Student behavioral expectations and responsibilities

Good Shepherd School emphasizes developing the godly character of children. We expect students to take responsibility for their behavior by making choices that demonstrate attitudes and actions that honor the Lord, their parents and one another. We look to Jesus and God’s Word for our example of setting standards and expectations for student behaviors.

Attitude
* Students are expected to have an attitude of mutual respect in all relationships.
* Student to staff, Student to student, Student to adult.

We encourage students to follow the golden rule principle, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
This includes:
* Building one another up
* Believing the best of others
* Supportive relationships

Language

Students are expected to use edifying language. We encourage:
* Problem solving
* Constructive criticism
We prohibit:
* Degrading language—oral and written *Name calling
* Destructive criticism
* Griping

Safety
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a safe manner.
Physical Safety
* No scuffling, pushing, shoving
* No unnecessary risks
* Emotional safety
* No intimidation
* No name calling or degrading talk

Facility Safety
* Keep an orderly, clean environment
* Personal property will be well cared for and will not create unnecessary temptation to others
* Do not damage or deface church/school property
* Students will be responsible for replacement of damaged property

Time Management
We value school attendance and promptness.

Absences
It is the family’s responsibility for students to make up work when students are gone for an extended time period.
Tardies
* Tardies interrupt class instruction. Repeated tardies are unacceptable.
Dress
Students’ dress should be modest, representing the Lord, as a believer’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
* Clothes should be appropriate for the function and occasion.
* Any written message on clothing is to be in good taste.
* Clothing is to cover underwear.
* Tops are to cover midriffs.
* Shorts, dresses and skirts should not be shorter than fingertips extended at each side.
* Clothing that’s too tight is a distraction so err on the side of modesty.
Ear (only) piercing on girls and NO piercings on boys.
* No body tattooing on girls or boys.

Food, Gum and Personal Items
The use of food should not distract from the learning environment or damage the facility. It is restricted to the banquet room unless used in a teacher-directed activity (exceptions made for dietary needs). Gum is not allowed. Walkmans, CD players and anything with rollers are not allowed on the school campus.

Consequences
The classroom teacher is responsible for developing and implementing a student management plan for their class. Teachers are expected to relate to students in a positive, respectful manner. They will establish a Christ-centered, orderly learning environment where students take responsibility for their actions. If a student’s attitude or behavior escalates to the point where the classroom interventions are not adequate, they will be referred to the principal’s office.

The action plan for office referrals is as follows:
* An initial office referral will result in the principal having a problem-solving conference with the child and notifying the parent.
* A second office referral will result in the principal having a problem-solving conference with the child, parent and teacher. *Further disruptions may result in suspension.
*Ultimately, such disruptions may result in expulsion from school.

Library
Each Good Shepherd School student, regardless of grade, is to sign his/her full first name, first letter of last name (e.g. David T) and grade to the check out card each time an item is checked out. The number of books allowed per grade is as follows:

Kindergarten  <Parent name check out only>
First grade  <One book—classroom use only>
Second grade  <Two books—may take home>
Third – Eighth grades  <Three books, one video game/CD/audio>