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STUDENT EXPECTATIONS
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 STUDENT AND PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

The standards of an entire school are often judged by the behavior and appearance of just one of its students. Therefore, students must be aware that they have a special responsibility in helping to create and uphold standards for the entire student body. 

Cooperation among parents, teachers and administrators is both necessary and desirable.  Student behavior rarely improves unless parents and teachers work as a team.  Thoughtful discipline can be a means of fostering growth toward maturity and responsibility.  

Teachers and other certificated and non-certificated educational employees shall maintain discipline in the schools.  In all matters relating to the discipline in and the conduct of the schools and the school children, district employees stand in the relation of parents and guardians to the pupils.  This relationship shall extend to all activities connected with the school program and may be exercised at any time for the safety and supervision of the pupils in the absence of their parents and guardians. 

Standards and procedures for individual conduct and class control are developed and implemented in order to maintain an environment conducive to learning.   Teachers, other certificated employees, and any other persons, whether or not certificated employees, may use reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for student, school personnel or persons or for the purpose of self defense or the defense of property.  Teachers are authorized to remove students from the classroom for disruptive behavior.  

DRESS CODE

Students are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate to the time, place, and purpose.  Proper dress is the responsibility of the student and his/her parent(s).  However, if the student's clothing would cause a disruption to the learning process, the student will not be permitted to attend class until he/she changes into appropriate attire. 

Guidelines that will help clarify proper dress include:

       Tank tops, tube tops, bare midriffs, low-neck tops, and see-through clothing should not be worn unless appropriate attire is worn over or under this type of clothing.

       Pants should not have large rips or holes and must be properly worn so as to fit at or above the waist.  No undergarments should be visible.

       Shorts are acceptable, but they must be of appropriate length (approximately the point where a student's fingers would reach when arms are relaxed at their side).

       Shoes must be worn at all times.

       Hats, sunglasses, headscarves, and clothing with offensive graphics may not be worn in the building.

 

LOCKERS

School lockers are public property maintained for student use.   Students may rent a lock from the school to protect their belongings.  Only rented locks are authorized for use on school lockers.  All other locks will be removed. 

School authorities are authorized to conduct area-wide, general administrative inspections of school property, as a means of protecting the health, safety or welfare of the District, its employees and students.  The Administrators and/or teachers may examine and inspect locker contents on a regular basis throughout the school year.  This includes searches of all student lockers, and these searches may be done without notice to, or the consent of, the student. 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT   (Board Policy 7:20 is summarized below)

Sexual harassment of students is prohibited.  As part of the educational program, students at all grade levels receive age-appropriate instruction intended to lead to the students’ understanding of sexual abuse and harassment.  Examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to unwelcome touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities.  Students who believe they are victims of sexual harassment or have witnessed sexual harassment, are encouraged to discuss the matter with an administrator.   The Superintendent serves as the Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Manager. 

Once the student has made a complaint to an administrator, the Nondiscrimination Coordinator will follow the Uniform Grievance Procedure.  The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified that they may attend any investigative meetings in which their child is involved.   The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be kept informed of the investigation’s progress.  The student’s oral or written statements will be kept confidential, except the Superintendent will be kept informed of the investigation’s progress.  District personnel must comply with the child abuse reporting laws. 

Any employee who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.  Any student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to suspension and expulsion consistent with the disciplinary policy.  Any student making a knowingly false accusation regarding sexual harassment will likewise be subject to suspension and expulsion.

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