The Massachusetts General Laws require the School Committee to adopt written policies, rules and regulations not inconsistent with the 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.
Each school within the District shall also develop and publish its own specific rules for its students that are an extension of the District policies. The implementation of those rules is the responsibility of the Principal and the professional staff of the building.
Students violating any of the policies on student conduct will be subject to disciplinary action. The purpose of disciplinary action is to restore acceptable behavior. When disciplinary action is necessary, it shall be administered in accordance with the Code of Conduct with fairness and shall relate to the individual needs and the individual circumstances. The degree, frequency, and circumstances surrounding each incident shall determine the method used in enforcing these policies. Ideally, most of
the situations which require disciplinary action will be resolved within the confines of the classroom or as they occur by reasonableM verbal communication, and/or by teacher conferences with the student and/or parents or guardians. Some situations, however, may require additional disciplinary action.
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.