404.04 Discipline of Students



Statement of Purpose

Basic to the educational process is an environment that is conducive to learning.  The community, through the Board of Education, has the responsibility to protect the rights of the students to learn and teachers to teach and to insure the proper operation of the school.

The behavior of the student is the joint responsibility of the student, parent, and school.  It is the belief of the Muscatine Community School District that students should be guided into being responsible for their own acts and to recognize the importance and implications of their acts.  The majority of the students and parents in this district recognize the necessity for having rules and regulations governing the operation of a school and are perfectly willing to accept the need for it.  Unfortunately, however, there are a few students who, on occasion, feel that such rules and regulations do not apply to them.  Therefore, the Board of Education, its administration, and staff accept the responsibility to provide a safe school environment where learning can take place and to protect the rights and privileges of all members of the school community.

It is recognized that each teacher is a unique individual and differences in classroom atmosphere may be expected.  The rights of teachers to establish this atmosphere, so long as it is not inconsistent with the boundaries of established policy, are upheld.  It is considered a major responsibility of staff members to respect the rights of each other and to aid students in understanding and appreciating the variation that may exist.

Just as the individuality of teachers is recognized, the uniqueness of students is also acknowledged and should be demonstrated by fair and proper consideration for personal needs.

The following policy is not designed to be used to deny any student a happy, healthy school experience or to restrict the realization of full potential.  It is, rather, aimed at dealing with those incidents and persons who by their acts threaten to be, or are harmful to other persons or property, or are disruptive of the learning environment.

Exceptions or Deviations From This Policy

It is recognized that the corrective action and disciplinary procedures described in the student discipline section are more appropriately designed for secondary grade level.  Building principals, or their designees, dealing with K-5 elementary grade level students are granted freedom, if they wish, to use their own discretion in dealing with their disciplinary problems and are not held to the corrective action herein detailed.

Elementary principals are, however, responsible for the safety of the students in their school buildings and on their school grounds.  They are expected to deal promptly with their safety and disciplinary problems and to establish, communicate, and require consistent behavioral standards in their schools.  A copy of their school’s grievance procedure is also required from elementary principals.

Corporal Punishment

Corporal punishment is not permitted (Senate File 52, 2008).

Physical Assault or Attack Against Teachers or Administrators

When attempting to restore or maintain order, teachers and administrators may become involved in conflict situations and activities that sometimes arouse hostile feelings.  It is of the utmost importance that they be afforded every possible protection by school authorities.

When a teacher, administrator, or school employee has been physically assaulted or attacked by a student(s), the principal will treat the matter as a physical assault.  When under attack, the teacher, administrator, or employee is allowed to physically defend himself or herself as reasonably necessary.

See appropriate section on student discipline — section 500.


Approved:          9/18/89             Reviewed:           3/18/13         Revised: _04/28/14__

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