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  • Section J: Students



Good discipline is an essential component of an effective educational program. Expectations for student behavior must ensure that there is no interference with the primary responsibility of the school to provide quality education and development of good citizenship. Discipline should not be used solely to deprive students of any academic opportunities.

In maintaining discipline, teachers must be able to proceed with assurance of support from the Principal, the Superintendent and the School Board. The following are guidelines for development of good discipline:

A. Good discipline is usually positive rather than negative. It consists of keeping students interested and involved in doing something constructive rather than punishing them for doing things that are unacceptable.

B. Good discipline is fair, dignified and in good temper.

C. Conferences with teachers, Principals and parents should be effectively employed to bring about acceptable school behavior.

Teachers have the authority to enforce suitable penalties, subject to the approval of the Principal, for proper management of their classroom and appropriate behavior of their pupils in accordance with the school code of conduct. Physical force or corporal punishment shall not be used as a punishment. A teacher or other person entrusted with the care and supervision of students may use a reasonable degree of force to restrain a student who creates a disturbance if the teacher or other person reasonably believes it is necessary to control the disturbing behavior or to remove the student from the scene of a disturbance. Teachers will follow School Board policy when dealing with behaviors related to substance use, harassment, possession of weapons, violence and threats of violence. Teachers shall guide their pupil’s behavior and follow procedures established within their school.

The Principal, acting within the guidelines established by the Superintendent, shall provide for the suspension or other serious punishment of students in accordance with School Board policies and Maine State Law.

The Principal is responsible for helping teachers and pupils maintain discipline. Consistent with Board Policy (see following pages), the Principal is responsible for formulating and circulating the discipline code for his/her school to all pupils. Principals shall provide the Superintendent a copy of their discipline code prior to the start of each school year.

Adopted: 04/12/99
Reviewed: 07/19/10

  • Section J