Northern Mariana Islands School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Authority to Develop and Establish Codes of Conduct

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Northern Mariana Islands 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: Northern Mariana Islands

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§ 2268. Board of Education: Powers, functions, and duties.

(a) To formulate policy and exercise control over the Commonwealth Public School System through the commissioner;

(b) To establish and revise as necessary on its own or through its agents, rules, regulations and policies for the operation of the Public School System, including policies relating to the appointment, promotions, and removal of all Public School System staff, health and welfare benefits, financial affairs and budgeting;

(c) To approve and establish curricula and courses of instruction, including marine conservation and environmental management, and administrative policies of the Public School System, including special projects and federally funded programs;

(d) To recommend to the legislature the annual report of the Public School System pursuant to N.M.I. Const. art. XV, § 1(e);

(e) To propose appropriate legislation and to make recommendations to the legislature on policies governing the use of English, Chamorro, and Carolinian languages in the public schools;

(f) To accept on behalf of the Public School System, gifts, grants, donations, bequests, and other contributions providing that all contributions shall be made public through media or other forms of publication;

(g) To authorize the awarding of diplomas and certificates to students of the Public School System;

(h) To approve long-range plans for the orderly development of the Public School System, including building needs;

(i) To prepare the high schools for accreditation;

(j) To establish and maintain trust funds for special projects of the Public School System; provided that trust funds shall only be established pursuant to subsection (f) of this section;

(k) The members of the board shall be the trustees of the trust funds and shall administer them in accordance with the terms under which the funds are received. The funds shall be administered separately from appropriated Commonwealth funds. The trustees shall be held to strict standards of fiduciary care;

(l) To acquire property by lease, option, purchase, in fee simple, and condemnation as necessary for the operation of the Public School System, when the board determines it to be in best interest of the Public School System, and, to dispose of the same in any manner which is now or may hereafter be provided by law; provided, that any transaction involving public property shall, when necessary, be done in consultation with the Marianas Public Land Corporation; or any other legal entity similar to MPLC that may thereafter be established;

(m) To adopt the official seal of the Public School System;

(n) To act in its own name with respect to federal programs;

(o) To establish certification standards for all professional positions within the Public School System;

(p) To establish school attendance districts;

(q) [Repealed by PL 11-32 § 2(a).]

(r) To report on its affairs to the Governor and the legislature on or before January 30 of each year;

(s) To establish student disciplinary procedures and guidelines for student rights and responsibilities;

(t) To disseminate pertinent information to the public regarding rights of students and parents;

(u) To approve functional and operational organization charts for the Public School System;

(v) To include programs for gifted and talented children, to prioritize arts and Japanese language instruction within their special projects;

(w) To perform all acts as may be necessary to carry out the purpose of this chapter or 3 CMC § 1101 et seq. To take such action as it deems necessary and proper to operate the Public School System and the Board of Education, further its purpose, administer its services, and perform its duties.

(x) To establish a minimum core curriculum and length of school year standard for non public schools.

§ 3175. Prohibition of smoking on property of the public school system.

(a) It shall be unlawful at all times for any person or an employee of any public school or college to smoke on school or college property. Any person or employee who knowingly violates this section shall be subject to the penalties under 6 CMC § 3182.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any student enrolled in public schools, colleges, or trade schools in the Northern Marianas to use tobacco products of any type on school property.

(c) The Public School System and the Northern Marianas College shall establish by regulation a policy dealing with students who violate this law. This policy shall, at a minimum, include mandatory education classes on the hazards of tobacco use.


§ 60-20-440. Day to day discipline.

Principals and designated personnel are specifically authorized by this policy to impose or recommend day to day discipline including, but not limited to, in-house detention, parent conferences, counseling sessions, work detail, community service, appropriate restitution, behavioral intervention plans, and any reasonable disciplinary measures.

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