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IV. Essential Partners

Essential Partners

A.   Parents

          All parents are expected to:

1.   Recognize that the education of their child(ren) is a joint responsibility of the parents and the school community. 

2.   Send their children to school ready to participate and learn.

3.   Ensure their children attend school regularly and on time.

4.   Make attendance a top priority for their child and avoid unnecessary and illegal absences.

5.   Insist their children be dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code.

6.   Help their children understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe, orderly environment.

7.   Know school rules and help their children understand them.

8.  Convey to their children a supportive attitude toward education and the district.

9.   Build good relationships with teachers, other parents, and their children’s friends.

10.  Help their children deal effectively with peer pressure.

11.  Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance.

12.  Provide a place for study and ensure homework assignments are completed. 

13.   Teach their children respect and dignity for themselves and other students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, which will strengthen the child's confidence and promote learning in accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act.  

  B.   Teachers

          All district teachers are expected to:

1.  Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, which will strengthen the 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 to students and parents:

        a. Course objectives and requirements

        b. Marking/grade procedures

        c. Assignment deadlines

        d. Expectations for students

        e. Classroom discipline plan

6.  Communicate regularly with students, parents, administrators, and other teachers concerning growth and achievement.

7.  Confront issues of discrimination and harassment in any situation that threatens the emotional or physical health or safety of any student, school employee or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function.

8.  Address personal biases that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting.

9.  Report incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to a teacher's attention to the building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) in a timely manner.

C.   School Counselors

1.  Assist students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social and emotional problems.

2.  Initiate teacher/student/counselor conferences and parent/teacher/student/counselor conferences, as necessary, as a way to resolve problems.

3.  Regularly review with students their educational progress and career plans.

4.  Provide information to assist students with career planning.

5.  Encourage students to benefit from the curriculum and extracurricular programs.

6.  Communicate regularly with administrators to discuss student concerns and critical incidents.

7.  Coordinate Intervention Support Services, as needed, with student, parent, building principal and teachers.

8.  Maintain and encourage a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, with an understanding of appropriate appearance. language, and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students' self-image and promote confidence to learn.

9.  Report incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to the counselor's attention to the building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) in a timely manner.

D.  Principals

1.  Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting active 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 on a regular basis all instructional programs.

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.

6.  Maintain and encourage a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/ gender identity, or sex, with an understanding of appropriate appearance, language, and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students' self-image and promote confidence to learn.

7.  Follow up on any incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to the principal's attention in a timely manner in collaboration with the Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC).

E.    Other School Staff

1. Follow the Code of Conduct; know, abide by and enforce school rules in a fair and consistent manner.

2. Set a good example for students and other staff by demonstrating dependability, integrity and other standards of ethical conduct.

3. Assist in promoting a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment.

4.  Maintain confidentiality about all personal information and educational records concerning students and their families.

5.  Maintain and encourage a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, with an understanding of appropriate appearance, language, and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students' self-image and promote confidence to learn.

6.  Report incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to a staff member's attention to the building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) in a timely manner.

F.  Superintendent

1.  Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, free from intimidation, discriminaton and harassment, 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.

F.    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 to evaluate the code’s effectiveness and the fairness and consistency of its implementation.

3.  Appoint a Dignity Act Coordinator in each building.  The Dignity Act Coordinator will be thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, and sex.  The Dignity Act Coordinator will be accessible to students and other staff members for consolation and advice as needed on the Dignity Act.

4.  Lead by example by conducting board meetings in a professional, respectful, courteous manner.








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