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Austin Public Schools

Policy 506 - District-Wide Discipline Policy

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I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students are aware of, and comply with, the school district’s expectations for student conduct. Such compliance will enhance the school district’s ability to maintain discipline and ensure that there is no interference with the educational process. The school district will take appropriate disciplinary action when students fail to adhere to the standards set forth in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

The school board recognizes that individual responsibility and mutual respect are essential components of the educational process. The school board further recognizes that nurturing the maturity of each student is of primary importance and is closely linked with the balance that must be maintained between authority and self-discipline as the individual progresses from a child’s dependence on authority to the more mature behavior of self-control.

All students are entitled to learn and develop in a setting which promotes respect of self, others, and property. Students must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner that maintains a climate in which learning can take place. Overall decorum affects student attitudes and influences student behavior. Proper student conduct is necessary to facilitate the education process and to create an atmosphere conducive to high student achievement.

Although this policy emphasizes the development of self-discipline, it is recognized that there are instances when it will be necessary to administer disciplinary measures. It is the position of the school district that a fair and equitable district-wide student discipline policy will contribute to the quality of the student’s educational experience. This discipline policy and procedures are adopted in accordance with, and subject to, the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minnesota Statute section 121A.40 through 121A.56.


Policy Adopted: 06/14/04
Policy Reviewed: 11/13/13
Policy Reviewed: 6/11/18
Policy Reviewed: 03/08/21

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