Code of Discipline

Princeton High School hopes to foster a philosophy of restorative justice that emphasizes values of empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibility and accountability. Our goal in this approach to discipline is to provide ways to effectively address behavior and provide a safe and supportive environment that nurtures learning.  

The following is a list of behaviors and consequences that will serve as a guide for administrative action. There may be circumstances that could alter responses to certain behaviors and these will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the administration. Remediation/intervention may include, but is not limited to, parent conferences, pupil counseling, peer support groups, corrective instruction or other relevant service or learning experiences, supportive pupil interventions, behavioral management plans, and/or alternative placements.

For the purpose of understanding the abbreviations used below, the following definitions should be considered:

  • Teacher Detention (TD): to be served at the discretion of the teacher involved. 
  • Administrative Detention (AD): to be served after school, under the supervision of a certified staff member
  • Out-of-school Suspension (OSS): to be served off school property, under the supervision of the parent/guardian. Students are not allowed on school property during the duration of the suspension and they may not participate in extra- or co-curricular activities. Failure to comply with this can result in a charge of trespass.

Offenses

Any conduct or speech which threatens the safety of staff or students, disrupts the operation of the school or is considered offensive, lewd, vulgar or profane will result in appropriate disciplinary consequences.

*Based on the severity of the incident, the high school administration may refer the student directly to the Superintendent of Schools for formal Board of Education action.

**State law and BOE policies provide separate consequences for students who are found in possession of a gun, or firearms, on school property or at school sanctioned activities. 

***May result in an “O” grade on assignment, quiz, test or examination

Extortion

1st Offense: 1-3 OSS 
2nd Offense: 3-5 OSS 
3rd Offense: 5-10 OSS

Inciting Violence (Physical/Verbal)

1st Offense: 1-3 OSS 
2nd Offense: 3-5 OSS 
3rd Offense: 5-10 OSS

Theft

1st Offense: 1-3 OSS 
2nd Offense: 3-5 OSS 
3rd Offense: 5-10 OSS

Food Fight

1st Offense: 1-3 OSS 
2nd Offense: 3-5 OSS 
3rd Offense: 5-10 OSS

Threatening Bodily Harm

1st Offense: 1-3 OSS
2nd Offense: 3-5 OSS 
3rd Offense: 5-10 OSS

Endangerment of Others

1st Offense: 1-3 OSS
2nd Offense: 1-3 OSS
3rd Offense: 3-5 OSS

Hazing

1st Offense: 1-3 OSS
2nd Offense: 1-3 OSS
3rd Offense: 3-5 OSS

Assault*

1st Offense: 2-5 OSS
2nd Offense: 3-5 OSS
3rd Offense: 5-10 OSS

Fighting*

1st Offense: 2-5 OSS
2nd Offense: 3-5 OSS
3rd Offense: 5-10 OSS

False Fire Alarms*

1st Offense: 5 OSS
2nd Offense: 5-10 OSS
3rd Offense: 5-10 OSS

Possession of a Weapon**

1st Offense: 5 OSS
2nd Offense: 5-10 OSS
3rd Offense: 5-10 OSS

Assault on an Employee*

1st Offense: 10 OSS

Criminal Behavior*

Administrative discretion according to the nature of the offense

Drug and Alcohol Violation

Refer to section entitled “Substance Abuse” in BOE policies

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB)

Refer to section entitled HIB in BOE policie

Failure to Follow School Rules/Misconduct

1st Offense: 2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-3 OSS
3rd Offense: 3-5 OSS

Insubordination/Defiance

1st Offense: 2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-3 OSS
3rd Offense: 3-5 OSS

Altercation (Verbal/Physical)

1st Offense: 2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-3 OSS
3rd Offense: 3-5 OSS

Vandalism/Destruction of School Property

1st Offense: 2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-3 OSS
3rd Offense: 3-5 OSS

Leaving School Grounds

1st Offense: 2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-3 OSS
3rd Offense: 3-5 OSS

Vulgarity/Disrespect Toward a Staff Member

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD, 1 OSS
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Littering/Graffiti

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD, 1 OSS
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Profanity/Vulgarity

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD, 1 OSS
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Bus Misconduct

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD, 1 OSS
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Hall Disruption

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Outrageous Conduct/Aggressive Behavior

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Parking Violations

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Leaving Class

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Cutting Class

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Cafeteria Disruption

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Forgery

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Chronic Cutting/Truancy

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Chronic Tardy

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

No-Show AD

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Horseplay/Water Fights

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Internet/Intranet Violations

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Cutting Teacher Detention

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Inappropriate Dress

1st Offense: 1-2 AD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: 1-3 OSS

Classroom Disruption

1st Offense: TD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: AD, 1-2 OSS

Tardiness to Class

1st Offense: TD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: AD, 1-2 OSS

Cheating/Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty***

1st Offense: TD
2nd Offense: 1-2 AD
3rd Offense: AD, 1 OSS

Tobacco Use/Possession (including e-cigs)

1st Offense: Parental Notifications
2nd Offense: Parental Notifications
3rd Offense: 2 AD, possible referral to Health Department for issuance of a summons