Equitable Code of Student Conduct - Elementary

Definitions

Equity is about recognizing and addressing varying individual needs.

Diversity is about respecting individual differences.

Inclusion is about welcoming all and fostering a sense of belonging for all students and families.

The Issaquah School District values equity, diversity and inclusion. It is committed to building and sustaining a welcoming school community where students, teachers, families and staff develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that value and promote inclusiveness, equity and understanding.

Individuals are shaped by different life experiences and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. This Code of Equitable Conduct informs our students and families about our expectations as they pertain to providing an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all. These expectations apply to every one of us, and it outlines our responsibilities and possible consequences if we violate it.

Our district and community are made up of people of different backgrounds, needs and perspectives that form their identities. Our identity comes from the characteristics that make us an individual. This includes differences in the following:

  • Gender identity and gender expression
  • Race
  • Ethnic background
  • Ability/disability
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Immigration status
  • Language

Student Behavior Expectations and Responsibilities

  1. Respect each individual, even if that person’s identity is different from your
  2. Seek to understand your impact on others while seeking to understand other’s
  3. Communicate respectfully with others in person, on social media and in any other
  4. Take responsibility for your words and
  5. Do the right thing. Doing the right thing means that we use good judgment, make ethical and informed decisions and take personal responsibility for our actions. When we aren’t sure if an action is appropriate, we can ask ourselves these questions:
    1. Does my action demonstrate kindness and respect?
    2. Is there anyone who could be harmed by this action?
    3. Could my action or words be perceived by others as inappropriate, unethical, hurtful or humiliating?
    4. Who might benefit from or be harmed by my action?
    5. Does my action demonstrate my commitment to being part of a culture of kindness in the ISD community?

Student Reporting Responsibilities

We all have a responsibility to report behavior that we believe violates any of the responsibilities in this Code of Equitable Conduct. If you become aware of any actions that violate this, we depend on you to speak up. In these cases, you should do one of the following:

  1. Tell a teacher, staff member or other trusted adult
  2. If you are comfortable and safe doing so, challenge those behaving

We prohibit retaliation against anyone who makes a good faith report of a violation of this Code of Equitable Conduct. We depend on you to challenge yourself and others to evaluate conduct through the lens of a culture of kindness and in the Student Code of Conduct.