Admin

School Year 2021-2022

The School Board of Orange County,Florida

445 W. Amelia Street
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 317-3200

School Board Members
Teresa Jacobs, Chair
Pam Gould, District 4, Vice-Chair
Angie Gallo, District 1
Johanna Lopez, District 2
Linda Kobert, District 3
Vicki-Elaine Felder, District 5
Karen Castor-Dentel, District 6
Melissa Byrd, District 7

Superintendent 
Barbara M. Jenkins

Vision
To ensure every student has a promising and successful future

Mission
With the support of families and the community, we create enriching and diverse pathways that lead our students to success

Objectives
High Expectations for Student Learning
Student Social and Emotional Well-Being
Dedicated and High-Quality Team
Positive Climate and Safe Environment
Efficient operations
Engaged and Invested Community

OCPS Non-Discrimination Statement
The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by law. The following individuals at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, attend to compliance matters: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Equity Officer and Title IX Officer: Keshara Cowans; ADA Coordinator: Jay Cardinali; Section 504 Coordinator: Tajuana Lee-Wenze (407.317.3200).


Introduction

The School Board of Orange County, Florida (Board) Policy JIC, titled “Code of Student Conduct,” in addition to Section 1006.07, Florida Statutes, requires the adoption of a Code of Student Conduct (Code). Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) has developed the Code to help students, parents/guardians, and school personnel understand the guidelines for maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment. The Code shall be discussed with students, school advisory committees, and parent/teacher associations at the beginning of each school year and quarterly thereafter and for transferring students upon their enrollment.

In order to conserve resources, schools will not distribute paper copies of the Code to every student. An electronic copy of the Code can be found online at the District website: www.codeofconduct.ocps.net, on the OCPS app, or on OCPS school-issued devices. If you require a paper copy of the Code, please notify your OCPS school.

The Code applies to all OCPS students in Kindergarten through Grade 12, including high school and school age students attending either a technical center in a dual-enrollment program or a community school program for high school credit.

Each OCPS student must obey OCPS rules and the Code:
  • While on school grounds;
  • While being transported to or from school at public expense;
  • During school-sponsored activities, including, but not limited to distance learning, field trips, athletic functions, and similar activities; and
  • If appropriate, any other area as permitted by Florida Statutes and/or State Board of Education Rules.

Schools may also have the authority to discipline students for acts near or related to the school or when a student’s conduct may harm the health, safety, or welfare of the student, of other students, of the school or of school personnel. In addition, while students may be disciplined for offenses according to the responses outlined in the Code, please be aware that there could be additional consequences through law enforcement for acts that violate the law.

Federal and state statutes and the School Board of Orange County, Florida (Board) Policies are referenced throughout this handbook. It is important to note that the statutes and Board Policies referenced herein are subject to amendment throughout the current school year, which may affect specific sections of this handbook. Should a section be impacted by an amendment during the current school year, the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), Code of Student Conduct (Code) will be updated to reflect the amendment as adopted by statute or Board Policy. A redline version of the amendment and footnote with a detailed explanation of the update will be accessible online at www.codeofconduct.ocps.net.

In Loco Parentis

State and federal law recognizes that teachers and school administrators have a need to stand in the place of parents over children entrusted to them at school. This is a legal concept called in loco parentis. While this authority is not equal to a parent’s authority over a child, it does permit school personnel to exercise a degree of supervision and control over students while students are on school grounds, OCPS transportation, or attending a school activity. Section 1003.31(1), Florida Statutes, also recognizes that students are under the control and direction of the principal or teacher in charge of the school. This authorizes school personnel to search without a warrant based on reasonable suspicion and are not held to the higher standard of “probable cause” by which law enforcement is bound. This concept authorizes school personnel to question a student without providing the student with Miranda warnings or allowing the student to call a parent or attorney.

Notice of Limited Responsibility for Supervising Students

OCPS employees are not responsible for supervising students who arrive on school grounds more than 30 minutes before school and/or 30 minutes before a school-sponsored activity is scheduled to begin or students remaining on school grounds more than 30 minutes after school and/or 30 minutes after the school-sponsored activity ends. OCPS is not responsible for supervising students not in attendance at school, or students not authorized to participate in school-sponsored activities. Casual or incidental contact between OCPS personnel and students on school grounds shall not result in a duty to supervise students. Parents/guardians should not rely on OCPS employees to provide supervision for their child outside of the aforementioned time period.

Nothing in this section precludes OCPS from administering discipline for acts or behavior that occur on OCPS property.

Section I: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • Release of Directory Information

Section II: Student Rights and Responsibilities

  • Student Discrimination

Section IV: Disciplinary Response Code for Secondary/Postsecondary

  • Student Dress
  • Threats or False Reports
  • Teen Dating Violence and Abuse
  • Tobacco/Vaping
  • Restorative Practices
  • Court Orders and Felony Suspension/Expulsion
  • Consultation with Law Enforcement
  • Petty Acts of Misconduct

Section IV: Disciplinary Response Code for Secondary/Postsecondary

  • Student Discipline Investigations
  • 1R: Horseplay
  • 2G: Intimidation/Threats
  • 2S: Horseplay
  • 3L: Smoking/Vaping and Other Use of Tobacco/Nicotine Products
  • 3T: Intimidation/Threats to a Person
  • 3AA: Horseplay
  • 4C: Intimidation/Threats to a Person
  • 4D: Battery
  • 4H: Firearm/Weapons Possession
  • 4K: Other Dangerous Objects
  • 4O: Sexual Harassment
  • 4P: Sexual Offenses
  • 4T: Other
  • 4U: Drugs/Transmission/Distribution/Selling/Buying
  • 4FF: Tobacco/Vaping/Nicotine Selling/Distribution

Section V: Disciplinary Response Code for Elementary

  • Student Discipline Investigations
  • Level 1: Discipline Response Code Introduction
  • 1R: Horseplay
  • Level 2: Discipline Response Code Introduction
  • 2G: Intimidation/Threats
  • 2S: Horseplay
  • Level 3: Discipline Response Code Introduction
  • 3J: Possession of Contraband Material
  • 3L: Smoking/Vaping and Other Use of Tobacco/Nicotine Products
  • 3T: Intimidation/Threats to a Person
  • 3AA: Horseplay
  • Level 4: Discipline Response Code Introduction
  • 4C: Intimidation/Threats to a Person
  • 4D: Battery
  • 4H: Firearms/Weapons Possession
  • 4K: Other Dangerous Objects
  • 4O: Sexual Harassment
  • 4P: Sexual Offenses
  • 4T: Other
  • 4U: Drugs/Transmission/Distribution/Selling/Buying
  • 4FF: Tobacco/Vaping/Nicotine Selling/Distribution

Section VI: Procedures for Disciplinary Action

  • Procedures for Levels I-III Offenses for Elementary and Secondary
  • Procedures for Level IV Offenses for Elementary and Secondary
  • Procedures for Students Who Commit Serious Acts of Misconduct Eligible for Services under the IDEA
  • Procedures for Students Who Commit Serious Acts of Misconduct Eligible Under Section 504 and ADA
  • Procedures for Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972