School Safety

At the elementary (K-5) level, appropriate student behavior and lasting habits of good citizenship can best be accomplished by recognizing good behavior. Students will be recognized for following school rules and maintaining good citizenship through special recognition programs arranged by the principal. This is seen as being effective in maintaining a good learning environment and encourages the young student to abide by rules of good behavior. In addition, teachers are encouraged to have a system for recognizing good behavior in the classroom. The greatest rewards are intrinsic, knowing that productive behavior contributes to the success of the school community.

However, when the rights and privileges of others have been abridged, the educational process interrupted, or illegal acts committed, which include off campus misconduct that is prejudicial to good order or discipline in the schools or impairs the morale and good conduct of students, policy dictates that certain consequences be appropriately applied. Each principal will establish a brief list of simple school rules to ensure an appropriate atmosphere for instruction. In addition, classroom teachers will also have a classroom management plan that has been approved by the principal. Special rules will also be posted for the cafeteria, playground and the school bus.

The school district is committed to providing an environment free from intimidating, hostile, or offensive behavior, verbal or physical conduct or communication constituting sexual harassment or sexual assault. Sexual harassment or assault by a student against any student is prohibited. Sexual harassment of a student by another student may include such things as sexually oriented jokes, remarks, cartoons, pictures, letters, or physical contact such as patting, pinching, grabbing, groping or probing.

The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education declares a policy against and prohibits racial harassment. Policy ACA prohibits any oral, written, graphic or physical conduct related to an individual’s race, color or national origin so as to interfere with or limit his/her ability to participate in or benefit from programs. Examples of this conduct can include, but are not limited to, racial name calling, graffiti, cartoons of a negative demeanor, racially motivated harassing, threatening or intimidating comments, and physical acts of aggression. Allegations of racial harassment should be reported to the most immediate administrator or the Title VI coordinator, Assistant Superintendent Student Personnel Services, at 555 E. Terra Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366, Phone: (636) 240-2072, Ext. 18511. Nothing in policy ACA prohibits a complaint from being filed with the Office of Civil Rights, 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, Missouri, 64114, phone: (816) 268-0550.