It seems people know everything about their rights, but when time comes to protect themselves they do not know what to start with. Hence, this article will give you insights about student rights. Following are several commonly asked questions on student rights and our answers to them.
- Can a school have a dress code?
Different states have got different regulations concerning school dress codes. Some states do allow dress codes, unless those dress codes do not discriminate against anything or anyone.
- Can a school start the day with a prayer?
No, schools are not allowed to start a day or an activity with a prayer. Such acts are viewed as promotion of some religion. The thing is that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits government from promoting religion.
- Can a public school teach religion?
No, a public school is not allowed to teach religion. However, a public school can teach about the role the religion played in history.
- Can a student express his/her opinion freely?
Yes, a student has got the right of expressing his/her opinion freely either orally or in writing. However, the student should make sure he/she does not use vulgar language.
- Can a female student be excluded from school for being pregnant?
No, the schools are not allowed to exclude students for pregnancy. No discrimination against pregnant or married students is allowed in the United States. Sometimes, a school may offer the pregnant student some special classes; however, she can choose not to attend them, if she does not want to.
- Can a school have metal detectors?
Some states do allow metal detectors. However, it should be noted that metal detectors should not be used on a certain group of pupils and not on others, meaning, there should not be any discrimination when using those detectors.
- Can the teacher search a student’s handbag or locker?
Yes, the teacher and/or the principal have got the right to search the student’s handbag or the locker in the school.
- Can a student with no English proficiency attend a public school?
Yes, the main goal of a public school is providing education; hence, the school should provide the student with proper classes of the English language. At the same time, the learner must be provided with education in other fields as well.
These are some common questions about student rights that might be of interest to you. If you have got some more questions, you can ask them below, in the comments’ section and we will try to write a separate article answering those questions, too.