Manistee Area Schools
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5600 - STUDENT DISCIPLINE

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 that students should learn to assume responsibility for their own behavior and the consequences of their actions.

The Board shall require each student of this District to adhere to the Code of Conduct promulgated by the administration and to submit to such disciplinary measures as are appropriately assigned for infraction of those rules. Such rules shall require that students:

 A.conform to reasonable standards of socially-acceptable behavior;

 B.respect the person and property of others;

 C.preserve the degree of order necessary to the educational program in which they are engaged;

 D.respect the rights of others;

 E.obey constituted authority and respond to those who hold that authority.

Data regarding disciplinary action(s) may be entered on a student's record when such notation can be used to assist counselors. All such information shall be removed from the student's permanent record before s/he leaves this District.

The Superintendent may promulgate administrative guidelines for student conduct which carry out the purposes of this policy and:

 A.are not arbitrary but bear a reasonable relationship to the need to maintain a school environment conducive to learning;

 B.do not discriminate among students;

 C.do not demean students;

 D.do not violate any individual rights constitutionally guaranteed to students.

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

 A.relate in kind and degree to the infraction;

 B.help the student learn to take responsibility for his/her actions;

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

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. In planning such programs, the Superintendent shall include procedures which ensure cooperation with those community agencies and organizations which can provide assistance to such students.

The Superintendent shall publish to all students and/or their parents the rules of this District regarding student conduct, the sanctions which may be imposed for breach of those rules, and the due process procedures that will be followed in administering the Code of Conduct.

A student who has been disorderly on a school vehicle may be excluded from transportation services in accordance with Board policies on transportation.

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

Teachers and other employees of this Board having authority over students shall have the authority to take such means as may be necessary to control the disorderly conduct of students:

 A.in all situations and in all places where such students are within the jurisdiction of this Board;

 B.when such conduct interferes with the educational program of the schools or threatens the health and safety of others.

No student is to 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. Notification to the parent is the responsibility of District personnel and should be made prior to the departure of school buses. If a parent cannot be contacted, the child should be detained on another day.