The Reading School District is committed to partnering with you and your child to make sure that ALL students have the social/emotional, career, and academic skills they need to succeed in life. The RSD Code of Student Conduct guides our schools in developing disciplinary practices that promote a safe, nurturing and productive learning environment. For the upcoming academic year 2018-2019, the District is revising and updating the current Code of Conduct published in 2014.
The Code of Conduct Committee has developed a draft that includes the following sections:
Introduction: Culturally responsive practice, positive school climate, proactive support systems, and rights/responsibilities.
- Due process: general discipline requirements, suspension guidelines, and appealing process.
- Progressive discipline: behavior incidents organized in four progressive disciplinary levels.
- Board Policies: summaries of pertinent policies.
- Bullying: reporting form and investigative protocol.
- Community Resources: list of human service organizations in Reading.
These are some examples of your rights and responsibilities as Red Knight Families:
- To be treated fairly and respectfully by all school and district staff, and to treat everyone in the school community with respect.
- To talk with your child about the Code of Student Conduct (available at www.ReadingSD.org) and school rules.
- To receive information and work with the school principal, teachers, and other staff to support your child’s academic, social/emotional, or behavioral needs.
- To ensure that your child has an opportunity to express his/her side of the story before any disciplinary action and to advocate for appropriate supportive interventions.
- To be notified promptly of consequences assigned and appeal disciplinary actions taken.
RSD resolves behavioral incidents by teaching students social and emotional skills, shaping positive behavior, and repairing harm done. This means school staff should:
- Prevent behavior incidents by setting clear expectations, fostering positive relationships with all students, and developing students’ social-emotional skills.
- Try to calm the situation when behavior incidents arise and ensure all individuals are safe.
- Seek the student’s perspective and reflect on the reason for the student’s behavior.
- After the incident, staff, student(s), and families should work together to repair the harm done and address the underlying reason for the behavior. Students who are taken out of class or school should be warmly welcomed back into the community and provided additional support as needed.
When should a suspension be used?
Out-of-school suspensions are a last resort that should only be used only when:
- Staff and/or students are in immediate danger of physical, emotional, or mental harm, or
- A student has severely interrupted other students in school, and staff have tried other ways to respond to the behavior.
When used, suspensions should be part of a larger strategy for addressing students’ behavioral needs and preventing future incidents. Students cannot be sent home for a suspension until reasonable efforts are made to notify parents/guardians.
What should I do if I feel my child has been disciplined unfairly?
Parents and students have the right to appeal disciplinary action. If you believe your student has been disciplined unfairly or given a suspension before you were notified, contact your school principal to set up a meeting to discuss the incident and raise your concerns. If the issue is unresolved you can take it to the next level according to the Code of Student Conduct.
What should I do if I believe my student is being a target of bullying?
You should notify the school principal as quickly as possible. You may report bullying to any RSD employee in person, by phone, or by using the District’s Anonymous Tip Line on our web site at www.readingsd.org/tipline.
If you need assistance with translating the Code of Student Conduct Book draft, please contact our English as a Second Language Department at 484-258-7104 Ext. 1. Please note, the final Code of Student Conduct will be published in both English and Spanish.