Rights and Responsibilities Rights of Students
● A safe school environment where rules are clearly understood and followed.
● An equal educational opportunity.
● Attend school with high standards for learning and conduct.
● Attend a school that ensures mutual respect for children and adults.
● Attend school in an academic and social climate that is free from fear and violence. Responsibilities of students
● BE SAFE
● Personally responsible for being safe at school and all school activities.
● I will follow appropriate standards of dressing and/or grooming during school.
● I will report any known safety hazards or concerns.
● I will help maintain a clean and safe campus that is free of graffiti, weapons, and drugs.
● I will report any bullying or harassment.
● I will avoid conflicts and physical or verbal violence
● I will not trespass on other school campuses while school is in session.
● BE RESPECTFUL
● I will treat others the way I want to be treated.
● I will respect school authority.
● I will treat people fairly and respect their rights.
● I will respect private and public property.
● I will be honest with myself and with others.
● I will avoid spreading rumors or gossip verbally or electronically.
● I will respect each person’s right to be different and I will look for the good in others.
● BE RESPONSIBLE
● I will take responsibility for my actions.
● I will choose how I respond to others.
● I will give my best in everything I do.
● I will come to school regularly and on time, ready to learn.
● I will help to create a positive school environment.
● I will use electronic devices and school computers safely, respectfully, and responsibly.
● I will return what I borrow to the same person, in the same condition.
All students are entitled to due process. This means there are certain procedures that school officials must follow prior to taking appropriate disciplinary action.
There are also procedures students and parents/guardians must follow if they do not agree with the school’s action. If a student does become involved in a situation in which a suspension or expulsion might result, both the student and his/her parents/guardian will be given a more detailed description of the due process procedures and rights.
Challenges or objections to suspensions may be addressed directly to the school-site principal. Students who are recommended for expulsion have a right to an expulsion hearing (EC 48900, 48915).
Rights of Parents
● To be informed of District policy and school rules and regulations related to their children.
● To visit school and upon request to participate in conferences with teachers or counselors regarding academic and behavioral status of their children.
● To inspect their child’s school records with the assistance of a certificated staff member for proper explanation.
● To be informed of significant facts and school actions related to their student’s behavior and academic progress.
Responsibilities of Parents
● To make sure their children attend school regularly and on time, have adequate sleep and nutrition, practice proper personal hygiene and wear appropriate clothing.
● To be familiar with District policy and school rules and regulations.
● To provide the school with a current emergency telephone number where a parent/guardian or a responsible adult may be reached at all times.
● To actively participate in efforts to improve student’s behavior when necessary by assisting school personnel in planning and implementing a prescriptive program.
● To cooperate with the school in bringing about improvements designed to enhance the educational program offered students.
● To make provisions for off-campus care for the student in case of suspension, illness or accident.
Rights of Teachers
● To expect students to behave in a manner which will not interfere with education for themselves and for other students.
● To teach with interruptions held to a minimum.
● To teach in an environment that is conducive to learning.
● To receive parental support related to academic and social progress of students.
● To be informed of a student’s record of behavior that may affect classroom teaching objectives.
● To receive administrative support when enforcing rules designed to provide appropriate school and classroom climate.
Responsibilities of Teachers
● To consider the personal worth of each individual student as a single, unique, important human being.
● To equip each learner with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required for successful living.
● To engage students in learning and foster a growth mindset.
● To assess divergent ideas, opinions, and expressions objectively and deal with them in a balanced, unbiased manner.
● To set a positive role model for students to follow.
● To initiate, post, and enforce a set of classroom regulations consistent with school and District policy.
● To hold students accountable for their conduct while at school or school-sponsored activities beyond the regular school day for which the teacher has directed or assigned supervisory responsibility.
● To immediately document in student database system and inform parents/guardians when behavior, attendance or academic problems arise that cannot be dealt with in a routine manner at school. Including informing parents/guardians when a student’s grades have dropped or they are in danger of failing.
● To maintain a growth mindset through reflective practice that is responsive to student learning.
Rights of Administrators
● To initiate such measures as needed to establish and maintain an environment in which optimum learning and teaching conditions prevail.
● To make decisions regarding school issues based on what is best for the students.
● To expect that all school employees recognize and fulfill their responsibilities.
● To expect students to behave in a manner which will not interfere with the educational programs and related student activities offered by the school.
● To receive support from all school employees and parents/guardians in maintaining a positive school environment.
● To request assistance from the District’s support services and community agencies. Responsibilities of Administrators
● To provide leadership that will establish, encourage, and promote good teaching and an effective learning environment.
● To establish, publicize, and enforce school rules that facilitate effective learning and promote attitudes and habits of good citizenship among the students.
● To make a determined effort to stay attuned to expressions of student/staff/parent/community concerns and to react with sensitivity toward them.
● To grant access to pupil records by parent/guardian or others with proper authorization.
● To provide a positive role model and leadership in developing and implementing school rules and regulations including attendance reporting to parents/guardians.
● To hold students accountable for their conduct and attendance and to take prompt, appropriate, actions towards those students who misbehave, are excessively absent, or are truant.
● To hold teachers and staff accountable for their conduct.
● To support staff members in enforcing school and district rules and regulations including due process timelines.
Rights of the School Board
● To expect school personnel to implement and enforce all district policies.
● To be kept informed of current rules and regulations, and educational issues by the superintendent.
Responsibilities of the School Board
● To support the establishment of a safe and productive learning environment.
● To utilize District personnel to provide leadership in resolving educational issues and concerns.
NOTE: Nothing in this policy statement shall be construed to prohibit a teacher, administrator or other district employee from protecting himself/herself or others or school property by restraining a student, confiscating a weapon, or turning over a lawbreaker to appropriate law enforcement agencies