Student Management & Discipline
The Gregory Heights staff believes teaching self-discipline will lead to our students being successful at school as well as setting them up for success in the future. Our discipline rules and strategies give every student the opportunity to manage his or her own behavior. We actively teach children how to manage themselves and solve problems without fighting. Your child deserves a positive school climate for academic growth.
At Gregory Heights Elementary, we have implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a system of school-wide discipline which focuses on proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school and classroom environment. Our school rules all align to four major focus areas with the acronym PAWS: Problem-solve; Act responsibly and safely; Work together; and Show respect.
School bus drivers have the authority to discipline students for
misconduct related to school district rules. Each student is expected
to follow the rules and regulations of the High line School District for
Bus Riders. Misbehavior on the bus may result in short-term
suspension from the bus. Ongoing misbehavior may result in suspension for the remainder of the school year. Parents/guardians will be notified of misconduct slips written for their child.
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy
Our school is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, and volunteers that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. The district is committed to promoting positive character traits and values, including the importance of civil and respectful speech and conduct, and the responsibility of students to comply with the district's policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying. "Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act including but not limited to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:
• Physically harms a student or damages the student's property;
• Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;
• Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
• Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including, but not limited to, slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written, oral, physical or electronically transmitted messages or images.
Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassment, intimidation or bullying in the educational environment is strongly encouraged to bring his or her complaint to the immediate attention of a teacher or school administrator.
Highline Public Schools Emergency Information
In case of emergencies during school hours, like earthquakes, fire, or lockdowns, please do not call the school. We need the phone lines open during emergencies for use by first responders and staff. You will be notified if your child is hurt. We have staff trained in first aid to help in case of an emergency.
Emergency Information Cards
Emergency cards are kept in the office. These cards must be completed each year. In the event of an emergency, it is Important that we know where the children are to go, who can pick them up, current phone numbers, and how to reach parents and family contacts. Please notify the office of any changes that take place during the school year.
Emergency Changes to the School Schedule
In the event of an emergency such as a threat to campus, snow, windstorms, earthquake, or similar events, Highline Public Schools may change school start or dismissal times for student safety. We will communicate with parents through:
Automated phone calls. (Please ensure your school has a working phone number where you can be reached.)
• Announcements on district and school websites.
• Announcements on email and mobile app alerts.
• Announcements on phone text.
• Announcements on social media (Twitter and Facebook).
• Announcements on TV and radio.
We conduct fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills so that our students will be prepared in case of an emergency. If you are visiting the school during a safety drill, please follow the drill procedures along with our staff and students.