Student Discipline Policy

  • Rogers Virtual Learning (RVL) will follow the district guidelines determining disciplinary action.

    Section 1: The Rogers School District recognizes that effective student discipline can best be achieved and maintained through the cooperative efforts of parents, educators, students, and other community members. Each has a right to expect a wholesome atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Such a climate can best be created where efforts are made to move students toward responsible self-discipline. The district will not allow students to disrupt the learning activities of the school, to place themselves or others at risk, or to bring discredit to the school and the community. Rogers Virtual Learning (RVL) has a responsibility to inform students of their rights and responsibilities; students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the rules and regulations of the school; parents are responsible for helping their children understand the policy. All students and parents will be provided copies of this policy, and will be required to indicate in writing their receipt of the policy. In addition, the district will post appropriate information from this policy, as required by Arkansas statutes or Arkansas Department of Education regulations, or as otherwise determined by the Rogers Board of Education. The school district is responsible for providing appropriate training to students and staff in order to reduce the occurrence of disciplinary incidents and to provide for the productive resolution of conflict when it does occur. All employees of the district will be expected to share the responsibility for supervising the behavior of students and for seeing that they abide by the established rules of conduct; employees are required to report to an administrator any suspected violation of those behaviors expressly forbidden by state statute (assault, bullying, alcohol, drugs, weapons, property theft or destruction, electronic devices). This policy will be reviewed annually in a manner determined by the board of education, in compliance with Arkansas Department of Education regulations. Parents, teachers, or students may request a hearing to consider revision of this policy by directing such a request, in writing, to the superintendent.

    Section 2: Behavioral Standards All students of the Rogers Public Schools shall comply with the rules and regulations, pursue the required courses of study, and submit to the reasonable directions or commands of all school personnel. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times (at school (whether on site or virtual), at school activities and events, and traveling to and from school) in a manner that will promote the best interest of the school system and will not infringe on the rights of others. Students should behave in a manner, which brings credit to their community, their school, their family, and to themselves. Students who participate in extracurricular activities may be expected to observe additional behavioral standards, in addition to those outlined in this policy, in order to maintain their eligibility for that activity.

    Section 3: Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior The board of education believes that penalties for violations of the behavioral standards indicated in Section 2 of this policy should be fairly administered and appropriate to the particular violation (or cumulative violations, in the case of a student who repeatedly misbehaves). In an effort to foster prevention, each school will discuss with students the discipline policies established by the district to insure understanding and consequences for violations. The following interventions are available to school personnel; however, nothing in this policy is intended to require that a less severe intervention be used prior to the use of any other intervention. School personnel are expected to choose the particular intervention, which they believe to be most appropriate for a specific student who has committed a specific offense. Corporal punishment is not an approved method of discipline. While the board approves the following corrective measures, staff members are expected to treat all students with courtesy and respect, to reward good behavior, and to maintain positive approaches in helping students develop acceptable patterns of behavior:

    • Conference between the teacher, the student, and/or the parent
    • Mandatory in person time due to loss of internet privileges
    • Referral to a building administrator
    • Referral to other school personnel (counselor, nurse, etc)
    • Referral to out-of-school personnel (physician, psychologist, law enforcement personnel, etc.)
    • Behavior plan
    • Other alternative placement
    • Referral to the Interim Disciplinary Hearing
    • Expulsion

    All consequences imposed by school personnel should meet the following guidelines:

    1. All methods of discipline should avoid causing a serious inconvenience to students other than the student(s) involved. Mass punishment is to be avoided.
    2. All methods of discipline should avoid promoting an attitude unfavorable to academic or other schoolwork.

Engagement Procedures

    • After two days of student inactivity (not completing assignments and not attending scheduled meetings) the teacher will notify the parent to communicate the concern and expectation that the student must participate in online learning on a daily basis to make academic progress. If direct contact is not made initially, a return email or phone call from the parent is required within 24 hours.
    • After four days, if there is not a response from the parent and/or the student does not actively participate in online learning, the teacher will report to the RPS Virtual Learning office who will contact the parent.
    • After five days, if there is not a response from the parent and/or the student does not actively participate in online learning, a conference will be held with the parent, teacher, and administrator to discuss academic progress and to determine continued enrollment in virtual learning vs onsite learning.
    • After ten days, if there is not a response from the parent, and/or the student does not actively participate in online learning, the RPS Virtual Learning administrator will involve the Rogers Public Schools Social Worker and a FINS (family in need of services) may be filed with juvenile authorities.

    IMPORTANT: Please contact your child’s virtual teacher if your child is sick, you will be traveling, or you have a family emergency that precludes your child from completing daily assignments

Absentee Procedures

  • A student activity report will be run each week through the Learning Management System by the RPS 6-12 Virtual Learning office. For each day that a student did not engage in the daily lessons, an absence will be documented in the Arkansas online reporting system. Students are expected to attend scheduled online meetings with his/her teacher.

    • Parent Attendance Notification – Five Day Absence On the fifth day of student unexcused absence from virtual learning during the semester, the school will contact the parent by letter. The consequences of continued poor student attendance will be explained. The school may request a parent conference.
    • Parent Attendance Notification – Ten Day Absence On the tenth day of a student’s unexcused absence from virtual learning during the semester, the school will notify the parent by letter. The attendance committee consisting of at least one administrator, one counselor/social worker, and one teacher will meet to discuss academic progress and to determine a course of action. The final decisions from the committee will be handled on a case by case basis.

    **School officials are authorized to contact the prosecuting authority, juvenile authorities, or social service agencies at any time if parents are not making reasonable efforts to encourage regular attendance by students. -- Student attendance policy JE of Rogers Public Schools