3240 Policy – Student Conduct

Bellingham Public Schools acknowledges 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, Superintendent
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 10/14/14; 9/20/16
Updated: 07/26/18
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content

Policy 6605 – Student Safety Walking, Biking and Riding Buses

Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.210.310 Prohibition on use of tobacco products on school property

RCW 28A.320.128 Notice and disclosure policies – Threats of violence – Student conduct – Immunity for good faith notice – Penalty

RCW 28A.400.110 Principal to assure appropriate student discipline – Building discipline standards – Classes to improve classroom management skills

RCW 28A.600.015 Expulsions and suspensions – Rules incorporating due process – Short and long-term suspensions – Emergency expulsions – Discretionary discipline

RCW 4.24.190 Action against parent for willful injury to property by minor – Monetary limitation – Common law liability preserved

RCW 9A.16.020 Use of force – When lawful

RCW 9.41 Firearms and dangerous weapons

RCW 9.91.160 Personal protection spray devices

RCW 28A.600.020 Exclusion of student from classroom – Written disciplinary procedures – Long-term suspension or expulsion

RCW 28A.600.022 Suspended or expelled students – Reengagement plan

RCW 28A.600.040 Pupils to comply with rules and regulations

RCW 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

RCW 28A.635.090 Interference by force or violence – Penalty

RCW 28A.635.100 Intimidating any administrator, teacher, classified employee, or student by threat of force or violence unlawful – Penalty

20 U.S.C. 7101 et seq. Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

WAC 392-400-205 Definitions

WAC 392-400-210 Student responsibilities and duties

WAC 392-400-215 Student rights

WAC 392-400-225 School district rules defining misconduct – Distribution of rules

WAC 392-400-226 School district rules defining harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention policies and procedures – Distribution of rules

WAC 392-400-227 School district rules defining students’ religious rights

WAC 392-400-233 Unexcused absences and tardiness

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, July 2016 Student Discipline, v. 2.0

Policy News, August 2014 Revised WACs on student discipline now in effect

Policy News, September 2013