Examples of School Behavior Policies

Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Every school outlines behavior policies in a student code of conduct or through some other form of communication. This lesson provides examples of commonly seen school behavior policies.

School Behavior Policies

You already have high academic expectations for your students. Naturally, behavioral expectations follow and are important if you are to help students meet academic expectations. Schools all over the nation have school-wide behavior policies communicated to students and parents at the beginning of the school year. Teachers and administrators also find the need to pull these policies out when a student doesn't about make positive behavior choices. These policies are usually found in the student code of conduct or parent handbook distributed by the school. Let's take a look at common school behavior policies as they would be formatted in these documents.

Bullying Prevention

Pine Cone School is a bully-free campus and does not tolerate bullying in any form. Bullying is defined as repeated behaviors where the balance of power is uneven. This can include the use of physical strength, making threats, or distributing embarrassing information. Cyber bullying of students or any employee via any social media platform will also not be tolerated. Students should report any bullying behavior to a teacher, principal, or another staff member immediately.

Positive Behavior Support Initiatives

Pine Cone School participates in a positive behavior support initiative. Our school-wide expectations are respect, responsibility, and safety at all times and in all areas of the school. Students are required to show respect to all people on campus including students and employees. Students should be responsible for picking up after themselves, taking care of property no matter who it belongs to, and turning in all assignments. Students should make decisions that will keep themselves and others safe at all times.

Inappropriate/Disruptive Behavior

Inappropriate and disruptive behavior disrupts the learning process. This is why Pine Cone School does not allow such behavior. Swearing, using racial slurs, or using vulgar and obscene gestures are examples of foul language. Disruptive behavior, such as rough play, making loud unnecessary noises, throwing items, or other behavior that interferes with the learning process is also prohibited.

Public Displays of Affection

Pine Cone School is a place for learning experiences. It is not an appropriate place for kissing and other displays of affection. First offenses will receive warnings and if the problem persists, students will be further disciplined.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for favors of a sexual nature, or any other physical or verbal sexual communication that is not welcome, hostile, and intimidating. Sexual harassment is taken seriously and will be interpreted in the context of federal and state law at Pine Cone School. Procedures for investigation will be left to the proper authorities.

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