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. 

Rules for:

Inside the Building

Students are taught expected behaviors during the first days of school, with refresher lessons throughout the year as needed, including after longer school breaks. Each teacher will also develop rules, routines and procedures for the classroom or learning space. School rules include: 

  • Use a level 0-2 voice in the hallway, bathroom, and when entering and exiting an assembly.
  • Respect other people and property.
  • Use hall passes to travel to bathroom, office, library, etc. Students are not allowed to travel through hallways without teacher permission.
  • No toys from home are allowed. This includes electronic devices, iPods, trading cards, playground equipment (including balls), etc. The school is not responsible for valuables or toys that students bring to school.  


General Rules

  • Stay inside the fenced areas and on the playground side of the track line.
  • Students must have a pass to come inside building/go past the yellow line; no more than two people with each pass. Primary students should always take a buddy. Only enter building by cafeteria during recess.
  • During recess, use the bathrooms and drinking fountain by the cafeteria.
  • Keep out of the bushes and planted areas on the upper playground.
  • When the bell rings, stop playing, drop balls, and move quickly to your class line. When in line, tag games end and balls are held.
  • Everyone should be included in ALL games if they would like to play.
  • Be a good sport. Play fairly and kindly.
  • Solve conflicts with words or rock-paper-scissors or go to another activity. If you can't work it out, ask a playground teacher for help.
  • Report fights and injuries to a playground teacher immediately.
  • Toys are not allowed on playground.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. If you take off your jacket, be sure to pick up when you head back to class.
  • Food, gum, and beverages (including water) are not allowed on the playground.
  • At the last recess of the day, return balls to the equipment cart when recess ends.

Recess Dismissal/Return Rules

  • When dismissing, teachers must supervise students until they have exited pod and door is closed.
  • Teachers pick up their students from their class lines and escort them back into building.
  • Minimal voices when moving through pods to recess - save the chatting for outside I Be aware of other classes that are still learning.
  • Walk through pods and on stairways.
  • When coming up and down stairs, stay to the right.

Big Toy

  • One student at a time on the monkey bars.
  • One student at a time on the slide.
  • Use the stairs or ladder to get on and off the Big Toy. Do not jump off.
  • Slide down on your bottom, feet first. Get off right away at the bottom so you don't get run into by the next person.
  • No climbing, or crawling up the slide or on the outside of the big toy.
  • Walking only on big toy.
  • Soccer, Football, Tag and other running games may be played only on the lower field. Do not run or play tag on or around the big toy or on upper playground.
  • Keep hands to yourself. Do not push or pull students from the big toy.


  • No sitting on the tetherballs.
  • No kicking the tetherballs.
  • Be cautious when you pass a tetherball court and stay out of the circle if you're not playing.


  • Basketball is the priority in this area before other games, including wall ball.
  • Dribble the ball; do not run with it in your hands.
  • Basketballs are for BOUNCING and PASSING, not kicking.
  • Pass the ball to other players - no hogging the ball.
  • No full body contact (body slamming).
  • Ask a playground monitor to get balls that go outside fence.

Wall Ball Court

  • No roofies, ball hogging, or tag.
  • Players agree to rules before play.

Lower Field

  • Tag games are one-hand touch.
  • Only enter the lower field if a recess teacher is present.
  • BE A GOOD SPORT. Play fairly and kindly and leave game if you don't like how someone is playing.


  • When the soccer ball goes out of the play area, the ball will go to the other team. A team member will throw or kick the ball from the sideline back into play.
  • No slide tackles or heading.
  • Cleats are not allowed at school.
  • Teams should be even.


  • One hand touch only. Rough play is not allowed - including pushing, shoving, and grabbing.
  • No rushing or blitzing.
  • Teams should be even.
  • Remember, the goal is to have fun when you play.

Baseball Field

  • Dirt, sticks, and rocks stay on the ground. They are not for throwing. No digging in dirt.
  • Stay out of big puddles. If you get wet, you cannot change your clothes. No splashing others.
  • No fence climbing.
  • Kickball is allowed.

Bus Rules

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.

Emergency Drills 
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.