Students’ Responsibilities

The How and Why of Discipline

Note: This information is from our manual, Discipline in Public Schools.

What are my child’s responsibilities at school?

Students must:

  • Attend school and be on time to classes
  • Follow school rules
  • Behave on the bus and follow the driver’s directions
  • Show respect to other students and school staff
  • Not bring drugs, alcoholic beverages or tobacco products to school
  • Not have weapons on school property or carry weapons on the way to and from school. A weapon is anything that can be used to threaten or intimidate people
  • Not participate in any gangs or gang-related activity at school. A “gang” means a group of three or more people, with a leader, that regularly plans and acts together to do illegal things. Schools often have policies forbidding students from using gang signals, wearing gang symbols or colors, recruiting gang members, or advertising that they are in a gang.

How does my child know what behavior is expected?

All students, including your child, should receive a copy of the school rules. If your child didn’t get one, ask for it from the school office.

Read the school rules together. If they are confusing, ask the school Principal for clarification.

What happens if my child misbehaves at school?

Teachers and school administrators can use a variety of methods to discipline students.

  • For example, districts can:
  • Send a student home early
  • Require a conference with the teacher or Principal
  • Impose an in-school suspension or detention that separates the student from other students
  • Refer the student for outside help such as counseling or a drug and alcohol evaluation
  • Immediately remove the student from school on an emergency expulsion for up to ten days
  • Suspend or expel the student for a certain number of days but not more than one academic term
  • Call the police or make a referral to juvenile court if a crime is alleged to have been committed.