Board Policy #S-5137

New Haven Unified School District


The Governing Board desires to provide orderly and caring learning environments in which all students feel comfortable, share the responsibility for maintaining a positive school climate, and take pride in their school and their achievements.

The district shall encourage attitudes and behaviors that promote mutual respect and harmonious relations. The schools shall promote nonviolent conflict resolution techniques and provide students opportunities to voice their concerns about school policies and practices. The Superintendent or designee may initiate student courts, campus beautification projects, buddy systems, vandalism prevention campaigns, and other programs in which students may identify and solve problems that affect their school.

The schools shall not tolerate any comments or gestures which are vulgar or obscene or which denigrate others on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group, marital or parental status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or any other unlawful consideration. Students shall be subject to disciplinary procedures for bullying other students or for using insults, slurs, or fighting words which may disrupt school activities.

(cf. 5131.4 - Campus Disturbances)

The curriculum and counseling programs shall foster positive racial and ethnic identity, help students understand diverse cultures, teach them to think critically about ethnic bias, and show them how to deal with discriminatory behavior in appropriate ways. The Board encourages the use of cooperative learning strategies in the classroom in order to foster positive social interactions among students.

(cf. 6141.6 - Multicultural Education)

School staff shall encourage and reward success and achievement, participation in community projects, and positive student conduct.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)
(cf. 6142.4 - Community Service)

First Reading
February 1, 1994

Second Reading
March 1, 1994

January, 1997

Revised First Reading
February 18, 1997

Revised Second Reading
March 4, 1997

Administrative Regulation for Board Policy 5137