Code of Conduct
The Mount Vernon Board of Education (“Board”) is committed to providing a safe, supportive and orderly school environment where students may receive and district personnel may deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference and creating an atmosphere that demonstrates, undertakes and promotes respect of the diverse cultures and linguistic groups that forms our schools and community.
Responsible behavior by students, teachers, district personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity. This code provides a legal and procedural framework for supporting a civil safe and positive school climate and guides decisions regarding inappropriate behavior or misconduct.
The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with mutual respect and dignity, and with proper regard to the rights and welfare of others students, district personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of school behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. The board recognizes the need to make its expectations of student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school function specific and clear. Off Campus conduct may be subject to school discipline should the District determine in its discretion that such conduct has a nexus to school activities.
There are four levels of Student Conduct governed by this Code of Conduct: The violations and consequences detailed below for each level provide a framework for the principal or his/her designee’s response to the violations of the Code of Conduct. Because no framework can account for all of the potential details or circumstances related to an instance of misconduct, the framework is meant to serve as a guide, and the principal or his/her designee shall use appropriate discretion to determine the appropriate consequences for a violation.