Student Handbook and Code of Conduct: A committee that includes principal representation revises the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct annually. Once approved by the Board, the Code becomes policy for our system. Principals receive copies for distribution to all students and staff. The Code instructs principals to assign teachers the responsibility of reviewing the code in classes during the first two weeks of school. Copies of the Students Handbook and Code of Conduct are usually delivered in August to each school for distribution to students. It is required that parents sign the form in the Code acknowledging receipt of the Code and return this form to the school.
What is the Student Handbook of Conduct and why do we need it? Students need an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. To provide and maintain that environment, the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct: • Describes that positive environment. • Describes that conduct which is disruptive to such an environment. • Strives to standardize those procedures which the school will use in responding to conduct problems. • Assures the rights of students when disciplinary action is taken. • Specifies the rights and responsibilities of students. • Provides for annual distribution of required information to parents, as prescribed by federal and state regulations.
The principal shall work cooperatively with faculty, parents, or guardians, and students in reviewing the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct for the Mobile County Public School System and shall take proper steps to make sure that teachers, parents, or guardians, and students receive a copy of the annual revisions. During the first two weeks of school (or as soon as practical upon receipt of the books), the principal shall schedule extensive review opportunities through assigned staff members, at which time the contents are reviewed with students, appropriate to their age and development.
The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct shall be modified as required by changes in federal and/or state mandates and shall be revised and approved annually by the Board of School Commissioners as policy. As students progress through our public schools, it is reasonable to assume that an increase in age and maturity implies a greater responsibility for their actions. Differences in age and maturity are recognized in determining the type of disciplinary action to be taken. However, the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct apply to all students under the jurisdiction of Mobile County Public Schools.
The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct is in force: • During regular school hours. • While students are being transported on a school bus. • At such times and places where appropriate school administrators have jurisdiction over students including, but not necessarily limited to, school-sponsored events, field trips, athletic functions, and other activities.