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Gwinnett County Public Schools

Rule 1: Disruption/Interference with School

No student shall cause or attempt to cause (either directly or indirectly) a disruption or interference with school by any means including, but not limited to, any of the following behaviors:

Student Infractions and Behavioral Responses

SRO Notification: Rules marked with an “X” require the local school administrator to notify the SRO. If a rule is marked with “XX,” the SRO will notify the District Attorney’s office.


Rule 1



Description of Violation




Notify SRO


Pull fire alarm;

IV or V



Occupy or block any area on campus, prevent or attempt to prevent students from attending a class, school activity or event;





Except under the direct instruction of the principal, block or attempt to block normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a school campus or adjacent grounds;





School disruption. A student may not in any manner, by use of violence, noise, force, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, insult, or other conduct, intentionally or unintentionally cause the disruption of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school;

III, IV or V



Class disruption. Student behavior that is repetitive or substantially interferes with the teacher’s ability to teach and/or students’ ability to learn;

I, II or III



Disorderly conduct. Any act that substantially disrupts the orderly learning environment, or poses a threat to the health, safety and/or welfare of one or more students, staff members and/or others;

III, IV or V



Refuse to identify himself/herself upon request of any teacher, principal, superintendent, school bus driver, or other school personnel;





Urge, encourage, or counsel other students to violate any rules of the Student Conduct Behavior Code;





Be on campus or enter the premises of a school without proper authorization of the superintendent, principal, or other school personnel;





Dress inappropriately (including drug, alcohol, or tobacco advertisements, graffiti, tattoos, etc.) (A list of each prohibited item is available at each local school);

I or II



Willfully fails to leave the premises after being told to do so;




Other (list)

I, II or III


Mandatory Reporting of Repeated and Substantial Class Interference

Teachers in Gwinnett County Public Schools are required to report any student’s violation of the Student Conduct Behavior Code which repeatedly or substantially interferes with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in their class or with the ability of the students in their class to learn. Teachers shall report any such incidents to the principal or the principal’s designee within one school day of the most recent occurrence of such behavior. Such report shall not exceed one page and shall describe the behavior. The principal or the principal’s designee shall, within one day of receiving such report, send to the student’s parents or guardians a copy of the report, and information regarding how the principal or the principal’s designee may be contacted. See O.C.G.A. § 20-2-737.

Student Removal from Class

A teacher may remove or refer to the principal or designee a student from class if the student has exhibited behavior that repeatedly or substantially interferes with the teacher’s ability to teach students in their class or the ability of other students to learn in the class. See O.C.G.A. § 20-2-738(a- h).

Where a teacher has previously filed a report of a student’s repeated or substantial interference with the classroom or where the behavior of a student poses an immediate threat to the safety of student’s classmates or the teacher, the teacher shall have the authority to remove the student from the classroom pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-738.

Each school will have a placement review committee. The placement review committee shall be responsible for determining the appropriate placement of a student when the principal recommends that the student be returned to the classroom and the teacher withholds consent for the student’s return. The placement review committee shall consist of three members, including two teachers and one alternate teacher chosen by the faculty and a member of the professional staff chosen by the principal. See O.C.G.A. § 20-2-738(d).