as drugs
Disorderly Conduct/Weapons Incidents
Disruption of a school/disorderly
False fire alarm/911 call
Inappropriate, lewd, or obscene act
Possession of a knife
Possession of a potentially dangerous
Felony suspension act
Minimum mandatory punishment for Level Four offenses: out-of-school suspension
and recommendation for expulsion.
Making a threat by conveying, depicting or symbolizing
an act of violence via a verbal, written or drawn message, or by electronic
Making a threat or false report involving a school or
a school’s personal property or school transportation, involving a
Possession, use, or sale of any firearm, weapon or
other prohibited articles
Possession, use, sale, storage or distribution of an
Possession, use, sale, intent to sell, or distribution
of drugs, imitation drugs represented as drugs, or prescription medications
Possession, use, manufacture, sale, storage, or
distribution of alcohol or intoxicating beverages
Battery or aggravated battery on a school district
Kidnapping or abduction
*There is a mandatory minimum
punishment of one (1) full year (365 days) of a disciplinary consequence for
AND CONSEQUENCES CHART
300.10 — Zero
Florida Statute §1006.13 mandates that, “Each school district shall
adopt a policy of zero tolerance that defines criteria for reporting to a law
enforcement agency any act that occurs whenever or wherever students are within
the jurisdiction of the district school board; defines acts that pose a serious
threat to school safety; defines petty
acts of misconduct; minimizes the victimization of students, staff, or volunteers, including taking all steps
necessary to protect the victim of any violent crime from further
victimization; establishes a procedure that provides each student with the
opportunity for a review of the disciplinary action imposed pursuant to s.
In complying with the law, the
School Board of Sarasota County has enacted School Board Policy 5.32. Please
review this policy carefully for a list of offenses that, in the absence of
mitigating circumstances, will cause the student to be brought before the Board
All students are expected to follow the rules of
this Handbook and Code of Student Conduct on their way to and from school. The
principal or designee may take administrative action if students’ misconduct in
route to or from school has a harmful effect on the health, safety or welfare
of themselves, other students and/or the school.
Behaviors and Consequences Chart
behaviors/actions have not been included on this chart, and the omission of any
behavior or action from this chart does not preclude the school administration
from taking appropriate action to resolve any situation. A school administrator
may develop additional consequences for a particular behavior as long as these
consequences do not violate school board policies or state statutes. See
Behavior and Consequences Chart in Section 300.9.
—Prohibition of Weapons
while on school property,school transportation, or in attendance at a
school-sponsored function, shall be in the possession of any article prohibited
by law or rules of the district/school, or any article which could reasonably
be considered as a weapon. Any student who brings a weapon will be expelled
from the regular school for not less than one year and referred to law
enforcement for criminal prosecution.
include any weapon as defined by Florida Statutes, the possession, sale, distribution,
display, transfer or use of any firearm or explosive device, whether operable
or inoperable, loaded or unloaded. Examples include, but are not limited to,
the following: guns, BB pistols, firecrackers, bullets, facsimile guns, smoke
bombs or shock devices. Violations also include the possession of any object or
material deliberately used to damage property, intended for use or that may be
used to inflict harm or intimidate any person. This includes the possession of
a knife of any size or length, a box cutter or any other sharp object, mace,
pepper spray or any aerosol chemical propellant.
Prohibition of Drugs
while on school property or school transportation, or in attendance at a
school-sponsored function, shall possess, use, store, sell,
distribute or be
under the influence of any substance defined as a controlled substance under
Florida Statutes. These include, but are not limited to, marijuana,
hallucinogens, inhalants, or any substance which requires a physician’s prescription,
or any substance, synthetic or otherwise, designed to create a sense of
euphoria or intoxication, or any substance represented by an illegal
substance, such as “designer drugs.” No student, while on school property,
school transportation, or in attendance at a school-sponsored function, shall
possess, use, store, sell or distribute any equipment or device for the purpose
of preparing or using drugs. These include, but are not limited to, items
listed in Florida Statutes, and items which may be determined to be drug
paraphernalia or electronic cigarettes under the criteria set out in Florida
Statutes and/or school/school board policies.
— Disciplinary Actions
In order to
maintain safe and effective learning conditions, it may be necessary to impose
disciplinary consequences for behaviors which
disrupt the learning environment
or pose a danger to students or school personnel. The following briefly
describes the disciplinary actions recognized by the school district and the
Student Detention, Search, and Seizure
staff member is authorized to temporarily detain a student when there is
reasonable suspicion that the student has violated a school
board policy. This
authority permits appropriate search procedures by administrative staff or
designees, including searches of vehicles parked on school campuses, and
supervised canine searches of student lockers, vehicles, purses, shoes, socks,
pockets, backpacks, or other storage areas, the use of metal detectors and the
seizure of suspect items [§1006.09(9)Fla.Stat.].
Removal from Class
If a student
causes a disruption to the educational environment, the student may be removed
from the classroom.
provides for on-campus restriction in lieu of out-of-school suspension at the
discretion of the administrator. However, due to problems of supervision or
lack of facilities at some schools, in-school restriction may not be offered at
all schools. Appropriate behavior and attention to schoolwork are essential for
this option to be available.
Restriction of Privileges
involved in a violation of the Code of Student Conduct may have his or her
privileges restricted. The student may be denied participation in extracurricular
activities. The student may be assigned to report frequently to a specified
staff member who will assist in monitoring the adjustment to specific
situations pertaining to the school and the student during this probationary
300.19 — School
300.20 — Due
Process for Suspension and Expulsion
of riding the bus may be denied. In such cases, transportation shall be
provided by the parent or guardian.
disciplinary actions reach the level of suspension or expulsion of a student,
the following procedural steps are implemented to protect the interests of the
student. The principal or designee will use and follow the steps in the Due
Process Checklist, including identifying whether a student is receiving
Exceptional Student Education, 504 plan, or English for Speakers of Other Languages
(ESOL) services. Prior to suspension, recommendation for expulsion or
administrative assignment to an alternative school program, the student shall
be provided due process and have the right to:
- Be advised of the charges/accusations.
- Be provided an opportunity to respond to the charges.
- Be provided an opportunity to submit to the
administrator a list of names of other individuals who might have witnessed the
- Be advised why they are being suspended or recommended
suspension from school is being considered for a student, certain procedures
are required by law. A school principal or designee may suspend a student from
school for up to 10 (ten) school days per incident for persistent disobedience
and/or gross misconduct. The principal or designee takes this action when he or
she has exhausted other disciplinary strategies or when alternatives have at
least been considered, but have been rejected as inappropriate in a given
situation. Conferences to resolve the problem are scheduled with the
parent/guardian, student and appropriate administrator.
suspension is implemented, the parent/guardian will be informed, through
written notification, that he or she has a right to a hearing with the
principal. The principal’s decision to suspend a student is final. Any student
may appeal an alleged failure to provide due process to the superintendent or
designee. Students will be remanded to the custody of their parent/guardian
with specific coursework assignments to be completed. This disciplinary action
excludes a student from entering or remaining on any school campus for any
purpose, and he or she is restricted from participation in school-related functions.
This includes all athletic and extracurricular activities on any Sarasota
County School District campus.
with an Individual Education Plan (IEP)/504 plan, federal law requires that
IEP/504 plan teams conduct a Manifestation Determination
Review (MDR) when a student’s accumulated suspensions reach 10 (ten) days
within a school year. At the MDR, the IEP/504 plan team must determine whether
the student’s misconduct was caused by his or her disabilities.
300.20b — Expulsion
A school principal
may request that the superintendent recommend to the school board that a
student be expelled. This is the most serious disciplinary step available. It
denies the student attendance in any and all programs of Sarasota County
Schools. An expulsion may be recommended for the remainder of the academic
year, the summer session and one additional academic year.
with an Individual Education Plan (IEP)/504 plan, federal law requires that IEP/504 plan teams conduct a Manifestation Determination Review for all
students who have committed expellable offenses. At the MDR, the IEP/504 plan
team must determine whether the student’s misconduct was caused by his or her
disabilities. If it is determined that the misconduct was caused by the
student’s disabilities, the student would return to his or her current
students only, an IEP/504 plan Re-evaluation Review Team would convene to determine any
possible changes for the student, including a possible placement change. If it
is determined that the conduct was not caused by the student’s disabilities,
the student could be considered for a recommendation for expulsion.
for expulsion exist, the superintendent or designee will notify the student and
parents in writing of the charges against the student in a language the student
and parents can understand. On the day a student with a disability (IEP/504 plan) is
recommended for expulsion, the administrator must contact and provide to parent
Notice of Procedural Safeguards. The
notification will include the following information:
- Notice of the extended suspension period
- Notice of the student’s right to a hearing pursuant to §120.569 and
§120.57(2) Fla. Stat.
- A brief statement of the accusation against the student
- Grounds for the expulsion
- The student’s and parent’s/legal guardian’s procedural rights in
connection with the hearing, including the right to counsel or other
representation should they request a hearing
- Period of expulsion
- Notice of the consequences of failure to request or attend the hearing,
which constitutes a waiver of further rights in the matter
notification may also include a proposed settlement agreement.
300.20c — Settlement and
Deferred Expulsion Agreement
or designee should offer to meet with the student’s parent(s) or legal
guardian(s) to discuss a possible deferred expulsion agreement or settlement
agreement prior to proceeding through the formal hearing.
Expulsion is an agreement that may be offered to students who have committed an
expellable offense pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct (School Board Policy
5.34). The Deferred Expulsion allows the student to remain on the regular
school campus with specific requirements that must be completed. Administrators
may consider one or more of the following factors in granting a Deferred
- The act committed was
not premeditated nor was there malicious intent
- The student has no
previous similar referrals
- The student does not
have a significant history of insubordination/misbehavior
- Academically the
student has a 2.0 grade point average or better
- The student has good
attendance; no more than three unexcused
Agreement is an agreement that may be offered to students who have committed an
expellable offense pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct (School Board Policy
5.34). The Settlement Agreement allows the student to attend an alternative
school to continue their education in lieu of being expelled from the Sarasota
County School District upon the student’s agreement to comply with strict
behavioral, attendance, and other conditions enumerated in the Settlement
— Formal Expulsion Hearing
will be held before a hearing officer appointed by the district. The hearing
will be held as soon as possible after written notification of charges to the
parent. The parent/legal guardian and principal will be notified of the time
and date of the hearing.
Disruptive Students – Staff Intervention
- Expulsion hearings are governed by §120.569 Fla. Stat. Although the
school district is exempt from §286.011
Fla. Stat., which requires reasonable notice of a hearing, the student’s
parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must be given notice of the provisions of
§286.011 Fla. Stat. and may elect to have the hearing held in compliance with
that statute. Testimony will be
presented under oath. Hearsay is admissible, although it may not be the sole
basis for the recommendation.
- The student may be represented by counsel and will be afforded the
opportunity to cross-examine witnesses supporting the charge, to call witnesses
on the student’s behalf and to introduce evidence.
- A sufficient record of the proceedings will be kept so a transcript can
be prepared in the event either party requests one.
- The hearing officer will issue a recommended order within seven (7) days
following the hearing. The Sarasota County School Board will consider the
recommendation and exemptions, if any, at its next regularly scheduled meeting
and will approve or disapprove of the recommendation.
- The hearing officer will make factual findings about the allegations of
misconduct against the student. If the findings are substantiated, the hearing
officer may recommend an additional year of expulsion. A hearing officer does
not decide whether a student is entitled to attend an alternative school.
- The district must offer educational services to ESE students during the
period of expulsion. Expulsion of students with disabilities is defined as
removal from one program to another, not exclusion from public education. Services may not be provided through a
regular school assignment.
The use of
reasonable physical force must be consistent with federal, state and laws,
school district rules and school board policy. A teacher shall have the
authority, while on duty, to come into physical contact with a student or
students to the degree necessary for the purpose of establishing or maintaining
control of students, including to reasonably protect himself/herself, other
people or property. Such physical contact shall not be construed to be corporal
300.22 — Reporting of Crimes
and/or Disruptive Behavior
It is important that all students and parents/guardians understand that
certain criminal and/or disruptive behavior must, by school board policy,
reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities. The following types of
incidents will be reported: alcohol use, arson, battery, bullying,
breaking/entering, drugs, kidnapping, larceny/theft, possession or use of
weapons or explosive devices, property damage, vandalism, robbery, sex
offenses, sexual battery, sexual harassment or any other serious incident or
disruption of school operation.
Any student formally charged with a felony by the proper prosecuting
authority shall be subject to suspension in accordance with Florida Statutes
for a period of time which may exceed 10 (ten) days, as determined by the
If the student is adjudicated delinquent or guilty of a felony, the
school board has the authority to expel the student.
Procedures for Off-Campus Felony Cases
Statutes §1006.09(2) allows the superintendent to suspend a student from school
for a period longer than 10 (ten) days, when a
student has been formally
charged with a felony committed on property other than public school property.
In order for districts to utilize this section of the statutes, a student must
have been formally charged by a prosecuting attorney, and in an administrative
hearing, the school/district must show that the incident will have an adverse
effect on the educational program, discipline or welfare of the school in which
the student is enrolled. If the student is adjudicated guilty or delinquent,
the school board may expel the student.