Discipline Philosophy at WVMS
It is the belief of the Knox County Board of Education and the faculty and staff of West Valley Middle School that only the highest standards of discipline and self-control are acceptable.
Each grade level of teachers establishes general rules, consequences for breaking rules, communication to inform parents of inappropriate behavior, and rewards for good behavior. Students and parents need to become familiar with his/her child's grade level rules. Students are responsible for
1. Being respectful to fellow students, teachers, and any person in the school
2. Taking care of school property
3. Being prepared for class
In-School Suspension Policy (ISS)
If a student does not conform to school or classroom rules, the student may be assigned to ISS. The in-school suspension program isolates students from their friends and regularly scheduled classes and activities, but at the same time allows them the opportunity to complete assignments and receive credit for the classes missed. Any day a student is in ISS he/she is not allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.
Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)
Out-of-School suspensions are reserved for more serious or repeat offenders and preclude a student from attending classes or school activities.
*Students who receive OSS at WVMS will be placed on a 30 day probationary period which will prohibit their participation in all extra-curricular activities at school. The probationary period will begin upon the students return to school once the suspension is served.
The following items are inappropriate for students to bring to school: skateboards, radios, cameras, tape/CD players, I-Pods, toys, expensive jewelry, all electronic devices, trading cards, playing cards, certain magazines, stuffed toys/animals, etc. If brought to school, these items will be confiscated by school personnel and sent to the office to be held until the parent/guardian picks them up or until the end of the school year. Additionally, if students choose to bring these items to West Valley Middle School, school personnel will not be obligated to investigate due to loss, theft, or damage to them. Persistent violators may face appropriate disciplinary action.