MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
14501 Avery Road, Rockville, Maryland 20853-3601
Office: 301-279-4920 FAX: 301-279-4962
To: Parents, Teachers and Students of Alternative Programs
From: Dr. Ira K. Thomas, Principal
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Subject: Department of Alternative Programs School Policy Updates
MCPS Cell Phone Policy – (Refer to page 12 of the MCPS Student Code of Conduct)
According to MCPS portable communication device policy, students may possess portable communication devices on MCPS property. However, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the device is turned off and out of sight during times of unauthorized use (instructional time). High school students may use portable devices during lunch.
At the Department of Alternative Programs, students will not be allowed to DISPLAY or USE portable communication devices during instructional time (start of class to the end of class). Teachers are giving the directive to give students one warning before their portable communication device is confiscated, by a member of the administrative team, for the remainder of the school day. Students who have their portable communication device confiscated will also have to serve a one-day lunch detention. If the portable communication device infraction takes place before lunch, the student will serve his/her one-day lunch detention on the same day that the infraction occurred. If the portable communication device infraction takes place after lunch, the student will serve his/her one-day lunch detention on the very next day that school is in session. Students processed for any infraction that calls for a one-day lunch detention, these students will only be allowed to receive a bag lunch for the day in which the infraction takes place.
If a portable communication devices infraction occurs for a second time, the student will be placed on a Cell Phone Contract for two weeks and will have to serve a second lunch detention. All students placed on a Cell Phone Contract will have their portable communication device collected from them in the morning (Security Desk) and it will not be returned until the end of the school day. Students may retrieve their portable communication device from Room M-16 at the end of the school day.
Students who do not comply with relinquishing their portable communication device to a member of the administrative team, these students will be given a one-day suspension for insubordination. Following the one-day suspension, students will need to return to school with a parent for a re-entry meeting.
Finally, teachers who plan to have students use their portable communication device for instruction must first seek approval from their assigned program Resource Teacher.
MCPS Tardy to Class / Cutting Class – (Refert to page 11 of the MCPS Student Code of Conduct)
According to MCPS Tardy and Cutting Class policy, consistently arriving late to class or failing to attend a scheduled class, without excused reasons, is a major violation of school policy.
At the Department of Alternative Programs, students will be required to be on time (in seat when the bell rings) for class on a daily basis. Random hall sweeps will be conducted throughout the school day to reinforce the instructional expectation for all students. Students found in the hallways after a hall sweep has been announced will be ushered to the multi-purpose room (large cafeteria) to be processed (tardiness/cutting class) and then assigned lunch detention (Room M-16). Students will serve their one-day lunch detention on the same day that the infraction occurred. If the infraction occurs after lunch, students will serve their one-day lunch detention on the very next day that school is in session.
Students processed for any infraction that calls for a one-day lunch detention, these students will only be allowed to receive a bag lunch for the day in which the infraction takes place.
Students who do not comply with serving their one-day lunch detention will be referred to administration for insubordination and given a one-day suspension. Following the one-day suspension, students will need to return to school with a parent for a re-entry meeting.
MCPS Sexual Harassment Policy – (Refer to page 16 of the MCPS Student Code of Conduct)
According to MCPS Sexual Harassment Policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other inappropriate verbal, written, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Prohibited conduct may include, but is not limited to, unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. For example:
- Grabbing, touching, or patting
- Sexual propositions
- Sexually offensive pictures, magazines, notes, calendars, cartoons, or jokes
- Unwanted flirtations or advances
- Verbal abuse
- Repeated pressure or requests for sexual activities
- Rewards for granting sexual favors or the withholding of rewards for refusing to grant sexual favors
- Graphic comments about an individual’s body or dress
- Sexually degrading names
In determining whether prohibited conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration will be given to the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred. Sexual harassment committed by students against students or staff members and staff members against staff members or students is inappropriate and violates Board policies and MCPS regulations. The Board of Education expects employees and students to be committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all persons participating in school programs and activities can do so in an atmosphere free from all forms of sexual harassment.
At the Department of Alternative Programs, students will be educated on the MCPS Sexual Harassment Policy. Students who violate the MCPS Sexual Harassment Policy will have their parents contacted and there will be a face-to-face meeting held to discuss the allegations. After an investigation has been conducted, the DAP administrative team will take appropriate disciplinary action (which may include short-term or long-term suspension) against the accused based on the evidence provided. Retaliation against anyone who files a complaint or cooperates with an investigation about sexual harassment is prohibited.
If there are any questions regarding the Department of Alternative Programs School Policy Updates memo, please feel free to contact the school at 301-279-4920. Thank you.