Safe School Climate
The Woodbridge School District is committed to providing all students with a safe learning environment that is free from bullying and cyberbullying. The goal is the establishment of a positive school climate in which norms, values, and expectations make students and adults feel socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically safe. This commitment is an integral part of our comprehensive efforts to promote learning and to prevent and eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive behavior that can impede the learning process. The district expects that all members of the school community will treat each other in a civil manner and with respect for differences.
The Board of Education, with the entire Beecher Road School community, promotes a secure and happy school climate, conducive to teaching and learning that is free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behavior.
Belief Statement: Discipline at Beecher Road School
In our school, teaching self-discipline is an important part of the curriculum. We believe that all students wish to participate fully in all school activities in a safe and respectful environment. We understand that to do so requires an appreciation and understanding of rules and guidelines. We believe all adults should model for children what it means to be excited about learning, what it means to have the time to stop and listen, and what it means to be kind, considerate and respectful. We encourage a learning process that examines and develops rules and guidelines. We hope students will understand and appreciate that self-discipline and order help create a successful academic and social environment. We want students to value and follow the rules because they have faith in themselves and the adults who have faith in them.
Responsive Classroom serves as the foundation for creating environments where children thrive academically, socially and emotionally. The Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning that fosters challenging, safe, and joyful classrooms. It consists of practical strategies for bringing together social and academic learning throughout the school day to foster respect and build community.
“CARES” represents five key social skills that students need to learn and practice in order to be successful socially and academically - cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self- control. These social skills form the basis for Responsive Classroom practices. Opportunities for using the CARES words and living by those values come up naturally in the process of making classroom rules, learning to put these rules into action in the classroom, practicing respectful behavior in the lunchroom and other common areas. These skills reflect concepts that can be supported in many family interactions. We encourage parents to think about incorporating this vocabulary into their teaching and expectations at home.