Alameda City USD | BP 5137 Students
Positive School Climate
The Board of Education desires to enhance student learning by providing an orderly, caring, and nurturing educational and social environment in which all students can feel safe and take pride in their school and their achievements. The school environment should be characterized by positive interpersonal relationships among students and between students and staff.
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.
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.
The district's curriculum shall include age-appropriate character education which includes, but is not limited to, the principles of equality, human dignity, mutual respect, fairness, honesty, and citizenship. Teachers are encouraged to employ cooperative learning strategies that foster positive interactions in the classroom among students from diverse backgrounds.
The Superintendent or designee may develop other strategies to enhance students' feelings of connectedness with the schools, such as campus beautification projects, graffiti removal, development of extracurricular activities and after-school programs, pairing of adult mentors with individual students, recognition of student achievement, and encouragement of strong family and community involvement in the schools.
Students shall have opportunities to voice their concerns about school policies and practices and to share responsibility for solving problems that affect their school.
The schools shall promote nonviolent conflict resolution techniques in order to encourage attitudes and behaviors that foster harmonious relations. As part of this effort, students shall be taught the skills necessary to reduce violence, including communication skills, anger management, bias reduction, and mediation skills.
Staff shall receive professional development designed to improve classroom management, conflict resolution techniques, and communications with students and parents/guardians including persons of diverse backgrounds.
32295.5 Teen court programs
35181 Governing board policy on responsibilities of students
44807 Teachers' duty concerning conduct of students
Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007
Protecting Our Schools: Board of Education Strategies to Combat School Violence, rev. 1999
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Bullying at School, 2003
Creating Safe and Drug-Free Schools: An Action Guide, 1996
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Preventing Bullying: A Manual for Schools and Communities, 1998
California Department of Education, Learning Support: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls
National School Safety Center: http://www.schoolsafety.us
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS
Policy ALAMEDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: August 25, 2009 Alameda, California