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Code of Conduct & Rules

IS IT SAFE, IS IT COURTEOUS, IS IT MY BEST WORK ?

DISCIPLINE at Brook Knoll is to help each child build a positive self-image, to learn, and to grow cooperatively with others.

Each day starts a new and clean experience for each child. References to previous mistakes are avoided whenever possible. Our discipline expectations are listed below:

Listen to and obey adults employed by the school; teachers, aides, volunteers, parents, etc.

Follow directions and obey school and classroom rules. When school or classroom rules are broken, the child can expect consequences. Whenever possible we deal with discipline problems at school. On occasions, however, in order to maintain an adequate learning environment for the other children we may find it necessary to remove a child who causes a serious disturbance. On these occasions, the principal or the teacher will call a parent, either at home or work, and ask the parent to come and take the child home. We ask that on these occasions, you talk with your child about the situation and use the kind of discipline that is uniquely effective with your child. Parents help a great deal by reinforcing school rules at every opportunity and by expressing positive feelings about school to their children. The rules and consequences are posted in each room.

Scotts Valley Unified School District strives to have our schools safe and orderly. As part of our Safe Schools plan we enforce rules for suspension and expulsion as outlined in Education Code and district policy. Please refer to the separate flier listing the regulations for suspension and expulsion.

Listed below are the general rules for the entire school:

TARDIES: It is imperative children arrive at school on time (8:15 intermediate; 8:20 primary and AM kindergarten; 11:55 PM kindergarten). When children arrive late, it is disruptive and disrespectful to other members of the classroom and the teacher. Children who are tardy miss instruction. This instruction must be repeated for the benefit of the child who is tardy, thereby interrupting total class progress.

CONSEQUENCES FOR TARDIES: The teacher may take the option to have the child make up double time he/she has missed. A student who is consistently late will be sent to the office and parents will be called to assist us in solving this problem.

TARDY FROM RECESS: The classroom teacher will decide the consequence. (“You owe me 3 minutes”) - cleared on an hourly basis.

LUNCHTIME: The lunchtime expectations include:

1. All children will eat in assigned areas. 
2. All children will wait to be excused by the person(s) on yard duty. 
3. All litter will be placed in trashcans.
4. Throwing of food will not be tolerated. 
5. All children will stay on their designated playground and out of the corridors and parking lot. 
6. No glass containers on campus during lunchtime or recess.

PLAYGROUND: The playground expectations include:

1. Use of appropriate language and gestures. 
2. No fighting or rough play. 
3. No throwing of rocks, sand or dirt. 
4. Listening to and obeying playground supervisors immediately.
5. Obeying rules of safety in games and in use of playground equipment. (These will be explained to the students in detail.) 
6. Playing in designated areas and not in the courtyard, parking lot, or bathrooms. 
7. Using the slides correctly. (No walking up or down the slide.) 
8. Sitting on the swings. 
9. Playing away from the swings (not under them). 
10. Jumping off the swings is not allowed. 
11. Skateboards, skates, skateshoes, frisbees or yo-yos are not allowed. 
12. No hard balls or bats. 
13. No toy guns, pocketknives or caps. 
14. Sandbanks, trees or fences are “off limits”.

BATHROOMS: The bathroom expectations include:

1. No playing in bathrooms. 
2. No throwing or unnecessary use of toilet paper or paper towels. 
3. Flush toilets/urinals after use

CONSEQUENCES FOR BREAKING LUNCHTIME/PLAYGROUND/BATHROOM RULES:

1. The student will be immediately “benched” for 10 minutes. 
2. A behavior record form will be given by yard duty personnel to teacher, and/or counselor/principal. 
3. Repeated behavior or Ed. Code violations will result in a behavior referral to the office.
4. Repeated violations will result in increased consequences, and behavior which violates State Ed. Codes may result in the parent/guardian being asked to come take your child home for the remainder of the day or the length of a suspension.

LIBRARY: Children are expected to:

1. Have a library pass. 
2. Use soft voices. 
3. Bring no food into the library. 
4. Return or renew books on time.

CONSEQUENCES FOR BREAKING LIBRARY RULES:

1. Warning. 
2. Student must leave library. 
3. Student may not check out a book until all books are returned and/or fine is paid.

GOING AND COMING TO SCHOOL:

1. Do not go over or under the fence. 
2. Once at school no one may leave the campus, unless checked out by the parent/guardian. 
3. Walk all bikes on and off campus.

CONSEQUENCES FOR GOING AND COMING TO SCHOOL:

1. Classroom teacher is notified. 
2. Classroom teacher will decide the consequences. 
3. If student continues to break these rules, parents will be notified by the principal or teacher.

In order for the children to understand we have your support, we need you to read and discuss these rules and consequences with your child.

Again, discipline is to teach students that every behavior has a consequence. Rules are for everyone’s safety. An orderly environment gives a student safety and security. Please help us make our school and playgrounds safe. 

Suspension and Expulsion Regulations

Scotts Valley Unified School District strives to have our schools safe and orderly. As part of our Safe Schools plan we enforce rules for suspension and expulsion as outlined in Education Code and District policy. Each site also has school rules and consequences that align with district regulations on suspension and expulsion. Students may be subject to suspension or expulsion for committing any of the acts listed below:

1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person (Education Code 48900(a)) (Mandatory recommendation for expulsion if serious physical injury occurs, except in self defense.)

2. Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unles, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the student had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificate of school employee, with the principal or designee's concurrence (Education Code 48900(c)) (Mandatory expulsion.)

3. Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or was under the influence of, any controlled substance as defined in the Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, alcolholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind (Education Code 48900(c)) (Mandatory recommendation for expulsion.)

4. Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance as defined in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind, and then sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance or material and represented same as controlled substance, alcohol beverage or intoxicant (Education Code 48900(d)) (Mandatory expulsion.)

5. Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion (Education Code 48900(e)) (Mandatory recommendation for expulsion.)

6. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property (Education Code 48900(f))

7. Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property (Education Code 48900(g))

8. Possessed or used tobacco or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets and betel. This restriction shall not prohibit a student from using or possessing his/her own prescription products. (Education Code 48900(h))

9. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity (Education Code 48900(I))

10. Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code (Education Code 48900(j))

11. Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, other school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties (Education Code 48900(k))

12. Knowingly received stolen school property or private property (Education Code 48900(l))

13. Possessed an imitation firearm, i.e. a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm (Education Code 48900(m))

Students in grades 4 through 12 are also subject to suspension or recommendation for expulsion for any of the acts listed below:

14. Committed sexual harassment as defined in Education Code 212.5 (Education Code 48900.2)

15. Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence as defined in Education Code 33032.5 (Education Code 48900.3)

16. Intentionally harassed, threatened or intimidated a student or group of students to the extent of having the actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting glasswork, creating substantial disorder, and invading student rights by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment (Education Code 48900.4)