GSD Board Approves New Student Code of ConductGrenada Schools, known for being proactive, has embarked on a yearlong focus to develop a Code of Conduct that ensures all students are treated fairly, while also including strong consequences for misbehavior. The
Grenada School Board is committed to ensuring that all schools provide a safe and orderly learning environment, understanding that appropriate behavior is necessary for the District to provide a quality education for all students.
Under my leadership, a new District-wide Code of Conduct
was developed with consultants, central office administration,
each school's principal and assistant principals, teachers, and the District's intervention specialist. The consultants involved have experience in ensuring equality for all students.
The Code of Conduct is based on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which has three components: Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful. PBIS is a proven, research and evidence-based discipline program that emphasizes school-wide systems of support.
PBIS includes strategies for defining, teaching, modeling, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. PBIS emphasizes teaching students to behave in ways that contribute to academic achievement and school success, supporting a school environment where students and school staff are responsible and respectful.
PBIS also emphasizes the need for school staff to promote appropriate behaviors by reinforcing and monitoring appropriate behaviors. PBIS recognizes that effective school discipline is anchored to meaningful corrective instruction and guidance that offers students an opportunity
to learn from their mistakes and to contribute to the school
community. PBIS also involves ongoing monitoring of discipline data to ensure that equitable school-based discipline practices are implemented in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner.
A very important component of the Code of Conduct is the partnership between the school and parent. All stakeholders should cooperate with one another to create an environment conducive to learning. Communication between the home and school helps to ensure that students have the
support necessary to obtain a successful education. Both parents and school personnel serve as role models for students. Parents are encouraged to become involved partners by promoting a safe and supportive environment for their child's school. It is important that parents are familiar with the Grenada School District Code of Conduct and contact
the school when appropriate to discuss strategies that may positively impact their child's behavior. Educators will maintain communication with parents about their child's behavior and seek help from parents to address behavior concerns.
The new Code of Conduct will be implemented for the 2014-2015 school term and is a part of the student handbook. The Grenada School District is very excited about the anticipated successful results, linking improved student behavior to improved educational outcomes.