Student Code of Conduct
Family Guide to Positive Discipline & Code of Conduct
The staff at Sartori is committed to working cooperatively with parents and students to promote a positive and safe environment with positive discipline and restorative practices. This document provides a guide to our work based on best research and practices.
The Sartori Code of Conduct is designed to …
- Support our school mission, vision and goals by helping students develop attitudes, habits, and skills that encourage their success and learning.
- Describe practices to understand and address the causes of adverse behaviors and support productive behaviors, reconciliation, and problem solving.
Collaborate and communicate with families. Partnerships between home and school are critical to developing student’s conflict resolution skills and positive personal choices.
For more information on Sound Discipline, go to http://www.sounddiscipline.org/
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Playground Expectations and Routines
Playground expectations and routines are designed to promote positive, constructive play in a safe environment.
Remain on walkways - Keep out of garden areas.
Include others in group games - no lockouts.
Follow generally accepted expectations for games and sports*. When unsure of the rules of a game consult a playground teacher or classroom teacher.
Nurse Passes. Get permission and a pass from a playground teacher.
Clean up after recess – Put away all equipment.
Play Safe – Follow the rules, and don’t put yourself in unsafe situations and be aware of those around you who are also playing.
* Expectations for recess games are posted on our school website.
Please leave all personal items at home. We provide many different playground toys and options for students.
Playground Sports Expectations
Players commit to safe contact. This requires controlled play with only moderate and safe contact to avoid accidents. Ex. No slide tackles.
Players commit to inclusion. This means playing with a focus on everyone having fun first and competing second.
Players commit to fair play. Fair play happens when students place fairness ahead of self-interest.
Players commit to emotional control. Students playing sports must not allow games to get carried away.
Players commit to productive and creative conflict resolution. Active participants must seek to calmly find a fair and positive resolution to disputes.
Players commit to kindness, camaraderie and sportsmanship. Every student should leave the game feeling respected. Students should be encouraging of each other, particularly when a student takes a risk to try something new or difficult
Behaviors Requiring Education and Intervention
We promote a consistent, positive school climate for all students. If a student is removed from class or community for behavior, the discipline will include opportunities for taking responsibility, problem solving, making repair, and skill building. At Sartori, discipline is rooted in teaching.
1. Friendship issues or disagreements
2. Conflict (typical for age, may be mutual, unplanned)
3. Persistent minor violations of the code of conduct
4. Harassment, intimidation, bullying
5. Other exceptional misconduct or severe conflict or aggression
Bullying or Conflict?
Bullying is not the generic term for conflict or aggression. Bullying is a legal term defined by the state. For additional information and policies, please see our website.
Sartori staff will work with students to assess the nature and scope of student behaviors and determine appropriate education and intervention steps. Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying information can be found on our website at HIB.
Positive Discipline and Restorative Practices
A system of proactively creating the social and emotional environment for success in school. Here some major components:
Positive Behavior Intervention Support. Examples include support for classrooms through our Behavior Interventionalist, access to our school counselor, use of friendship groups or other ways of helping students learn positive behaviors. This also includes building the schoolwide expectations and interventions described in this code of conduct.
Social Emotional Learning. Integration of Sound Discipline into our curriculum will set the foundation of teaching all students positive self-management and social skills. All classrooms will have class meetings 3 times per week. Students will gain social emotional skills from solving problems together in community.
Positive Relationships. Our staff team is committed to building positive relationships with students and building trust and rapport.
Proactive Classroom Management. Our staff team uses and trains on a blend of strategies to ensure the development of positive routines and practices in building classroom communities.
10 Underlying Beliefs of Positive Discipline
1. Whole child perspective: academic, cognitive, social, emotional and physical functioning are interconnected.
2. Social-emotional skills are an essential aspect of effective learning.
3. Positive relationships between students and teachers are a prerequisite for learning.
4. A positive school climate provides the context in which all people (students, families, staff) thrive.
5. All people, including students are motivated intrinsically and extrinsically.
6. Avoid labeling: the character of a person / child is not defined by his or her behavior.
7. Our school can make a difference for every child.
8. Students’ experiences affect their attitude toward for school.
9. Children possess varying levels of need.
10. Discipline will be solution focused. Students will be held accountable for their behavior, given opportunity to repair mistakes made or harm caused, and participate in skill building opportunities to help them do better in the future.
Reporting, Investigation and Problem Solving
All reports of misconduct or conflict are addressed according to the nature and severity of the issue. To understand how our school addresses issues, note the process below.
Parent Rights and Responsibilities
At Sartori, we believe in building a partnership between home and school to support students’ growth and learning. In the interest of building this partnership, we ask parents to:
- Report and Collaborate
§ When conflicts between students arise, children don’t always report events to teachers and staff. Therefore, we ask that if you become aware of a conflict at school that needs to be addressed, please let us know. By working collaboratively and in partnership, we can solve problems in a timely manner, not allow problems to build/grow, and help make every child’s experience at Sartori positive. We believe that communication is critical. If a student is removed from learning (classroom) or community (recess or lunchroom) we will communicate with you. Students will solve the problem at school. You can support your child by asking him or her how the problem was solved and what he or she is planning to do differently next time. Accountability at home does not need to be punitive.
§ Always assume positive intent and partnership. When conflict occurs, you are your child’s advocate, but work on the assumption that school staff are also deeply committed to and engaged in your child’s well-being.
- Privacy & Discipline Records
§ Privacy: At all stages of any disciplinary investigation the privacy of all students must be protected. That means that parents may only receive information regarding their child and assurances that the regulations and procedures in this document and all relevant laws or district policies are being appropriately applied to all involved students.
§ Records: Only violations resulting in suspension are added to the electronic student discipline record. All other records are kept in the confidential files. If you have concern about your child’s record, please contact the Assistant Principal or Principal.
- Know Your Rights & Responsibilities
§ In the Renton School District, we work hard to cultivate mutual respect and collaboration. School staff will follow procedures and policies, and it is critical that you are familiar with these policies.
§ Most misconduct is dealt with in Tiers I & II. Interventions at this level do not result in reports that are retained in student records. Parents can request a formal investigation or appeal an administrative action. The policies below describe the conditions and timeline for such requests and appeals. Renton School District Policy
We have school birthday pencils that are provided at the start of each year.
Classrooms will have special ways to spotlight a child on their birthday that is up to each individual teacher. We do not allow food or other items from home for birthdays.
Cell phones and other communication devices must be turned off and stored in student’s backpack during school hours.
If a student leaves non-essential items at home, we ask that they not be delivered to the school. Items that must be delivered to the student should be left with the office staff and will be delivered to students at an appropriate time that minimizes disruptions to the class.
Federal law and school district regulations allow schools to release directory-type information (student name, address, phone, dates of attendance, and previous schools) to such agencies as school news or PTA unless parents notify the school of wishes to the contrary. Information other than Directory Information is considered confidential.
Dress and appearance must be appropriate and not present health, safety problems, or cause disruption to the learning environment. Chests, backs, buttocks, and stomachs should be covered. Tops or dresses with spaghetti straps should be covered by a shirt. Footwear should be safe. For safety, no flip-flops or shoes with wheels. Tennis shoes are required during PE classes. Clothing containing tobacco, drug, alcohol or suggestive profanity is not allowed. Hats and hoods are permitted.
*Students are asked to dress appropriately for the weather. Most days, students will go outside for recess.
In the event of an emergency (such as snow, severe storms, earthquakes and power failures) Renton School District schools may close, delay opening and/or limit bus service. School closures will be communicated through School Messenger (phone notification system), over local television and radio stations and on the internet.
Gum is not allowed at school.
Families have an opportunity to purchase individual student and class photos. Student photos are scheduled in the fall and class photos are scheduled later in the spring.
Renton School District does not carry medical, dental, or life insurance for students. However, arrangements have been made to provide these services to parents. Information regarding the student insurance fees and a company provider are sent home each year in September and must be mailed back directly to the insurance company.
Lost and Found
Please label your child’s coats, caps and lunch boxes. Each year, abandoned, unlabeled items collect in our Lost and Found area. If unclaimed, items are donated to local clothing banks. Check our lost and found regularly, it is located outside the Commons in the hallway.
From time to time, Renton School District uses pictures of students in educational publications. Please indicate on the Annual Emergency Information form under the section titled “photo/media release information” if you do not want your child’s photo used or directory-type information released for school/district publications, TV, radio, and/or media or yearbook purposes.
Classroom may have up to one celebration per trimester. The celebration must be linked to academics. Food allergies will be consulted and closely monitored if food is involved. Parties will not have any holiday or religious affiliations in order to promote our inclusive community.
Sometimes concerns are expressed about our actions or decisions. When parent concerns are voiced to the principal/assistant principal (relating to classroom activities) the parent will be referred to the classroom teacher. Following the teacher and parent conversation, the teacher may ask for administrator’s involvement.
Parent Conferences and Report Cards
Each November, time is scheduled for parents or guardians to meet with teachers to discuss students’ progress. Student progress is reported 3 times a year at the end of each trimester. Progress reports are distributed again in March and June.
Students are asked to leave ALL personal toys or equipment at home. Examples of items are roller blades, skateboards, scooters, trading cards, radios, iPods, digital cameras, and electronic games. Our school and Renton School District are not responsible for theft, loss, or damage of student property. Students may not bring a playground ball from home. Playground equipment is provided for students to access. If items are brought to school, they will be collected by the teacher and returned at the end of the day.