Antelope Valley Union HSD | BP 5137 Students
Positive School Climate
The Board of Trustees 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.
(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
(cf. 3515 - Campus Security)
(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)
(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)
(cf. 5131.4 - Student Disturbances)
(cf. 5142 - Safety)
(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
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.
(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 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.
(cf. 5131.9 - Academic Honesty)
(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)
(cf. 6141.6 - Multicultural Education)
(cf. 6142.3 - Civic Education)
(cf. 6142.4 - Service Learning/Community Service Classes)
(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)
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 afterschool programs, pairing of adult mentors with individual students, recognition of student achievement, and encouragement of strong family and community involvement in the schools.
(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)
(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)
(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)
(cf. 5148.2 - Before/After School Programs)
(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)
(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)
(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)
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.
(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)
(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)
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.
Insults, Slurs, and Fighting Words
Students shall not use racial, ethnic, religious, religious deity, handicapped, sexual or any slur or insult which demeans others or causes a disruption of the educational process or otherwise constitutes fighting words. The Board directs the Superintendent or designee to use existing discipline procedures to effectively carry out the intent of this policy. Violation of this policy will be considered willful defiance of the valid authority of supervisors, teachers or administrators.
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: Governing Board 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 ANTELOPE VALLEY UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: November 13, 1990 Lancaster, California
revised: June 18, 2008