General Guidelines for Student Conduct

Behavioral Expectation

Part of our mission is to help children learn to balance personal freedom and communal responsibility. We aim to help children develop a strong sense of empathy and growing awareness of their choices affect others. These principles are the core of our relationships at FSM.

It is important to recognize that the school’s conflict resolution program is distinct from the school’s discipline policy. Conflict resolution most often involves differences in understanding and expectations in a community, while disciple has to do with clear infractions of established norms of behavior.

Students are expected and will be held accountable for following the directions of supervisory adults at FSM. Teachers and staff will explain expectation to their students and those they are supervising.

Consistent with our Quaker values students are not to bring any “war toys” or wear military style clothing—camouflage—or clothing with slogans/pictures that are insensitive to the inclusive, non-violent culture of FSM

Dress Code

Students dress informally at FSM, although the following guidelines are in place:

  • Students must always wear a shirt and shoes
  • Rubber-soled shoes that completely encase the foot must be worn during recess and physical education. Otherwise students will be asked to find a non-physical activity during those times.
  • Students must always wear shorts, skirts or other items that is at least mid-thigh in length.

Progressive Discipline: Suspension

Students who seriously violate school rules, regulations, or demonstrate unacceptable conduct may be suspended from school. Typically, a student will be suspended for the following reasons:

  • To give immediate feedback that the behavior in question is unacceptable, or
  • Because the behavior in question is such that the student’s return to the classroom would undermine or impair the school environment.

Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to the following;

  • Physical attack of another student, whether provoked or unprovoked
  • Disrespectful behavior toward a staff member or other adult
  • Threatening/abusive language or physical aggression directed toward another community member
  • Conduct which creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk of serious damage to property or persons
  • Conduct which substantially impairs the discipline and order of the school environment
  • Leaving the building or other supervised area without permission.

Suspension from school results in the student being unable to participate in all after school activities

Before a child is readmitted to school, a reinstatement conference must be held with the child, parent, and a designated administrator to outline a plan to change the behavior that led to the suspension. In addition, a conflict resolution conference is often arranged between the appropriate parties. 

FSM reserves the right to determine whether immediate suspension is necessary. The Head of School or designated agent uses reasonable discretion in determining when and under what circumstances such action is appropriate.

Progressive Discipline: Expulsion

Expulsion is under the full discretion of the Head of School. Expulsion will be considered if:

  • The student is involved in one extreme infraction of school rules and policies,
  • After multiple attempts by the school to correct repeated infractions.

Student Non-Return Policy

It is sometimes necessary for a child to leave FSM after the close of the academic year. Only the Head of School may make this decision.

If the school cannot meet the academic or behavioral needs of a child, and/or a child’s behavior has an undue negative effect on other children or the school in general, the expulsion process will be initiated. This process includes dialog between the family and FSM. The Head of School is responsible for maintaining contact with the family throughout the process and documenting each stage.

Lunch and Recess

Students should pack a snack with their lunch. Teachers make time for a snack in the daily schedule. Students bring a bag lunch. We will not heat or refrigerate bag lunches. Students are expected to follow the directions of the lunchroom/recess supervisor to ensure appropriate order and safety.

Schedules

GRADE LUNCH RECESS

Kindergarten

TBD by Classroom Teacher

12 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.

1/2

11:30 a.m. – 11:58 a.m.*

12 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.

3/4

12 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.

11:35 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5/6

12:35 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.

7/8

1 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

12:35 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Wednesday – All School Lunch & Recess

11:35 a.m. – 12 p.m.

12 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.

*Employees remain with students in the hallway until the first recess employee arrives.