Safe Schools Policy

See the Washington County School District Web Site for a complete listing of policies and procedures:


Philosophy: The Board of Education of the Washington County School District recognized that every student in the schools should have the opportunity to learn in an environment, which is safe, conducive to the learning process, and free from unnecessary disruptions.  The following policy has been adopted and is based on the following principles:

1.                 Each student is expected to follow accepted rules of conduct.

2.                 Each student is expected to show respect for other people and obey persons in authority at the school.

3.                 The policy applies to students while in the classroom, on school grounds, on school vehicles, and in school-related activities or events.


Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion:


A student may be suspended or expelled from school for any of the following reasons:

1.                 Frequent or flagrant willful disobedience, defiance to proper authority or disruptive behavior; including the use of foul, profane, vulgar, or abusive language.

2.                 Willful destruction or defacing of school property; behavior or threatened behavior which poses an immediate and significant threat to the welfare, safety, or morals of other students or school personnel or to the operation of the school, including bullying, emotional, physical or sexual harassment.

3.                 Possession or use of pornographic material on school property (including material on cell phone).

4.                 Possession, control, or use of an alcoholic beverage as defined in Section 32A-1-105 of the Utah Code.

5.                 Possession, control, or use of tobacco.

6.                 Behavior, which threatens harm or does harm to the school or school property, to a person associated with the school, or property associated with any such person, regardless of where it occurs.

7.                 Because of identification and association with gangs, the following will not be permitted on school campuses or at school activities: bandanas or any article of clothing bearing gang symbols, names, initials, insignia, or anything else that signals gang affiliation.

8.                 When a school official determines that time is needed to establish further facts of an act or series of acts of disobedience and misconduct disruptive to the learning process may lead to suspension or expulsion from school. 
A student shall be suspended or expelled from school for any of the following reasons:

                                                              1.      Any serious violation affecting another student or staff member, or any serious violation occurring during school hours including lunch/break time, in a school building, in or on school property, or in conjunction with any school activity, including:

a.      Possession, control, or actual or threatened use of a real weapon, explosive, or noxious or flammable material under section 53A-3-502.

b.     The actual or threatened use of a look-a-like weapon with the intent to intimidate another person or disrupt normal school activities.

c.      The sale, control, or distribution of a drug or controlled substance as defined in Section 58-37-2.

d.     The sale, control, or distribution of an imitation controlled substance as defined in Section 58-37b-2.

e.      The sale, control, or distribution of drug paraphernalia as defined in Section 58-37a-3.

f.       The commission of an act involving the use of fear or threatened force which if committed by an adult would be a felony or class A misdemeanor.

g.     A student who commits an act involving a real or look-a-like weapon, explosive, or flammable material shall be expelled from school for a period of no less than one year, subject to review by the Superintendent or designee.

h.     A student may be denied admission to school on the basis of having been expelled from that or any other school during the preceding 12 months.  A suspension or expulsion under this policy is not subject to the age limitations under Subsection 53A-11-102(1).