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    Staff Ethics
    Rights, Responsibilities and Authority

    File: GBC

    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.

    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:
    09/07/76

    Revised:
    05/07/90
    08/10/98

    LEGAL REFS.:
    RCW 28A.58.101
    WAC 28A.58.760
    180-44-010

    CROSS REFS.:
    Student Discipline (JG)
    Public Complaints (KLD) (and subcodes)

    An elementary school principal and three teachers work together in a classroom