Letter to ACPS Families

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! We are looking forward to an amazing opportunity to prepare our students to become competent citizens in our ever-changing world. As we work together to cultivate all aspects of each individual student, we acknowledge the importance of developing positive behaviors in each student. One of our goals as a school division is to implement a Social Emotional Academic Learning (SEAL) program each day. SEAL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions and acquire positive relationship and decision-making skills (CASEL, 2017).  Our SEAL program is designed to assist each student to develop positive behaviors that promote learning, support mental health with trauma informed practices, build strong school communities that are restorative, and deliver fair and equitable treatment across all student populations.

To build strong relationships that foster understanding and inclusion, we must value the rich culture and diverse experiences each student brings to the classroom.  We have included in this Student Code of Conduct handbook information that focuses on explicit teaching and re-teaching of positive behaviors and includes prevention strategies. Those prevention strategies build upon a tiered system of support that is developmentally and culturally responsive. We are also committed to restorative practices in our school communities that support finding alternatives to suspension. We want our students in school learning in safe, inclusive and supportive environments.

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 thriving academically and behaviorally. In this Student Code of Conduct handbook, we have outlined tiered interventions that assist students with acquiring social skills and that support student who exhibit behavioral challenges. We have outlined procedures for reporting bullying behaviors, and unwanted conduct that could result in specific disciplinary actions along with interventions that are provided to encourage positive behavior change.

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 leading to positive academic outcomes. 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 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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