Vision
The vision of the District School Board of Pasco County is that all our students achieve success in college, career and life.

Introduction
The District School Board of Pasco County is committed to creating a respectful, caring community that supports college, career, and life readiness for all students.  Every school year represents a fresh start for our students to have the opportunity to do their very best, to learn new things, to progress academically, and make positive behavioral choices.

Our central goal is to teach students to engage in positive behaviors that promote hope, engagement and well being so that all students develop the social-emotional skills to be successful post graduation. In order to accomplish this goal, it is essential that all members of the school community know and support expectations for student conduct.

As part of our multi-tiered system of supports, the District School Board of Pasco County offers a continuum of positive behavior supports, which are integrated with academic goals and include increasing levels of intervention in response to student needs. Whenever possible, prevention approaches and teaching strategies are considered prior to implementing consequences for behavior.

The Student Code of Conduct communicates minimal requirements for student behavior and summarizes the policies of the District School Board of Pasco County. This handbook:

  • Defines the responsibilities and rights of students
  • Defines the rules of conduct and the behavioral expectations for students
  • Establishes consequences for violations of the rules of conduct
  • Describes the process for handling disciplinary infractions

Each new school year is considered a "fresh start" for students to make positive behavioral choices.  In order to promote learning and behavioral change, consequences should be assigned and implemented as soon as possible after an infraction.  Disciplinary actions should be assigned within the same school year that the offense occurred. In very limited cases, such as an investigation that extends into the summer, a pattern of bullying behavior that carries over from one year to the next, expulsion, alternative placement in lieu of expulsion or Disciplinary Alternative Placement (DAP), assignment of disciplinary consequences may extend into the new school year. Other disciplinary consequences will not carry over year-to-year.

Progressive Discipline
The District School Board of Pasco County engages in the practice of progressive discipline.

Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences to address inappropriate student behavior and build upon strategies that promote positive behaviors. When inappropriate behavior occurs, disciplinary measures should be applied within a framework that shifts the focus from one that is solely punitive to a focus that also includes corrective and supportive measures.

Progressive discipline is designed to create the expectation that the degree of discipline will be in proportion to the severity of the behavior leading to discipline, in accordance with the Discipline Matrix. The previous disciplinary history of the student and all other relevant factors will be taken into account.

Definitions
1. The term “parent” wherever used in this document shall include a student’s parent or parents, legal guardian, legal custodian, or adult recognized by the student’s school as acting “in loco parentis”.
2. The term “Superintendent” shall include the Superintendent’s designees including Assistant Superintendents, hearing officers, and/or other administrators as is appropriate within the context of the provision.