Why Do Schools Need Policies?

Updated July 19, 2017

Schools nationwide are in a constant battle to raise student achievement and to protect the youth of the United States. With school policies and guidelines teachers, students, and administrators can work together in a safe environment that promotes learning.

Types of Policies

Schools have hundreds of policies ranging from lunch line procedures to drug and weapon discipline guidelines. Often more serious policies are laid out by the national Department of Education or an individual state's Board of Education.

Discipline Policy Handbooks

Schools are required to pass out and discuss with students each of their specific state's discipline policies on a yearly basis. In the Hawaii "Chapter 19" handbook, offences are listed in different classes ranging from A through D.


Schools need to have these policies in place for a positive learning environment to be created. When students and teachers do not feel safe, learning cannot occur.

Enforcement of Policies

Administrators often act as judge and jury on school campuses. When students are found to be in conflict with a specific school policy, the Principal or a Vice Principal will be called in to discipline the student.

Discipline Types

School administrators can choose to suspend the student or assign a number of on-campus punishments ranging from in-house detention to cafeteria clean-up duty.

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About the Author

Eric Powell is a counselor on Hawaii. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2004 and Georgia Southern University in 2006. During his time at OSU, Powell worked as a sportswriter and covered many OSU sports. At Georgia Southern, Powell wrote for "The George-Anne" as sportswriter and columnist.