Code of Conduct
An effective discipline program is essential in the teaching and learning process. The staff at Cherry Valley Elementary School has established an educational environment in which children can comfortably learn at their own level. Each student has the right to learn and play at Cherry Valley without disruption or antagonism from other students.
The staff is committed to teaching and reinforcing appropriate student behavior. Courtesy, respect, and problem-solving strategies are practiced by all staff members and students. Students are encouraged to consistently follow school rules of conduct, set a positive example for others, and always be conscious of how their behavior affects others.
Together, our goal at Cherry Valley is to assure that each child achieves success. We believe that you, as parents, play an important role in helping your child achieve our Cherry Valley expectations, both academic and behavioral. The major role of parents in school discipline is to continually show interest in and support for their children at school.
Generally, playground supervisors and classroom teachers administer discipline, but when the situation warrants, the principal becomes involved. Parents are not necessarily called on the first problem, as students are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and to learn to meet the rules and expectations of the school. We believe each student has the final responsibility for the consequences of his/her behavior. If your child exhibits unacceptable behavior at school, you may be asked to help us teach your child an alternate, appropriate set of behaviors.
With your cooperation and help, we can provide a positive, productive, and safe learning environment for your child.
After reading the Cherry Valley Code of Conduct with your child, please sign and return the form inserted in this booklet to the Cherry Valley office.
The Cherry Valley Staff
Cherry Valley School Rules
1. Take responsibility for learning.
2. Respect self, others and place.
3. Show resourcefulness and readiness to learn.
4. Act in a safe and healthful manner.
Students are responsible for:
- attending school on a regular basis and to be on time.
- completing all academic work as assigned.
- bringing appropriate materials to class.
- obeying school/classroom rules.
- respecting the rights of others.
- their own actions.
- using appropriate language.
- respecting school property.
- complying with requests of school employees.
- dressing appropriately for school.
Students have the right to:
- an education.
- attend a safe school.
- physical safety and protection of personal property.
- not be discriminated against.
- fair and just treatment by school employees.
- recess activities
- classroom celebrations
- class/grade level field trips
participation in before or after school activities
Expectations for Common Areas
*Students are expected to follow these behavior expectations on all field trips and at all school functions.*
On the playground, students will:
- Avoid rough play (play fighting, wrestling, pushing, kicking, etc.) or play that mimics violence (sword fighting, gun fights, etc.).
- Stay out of ditches, off the hillside, away from puddles.
- Leave personal belongings, such as toys, electronics, hard balls, bats, etc., at home. Riverview School District is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Speak kindly to others.
- Finish all food before going out to the playground. Leave food, candy, gum, etc., in the building (except on popcorn days).
- Stay on the playground at recess.
- Request a pass when necessary to leave the playground.
- Take turns with the equipment.
- Immediately stop all play and leave the playground at the end of recess.
- Walk on the blacktop areas.
- Line up quickly and quietly to return to class at the end of recess.
- Respond immediately, with respect and courtesy, to instructions from adults in charge.
In the bathroom, students will:
- Use appropriate voice level.
- Respect the privacy of others
- Use healthy hygiene habits.
- Have a bathroom pass.
- Keep the bathrooms clean and safe.
- walk in a single file line facing forward.
- stay in their space.
- stay to the right
- stop at stop signs.
- use a level 0 voice (silence).
- walk into the cafeteria quietly, get their lunch, and find their class table
- remain seated until lunch is finished and permission to leave has been given.
- use appropriate voices so that only close neighbors can hear: no higher than a level 2 voice (one-on-one or small group).
- use appropriate meal-time manners.
- clean their area and take care of garbage when they have finished eating.
- enter the gymnasium quietly, watching for teacher directions.
- show appropriate listening behavior by sitting up and looking at the speaker.
- show appropriate appreciation by clapping.
- exit quietly, watching for directions from their teacher.
- Appropriate attire is needed to preserve the learning environment and assure the safety and well-being of all students at Cherry Valley. In dealing with dress related issues, parents may be contacted to assist in resolving the problem. Alternative clothing items may also be provided for the day.
- Bare midriffs, net shirts, tank tops with straps less than 1 inch wide (unless worn under a shirt), and clothing bearing inappropriate logos (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or pictures/statements that could be deemed offensive to public morals) will not be permitted at school.
- Students are not permitted to wear make-up, perfume or cologne.
- Shorts may be worn if they are longer than the fingertip reach of the wearer. Boxer shorts, spandex shorts, and swimwear are not permitted.
- Hats may be worn at recess and to and from school but are not allowed to be worn in the building.
- Safety refers specifically to appropriate shoes. Tennis shoes should be worn on Health & Fitness daysâ€”no flip flops or strapless shoes!
- Heelies are NOT allowed at school. For the first offense, wheels will need to be removed. For the second offense, wheels will remain in the office until parents pick them up.
- Attending and graduating from the schools of the district shall be recognized as a right and responsibility of the law for those who meet the requirements of minimum entry age (5) before August 31 and are less than 21 years of age. Regular school attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program provided to students of the district. Students at times may appropriately be absent from class under the following guidelines: a) absences due to illness or a health condition; b) religious observances; c) school-approved activities; d) family emergencies; e) disciplinary actions; or f) home schooling. Excused absences shall be verified by parent/guardian or school authority, and the student will be allowed to make up all missed assignments outside of class; however, make-up work is not an adequate substitute for classroom learning.
- State law requires the district to:
- notify parents after one unexcused absence.
- meet with parents after two unexcused absences.
- notify juvenile court after seven (7) unexcused absences in a month or ten (10) in a year.
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
(Reference RSD Policy 6580 & P6580-1)
Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any intentionally written message or image, including those that are electronically transmitted, a verbal or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristic, when an act:
- Physically harms a student or damages a student's property; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or
- Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
- It is true that harassment often occurs off school grounds and outside of the school day and this is an area over which a school district does not have authority. If there are threats that will be acted out at school or a school related event, the district will intervene.
State law (RCW 28A.600.420) and School District Policy 3200 prohibit the possession of firearms and weapons at school. The full text of the law and definitions of dangerous weapons, as provided in RCW 9.41.250 and RCW 9.41.280, is on file in the school office. Possession of firearms on school property will result in a one-year mandatory expulsion, subject to appeal, with notification to parents and law enforcement.
Certain behaviors that are so serious in nature in terms of the disruptive effect upon the operation of the school may be deemed Exceptional Misconduct. Exceptional Misconduct may warrant immediate short-term suspension or expulsion. Exceptional Misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
- possession or sale of a controlled substance
- profane or vulgar language directed to and in the presence of a staff member
- all fighting and/or assault and battery
- defacing, misuse or destruction of property
- defiance of school authority
- possession of dangerous weapons
When Playground Expectations Are Not Met
Students who break playground rules will discuss the incident with the adult supervisor. Students will be taught and be given the opportunity to practice expected behavior. Repeated misbehavior may have consequences (time-out on the wall, not play a particular game, etc.) while rules are being re-taught.
Students who continue to break playground rules will be given a referral. If the referral is for a major or repeated offence,it is sent home to be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to school.
If a student has received 3 Warning Slips or demonstrated more severe-inappropriate behavior, a parent contact will be made. Students will also be required to fill out a Problem-Solving Exercise Sheet. Consequences may include:
- Loss of recess
- In-school suspension
- Short-term suspension
Students who refuse to leave the playground to return promptly to class when the bell rings will be sent to the office for a tardy slip, and will miss the following recess.
- Aggressive behaviors (whether physical or verbal) will be treated seriously. When a student intentionally hurts or harasses another student, the victims parents will be notified.
- All reports of Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying will be investigated thoroughly. Refer to RSD Board Policy 6580, including Board Procedure P6580-1, for additional information. All incidents when Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying of students is suspected should be reported to the school counselor or the principal using the Student Incident Reporting Form, P6580-F1.
In developing a school environment that fosters positive school values and continued compliance with school rules, positive student efforts need to be recognized.
Cheetah Paws are given spontaneously and randomly in recognition of students demonstrating manners/behaviors that have been identified as being important for a safe and supportive school environment. Cheetah Cheers are awarded for above and beyond efforts. Cheetah Cheers will be collected in the office and drawn for prizes or special activities with the principal.
Phone Calls and Post Cards will be used to communicated positive student progress with parents and family members.
3=Presentation Voice (speaking to a large group)
2=One-on-One or Small Group Voice
0=No sound (silent)
Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow
Students at Cherry Valley Elementary will learn and grow
to their highest potential in a safe, cooperative and productive