3240 Policy – Student Conduct

Bellingham Public Schools acknowledge that conduct and behavior is closely associated with learning. An effective instructional program requires a wholesome and orderly school environment. Each student must adhere to the rules of conduct and submit to corrective action taken as a result of conduct violations. The rules of conduct are applicable during the school day as well as during any school activity conducted on or off campus. Special rules are also applicable while riding on a school bus.


Students are expected to:

  1. Conform to reasonable standards of acceptable behavior;
  2. Respect the rights, person and property of others;
  3. Preserve the degree of order necessary for a positive climate for learning; and
  4. Submit to the authority of staff and respond accordingly.The district also recognizes that schools must take reasonable steps so that students who fail to adhere to the district’s rules and regulations and who receive discipline for such misconduct remain engaged or are effectively reengaged in their educational program.

The superintendent will develop written rules of conduct.



Approved By: Greg Baker
Signature Date: 14/10/2014
Adopted: 10/14/14
Revised: 9/20/16
Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content
RCW 4.24.190 Action against parent for willful injury to property by minor – Monetary limitation – qCommon law liability preserved
RCW 4.24.190 Action against parent for willful injury to property by minor – Monetary limitation – Common law liability preserved
9A.16.020 Use of force – When lawful
Chapter 9.41 RCW Firearms and dangerous weapons
9.91.160 Personal protection spray devices
28A.210.310 Prohibition on use of tobacco products on school property
28A.400.110 Principal to assure appropriate student discipline – Building discipline standards – Classes to improve classroom management skills
28A.600.015 Expulsions and suspensions – Rules incorporating due process – Short-term and long-term suspensions – Emergency expulsions – Discretionary discipline
28A.600.020 Exclusion of student from classroom – Written disciplinary procedures – Long-term suspension or expulsion
28A.600.022 Suspended or expelled students – Reengagement plan
28A.600.040 Pupils to comply with rules and regulations
28A.635.060 Defacing or injuring school property – Liability of pupil, parent or guardian – Withholding grades, diploma, or transcripts – Suspension and restitution – Voluntary work program as alternative – Rights protected
WAC 392-400-205 Definitions
392-400-225 School district rules defining misconduct – Distribution of rules
20 U.S.C. 7101 et seq. Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act