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Tamalpais Union HSD |  BP  5137  Students

Positive School Climate   

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The Board of Trustees 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.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

(cf. 6142.4 - Community Service)

The District shall encourage attitudes and behaviors that promote mutual respect and harmonious relations. The schools shall promote nonviolent conflict resolution techniques and provide students opportunities to voice their concerns about school policies and practices. The Superintendent or designee may initiate student courts, campus beautification projects, buddy systems, vandalism prevention campaigns, and other programs in which students may identify and solve problems that affect their school.

(cf. 5131.4 - Campus Disturbances)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

Students shall not bully 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)

The Board encourages classroom use of cooperative learning strategies that foster positive social interactions among students from diverse backgrounds. The district shall provide instruction and counseling designed to promote positive racial and ethnic identity, help students understand diverse cultures, teach them to think critically about racial bias, and show them how to deal with discriminatory behavior in appropriate ways.

(cf. 6161 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

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

(cf. 6141.6 - Multicultural Education)

Legal Reference:


35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts

48907 Student exercise of free expression

48950 Freedom of speech


adopted: June 8, 1993 Larkspur, California