In every program I've taught in we require an acknowledgement form to be signed by student and parent.
While we always get the forms turned in, I doubt that most if any student or parent has actually read the handbook. That is until the handbook rules effect a student to their displeasure.
On my campus, when a student in band has major attendance or behavioral issues (this usually happens well past the deadline where we could change their schedule), we develop a "last chance contract".
This is usually preceded by a parent meeting where we address issues etc. then the student and parent signs.
When the student breaks the terms/expectations on this contract, they're removed from band.
My question is: Do most band programs still require an acknowledgement page to be signed by parent and student for the handbook? I don't see the point for us if we end up doing a "last chance contract" for problematic kids.