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Acalanes Union HSD |  BP  5137  Students

Positive School Climate   

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The Governing Board desires to provide an orderly and caring learning environment in which students feel comfortable, share responsibility for maintaining a positive school climate and take pride in their school and their achievements. District staff shall encourage and reward success and achievement, participation in community projects and positive student conduct.

It is the intent of the Board that the district promote cross-cultural understanding, mutual respect among diverse groups and the positive self-image of each student. Furthermore, it is the intent of the Board to ensure that the human rights of all students are not infringed upon and that every student is provided an equal educational opportunity to succeed.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

(cf. 6142.4 - Community Service)

Each school is responsible for the implementation of a multicultural curriculum and the creation of an environment which recognizes the interdependence of a heterogeneous society and validates the complete cultural experience of students beyond major holidays and famous leaders. The school should establish an environment where school personnel also identify and recognize their own attitudes, behaviors, values and beliefs such that teachers may transform how they teach, what they teach and how they interact with students and adults. No student may be denied the privileges of all the other students and be treated differently because of ethnic background, national origin, religious belief, gender, age, socioeconomic class, native language, physical challenge or sexual orientation. The schools shall not tolerate the trivialization of groups, subtle or overt prejudiced behavior (including but not restricted to racial slurs, sexist comments, biased tracking and obscene slander which denigrate others), and the alienation of anyone due to his/her personal identity by students, teachers, classified staff, administrators or anyone associated with the district.

All staff are expected to serve as role models for students by demonstrating positive, professional attitudes and respect toward each student and other staff members. Teachers shall use effective classroom management techniques based on clear expectations for student behavior.

(cf. 4119.21/4219.21/4319.21 - Code of Ethics)

Staff shall consistently enforce Board policies and regulations which establish rules for appropriate student conduct, including prohibitions against bullying, cyberbullying, harassment of students, hazing, other violence or threats of violence against students and staff, and drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)

(cf. 4020 - Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Drugs)

(cf. 5131.7 - Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

The schools shall implement an effective system for students to resolve conflicts and provide opportunities for students to voice their concerns regarding school policies and practices. Schools will address the special needs of every student through an active partnership with parents/guardians and community members.

(cf. 5131.4 - Campus Disturbances)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

Students shall not bully (EC 48900(r)) other students or use vulgar, obscene or fighting words. Students who do so shall be subject to appropriate counseling and discipline in accordance with law.

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression: Publications Code)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

A multicultural school shall provide a student-centered and student-responsive curriculum with diverse and culturally appropriate materials, activities and literature. Instruction will incorporate concepts, skills, attitudes and behaviors to effectively address issues or problems that deal with conflict and diversity. Counseling programs at each school shall assist students in finding commonalities between groups, thinking critically about bias, and identifying attitudes and behaviors that promote fairness, social justice and equal treatment for all groups.

(cf. 6161 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional materials)

(cf. 6141.6 - Multicultural Education)

Legal Reference:


233-233.8 Hate violence prevention

32280-32289 School safety plans

32295.5 Teen court programs

35181 Governing board policy on responsibilities of students

35291-35291.5 Rules

44807 Teachers' duty concerning conduct of students

48900-48925 Suspension and expulsion

Management Resources:


Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007

Protecting Our Schools: Governing Board Strategies to Combat School Violence, rev. 1999


Bullying at School, 2003

Creating Safe and Drug-Free Schools: An Action Guide, 1996


Preventing Bullying: A Manual for Schools and Communities, 1998



California Department of Education, Learning Support:

National School Safety Center:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools:


adopted: April 19, 1994 Lafayette, California

revised: May 2, 2012