Student Rights and Responsibilities
This statement is intended to promote a better understanding of the individual rights and unique responsibilities of students attending Woodridge School District 68. It has been prepared to assist in developing a respect for the reasonable exercise of rights and an understanding of appropriate responsibilities.
The rights and responsibilities outlined here are stated in general terms. A more detailed explanation of these rights and responsibilities is contained in the Board of Education Policy Manual. Copies of these manuals are available for public review on the district website, in each principal’s office, at the District Administrative Office, and at the Woodridge Public Library.
Students have the right:
- To be protected by the Federal and State Constitutions and laws for persons of their age and maturity in a school setting.
- To ask questions and receive answers.
- To due process of the law. (For example: Students accused of breaking a rule must be given the opportunity to explain their side of the issue.)
- To freedom from discrimination based on sex, nationality, race, religion, economic or social conditions, physical or mental disability, actual or potential marital or parental status.
- To equal educational opportunities which meet their individual needs.
- To privacy regarding all personal and academic records pertaining to the student. These records may be inspected only by school officials, parents, and students, or as required by law.
- To have school rules and policies explained.
Students have the responsibility:
- For good behavior and self-control in the school building, on the playground and on buses.
- To express their own ideas and opinions without interfering with the rights of others or being disruptive.
- To obey all school rules and school board regulations.
- Of not discriminating against teachers, administrators, other school personnel, or other students regardless of their sex, nationality or racial, religious, or social background.
- To treat others with fairness, dignity, and respect.
- To dress and groom themselves in a manner that does not present health and safety hazards or disrupt the educational process.
- To study, learn, and comply with class requirements to the best of their ability.
- To be punctual and present in the regular or assigned school program to the best of their ability.
- To respect the exercise of authority by school administrators, teachers, and supervisors in maintaining discipline and order in the school and at school-sponsored activities.
- To respect all school property as well as the property of other students such as lockers, desks, calculators, books, personal items, etc.