An orderly environment is critical for teachers to teach and students to learn. Students are encouraged to participate in school efforts to create a safe, orderly and inviting environment. Students also are encouraged to exercise their constitutional rights to free speech as a part of a stimulating, inviting educational environment. A student’s right to free speech will not be infringed upon; however school officials may place reasonable, constitutional restrictions on time, place and manner in order to preserve a safe, orderly environment.
Principals and teachers have full authority as provided by law to establish and enforce standards and rules as are necessary to create orderly schools and classrooms.
Consequences for engaging in prohibited behavior will be provided in accordance with the school’s student behavior management plan (see Board of Education policy 4302, School Plan for Management of Student Behavior).
Legal References: U.S. Const. amend. I; N.C. Const. art. I, 14; G.S. 14-132, -132.2, -288.2, -288.4; G.S. 115C-47, -288, -307, -390, -391
Cross References: School Plan for Management of Student Behavior (policy 4302)
Adopted: January 9, 2006