HAMILTON-WENHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

WENHAM, MA

H8036

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The School Committee believes that as part of the educational process students should be made aware of their rights and responsibilities and of the legal authority of the School Committee to make, and delegate authority to its staff to make, rules regarding the orderly operation of the schools.  Students have the right to know the standards of behavior that are expected of them, and the consequences of misbehavior.

Among these rights and responsibilities are the following:

  1. Civil rights, including the rights to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination, the responsibility not to discriminate against others;
  2. The right to attend free public schools, the responsibility to attend school regularly and to observe school rules essential for permitting others to learn at school,
  3. The right to due process of law with respect to suspension, expulsion, and decisions the student believes injure his/her rights,
  4. The right to free inquiry and expression, responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights, and
  5. The right to privacy, which includes privacy in respect to the student's school records.

The rights and responsibilities of students, including standards of conduct, will be made available to students and their parents through handbooks distributed annually.

LEGAL REFERENCES: M.G.L. 71:37H; 71:82 through 71:86

        

Adopted: December 4, 2014

Reviewed: