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BP 5137


Positive School Climate


The San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) desires to enhance student learning by providing an orderly, caring, and nurturing educational and social environment in which all students can feel safe and take pride in their school and their achievements.  The school environment should be characterized by positive interpersonal relationships among students and between students and staff.


All staff are expected to serve as role models for students by demonstrating positive, professional attitudes and respect toward each student and other staff members. Teachers shall use effective classroom management techniques based on clear expectations for student behavior.


Staff shall consistently enforce SBCOE policies and regulations which establish rules for appropriate student conduct, including prohibitions against bullying, cyberbullying, harassment of students, hazing, other violence or threats of violence against students and staff, and drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.


The SBCOE’s curriculum shall include age-appropriate character education which includes, but is not limited to, the principles of equality, human dignity, mutual respect, fairness, honesty, and citizenship.  Teachers are encouraged to employ cooperative learning strategies that foster positive interactions in the classroom among students from diverse backgrounds.


The Superintendent or designee may develop other strategies to enhance students’ feelings of connectedness with the schools, such as campus beautification projects, graffiti removal, pairing of adult mentors with individual students, recognition of student achievement, and encouragement of strong family and community involvement in the schools.


Students shall have opportunities to voice their concerns about school policies and practices and to share responsibility for solving problems that affect their school.


The schools shall promote nonviolent conflict resolution techniques in order to encourage attitudes and behaviors that foster harmonious relations.  As part of this effort, students shall be taught the skills necessary to reduce violence, including communication skills, anger management, bias reduction, and mediation skills.


Staff shall receive professional development designed to improve classroom management, conflict resolution techniques, and communications with students and parents/guardians including persons of diverse backgrounds.



Legal Reference:


233-233.8  Hate violence prevention

32280-32289  School safety plans

32295.5  Teen court programs

35181  Governing board policy on responsibilities of students

35291-35291.5  Rules

44807  Teachers’ duty concerning conduct of students

48900-48925  Suspension and expulsion                                                                                                Policy Adopted:5-10-18