4300 - Student Behavior Policies ## Student Behavior Policies

A. Purpose

All decisions related to student behavior are guided by the board’s educational objectives to teach responsibility and respect for cultural and ideological differences and by the board’s commitment to create safe, orderly and inviting schools. Student behavior policies are provided in order to establish expected standards of student behavior; principles to be followed in managing student behavior; consequences for prohibited behavior or drug/alcohol policy violations; and required procedures for addressing misbehavior.

B. Principles

The reasons for managing student behavior are: to create an orderly environment where students can learn; to teach expected standards of behavior; to help students learn to accept the consequences of their behavior; and to provide students with the opportunity to develop self control. The following principles apply in managing student behavior:

  1. Student behavior management strategies should compliment other efforts to create a safe, orderly and inviting environment.

  2. Responsibility, integrity, civility and other standards of behavior should be integrated into the curriculum.

  3. Disruptive behavior in the classroom will not be tolerated.

  4. Consequences for unacceptable behavior should help a student learn to comply with rules, to be obedient at a minimum, and when able, to learn to accept responsibility and develop self control.

  5. Strategies and consequence s will be age and developmentally appropriate.

C. Applicability

Students must follow all board and school behavior policies in all of the following circumstances:

  1. while in any school building or on any school premises before, during or after school hours;

  2. while on any bus or other vehicle as part of any school activity;

  3. while waiting at any bus stop;

  4. during any school function, extracurricular activity or other activity or event;

  5. when subject to the authority of school personnel; and

  6. at any time or place when the student’s behavior has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining order and discipline in the schools.

D. Communication Of Policies

Board policies related to student behavior are codified in the 4300 series. At the beginning of each school year, the principal is responsible for providing each student and his or her parent(s) or guardian with a copy of the student behavior policies and any other school rules and procedures. Students enrolling during the school year and their parent(s) or guardian(s) shall receive a copy of the information upon enrollment.

E. Enforcement

The superintendent is responsible for supervising the enforcement of student behavior policies to ensure that school disciplinary policies are uniformly and fairly applied throughout the school system.

Legal References: G.S. 115C-47, -288, -307, -391

Cross References: Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000), Student Behavior Policies (all policies in the 4300 series)

Adopted: 2001-10-01

Revised: 2008-06-02