ACPS Student Code of Conduct

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The Alexandria City Public Schools Student Code of Conduct is designed to:

  1. Provide a clear standard of expectations for student behavior while participating in any and all school related activities.
  2. Inform the ACPS community of corrective instruction and consequences for addressing behavior infractions.
  3. Ensure that every student in ACPS is engaged in a rigorous, relevant, and internationally benchmarked education to enable all students to succeed as citizens in the global community, in a safe and orderly learning environment.

We all share responsibility for safe and orderly schools.

In order for ACPS students to experience access to education in a safe and orderly environment, all members of the community, including students, teachers, administrators, other staff, parents and others must work collaboratively.

Students have the right to expect an educational environment in which they can strive to achieve full intellectual potential. All students should:

  • Act responsibly to gain maximum benefits from school.
  • Attend school regularly.
  • Study diligently.
  • Behave in a way so that the rights and privileges of others are not violated.
  • Help prevent problems from happening and help solve problems if they occur.
  • Report to a school staff member any information concerning threats or disruptions involving the safety of students, staff or the school environment.

Parents have a responsibility to assist the school in enforcing standards of student conduct and compulsory school attendance so that education can be conducted in an atmosphere free of disruption and threat. Parents are expected to:

  • Assume responsibility for the student's behavior and assist the school in enforcing the Standards of Student Conduct.
  • Maintain regular communication with school authorities.
  • Require and monitor daily attendance.
  • Bring to the attention of school authorities any problem that affects the student or other children in the school.
  • Notify the school of any unusual behavior pattern or medical problem that might lead to serious difficulties.

Teachers hold the major responsibility for classroom management. Each teacher should:

  • Develop a positive climate for learning.
  • Establish, publish and consistently enforce expectations for classroom behavior.
  • Intervene to prevent and correct misbehavior.
  • Refer a student to the school administrator or dean for discipline when the situation warrants such action.

Administrators have the responsibility and authority to enforce the school rules and this Code of Student Conduct. They should exercise reasonable judgment and consider the circumstances in determining the disciplinary action to be administered. The school administrator shall:

  • Notify the parents of any student who violates a School Board policy when the violation could result in the student's suspension, whether or not the school administration has imposed any disciplinary action.
  • Notify the parent of any student involved in an incident required to be reported to the Superintendent and the Virginia Board of Education.