Student, Staff and Parent/Guardian Expectations & Responsibilities

  • The State of Michigan recognizes the need for orderly conduct in the schools and, therefore, has given school districts the right to discipline students when deemed necessary. The following sections are excerpts from Michigan General School Laws and are included here as legal basis for the Kalamazoo Public Schools’ Student Code of Conduct.

    Michigan School Code, Section 1261

    “Every school board shall have the general care and custody of the schools and property of the district and make and enforce suitable regulations for the general management of the schools and the preservation of the property of the district.”

    Michigan School Code, Section 1311

    “The school board, or the school district superintendent, a school building principal, or another school district official if designated by the school board, may authorize or order the suspension or expulsion from school of a pupil who commits criminal sexual conduct against another pupil enrolled in the same school district or a pupil guilty of gross misdemeanor or persistent disobedience if, in the judgment of the school board or its designee, as applicable, the interest of the school is served by the authorization or order.  If there is reasonable cause to believe that the pupil has a disability, and the school district has not evaluated the pupil in accordance with rules of the superintendent of public instruction to determine if the pupil is a student with a disability, the pupil shall be evaluated immediately by the intermediate school district of which the school district is constituent in accordance with Section 1711.”

    Kalamazoo Public Schools District Policy – 3.2

    Non-discrimination Statement

    Kalamazoo Public Schools welcomes all students and staff of any religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, gender identification, height, weight, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, and disability.

    The District will not tolerate or condone any act of bias or discrimination toward any person on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, gender identification, height weight, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, and disability in any of its activities, hiring practices, programs or services.

    Incident Appeal Procedure

    Should you feel any discipline action taken by the district has violated this non-discrimination statement in any way, or is inappropriate, you are invited to use the following appeal process:

    Step 1: If appropriate, meet with the classroom teacher for resolution. It is the teacher’s responsibility to notify the building administrator of this appeal.

    Step 2:  If the matter is unresolved and/or you don’t feel satisfied with the proposed resolution, you may further this appeal by requesting an investigation by the building administrator. 

    Step 3: If you still feel the matter is not resolved, contact the Director of Elementary/Secondary Education or Teaching and Learning Services by calling (269) 337-0190 to continue the appeal and investigation.

    If after steps 1-3 the outcome of your concern is consistent and you desire to appeal at a higher level, please complete an Investigation Appeals form.  Upon review, a Student Services administrator will reach out to you via U.S. mail within 15 working days with a resolution.

    All requests for appeal will be thoroughly investigated and appropriate documentation will be reviewed to resolve the matter. Matters that remain of concern may require outside investigation

    Kalamazoo Public Schools District Policy – 4.2

    The district will strive to ensure a safe, orderly, welcoming and healthy learning environment for all students, parents/guardians, staff and community members.

    Kalamazoo Public Schools District Policy – 5.2

    The district will not tolerate or condone any act of bias or discrimination toward any person based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, height, weight, gender, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation or disability in any of its activities, programs or services.

    The following list contains student expectations as a guideline. While it is difficult to list all of the qualities of a good citizen, it is important that students devote all of their energies toward realizing their potential. Students should avail themselves to all the school has to offer in programs, activities and services.

    1. Students should attend school on a regular basis and be prompt in arriving at school and to assigned classes.
    2. Students should understand and adhere to all school policies and rules and be willing to accept the responsibilities that go along with their rights and privileges.
    3. Students should respect the worth and dignity of each individual and respect the rights of fellow students.
    4. Students should respect the rights and responsibilities of all staff members as they perform their duties.
    5. Students should observe a code of conduct towards all citizens by the use of proper language, etiquette and appearance.
    6. Students should exercise proper use and care of school facilities.

    These expectations apply to any time a student is on school property or involved with school-related activities of any nature, in other locations.

    The school administration and staff are committed to the principle of fair and equal treatment of all students within the school, as well as uniform and equal enforcement of all school policies. They acknowledge their responsibility to help students develop and maintain appropriate school behavior. They also accept the responsibility to communicate with parents/guardians, as well as students, at the earliest possible occasion, when problems occur.

    Parents/guardians can best support the school experience by preparing their student(s) emotionally and socially and by teaching them to be receptive to learning and discipline. Parents/guardians should know school requirements and procedures and be willing to meet with appropriate school personnel to help resolve problems. Through cooperative relationships among students, school staff and parents/guardians, the school experience for all students can be meaningful, stimulating and produce lifelong benefits.

    The school is a community and the rules and regulations of a school are the laws for that community. All those enjoying the rights of citizenship in the school community must also accept the responsibilities of citizenship. A basic responsibility of those who enjoy the rights of citizenship is to respect the laws of the community. Students, as members of the community, enjoy the rights of citizenship and must accept the responsibilities of citizenship.