The Melrose Public Schools Code of Conduct serves to support our goals and our mission to provide a safe and educationally stimulating environment for all students. Students should come to school ready to learn with a clear understanding of what is acceptable behavior in a school setting. The common threads of our rules are respect of all people (students, teachers, staff, visitors, guests, etc.) and responsibility for one’s actions. Adolescents sometimes make mistakes based on poor judgment, peer pressure, or distractions in their personal lives. Minor infractions are handled by classroom teachers. A teacher will often make a verbal reprimand, contact parents, and/or assign a teacher detention. Teachers will refer more serious infractions or persistent infractions to an administrator.
The principal or assistant principal assigns disciplinary consequences for infractions which occur outside the class setting, chronic problems in the classroom or misbehavior which is a serious breach of our code, especially student misbehavior involving safety issues or threats. Assigning office detention and/or suspension is the responsibility of the principal or the assistant principal. Expulsion procedures are the responsibility of the principal, superintendent, and/or School Committee in accordance with Massachusetts General Law.
Range of Consequences
Administrative or teacher conference with student.
Written report to be entered into student records.
A teacher detention is held after school by the teacher with or without an office referral.
An office detention is held after school for 45 minutes and is assigned by the principal and/or assistant principal.
Alternative learning places the student in a supervised work space within the school setting for the course of the school day. Students will continue to have access to the general education curriculum and special education services as stated in their IEP, if applicable.
The student diversion program is designed to work with students as an alternative to formal discipline. The diversion program allows a student the opportunity to complete an individually tailored remedial program which may include a combination of conditions such as an educational program, counseling, community service, letter of apology, and restitution. Participation in the program is completely voluntary and requires the student to accept responsibility for his or her conduct and engage in the program with a positive attitude.
External suspension involves the exclusion of the student from the school setting. Any student who is externally suspended is not to be on the campus or seen from the campus at any time during the suspension, unless authorized by the principal. This stay-away provision includes before school, during school, after school, and/or all school activities that occur during the suspension, such as, but not limited to: intramural, clubs, sporting events, competitions, practices, dances, weight room, gymnasium, auditorium, plays, musicals, and other such activities.
Social Probation (Melrose High School)
A student on social probation will be unable to attend any extracurricular activities during the probation period.
Social Probation applies to offenses that result in a suspension. Social Probation begins upon reinstatement from the suspension. On the first offense, for suspensions of one to three days, a student will be notified that a second similar offense will result in the student being placed on Social Probation for one week. Third and subsequent offenses will result in a two-week Social Probation. For suspensions of four or more days, the first offense will result in two weeks of Social Probation and the second and subsequent offenses will result in one marking period of Social Probation. Violation of Social Probation will result in a one day suspension.
Academic Probation (Melrose High School)
A student on academic probation will be unable to attend any extracurricular activities during the probation period.
Upon issue of a report card, a student failing two or more subjects will be placed on Academic Probation. Academic Probation will begin on that date and extend until the next progress report is issued. At that time, if it is determined that the student is no longer failing two or more subjects (based on term grades in each subject, not final grades), eligibility to participate will be restored. Violation of Academic Probation will result in one day suspension and/or a personal growth project. (Restrictions are the same as Social Probation.) Any student who fails two or more subjects for the year will be on Academic Probation through progress reports of term one the following school year, or completion of summer school with passing grades.
Exclusion from school takes place when a student is not allowed to attend school for more than ten consecutive days.
Expulsion is the permanent removal of a student from the school setting.
Service as a consequence for misconduct is imposed in two ways. When appropriate to the offense, a student may be required to perform school service during and/or after school hours as a consequence of his/her actions. Such service would be performed under the supervision of an administrator, appropriate school staff and/or designee. For a suspension of three or more days, a student may be required to perform service within the community under the supervision of local authorities. Assignments to school service are at the discretion of the administration.
Peer mediation is a form of conflict resolution in which trained student co-mediators help other students work together to resolve a conflict or a dispute. The process involves a private session in close proximity to a teacher, school resource officer, assistant principal, principal, or other person designated by the principal. During the peer mediation session, the students who have the conflict are guided by the co-mediators, and the students give opening statements, discuss confidentiality issues, actively listen to each other, reflect deeply on the issue, summarize, build an agreement, brainstorm solutions, and work toward reaching a consensus. The session(s) usually ends with a written or verbal agreement. Participation in the peer mediation is voluntary. With the exception of information that is illegal or life-threatening, all matters discussed in mediation remain confidential. Student mediators do not make judgments or offer advice, and they do not force decisions upon the participants. In the past, trained high school co-mediators have done a wonderful job helping students deal with conflicts. The designated staff member will be responsible for arranging peer mediation sessions on a case by case basis and may offer a peer mediation session(s) in addition to disciplinary procedures.