The Akron School District Code of Conduct is intended to:
The Code governs the conduct of students, school personnel, parents, and other visitors while on school property or attending school functions. It includes the range of penalties that may be imposed for code violations and defines the roles of essential partners (teachers, administrators, other school personnel, the Board of Education, and parents) in maintaining safe, orderly schools.
Students Rights and Responsibilities
The District is committed to safeguarding the rights given to all students under state and federal law. In addition, to promote a safe, healthy, orderly, and civil school environment, all District students have certain rights and responsibilities.
1) Take part in all District activities on an equal basis, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
2) Present their version of the relevant events to school personnel authorized to impose a disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.
3) Access school rules and, when necessary, receive an explanation of those rules from school personnel.
2) Be familiar with and abide by all District policies, rules, and regulations dealing with student conduct.
3) Attend school every day unless they are legally excused and be in class on time and prepared to learn.
4) Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and strive toward their highest level of achievement possible.
5) React to direction given by teachers, administrators, and other school personnel in a respectful, positive manner.
6) Work to develop mechanisms to control their anger.
7) Ask questions when they do not understand.
8) Seek help in solving problems that might lead to discipline.
9) Dress appropriately for school and school functions.
10) Accept responsibility for their actions.
11) Conduct themselves as representatives of the District when participating in or attending school sponsored extracurricular events and to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct, demeanor, and sportsmanship.
Role of Essential Partners
The Code of Conduct sets forth certain specific roles related to maintaining safe, orderly schools for parents, teachers, guidance counselors, principals, the superintendent, and the Board of Education.
1) Recognize that the education of their child is a joint responsibility of the parents and school community.
2) Send their child to school ready to participate, contribute, and learn.
3) Ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time.
4) Ensure that absences are minimal and for reasons that are legally excusable.
5) Ensure that their child is dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code and conducive to learning.
6) Work cooperatively with teachers and administrators to teach their child that, in a democratic society, appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
7) Know school rules and help their child understand them.
8) Convey to their child a supportive attitude toward education and the District.
9) Build good relationships with teachers, other parents, and their child's friends.
10) Assist their child in dealing with peer pressure and teasing.
11) Inform school officials of changes in the home environment that may affect student conduct or performance.
12) Provide a place for study. Ensure that homework assignments are completed and assist their child in learning the skills necessary to be organized, prepared learners.
1) Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity which will strengthen students' self-concept and promote confidence to learn.
2) Be prepared to teach.
3) Demonstrate interest in teaching and concern for student achievement.
4) Know school policies and rules and enforce them in a fair and consistent manner.
5) Communicate information to students and parents about course objectives and requirements; marking/grading procedures; assignment deadlines; expectations for students; and classroom discipline.
6) Communicate regularly with students, parents, and other teachers concerning academic growth, achievement, and student progress.
Guidance Counselors and Social Workers
1) Assist students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social, and emotional problems.
2) Initiate parent/teacher/student/counselor conferences, as necessary, as a way to resolve problems.
3) Regularly review with students their educational progress and provide information about career planning.
4) Provide information to assist students in need of academic support services.
5) Encourage students to benefit from the curriculum and extracurricular programs.
1) Promote a safe, orderly, and stimulating school environment which supports teaching and learning.
2) Ensure that students and staff have the opportunity to communicate regularly with the principal and approach the principal for redress of grievances.
3) Evaluate instructional programs and personnel regularly.
4) Support the development of and student participation in appropriate extracurricular activities.
5) Be responsible for enforcing the Code of Conduct and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly.
1) Promote a safe, orderly, and stimulating school environment, supporting active teaching and learning.
2) Review with District administrators the policies of the Board of Education and state and federal laws relating to school operations and management.
3) Inform the Board about educational trends relating to student discipline.
4) Work to create instructional programs that minimize problems of misconduct and are sensitive to student and teacher needs.
5) Work with district administrators in enforcing the Code of Conduct and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly.
Board of Education
1) Collaborate with student, teacher, administrator, and parent organizations, school safety personnel, and other school personnel to develop a code of conduct that clearly defines expectations for the conduct of students, District personnel, and visitors on school property and at school functions.
2) Adopt and review, at least annually, the District's Code of Conduct in order to evaluate its effectiveness, fairness, and consistency of implementation.
3) Conduct board meetings in a professional, respectful, courteous manner, thus leading by example.
All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students who violate the dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering, changing, or removing the offending item.
Behavior that is disorderly, insubordinate, disruptive, violent, or endangers others is prohibited. Plagiarism, cheating, copying, altering records, or assisting students in such actions is considered academic misconduct and, therefore, prohibited.
All students are expected to report violations of the Code of Conduct to those in authority. District staff not authorized to impose disciplinary actions are expected to report violations to their supervisor. Any weapon, alcohol, or other illegal substance will be confiscated immediately. Code violations that constitute a crime may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Disciplinary Penalties and Procedures
Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair, and consistent. As a general rule, discipline will be progressive. That is, a student's first offense will usually merit a lesser penalty than subsequent violations. The Code of Conduct contains levels of discipline ranging from oral warning to permanent suspension from school. Regardless of the penalty imposed, school personnel authorized to impose a disciplinary procedure must inform the student of the alleged misconduct. Students subject to more severe penalties have additional rights as spelled out in the Code of Conduct.
When a student of any age is removed from class by a teacher or a student of compulsory attendance age is suspended from school pursuant to Education Law 3214, the District will take immediate steps to provide alternative means of instruction for the student.
While all students are subject to the same Code of Conduct, the Board of Education recognizes that students with disabilities are entitled to additional procedural protections. The Code of Conduct affords students with disabilities subject to disciplinary action no greater or lesser rights than those expressly afforded by applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
Corporal punishment is defined as an act of physical force upon a student and is forbidden.
All visitors to a school must report to the main office of the appropriate building. Any unauthorized person on school property will be reported to the principal or designee. Unauthorized persons will be asked to leave. All visitors are expected to abide by the rules of public conduct on school property as contained in the Code of Conduct.
All persons on school property or attending a school function, including athletic events, shall conduct themselves in a respectful and orderly manner. In addition, all persons on school property or attending a school function are expected to be properly attired. The District may rescind authorization to be on school property or attend school functions for any visitor who violates the rules of public conduct.
The Board of Education will review the Code of Conduct every year and update it as necessary. Before adopting any revisions, the Board will hold at least one public hearing.