To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child

Parent Handbook

Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline

Introduction
The purpose of the Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline of Murfreesboro City Schools is to assist students, parents, teachers, and school administrators in the maintenance of an environment which will enhance the achievement of the mission of the Murfreesboro City Schools.

The Code is based on some of the Murfreesboro City School System’s Board policies, Administrative Directives, regulations, guidelines, and procedures. This is not an exclusive list of student policies. For a complete list of policies, refer to the Murfreesboro City Board of Education Policies.

The Murfreesboro City School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in the provision of services, in programs or activities, or in employment opportunities and benefits. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Director of Human Resources.

Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX should be directed to Ralph Ringstaff, Director of Human Resources. Inquiries regarding Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act should be addressed to Ralph Ringstaff. The current complaint manager regarding harassment and discrimination is Ralph Ringstaff, Murfreesboro City Schools, 2552 South Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37127.  Telephone: 615.893.2313

Mission and Beliefs

The mission of the Murfreesboro City School System is “To assure academic and personal success for each child”.

To be fully effective, the Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline addresses the roles of the students, parents, teachers, and schools.

In the event of misconduct, there are appropriate consequences. Ongoing monitoring shall be used to ensure that equitable schools-based practices are implemented in a fair, not-discriminatory, and culturally responsive manner.

RESPONSIBILITIES
It shall be the responsibility of all Murfreesboro City Schools to:

  1. Maintain a safe environment for all children and staff;
  2. Establish, post, and actively teach clear and positively stated behavioral/social school-wide expectations to all students;
  3. Establish and implement a clear system to recognize students for meeting these expectations;
  4. Establish and implement a clear system to correct student misconduct;
  5. Provide additional behavioral/social support and intervention to students who demonstrate and/or are at risk of developing a pattern of inappropriate behavioral/social development;
  6. Communicate with parents concerning the child’s conduct and progress; and
  7. Inform students, parents, and staff of the Murfreesboro Discipline Foundation Policy.

It shall be the responsibility of all Murfreesboro City School teachers to:

  1. Maintain an orderly, planned, and varied instructional climate that includes materials and activities of interest to students;
  2. Establish, post, and actively teach clear and positively stated class rules that are consistent with the school-wide behavioral/social expectations;
  3. Establish and implement a clear system to recognize students for complying with class rules and procedures;
  4. Establish and implement a clear system to correct student misconduct;
  5. Maintain open communication with parents; and
  6. Assist the principal in maintaining school-wide discipline.

It shall be the responsibility of all Murfreesboro City School students to:

  1. Learn and follow school-wide expectations and classroom rules;
  2. Learn and comply with rules regarding the Olweus Bullying Prevention Programi; i.e.,
  3. We will not bully others
  4. We will try to help students who are bullied
  5. We will try to include students who are left out
  6. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home;
  7. Attend school on time, have necessary materials, and be ready to learn; and
  8. Dress and groom in a manner that is not distracting to the classroom atmosphere or to the educational process.

It shall be the responsibility of all Murfreesboro City School parents to:

  1. Ensure their child attends school every day, on time, and is ready to learn;
  2. Encourage their child to comply with all school-wide and classroom behavioral/social expectations and rules;
  3. Monitor and guide their child’s academic progress by supervising homework, conferencing with teachers, and advocating for their child’s education and the school’s well-being.
  4. Demonstrate respect for all adults and students on school premises.

Board Policy STU 22
Legal References:
T.C.A .§49-6-4011, et seq.,
Student and Employee Safe Environment Act of 1996