For students, teachers, and stakeholders, the importance of school rules and regulations may not be on their minds. After all, these are expected policies that are set forth in an institution. But why do we need to discuss the topic? Why is there a need to have a productive conversation about school policies?
An organization or institution is formed because a goal needs to be reached. For businesses, it could be to make a profit and to earn an income. For non-profit organizations, their goal is to help the underprivileged. For schools, it is to provide education to the youth. In order for these goals to be reached, there must be a set of rules, regulations, and policies to be followed.
These policies allow an organization to follow a path that will lead them to their goal. And thus, in areas where children and teens are involved, strict implementation of rules and regulations must be executed to achieve certain goals.
Let’s discuss the importance of school rules and regulations to achieve the desired goals.
1) To Establish Standards in the School
Schools have certain goals when it comes to what they want to achieve with their students. Is it to inculcate Christian values? Or maybe you have a mission of making every student attend college once they graduate from high school? Or maybe you want to produce professional athletes with stellar academic standings?
Whatever your goals are for running a school, your school rules and regulations will provide you with the daily guidelines by which your teachers, students, and everyone involved must operate and behave.
If you are offering higher learning, then your policies will guide you to create a curriculum that will help you achieve this goal.
2) To Provide Safety and Security for Teachers and Students
A survey was done on American teenagers between March to April of 2018, and the poll revealed that over 50% of students were worried about the possibility of gun violence in school.
With the onset of several school shootings across American schools over the years, school rules and regulations in terms of safety and security have become more and more significant today. Implementation of security checks on both the teachers and students is highly important in the modern school setting, as well as restrictions on unnecessary before and after school loitering, which could deter the rise of school violence.
Policies could also prevent the rise of bullying in schools. The National Center for Education Statistics reveals that over 20% of students between grades 6 to 12 have been bullied in school, or while they were on their way to and from school.
It is also revealed that most students who have been bullied do not report the abuse they suffered from fellow students. School policies could be made to ensure the safety of students by implementing anti-bullying regulations.
3) To Provide Accountability on Both the Students and Teachers
Breaching school rules and regulations must be met with proper disciplinary measures. When the breach impacts the school’s safety or any behavior that goes against school rules occur, students or teachers must face the consequences. Rules and regulations, as mentioned, are put in place to provide order and standards in the school, and any breach can create an imbalance.
Discipline teaches accountability and responsibility in students, as well as on teachers who may not be behaving in ways that adhere to the school’s policies.
For students, it teaches them to realize their mistakes and to own up to them; while accountability teaches educators to improve their profession or manner of implementing their teaching styles.
While guidelines have been in place by State and Federal-based legislation, as well as additional guidelines from the National Safe Schools Framework, studies still show that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure proper safety and security in schools, adhering to higher learning standards, as well as the disciplinary measures set forth by individual schools.
This is why the importance of school rules and regulations must always be discussed and given attention, which places the students’ best interest in mind. And that is to provide an orderly, productive, and safe environment for them to learn and develop into responsible and law-abiding adults.