Student Behavior

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

In cases of general classroom/hallway misbehavior, a teacher or other staff member will be responsible for addressing and disciplining the student, which may include the use of detentions. For incidents of excessive
classroom misbehavior or actions reaching beyond the classroom, Lincoln Lutheran students will be assigned consequences by the Administration. The following general guidelines reflect the spectrum of possible action from least to most severe. Based on the information available and the judgment of the school Administration, appropriate action will be initiated.

  1. Warned and advised
  2. Parents notified by letter, Counselor referral
  3. Detention
  4. Parent Conference
  5. Behavioral Contract - Probation
  6. Suspension
  7. Expulsion

If violations of school rules occur and action by the school is needed, a Student Referral form will be used which describes the rule violation and explains the action taken. A copy of this form will be placed in the student's behavioral file. When circumstances warrant, a copy of the form will be sent to parents.

Disciplinary Actions

Detentions

The Principal may assign detentions to students for violations of school rules. Detentions are 40 minutes and are served when assigned. 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). Parents 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.

Teachers may assign their own detentions for classroom rule infractions. Teacher classroom rules apply to teacher-assigned detentions.

Behavior Contract - Probation

Students reported for consistent unacceptable behavior will have a behavioral contract created to aid in the modification of their behavior. The contract and probationary period are designed to bring about 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. The maximum suspension is ten (10) days. The student will be given written 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 by telephone, if possible. Official notice of the action will be mailed to parents stating the reason(s) for the suspension.

After ten (10) days of suspension during the school year, a student may be expelled.

In-School Suspension - (with credit)

Students assigned an in-school suspension may make up the work missed. If assigned work is made up, the student will NOT receive a zero for the day. However, if the student does not complete the assignments given
by his/her classroom teacher, he/she will not be able to make up the work; the student will 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 spend a complete school day in the school suspension area. A complete day is defined as 8:00 a.m. to 3:27 p.m.

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 any activities related to school or be anywhere in or around the school grounds during the entire time of suspension. None of the tests or class assignments scheduled during this suspension may be made up. Zeros will be given for tests, written work that is missed, and class participation.

Expulsion

Expulsion may occur at any time. Only the Principal may expel. The Principal will send the parents written notice of the intended expulsion. This notice will also include reasons for the intended expulsion.

Upon request, the student and parents will have an opportunity to appear before the Principal to question the action or explain student behavior. This hearing must be held within five (5) days of the notification to expel.

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 plus a minimum of one additional semester.

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.

Listing of Misbehaviors

  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 building
  5. Inappropriate display of affection
  6. Misuse of student's/school's property
  7. Violation of dress/appearance expectations
  8. Use of vulgar language (written, spoken, or gestured) or possession/use of inappropriate materials
  9. Use of intimidating, threatening, embarrassing or abusive language (written or spoken)
  10. Disrespectful or insubordinate language or action
  11. Physical abuse, physical force, physical intimidation or fighting
  12. Lying or cheating
  13. Stealing or damage/destruction of property
  14. Truancy
  15. Possession and/or use of the following:
  • Tobacco or tobacco products
  • Weapons or objects that could be construed as a weapon
  • Any alcoholic beverage or a beverage containing alcohol
  • Any controlled substance or "look-a-like" drugs
  • Any identifiable drug paraphernalia

NOTE: In cases of violations of numbers 9, 11, 13, 14 & 15, 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.

 

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 and 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.

If you believe you are being harassed by any Lincoln Lutheran administrator, teacher, school employee, 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 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

"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female, He created them." (Genesis 1:27) God created His people with male and female sexual distinctions. He intended that these differences would bring gladness and fulfillment to His people. Sexuality is one of the more powerful aspects of what makes us uniquely His. God truly does care about every aspect of each of His children. He always has.

Lincoln Lutheran seeks to aide parents by guiding students in a mature Christ-centered learning environment. Lincoln Lutheran is concerned about individuals involved in improper sexual conduct and has a responsibility to those students who may be harmed by the example of others. Therefore, students involved in sexual misconduct can expect to receive a formal disciplinary response from the school which will include one or more of the following: spiritual counseling, disciplinary probation and/or restriction from school for a period of time.

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 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 from class until the violation is corrected, or until the end of the school day. Any absence will result in a forfeit of credit for any class time missed.

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 excessively 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 restrict free, natural movement, or in some situations 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 or not in proper working order
  • Loose shoestrings
  • Wallet chains
  • Heavy winter coats or trench coats worn during class time
  • "Excessive" jewelry (amount or style)
  • Clothing or accessories with sharp or pointed edges (or otherwise deemed dangerous)
  • Shoes that mark the floor or other surfaces
  • Bedroom slippers
  • Shoes with cleats
  • 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
• Gives 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 during the school day (7:45 a.m. - 3:27 p.m.)
  • Length of shorts and skirts should minimally reach the point measured by putting one's arms at their sides with fingers extended
  • No tank top, or spaghetti strap shirts and blouses, unless worn under or over an appropriate cover shirt. All shirts should extend to the end of the shoulder
  • No skin shall be visible at the mid-drift (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 for boys or girls. (This includes all areas of the body except the ears and non-pierced rings on fingers or toes)

Activities - Field Trips:

  • The school dress code remains in-force for field trips, school activities (on or off campus) and practices. Groups are encouraged to refrain from utilizing any clothing (or lack thereof) that doesn't reflect the normal uniform for such an activity (tank tops for basketball, etc.).


NOTE: Some brand names will 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  Verbal warning, referral to office, correct inappropriate clothing2nd Offense  Referral to office, detention assigned, correct inappropriate clothing3rd Offense  Referral to office, double-detention assigned, correct inappropriate clothing4th Offense  Referral to office, Saturday detention ($30 fee), correct inappropriate clothing5th Offense  Referral to office, Suspension - Contract, correct inappropriate clothing