Discipline is the dual responsibility of the home and school.
The Massachusetts General Laws require the school committee to adopt written policies, rules and regulations not inconsistent with law, which may relate to study, discipline, conduct, safety and welfare of all students, or any classification thereof, enrolled in the public schools of the District.
The implementation of the general rules of conduct is the responsibility of the principal and the professional staff of the building. In order to do this, each school staff in the District shall develop specific rules, not inconsistent with the law nor in conflict with District policy. These building rules shall be an extension of the District policies by being more specific as they relate to the individual schools.
The purpose of disciplinary action is to restore acceptable behavior. When disciplinary action is necessary, it shall be administered with fairness and shall relate to the individual needs and the individual circumstances.
Students violating any of the policies on student conduct and control will be subject to disciplinary action. The degree, frequency, and circumstances surrounding each incident shall determine the method used in enforcing these policies. Most of the situations which require disciplinary action can be resolved within the confines of the classroom or as they occur by reasonable but firm reprimand, and/or by teacher conferences with the student and/or parents or guardians.
If a situation should arise in which there is no applicable written policy, the staff member shall be expected to exercise reasonable and professional judgment.
[Reviewed: June 2003]
[Reviewed: June 2014]
M.G.L. 71:37H; 71:37L
M.G.L. Chapter 76, S. 16 and 17
Chapter 380 of the Acts of 1993
Massachusetts Department of Education, Advisory Opinion on Student Discipline, January 27, 1994