Zero Tolerance Policy
Brasilia International School operates under a zero-tolerance policy for students relating to the sell, exchange, or possession of illegal substances, and weapons while on campus to include any school-related events either on or off campus. Any violation(s) will lead to the student(s) being permanently expelled from school due to such violations. This policy also applies to illegal distributing of any prescribed medications or related substances to other students.
A student who is involved in the possession, exchange, or use of illegal substances, tobacco, drugs, alcohol or weapons on campus or at any school-related events (on or off-campus) will immediately be suspended from school for a period of five days pending an investigation by the administration and local school board. At the conclusion of the suspension period, based on the preponderance of information presented to the school, defensive measures from parents/guardians during the suspension period if applicable, and a final determination by school board members to include legal counsel, the student(s) will be expelled from school based on the violation of our zero-tolerance policy and local laws. The local board may be required to report such activities to local law enforcement for follow up if deemed necessary or required by state or federal guidelines.
The family may submit an appeal in the form of a written and signed document to the Head of School. This request will in-turn be submitted to the local board as part of the appeal process. There will be no direct communication at any point from families, students, or staff to local board members unless requested by the board members themselves via the school administration. The appeals process may be forfeited and therefore not granted to families if any state or federal laws were violated by the student(s). BIS is a ministry and while holding our students accountable for their actions also seeks to show the love of Christ to our students/families during difficult seasons. This includes prayer, follow up communications, and a recommendation of counseling or rehabilitation services if available and agreed upon at the time of the expulsion. There may be rare instances whereas the family may request a re-enrollment to BIS upon the student(s) successful completion (documented) of a counseling/rehabilitation program for the following school year utilizing the US academic calendar. There is no guarantee of an approval to re-enroll given the expulsion of the student(s) but the local board and legal council would review the request in conjunction with state and federal mandates.
It is not necessarily within the jurisdiction of BIS to monitor student behavior or actions at non-school activities or social gatherings. However, if an agent of the school becomes aware of alcohol and/or drug use involving our students, this information will be shared with the parents and the appropriate school authorities. These acts are not becoming or acceptable for BIS students based on stated guidelines at the time of enrollment to include school bylaws within the handbook. Such violations will result in further actions to include suspension and/or expulsion while reporting violations to local enforcement officials if required by law.