Model School Code on Education and Dignity

Chapter 3: Dignity

3.1 Key Elements of School Climate and Positive Discipline

3.1 Key Elements of School Climate and Positive Discipline

Section 3.1 on Key Elements of School Climate and Positive Discipline outlines the key elements necessary for any discipline policy to be effective and supportive, including creating a positive school ... MORE

3.2 Guidelines for Suspensions, Expulsions and Removals

3.2 Guidelines for Suspensions, Expulsions and Removals

Section 3.2 on Guidelines for Suspensions, Expulsions and Removals provides additional detailed policies for when and how to use suspensions and expulsions as a last resort, including placing limits on ... MORE

3.3 Law Enforcement and Criminalization in School Environments

3.3 Law Enforcement and Criminalization in School Environments

Section 3.3 on Law Enforcement and Criminalization in School Environments calls on states, districts and schools to remove all law enforcement personnel stationed in schools on a regular basis, including ... MORE

3.4 Truancy Prevention and Dismantling Status Offense Laws

3.4 Truancy Prevention and Dismantling Status Offense Laws

Section 3.4 on Truancy Prevention and Dismantling Status Offense Laws directs schools to respond to truancy and improve attendance rates through prevention and intervention strategies, not through criminal penalties, tickets ... MORE

3.5 Alternative Schools

3.5 Alternative Schools

Section 3.5 on Alternative Schools sets out guidelines for voluntary transfer or placement in alternative schools for students who would benefit from an alternate learning environment. It prohibits involuntary placement ... MORE

3.6 Education for System-Involved Youth

3.6 Education for System-Involved Youth

Section 3.6 on Education for System-Involved Youth describes students’ right to attend school during periods of detention or incarceration and their right to return immediately to regular school with the ... MORE

3.7.a Model Policy on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

3.7.a Model Policy on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

School districts all over the country are currently implementing a variety of school-wide preventive and positive approaches to discipline. This section describes one of the most successful and widely used ... MORE

3.7.b Model Policy on Restorative Justice Practices

3.7.b Model Policy on Restorative Justice Practices

School districts all over the country are currently implementing a variety of school-wide preventive and positive approaches to discipline. This section describes one of the most successful and widely used ... MORE

3.7.c Model Policy on Fighting

3.7.c Model Policy on Fighting

The section includes model policies for how to address a common issue in schools that can lead to unnecessary criminalization of students in a more holistic way that seeks to ... MORE