Behavior Code — GRCHS
Personal/Student Dignity Policy
Harassment, hazing, and bullying of individual students violates fundamental Christian principles. Therefore, the GRCS Board of Trustees has established a dignity policy. GRCHS will respond to conduct, whether intentional or unintentional, which subjects another person to unwanted comments or unwanted actions because of race, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical characteristics or disability; or other harassment or bullying activity that robs the person of self-esteem, negatively impacts the learning environment or poses a threat to the person.
If harassment, hazing, or bullying takes place, the student should report it to a teacher, counselor, or administrator so that an official report can be filed and an investigation can be conducted. Findings of the investigation will be shared with the parties involved, and appropriate discipline will be implemented if needed. Harassment, hazing, or bullying, including verbal abuse, oral or written, or online, will result in corrective action and penalties, which may include suspension or expulsion. Threats against the welfare of students or school personnel are grounds for expulsion.
The dignity policy is available HERE.
- Bathrooms and locker rooms are not to be used for social gatherings.
- Students found congregating in these areas are subject to school discipline.
- The boys’ and girls’ locker rooms are off-limits for everyone except during the hour a student has physical education class or during the time a student’s sports team has a practice or a game.
- Students found in the locker room outside of those times will be subject to school discipline.
- In order to protect students’ privacy in the locker rooms and bathrooms, cell phones and other personal communication devices may not be used in those locations. See PERSONAL DIGNITY POLICY.
Lockers and Personal Property
- Lockers are available to all students. However, the lockers remain the property of the school.
- Although the locker is for the personal use of the individual student, the school administration may periodically check lockers and contents as needed. School property is subject to search at any time by school officials. Those searches may take place for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent.
- A student’s person and/or personal items may be searched whenever a school official has reasonable suspicion to believe that the student is in possession of illegal or unauthorized materials.
- If a properly conducted search yields materials that are illegal or violate school policy, such findings will result in school discipline and may be turned over to proper legal authorities.
- Each student is responsible for the locker to which she/he was assigned. Any problems with the locker must be reported to the office at once.
- Defacing or other abuse of the locker will be the financial responsibility of the offender for repair or replacement.
- While students are not allowed to access another student’s locker, the school cannot guarantee the security of the lockers.
- Students are encouraged to use school-issued locks to secure their assigned lockers.
- Students are expected to take care of their personal property by locking up valuables.
- Students are expected to use locks in the locker rooms and are encouraged to use locks on hallway lockers.
- Only school-issued locks may be used on hallway and locker room lockers in order to provide school officials access to locker contents.
- Personal locks are not allowed and will be removed.
- Locks for hallway lockers are available in the office and can be checked out for the student’s time at GRCHS.
- Locks for students in Physical Education courses will be distributed in those classes for a $5.00 refundable deposit.
Classroom and/or Hallway Discipline Follow-Up
In instances where a student is disruptive or disrespectful in class or in the hallway, a teacher may choose to send that student to the office to meet with an administrator. When that becomes necessary, the administration will work with teachers, and these steps may be followed:
- First time to the office: issues are discussed, expectations clarified, a restorative meeting between the teacher, student, and dean of students will take place before the student returns to class.
- Second time to the office: a possible suspension from the class and parent/guardian communication prior to re-entering class. A restorative meeting with the parents, teacher, student, and dean of students will take place before the student returns to class.
- Third time to the office: student may be removed from the class and assigned to Guided Study Hall and parent/guardian communication.
- Students are expected to be respectful of what is offered during assemblies and chapels.
- Food, drink, personal communication devices, study materials, and book bags are not permitted in the auditorium.
- Caps and hats are not to be worn during prayer.
- Students are expected to maintain a posture of worship, which includes but is not limited to having feet on the floor, limiting side conversations, removing hoods, and sitting up.
- The school does not monitor students’ interactions on any social media sites.
- However, if negative behavior on those sites creates a situation that threatens or damages the learning environment, the administrators will respond to the disruption.
- The administrator will follow up with the students involved and their parents/guardians.
- Consequences for creating that disruption may include social probation and/or suspension.
Alcohol, Marijuana, and Narcotics
GRCHS is a drug- and alcohol-free campus. Therefore, use or possession of alcohol (any level of alcohol content), marijuana or narcotics, imitations portrayed as drugs, or any form of drug paraphernalia, during the school day, on school property, or at school functions is prohibited. Violation of this policy will result in:
- First offense: a five-day suspension, social probation, and parental contact. The school will also provide drug prevention and mental health resources and possibly require intervention and treatment plans. If a student comes to school, on school property, or to a school function having used any of those substances, the same discipline will be imposed.
- A second offense of use or possession of these substances during the school day, on school property, or at school functions will result in an indefinite suspension and possible termination of enrollment or expulsion. Professional assessment and treatment intervention plan may be required as a condition of remaining in school.
The distribution, sale, or receipt of alcohol (any level of alcohol content), marijuana, or narcotics, or imitations portrayed as drugs, at school, on school property, or at school functions is prohibited and could result in:
- Expulsion or indefinite suspension.
- If the student is not expelled, the student will receive an indefinite suspension with required referral for professional assessment and treatment. Following all recommendations for further assistance from the assessment is a necessary condition to be allowed back into classes.
- Civil authorities may be contacted in cases of distribution, sale, receipt, possession, or use of those substances.
Tobacco and Vaping
GRCHS is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. Therefore, the possession or use of tobacco in any form includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, spit tobacco, snus, tobacco strips and sticks, dissolvable tobacco products, hookah, e-cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery devices, and any new and emerging tobacco products on campus, in the near vicinity of the school property or at school functions is prohibited. Offenses involving possession or use of those products per school year will be handled as follows:
- First offense: parent/guardian communication, one-day in-school suspension. During the suspension, the student will complete a web-based tobacco education program.
- Second offense: parent/guardian communication, indefinite suspension. Referral for mental health resources and treatment intervention plan. Following all recommendations for further assistance from the assessment is a necessary condition to be allowed back into classes.
Student Treatment Plan
GRCHS may require students in violation of the substance use policy to have a professional assessment by a service provider approved by the school. The intent of the referral is to provide professional assistance to the student and family as soon as a potential problem has come to the attention of the school. Payment for services is the responsibility of the family.
In order to monitor conformance to school policy, some information must be shared with the school, including whether or not the assessment has been completed and any recommendations for further intervention. Detailed information regarding the student obtained by the professional assessment is confidential and will not be requested by the school.
If further services are recommended following an assessment, families may choose to follow up on recommendations with any professional service provider approved by the administration. Regardless of service provider, the school must be informed about whether the student is following through with those recommendations and when services are completed.
Physical Altercation or Fighting
- Fighting of any kind is prohibited on school grounds (this includes rough play fighting). Engaging in this behavior at school can result in:
- Loss of school privileges.
- A restorative meeting with all parties involved.
- A behavior contract may be implemented.
- An indefinite suspension up to expulsion.
Taking, receiving, or being in possession of another person’s property without permission of the owner, regardless of monetary value, is theft. Theft creates unhealthy relationships between peers.
- Person(s) involved in theft will be expected to make restitution to the owner and will receive an indefinite suspension.
- Civil authorities may be called.
- Any additional offense of this nature during the student’s tenure at GRCHS will result in further consequences up to expulsion.
Activating or toying with the school fire alarm system in any way is forbidden and will result in suspension. Because the school fire alarm system is tied directly to the Grand Rapids Fire Department, violators of this policy will be subject to the city’s fines and consequences.
Use of any incendiary or explosive devices (including lighters, matches, and firecrackers) at school or school functions is strictly forbidden and may result in suspension or expulsion.
Threats of any kind against the school or the welfare of students or school personnel are grounds for expulsion. Civil authorities may be called.
GRCHS wishes to be a good neighbor. Therefore, the school demands that the students refrain from trespassing, loitering on the property surrounding the school, or driving recklessly through the neighborhoods around the school.
- A student who violates this policy may be suspended from school, and a meeting with an administrator will be necessary prior to the student’s return.
- Students and others on the school premises without administrative permission, while the school is closed, are trespassing.
- The school will respond to such trespassing, whether for pranks, vandalism, or hanging out, with school discipline and/or filing charges with civil authorities.
Vandalism to property of the school, its personnel, students, or neighbors is prohibited and will result in school discipline.
- If, after an investigation, vandalism is deemed to be harassment or bullying, there will be additional consequences up to expulsion.
- School discipline may include restitution, suspension, or expulsion.
- Civil authorities may be called in to impose public law.
Possession of any weapon, including but not limited to guns or knives, is not allowed in or around the school or at any school function.
- Any object, including facsimiles (look-alikes) of weapons used to threaten or otherwise create concern in the school community, will be treated as if the object were a weapon.
- Symbols that may represent or promote violence are also prohibited.
- Violation of this rule will result in suspension and is grounds for expulsion.
- Additionally, civil authorities may be called in.
Citizenship and Community Responsibility
Student conduct outside of regular school hours and activities may be the concern of the school. Student conduct that is disruptive to the school community may warrant school involvement and disciplinary action even though such conduct may have been outside the regular school day or away from the school premises. In instances where students have committed legal infractions, the school reserves the right to impose school penalties, including social probation, suspension, or expulsion.
Social Probation, Suspension, Termination of Enrollment, and Expulsion
- The school reserves the right to withhold educational services in those cases where a student refuses to follow school regulations or where the presence of a particular student is judged to be a danger or a disruptive force.
- Suspension may take place in school or at home as deemed appropriate by the school administration.
- Parent/guardian will be informed of all suspensions.
- Although students may work independently on their course work, teachers’ obligations to forward classwork during suspensions are limited.
- Students who are suspended from classes may not participate in or attend extra-curricular activities or be on campus during that time.
- The school may also impose social probation as a means of discipline.
- Social probation limits the student’s attendance at or participation in school-related functions outside the classroom or the regular school day.
- The terms and length of time for such probation will be determined on an individual basis.
- If the administration recommends termination of enrollment or expulsion to the board, the student and his/her parent will be formally informed in writing of the reasons for that action.