At Welsh Valley, we expect all members of our school community to model the ideals of our Character & Citizenship Committee. We believe that if we pledge to maintain these fundamentals in our dealings with one another, Welsh Valley will be an emotionally and physically safe setting for us to learn and grow together as a community. In all school settings, students are expected to:
- Be Safe
- Be Prepared
- Be Respectful
- Be Cooperative
- Be Responsible
Occasionally, students conduct themselves in a manner that violates these expectations. The Board of School Directors has adopted, as a policy statement (Policy 235), a district-wide student code of discipline. The code details the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers and administrators. It is recognized that there is a variety of effective means to deal with disciplinary problems as they occur in school. Since the purpose of any disciplinary action taken by the school is to help the student modify and change behavior to an acceptable standard, disciplinary responses of the school must be in keeping with and appropriate to the behavioral infraction. To provide for uniformity, fairness and consistency in the disciplinary process, the code defines the due process procedures to which a student is entitled. Whenever possible, a restorative approach is used to address student discipline issues. A restorative approach to discipline is a philosophy that, when conflict occurs, an attempt is made for students to fully understand what their role was in the conflict and how their actions affected themselves and others. Students then take ownership in the process by trying to “make it right” with others who were affected. Some restorative questions that are asked of students:
- What happened?
- What was your role in it?
- What were you thinking at the time?
- What have you thought about since?
- Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way have they been affected?
- What do you think you need to do to make things right?
Possible disciplinary consequences for student misbehavior include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of privileges
- Detentions (lunch or after-school)
- Suspensions (In-School or Out-of-School)