District of Columbia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Authority to Develop and Establish Codes of Conduct

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District of Columbia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Authority to Develop and Establish Codes of Conduct

Category: Codes of Conduct
Subcategory: Authority to Develop and Establish Codes of Conduct
State: District of Columbia

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§ 38-202. Establishment of school attendance requirements.

(a) Every parent, guardian, or other person, who resides permanently or temporarily in the District during any school year and who has custody or control of a minor who has reached the age of 5 years or will become 5 years of age on or before September 30th of the current school year shall place the minor in regular attendance in an educational institution during the period of each year when the public schools of the District are in session. This obligation of the parent, guardian, or other person having custody extends until the minor reaches the age of 18 years. For the purpose of this section placement in summer school is not required.

(b) Any minor who has satisfactorily completed the senior high school course of study prescribed by the Board and has been granted a diploma that certifies his or her graduation from high school, or who holds a diploma or certificate of graduation from another course of study determined by the Board to be at least equivalent to that required by the Board for graduation from the public senior high schools, shall be excused from further attendance at school.

(c) Any minor who has reached the age of 17 years may be allowed flexible school hours by the head of the educational institution in which the minor is enrolled provided he or she is actually, lawfully, gainfully, and regularly employed, but in no case shall he or she be excused entirely from regular attendance or excused to the extent that his or her timely graduation would be jeopardized or prevented.

(d) The Board shall, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, issue rules to establish requirements to govern acceptable credit for studies completed at independent or private schools and private instruction, to govern the selection and appointment of appropriate staff members to carry out the provisions of this chapter under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, pursuant to Chapter 6 of Title 1, and in respect to other matters within the scope of authority of the Board that relates to this subchapter.

§ 38-203. Enforcement; penalties.

(j) By August 1, 2012, the Mayor shall develop, through rulemaking, appropriate enforcement mechanisms to ensure that each school, principal, and teacher is in full compliance with the requirements of this subchapter and any regulations issued pursuant to this subchapter.

§ 38-236.03. Establishment of school discipline policies.

(b) Local education agencies shall adopt, in consultation with school personnel, students, and parents, school discipline policies to promote the safety and well-being of students and staff.


4-1503. Code of Conduct.

1503.1 The code of conduct required in the bullying prevention policy (referenced in § 1502.3(e)) should provide that:

(a) The covered entity expects youth to behave in a way that supports the covered entity's objective to provide a safe and welcoming environment for other youth; and

(b) The covered entity expects youth who are part of the covered entity community to:

(1) Treat all other youth at the covered entity with respect;

(2) Respect the property of other youth at the covered entity; and

(3) Respond appropriately to instructions from covered entity staff regarding behavior toward other youth.

5-B2408. Dress codes/uniforms.

2408.1 Each District of Columbia Public School shall promulgate a local dress code or uniform policy for that school. The policy shall be established by the principal in consultation with the faculty, local school parent groups, and students.

2408.2 The local school dress code or uniform policy shall be as follows:

(d) Include the following principles:

(8) No student shall wear, possess, use, distribute, display or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, blade, symbols, sign or other things which are evidence of affiliation with drugs, alcohol, violence or gang related activities, other criminally motivated organizations, or which exhibit profane or obscene language/gestures. [...]

2408.12 A mandatory uniform policy shall not prevent a student from wearing a button, armband, or other item guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution unless the button or other item is related to gang, gang membership, gang activity, or other prohibited activity as described in any dress code established by the principal pursuant to subsection 2408.2.

5-E2402. Code of student responsibilities and conduct.

2402.1 Each student shall be responsible for providing a positive and healthy environment for others by maintaining order and self-discipline, and by having consideration for the rights and property of others.

2402.2 Each student shall bear the responsibility for his or her own conduct.

2402.3 Each student shall be responsible for neatness and cleanliness of personal attire and hygiene.

2402.4 A student shall respect other students, teachers, administrators and other school personnel, and visitors as human beings and as fellow citizens of the school community.

2402.5 A student shall respect the personal property of others and refrain from causing intentional damage or unnecessary wear and tear to books, facilities, school materials, school buildings and furnishings, and the personal property of others.

2402.6 A student shall refrain from fighting, creating disturbances, denying others the use of school facilities or buildings, using or carrying any weapon on school grounds, intentionally injuring another person, or acting in a manner that would expose others to risk or danger of harm or injury.

2402.7 A student shall not use threats or intimidation against any other person.

2402.8 A student shall respect the health and safety of others and shall refrain from using tobacco; or using, possessing, transmitting, or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, narcotic substance, or illegal or prohibited drug or substance; or by engaging in gambling, extortion, theft, assault, excessive noise, or any other unlawful activity.

2402.9 A student shall respect the educational process and learning environment of others by refraining from intentional or habitual tardiness, unexcused absences, or other activities that diminish the rights of others and the opportunity for other students to receive an education and obtain the maximum benefit from a public education.

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