Office of Code of Conduct, Student Assistance and Support

All Detroit Public Schools seek to ensure a safe and orderly environment for every student. To make our schools the Centers of Excellence that we all expect them to be, we must ensure that students follow the Code of Conduct and display positive behavior in and out of the classroom.

It is important that all parents review the Student Code of Conduct booklet and discuss its contents with their children. Doing so also will help us achieve our goals to improve student achievement, create clean and safe school environments, enhance parental and community involvement.

What we expect of Students

Personal behavior

Students have the responsibility to reasonably avoid any behavior that is detrimental to achieving their own or other students’ educational goals. Students must cooperate in taking reasonable care of books, other instructional materials, technology, and encourage a climate where learning is cherished. Most particularly, students must refrain from engaging in behavior that violates the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.

Respect for staff

Students have the responsibility of showing respect for the knowledge and the authority of school staff. Students must obey reasonable directions; use only acceptable and courteous language; avoid actions that show contempt and appeal decisions through the channels as described in this code. Assaults on school staff will not be tolerated.

Respect for fellow students

Students have the responsibility of showing respect for the rights and human dignity of fellow students. For example, students must refrain from name-calling, fighting, harassment, belittling or engaging in deliberate attempts to embarrass or harm another student.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct provides rules and regulations to govern student behavior during school, en route to and from school and at school related events. The Code also outlines the attendance policy, appropriate student attire and behavior requirements. It also outlines actions which interfere with school  programs and/ or are prohibited by State law.

Attendance – On Time, Every Day, All Day

All students are expected to be in school every day and on time for each class. An unexcused absence is an absence from class for longer than fifteen (15) minutes not approved by the principal (or designee) or justified by a written statement by a parent/guardian, health care provider or a government agency. All students are expected be in a designated area within the school building or in their scheduled classroom before the tardy bell rings. All students have the right to be provided with equitable instructional time. Schools have the right to prevent students with excessive tardiness from interrupting the educational process of other students.

Appropriate Student Dress in Grades K-12

All students, including students exempt from the student dress code, are expected to exemplify proper grooming standards in a manner that projects an appropriate image for the student, school, and district.

Shirts shall be worn inside slacks with belts—at all times and by all students—unless the shirt is designed to be worn outside of the slacks or the pants are designed to be worn without a belt.

The District shall not require specific brands of clothing. All clothing items must be of an approved color from the common color selections presented in this dress code policy.

Slacks and Pants

  • Color: All slacks and pants must be a solid color: Khaki, navy blue, or black.
  • Style: Slacks and pants can be pleated or flat front, full length and appropriately fastened at the waist.
  • Material: Cotton, canvas, corduroy, linen, polyester, wool or fabric blends.

Tops

  • Shirts and blouses must have buttoned down or straight collars. Turtlenecks and polo styles are permitted. All tops must be worn tucked inside pants, slacks, or skirts.
  • Color: All students shall wear white, blue, black, yellow or pink.
  • Style: Long and short sleeves with a collar required. Turtlenecks and polo styles permitted.
  • Logos: Manufacturer trademarks, if any, must be one inch or less. DPS school logos are permitted and are not limited in size.

Skirts and Jumpers/Skorts

  • Color: Khaki, navy blue and black, in a solid, single color.
  • Style: Skirts must be at least knee length.

Jackets, Cardigans, and Sweaters

  • Color: Should match an accepted uniform color.
  • Style: All must be worn over a collared shirt, turtleneck or polo style top.
  • Jackets for middle school and high school students cannot have hoods.

Footwear

  • Style: Athletic shoes, laced shoes and/or other shoe boots, loafers, dress shoes, or other closed toed/closed heel shoes.
  • Mules are inappropriate.

Help offered by the Office of Student Assistance and Intervention

  • Provides information to parents regarding the interpretation of the Student Code to ensure fair and equal treatment for all students
  • Arranges Expulsion, Readmission and Reinstatement hearings for expelled students
  • Arranges and conducts parent appeal hearings when requested for students suspended for a short suspension, long term suspension grades (9-12) or an administrative transfer
  • Disseminates and validates State of Michigan Work Permits for students 17 years or younger as required by law