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Student Behavior

With input from educators, administrators, parents, students and community members, school boards shall adopt a district-wide student code of conduct consistent with the statewide standards for behavior. 

The student code of conduct must:

  • Define unacceptable student behavior
  • Establish standards of student responsibility for behavior
  • Prescribe consequences for violation of the student code of conduct
  • Describe appropriate procedures for referring students in need of special services to those services
  • Establish criteria to determine further assessment of an IEP
  • Establish policies and procedures to address the removal of students who are disruptive or violent or who are threatening death or bodily harm
  • Establish guidelines and criteria when the school may provide information to law enforcement that involves violence committed by any person on school property
  • Establish policies and procedures to address bullying, harassment and sexual harassment

In addition, the school board shall consider district-wide disciplinary policies that:

  • Focus on positive interventions and expectations.  Positive interventions are instructional and environmental supports that are designed to teach students prosocial alternatives to problem behaviors with high rates of positive feedback.
  • Focus on positive and restorative interventions.  Restorative interventions are school practices that are designed to strengthen relationships, improve the connection to school and promote a strong sense of accountability and that help students learn from their mistakes, understand the impact of their actions on others and find opportunities to repair the harm they have caused through their misbehavior.
  • Allow administrators to adjust appropriate discipline that examines the student's circumstances
  • Provide written notice to parents/guardians of a student when the student is suspended from school

    Contact

    Gayle Erdheim
    Truancy, Dropout, Alternative Ed., and Homeless Ed. Consultant
    Integrated Student Supports Team Leader
    (207) 624-6637
    gayle.erdheim@maine.gov