Cedar Springs Public School District
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education believes that the education of children is a joint responsibility, one it shares with the parents of the school community. To ensure that the best interests of the child are served in this process, a strong program of communication between home and school must be maintained.

The parents have the right to participate in the education of their children as well as the ultimate responsibility for their children's in-school behavior, including the behavior of students who have reached the legal age of majority, but are still, for all practical purposes, under parental authority.

In accordance with Board policies and Policy 2240 Controversial Issues, Policy 2413 Critical Health Problems and/or Policy 2414 Reproductive Health and Planning, and Policy 9150 - School Visitors, the District shall provide the opportunity for parents to review curriculum and instructional materials and to visit the school to observe the instructional process.

With regard to student behavior, during school hours, the Board, through its designated administrators, acts in loco parentis or in place of the parents.

The Board recommends that the following activities be implemented to encourage parent-school cooperation:



parent-teacher conferences to permit two-way communication between home and school



meetings of staff members and groups of parents of those students having special abilities, disabilities, needs, or problems



special events of a cultural, ethnic, or topical nature which are initiated by parent groups, involve the cooperative effort of students and parents, and are of general interest to the schools or community



open houses in District schools to provide parents with the opportunity to see the school facilities, meet the faculty, and sample the program on a first hand basis


Each school in the District shall hold an open house at least annually.

For the benefit of children, the Board believes that parents have a responsibility to encourage their child's career in school by:



supporting the schools in requiring that the children observe all school rules and regulations, and by accepting their own responsibility for children's willful in-school behavior;



sending children to school with proper attention to their health, personal cleanliness, and dress;



maintaining an active interest in the student's daily work and making it possible for the student to complete assigned homework by providing a quiet place and suitable conditions for study;



reading all communications from the school, signing, and returning them promptly when required;



cooperating with the school in attending conferences set up for the exchange of information of the child's progress in school.

M.C.L. 380.10, 380.1137

© Neola 1996