Warriors Are Responsible, Respectful, and Safe

Philosophy of Intervention

The intervention policy of Indian Hills Middle School is built on the principles of fairness, firmness, and consistency and is exercised in an atmosphere of caring and concern.  The intervention policy at Indian Hills Middle School is designed to meet the requirements of Canyons School District’s Policies 500.02 – Student Conduct and Discipline and 500.01: Non-Discrimination and to create an environment conducive to learning and one that permits teachers and students to work in a safe place, free from physical and emotional harm.  In a safe environment, students learn to function effectively in society and learn to balance the needs of groups and individuals so that skills of self-control, self-efficacy, and self-reliance are developed.  In order to create this environment, students are expected to obey local and state laws as well as district and school policies.

DANGEROUS OR DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT

The following conduct is defined as dangerous or disruptive and is prohibited on school property, at school sponsored activities and while traveling in school-funded or school-dispatched vehicles:

  1. Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or trading a firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, firework, chemical weapon, martial arts weapon or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether working or not.
  2. Causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause, damage to property or people through:
    • Possession or distribution of drugs or alcoholic beverages
    • Sexual harassment
    • Arson
    • Burglary
    • Stealing
    • Criminal Mischief (causing injury/damage in excess of $200 to public/personal property)
    • Battery – touching or striking another person against his or her will
    • Assault – putting another person in fear of harmful or offensive touching
    • Bullying
    • Involvement in any illegal activity or causing others to be involved in illegal activity
    • Vandalism
    • Vulgarity or Profanity: There shall be no display of manner or speech that is lewd, vulgar, gross, obscene, defamatory, or otherwise disruptive to the wholesome educational environment of the school.

Under state law, any violation of this policy could result in suspension from school.

GANG ACTIVITY

The following Gang-Related Activity is prohibited:

  1. Gang-related activity that is dangerous or disruptive.
  2. Gang-related activity that includes but is not necessarily limited to:
  3. Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which evidence membership in a gang.
    • Use of a gang-associated name.
    • Designating turf or an area for gang activities or occupation or ownership.

The Board of Education authorizes school administrators to take appropriate action to preserve order among the students and staff and to protect school property. Acts of violence, use or possession of a weapon or facsimile, criminal behavior, and gang activity in or about district schools, property, or activities are dealt with in accordance to district policy and the law.

DRESS CODE: SCHOOL DRESS, GROOMING, AND APPEARANCE

Experience indicates that there are sanitation and safety factors directly related to proper dress and grooming. There is a real and reasonable connection between proper dress and grooming and the successful operation of school with respect to discipline as well as student achievement.

    • Items that disrupt the educational mission shall not be allowed. Personal items such as clothing, paraphernalia, jewelry, backpacks, string bags, water bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias, which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive.
    • Items which bear advertising, promotions and likeness of tobacco/vaping, alcohol, or drugs or which are contrary to the educational mission shall not be allowed.
    • All students shall maintain their hair, mustaches, sideburns, and beards in a clean, well-groomed manner. Hair, which is so conspicuous, extreme, odd in color or style that it draws undue attention, disrupts, or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
    • All students shall wear clean clothing. Clothing, jewelry, accessories and piercings which are so conspicuous, extreme, or odd that they may draw undue attention, disrupt, or tend to disrupt, interfere with or pose a health or safety issue to the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
    • Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs, and cleavage at all times. Clothing bottoms must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when standing or seated. Clothing tops must have a collar or a sleeve.
    • Sheer shirts are to have dress code appropriate attire underneath any area exposed by sheer material.
    • Military clothing or insignias which are part of the official uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces are not to be worn except where authorized by law. (Wearing of the military uniform is regulated by provisions of Utah State Code Title 18988 Code 76-8-514)
    • Hats of any kind are not allowed within the building except as part of an approved activity, or for religious, or medical purposes.
    • School officials may require students to wear certain types of clothing for health or safety reasons in connection with certain specialized activities.
    • Gang-related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities. School officials will determine what constitutes “gang” clothing, colors, and paraphernalia after consultation with law enforcement agencies as needed.
    • Shoes shall be worn at all times that insure personal safety and hygiene (no house slippers).

DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY

The administration recognizes that the possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or other prohibited substances constitutes a hazard to students and is disruptive to the educational process. The following substances are prohibited at school:

    • Illegal drugs and associated paraphernalia
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Illegal psycho-toxic chemicals (inhalants)
    • Prescription medications in excess of a 12-hour dosage
    • Over-the-counter medications in excess of a 12-hour dosage
    • Tobacco/vaping products

The possession, use, or distribution, by students of any substance listed above is prohibited on school district property, during school hours, and at any school-sponsored extracurricular program or activity including those held off school property. Violations will result in the strict application of Canyons School District’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Personal electronic devices and accessories (i.e., headphones, portable speakers, etc.) are not permitted during school hours and will be confiscated.  Students may use electronic devices during lunch time, however.  Any use of an electronic device during school hours that exploits personal information, disrupts the educational process, invades personal privacy or compromises the integrity of educational programs will be considered a violation of the acceptable use policy.  Violation of the acceptable use policy will result in suspension and loss of electronic privileges. Indian Hills Middle School will not assume responsibility for personal items that are either lost or stolen. 

SUSPENSION POLICY

Canyons School District students and employees are entitled to a learning/working environment that is free from unlawful and violent acts. Therefore, the Canyons District Board of Education shall not tolerate acts of violence, use or possession of weapons, criminal behavior or gang activity in schools, on school property, or at or around school activities. Students whose actions pose a threat to the health and/or safety of a student or staff member may be suspended to a district level hearing (Board Policy 500.2).

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