Student Behavior Expectations

At Lincoln Lutheran, misbehavior is viewed as sin. Our students are expected to behave in a way that is both Christ-centered and Christ-pleasing. The Administration and staff at Lincoln Lutheran do not enjoy disciplining student misbehavior. However, in a school environment such disciplining is often necessary. Our prayer is that our students will be self-disciplined young Christians and that these guidelines will seldom be referred to.

Explanation of the Discipline System

Discipline at Lincoln Lutheran is based on a Biblical model of repentance, forgiveness, and reinstatement. Discipline is used to create faithful disciples of young Christian men and women who are learning how to live their faith in the world and to create an atmosphere conducive to learning. Individual teachers will have procedures and rules specific to his/her classroom and teaching methods that can be found on the teacher’s Course Expectations and on the class Moodle site. Students are expected to follow these procedures and rules to facilitate learning in the classroom and as a way of representing Christ to the world.

If a student, by his/her actions, shows he/she is not able to function within specified procedures and rules he/she will be reminded of proper behavior. If the student is not able or is unwilling to correct their behavior, showing an unwillingness to repent, they will be removed from the classroom. The student will later have the opportunity to repent for their behavior, and will then be reinstated in the classroom, with the understanding that the student will not engage in further inappropriate behavior. Certain behaviors, and repeated misbehaviors, may result in consequences assigned by school Administration based on the information available and the judgment of the school Administration.

Consequences could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Warning and advising of student
  2. Parental Notification
  3. Detention
  4. Counselor Referral
  5. Parent Conference
  6. Behavioral Contract - Probation
  7. Suspension
  8. Expulsion

Disciplinary Actions

Detentions

The Principal may assign detentions to students for violations of school rules. Detentions are 40 minutes and are served when assigned. Detention, as much as possible, will be spent doing some type of service for the school. If a student must ask for a change of date for an assigned school detention, the request must be made no later than before school begins on the day of the assigned detention to the designated detention coordinator. Work schedules, extra-curricular activities, and athletic practices are not valid reasons for requesting a change of date for detentions.

Students will be notified in advance of school-assigned detentions. Students who fail to serve an assigned detention will be given a double detention. A double detention is two separate 40-minute detentions. Failure to serve an assigned double detention or subsequent detention will result in a Saturday Detention (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) being assigned (Fee--$30 to pay for monitor, due upon arrival). Students will be notified when a detention is missed and given the dates of the double detention and/or Saturday Detention.

Excessive detentions during the school year may result in further school disciplinary actions including suspension or expulsion.

Behavior Contract - Probation

Students reported for consistent unacceptable behavior will have a behavioral contract created. The behavioral contract will be in effect for a specified period of time which is, in effect, a probationary period. The contract and probationary period are designed to bring about positive changes in student behavior. Periodic teacher assessment of student behavior will be requested. If a student fails to meet the expectations set forth in their behavioral contract they may face additional disciplinary action.

Suspension

Only the Principal may suspend a student. The student will be given notice of the suspension and the reasons why, and will have the opportunity to discuss the reasons for the suspension or otherwise explain the actions. Parents will be notified of the suspension verbally and in writing. Written notification will be either electronic or by letter. Students suspended from school will not be allowed to attend or participate in school-related activities or athletics while they are on suspension, whether it be in-school or out-of-school suspension.

In-School Suspension

Students assigned to In-School suspension may or may not be allowed to make up work missed, depending on the nature of the act resulting in the suspension. If the student is allowed to make up work missed and completes the work by the deadline given, the student will NOT receive a zero for the day. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain classroom assignments from each teacher prior to the date(s) of the in-school suspension.

Students suspended in-school are required to remain in the school suspension area. Students under in-school suspension are not allowed to attend or participate in school-related extra curricular activities on the day(s) of the in-school suspension.

Out-of-School Suspension

When a student is suspended at home, he/she is to remain at home and off the streets during school hours (8:00 a.m. to 3:27 p.m.) and is NOT to attend or participate in any activities related to school or be anywhere on or around the school grounds during the entire time of suspension. Students under out-of-school suspension may or may not be allowed to make up work missed, depending on the nature of the act resulting in the suspension.

Expulsion

Expulsion may occur at any time. Only the Principal may expel a student. The student will have the opportunity to discuss the reasons for the expulsion or otherwise explain their actions. The Principal will send the parents written notice of the intended expulsion. This notice will also include reasons for the intended expulsion.

A student who has been expelled may be considered for re-enrollment after being away from Lincoln Lutheran for the remainder of the semester of expulsion.

Before a student will be considered for re-enrollment, a satisfactory resolution to the problems which resulted in expulsion must be reached with all school personnel involved. Additional considerations for re-enrollment will include satisfactory academic work while away from Lincoln Lutheran (generally, a 2.0+ GPA), no involvement in major disciplinary situations, a good attendance record at the school attended, and completion of any required medical or chemical evaluations. An administrative team will review any request for re-enrollment and will make a recommendation based on the above criteria.

Right of Appeal

Students or parents have the right to appeal any disciplinary action. (See Due Process)

Listing of Misbehaviors

Examples of misbehaviors that may result in disciplinary action include, but are not limited to:

  1. Classroom misbehavior
  2. General misbehavior in other areas of the building, school grounds or at school-sponsored events
  3. Consuming food or beverage anywhere in the building other than the Commons, between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:25 p.m., unless specifically approved by the Principal for special circumstances or occasions. At the discretion of individual teachers, water may be consumed in the classroom if the water is contained in a non-breakable and sealable, clear container.
  4. Students may not chew gum in the buildings or on school grounds
  5. Inappropriate display of affection
  6. Misuse of student’s/school’s property
  7. Violation of dress/appearance expectations
  8. Lying or cheating
  9. Use of vulgar language (written, spoken, or gestured) or possession/use of inappropriate materials
  10. Disrespectful or insubordinate language or action, including not following a directive given by any faculty or staff member.
  11. Use of intimidating, abusive or threatening language. Making a death threat toward student(s), faculty and/or staff. This includes threats that are made verbally, in writing and/or electronically.
  12. Physical abuse, the use of physical force, physical intimidation or fighting
  13. Stealing or damage/destruction of property
  14. Truancy
  15. Use or possession of firearms, knives, or other objects that could be construed as a weapon or dangerous substance
  16. Possession, use, and/or being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, look-alike drugs, or tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes
  17. Misuse of prescription drugs
  18. Possession of drug paraphernalia

Because student actions outside of school can affect the school environment, such actions may be subject to school disciplinary response.

NOTE: In cases of violations of numbers 11 through 18, the police may be summoned. Possession includes being found on the student’s person, in a student’s school locker, gym locker, car, gym bag, or book bag. Possession of weapons, drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia will be referred to the police and may result in suspension &/or expulsion.

Cheating / Plagiarism

Cheating

Cheating demonstrates a lack of integrity and character that is inconsistent with Christian values and with the goals of our school. Cheating robs students of the opportunity to become competent learners and, in the end, is self-destructive.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Copying, faxing, emailing or in any way duplicating assignments or assessments wholly or in part, that are turned in as original work.
  2. Exchanging assignments or assessments with other students, either handwritten or computer generated, whether you believe they will or will not be copied.
  3. Using a computer or other means to translate an assignment or assessment from one language to another and submitting it as an original translation.
  4. Unauthorized giving or receiving answers on an assignment or assessment. It is the student’s responsibility to secure their work to minimize the opportunity for others to copy work.
  5. Taking credit for group work when you have not contributed an equal or appropriate share toward the final result.
  6. Accessing an assignment or assessment or answers to the same in advance of its administration.
  7. Text messaging or having an electronic device out during an assignment or assessment without teacher approval.

Students referred to administration for cheating will receive a zero on the work in question and the incident will be documented. Students who violate this policy a second time may be withdrawn from the class for the balance of the semester and may lose credit for the class.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is committing literary theft. It is a form of cheating that clearly violates the student code of conduct and Biblical admonition not to steal.

If any part of an assignment is determined to have been plagiarized the student will receive a zero on the assignment and the incident will be documented. Students may be given an alternate assignment to earn some or all of the credit for the plagiarized assignment at the discretion of the teacher. Students who violate this policy a second time may be withdrawn from the class for the balance of the semester and may lose credit from that class. This policy applies to assignments and assessments given by all departments.

Teachers will instruct and guide students in the parameters of cheating and plagiarism and how to avoid engaging in them.

Harassment

Lincoln Lutheran seeks to maintain a Christ-Centered educational environment characterized by respect, compassion and love. Every student has the right to a positive educational experience and Lincoln Lutheran is committed to offering a culture free of discrimination and harassment. Harassment of any kind by administrators, teachers, school employees or students will not be tolerated. In addition, Lincoln Lutheran will protect students, to the extent possible, from reported harassment by non-employees and non-students occurring on school property or arising out of school functions and activities.

Examples of Harassment

  • Harassment because of a person’s race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, marital status, ancestry or disability can be a form of unlawful discrimination. At Lincoln Lutheran, slurs, jokes and other verbal or physical conduct relating to a person’s race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, marital status, ancestry or disability constitute harassment when they interfere with the student’s educational performance or create an intimidating environment.
  • Unlawful harassment may also exist when non-employees such as non-students, patrons, vendors or visitors engage in such conduct and when the conduct interferes with a student’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
  • Sexual harassment may consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature by a person of the same or opposite sex.
  • "Bullying” is a form of harassment. Lincoln Lutheran’s definition of bullying is any inappropriate behavior, used intentionally as power or control over an individual. Exclusion, control, dominance, intimidation, or threats may be forms of bullying.
  • Electronic harassment may include, but is not limited to, posting any content on the internet, including sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other social media sites, or communication via text messaging, that is un-Christian, reflects negatively on a student or employee of Lincoln Lutheran, reflects negatively on the school, or constitutes any type of harassment as defined in this section.

If you believe you are being harassed by any Lincoln Lutheran administrator, teacher, schoolemployee, student, patron, contractor, visitor, or any other person in connection with your attendance at Lincoln Lutheran and you are unable to amend the situation in a Christian manner, you should bring the incident to the attention of the Principal. If that would prove to be uncomfortable or you are not satisfied with the Principal’s handling of the complaint, bring the matter to the attention of the Executive Director. If you still are not satisfied or would feel more comfortable reporting your complaint to someone else, you should contact the President of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Lutheran School Association.

Lincoln Lutheran will promptly investigate all allegations of harassment in as confidential a manner as possible and take appropriate corrective and disciplinary action if warranted. Under no circumstance will any Lincoln Lutheran employee or student be allowed to threaten or retaliate against another employee or student who in good faith alleges unlawful discrimination or harassment.

Sexual Conduct Policy

Lincoln Lutheran supports a biblical standard of sexual conduct as stated in the Sixth Commandment. Any sexual activity outside of the marriage relationship contradicts God’s design. The school’s involvement and response to sexual misconduct will reflect the school’s overall approach to discipline (see “Explanation of the Discipline System”). Administration will balance care and concern for the student(s) involved with the need to maintain a positive educational environment and a suitable Christian climate. A determination about consequences and/or the student’s continued enrollment at Lincoln Lutheran will be based on the circumstances of the situation and response of parents and student(s) involved.

Student Appearance – Dress Guidelines

In keeping with the stated philosophy, we ask our parents and students to remember that our students represent Lincoln Lutheran and the Church. Dress and appearance can be a powerful witness. Cleanliness, neatness, safety, and Christian modesty and decency will always be taken into account. A dress code lends a degree of formality to the setting of formal education and supports the activity of schooling. 

We dress for the occasion, and the occasion here is organized study and learning. We will not imitate the evil of this world, nor will we accept dress or appearance simply because it is considered popular or fashionable. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be  transformed by the renewing of your mind.”   Romans 12:2

If there is any question about appropriateness of student dress, we expect parents to guide the student according to this policy. Should there still be a question, discuss the issue with the Principal. The Principal will make the final decision regarding the suitability of any article of clothing or manner of dress. Students whose clothing and/or manner of dress fall outside acceptable limits will be handled according to the following procedure.

Students with questionable appearance/attire will be addressed first by an administrator or teacher. If the student can correct the violation, they should do so immediately and not repeat the violation for the remainder of the school year. If the student cannot easily correct a violation of the dress/appearance guidelines, the staff member involved will send the student to the office and notify an Administrator immediately. 

Students with uncorrectable attire will have a conference with the Principal and appropriate action will be taken. This may include the possibility of parental contact for a different set of clothes or the sending of the student home for correction of appearance/dress violation. If a parent cannot be contacted for correction arrangements, the student will remain in the office, and be recorded as absent (excused) from class until the violation is corrected, or until the end of the school day.

Specific Appearance Guidelines:

Cleanliness

  • Clothing and accessories should be clean and not adversely stained or faded. 
  • Clothing and accessories should not be the source of offensive odors.

Neatness

  • Clothing and accessories should not be tattered, frayed or have holes, slits, or other “openings” not designed for the normal wearing of the article.

Safety

  • Clothing or accessories should not be worn either in design or manner that restricts free, natural movement, or could be caught or entwined in equipment, on stairways or other potentially dangerous apparatus or that could cause harm to other people or damage to property.

Examples of Improper Apparel

  • Footwear that is unsafe, floor marking, or not in proper working order
  • Bedroom slippers
  • Shoes with cleats
  • Wallet chains
  • Heavy    winter    coats,    trench    coats,    or    blankets    worn    during    class    time
  • “Excessive” jewelry (amount or style)
  • Clothing or accessories with sharp or pointed edges (or otherwise deemed dangerous)
  • Pant legs of a length that causes the wearer to walk on the cuff

Christian Decency/Modesty

Clothes, school bags, shoes, or other personal belongings should not contain words, drawings, pictures, 

emblems, or insignias that:

  • Are vulgar in nature
  • Represent Satanic or occult meaning
  • Advertise drug, alcohol, or tobacco products 
  • Give negative witness of our school, our Lord, or ourselves
  • Either directly or indirectly represent or insinuate non-Christian, worldly sentiment.

When deciding what style of clothing to wear to school, the student should be reminded to avoid items that might draw undue attention to them or may offend others.

  • No hairstyles or hair color that brings undue attention to the student by nature of the style or the tint
  • Caps or hats are not to be worn by boys or girls in the school building
  • Length of shorts and skirts should minimally reach the point measured by putting one’s arms at their sides with fingers extended, usually at mid-thigh
  • No tank top or spaghetti strap shirts and blouses, unless worn under or over an appropriate cover shirt. All shirt sleeves should extend past the end of the shoulder
  • No skin shall be visible at the midriff (a student should be able to touch the top of their head with both hands without exposing skin)
  • The neckline of blouses should be no lower than the distance measured down from the base of the neck by the width of the student’s hand and the neckline should not extend to the shoulders
  • Clothing should not be excessively tight or revealing
  • No see-through shirts or blouses
  • At no point should a student’s undergarments be visible (no sagging waistline or loose shirts/shorts)
  • No visible body rings or piercings for boys or girls. (This includes all areas of the body except the ears and non-pierced rings on fingers or toes)
  • No visible tattoos for boys or girls

Activities and Field Trips:

  • The school dress code remains in effect any time a student or group of students is representingLincoln Lutheran, whether or not school is in session. This includes, but is not limited to, field trips, school activities (on or off campus) and practices. Clothing that is considered “normal” attire for an activity meets the requirements of the Lincoln Lutheran dress code.

NOTE: Some brand names may not be acceptable. All slogans, messages, and symbols must be harmonious with the philosophy of Lincoln Lutheran. The Administration reserves the right to make discretionary judgments regarding the appropriateness of student dress and appearance not explicitly covered by the dress guidelines.

Consequences for Dress Code Violations

  • 1st Offense Referral to office, correct inappropriate clothing
  • 2nd Offense Referral to office, correct inappropriate clothing, detention assigned
  • 3rd Offense Referral to office, correct inappropriate clothing, further disciplinary action

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices (cell phones, iPods and other mp3 players, iPads and other tablet computers, laptops,     etc.) are an essential learning tool and part of the learning environment at Lincoln Lutheran. Students may use electronic devices during school hours (8:00 am – 3:15 pm) with teacher or staff approval for educational purposes. Under no circumstances should students use electronic devices during school hours for non-educational purposes. All electronic devices are brought to school at the risk of the student. The school is in no way liable for damage to or theft of electronic devices.

Students using electronic devices without teacher approval or for non-educational purpose will have the device confiscated and given to the principal. The electronic device will be returned to the student at the end of the school day. Repeated violations of the electronic device policy may  result in further disciplinary action.

It is sometimes necessary for parents to leave messages for or to contact their student during the school day.   Parents should be aware that students who check messages or take phone calls from parents without teacher permission are using their electronic device improperly and may have their device confiscated for the remainder of the day. Please help us educate your student on the proper use of electronic devices and urge them to only access messages or phone calls from parents during their lunch period or with teacher permission. Parents may leave messages for students with the school office. Please contact the school office with any emergency messages, which will be delivered to students immediately.

7th and 8th Grade Students – 7th and 8th grade students may use electronic devices during passing periods. Electronic devices may not be used during Middle School break. 8th Grade Students Only – 8th grade students may use electronic devices in the commons during the student’s lunch period without asking for teacher or staff approval.

Please refer to Cheating/Plagiarism for the use of text messaging, cell phones, or other electronic communication during summative assessments.

Acceptable Use of Electronic Devices

Acceptable use of electronic devices (cell phones, iPods and other mp3 players, iPads and other tablet computers, laptops, etc.) is defined as using those devices during school hours (8:00 am - 3:15 pm, excluding lunch periods and passing periods, see above) for educational purposes with the permission of school personnel. 

Unacceptable use of electronic devices (cell phones, iPods and other mp3 players, iPads and other tablet computers, laptops, etc.) includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any uses or actions that are contrary to the mission and purpose of Lincoln Lutheran Middle/High School.
  • Any uses or actions that are contrary to the Christian nature of Lincoln Lutheran Middle/High School.
  • Any uses or actions that are harassing or discriminatory in nature (see the Harassment section of this Handbook).
  • Any actions or uses that that are contrary to copyright laws.
  • Any actions or uses that jeopardize the Lincoln Lutheran computer network or other computer networks.

Some items worthy of specific comment are:

Email

  • Only the Lincoln Lutheran email address should be used for student email.
  • Lincoln Lutheran email addresses are considered school property and any communications using those addresses is subject to monitoring. Any misuse of Lincoln Lutheran email addresses may be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Use of email during school hours is prohibited unless for an educational purpose and authorized by school personnel.
  • Do not forward email from another person without that person’s permission.
  • Students should not give out Lincoln Lutheran email address passwords to other people or access the email accounts of other students.
  • School email addresses are not to be given to any websites, companies, or other third parties without the permission of school personnel.

Instant Messaging/Chat Rooms

  • Instant messaging/chat rooms are prohibited except as a part of an assigned, in-class activity that is supervised by school personnel.

Pictures, Video or Audio Recording

  • Students should never take pictures or make a video or audio recording of another person or group without the expressed consent of that person or group.
  • Any picture or audio or video recording should only be used for school purposes, such as class projects, and not shared on social networking sites or the internet in any way, except as part of the requirements for a class project.

Audio and Video Content

  • Audio on electronic devices should be turned off during school hours unless required for the class activity being conducted and with the approval of school personnel.
  • Listening to music during class is not permitted unless it is a part of a class project and with the permission of school personnel. Students in a study hall may listen to music with permission of school personnel.
  • The use of electronic devices to watch commercial movies or videos is not permitted during school hours.
  • Streaming music or video is never permitted or acceptable except as part of an assigned, in-class activity.
  • Headphones are required any time audio or video content is accessed, or other arrangements as made with the permission of school personnel.

Games

  • The playing of games during school hours is not permitted except as part of an assigned, in-class activity.

Network Access

  • Students may not attempt to access servers or network information that is not open to the public.

Internet Use

  • Accessing any materials on the Internet that are contrary to the Christian nature of Lincoln Lutheran Middle/High School is prohibited.
  • If a student accidentally accesses inappropriate material on the Internet they should notify school personnel as soon as possible.
  • Students should not attempt to bypass school network security or Internet filters. 
  • Information obtained through the Internet should be properly cited and in compliance with copyright laws.

Searching and Confiscation of Electronic Devices

  • Student electronic devices are subject to the Searching and Confiscation policies outlined in this Handbook.

Failure to Follow Policy

The use of Lincoln Lutheran’s computer network and Internet access is a privilege, not a right. Misuse of the computer network and Internet access by the failure to follow the guidelines of this policy could result in having access to the network and Internet revoked. Misuse of the computer network and Internet access could also result in other disciplinary action as outlined in the Disciplinary Actions section of this Handbook.