In the first week of school, the Principal and Teacher on Special Assignment will invite students to special assemblies to discuss student behavior and expectations as well as empower them on how to be a friend, stand up, not by when conflicts arise, and problem solve. Please review the following sections carefully with your child: Lead Elementary School Behavior Expectations and Lead Elementary Student Transportation Rules, Consequences and Regulations.
It is our goal to maintain a happy, positive and safe school environment for all students and staff members. To further this goal, we have developed the following behavior expectations for students. These expectations for students are built around three overarching principles that we foster at school:
Classroom rules are developed at the beginning of the year and “Power of Play” guidelines and games are introduced and discussed in classrooms and in each PE class. Positive behavioral interventions for infractions may include walking the track at recess, campus community service, loss of privileges, time outs away from peers, and time suspension from classroom by the teacher, or referral to the office.
When students have a discipline meeting with the Principal or administrative designee, conversations occur and due process for students is followed. The follow through from the meeting is communicated to the classroom teacher and if need be, parents may also be contacted by phone or asked to conference at school.
All staff members have a responsibility for assisting in explaining and enforcing school rules. Students may be corrected by any school employee. Most behavioral guidance and follow through with students take place at the classroom level by the teacher. Most behavioral incidents require restorative justice practices such as, a conference with the student, student call to the parent, loss of privileges at home, a teacher or office assigned consequence, such as a written letter of apology, conversation, conflict resolution, or loss of privilege.
More serious incidents or persistent problems may result in parents being invited to attend school, referral to counseling or counseling groups, creation of a behavior plan for the student, referral to the Family Resource Center, or in very serious cases, in house suspension, off campus suspension, referral to outside authorities or referral to the Board of Trustees for expulsion. The following are prohibited: threating or causing physical harm to others, using inappropriate language or gestures, possession of dangerous objects, weapons, or controlled substances, unauthorized sales between students, sexual harassment, and damaging school or private property. As a general rule, more serious consequences are used only when other positive behavioral interventions have failed to bring about a change, except in those instances where the behavior itself was serious enough to warrant suspension on first offense.
Sexual/Gender/ Physical/Racial harassment is not tolerated at Lead Elementary School. This includes any action that makes a student feel uncomfortable or teased based on their gender, race, physical appearance, or religious beliefs. These types of actions violate Ed Code and will be dealt with seriously by administration.
Bullying of any kind is not allowed at Lead Elementary School. Bullying can be name calling, physical violence against another student, or social exclusion. We encourage students to report bullying and help support other students being bullied by reporting the bullying of others. Bullying will not be tolerated and will be dealt with by classroom teachers, the TOSA, Administrative Designee and/or Principal.
The staff has been trained in the elements of conflict resolution. Students are given practice in talking out solutions when there is conflict in the classroom or on the yard. The students should be able to follow these steps at school and home. The basic steps toward conflict resolution are: