ADAA - School System Commitment to Standards for Ethical and Responsible Behavior for Students
ADAA - School System Commitment to Standards for Ethical and
Responsible Behavior for Students
The School Board believes that promoting ethical and responsible behavior for students is an essential part of the school unit’s educational mission. The Board recognizes that ethics, constructive attitudes, responsible behavior, and “character” are important if a student is to leave school as a “responsible and involved citizen,” as described in the Guiding Principles of the Maine Learning Results. The Board also recognizes that Maine law requires the adoption of a district-wide student code of conduct consistent with statewide standards for student behavior developed by the Commissioner of the Department of Education in compliance with 20-A MRSA § 254(11).
The Board seeks to create and maintain a school climate in which ethical and responsible behavior can flourish. The Board believes that instilling a sense of ethics and responsibility in students requires setting positive expectations for student behavior as well as establishing disciplinary consequences for behavior that violates Board policy or school rules. Further, the Board believes that in order to teach ethical and responsible behavior, adults who interact with students must strive to model and reinforce ethical and responsible behavior. To that end, the Board supports an active partnership between schools and parents.
The Board recognizes that a Student Code of Conduct consistent with statewide standards for student behavior shall, as required by law:
A. Define unacceptable student behavior;
B. Establish standards of student responsibility for behavior;
C. Prescribe consequences for violation of the Student Code of Conduct, including first-time violations, when appropriate;
D. Describe appropriate procedures for referring students in need of special services to those services;
E. Establish criteria to determine when further assessment of a current Individual Education Plan (IEP) is necessary, based on the removal of the student from class;
F. Establish policies and procedures concerning the removal of disruptive or violent students from a classroom or a school bus, as well as student disciplinary and placement decisions, when appropriate; and
G. Establish guidelines and criteria concerning the appropriate circumstances when the Superintendent/designee may provide information to the local police or other appropriate law enforcement authorities regarding an offense that involves violence committed by any person on school grounds or other school property.
The Student Code of Conduct will be reviewed periodically by the School Board, with input from administrators, staff, parents, students, and members of the community. Students, parents, staff, and the community will be informed of the Student Code of Conduct through handbooks and/or other means selected by the Superintendent/designee.
Ethics and Curriculum
The Board encourages integration, examination, and discussion of ethical issues within content areas of the curriculum, as appropriate. The Board also encourages school administrators and staff to provide students with meaningful opportunities to apply values and ethical and responsible behavior through activities such as problem-solving, service learning, peer mediation and student government/leadership development.
Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA §§ 254, 1001(15)
Cross Reference: JICDA – District-Wide Student Code of Conduct
JICK - Bullying
Policy Adopted: June 10, 2009