• Rights and Responsibilities 

    Students have rights that entitle you to a free public education -- and students and parents have responsibilities as a partner! Below is a list of some of your rights as a BPS student. If you have ideas about how to make your school a better place to learn, Speak up! Talk to other students, talk to your teachers and principal. Go to your school site council meeting and let your voice be heard.

    PUNCTUALITY
    You have the right to enter the school building even if you arrive late.

    MILITARY RECRUITMENT
    When you complete the Parent & Student Agreement/Release of Information to Military and Higher Education Recruiters section of the Guide to Boston Public Schools for Families and Students and return it to the school, military recruiters cannot access your personal information.
     
    ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
    If, for disciplinary reasons, you are excluded for more than 10 consecutive school days, you have the right to alternative educational services.
     
    HOMEWORK
    Homework should be relevant to the day's lesson and provide preparation for the next day, and should be reviewed in class every day.
     
    SCHOOL RULES
    You have the right to participate in decision-making at your school—contact your headmaster about your School Site Council, which must contain two students elected by their peers. School Site Councils make decisions on staffing, budgeting and school rules.
     
    METAL DETECTOR
    You have the right to be treated with respect while walking through metal detectors at school.
     
    CELL PHONE
    Cell phones must remain off and hidden during school. You may use cell phones before or after school hours, outside or inside.
     
    TEACHER EVALUATIONS
    BPS collects student feedback to be used as evidence in educator evaluations.
     
    ALTERNATIVE DISCIPLINE
    Suspension and expulsion should be your administrator’s last resort. You have the right to disciplinary interventions before exclusion from school.
     
    STUDENTS TO TEACHERS
    All high school students have the right to fill out a Student-to-Teacher Constructive Feedback Form for every teacher as a way to give feedback on classroom management and instruction.
     
    STUDENT GOVERNMENT
    Students have the right to elect a government of their peers by secret ballot, and you have the right to seek and hold office at your school. Each year, elections must be held by October 15th.
     
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    90 hours of PE must be given at each school for each grade.
     
    If you are familiar with your school-based rules and believe any of these rights have been violated, please report the incident by filing a grievance online. All reports will go to the BSAC and the Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Public Schools. Students are also encouraged to report violations to trusted teachers or school leadership.

Contact Us

  • Office of Engagement
    Monica Roberts
    Assistant Superintendent
    617-635-9660
     
    Office of Equity
    617-635-9650
     
     
    BPS Safe Space and Bullying Prevention Hotline
    617-592-2378 (call or text)
     
    Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC)
    617-635-8079 x104