Students' Rights and Responsibilities

Students’ Rights and
Kellogg Middle School
• To review your rights and your responsibilities,
in order to:
– Develop respect for self and others
– Create a positive learning environment
– Maintain safety (physical and emotional)
Level 0:
Level 1:
Level 2:
Level 3:
Level 4:
Conversational Voice
Presentation Voice
Cheering at a game!
Your fundamental rights:
• You are entitled to a free, public education in
a safe and civil school environment
• You have the right to attend school free from
harassment, intimidation, and bullying
• You have the right to a classroom environment
with minimal disruption
• You have the right to report misconduct of
other students and/or adults
With rights come responsibilities:
• You have a responsibility to:
– Follow school rules
– Behave respectfully towards other students and
– Help take care of the school (cafeteria clean,
reporting problems)
– Help those who need it by telling an adult
– Stand up when things are being done that are not
School Rules – When do they apply?
• On the school grounds before, during, and
after school.
• On the school grounds when the school is
being used school groups
• Off the school grounds during a school activity
• Off the school grounds if the actions of the
students affect the educational process
What about online?
• If you’re choices online (social media) affect
the learning environment at school, you can
be held accountable for those actions
• Especially true with threats or harassment,
intimidation, and/or bullying behavior
Bus Behavior:
Appropriate behavior is critical
Stay seated
Use a Level 2 voice (conversational)
Use school-appropriate language
Treat other students respectfully with words,
and actions
• Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
• Comply with bus driver’s requests and
Response to Bus Behavior
– Assigned seat on the bus
– Suspension from the bus
– Suspension from the school day
– All consequences will go in your discipline
Arriving at School
• Students may arrive at 8:10
• You will not be supervised prior to this time
• You may put instruments in the
band/orchestra room. Otherwise, stay in the
cafeteria and Activity Center
Hallways / Passing Time
• Keep on the right side
• WALK with a purpose
• WALK and talk
• Use conversational voice (Level 2)
Bathroom Passes
• Stay in class for the first 15 minutes of class
• Stay in class for the last 15 minutes of class
• Use the bathroom closest to your classroom
Lunch Time / Free Time
• Get in line or have a seat (avoid wandering)
• Stay seated until dismissal
• You will be dismissed by table when area is
• 15 minute rule
• Stay in designated areas inside and out
• Please show VALOR and keep your area clean!
• Cell phones, MP3 players (iPods, etc…) must
be off and out of sight during the school day
– School day is your arrival on campus until 3:00
• Incentive Fridays with great lunch time
• We encourage students to not bring
unnecessary valuables to school, including
• We cannot investigate stolen or lost valuables
• Students bring these items at their own risk
Laser Pens
–Can be dangerous
–Leave at home
Electronics Steps
• 1st Step: Turned in to office until end of day
• 2nd Step: Turned in to office. Parents must
come retrieve
• 3rd Step: Same as above + lunch detention
• 4th Step: Same as above + progressive
Dress Code
Shirts must cover mid-riffs
Tank tops must be a 2 finger width across
Pants cannot sag below the waist
Shorts/skirts have to be longer than fingers
when hands held at side
• Content of clothing cannot have obscene,
sexual, drug, alcohol, or violent references
Defined as:
Act of quarreling involving physical and/or
verbal actions that may lead to violence, bodily
contact, in or around school property, are
subject to school discipline
• Punchy and Slappy were in the Activity Center.
Punchy takes Slappy’s hat and runs off with it.
Slappy chases Punchy. Punchy pushes Slappy.
Slappy pushes Punchy.
• Is this fighting?
• Lala and Lulu are sitting in class. Lala sticks her
tongue out at Lulu, and says, “Lulu is a silly
name”. Lulu gets up and pushes Lala out of
her chair.
• Is this fighting?
• Needs to be avoided at school:
– Play fighting (slapping, slap boxing, pushing)
– Pinching
– Piggy back rides
– Grabbing / tasing
• Students get hurt often due to horseplay
• Public Displays of Affection are not allowed at
• Includes:
– Kissing
– Sustained hugging
– Other forms of touching not appropriate for
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying
• Definition:
– Harassment is an attack on another person that
can be perpetrated by individuals or groups in
verbal, written, or physical actions. Some of the
prohibited behavior include but are not limited to:
verbal taunts, name calling, put downs, physical
violence, unwanted physical contact designed to
intimidate, physical restraining, threats
Bullying is a little different
• Defined:
– Same types of behaviors as harassment, except
• It is sustained over a period of time
• There is an imbalance of power
Bullying/Harassment Example
• Michael has been posting mean comments
about Susie on his Facebook page. At school,
other students have started teasing Susie
about it and Michael’s posts have continued.
Susie has stopped wanting to come to school.
• Is this a school issue?
What do I do about it?
• Report issues to your teacher, Ms. Martin, Mr.
Campbell, Ms. Gonzalez or any other adult.
• You can report anonymously about other
people and about yourself
• Surround yourself with people you trust
• Help those who need someone to stand with
Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, Nicotine
• Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes (and other tobacco
products) as well as nicotine intake devices
(like e-cigarettes or vaporizers) are prohibited
at school
• Includes over the counter medicines
• Attempting to buy products like these at
school is also prohibited
• Ms. Knutsen is our Drug/Alcohol Counselor
• Any student who knowingly submits the work
of other as his/her own shall be considered to
have cheated
• Letting students cheat off of you is also
considered participation in cheating
• Plagiarism means you take credit for other
people’s thoughts, ideas, written expression.
How to Follow Adult Directions
• Look at the person
• Say “okay” or acknowledge them
another way
• Do the thing being asked of you
• Follow up later with questions/concerns
• You are all capable of making your own
• We’re here to help when it gets difficult!
• Seek good role models!
• Be yourself!