Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students shall have:

  • The right to be informed of all school rules and regulations, the consequences of breaking those rules and regulations, the responsibility to know and observe all school rules and accept the consequences of acceptable and unacceptable behavior.  Students and parents are expected to be familiar with the student handbook.
  • The right to due process in all disciplinary actions including an appeal procedure, and the responsibility to cooperate with school personnel in cases involving disciplinary action, following the prescribed process for appeal and accepting final decisions and consequences.
  • The right to receive an appropriate education, which will include instruction using texts and materials at a level which allows an opportunity for success and the responsibility to participate in educational opportunities and complete classroom assignments and homework to the best of their abilities.
  • The right to know in advance how grades in a class will be determined and the responsibility to understand the teacher's grading system and to monitor their own progress in each class.
  • The right to hear, examine and express divergent points of view; this shall include freedom of speech, written expression, and symbolic expression; and the responsibility to consider and respect the divergent points of view of others; they should also be sure that their personal expressions (speech, written, or symbolic) are not damaging to or infringe on the rights of others and/or otherwise materially and substantially disrupt the learning environment.
  • The right to decide whether or not to participate in symbolic (e.g., flag salute) or religious activities and the responsibility to respect the rights of others to participate in symbolic or religious activities.
  • The right to nondiscrimination in regards to participation in extracurricular activities and clubs for which they are eligible; students may not be excluded from such activities on the basis of gender (except as allowed under Title IX), color, race, ethnic origin, disability, or religion, and the responsibility to abide by the rules and guidelines which govern extracurricular activities and clubs; they should show good school spirit and sportsmanship.
  • The right to participate, to the extent eligible and otherwise qualified, in a student council process which provides channels of communications as a means for solving problems in a democratic process; and providing input into school rules and curriculum within the context of student government, and the responsibility to support and take an active interest in student government.
  • The right to dress and groom in a way that expresses personal preferences within the guidelines of the school dress code and the responsibility to know and observe school rules of dress and appearance.
  • The right to, consistent and in accordance with school board policy, compose and make available printed, audio and/or video materials for reasons that are not commercial; this shall include freedom of the press for all student publications, and the responsibility to ensure that all published materials made available to the school are free from obscene or offensive material in adherence to journalistic ethics and reflect school and community standards, as determined by the principal or designee.
  • The right to peacefully assemble, in accordance with school board policy, on school grounds and the responsibility to assemble in such a way as to avoid disrupting the educational process or conflicting with school rules.
  • The right to enjoy reasonable degrees of personal privacy, in accordance with the school board search and seizure policy. 
  • The right to be free from bullying, hazing, name calling, or harassment.  It is the responsibility of the student to avoid and discourage such behavior and to report said behavior to school staff when observed.

Rules of Student Conduct

The following behaviors are considered inappropriate for students:

Level 1 - Minor Disruptive Behaviors:

  • Inappropriate public display of affection (1B)
  • Running, tripping, pushing, hitting or similar aggressive acts (1C)
  • Tardiness (1E)
  • Unauthorized possession or use of toys, audio or wireless communication devices, collectibles, or other items or materials that are inappropriate for an educational setting (1I)
  • Violation of the dress and appearance code (1K)
  • Unauthorized location (1L)
  • Violation of traffic, parking, bus or bicycle regulations (1M)
  • Failure to comply with classroom, school, or bus rules (1P)
  • Disrespect towards or confrontation with student/staff (1Q)

Level 2 - Disruptive Behaviors:

  • Disruptive behavior (2B)
  • Skipping or leaving class without permission (2C)
  • Failure to comply or complete previously assigned intervention strategies (2E)
  • Fighting, physical confrontation without injury, also, instigating or encouraging a fight (2F)
  • Unwanted teasing or taunting of others (2G)
  • Defacing and/or destroying school or personal property resulting in damages of less than $1,000 (2H)
  • Distribution of objects, literature, or materials that are obscene or inappropriate for an educational setting (2I)
  • Leaving school grounds without permission (2J)
  • Truancy (2L)  
  • Academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, violation of copyright laws (2M)
  • Misrepresentation, providing false information to school personnel, or lying about a school staff member (2N)
  • Having a toy or imitation weapon (2O)
  • Violation of campus or bus safety rules (2Q)
  • Defying, disobeying, or disrespecting school personnel (2R)
  • Having or using matches, lighters, fireworks, smoke/stink bombs, laser pens, over-the-counter drugs or other unauthorized items (2S)
  • Theft or accessory to theft of property worth less than $300.00 (2T)
  • Profane, obscene or provocative language or gestures (2U)
  • Gang related disruption; may include materials, dress or hand signs (2V)
  • Improper use of technology (2W)

Level 3 - Most Serious, Dangerous or Violent Behaviors:

  • Mutual altercation that requires physical restraint or results in injury requiring medical attention (3D, FIT)
  • Physical use of force (hitting, striking, harming) by an individual against another who does not retaliate. Battery requires law enforcement officer (LEO) involvement and more serious bodily injury (3E, BAT, PHA)
  • Using, possessing, selling, purchasing or distributing alcohol, controlled substances, drugs, drug related items, or substance represented to be a drug (3F, ALC, DRU, DRD)
  • Having weapons, including any dirk, knife, metallic knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon as defined in state statute (3G, WPO)
  • Theft or accessory to theft of property worth $300.00 or more (3H, STL)
  • Sexual harassment (3I, SXH)
  • Major campus disruption; taking part in a riot (3K, DOC)
  • Arson, setting fire to a building or other property (3L, ARS)
  • Bomb threats, false fire alarms, hoaxes or threatening the use of a firearm (3M, DOC)
  • Extortion or robbery (3N, ROB)
  • Intimidating school staff or students or threatening them with violence (3O, TRE, SXA)
  • Pattern of bullying or harassment of staff or students (3P, BUL, HAR, HAZ)
  • Violations of other criminal laws (3R, OMC, HOM, KID, SXB, BRK, TRS)
  • Habitual or serious breach of bus rules (3S)
  • Possession or use of tobacco products or look-alikes (3T, TBC)
  • Defacing and/or destroying school property resulting in damage of $1,000 or more (3U,VAN)
  • Sexual contact, including intercourse, without force or threat of force.  Subjecting an individual to lewd sexual gestures, sexual activity, or exposing private body parts in a lewd manner.  Must involve law enforcement.  (3V, SXO)
  • Dangerous objects: razor blades, box cutters, common pocket knives, air soft guns, mace/pepper spray, chemicals or toy/imitation/look-alike weapons or similar items (3W)

Interventions/Consequences


Interventions for students found to be in violation of the school rules encompass multi-tiered behavioral supports and may include but are not limited to:

  • Conference with student (30)
  • Conference with parent (31)
  • Assignment of reflective written work, work detail, and/or restitution (i.e.: property/damages) (32)
  • Behavioral or student self-improvement agreement (33)
  • Loss of privileges (34)
  • Peer mediation (35)
  • Parent shadowing and/or daily or weekly report to parents (36)
  • Referral to School Social Worker, School Psychologist, School Counselor, School Nurse, or School Resource Officer, Behavior Specialist, School Based Intervention Team, or Community Agency or Services (37)
  • Detention (38)
  • Bicycle privilege revoked (39)
  • Parking privilege revoked (40)
  • Referral to Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (41)
  • In-school suspension (ISS).  (The student will report to school at the stipulated time but will not be able to follow the regular schedule or to attend extracurricular activities.)  (42)
  • Bus suspension (The student will not access school transportation, for any reason, during the period of suspension.  The student is required to attend school during the period of bus suspension.) (43)
  • Out-of-school suspension (OSS).  (The student will not be permitted on any school board property during the period of suspension.) (44)
  • Referral to law enforcement agency (investigation or arrest) (46)
  • Recommendation for bus expulsion (47)
  • Recommendation for expulsion (48)
  • Alternative to suspension (ATS) (49)
  • Threat assessment (51)
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plan (52)
  • Confiscation of items or devices (53)
  • Recommendation for alternative placement (57)

Grades:  Teachers shall not give or threaten to give grades lower than those the student actually earned. Academic dishonesty (cheating or plagiarism), however, will result in a lowered grade on that particular assignment.  Also, failure to properly complete assignments will naturally result in lower grades. Grades may not be lowered as a consequence.