Code of Conduct

The Discovery School code of conduct is set in accordance with the North Hanover Board of Education (Policies #5131-00, #5114). The policy sets the parameters by which we have developed specific guidelines for our students in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten level:

The Board of Education expects pupils to conduct themselves in keeping with their level of maturity, with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other pupils, for school personnel, for the educational purpose underlying all school activities, and for the care of school facilities and equipment.

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The general purpose of establishing a code of conduct was set forth by board policy (#5131-00):

The Board of Education believes that standards of pupil behavior must be set cooperatively by interaction among the pupils, parents/guardians, staff, and community, producing an atmosphere that encourages pupils to grow in self-discipline. Such an atmosphere must include respect for self and others, as well as for district and community property.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities:

  1. Encourage and support your child.
  2. Be sure your child attends school daily and is on time.
  3. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately.
  4. Teach your child, by work and example, respect for the law, for school rules and regulations, and for the rights and property of others.
  5. Encourage and support all school personnel.
  6. Provide a time and a place for homework and assist when appropriate.
  7. Read all notices sent home.
  8. Assist your child in having the necessary materials for class.
  9. Keep the lines of communication open with your child and with the school.
  10. Be sure your child's lunch meets his/her nutritional needs.
  11. Bus stop requires that parents be present 10 minutes before/after scheduled time.

Our district philosophy of education and district educational goals help to determine our code of conduct for students:

Encourage our students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners who are personally responsible, have good moral character and are productive citizens.

The district goals for overall education include:

  • Teach all children to take responsibility for their own actions.
  • Demonstrate good manners, courteous attitudes, and conduct, with the educational staff acting as role models, to promote appropriate behavior in our students.

Discovery Staff

  1. Be role models and set examples for interactions, body language, tone of voice, self-control, etc.
  2. Encourage students to learn from their behavioral mistakes.
  3. Actively engage the students practicing the social skills necessary for good choices and behaviors.
  4. Integrate the school and district goals of behavior throughout the building that allows for a consistency that younger students need to develop the ability to comprehend rules, regulations and the responsibility for their actions.

Inappropriate Behavior

Inappropriate behavior that interferes with others' learning, anyone's safety or well-being will be handled through guidelines to correct behaviors. Other inappropriate behavior will be handled through required discipline actions as determined necessary according to guidelines of board or state policy. Inappropriate behavior includes the following as examples:

  1. Being disrespectful to an adult, disregarding directions or instructions, etc.
  2. Using inappropriate language such as profanity or vulgarity.
  3. Harassing, teasing, name calling, threatening another student.
  4. Disrupting classroom instruction or discussions by calling out, making excessive noise such as humming, whistling, tapping, playing with objects, throwing objects, leaving one's seat without permission.
  5. Failure to obey the rules and regulations on the school bus.
  6. Using aggressive behavior such as pushing, shoving, tripping, spitting, and fighting.
  7. Misusing playground equipment and/or disrupting another's play at recess, such as: play fighting, and throwing objects not part of approved game.
  8. Willful causing or attempting to cause damage to school property.
  9. Possession of unsafe or illegal articles/substances.
  10. Causing a false alarm relative to fire, bomb, and/or terror threats.

If behavior interventions (parent conferences, I&RS, counseling) do not correct the poor behaviors that disrupt a student's learning then the consequences could result in severe disciplinary actions. Pupils who indulge in disruptive behaviors, as per the examples 1-10, this might result in suspension or expulsion.

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