Elk Rapids Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education acknowledges that conduct is closely related to learning and that an effective instructional program requires an orderly school environment, which is, in part, reflected in the behavior of students.

The Board believes that the best discipline is self-imposed and expects students to learn to assume responsibility for their own behavior and the consequences of their actions.

The Board also believes that alternative programs and activities for irresponsibly and habitually disruptive students may reduce or prevent discipline problems, and that such programs and activities may serve this end more successfully if cooperation between the schools and those community agencies and organizations which are able to provide assistance to such students is established.


Guidelines for Administration of Discipline


The Superintendent shall prepare guidelines for the administration of student discipline which carry out the purposes of Board policy and which:



Require each student of the District to adhere to the Code(s) of Student Conduct promulgated by the administration, and submit to such disciplinary measures as are appropriately assigned for any infractions;



Are not arbitrary but bear a reasonable relationship to the need to maintain a school environment that is conducive to learning;



Do not discriminate among students;



Do not demean students;



Do not violate any individual rights constitutionally guaranteed to students.


Disciplinary Actions and Sanctions


The Superintendent shall designate penalties and sanctions, excluding corporal punishment, which may be applied for the infractions of rules which shall:



Relate in kind and degree to the infractions;



Help the student learn to take responsibility for his/her actions;



Be directed, where possible, to ameliorate any harm which may have been caused by the student's misconduct.


Together with explanatory material designed to promote a better understanding of them by all of the parties involved, the Superintendent shall publish to all staff members, students and their parents the rules of this District regarding student conduct, the sanctions and punitive measures which may be imposed for breach of those rules, and the due process procedures that will be followed in administering the Codes of Student Conduct.


Data regarding disciplinary action(s) may be entered on a student's record.


The principal shall have the authority to assign disciplinary measures to students, subject to District administrative guidelines and the student's due process rights to notice, hearing, and appeal.


Teachers and other employees having authority over students shall have the authority to take any reasonable means as may be necessary to control the disorderly conduct of students in all situations and in all places where such students are within the jurisdiction of this Board or when such conduct interferes with the educational program of the schools or threatens the health or safety of others.


No student may be detained after the close of the regular school day unless the student's parent has been contacted and informed that the student will be detained. If a parent cannot be contacted, the student shall not be detained.


A student who has been disorderly on a school vehicle may be excluded from transportation services in accordance with Board policies on the transportation of students. No student shall be refused transportation services, however, until after a parent has been notified and informed of the reason(s) for the impending denial of transportation services, or until after other suitable transportation arrangements have been made for the student. Such notification is the responsibility of District personnel.


On regular bus runs the driver shall be responsible for student discipline and shall have authority to assign disciplinary measures to students, but may act only within specific, written guidelines which the Superintendent shall establish and review periodically. However, when District vehicles are used for field trips, travel to and from scheduled athletic events and/or other District activities, the teacher, coach or advisor shall carry this responsibility.



In-School Suspension


It is the purpose of this policy to provide an alternative to out-of-school suspension. The availability of this option is dependent upon the financial ability of the Board of Education to support such a program.


In-school suspension shall only be offered at the discretion of the principal for offenses found in the Student Codes of Conduct.


M.C.L.A. 380.1300 et seq.



Chronically Disruptive Student


The Board shall attempt to provide, as resources permit, alternative programs and activities for disruptive students as a means to prevent or reduce discipline problems. The development and implementation of plans for such programs and activities shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent who shall ensure that all such plans include provisions for close cooperation with those community agencies and organizations which can provide assistance to such students.