Positive Learning, and
Positive Partnerships in Seattle Public Schools
Meaningful learning occurs in environments that are safe, positive, consistent, and predictable. When the principles of cultural intelligence, safety, respect, honesty, accountability, and equity are exhibited throughout a system, trusting relationships result and excellence for each and every student can be achieved.
Seattle Public Schools is committed to furthering cultural intelligence that respects and values the diversity across the District in schools and in classrooms, and serves to guide decisions in promoting fair and equitable treatment for all.
A positive school climate is important in promoting a sense of belonging and supporting excellence for each and every student. Positive school climates include:
- A vision based on shared beliefs, values, rituals, and stories that grow as part of the culture.
- Collaborative relationships and respectful interactions between students, families, and staff.
- Fair and equitable treatment that respects and values all cultures.
- A physical environment that is welcoming, safe, and accessible to all.
- Regular assessment and review of school climate survey by students, families, staff, and stakeholders
In addition to a positive school climate, we understand that students at times may be experiencing emotional and/or physical stressors. During these times, students are encouraged to share with a trusted adult at school and staff are committed to supporting each student so that s/he is fully able to participate in the school day.
Our Student Rights and Responsibilities sets forth the rules and regulations of Seattle Public Schools regarding student conduct. It is created in compliance with the requirements of State law and aligned with the Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan. It references sections of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) that govern use of corrective action (i.e., discipline, suspension, and expulsion) for any student by a school district.
The foundation of Seattle Public Schools’ discipline policy is one of prevention, by establishing a positive school climate that includes shared behavioral expectations and a common language for talking about expected behavior that is inclusive of students, families, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and other staff. Discipline procedures and intervention strategies aim to reduce or eliminate loss of instructional time and out of school consequences for behavior. This document applies to all students and is designed to educate all members of the educational community as to the rules, regulations, and due process procedures. We encourage families to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities with their student. It describes our expectations at school as well as what students can expect from adults at school.
The Seattle Public Schools also publishes and distributes “The Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools” in flyer format to all students at the beginning of each school year.