The following Code of Conduct most clearly delineates the rules that assist community members in adhering to the school’s values:
Each student has the opportunity and the right to use school as a means for self-improvement and individual growth. In so doing, he/she is expected to conduct him/herself in a manner compatible with the school’s functions as an educational facility. Conduct which disrupts or threatens to disrupt or threatens to disrupt the operations of the school; which interferes in any way with the public or private rights of other students or citizens; which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person; or which damages property, will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action. Our primary objectives are the proper recognition and preservation of every Escuela Avancemos! student’s constitutional rights, and allowance for such rights:
Freedom of Expression
Students may freely express their points of view, provided they do not seek to coerce others to join in their way of expression and provided also that they do not substantially disrupt school operation, intrude upon the rights of others, encourage activities and/or engage in the use of drugs or alcohol, promote sex or endanger the health and safety of other students or of school personnel.
Restrictions on a student’s hairstyle or manner of dress will be imposed when there is a “clear and present danger” to the student’s health and safety or when the behavior causes an interference with work and learning or creates classroom disorder (See Section IV: Student Dress).
Students’ Due Process Rights
Students will have clearly established means by which administrative due process is available for the protections of the individual’s rights. Due process procedures include:
- They must be fair.
- They must apply equally to all.
- They must be enforced in a fair manner, which involves:
- Adequate and timely notice with an opportunity to prepare a defense;
- An opportunity to be heard at a reasonable time and manner.
- The right to a speedy and impartial hearing on the merits of the case;
- The right to appeal the decision.