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    Maintaining Professional Staff Student Boundaries

    File: 5253

    Rights, Responsibilities, and Authority of Teachers and Principals 
    Preamble 
    Teachers and principals are required by law to maintain a suitable environment for learning. In order to facilitate the educational program within this environment and to help guarantee "due process" for all, the following rights, responsibilities, and authority of teachers and principals with respect to student discipline have been established.

    Staff Responsibilities for Supervision of Students
    When students are in school, engaging in school-sponsored activities, or traveling to and from school on school buses, they are expected to follow the rules and regulations governing student behavior.

    The board expects all students to be under assigned adult supervision at all times when they are in school, on school grounds, traveling under school auspices, or engaging in school-sponsored activities. School personnel assigned this supervision are expected to act as reasonably prudent adults in loco parentis in providing for the safety of the students in their charge.

    In keeping with this expected prudence, no teacher or other staff member shall leave his/her assigned group unsupervised except as an arrangement has been made to take care of an emergency.

    During school hours, or while engaging in school-sponsored activities, students shall be released only into the custody of parents or other authorized persons.

    The school administration shall ensure that anyone who wishes to contact a student during the school day is doing so for proper reasons.

    Teacher Responsibility 
    Teachers and other non-supervisory certificated personnel (collectively referred to as "teachers" in this paragraph) shall have the following responsibilities with respect to the discipline of students: 

    1. Each teacher shall enforce the prescribed school district rules for student conduct. 
    2. Each teacher shall comply with school district and building rules and guidelines relating to the discipline of students. 
    3. Each teacher shall maintain good order and discipline in the classroom, in the hallways, and on the playgrounds or other common areas of the school, or other areas under supervisory duty. 
    4. Each teacher assigned to classroom duties shall keep and maintain accurate attendance records of students. 
    5. Each teacher shall set an appropriate example of personal conduct and will avoid making any statement to any student which may be demeaning to any student or groups of students. 

    Teacher Authority 
    All teachers shall have the authority to discipline any student for any disruptive or disorderly conduct or other violation of rules for student conduct which may occur in the presence of the teacher or when the student is under the teacher's supervision, subject to the limitations in connection with the short-term exclusion of students. Teachers also may recommend the short-term exclusion, suspension, or expulsion of students to the proper school authorities. 

    Teacher's Rights 
    Teachers shall have the following rights with respect to the discipline of students: 

    1. Each teacher shall be entitled to appropriate assistance and support from building administrators in connection with discipline problems relating to students. 
    2. Each teacher shall be promptly advised of any written complaint made to the principal or other school district administrator regarding the teacher's discipline of the students. The teacher shall be given the opportunity to present his/her version of the incident and to meet with the complaining party in the event that a conference with the complaining party is arranged. 

    Principal Responsibilities 
    Principals and other building administrators (collectively referred to as "principals") shall have the following responsibilities with respect to the discipline of students: 

    1. Each principal shall be responsible for the enforcement of the prescribed school district rules for student conduct and for the compliance with school district and building guidelines relating to the discipline of students. 
    2. Each principal may develop such building guidelines relating to student discipline as may be appropriate. Such building guidelines shall be consistent with school district rules relating to student discipline. 
    3. At the beginning of each school year principals shall make available to each certificated staff member, students, and parents or guardians of students, a copy of these rules and regulations (or summary thereof) together with any building guidelines developed pursuant to this policy. 
    4. Each principal shall set an appropriate example of personal conduct and shall avoid making any statement to any student which may be demeaning to any student or group of students. 
    5. Each principal shall provide appropriate assistance and support to teachers in connection with discipline problems relating to students. 

    Principal Authority 
    All principals shall have the authority to discipline or recommend suspension or expulsion of any student for any violation of rules for student conduct subject to the limitations in connection with the short-term exclusion of students and the suspension and expulsion of students. 

    Principal Rights 
    Each principal shall be promptly advised of any written complaint made to any other school district administrator regarding the principal's discipline of students. The principal shall be given the opportunity to present his/her version of the incident and to meet with the complaining party in the event that a conference with the complaining party is arranged. 
     

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    LEGAL REFS.:
    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 
    Chapter 9A.44, RCW  
    RCW 28A.58.050
    RCW 28A.400.320  
    RCW 28A.405.470  
    RCW 28A.405.475  
    RCW 28A.410.090  
    RCW 28A.410.095  
    RCW 28A.410.100  
    Chapter 28A.640, RCW 28A.642  
    RCW 49.60  
    WAC 181-87  
    WAC 181-88  

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