It is our philosophy that students should be provided with a safe, positive, consistent and
predictable environment in which to learn. To assist us in implementing this philosophy, we have
adopted a process called school-wide positive behavior support. The main focus of School-wide
Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at
Washburn School. While many faculty and students may have assumptions of what is expected
behavior, we cannot assume that everyone’s beliefs are similar. Through SWPBS, we will
work to create and maintain a productive, safe environment in which ALL school community
members have clear expectations and understandings of their role in the educational process.
1. Behavioral Expectations are Defined. A small number of clearly defined behavioral
expectations are defined in positive, simple, rules. Washburn School’s 3 R’s are:
• Be Respectful
• Be Responsible
• Be Ready
2. Behavioral Expectations are Taught. Our school has developed a matrix which
provides behavior expectations and procedures for different areas and/or functions
within the school. Examples and non-examples of appropriate school and classroom
behavior will be modeled and clarified for all students as part of our SWPBS plan. The
behavioral expectations are taught to all students and involves much more than simply
telling students what behaviors to avoid. Students will be provided a copy of the matrix
which includes school-wide rules and expectations per each location in the school.
These are also posted throughout the building to make students aware of what is
expected of them.
3. Appropriate Behaviors are Acknowledged. Once appropriate behaviors have been
defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged. Washburn School has designed a
formal system to reward and recognize appropriate and positive behaviors. Individual
students will be given “Pirate Treasures” to encourage and reinforce positive behavior.
Other reward programs have also been designed to recognize and reward students
when they are respectful, responsible and ready!
4. Rule Violations are Addressed Consistently and Proactively. When students violate
behavioral expectations, clear procedures are needed for providing information to
them that their behavior is/was unacceptable. Students, teachers and administrators
all should be able to predict what will occur when school rules and expectations are
not followed. In addition to the school-wide rules, each teacher will post and teach
their classroom rules. Minor infractions will be handled by classroom teachers using
their classroom management system. Students who choose not to follow school
expectations and/or break the rules will be issued an office referral which will result in
the following consequences unless otherwise mandated by school board policy (i.e.,
fighting, tobacco, alcohol, or zero tolerance issues, etc.).
1st–Conference with student/warning
2nd–Conference with student/warning
3rd–One (1) day in-school suspension or one hour after school
4th–One (1) hour after-school detention – parent notification
5th–One (1) hour after-school detention – parent notification
6th–One-half day Saturday/four hours after school
7th–One (1) day out-of-school suspension
8th–One-half day Saturday/four hours after school
9th–Two (2) days out-of-school suspension
10th–Alternative School–8-45 days for students of grades 5 thru 12; grades K-4 will be
determined by principal
11th–Conference with student/warning
12th–One (1) day out-of-school suspension
13th–Alternative School 20-45 days for grades 5-12; grades K-4 will be determined by
14th–Conference with student/warning
15th–One (1) day out-of-school suspension
16th–Alternative School – remainder of the year or minimum of thirty (30) days grades 5-12;
grades K-4 at principal discretion
Extended school assignments will be at the discretion of the principal and availability of
after school or Saturday school.
Blatant violat ions of proper conduct wi l l be addressed by the pr incipal wi t h
consequences which may include after-school detention, Saturday school, in-school
suspension, out-of-school suspension, expulsion or action deemed appropriate. ALL
DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PRINCIPAL.
If a student does not attend assigned after school or does not attend assigned Saturday
school, he/she will be assigned to alternative school for 8-45 days. Office referrals will be
cumulative during the year and will not start over at the beginning of the second semester.
Students that are suspended, expelled, or placed in alternative school are not allowed to attend
school functions or be on school property during period of suspension/expulsion or alternative