The Code Book for Student Conduct & Discipline Matrix
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The Code of Student Conduct, Policy 5.8, provides specific information regarding the rules that all students are expected to adhere to, as well as consequences for violations. Important among these rules are consistent and timely attendance, respect for people and property, appropriate dress, technology usage, student publications, student activities, student records and the right to appeal, including grievance procedures. The School Board of Broward County, Florida, approves and affirms its support of the Code of Student Conduct, Policy 5.8.
School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR)
The School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) System currently collects data on 26 incidents of crime, violence, and disruptive behaviors that occur on school grounds, on school transportation, and at off-campus, school-sponsored events, during any 24-hour period, 365 days per year.
Incidents are reported by schools to the districts which, in turn, provide the data to the DOE. Per F.S. 1002.20, parents of public-school students have a right to access school safety and discipline incidents as reported pursuant to s. 1006.07(9). To view the state reported discipline data:
- District total
- School total
School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) data is posted on the Florida Department of Education's website at https://www.fldoe.org/safe-schools/discipline-data.stml.
Click on the titles below to access the Code Book, Signature Forms and Discipline Matrix.
Back to School Expectations
Learn about the District's Back to School Expectations for student success.
Code Book for Student Conduct (PDF Version)
The Code Book for Student Conduct:
- English Version (Updated 7/28/21)
- Haitian Creole Version (Updated 12/09/21)
- Portuguese Version (Updated 11/19/21)
- Spanish Version (Updated 11/19/21)
Code of Student Conduct Emergency Policy:
Code Book for Student Conduct (Signature Forms)
Every school year, parents must fill out back to school forms for their child. For parents convenience, these forms can be completed online. Just click on the link below to get answers to frequently asked questions and to get started.
Parents who prefer to fill out hard copies of the back to school forms can download the forms using the links below. The forms are provided in multiple languages. Completed forms must be submitted to your child's school. (modified 7/28/21)
WHAT IS THE DISCIPLINE MATRIX?
The Discipline Matrix is a tool for administrators to respond appropriately when students have committed serious violations, per the Code of Student Conduct. This tool is designed to offer consistency at all levels across the District so that students are disciplined fairly from school to school when their behavior requires punishment beyond the classroom. There are four different versions of the Matrix which assign interventions and consequences for the following grade levels (updated 7/28/21):
The Matrix is designed to assist you and your child in understanding the consequences of seriously violating school rules. While most parents will have no need to be familiar with the Matrix, the School Board and the District want to ensure that parents are knowledgeable about the actions of its school administrators when students misbehave. The Matrix enables administrators to assign consequences consistently, regardless of the school your child attends.
HOW DO I READ THE DISCIPLINE MATRIX?
The Matrix outlines the violations in the same way as the Code of Student Conduct. Each incident type contains interventions and consequences for each violation. The letters within the consequence boxes correspond to the “Action Legend”. Therefore, if a student commits a first offense violation for an incident, the actions that can be taken will be listed in the box for the 1st Consequence. Second offense violation will be listed in the box for the 2nd Consequence, and so forth. It is important to note
however, that school administrators have the discretion to deviate from these guidelines by assessing an appropriate consequence other than stated in the Matrix if he or she determines in his or her sole discretion that there are mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?
Yes. The Discipline Matrix does not apply to classroom management as assigned by the teacher but rather as a progressive step when a student has broken the rules requiring a principal and/or his designee to assign consequences. While continuous disregard for classroom rules will almost always be referred to an administrator, certain violations of the rules, e.g. weapon possession, assault, sexual harassment, require initial administrative action.
Like the Code of Student Conduct, the Matrix is reviewed annually by District stakeholders, including parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, students and other community representatives.
WHERE DO I GO IF I WANT FURTHER EXPLANATION OF THIS DOCUMENT?
Should you require further explanation of the Discipline Matrix, please call your school administrator.
Face Covering Policy
One of The School Board's highest priorities is to ensure the health and safety of its community, including employees, students, and the public. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance, and the Florida Department of Heath (FDOH) advises that people who may be infected with Covid-19 (whether symptomatic or pre-symptomatic) play an important part in the reducing community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit release of infected droplets when talking, coughing and/or sneezing.
It is for this reason, it is policy that each student, employee, visitor, vendor or other person are always required to properly wear a face covering while at or inside a school/facility, or other vehicle owned, leased or operated by The School Board. View the Face Covering Policy to learn more.
Are you BCPS staff with questions on how to handle students and Face Covering Policy violations? View the frequently asked questions (FAQ) flyer below to learn more.
Right To Appeal
The Code of Student Conduct policy not only details the consequences of violating the rules, it also details the right to appeal procedures.
- Right to Appeal Process - English
- Right to Appeal Process - Haitian Creole
- Right to Appeal Process - Portuguese
- Right to Appeal Process - Spanish
Below please find the appeals process flow chart:
Social Media Use Guidelines
As per Policy 5306, Broward County Public Schools adheres to the belief that technology should play a vital role in meeting the needs of the broad range of abilities, disabilities, cultural backgrounds and ethnic populations represented in Broward District schools. To assure technology plays a prominent role while remaining safe and appropriate, BCPS has developed the Social Media Use Guidelines to provide direction for employees, students and the school district community when participating in online social media activities.
Suite360 is an expertly developed social-emotional learning (SEL) online curriculum with interactive text- and video-based lessons. Social-emotional learning improves school climates, learning, and test scores, making the Suite360 behavioral health intervention lessons the smartest way to turn discipline into a positive learning experience for students. Each lesson is also rooted in at least one of the five Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) competencies to meet the industry’s highest and most accepted standards.
To to the Suite360 Intervention webpage to learn more.
Suspension and Expulsion
Policy 5006, Suspension and Expulsion provides specific information regarding the rules that all students are expected to adhere to, as well as consequences for violations. The policy supports the maintenance of a safe and orderly educational environment for all students. It is also aligned with Zero Tolerance legislation and other statutory requirements.
Virtual Education Resources
Online learning and virtual instruction offer their own particular benefits and challenges. Go to our Virtual Education Resources webpage to find some suggestions and resources that may help those suddenly faced with the challenge of teaching and learning online.
2021-22 Code of Student Conduct Videos
Providing students with safe and secure learning environments is the District’s highest priority. The Code of Student Conduct outlines expectations for students regarding, behavior, attendance, appropriate dress and more.
Code of Student Conduct Video Grades K-5
Code of Student Conduct Video Grades 6-12