Code of Student Conduct

    Effective behavior codes provide children with opportunities to learn from their mistakes and to develop self-discipline. A personalized approach when dealing with children allows one to more effectively take into consideration each child's uniqueness, therefore, flexibility is an important code characteristic that allows a range of responses to misbehavior. The following variables may be considered when attempting to determine the most appropriate consequence that will enhance a child's ability to learn from his/her experiences and to make good decisions in the future:

    a. The age of the child

    b. Previous behavior

    c. Seriousness of the infraction

    d. Influence of provocation

    Accountability in the form of progressive consequences helps to reinforce this concept and to motivate us to adjust our behavior accordingly. The absence of consequences may deny children learning opportunities that are necessary for a smooth transition to responsible adulthood. The positive reinforcement of desirable behaviors will boost self-esteem and confidence and add desired balance to a child's school experience.

    Consequences for failing to demonstrate responsible behavior range from a warning or reprimand to suspension from school. Included within that range of consequences are such behavior control strategies as:

    · Warning or reprimand

    · Elimination of certain school privileges

    · The assignment of a written apology

    · The assignment of an essay acknowledging poor behavior

    · Referral to the principal's office

    · Sidelining

    · Recess detention(s)

    · Parent conferences(s)

    · In-school suspension(s)

    · Lunch detention(s)

    · After-school detention(s)

    · Out-of-school suspension(s)

    Parents will be notified of any serious breach of school rules or continued misbehavior. Violent behavior, vandalism, and insubordination to adult authority will result in a parent contact. A parent conference with the principal will be required after any out-of-school suspension(s), or if detentions prove ineffectual. The success of any school-imposed disciplinary action is to a large extent, dependent upon the full cooperation of the home.

    Teachers are expected to deal with classroom discipline problems in a manner which reflects a positive attitude towards students and reinforces the policies of the Board of Education. There are certain behaviors that are inappropriate regardless of where they occur. Those behaviors require administrative intervention, as they impact on the quality of school life for students, teachers and visitors. All students responsible for these behaviors should be directed to the office. It is not intended that the following list replace/supplant a teacher's expectations for classroom behavior.

    The following five behaviors will require principal intervention and parent contact:

    1. Inappropriate physical contact with another student;

    2. Willful disregard of an adult's authority;

    3. Being sent to the office for disruption of a substitute teacher's classroom activity;

    4. Throwing anything AT anyone;

    5. Bullying behavior of any kind, verbal or physical.

    Specific to the common areas of Lincoln School, the following are expected from all students:


    NOTE: The school supplies safe playground equipment for student use. TO ENSURE SAFETY, STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BRING EQUIPMENT FROM HOME.

    · Be safe and play fairly

    · Be respectful

    · Keep our school clean

    · Hurt no one on the inside or on the outside


    Hallway Rules

    SHOW RESPECT – “Take Care of Others”

    o         Move quietly in the hallway

    o         Stay in your own personal space


    SHOW RESPONSIBILITY – “Take Care of Yourself”

    o         Walk behind the person in front of you

    o         Walk on the right side of the hallway and stairs

    o         Stay with your group


    ENCOURAGE EVERYONE – “Take Care of This Place”

    o         Be a good example

    o         Respect school and personal property


    Cafeteria Rules

    SHOW RESPECT – “Take Care of Others”

    o         Say “Please” and “Thank You”

    o         Be kind with your words and actions.

    o         Use an inside voice


    SHOW RESPONSIBILITY – “Take Care of Yourself”

    o         Stay in your seat

    o         Raise your hand if you need help

    o         Clean up after yourself


    ENCOURAGE EVERYONE – “Take Care of This Place”

    o         Be a good example

    o         Respect school and personal property



    Media Center Rules

    SHOW RESPECT – “Take Care of Others”

    o         Work quietly.

    o         Be kind with your words and actions.


    SHOW RESPONSIBILITY – “Take Care of Yourself”

    o         Stay in your seat

    o         Raise your hand for assistance

    o         Listen carefully


    ENCOURAGE EVERYONE – “Take Care of This Place”

    o         Be a good example

    o         Leave computer workspace ready for the next person

    ·          Screen at “blue skies”

    ·          Headphones plugged in, next to the computer

    ·          Chairs pushed in

    o         Respect school and personal property

    Electronic Devices:


    Cameras, portable CD players, MP3s and other audio devices are not permitted on school grounds and will be confiscated and turned into the office when found.


    Students are permitted to have cell phones in school, however, they must be turned off during school hours.  Cell phones which ring during the school day or are used to make outgoing calls may be confiscated by teachers or administrators.  Under no circumstance may cell phones be used for picture-taking at school.


    Each item will be returned to the student at the end of the school day, the first time.  Subsequently, in addition to administrative consequences, those items will only be returned to the child’s parent/guardian.  Laser pointers are dangerous and will be confiscated.  

    Dress Code:

    The following should serve as a general guideline to students, and parents, when determining the attire to be worn in school:

    Regardless of fashion, it is expected that students will exercise good judgment with regard to appropriate school dress. The following will be deemed as inappropriate:

    · Hats and other head gear;

    · Clothing that is anatomically revealing (spaghetti straps, loose tank tops, short/tight shorts/skirts/shirts, etc.);

    · Clothing that contains offensive messages, language or pictures, or that advertises cigarettes, alcoholic products or drug paraphernalia;

    · Unsecured shoes (flip-flops, slippers, etc.).

    Parents will be contacted to bring appropriate change of clothing for students deemed to be wearing inappropriate attire. Hats and other head gear will be confiscated and returned to parents.

    The conduct of the vast majority of the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District's students remains exemplary. These expectations for student deportment, and the consequences for those students failing to comply with the established rules, address those very few students who fail to respect the adults, the students, and/or school property.

    Each instance of student misbehavior presents an opportunity to help prevent future problems and affords students the chance to “learn” from their mistakes. Often students will be asked to work through their problems allowing them to analyze and prescribe procedures to prevent the action from happening again. Ultimately, the end result of each discipline intervention is to have the student internalize some permanent and lasting beneficial lesson that they can use over and over again throughout their life.