Expectations and Student Code of Conduct

  • The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education believes that the schools’ primary goal is to provide a safe environment for learning for all members of the school community. Students are expected to practice academic and personal integrity as they respect the rights of others, are responsible for promoting behavior to support a safe school, free of threatening, intimidating, or harassing behavior as well as behavior that is harmful to themselves, other persons, or property.

    The District expects adults and students to relate in a manner that is respectful, responsible, and safe. When adults teach and model these choices, the result is a positive environment for teaching, studying, and learning.

    Respectful 

    Each student in the school:

    • Knows and acts as if personal rights are balanced by the rights of others
    • Accepts through words and actions that others have different ideas and opinions
    • Understands and allows for others’ and their own mistakes to be a part of learning

    Responsible

    Each student in the school:

    • Acts in ways that indicate school attendance and learning are a priority
    • Knows and acts as if his or her choices affect everyone
    • Makes choices that support learning for all

    Safe

    Each student in the school:

    • Takes steps to ensure that physical safety for all is a priority
    • Understands social safety is free of put downs or sarcasm
    • Knows that what happens in and out of school impacts learning

    Students and their parents have the right to expect schools will be an orderly, safe and supportive learning environment. Students will be taught, guided, directed, and provided with opportunities to learn what is expected as a part of their daily practice of making safe and responsible choices. Four Practices of Oklahoma City Public Schools faculty and staff are key to providing students a school culture in which all students can be successful:

    1. Challenging all students through rigorous curriculum and effective teaching responsive to students’ learning styles, prior knowledge and cultural background
    2. Supporting the personal safety of students, teachers, and families and sustaining trusting relationships and shared responsibility for student success
    3. Supporting growth and effectiveness of faculty and staff by continuous professional learning, evidence-based collaboration, and improvement of practices
    4. Making decisions based on evidence and modeling equality, flexibility, and transparency to provide each student a fair chance for success

    In addition to the commitment of teaching and modeling expectations to support school success, the Student Code of Conduct demonstrates to students that situations which threaten safety and learning will be addressed according to a plan which treats every student fairly and equitably.

    To carry out the District’s primary goal of discipline, faculty and staff members are committed to modeling, teaching, and re-teaching school-wide expectations. For most inappropriate choices students make, this process of modeling, teaching, and re-teaching or a conference between teacher and student will eliminate most issues. Students and their parents must also recognize that certain behaviors must have consequences that allow them an opportunity to understand and learn from their decisions. Collaboration among students, school personnel, parents, and community is essential to maintaining a safe learning environment for all students.