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.