WCS Bill of Rights

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Williamson County Schools Bill of Rights

Parents/Guardians, Educators,
and Students Bill of Rights

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Bill of Rights
for Parents/Guardians, Educators, and Students

Williamson County Schools recognizes and embraces families as essential partners in student success; educators as leaders with a vital role in the accomplishment of the district vision; and students as active and engaged learners.

As such, this document has been designed in collaboration with parent leaders to articulate the fundamental commitments we have made to each other to serve the students of this district. The district commits to a partnership with parents and guardians, educators, and students that reflects mutual esteem and support for all, constructive conversation and collaboration, and equal opportunities and high expectations for students in all endeavors.

The Parent/Guardian Partnership

As integral district partners in your child’s education, parents and guardians have the right to:

  • A quality education that meets your child’s learning and achievement needs, preparing your child for college and career opportunities (Reference Board Policies 1.000, 4.000).
  • A safe learning environment which prohibits bullying and harassment (Reference Board Policies 1.808, 5.500, 6.3032, 6.304).
  • A welcoming environment that values your engagement (Reference Board Policy 4.502).
  • Be treated with courtesy and respect by all WCS representatives.
  • Access information about all services available for your child (e.g., gifted, disabled, counseling).
  • Have awareness of school expectations and educational programs with access to WCS policies and procedures.
  • Receive timely information about your child’s progress and performance (e.g., grades, attendance, discipline, and communication).
  • Translation and interpreter services in order to communicate effectively with school staff.
  • Expect homework that is rigorous, relevant, reasonable in duration, and related to identified learning goals. Homework will not be assigned over holiday breaks or with a due date that immediately follows these periods (Reference Board Policy 4.607).
  • Advocate for your child without reprisal.

Responsibilities of Parents and Guardians

In partnership with Williamson County Schools, parents and guardians are charged with certain responsibilities essential to promoting the highest standard of excellence for every student. To best support your child’s learning and achievement, you should:

  • Stay informed.
  • Ensure your child attends school every day, on time, and ready to learn.
  • Monitor and guide your child’s academic progress to ensure success.
  • Utilize tutoring and other learning supports provided by the school for your child when needed.
  • Communicate with teachers and other school staff about your child’s education.
  • Advocate for your child’s education.
  • Support your child’s district, school, and school organizations.
  • BE NICE.

Resolving Issues and Concerns within Williamson County Schools (Reference Board Policy 1.404)

If an issue, concern, complaint, or conflict arises within our district, it can be most effectively addressed and resolved through the following process. Please remember that anonymous complaints are difficult to resolve (Reference Board Policy 5.501).

  • First, communicate directly with the teacher or WCS employee with whom the issue has arisen, working together in good faith to resolve the concern.
  • If the matter is still not satisfactorily resolved after concentrated effort, communicate with the school level administrator or supervisor.
  • If a resolution is still unattained after communication with the school level administrator or supervisor, please reach out to the appropriate grade level Assistant Superintendent of Schools or the Deputy Superintendent, if applicable.
  • If communication to this point has still not resulted in an acceptable resolution, please contact the Superintendent of Schools regarding the issue.
  • Individual Board members do not have the authority to resolve complaints. The Board can only hear complaints and concerns over which it has authority (Reference Board Policy 1.404). Appropriate complaints may be appealed to the entire Board by submitting a written request to the Superintendent of Schools.

All WCS Board policies can be found in by visiting our Board Policies page.

WCS Bill of Rights for Parents/Guardians, Educators, and Students
Student Bill of Rights

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Bill of Rights
for Students

Williamson County Schools recognizes that our students are our most important stakeholders. As such, our educators also play a vital role in providing a safe, engaging, and academically rich environment for students to achieve success.

For this reason, this document has been designed, in collaboration with student leaders, to articulate the fundamental commitments made to serve the students of this district. It is the District’s intention to provide students with resources and support to prepare them for college and career opportunities.

The Student/Teacher Partnership

It is impossible to list all of the rights of students. Therefore, the following list of rights shall not be construed to deny or limit others retained by the students on their own campus in their capacity as members of the student body or as citizens. Students have the right to:

  • Be treated with courtesy and respect by all WCS representatives.
  • A quality education that meets students’ academic needs; with preparation for college and career opportunities.
  • A course outline defining methods for grading and identifying major projects and exams (Middle & High Only) (Reference Board Policy 4.200).
  • A safe learning environment that prohibits bullying and harassment (Reference Board Policies 1.808, 5.500, 6.3032, 6.304).
  • Receive timely information regarding grades, progress and performance (e.g., attendance, discipline, and communication).
  • Work collaboratively with the teacher to identify opportunities to improve.
  • Participate in discussions that affect their education without reprisal.
  • Expect no homework to be assigned over holiday breaks or with a due date that immediately falls upon the return of students (Reference Board Policy 4.607).

Responsibilities of Students

In partnership with Williamson County Schools, students are charged with certain responsibilities essential in promoting the highest standard of excellence. It is impossible to list all student responsibilities, but it must be emphasized that lack of responsibility may result in negative consequences for the student. It is your responsibility to:

  • Attend school every day, on time, and ready to learn.
  • Show respect for others and the differences of others.
  • Come to class prepared.
  • Submit quality work to ensure overall success.
  • Utilize tutoring and other learning resources provided by the school when needed.
  • Follow all district and local school policies/rules.
  • Treat authority figures with the same respect you would expect in return.
  • Use B.Y.O.T. (Bring Your Own Technology) appropriately.
  • BE NICE.

WCS Student Bill of Rights (PDF)