Principals | Rights & Responsibilities

Principals have the right to:
Work in an orderly and safe environment.
Be treated with courtesy and respect.
Receive cooperation from students and parents/guardians.
Receive direction, support and ongoing training from central office.
Set high expectations for implementing equitable discipline practices and quality academic standards.
Receive the cooperation and support of school staff in serving as the school’s educational leader.
Principals have the responsibility to:
Create a welcoming school environment for teachers, students, and families.
Provide leadership with a focus on cultural competence; address racism among students and staff to ensure a culture of acceptance among the diverse groups within the school.
Maintain high expectations for all students.
Encourage student leadership that promotes the school’s expectations and culture.
Implement strategies to ensure a sense of shared leadership and community among school staff.
Model positive behavior, including practicing fairness and equity.
Provide leadership to ensure the full implementation of the schoolwide PBIS plan and response continuum as discussed in the ‘Student Conduct’ section.
Consistently support improved teaching practices and ensure staff have valuable, ongoing professional development opportunities.
Ensure that school staff, students, and families know how to bring forward concerns and suggestions; and ensure that a process exists for responding to them.
Ensure that students are referred to the appropriate committees, departments, offices, divisions, agencies, and organizations when outside support is necessary.
Provide positive feedback to students and staff and consult with families of students who are conducting themselves in a manner contrary to the policy and school expectations.