Our school has a set of values that guide the expectations of the students and adults who make up our community. The values provide guidance on what each “looks like” in terms of actions. Following the list of values, we outline some specific behaviors that can be harmful to our community and possible consequences that may follow. Each family is asked to review the Community Code with children and return a signed acknowledgement prior to the start of school.
the FIVE CORE VALUES
of Aspen Country Day School
- I listen to and consider the opinion of others without judgment.
- I understand and follow the guidelines of the school and, when I have a question about them, I ask a teacher or staff member.
- I do not take or damage others’ belongings.
- I own my words and actions.
- I manage my belongings and clean up after myself.
- I make the right choices when no one is looking; if I don’t know the difference between what is right or wrong, I seek guidance from an adult.
- I own my mistakes and learn from them.
- I tell the truth and do my own work.
- I support and welcome all community members with kindness.
- I consider the feelings of others before I speak or act.
- I step in or ask for help when I see someone damaging our community in any way.
- I do not give up when something is difficult because I know that is when learning takes place.
- I accept that I will sometimes be disappointed and will use that as a learning opportunity.
An outline of visible behaviors that demonstrate positive contributions to community
ACDS students are expected to
- Respect themselves; be proud of themselves and their accomplishments
- Respect and value the rights of others
- Develop a strong character to make good decisions
- Follow the class rules established by the teacher
- Follow directions the first time they are given
- Be responsible for themselves and their belongings
- Be loyal and respectful toward the school; always respect and take care of school property
Positive Reinforcement and Consequences
Aspen Country Day School fulfills its mission for its students by educating children academically and socially so they may become responsible citizens contributing positively to society. Part of that process involves positive reinforcement for mature and responsible behavior, and part involves consequences intended to promote reflection and behavior modification when a member of our community behaves irresponsibly toward himself, others, or property.
Bullying and Social Aggression
Aggressive behavior towards other students erodes the sense of community and undermines the safe learning environment. Bullying, defined as physical intimidation or harm as well as verbal abuse, is a clear violation of behavioral expectations. Students should also understand that ongoing and deliberate actions that result in the exclusion of other students or that promote gossip and rumors are equally harmful to the community. These behaviors will be taken seriously and addressed expeditiously.
Social Media and Cell Phones
Social media is here to stay in one form or another, and it is the joint effort of the school and parents to help children navigate this rapidly changing medium. We ask parents to be well aware of the various platforms their children are using and to feel comfortable putting parameters in place for use. Much has been written about the 24/7 nature of harmful social behavior, so it is important that parents are informed of how their children are “socializing” through technology.
It is also important for all to understand how the use of these sites can negatively impact the learning community. Though many of these actions take place outside of school, the school may step in with consequences if a child is either unable to focus in school or even attend school, as a result of actions on social media.
We do not allow students to use personal electronics at school (includes cell phones, smart watches, and personal computers). We are well aware that other schools do allow cell phone use during the day, and we have made a conscious decision not to. We ask that you respect this guideline and refrain from texting your children with a change of plans or for any other reason during the school day. If you need to reach your child, please call 970-925-1909; a staff member will either deliver the message or instruct your child to call from a school phone.
We understand that some families need to reach children via cell phone after school, or some students like to listen to music en route to and from school. We simply ask students to turn off and put away any personal electronics during school hours of 8 am and 3:15 pm. If students bring out electronics during the school day, the teacher will deliver the device to an administrator. We expect appropriate use of technology on the bus, where we have a range of ages. Please discuss with your children that students of various ages ride the bus, so technology use should be appropriate for younger children.
If expectations are not met
The following procedures will be followed when students do not meet behavioral expectations. These may not occur in this order; that is, severe or egregious violations may go directly to the Assistant Head or Head of School. The definition of egregious conduct includes, but is not limited to: physical aggression, repetitive social aggression, substance use or possession, and serious violations of the Technology Acceptable Use Policy such as hacking, using another person's account, or accessing adult content.
- Routine problems in the classroom or on campus (disruptive behavior, lack of consideration of others, etc.) will be handled by the teacher.
- Repeated problems of the same nature, after an initial intervention by the teacher, will be reported to an administrator. Either the teacher or the Assistant Head or the Head of Lower School will contact the parents.
- More serious infractions will be reported immediately to the Assistant Head or the Head of Lower School, who will contact the parents and organize a meeting with the student and parents to discuss the behavior, consequences, and solutions. Consequences may include in-school or after-school detention with the goal of helping children learn from their mistakes in judgment or action.
- Egregious conduct and/or consistent inability to modify inappropriate behavior will be addressed by the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School. The Head will determine the appropriate consequence, which may be probation, suspension, or expulsion.