Letter to ACPS Families

As we prepare our students to become competent citizens in our ever-changing world, we work to provide opportunities to cultivate all aspects of each individual student. We understand the critical role positive behavior plays in a student’s readiness to meet the requirements of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate leading to fulfillment of each student’s future dreams and aspirations. One of our goals as a school division is to support the Social Emotional Academic Learning (SEAL) of each student by:

  • Cultivating positive behaviors that promote learning
  • Supporting mental health with trauma informed practices
  • Building strong school communities that are restorative
  • Delivering fair and equitable treatment across all student populations

SEAL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions and acquire positive relationship and decision-making skills (CASEL, 2017).  

We value and celebrate the rich culture and diverse experiences each student brings to the classroom. One of the ways in which we will achieve safe learning environments for all students and staff is to have a uniformed code of conduct that focuses on explicit instruction of teaching and re-teaching positive behaviors and prevention strategies building upon tiered systems of support that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.  We are committed to restorative practices in our school communities and finding alternatives to suspension. We want our students in school learning in safe, inclusive and supportive environments. This will require all of us to work together.

In this Code of Conduct handbook, we have outlined supports to assist students exhibiting behavioral challenges, procedures for reporting bullying behaviors, and unwanted conduct that could result in specific disciplinary actions. We understand that behavior is one way our students communicate their needs with us. Our goal is to respond to those needs in the most appropriate ways that will keep our students in school and assist them with developing new behaviors.

Please read this Student Code of Conduct carefully. It is important for parents to talk with your child(ren) about this information so that we are communicating and setting consistent expectations for positive behavior and strong attendance.

After reading and discussing this information, please be sure you and your child sign the ACPS Signature Form, provided in the Back to School Forms provided at the start of the school year.

We appreciate the support of our families in helping our students become their very best. We look forward to working collaboratively with you to ensure safe and orderly learning environments for everyone.

We wish you and your family a safe and successful school year!

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