Students Rights and Responsibilities
STUDENTS’ RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
All students have the right to an education in an environment that is conducive to learning. In order to preserve that right, all students must become aware of the following responsibilities:
- Students have a responsibility to respect all staff members and fellow students. They have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that does not disrupt, distract, or interfere in any way with the teaching and learning process.
- Students have a responsibility to respect property and exercise care when using school facilities (e.g. school library, computer room, lunchroom, bathrooms, auditorium, etc.).
- Students have a responsibility to arrive at school and all classes on time.
- Students have a responsibility to be prepared for class with the appropriate materials and take care of all textbooks assigned to them.
- Students have a responsibility to complete all classwork and homework assignments in a timely manner.
- Students have a responsibility to follow the school’s regulations regarding leaving the classroom and the school. Students have a responsibility to secure a pass from their teacher in order to leave the classroom and to show that pass when asked to by school personnel.
- Students have a responsibility to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner during passing and whenever they are in the halls of the school. Students have a responsibility to behave in such a way that the safety of others is not jeopardized by their acts.
- Students have a responsibility to protect their personal property.
- Students have a responsibility to dress appropriately. The following are not acceptable:
- dress which is dangerous
- dress which is offensive
- dress which interferes with the learning and teaching process.
STUDENTS’ RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Students have a responsibility to know that the following behaviors are considered to be UNACCEPTABLE:
- Acting in a disrespectful manner towards school personnel.
- Defying the lawful authority of any school staff member.
- Disruptive behavior in the classroom, hall or school building.
- Cutting classes.
- Leaving classes (or school) without teacher authorization.
- Being late for school or class.
- Bringing equipment such as radios, video games, tape players, beepers, and cellular phones to school without prior permission.
- Smoking, drinking, or gambling.
- Using racial, ethnic, national origin, religious, gender or sexual orientation slurs.
- Using profane or obscene language or gestures.
- Falsely activating a fire alarm.
- Engaging in theft.
- Engaging in vandalism or other intentional damage to school property or the property of staff members or fellow students (graffiti).
- Possessing or using any weapon as defined in the chancellor’s Regulations (Category I and II A-340, 440, or 441).
- Using force or inflicting serious injury against school personnel, students or others.
- Selling or distributing illegal drugs or controlled substances.
- Possessing or using illegal drugs or controlled substances.
Students have a responsibility to expect the following consequences to occur as a result of unacceptable behavior:
- Student-teacher conference.
- Conflict mediation.
- Peer Mediation.
- Reprimand by school staff (i.e. grade coordinator, teacher).
- Home contact (e.g. letter, phone).
- Parent Conference
Reprimand by appropriate supervisor (i.e. assistant principal or principal).
- Individual or group counseling.
Guidance conference with student and parent.
- In-school disciplinary action (detention, in-school suspension, exclusion from extracurricular activities).
- Principal’s suspension.
- Superintendent’s suspension – This may result in transfer to another school to continued suspension for a fixed period of 5 to 90 days.
- Notification of police.
- Filing of criminal charges.