1. Section 1: The Purpose of I.S.S., and Roles of the Teaching Staff in regard to I.S.S.:
2. Every student has the right to learn by law.
3. Because of this law, the
4. When students choose to misbehave, they disrupt the learning environment, and as a result, deny other students their right to learn.
5. In order to obey the law and preserve the learning environment and rights of the students who choose to behave and want to learn, teachers are required to report all misbehavior to the principals.
6. At a certain point, principals are then required to meet with the misbehaving students who break the school rules, and sentence them to punishment- just as they are required to meet with and reward those students who choose to obey the rules and participate in the learning process.
7. The I.S.S. teacher is then required to carry out the sentence of the punishment that is determined by the principals.
8. The I.S.S. teacher does not judge, and can not lessen the punishment given. However, the I.S.S. teacher can recommend additional punishment-time to the principals for students who are uncooperative in the I.S.S. Unit.
9. Once a student has been assigned to I.S.S., the regular teachers will be notified, and are required to send the student’s class work to the I.S.S. Unit.
10. Section 2: I.S.S. Student Rules and Regulations:
11. Upon arriving at school, all students must immediately report to the I.S.S. Unit, where the I.S.S. teacher will assign them a carrel, which they will be required to sit at, facing their carrel number.
12. On their first I.S.S. day, students will be given a pass by the I.S.S. teacher, and they will then go to their lockers, and retrieve their passport-planner, all textbooks, workbooks, work sheets, and any other material they may need. Students will then bring everything back to the I.S.S. Unit in a timely manner.
13. No outdoor jackets, or anything with a hood may be worn in the I.S.S. Unit with out the expressed permission of the I.S.S. Unit teacher.
14. Students may not talk to any one or make noises while in the hallway, or while in the I.S.S. Unit.
15. All students must be seated at their carrel, facing their carrel number, with their legs inside the carrel, for the course of their suspension. Students may not rest their feet on the walls.
16. Students are not permitted to look around the room, sleep or rest their heads on their carrel-desks, and may not leave their carrel-chairs with out raising their hand and getting permission from the I.S.S. teacher.
17. I.S.S. students must obtain permission to leave their carrel by quietly raising their hand, and should never get out of their seat with out permission, call out, or snap their fingers at the teacher.
18. All students are required to keep their carrel clean and neat.
19. Writing on any part of the carrel or carrel-desk is strictly prohibited; additional punishment will be given for these acts.
20. Section 3: Additional I.S.S. Student Rules and Regulations:
21. Students may not communicate with other students in the I.S.S. room.
22. This includes making eye contact, facial expressions, talking, writing notes, using electronic forms of communication, and using sign language to or with other students.
23. Students will be permitted to use the lavatory twice a day- once in the morning and once in the afternoon after lunch.
24. Emergency lavatory use will be considered on an individual basis; abuse of lavatory privileges may result in loss of that privilege, and additional punishment.
25. During the mornings, students who wish to purchase a breakfast will be able to do so when they are sent to the cafeteria on an individual basis. After their purchases, students will immediately return to the I.S.S. room and consume their food at their carrels. This process begins at 7:40 A.M.
26. In addition, during the mornings, students will complete a cafeteria food order form for their lunches. Students MUST write their pin number on the form. Students will not be permitted to purchase items such a chips, popcorn, ice cream, soft pretzels, etc.
27. Students will then silently consume their food at their carrels.
28. Gum chewing, and eating non-lunch food items such as candy or mints are not permitted in the I.S.S. Unit; throat lozenges and cough drops are permitted if a note from a parent or guardian (with a contact number) is presented to the I.S.S. teacher.
29. Students may not purchase drinks or snacks from the machines on school grounds before, during, or after I.S.S.
30. Students are required to be continually working in the I.S.S. Unit.
31. First, the Personality Survey/Decision Essay must be completed. Second, the rules must be copied. Then any additional I.S.S. assignments must be completed.
32. The additional I.S.S. assignments may include one or more of the following: questionnaires, essays, work packets, and apology letters.
33. Only when all of the students’ work has been completed, collected, and approved by the I.S.S. teacher, will the students receive the class work assigned by their teachers.
34. Students must have all assignments checked by the I.S.S. teacher, and will NOT be released from the I.S.S. Unit until all assignments have been completed to the satisfaction of the students’ teachers and the I.S.S. teacher.
35. Teachers almost always give assignments that are within the ability of the students who are in the I.S.S. Unit.
36. While the I.S.S. teacher can give limited assistance to students having difficulty with work, lessons will not be taught in the I.S.S. Unit.
37. Different I.S.S. assignments will be assigned for different offences. Starting with the 4th I.S.S. assignment, every assignment will be reciprocal.
38. To illustrate: if a student receives one day of I.S.S., and that assignment is his or her 5th of the school year, he or she will be required to do five pages of the rules before receiving his or her class work.
39. Unless otherwise directed, all work must be completed in pencil.
40. Unless a teacher gives the I.S.S. teacher a written pass for the student to go to his or her room, students are not permitted to leave the I.S.S. Unit to seek assistance from their teachers, or participate in their classes.
41. Students may not take any writing assignments, or class work home with them during their I.S.S. sentence, unless given permission by the I.S.S. teacher- which does not happen often.
42. No home-work passes are valid in the I.S.S. Unit.
43. If a student has a question, he or she must quietly raise his or her hand, and wait for the I.S.S. teacher to give permission to speak.
44. Students MUST serve their entire sentence.
45. For example, if a student is sentenced to three days of I.S.S., he or she must stay in the I.S.S. Unit until the end of school of the third in-school suspension day served.
46. If a student is not finished with all of his or her work, usually, the student must serve additional I.S.S. time until the work is completed.
47. In this case, only when the student has properly finished all of his or her work to the satisfaction of the I.S.S. teacher, will he or she be issued a pass. He or she then must present the pass to the office secretary, which indicates that he or she may return to class.
48. Only when the office secretary gives the student a pass, may he or she return to his or her regularly scheduled class.
49. For students who finish their work, but still have I.S.S. time to serve, additional assignments, which will be educational in nature, will be given to the students to complete.
50. While the students’ teachers may or may not accept that work as extra credit, the student MUST properly complete those additional assignments before being released from the I.S.S. Unit- unless otherwise directed by the ISS teacher.
51. Section 4: Dismissal Procedures:
52. Those students who must return to the I.S.S. Unit the next school day should leave all their school work and books at their carrels.
53. Students who are being released at the end of the school day must take all of their possessions with them. They are not allowed to go to their locker under any circumstances.
54. At the end of the school day students will be escorted to the exit by the I.S.S. teacher. While another teacher supervises, bus riders will be escorted by the I.S.S. teacher first at 2:25. Walkers will be escorted at 2:36.
55. All students who have I.S.S. (including those who finished their final day in I.S.S.) may not re-enter the building after being dismissed, unless they have a pass from a teacher that gives them permission: re-entering the building without permission will result in additional punishment.
56. Students in I.S.S. are not permitted to take part in or be a spectator at any extra-curricular activities during their in-school suspension (these activities include, dances, sporting events, assemblies, and plays). This ban from extra-curricular activities includes the afternoon, evening, or night of the final day that the I.S.S. sentence is served.
57. Section 5: Student Consequences for Misbehavior in the I.S.S. Unit:
58. Misbehavior in the I.S.S. Unit will NOT be tolerated.
59. If warnings (or a warning , depending on the circumstances) for misbehavior are issued, and the student continues to misbehave, as soon as possible, the I.S.S. teacher will make a call home to report the misbehavior to the student’s parents or guardians.
60. The student may receive additional writing assignments or academic work from the I.S.S. teacher, which the student will be required to complete.
61. If the student continues to misbehave, the student will be sent to the office.
62. The principals will then determine what additional punishments the student will receive, which could be one or more of the following: calling home, additional writing assignments, detentions, additional time added on to the student’s in-school suspension sentence, or out-of-school suspension.
63. When a student is sentenced to out-of-school suspension, and then returns to school, he or she will probably have to completely re-do his or her I.S.S. sentence, and I.S.S. writing assignments.
64. In addition to the reciprocal model, repeat offenders who often get sentenced I.S.S. will be assigned harsher sentences with more punishment assignments, and may possibly have to attend intervention meetings which will consist of the student, his or her parents or guardians, the student’s team teachers, and possibly the I.S.S. teacher and the principals.
65. Freedom to learn in a classroom is a privilege, and behavior is a choice.
66. All principals, teachers, and aides wish to see their students learning in their classrooms.
67. However, when students choose to misbehave, they disrupt the learning environment, and as a result, deny other students their constitutional rights to learn.
68. In order to preserve the learning environment and constitutional rights of the students who choose to behave and want to learn, the school is required to take the freedom away from the misbehaving students, and use disciplinary measures, such as in-school suspension.
69. Hopefully, the students who are writing these rules, after the completion of their I.S.S. sentence, will choose freedom, behave properly in class, learn from their experience, and never have to do this punishment again!