Rules and regulations are established for the safety and well being of all. Students will behave in a manner conducive to the best possible educational environment. They will avoid any behavior that is harmful to the educational environment of fellow students or themselves.
Staff members have a legal authority over students while traveling to and from school and during any school-sponsored activity off campus. Therefore, all school rules apply to students going to and from school.
Students and parents should remember the administration reserves the right to establish special discipline procedures to meet special circumstances.
Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) is an approach to supporting student success in school. PBIS was developed from research in the fields of behavior theory and effective instruction. PBIS supports all students through intervention, ranging from a school-wide system to a system for developing individualized plans for specific students. School-wide PBIS focuses on the development and implementation of proactive procedures and practices to prevent problem behavior for all students and improve school climate.
Three simple rules
Having a few simple, positively stated rules facilitates the teaching of behavioral expectations across school settings because students will be learning through the same language. By focusing on three simple rules (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful), it is easier for students to remember. Instruction focusing on a few simple rules will improve teaching and consistency.
Positively stated rules are important. Research has shown that recognizing students for following the rules is even more important than catching them breaking the rules. By stating rules positively, the hope is that staff will be more likely to use the rules to catch students engaging in the appropriate behavior.
By selecting only a few rules it is important that the rules are broad enough to talk about all potential problem behaviors. With the rules selected, the PBIS team believes that we can teach all specific behavioral expectations across all school settings according to these simple rules, for example:
- Cleaning up your spills is an example of Be Safe because someone could slip on the spill and get hurt.
- You exhibit Be Responsible when you arrive to class on time and prepared.
- Thank your class by displaying Be Respectful by being a good audience and applauding appropriately during the assembly.
The Behavioral Expectations Matrix that follows uses our three simple rules to identify specific behavioral expectations across all schools settings.
All staff and students are expected to know our three simple rules. Kennedy Middle School will be evaluated twice per year (Fall & Spring) to see if staff and students know the three simple rules. The goal is that 90% of staff and students know the rules. To be most effective, regular teaching using the three simple rules will become part of the school culture.