Philosophy – We believe:
- Emphasis on recognition for positive behaviors promotes self worth.
- Students require orientation, instruction, and re-teaching regarding positive behavior expectations.
- A team and school-wide approach helps students by providing consistent and common expectations in all that we do.
- Celebrations for positive behaviors through our GROWL (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) support a school-wide focus.
Discipline Measures – These will be assigned as appropriate and may include:
- Time Out (period of time appropriate to the violation)
- Conference with principal or assistant principal
- Denial of privilege (recess, assembly, field trip, party, etc.)
- Parent conference
- Restitution (payment or replacement of damaged or stolen property)
- Confiscation of prohibited items or items deemed disruptive or dangerous
- Behavior contract (for repeated or chronic disruptive behavior)
Suspension and Expulsion – In accordance with state law and district policy, suspension or expulsion may be required. The following may be grounds for suspension:
- Continued willful disobedience or persistent defiance of proper authorities, policies, rules and regulations of the school.
- Willful destruction or defacing of school property.
- Behavior which is incompatible with the rights, welfare and safety of others.
- Continued behavior that is disruptive to the learning environment.
PBIS – Chinook Trail Elementary has successfully implemented an effective school-wide system of discipline through positive behavioral interventions with PBIS – Positive Behavior Interventions and Support. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. PBIS includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and practicing appropriate behaviors. Implementation of PBIS creates a school-wide behavior management system in which:
- The display of positive behaviors is encouraged and rewarded.
- Aggressive and/or unsafe behaviors are discouraged.
- Respect, responsibility, cooperation, and other highly valued character traits are taught and encouraged.
- Individual differences are valued rather than criticized.
- The education of students can be supported more effectively and efficiently.
- The teaching of fundamental skills can be maximized.
We have chosen the acronym GROWL to represent these positively stated expectations for all students and staff:
Students will be recognized for positive behavior by staff and administration through earning punches on award cards. Upon completion of a card, the student will be presented a token award and a certificate of positive behavior by the administration and the classroom teacher.