believe that it takes the cooperative effort of home, school, and the community
to help children develop into respectful, responsible citizens. All children
have the right to study, learn, and grow in a safe environment where they are
listened to, cared about, and respected. Young people develop judgment skills
when they have opportunities and encouragement to make good choices and
decisions in an environment that emphasizes learning from mistakes. In a
Positive Discipline school, students explore what caused the behavior to
happen, how behavior affects others, and what can be done to prevent and solve
problems. The two guidelines our students are encouraged to practice are:
Show respect for myself, others,
Keep my body and objects to
Make safe choices with words and
Listen to staff and follow
Students will be expected to follow
these guidelines and expectations at the bus stop, on the bus, at school,
during field trips, and on any school-sponsored activities (for example, a
school camp-in or Outdoor School).
For School Success
support activities are designed to help children make improved independent
choices. Support activities include:
children doing the right thing and giving them credit (Whale Tickets).
Celebrating good citizenship
(Citizens of the Month awarded at Spirit
Teaching problem solving
A student remains
in the suspension area for a minimum of one half day, to complete schoolwork.
There will be no recesses. Lunch will be eaten in the suspension area. Parents
will be notified and a conference may be scheduled.
A student is
formally suspended for one or more days. Parents are notified and a parent
conference will be required before the student may return to school.
from school on either an in-school or out-of-school suspension may not attend
evening school functions or school-sponsored activities.
behaviors cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment and will
result in an immediate suspension.The
Principal or designee will determine the number of days of suspension.
•Blatant disrespect to adults or peers
•Profanity / obscenity
•Possession of alcohol, drugs, or weapons
•Intentional damage to property
for suspension and punishment of a student who defaces or otherwise injures
“property belonging to a school contractor, employee, or another student” not
just those damaging school property. A student suspended under this section may
not be readmitted until the damage has been paid for in full or the
superintendent directs his or her admittance. If the student was suspended for
damaging a school bus, the same suspension provisions apply plus the student
may not ride any school bus.
is defined as any kicking, hitting (with hands, body, or objects), pinching,
biting, hair pulling, or shoving (into people or objects) that causes physical
injury (e.g., scratches, scrapes, welts, bruising, bleeding) to another
student. Fighting is not defined as name calling or pushing, but those
behaviors are often precursors to a fight. There will be no distinction
regarding intent to harm once a student has engaged in a fight.
Intimidation, or Bullying
These behaviors can
take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments,
drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other
written verbal, or physical actions.The
act of bullying is repeated negative and intentional actions designed to target
and hurt a specific victim.They are
defined as an intentional written, verbal, or physical act which:
or emotionally harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or
threatening educational environment: or
the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school
Student conduct on School Buses
Student conduct shall be maintained on
district school buses in order to provide for safe and efficient transport of
students. Bus drivers shall have the responsibility and authority to maintain
discipline on the school buses and to recommend to the appropriate building
Principal when necessary, that disciplinary action be taken. Student
misconduct on a school bus may, depending upon seriousness and / or frequency,
be sufficient cause to discontinue provision of transportation to a student.
of a student who damages a school bus will be responsible for restitution to
the school district.
and regulations for students riding buses
These rules and
regulations have been established for the safety of students riding school
are to be at their designated bus stop five minutes before
the bus stop, while waiting for the bus, students are to stay off the traveled
portion of the roadway and respect private property and each other.
are to cross the street in front of the bus and not behind it.
will follow the school rules in avoiding physical conflict and respecting
on the bus
entering the bus, students are to go directly to their seat, sit down facing
forward, with their feet out of the aisle, and remain seated during the entire
bus ride.Students will follow the
directions of the bus driver on where to sit quickly and without arguing.Refusing to let someone sit next to you is
will keep their hands and feet to themselves and off other riders.
are under the supervision of the bus driver and must obey the driver at all
are to conduct themselves in a manner that will not distract the driver and not
disturb other riders on the bus.They
will talk in a normal voice and never yell, scream or use inappropriate
are to ride only their regularly assigned bus and leave the bus at their
regular stop.To ride another bus or get
off at a different stop requires the written permission of a parent or
should open bus windows only if the driver gives permission. Hands, head, legs,
etc. are to be kept inside the bus at all times. No objects are to be thrown or
passed through open windows or doors.
not allowed on the bus included all forms of animal like (except seeing eye
dogs), firearms, weapons, knives, breakable containers, flammables, and all
other articles, which could adversely affect the safety of the bus and
Standards for student conduct on buses
shall be the same as standards for student conduct in all other school