Cherry Valley Elementary School

Code of Conduct

Dear Parents,

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.

Sincerely,

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. 

Student Responsibilities
Students are responsible for:

Student Rights
Students have the right to:

Student Privileges

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.*

Recess Behavior
On the playground, students will:

Bathroom Behavior
In the bathroom, students will:

Hallway Behavior
Students will:

Lunchtime Behavior
Students will:

Assembly Behavior
Students will:

Dress Code

Attendance Policy

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:

Weapons
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.

Exceptional Misconduct
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:

Problem-Solving Techniques

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 Warning Slip. A copy of the Warning Slip 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:

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.