5130 - Conduct
A student's conduct is a personal matter that should be kept within reasonable bounds that apply equally to all members of the community. Students should have freedom and encouragement to express their individuality in school in any way so long as their conduct does not intrude upon and endanger the freedom of others, especially upon the freedom of their peers to benefit from classroom instruction. The Board's intent is to establish a rational position between freedom for each individual and the need for sufficient order to permit the operation of the instructional program. All students should recognize the consequences of their conduct, regardless of whether it be their actions toward each other, their language, dress, or manners.
Students both individually and in groups shall comply with school regulations and shall recognize the authority of the teachers. Disobedience or open defiance of the teacher's authority shall constitute sufficient cause for disciplinary action and may result in suspension or expulsion from school. When, in the judgment of a teacher, an individual or a group effectively challenges his/her authority to conduct meaningful instruction in a classroom through disruptive acts, abusive language, or threats of bodily harm, the teacher shall report such activity at once to the principal who is empowered to institute appropriate corrective and/or disciplinary action.
It shall be the policy of the School Board that the Student Handbook contains the rules and regulations which will be the directives under which the school system will be administered. Each and every student will be advised thereof and will thereafter be expected to know the policy explaining the rules and regulations of this school system. Ignorance of the policy will not be accepted as a valid excuse for noncompliance.
The school principals may supplement the regulations herein listed when this becomes necessary to maintain order under unusual circumstances in their respective schools.
All students are considered to be under the jurisdiction of the regulations in the Student Behavior Policy while going to, remaining at, returning from school and any time they visit another school in the District in session. The School Board advocates that while education is a right of our youth, it is not an absolute right. It is qualified first by eligibility requirements and secondly by performance requirements. The school must be concerned with the individual and his/her welfare but in working with the individual must at all times be concerned with the welfare of the group.
Attendance in the Bon Homme Schools requires that students:
1. Obey the rules of the school;
2. Apply him/herself to the established course of study, be prompt and regular in attendance, complete school assignments on time, pay attention to teachers, be willing to work at self-improvement, learn to criticize fairly, and accept criticism;
3. Respect the authority of the teacher;
4. Respect school property;
5. Conduct him/herself properly in school, on school grounds, buses, and school functions;
6. Refrain from disruption, demonstrations, violence, and other incitement;
7. Leave school grounds immediately upon being dismissed unless engaged in some school sponsored activity directed by a faculty member.
The School Board and administration cannot develop a policy in such detail as to anticipate every type of misconduct that could occur. Generally, the rules of conduct which are considered acceptable in the home, church, and community will be acceptable in school and during attendance at activities both as a spectator and participant.
Revised: May 12, 1997
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