|Dress Code and Personal Care|
Students with parental guidance should make good judgments in the interest of safety and proper decorum in their selection of clothing to be worn to school or school functions. The following are examples of inappropriate attire or accessories:
1. Articles of clothing that depict or advertise drugs, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or inappropriate language, violence, vulgarity, gang oriented behavior, sexual innuendoes, or anti-school messages will not be allowed in our school.
2. Hats, bandanas, and/or headgear & headdress are not to be worn at school.
3. Skintight shorts, skirts, and dresses of stretch material should not be worn at school. Skintight shorts may be worn under acceptable shorts.
4. Shorts, skirts, and dresses should be no shorter than mid-thigh (given a standing upright position, shorts should be no shorter than the end of the middle finger with the hand at the side). Skin-tight skirts and dresses should not be worn to school. Uniforms on game days are permitted.
5. Students should not wear clothing that is destructive of school property (e.g. cleats, chains, pants with metal inserts that scratch, studded or spiked jewelry, etc.).
6. Belly shirts, tank tops that allow the chest or under garments to be seen, cut off shirts, should not be worn. Shirts that are revealing during the normal course of bodily movements are inappropriate and should not be worn.
7. Sunglasses or slashed pants are inappropriate. Pants that have holes or rips/tears will not be allowed. Pajamas are not allowed unless the Principal grants special permission.
8. Students should not wear any clothing that allows undergarments to show.
9. Clothing that is indecent, immodest or revealing is not acceptable attire for school or school functions.
If students do not comply they may be sent home, or parents may be contacted to provide school-appropriate clothing.
Appropriate gym attire is expected for physical education classes. Students who are in grades 6, 7, & 8 are expected to change clothes before and after physical education classes. All students are to wear sneakers that are used inside only when attending gym classes.
Code of Conduct
Students are expected to behave appropriately and follow the school’s core values: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. All school staff have expectations for student behavior and they’ll emphasize these throughout the year. Individual teachers will create expectations for their classrooms and post these in their rooms. Our behavioral expectations for specific non-classroom school situations are outlined in the Matrix below:
Recognition: Windsor School holds monthly recognition assemblies for the entire school as well as for community members. These assemblies are to recognize members of the school and the community for exemplary behavior and/or impressive accomplishments, which could be academic, athletic, social/behavioral, artistic, or performing arts. Other behaviors are recognized with “PAWS” when we see examples of improvement or actions that are above and beyond what we’d normally expect from students of a given age/grade.
Correcting Inappropriate Behavior: Although our students generally behave very well, some students have occasions when their behavior is unacceptable for the classroom or the school. With personality and direction staff members can often correct misbehavior quickly and efficiently; however for those occasions that supersede simple staff correction, we use a system of “White Cards” to document misbehavior and to inform parents when misbehavior occurs. The information collected from White Cards helps us to track individual students as well as the school as a whole, so we can effectively plan interventions as needed.
Misbehaviors that can be effectively handled in the classroom or efficiently and safely on a bus are known as Minor (Level 1) Misbehaviors. These may be assigned by all staff members and transportation personnel. These do NOT need to involve the Student Support Center. A staff member or driver will fill out the information on a White Card, assign a consequence if needed, sign the card, and send it home with the student. It should be returned to the assigning staff member the following day. The infraction should also be recorded in Google Drive by the assigning staff member. The assigning staff member may also contact the student’s parent(s) if they find it necessary or if consequences are assigned. Parents should sign the White Card and send it back to school with their student; but they should also discuss the misbehavior with their child and discuss more appropriate ways to handle similar situations. If needed, parents can contact the staff member for clarification.
Major (Level 2) Misbehaviors are addressed through the assignment of a Level 2 White Card. These are behaviors that are dangerous, destructive, intentionally insubordinate or disrespectful, and can not effectively be handled in the confines of a classroom. They may also be assigned for repeated Level 1 violations. When a student earns a Level 2 White Card, they are sent to the Student Support Center with the White card for a discussion, assignment of consequence, and a call to parents. If a student earns more than two Level 2 White Cards, a meeting will be scheduled with the student’s parents to decide what additional interventions may be most effective.
Bullying is a complex issue. We won’t tolerate bullying in our school, but we also need our students to gain the skills necessary to deal with situations that may evolve into “bullying.” A such, it is important to understand exactly what bullying is and isn’t. There are behaviors that may or may not lead up to bullying: Rude behaviors - saying or doing something that unintentionally hurts someone else; Mean behaviors - purposely saying or doing something to hurt someone else; Bullying - intentionally aggressive (mean) behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power. Early in the school year, experienced staff will be visiting all classes to explain bullying-related behaviors, the power of “the audience,” and dealing with rude, mean, and bullying behavior.
Reference RSU #12 JICIA Policy for Weapons, Violence and School Safety and RSU #12 Policy JICK - Bullying.