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5531 - Student Assistance Programs

In keeping with its concern for the safety and well-being of both students and staff and for maintaining a school environment that is conducive to learning, the Board has adopted policies related to student conduct in the school setting and has authorized disciplinary measures for the violation of these policies.

The Board seeks to maintain a balance between maintaining a proper educational environment and a compassion for students who suffer from or are victims of intemperate, immoral, or illegal behavior. Educational programs have been established to promote healthful, productive living, and discipline shall be maintained to protect students and staff from actions that disrupt teaching and learning. However, the Board recognizes that students may experience difficulties that educational programs and sound discipline may not prevent and that other forms of assistance need to be available through the school.

The Superintendent is authorized to establish one or more assistance programs for students which provide for effective intervention in areas such as substance abuse, crisis situations, and other situations which have impact on students' emotional, mental, and/or social well-being and affect their ability to benefit from educational experiences. Administrative procedures are to be prepared which will providethat:

  A. The rights of both parents and students are protected


  B. Staff members are properly trained and skilled for their roles and participate in ways that comply with their certification or licensing and job description as well as with Board policies and administrative procedures


  C. Outside resource people and agencies are properly certified or licensed to provide services and have a history of effective assistance


F.S. 397.951, 1001.43

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