Pinecrest School’s Accountability Plan includes student behavior at school and at any related school functions
including, but not limited to field trips, bus rides, and after-care.
Pinecrest School believes that students must learn to conduct their lives in an ethical manner that contributes to their personal growth and allows those that they encounter to learn from their example. Students are expected to treat classmates, faculty, staff, parents, and visitors with respect and courtesy.
The goals of Pinecrest School’s Accountability Plan are to:
encourage a child’s feelings of self-worth and self-esteem
guide a child toward self-discipline and self control
teach a child to relate appropriately toward others
help a child to grow toward emotional maturity
help a child grow in moral development
help a child understand the value and importance of his/her role in a community
enable a child to begin forming a sense of personal values and positive morals
Each child can expect a safe learning environment at Pinecrest School. Behaviors that can threaten this environment include such things as:
inappropriate use of supplies, materials, and equipment
use of inappropriate language
loss of self control and/or lack of self-regulation
physical harm or aggression towards another individual (including, but not limited to hitting, kicking, biting, and scratching)
non-observance of school/classroom understandings and expectations
tampering with or stealing school or others’ property
Should a child exhibit any of these behaviors or struggle in meeting these expectations, it is the classroom teacher’s responsibility, in conjunction with the head of school, to implement the following consequences when appropriate:
remove the child from the learning environment
arrange for the child to visit the head of school’s office
document inappropriate behavior
contact the parents
hold a teacher/parent conference
conference with head of school
set up a system of intervention and/or action plan to discourage repeat offenses
loss of classroom or school-wide privileges
suspend the child
Serious offenses will accelerate the level of consequence as determined by the head of school.
In all grades and classes, as appropriate, quality time is given to discussing behavioral expectations and to stressing the importance in a school community of cooperating in a mannerly fashion. Value is placed on developing effective work habits and affirming self-knowledge about how one learns, perspective about what one learns and empathy as one learns. Teachers strive to be firm, fair, and consistent as they guide students toward self-regulation. Students are expected to act responsibly, respectfully, resourcefully, and with restraint.
Accountability at all grade levels means offering positive reinforcement to motivate appropriate behavior. Offenses of any kind are serious detractors that will not be tolerated.
It is understood that student actions and general deportment both on and off campus reflect directly on the school. Those who disregard the behavioral expectations outlined here will experience increasingly serious responses as previously described. The school reserves the right to dismiss any student whose progress or conduct is unsatisfactory or detrimental. Should parents/guardians wish to appeal a school response, they may do so through the head of school’s office.