Fairfax County School Board Adopts Updates to Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Document for School Year 2023-24
On Monday, June 26, the Fairfax County School Board approved changes to the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document. Updates include a revision of dress code expectations, bystander expectations for students witnessing harmful or unsafe behaviors, bullying, and substance abuse responses.
FCPS’ SR&R document, Regulation 2601, explains expectations for student behavior, parent/guardian engagement, and adult responses. With a focus on promoting positive, prosocial behavior, the SR&R enhances school safety and creates an equitable, supportive school environment.
Each year, the SR&R undergoes a review process, including multiple opportunities for community engagement, and the Fairfax County School Board votes on proposed changes. Last night, the School Board approved changes to the SR&R for the 2023-24 school year. Key changes include:
- Revised dress code with language modified to be more specific, objective, and less gendered.
- Added “sexual orientation” in the definition of discriminatory harassment.
- Added bystander expectations for students witnessing harmful or unsafe behaviors.
- The parent/guardian of any student who is involved in an alleged bullying incident must be notified of the alleged incident within 24 hours of learning of such allegation.
- Updated substance misuse response levels.
FCPS believes that all students are capable of achieving their personal best in the context of positive and inclusive school environments that promote safety, belonging, and supportive relationships between and among staff and students.