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Discipline and Behavior

A complete copy of the Warwick Valley School District Code of Conduct is available online. This Code has been adopted by the Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education and submitted to the New York State Education Department as required by law. The Code applies to all students, school personnel, parents, and other visitors when on school property (including school buses and vehicles) or attending a school-sponsored function.

ROAR: A Matrix of Behavioral Expectations

Park Avenue’s PBIS has come up with ROAR — four short rules that we expect everyone in our Park Avenue School Community to abide by. They are:

  • Respect
  • Outstanding choices
  • Acceptance
  • Responsibility

It is our goal here at Park Avenue to make the understanding of ROAR as clear and easy for children as possible.  What you will find on the matrix is what each of these rules actually looks like in the various places in and on the school grounds. In a positive manner, the matrix tells the children what to do and how to behave in order to abide by these four rules in the various areas of the school. The matrix (and/or portions of the matrix) will be posted in each classroom and in areas around the school.

Please take the time to go over and review this matrix with your child(ren). It might be a great idea to create a poster of the Park Avenue ROAR to post along with the matrix someplace accessible in your home.

ROAR at Park Avenue

One of the most important parts of the PBIS system is that the behavioral skills and expectations are taught directly to the students. This way the children know exactly what is expected of them and how they are to behave. ROAR lessons will be taught to the students in the beginning of the year. Students needing additional lessons in order to demonstrate mastery will be given those lessons as needed throughout the year.

ROAR Golden Tickets: An Acknowledgement / Reinforcement System

Research shows us that positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to not only change problematic behavior, but also to encourage and maintain appropriate behavior.

Another component of the PBIS system is the use of consistent positive reinforcement to celebrate students’ success with their ROAR choices by giving them a golden ticket. Golden tickets will be placed in the appropriate grade level containers found in the main office before the end of the day each Friday. Three student names from each grade level will be announced on Monday morning each week and students will get the opportunity to choose an incentive from the weekly incentive basket.

The last Friday of the month, one ticket will be drawn from each grade level from the month’s cumulative tickets. The winners will have the opportunity to choose from the monthly prize basket and/or the bulletin board selection of certificates.

In order to recognize our students’ positive behavioral choices, Park Avenue students will be treated to a school-wide celebration three times during the school year. 

As a continued reminder of our PBIS school-wide program, students and staff will be encouraged to wear purple and/or gold on Fridays each week to show their school spirit.

    ROAR Matrix

    Respect

    Stairwell/Hallway:

    • Greet others with soft voices
    • Pass by classrooms quietly and respectfully
    • Follow teacher directions

    Bathroom:

    • Stay in your own personal space
    • Use soft voice
    • Keep hands and feet off the stall walls

    Cafeteria/Lunch:

    • Greet adults politely
    • Respect monitors, custodians and lunch servers
    • Use indoor voices
    • Use manners (please/thank you)

    Recess:

    • Share equipment
    • Talk nicely to others
    • Take turns
    • Follow game rules

    Classroom:

    • Be kind
    • Be polite
    • Raise your hand and wait your turn to speak

    Bus:

    • Politely greet driver and others on bus
    • Maintain inside voices
    • Share seat

    Outstanding Choices

    Stairwell/Hallway:

    • Follow voice codes (0 or 1) when by yourself or with others
    • Keep hands/feet to yourself
    • Use every step when walking on stairs

    Bathroom:

    • Use water, soap and paper towels correctly
    • Flush toilet after use
    • Place paper towels in the garbage can after use

    Cafeteria/Lunch:

    • Respect personal space of others
    • Follow directions
    • Stay in designated lunch area
    • Line up quietly
    • Always walk

    Recess:

    • Respect school property and the property of others
    • Line up quickly when called
    • Use equipment properly
    • Keep hands and feet to yourself

    Classroom:

    • Be on time to class
    • Follow directions the first time
    • Be prepared for class

    Bus:

    • Take care of your property and others’ property
    • Keep your area clean
    • Keep hands & feet to yourself

    Acceptance

    Stairwell/Hallway:

    • Stay in your own personal space
    • Greet others with a friendly smile and/or hello

    Bathroom:

    • Knock on the stall door before opening
    • Wait your turn for the bathroom and sink

    Cafeteria/Lunch:

    • Speak in quiet voices (voice code 1 or 2)
    • Include others

    Recess:

    • Allow others to play
    • Be supportive of others

    Classroom:

    • Be open-minded and patient
    • Be a good listener

    Bus:

    • Be kind to everyone on the bus

    Responsibility

    Stairwell/Hallway:

    • Stay to the right while traveling in the hallway and stairwell
    • Go directly to your assigned classroom
    • Use the hand rail

    Bathroom:

    • Keep restroom clean
    • Use time wisely
    • Return directly to your assigned place
    • Lock stall when entering and unlock when leaving

    Cafeteria/Lunch:

    • Focus on eating first
    • Clean up after yourself
    • Recycle

    Recess:

    • Put equipment where it belongs when done
    • Get permission to leave recess area
    • Tell adults about unsafe behavior

    Classroom:

    • Follow classroom rules
    • Stay on task you are working on
    • Clean up after yourself

    Bus:

    • Follow the bus driver’s directions
    • Stay in your seat
    • Keep hands and feet to yourself

    The ODR (Office Discipline Referral) Form

    While we teach children our expectations and offer pre-corrections or reminders of our positive reinforcement system, some children will still misbehave.  In those instances, the Park Avenue Staff has developed the Office Discipline Referral (ODR) form, in line with the district behavior code infractions. The form will also help staff be more consistent, not only with enforcing our R.O.A.R. choices, but also in taking corrective action when children have disobeyed the rules.

    Before an ODR is filled out, teachers will try to manage the situation through regular classroom management.  Students are expected to fill out a “Think About.”  If the behavior is extreme or if it is a second or third offense, an ODR will be filled out. At that point, the student will be called to the principal’s office for a discussion. Parents will be notified.

    Our goal is to teach the children replacement behaviors to provide a learning environment that is safe, fun, free from distraction, and allows all children to reach their maximum learning potential.

    Playground Rules

    1. Students are to stay within the boundaries of the play areas.
    2. Climbing trees is prohibited.
    3. One person at a time may occupy a swing; and students must sit while swinging.
    4. No hard ball may be used on school grounds during the school day.  The only balls permitted are those issued by the school.
    5. No play involving tripping, wrestling, hitting, or throwing another to the ground is permitted.
    6. Throwing of snow balls, stones, or other objects is forbidden.
    7. No knives, cap pistols, edged tools, or other objects capable of inflicting a wound should be brought to school.
    8. Students must follow rules and directions from school monitors all times.

    Bus Conduct and Rules

    1. Children may not change buses except in an emergency situation. Any emergency change must have prior approval of the Transportation Supervisor.
    2. Children will not be allowed to get off the bus at any other than their regular stop without written permission by a parent or guardian to the principal.
    3. While waiting for the bus, children should stay out of the road and wait without pushing and shoving. They should not wander onto private property.
    4. As the bus approaches, line up at least 6 feet off the road, and do not move toward the bus until it has stopped and the driver has opened the door.
    5. Children must remain seated while on the bus.
    6. Heads, arms and hands are to be kept inside the bus.
    7. Nothing is to be thrown from the bus.
    8. Eating is not allowed on the bus.
    9. Loud talking and distracting noises are prohibited.
    10. Help keep the bus clean.
    11. Obey all directions given by the driver.
    12. Students should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before leaving their seats to exit the door.
    13. Students who must cross the street when leaving the bus must do so in front of the bus.

    A child who repeatedly misbehaves on the bus will be reported to the principal through the use of a bus discipline report, filled out by the bus driver. Upon receipt of the first such report, the principal will speak to the student and notify the parent. A second discipline report may warrant a conference with student and parent. Should a third report be received, the student’s bus privileges will be suspended for up to five days, after the parent is notified.