Relevant Federal and State Law
- Requires that the rules of a District governing pupil conduct and discipline be interpreted to insure an optimum learning atmosphere in the classroom. Optimum learning atmosphere shall be defined as the climate in which each student has the maximum opportunity to learn and the conduct of students that interferes with that climate is kept at an absolute minimum as determined by the classroom teacher.
- Requires students to comply with rules established for the governing of schools.
- Requires a student to pursue his or her course of study and make reasonable progress.
- Requires students to submit to the authority of teachers, subject to such disciplinary action, as school officials shall determine.
- Empowers each teacher to hold pupils on a strict accountability for disorderly or antisocial conduct while under the teacher’s supervision, and to make recommendations for the suspension of a student for cause.
- Makes it a crime to willfully create a disturbance on school premises during school hours or at school activities or meetings.
- Provides that students who damage property at school or while under school jurisdiction may be suspended and punished. The student, parent(s) and/or guardian(s) shall be liable for damages.
- Allows teachers to temporarily exclude students from classroom instructional or activity area.
- Prohibits harassment on the basis of race, national origin, gender, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.
- RCW 28A.635.090 makes it a crime to interfere by force or violence with any staff member of student who is in the peaceful discharge of his or her duties or studies.
- RCW 28A.635.100 makes it a crime to intimidate or use threat of violence against any staff member or student in the peaceful discharge of his or her duties or studies. Violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, Saturday School or suspension.
- The State of Washington Minor in Possession Law calls for the withholding of the driver’s license if a minor is convicted of the use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or dangerous drugs. Please see Criminal Acts. (RCW 13.40.265)
These rights mentioned above are subject to the Yelm Community School's authority to make reasonable rules and regulations safeguarding the health, safety, and rights of students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community at large. Specific details regarding each of the above rights can be found in the Yelm Community School's Policy Manual or student conduct pamphlet available in each building office.