CCSA Answers: Authority for Enforcing a Discipline Policy

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August 23, 2011

Question: At our school, students who are excessively tardy or break the rules are assigned "Campus Beautification" or "CB." The student helps clean up the cafeteria or may be assigned to help serve, so "CB" duty has been an effective discipline tool for us. This policy is stated in our Student Handbook, which is signed by each parent and student upon enrollment. Most parents are supportive. However, a few parents have complained that "CB" duty humiliates their child. How much authority do we have to enforce our discipline policy?

Answer: Many charter schools have similar policies and yours are clearly stated in your Student Handbook, so you should not have difficulty with enforcement. In practice, this type of discipline happens frequently. A charter school is a school of choice offering policy and program differences to students and families. Where parents disagree with a charter school's lawful, board-adopted policy, parents may choose a different school option.

We've answered this member-submitted question, and provided several example Student Handbooks from member schools, in the"Student and Family Handbooks" section of the website.