Behavior Policy

  • Recognition of Appropriate Behavior

    The emphasis of Albert Schweitzer School is on positive recognition for safe and appropriate school behavior. Schweitzer will be using Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and parents will hear more about this program at Back to School Night.

    Teachers will teach the School Policies, Procedures and School Rules to students the first week of school and repeat them often. Teachers will take students on a walkabout to teach playground and equipment use during the first days of school. Class rules are posted in each classroom in clear view and students will be taught problem solving techniques to help define and identify which solution to try next time: empathy, impulse control and anger management.

    Depending on the severity of the behavior infraction, students who disobey school rules may be issued a citation. Consequences for inappropriate behavior range from a warning/parent conference to home suspension or home suspension and a recommendation for expulsion. Students who are issued a citation must return it signed by the parent the next school day. The signed citations are reviewed by the principal and kept on file. Students who do not return the signed citation will be required to call home and will receive the next level of discipline and a recess detention.

    For some students the consequence for the misbehavior is directly related. The student may be required to pick up litter for littering during lunch; students may be required to sweep up areas in which they have thrown sand or wood chips.

    Other consequences could include recess/lunch detention, on-site suspension, parents attending school, and for serious misbehavior; suspension or expulsion. A few examples of serious behavior are fighting/rough behavior, racial slurs, sexual harassment, profanity, disrespect of adults/peers, disrupting classes in session and abuse of school or private property.

    Field Trips

    Field trips are an extension of the classroom learning environment in a less structured setting. Therefore, it is important that students participating in field trips conduct themselves in an appropriate manner which will ensure their safety and the safety of others. Students’ behavior must be appropriate to the setting to allow all participants the opportunity to see, hear and learn. During a field trip, a student will be expected to follow school rules. If a student’s behavior endangers his/her safety or the safety of others or requires a significant amount of teacher/chaperone time which would endanger others or diminishes the amount of education other students will receive, the student will be removed from the site of the field trip. Either the parent will be called to come to the site and take the child home or the principal will come to the site and take the child back to the school.

    Citizenship exhibited at school is one indicator of a student’s ability to behave on a field trip. A student may be excluded from a field trip, but still must come to school, if prior behavior has been inappropriate and would cause a concern for the safety and welfare of others.

    Harassment Prevention

    Sexual harassment is a form of personal misconduct that undermines the integrity of social and academic relationships. No individual student, male or female, should be subjected to sexual overtures or conduct, verbal, visual or physical.
    • Verbal harassment, derogatory comments or slurs Examples: name calling, belittling, sexually explicit or degrading words to describe an individual, sexually explicit jokes, comments about a student’s anatomy and/or dress, sexually oriented noises or remarks, questions about a person’s sexual preferences, use of patronizing terms or remarks, verbal abuse, graphic verbal commentaries about the body.
    • Visual harassment-derogatory drawings, cartoons or posters Examples: displaying sexual pictures, writing or objects, obscene letters or invitations, staring at a student’s anatomy, leering, sexually oriented gestures, displaying private parts, unwanted love letters or notes.
    • Physical harassment including assault, impeding or blocking movement or any physical interference with normal work or movement, when directed at an individual. Examples: touching, pinching, patting, grabbing, kissing, brushing against or poking another student’s body.
    If a student feels harassed by another student, he/she should take the following steps:
    • Tell the person to stop the offensive behavior and notify a teacher or supervising adult. The adult will then notify the Principal.
    • If unable (or uncomfortable) to confront the person or if the behavior persists, tell the teacher or supervising adult who will investigate and issue a citation and call the parent of the offender if the behavior is confirmed.

Last Modified on June 2, 2014