Adherence to School Rules and Policies

School policies vary from school to school. Upon arriving at the school, WGU students should immediately become familiar with the school’s physical facilities as well as school policies such as zero tolerance, incident reporting, universal health precautions, and safety regulations and drills. The host teacher (HT) or building administrator should help with this orientation to the school. WGU expects students to comply with all policies (attendance and otherwise) as required by the cooperating school and school district. Students must keep in mind the following key rules and expectations, as well as others brought to their attention by school personnel:


  • Review school policies, procedures, and regulations with the host teacher, including emergency procedures. Read the school policy manual and comply with all school district and building regulations.
  • Be on time when reporting to school and be regular in attendance. Students are expected to attend school each day unless illness or emergency occurs, arriving at school promptly and remaining throughout the school day. Schedule doctor appointments and other business outside of school hours.
  • Notify the building principal and the host teacher, as well as the clinical supervisor, as far in advance as possible, of unavoidable tardiness or absence.
  • Do not leave the school campus during the school day to run errands or eat lunch.
  • Maintain frequent contact with the school’s principal, staff, and other faculty.
  • Secure a copy of the school’s policy on computer, cell phone, and Internet use, and abide by it.
  • Do not use school computers to check email or participate on social networking sites.
  • Turn off cell phones while school is in session. Do not make or accept personal calls during the school day. Use a wrist watch or classroom clock instead of a cell phone to check the time
  • Attend school events as requested by the host teacher or principal.
  • Volunteer and assist with routine procedures and non-teaching duties as assigned by the host teacher.
  • Be sensitive to the values and expectations of the school community.
  • Interact professionally with colleagues, students, office and all non-teaching school staff, parents, and district personnel.
  • Be considerate and courteous to students, parents, building teachers, and other school personnel.
  • Respect the confidentiality of the classroom host teacher, students, and school personnel. WGU students must observe professional ethics and FERPA regulations when there is a need to discuss student problems with parents and other teachers.
  • Apply only those disciplinary methods, conflict resolution, and behavioral procedures that have been approved by the School District and that do not undermine the dignity or the basic human rights of individuals, such as corporal punishment.
    • Note: If you suspect any form of child abuse or neglect, immediately follow the established school or district policies for alerting school staff or the building principal.  Contact  if you have any questions.
  • Observe the standards of dress appropriate to the teaching profession and in accordance with the school and district policy. For example, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, and flip-flops are not acceptable classroom attire. Students should check with their program mentor, cohort facilitator or host teacher if they have any questions regarding appropriate and professional dress and grooming.
  • Students should provide the host teacher and school with a current phone number, mailing address, and email address, and continue to check their email daily.
  • Follow the established school policies regarding cell phone usage. Do not make personal calls unless there is an emergency.