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General School Rules

General School Rules Rules provide structure to enable school employees to create and provide a structure to optimize learning. The school vision for positive behavior is to be Safe Kind Respectful Learners. A rubric is places throughout the school to remind students of appropriate behavior. Individual classroom teachers also set up their own rules. The expectation is for teachers to establish positive learning environments and for students to contribute to that environment by learning how to be Safe Kind Respectful Learners. A copy of that grid is provided at the end of this document.

Civility Policy

Bella Vista Elementary employees will treat parents, students, other district employees and members of the public with respect and expect the same in return. The board of directors encourages positive communication with the public, and discourages abusive, hostile or obscene speech, actions or other forms of communication, including forms of electronic communication. Language or conduct that threatens the health and/or safety of any individual is a violation of this Civility standard. All parties are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, and a willingness to resolve the issue at hand.

  1. Any individual who disrupts or threatens to disrupt school/office operations; threatens the health and safety of students or staff; willfully causes property damage; uses loud and/or offensive language which could provoke a violent reaction; or who has otherwise established a continued pattern of unauthorized entry on school property, will be directed to leave school or school district property promptly by the administrator.
  2. If any member of the public uses obscenities or speaks in a demanding, loud, insulting and/or demeaning manner, the administrator or employee to whom the remarks are directed will calmly and politely admonish the speaker to communicate civilly. If corrective action is not taken by the abusing party, the district employee will verbally notify the abusing party that the meeting, conference or telephone conversation is terminated and, if the meeting or conference is on district premises, the offending person will be directed to leave promptly.
  3. When an individual is directed to leave school district property pursuant to circumstances referenced above and refuses to leave, the school administrator may notify law enforcement officials. The school official may issue a “no trespass” notice when necessary.
  4. When it is determined by staff that a member of the public is in the process of violating the provisions of this policy, an effort should be made by staff to provide a written copy of this policy, including applicable code provisions, at the time of the occurrence. The employee will notify his/her supervisor of the inciden

Dress Code

Students shall dress in a manner that shows respect for the educational environment and is befitting the day’s activities. Students’ clothing and jewelry must not present a health or safety hazard, distraction or disruption. Disruption is defined as reactions by other individuals to the clothing or adornment which causes the teacher or administrator to lose the attention of the students, modify or cease instructional activities or to deal with student confrontations or complaints.

  1. Personal items such as but not limited to clothing, jewelry, backpacks, gym bags, water bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignias which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent or sexually aggressive. 
  2. Items which bear advertising, promotions or likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs shall not be allowed. 
  3. Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, immodest. All clothing must reach at least approximately four inches from the knee. Clothing should cover the midriff, underwear, and backs at all times. All tops should have a strap of approximately three inches in width. 
  4. Hats of any kind are not allowed to be worn within the classroom or building unless as a part of an approved activity. 
  5. Gang-related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities. School officials will determine what constitutes ‘gang’ clothing, colors and paraphernalia after consultation with law enforcement agencies as needed. 
  6. Shoes should be appropriate for the days’ activities. Flip flops will not be allowed.

Personal Electronic Equipment (phones, music players, gaming devices, tablets, etc...)

Students should not bring personal electronic items from home. If it is necessary for a student to bring a cell phone for communication before or after school, the phone shall remain turned off during school hours and remain in the student’s backpack. Personal electronics also include smart watches that access the internet and makes phone calls. 

Playground Rules

1. Be Respectful:
-Respect each other (ie. High 5’s & encouraging words)
-Respect the equipment: use equipment as it is intended, put it away when you’re done, clean up ALL equipment when bell rings
-Respect the boundaries and walk around stations

2. Be Safe:
-Butterfly fingers
-Stay on your feet
-Keep your hands to yourself
-Tie your shoes

3. Use Playworks Game Rules:
-Respect
-Inclusion
-Community
-Healthy Play

4. Line up quickly and quietly when your bell rings.

5. Walk quietly and in line in the halls.

6. Have Fun!!

Student Discipline & Dangerous or Disruptive Conduct

Discipline is essential to further the educational process and help our students learn as they grow older and experience the world around them. Teachers and administration will seek to proactively engages students in discussion and intervention to understand and prevent inappropriate conduct. Administration interacts with students on a daily basis and will frequently work with students to improve their behavior. Parents will be contacted if discipline leads to students receiving a loss of privileges. At times that contact cannot be made on the day of the event, but administration will earnestly seek to make that contact before school ends that day. Disciplinary methods could include conferencing with the student and/or parents, loss of recess, loss of educational time with peers, service hours, suspension, removal from activities, or other methods deemed appropriate by the administrator. The following conduct is defined as ‘dangerous or disruptive’ and is prohibited: 

  1. Possessing, using, selling, or attempting to possess firearms, weapons, knives, explosive devices, fireworks, chemical weapons, martial arts weapons, instruments used to eject a projectile or any other replica or facsimile of any of the above.
  2. Causing, or attempting to cause, or threatening damage to personal or real property
  3. Sexual harassment
  4. Drugs or alcoholic beverages
  5. Arson
  6. Burglary
  7. Theft, Larceny, Stealing
  8. Criminal Mischief – (damage or injury in excess of $300 to public property or to real or personal property belonging to another)
  9. Battery
  10. Assault
  11. Hazing
  12. Vandalism
  13. Gang-related Activity
  14. Bullying – aggressive behavior that is intentionally used with the following indicators present: An imbalance of power, repetitive, causes emotional or physical distress
  15. Involvement in any activity which violates federal, state or local law or regulation, disrupting normal school proceedings; or causing, attempting threatening or conspiring to cause other students to violate these things.
  16. Insubordination – refusing to comply with a supervising adult.

Toys

No toys or items to play with are allowed from home. Students should not bring toys, figurines, cards of any game, sports equipment, playground equipment, stuffed animals, etc. If an individual classroom makes an exception for a special day, all items should remain stowed away until they are used within the classroom only. While we do understand students like to bring their own sports equipment from home, the school will provide items for the playground. Even those items can become a distraction and in some cases a problem.

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