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Napa Valley USD  |  BP  5137  Students

Positive School Climate   

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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, and in which all staff can work in an atmosphere free from disruption that impedes learning.

The Board believes this will be achieved through the adoption and implementation of a consistent district and school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program and PBIS plan in every school in the district. The Board recognizes that PBIS programs are based on research that shows the most effective discipline systems use proactive strategies designed to prevent discipline problems. The Board believes there is a strong link between a positive school climate and academic success for all students when students clearly understand behavioral expectations.

The Superintendent or designee shall adopt a PBIS program that shall be implemented at all district sites.

The Superintendent or designee shall also ensure that each school in the district develops, implements and annually revises a PBIS Plan, which shall be a part of each school's Single Plan for Student Achievement and School Safety Plan.

The Superintendent or designee shall also adopt the K-12 Student Behavioral Expectations document which will reflect the principles of PBIS. The K-12 Student Behavioral Expectations document shall be taught to all students and reviewed annually by District staff.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 3515 - Campus Security)

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions

(cf. 4119.21/4219.21/4319.21 - Professional Standards)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 5131.4 - Student Disturbances)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

Staff shall receive professional development to support the implementation of the principles of PBIS and how to work with students and families from diverse backgrounds.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

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.

(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 Co-curricular Activities)

(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)

Staff shall continue to enforce Board policies and regulations that 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 methods of enforcement shall be developed to work in concert with SWPBS.

(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)

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)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

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:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

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

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

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 NAPA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 2, 2011 Napa, California

revised: June 13, 2019