The Code of Conduct lays out expectations for the positive management of student behavior and the responses when a student acts inappropriately or causes harm.
When the atmosphere and "feel" of a school are positive, that school becomes a place that students, staff, families, and community members want to be — and where teaching and learning can thrive. All members of a school community have a role to play in creating that kind of atmosphere in a school, and all should have shared expectations about positive behavior.
The Baltimore City Public Schools Code of Conduct was written in accordance with the policies of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, CEO administrative regulations, and Maryland law and regulations, with input from members of the City Schools community.
It includes definitions of disciplinary responses, student and parent rights with respect to suspensions, and descriptions of levels of intervention and response to inappropriate or disruptive behavior. Disciplinary responses focus on promoting positive relationships, restorative practices, intervention strategies, and the use of suspensions only as a disciplinary measure of last resort.
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Whenever possible, disciplinary response should not remove a student from the classroom. When behavior does warrant suspension or expulsion, here are student and family rights. For questions or concerns, contact suspension services in the Whole Child Services and Supports department.
At most schools, students wear a uniform — usually a polo, Oxford-style, or t-shirt and skirt, pants, or knee-length shorts. Check with your school for detailed information.
Please note that students cannot be excluded from school or from school activities (for example, field trips) for not wearing their uniform. If you have a concern about the way school uniform requirements are enforced at your school, please speak with your school's principal.
If financial need makes purchasing the required uniform difficult for your family, please ask at your school. There may be uniform vouchers available, or the school may have information about uniform exchanges or low-cost purchasing options.
At the few City Schools that do not require a uniform, students must conform to this dress code.