State law requires parent or family member involvement in the development of student codes of conduct.
Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 1001. Duties of school boards
15. Adoption of student code of conduct. With input from educators, administrators, parents, students and community members, they shall adopt a district-wide student code of conduct consistent with the statewide Standard for student behavior developed under section 254, subsection 11. The student code of conduct must:
- A. Define unacceptable student behavior;
- B. Establish Standard of student responsibility for behavior;
- C. Prescribe consequences for violation of the student code of conduct, including first-time violations, when appropriate;
- D. Describe appropriate procedures for referring students in need of special services to those services;
- E. Establish criteria to determine when further assessment of a current individual education plan is necessary, based on removal of the student from class;
- F. Establish policies and procedures concerning the removal of disruptive or violent students or students threatening death or bodily harm to others from a classroom or a school bus, as well as student disciplinary and placement decisions, when appropriate;
- G. Establish guidelines and criteria concerning the appropriate circumstances when the superintendent or the superintendent's designee may provide information to the local police or other appropriate law enforcement authorities regarding an offense that involves violence committed by any person on school grounds or other school property; and
- H. Establish policies and procedures to address bullying, harassment and sexual harassment as set forth in section 6554.
The school board is responsible for ensuring that school officials inform students, parents and community members of the student code of conduct.
Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 254. Educational duties
- Statewide Standard for behavior. In consultation with organizations representing school boards, school administrators, teachers, parents and other interested local officials and community members, the commissioner shall develop statewide Standard for responsible and ethical student behavior. The Standard must require annual reporting of incidents of violent and harmful behavior by or against students to the department by school administrative units. The department shall provide forms for reporting.