Code of Conduct

Philosophy
We believe students have a responsibility to behave in a manner that encourages learning in the school community. The following guidelines are provided to support students' role in creating a positive climate and culture.

Discipline
Each staff member at the Atlantis School accepts responsibility for the maintenance of discipline and the promotion of a positive character education program. Personal qualities emphasized include: Honesty, Effort, Responsibility and Respect. Student behavior is expected to reflect these qualities and comply with New Jersey State Law and Board of Education policies. The staff requests parental support in helping maintain appropriate conduct in the school.

Classroom Behavior Management
All teachers have a classroom Citizenship program that includes:

Classroom guidelines
Positive Reinforcement
Discipline Consequences

Bicycles
Bicycles, roller blades, sneakers with wheels, skateboard, roller skates, scoooters, etc. are prohibited on school grounds during the regular school year.

Dress Guidelines
All students should dress in attire that is appropriate for school. The following guidelines should be used in assessing your child’s attire:

  • All shirts must be long enough to be “tucked-in.” Mesh shirts, half-shirts, halter-tops, tube tops, etc. are not permitted.
  • Sleeveless shirts must not be revealing in any way.
  • Apparel should be weather appropriate.
  • Apparel must not be tight-fitting, sheer, brief or low-cut.
  • Shorts must be at least “finger-tip” length.
  • Outdoor apparel (hats, jackets, sunglasses, etc.) may not be worn in school without permission from the building principal.
  • Beach/shower type footwear is not permissible. All shoes must have backs or back-strap with covered toes.
  • Shoes that are not permissible are flip flops, Crocs, and shoes with heels.
  • Any garment containing graphics, words or phrases that are suggestively obscene or offensive are prohibited. Apparel may not contain reference to alcohol, drugs (legal or illegal) or words/phrases with double meanings.

Students who are in violation of the DRESS GUIDELINES may be asked to call a parent or guardian for appropriate clothing. Students attending school related functions are required to adhere to these guidelines.

Bus Safety
Students are expected to act in a respectful, safe manner on the way to the bus stop, at the bus stop and on the busses. The bus driver is fully in charge of the school bus at all times and shall be responsible for order on the bus. Any incidents of misbehavior on the bus shall be reported to the building principal. At the discretion of the principal a student maybe excluded from the bus. A student excluded from the bus by the principal for disciplinary reasons must be transported to and from school by a parent/guardian.

Other Disciplinary Concerns:
All other matters related to student health, safety and well-being, be they emotional, psychological or physical will be addressed on a case by case basis by the building principal or his/her designee.

Consequences Associated with Violation of School Rules:
Atlantis School believes that all children are entitled to the best education possible. Additional benefits to the regular education program include field trips, assembly programs, etc. Violation of Board of Education policy and/or school regulations may include forfeiture of any or all additional benefits.

Consistency in handling matters of discipline is essential in insuring impartiality to any consequences that may be imposed for matters of discipline. Students of Atlantis School, in particular, must be aware of the possible consequences associated with their actions.

Number of Offense

Consequence

1

Conference with the Principal/Notification to Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

2

1 Day Lunch Detention/Notification to Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

3

3 Day Lunch Detention/Notification to Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

4

Detention (possible suspension) /Notification to Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

5

3 Detention (possible suspension)/Notification to Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

All Subsequent Offenses

and

Major Infractions

In-School or Out-of-School Suspension for a length of time to be determined by the building principal, and/or other penalties as may be indicated by New Jersey State Law and/or North Hanover Board of Education policy.

The Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee will be notified of all In-School and Out-of-School Suspensions.

Recognition for Positive Citizenship

Children displaying good citizenship will be recognized monthly. In order to develop some degree of consistency in our “Bucket Filling Program” we have developed criteria upon which a student can be selected. Time should be taken to review this list with your child.

A Bucket Filler is one who…

Observes and respects school rules in the following areas…

Playground Area
- Good sportsmanship
- Safety on the playground
- Sharing

Lunchroom Area
- Politeness
- Appropriate table manners
- Appropriate behavior while in line
- Respect for lunchroom assistants
- Cleanliness.
-Returning trays in an orderly manner
-removing trash from table after eating.

Classroom guidelines as developed by individual classes and teachers

 

General Positive Behavior
Appropriate behavior during assemblies programs
Walking at all times within the school building
Helpful to his/her teacher, as well as the other students
Displays a positive attitude toward school
Accepts responsibility
Works well with others
Accepts suggestions
Listens well and follows directions
Respects the rights and property of others
Displays good school work habits
Respects teachers and all other adults supervising him/her

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