The Board of Education believes that all students have the right to an education in safe and orderly school environments. Within classrooms, order and discipline are essential for optimum instruction and learning.

The frequency and severity of disruptive student behavior adversely affects the quality of teaching and learning.

The incidence of disruptive student behavior can be significantly reduced when teachers and administrators value and use practices which are most likely to help students learn to take responsibility for their behavior and when teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians share information about a student's unique individual needs.

Disruptive classroom behavior, as used in this policy, includes any student conduct that significantly interferes with the learning of other students in the classroom.

When classroom disruption does occur, appropriate action must be promptly taken in accordance with relevant departmental regulations, administrative rules, and state and federal laws which protect the rights of all students.

Approved: 6/98