School District Of The City Of York
Discipline Policy – Updated for 2017-18
The School District of the City of York has updated the discipline policy and Student Code of Conduct for the 2017-18 school year. PDF versions of those documents are available below.
Teachers and administrators collaborated during the past year to develop an incentive-based, proactive approach to encouraging positive behavior. The district has deliberately pivoted from the traditional punitive approach to discipline, choosing instead to emphasize preventative measures and intervention strategies.
We continue to expect the very best from our students, and we will hold them accountable. But we will also hold ourselves accountable for equipping students with the skills they need to be successful in life.
In preparation for this new approach, the district implemented a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) system during the 2016-17 school year. PBIS is a school-wide tiered support system that serves as the basis for our Student Code of Conduct. PBIS provides a framework for schools to successfully integrate and includes evidenced-based strategies to support academic, social, and behavioral outcomes for all students. The PBIS process is used in a systematic approach to teach and reinforce positive behavior expectations for all students. PBIS is a preventative measure and engages students in different ways. The PBIS framework includes creating a positive school wide climate and culture and individualized support as needed.
The district has seen significant progress after just one year of PBIS implementation. Most notably, the number of out-of-school suspensions decreased by 33 percent between 2015-16 and 2016-17.
All students will be given paper copies of the new policy to take home and share with their parents/guardians. We ask that parents/guardians sign and return an attached sheet indicating they have reviewed the policy and Student Code of Conduct.
Through the establishment of a new committee of parents, teachers and administrators, the district will continue to monitor the new policy and improve its effectiveness.