PRINCIPLES OF RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESPECT TO ENSURE A SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
“Rights are best guarded and responsibilities best exercised when each person and group guards for all others those rights they wish guarded for themselves...A society is only as just and free as it is respectful of this right for its smallest minorities and least popular communities.” - Charles C. Haynes, Ph.D.
IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THEIR EDUCATIONAL POTENTIAL, ALL STUDENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO ATTEND SCHOOL AND PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES:
Where respect for the rights of others is a standard set by the Board of Education, and where the Superintendent and each principal, classroom teacher, District staff member, and student take responsibility for safe-guarding those rights.
. . Free from discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, ethnic background or national origin, language, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, physical or developmental disabilities, or other special needs.
. . In which the total school environment is free from verbal or physical intimidation or harassment, including sexual harassment; vulgar or abusive language; derogatory ethnic, racial or sexual slurs or conduct; or acts of violence.
. . In which the dignity and worth of all individuals are respected. Proposition 8, “Right to Safe Schools. All students and staff of primary, elementary, junior high and senior high schools have the inalienable right to attend campuses which are safe, secure and peaceful.”
(Approved by the Board of Education 1/20/98)