Code of Student Conduct & Policy Guide
Scope of Authority
A Parent’s Guide to Help Your Child Succeed in School
Florida law requires that all students receive a Code of Student Conduct. This code is used to govern conduct and discipline in the Lake County Schools. Each student must obey district rules while on school grounds; while being transported to or from school at public expense; and during school-sponsored events, field trips, athletic functions, and similar activities. During such times, all students are subject to the immediate control and direction of teachers, staff members, or bus drivers to whom such responsibility has been assigned by the principal. Student disciplinary infractions and the interventions are divided into four levels. Each level represents progressively more serious infractions, and interventions become progressively more severe.
This Code also applies to students who commit felonies or delinquent acts which would be felonies if committed by an adult, off School Board owned property or whose off-campus conduct may have a detrimental effect on the orderly operation of a school, or jeopardize the health, safety, or welfare of students and staff members of a school. Furthermore, students may be subject to school disciplinary sanctions when they commit acts away and apart from school that can be shown to pose a threat or danger to the safety of other students, staff, or school property, or will prevent the orderly delivery of the instructional program, or present danger to the student who committed the infraction.
The Lake County School Board approved the Code of Student Conduct and Policy Guide to help students, parents, and school personnel understand the guidelines for maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment. The Code of Student Conduct and Policy Guide was developed and yearly reviewed by district staff, school-based administrators, teachers, and parents. This Code applies to all Lake County Public School students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, including high school students attending the Lake Technical Center or a college dual-enrollment program.
Students should be advised that violations of the Code of Student Conduct and Policy Guide may also be violations of Florida Law. Thus, students may be subject to school facilitated discipline as well as discipline imposed by local law enforcement authorities. School Resource Officers and other law enforcement authorities have the power to conduct investigations independent of those conducted by school personnel for the same incident. Furthermore, the sanctions imposed by the school district for misconduct are separate and distinct from the consequences that may be imposed following the arrest and prosecution of a student for a violation of law originating from the same incident. Please keep in mind that failure of one entity to act does not prevent the other from taking appropriate actions consistent with this Code of Student Conduct or with Florida law.