Students' Rights and Responsibilities

The board of school directors has adopted, as school district policy, regulations on students rights and responsibilities similar to those passed by the State Board of Education in September 1974. This adoption is intended to insure compliance with Chapter 12: Students, Section 12.11 through 12.14, Section 12.15, Recommended Guidelines, and will continue to be the responsibility of the school district administration for implementation.

Responsibility for the operation of Waynesboro schools has been given to the elected board of school directors and the appointed administrators by the people of the Waynesboro area. Students are expected to acknowledge this fact and to respect and obey all duly recognized authority.

  • All persons residing in the Commonwealth between the ages of five and twenty-one years are entitled to a free and full education in the Commonwealth's public schools. Parents or guardians of all children between the ages of eight and seventeen are required by law to ensure their children attend an approved educational institution, unless legally excused.
  • Students may not be asked to leave school when they reach seventeen years of age if they continue to fulfill their responsibilities as students. A student may not be excluded from the public schools nor from extracurricular activities because of being married or pregnant, unless such pregnancy presents a clear and present danger to the student's health.
  • Student responsibilities include regular school attendance, conscientious effort in classroom work, and conformance to school rules and regulations. Most of all, students share with the administration and faculty a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to wholesome learning and living.
  • No student has the right to interfere with the education of his fellow students. It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of teachers, students, administrators, and all others who are involved in the educational process.
  • Students should express their ideas and opinions in a respectful manner so as not to offend or slander others.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of all rules and regulations for student behavior; be willing to volunteer information in matters relating to the health, safety, and welfare of the school community and the protection of school property; dress and groom themselves so as to meet fair standards of safety and health and so as not to cause substantial disruption to the educational process; assume that until a rule is waived, altered, or repealed it is in full effect; exercise the proper care when using public facilities and equipment; and be on time for all classes and other school functions.
  • The school board has the authority to make reasonable and necessary rules governing the conduct of students in school.
  • No student shall be denied access to a free and full public education on account of race, religion, sex, or national origin.
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